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      Sussex Police secure first stalking protection order in the country

      Sussex leading the way in protection from stalking.

      The first Stalking Protection Order (SPO), believed to be the first in the country, was obtained by Sussex Police at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday (20 January) in respect of a 22-year-old man from Lancing, just hours after the new Stalking Protection Act came into effect
      It relates to his alleged online stalking of a woman in her early 20s, who does not come from Sussex. She lives elsewhere in the UK.

      The man was present in court and did not contest the application, which was granted and prohibits him from: contacting the woman directly or indirectly, by whatever means; sharing or posting any photograph of her on the internet, social media or in any public place; sharing or posting any photograph of her to any other individual;

      The Order will last indefinitely.

      Meanwhile a criminal investigation is ongoing into this case. The man has not been charged with any criminal offence at this stage.

      Weekend Arrests

      Officers in Wealden were busy last weekend tackling crime and making arrests.

      From Friday evening to Sunday night officers made seven arrests across the district including offences such as:
      •    Harassment
      •    Assault ABH
      •    Driving whilst disqualified
      •    Driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol level limit
      •    Theft from person
      •    Driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of a specified drug
      Nursery Visit

      PCSO Choppin and Marcos attended Cumner House Sussex Nursery this week, giving potential future recruits the run down on how the sirens work and what the police do.

      We also gave the children some advice on stranger danger and road safety.

      If you work in a school or nursery and would like a visit from your local policing team, please follow the below link to find your local PCSO and how to get in touch: https://www.police.uk/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

      Amazon Prime Fraud

      Did you catch Chief Inspector Paul Carroll on BBC One’s ‘Rip Off Britain’ this week?
      With the rise in Amazon scams, targeting those who have a prime account, or are first time users offering X off their next purchase, or emails asking for renewal to their services or face a fine.

      Watch out for these emails, as they often contain poor grammar and spelling errors.
      Watch it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000dlpz (beings at approx. 15 minutes in)

      Fake Netflix Emails

      Increase in emails stating the recipients must update their Netflix account information to resolve a payment issue.

      The links in the emails lead to a ‘genuine’ looking website that is designed to steal your Netflix login credentials as well as personal and financial information.

      Don’t click the links, or check your Netflix account and make contact with them directly via the contact us on Netflix official pages if you have any concerns.

      Protect your home by protecting your garden.

      Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard and if they think they’ll be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by, they'll probably move on. You’d think that it would be best to make a property less visible from the street, and to keep it hidden from prying eyes behind overgrown bushes, trees, high fences or walls. In reality, all that this serves to do is make it easier for a burglar to get close to a home unnoticed, and provide somewhere to hide while carrying out a burglary or theft from your property.

      1. Consider installing an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen, or solar lights to brighten darker areas.
      2. At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
      3. Consider a trellis, or thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes which makes it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
      4. Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
      5. Check shed doors and window locks following a wet winter for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.
      6. Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.
      7. Don’t leave tools lying around; as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
      Crime summary

      An attempted burglary occurred on Sunset Close, Pevensey, between the hours of 21:10hrs - 21:15hrs on 16/01/2020 whereby the resident has found their side gate broken and attempts made to jemmy the rear door of the property, however no access was gained (Ref: 472000010429)

      A burglary occurred in Mayfield, between 19/01/2020 at 18:00hrs – 20/01/2020 at 20:00hrs, whereby padlocks to a smallholding had been cut and various garden equipment was stolen (Ref: 47200012782)

      A burglary occurred in Uckfield between the hours of 00:00hrs – 00:15hrs on 19/01/2020 whereby a shed was broken into causing damage and items stolen from within. Two gates to the property were also damaged in order to gain access. (Ref: 472000011133)

      A burglary occurred in Hailsham, between 24/12/2019 and 19/01/2020 whereby the suspect has broken the back door to the property and a window and have stolen copper pipe work in addition to causing damage (Ref:47200011886)

      A burglary occurred in Heathfield between 16/01/2020 at 08:00hrs – 22/01/2020 at 10:30hrs whereby an outhouse has been broken into and garden tools stolen from within (Ref: 47200013262).