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Man arrested on suspicion of eight Hailsham burglaries
A man has been arrested on suspicion of eight house burglaries across Hailsham.
The 33-year-old local man was arrested on Thursday morning (April 2) by officers investigating a series of burglaries in the town spanning from February 10 to March 24.
He was released under investigation for the burglary offences while enquiries continue.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of harassment without violence, for which he was given conditional bail, and has been recalled to prison as his release on licence was revoked.
Wealden Inspector Jon Gross said: "An arrest such as this provides a good opportunity to reassure communities. The key message is that, despite it being an uncertain time for all, our capacity and capability to tackle crime is very much intact."
Public urged to avoid unnecessary journeys in fight against coronavirus
Sussex Police is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary journeys in the fight against coronavirus.
Motorists flouting the government’s restrictions on non-essential travel, especially during the fine weather, are putting added strain on emergency services.
There have been several incidents of antisocial driving reported by the public in recent weeks, despite there being fewer vehicles on our roads.
The restrictions on movement under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) England Regulations 2020 have been put in place specifically to reduce all unnecessary travel and the associated risks on the roads. This is to minimise demand and pressure on the emergency services, including the National Health Service, so that resources can be focused on combating coronavirus and saving lives.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are hugely appreciative of the majority of people who are staying at home and avoiding unnecessary trips out of home. We’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the number of vehicles on our roads since the travel restrictions were introduced, which shows that people are taking government advice on board. However, even with less traffic on the roads, we continue to receive reports of vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit.
“While the volume of traffic on our roads may have changed in recent weeks, the law on roads policing hasn’t, and we’ll continue to crackdown on criminals in order to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads.
“I can’t emphasise enough the need to be aware of the ‘fatal four’ offences – speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt. Year after year, these are the four most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions in the UK.
“It’s more important now than ever – when hospitals are already stretched to their limits – that people take responsibility and do not increase the burden on the NHS or other emergency services. So please take note. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Under government regulations, you should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
• shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
• one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
• any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
• travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
Police will continue to engage with members of the public and explain the importance of following the government guidance, to protect public health and the NHS.
If faced with non-compliance officers will, if necessary and proportionate, follow up with enforcement action as set out in the new legislation.
See here for full details on what movement is allowed.
A full list of frequently asked questions around coronavirus can be found on the government’s website here.
Fake COVID-19 medical products warning
Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak, and preying on people's worries and concerns, by selling fake medical products online which they claim can treat or prevent coronavirus.
We have also received reports from victims who have lost money when they have tried to purchase protective face masks or self-testing kits online, from fraudulent websites, that simply do not exist. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to us.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) say there currently no medicines licensed specifically for the treatment of prevention of COVID-19 and there are no official self-testing kits approved for home use.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-medicines-and-medical-devices-regulator-investigating-14-cases-of-fake-or-unlicensed-covid-19-medical-products
Domestic abuse happens somewhere every day of the year and we never want you to feel alone, trapped or silenced, especially now as we are forced to spend more time at home.
You may not be able to see the friends and family who usually support you but there is help available.
❌ Call 101
❌ Contact us online if it is safer
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For help available locally visit Safe:Space Sussex here: http://orlo.uk/0KcPw
A burglary occurred overnight on 04/04/2020 in Hailsham whereby a garage was broken into and tools stolen from within (Ref: 47200058454)
A burglary occurred in Uckfield during evenng hours on 04/04/2020 whereby a yard was broken into and a digger stolen from within (Ref: 47200058476)
A burglary occurred on Camberlot Road, Hailsham whereby a residential property was broken into overnight on 06/04/2020 whereby paint and power tools were stolen from within (Ref: 47200059615).
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