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    • Wealden Police weekly update 17th May 2019

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      Police and Natwest Scam Coffee Mornings

      PCSO Choppin has joined forces with your Natwest Community Banker, Jacky Gill to hold Scam Awareness and advice coffee mornings at Dippy Doodahs café in Hailsham.

      The morning is an opportunity to speak with PCSO Choppin and obtain valuable scam awareness advice and tools to take home to help keep you safe from scams and frauds.

      Scams are constantly changing, as soon as we take action against one, another new one begins; however the objective of the scammers remains the same; the obtain your personal details, money and valuables – together we can help work to keep your valuables, money and you safe.

      If you’re unable to attend the mornings you can obtain a copy of our latest Little Book of Big Scams from your local Police station, or download a PDF copy here:

      The next drop in session will be Friday 31st May from 1100-1200.

      Romance fraudsters have no heart!

      Sussex Police is encouraging victims of romance fraud to report the 'fraudster' who has targeted them, anonymously, via an online form.

      The force has linked up with Scamalytics who have produced a form which, once completed free of charge, will be sent to genuine dating services for them to check against their users’ data to detect suspected romance fraudsters.

      Romance fraud is a fast growing issue which affects both men and women. Fraudsters will prey on their victims by building, what feels like, a loving relationship before asking for money to help with a problem they are experiencing.

      Once the initial payment is made, the fraudster will normally ask for more money or cut all contact with the victim.

      Reports made to Action Fraud reveal that £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.
      PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding officer, said: “Romance fraud, accounts for 10% of all vulnerable victim fraud reports across our counties and is one of the most despicable crimes we see due to the devastating and lasting impact it has on victims going far beyond the financial loss.

      “Victims are targeted and exploited when they are at their most vulnerable and the complex tactics and deceitful tales that lure the victims into parting with such huge sums of money are quite astonishing.

      “One of the most difficult conversations we have is telling a victim that not only will they not see their money come back but that the person they believe they are in a relationship with and are looking forward to a future with, is in fact a criminal posing under a false identity.”

      Advice tips for evading scammers are:
      •    Be wary of giving out personal information
      •    Never agree to keep your online relationship a secret
      •    Get to know the person and not the profile
      •    Never send money or share your bank details on the platform
      •    Stay on the dating messenger service until confident the person is who they say they are
      •    Run a search on the internet for their name or any picture they have sent along with the term ‘scam’
      For more information on romance fraud and how to report via the Scamalytics form please click here.

      Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Romance fraud is a cruel crime which preys on our vulnerabilities. This is why I have funded two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone by offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when they fell victim to this heinous crime.

      “I’m currently running a short poll on my website to find out more about people’s understanding of romance fraud. Please take part in the poll here.”

      Man injured in Uckfield attack - UPDATE

      Police would like to speak to anyone who saw an unprovoked attack on a 26-year-old man in Uckfield shortly before 4pm on Sunday (12 May).

      The victim was walking from the Tesco store in Bell Lane past the civic centre and onto the High Street when a group of youths approached him from Luxford Field and began kicking and punching him.

      The attack continued onto the High Street before the man was able to escape. He suffered injuries to his face, ribs, arms and legs for which he attended hospital before being allowed home.


      Following an incident in Uckfield town centre on Sunday (12 May) in which a 26-year-old man was assaulted by a group of youths, two boys aged 14 and 15 from Crowborough were arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
      Both were questioned and later released on conditional bail.

      Meanwhile, police continue to appeal for any witnesses to come forward, especially anyone who may have mobile phone or dash-cam images of the incident.
      They are asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 770 of 12/05.

      Alternatively it is possible to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555111.

      Looking for a new job? We’re hiring for contact handlers – APPLICATIONS CLOSING SOON (Closing 27th May 2019)

      As a Contact Handler you’ll have a crucial role in the police family: managing a huge variety of emergency 999 calls, dealing with non-emergency 101 calls, online and social media enquiries. All are at the heart of police business.
      You will do this by:
      •    Facing diverse situations and engaging with people from different backgrounds with different problems.
      •    Being adaptable to all types of situations.
      •    Having patience and being calm under pressure
      •    Communicating clearly and be a good listener
      •    Providing reassurance to those in need
      •    Working in a fast-paced 24/7 environment
      •    Making critical decisions
      •    Quick thinking
      •    Getting that vital detail
      •    Log information quickly and accurately
      •    24 hour shift pattern including nights, weekends and bank holidays

      You will provide excellent customer service to the communities we serve and the teams we work with.
      This is a vital job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
      You’ll be hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:
      •    Generous basic pay of £23,361 plus an unsocial hours shift allowance of approximately £7,200 per year.
      •    25 days holiday a year (increasing to 30 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits.
      •    Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force (once you have completed two years as a Contact Handler). While many of our Contact Handlers choose to stay in the role or progress to a Controller, there are many opportunities to explore other roles and we will help you develop no matter what your interest.
      •    Excellent training with continuous professional development.

      To find out more and apply today, visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/contact-handlers/

      Crime summary

      During the afternoon of the 9th, suspects have attempted a break in at a property off Bayham Road, Hailsham. On return home the victim saw their front door lock had been pushed in, no entry was gained but damage to the locks was caused, and children’s scooters taken from the front garden. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0624 of 09/05 relates)

      A business address on Upper Greenwoods Lane, Heathfield was broken into overnight of the 9-10th May, suspects have gained entry via a barn door, causing damage and taking personal items including fishing and climbing equipment. Police investigations are on-going. (0312 of the 10/05)

      In the small hours of 11th May, calls were received from members of the public of a supermarket on Sparrows Green Road, Wadhurst, being broken into. 2 males in hoodies were seen leaving the store, having broken in and stolen various items including cigarettes. Police investigations are ongoing including house to house enquiries and CCTV checks. (0144 of 11/05 relates)

      Overnight of the 11-12th May, a property off of Otham Court Road, Polegate, had their garage broken into by means unknown, and a boat trailer have been stolen by unknown suspects. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0636 of 12/05 relates)

      Over the weekend of 11-13th May, a commercial property in New Town, Uckfield had work tools stolen whereby suspects have accessed the front gates, and broken into the buildings where work tools were stored. Unfortunately there are no lines of enquiry. (0347 of 13/05 relates)

      A business address on Dittons Road, Polegate, had their yard broken into overnight on the 14th, whereby suspects have cut locks on the surrounding gates to gain entry. Once inside they have stolen two trailers. CCTV enquiries are ongoing. (0001 of 14/05 relates)
      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 at www.crimestoppers-uk.org