• Polegate Town Council

    • wealden police weekly update


      Jewellery Burglaries

      We have received a few reports this week of daytime residential burglaries in a few areas of Wealden; Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells and Hailsham, whereby suspects have used forced, or smashed entry to rear doors of residential properties, on entry searches have been conducted by the suspect, targeting mainly jewellery.

      For awareness, if you have high value items such as jewellery, watches and rings, you may wish to consider storing them in a safe.

      More advice or if you have also been victim, please click here.

      Further details can be found in the crime summary section of the newsletter.

      If you have been victim of similar please report via 101, online or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

      Always dial 999 in an emergency/crime in progress.


      Heritage Crime

      PCSO Daryl Holter, one of the lead officers in Sussex for Heritage Crime spoke to community members this week at the Village Hall in East Dean & Friston, updating them on the work Sussex Police are doing as well as offering advice to community members who play a part in looking after heritage sites.

      Daryl said; ‘Sadly we still see a number of heritage crimes across the county, so spreading the prevention, engagement and education messages is really important’. 

      What is Heritage Crime?

      Heritage crime is defined as 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'.

      That can include offences like lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.

      You can find out more about our work, advice and support on reporting Heritage Crimes here.


      Police urging road users to support European-wide campaign to save lives

      Surrey Police and Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards a European-wide campaign to save lives.

      The forces will once again be supporting Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds.

      Locally officers from Wealden Prevention team joined Community SpeedWatch (CSW) groups in the below locations:

      • Buxted CWS stationed along A272 Heatherwode
      • Rushlake Green Warbleton and CSW station at Cowbeech Road, Heathfield
      • And Carters Corner CRAG CSW, stationed along Featherbed Lane, Carters Corner.

      In 2018 in Sussex, a total of 5,060 injury collisions were reported to police. Of these, 43 were fatal and a further 958 resulted in serious injuries.

      Project EDWARD aims to reduce the number of fatal and serious collisions on our roads by raising awareness of road safety.

      It is run by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police network, and takes place on Thursday 26 September this year, when the aim is to have zero fatal collisions on the roads across Europe.

      However, the ultimate goal is to improve road safety for the longer term; not just one day.

      Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Roads Policing Unit for Surrey Police and Sussex Police, said: “It is staggering to think there were 66 fatal crashes in Surrey and Sussex last year. The victims were all someone’s father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister. Put into perspective, fatal collisions significantly affect the wider community; not just the person directly involved.

      “While we cannot comment on the circumstances of each incident, it goes without saying that many collisions could easily be avoided by having proper knowledge and understanding of basic rules on the roads.

      “The ‘fatal four’ – drink or drug-driving, mobile phone use, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt – are the four most common causes of serious and fatal collisions, and it is these offences in particular that we would like people to cut out of their driving habits.
      “In our opinion, even one fatality is one too many.”

      Roads policing officers will provide high-visibility patrols across Surrey and Sussex on 26 September, assisted by the forces’ road safety campaign colleagues – Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSMART, Surrey.

      However, officers will continue to respond to all roads policing matters as part of their routine duties 365 days a year.

      Chief Insp Hodder added: “An average of 70 people die in collisions on roads across Europe every day. Although these figures sound high – and they are – we are still one of the leading countries for road safety in Europe.

      “We need to build upon this expertise and this position to get the number of road deaths down, improve the knowledge and awareness of road safety, and encourage others to do the same. Even if you do not drive, we are all road users of one type or another, and unfortunately, we probably all know someone who has been in a collision.”

      Road safety remains a key priority for Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. She said: “I’m pleased to see our partners working together and pledging their continued commitment to road safety.

      “One road death is one too many. By pledging today to use our roads responsibly, whether as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian, we can all start to make a collective effort to look out for each other and minimise the risk of a collision that could have life-changing consequences.”

      Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro said: “Every fatal collision that occurs has a devastating effect on all those involved, their families and the wider community which is why Project EDWARD carries such an important message.

      “One death on our roads is one too many and we must do everything in our power to improve driver safety, increase awareness of the common causes of serious collisions, and reduce casualties.”

      On 26 September, there will be road safety messaging on social media, in schools and in universities, being delivered to members of the public by casualty reduction officers. Enforcement will be carried out by dedicated patrols throughout the road network of the counties.

      To support this day and the work carried out by Surrey Police and Sussex Police, East Sussex and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services, and local authorities, members of the public can sign up to the pledge, committing to become a better driver and encouraging friends and family to do the same here

      Crime Summary

      During the afternoon of the 21st September, a group of youths were seen climbing walls of a sport complex off Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, the group stolen alcohol before making off. (892 of 21/09 relates)

      An attempted burglary was reported at a property off Gallipot Hill, Hartfield, during the daytime of the 22nd September whereby homeowners have returned to find their garage door opened and car unlocked. Fortunately nothing was taken. (1612 of 22/09 relates)

      During the daytime of the 24th September, a residential property off Bayham Road, Tunbridge Wells, was broken into whereby an unknown suspect/s have smashed rear patio doors to gain entry, once inside a search of the house was conducted and personal items including various jewellery items were taken. (0889 of 24/09 relates)

      A second property off Browns lane, Uckfield reported very similar on the 25th September, where rear glass doors have been smashed and entry gained, again once inside victim’s jewellery items have been stolen (0896 of 25/09 relates)

      Bikes and tools were stolen from a garage off Pound Green, Uckfield during the day of the 24th September, victims have returned home to find their garage compromised and property missing. (1452 of 25/09 relates)

      Over the daytime of the 24-25th September a property off London Road, Hailsham was broken into where rear doors have been smashed to gain entry, and various tools and building supplies stolen. (1339 of 25/09 relates)

      A further property off Summerheath Road, Hailsham was broken into during the daytime of the 26th September, unknown suspect/s have used forced to prize open rear door, once inside various jewellery items have been stolen. (1160 of 26/09 relates)

      During the day time of the 26th a second property was broken into where a rear window has been smashed and forced used to gain entry at a property off The Holt in Hailsham, again jewellery was targeted. (1155 of 26/09 relates)

      For considerations owing to recent occurrences, if you have high value items such as jewellery, watches and rings, you may wish to consider storing them in a safe.

      More advice or if you have also been victim, please click here.


      Help us keep Sussex safe

      If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

      Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online.

      You can also visit our website, where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

      You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
      Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

      Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.

      Links and attachments

      Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure Websites we trust. We will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.