• Polegate Town Council

    • Wealden weekly update 28/11/19

    • News and Alerts Wealden District

      Witnesses and information sought re catapult attacks in Wealden

      Police are investigating after Horam Fish Bar in the village's High Street was twice targeted by someone firing ball bearings from what is believed to have been a catapult.

      The atacks came at 3.52pm and then at 9.35pm on Saturday (23 November), damaging windows. No one was hurt.

      The incidents are believed to be linked to others in the Wealden area in which food establishments have sustained damage in similar circumstances. These included damage caused to the window of the butcher's shop in Horam.

      The first of Saturday's attacks may have involved a dark-coloured saloon car, possibly an Audi, which sped into Horam on the B2203 Maynards Green Road before joining the A267 and heading south in the direction of Hailsham.

      Inspector Jon Gross said: "We responded with high-visibility patrols in the area and enquiries are continuing in an effort to identify those responsible. Fortunately no one was hurt on Saturday, but it is a matter of urgency that we trace those responsible and try to prevent further incidents of this kind."

      Anyone with information, or who may have relevant CCTV or dash-cam footage, is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1386 of 23/11.

      Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555 111.

      We are investigating an incident in Hailsham in which two teenage boys were attacked with a knife and baseball bat by a group of older men and women.

      A 16-year-old boy sustained two minor stab wounds and a 17-year-old boy sustained a head injury.

      The younger boy was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, and the older boy to the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea.

      Neither was deemed to have suffered life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

      The incident took place at 8pm on Tuesday (19 November) when the boys and friends were in Halley Park on the Town Farm estate. They were approached by a group of adults of both sexes who attacked them.

      Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other relevant information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1402 of 19/11.
      Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555 111.

      A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Hailsham, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

      Both have since been released under investigation.

      White Ribbon Day 2019

      This international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, saw team from across the district share messages on the ground, and on social media to help promote it’s awareness.

      Officers and staff also took the pledge never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women, you can find out more about this pledge here.

      Domestic abuse affects people from all walks of life and in many different ways. Find out what's considered as domestic abuse, how to report it and how, under Clare’s Law, you can find out if a partner has a history of domestic violence or abuse. We’ll also show you how to delete your visit here from your web history, if you need to.

      If you are a victim or know someone that is, you are not alone, we can help you alongside others.

      For advice and support please click here.

      If you or someone you know is being abused you can tell us about this, either by calling 101 or online. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

      If there's an immediate risk to someone's safety, please call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with RelayUK.

      Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this – Special Constable recruitment now open!

      We are now recruiting Special Constables. If this is the volunteering opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here now.

      You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time.

      As a special constable officer you’ll have the same uniform and powers as regular officers. From being first on the scene and taking knives off the streets to educating young people, you’ll be working alongside regular police officers and PCSOs to make Sussex safer.

      Our 'Specials', as the special constables are known, come from all walks of life. Specials are men and women of all races and faiths. They’re teachers, taxi drivers, chefs, accountants and secretaries and they all volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. When you join Sussex Police, you become part of our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.

      Are you an honest, respectful and selfless person who wants to do something important in your spare time? Could you be there in a stranger's time of need? Are you prepared to protect others on or off duty? And are you prepared for how time-consuming this volunteer role will be? If so, we want to hear from you.

      What does your spare time look like? Do something Special.

      Christmas is a time for giving…but sadly for taking, too!

      We’ll be working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home, presents and loved ones this festive season.

      When you are out shopping please remember:
      •    Keep valuables in inside coat pockets or internal zips in bags to prevent pickpockets
      •    Only carry the cash you need, do not carry large amounts with you
      •    Avoid going back to your car to drop off presents part way through your trip, if you do keep presents in the car ensure they are well out of sight and the car/boot is locked

      When you’re out in the evening:                                                                                                                
      •    Never leave your valuables unattended in public area
      •    Avoid walking home alone in the dark, and never with someone that you do not know
      •    Drink responsibly, never drink and drive, arrange for a taxi or a designated driver for the evening

      When you are at home:
      •    Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors
      •    Never keep large amounts of cash at home
      •    Check you have adequate home insurance to cover high value items
      •    Make sure your home looks occupied, leave a light on or a timer light or radio playing

      After Christmas:
      •    Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin; break down boxes, and remove labels before putting inside a wheelie bin
      •    Register your newly gifted items with your home insurance provider and with property registering websites such as www.immobilise.com - if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.

      Crime Summary

      An attempt business burglary occurred overnight on the 22-23 November when damage was caused to a rear loading door of a business at Hailsham Retail Park. (0246 of 23/11 relates)

      A quad bike, and various tools were stolen late last week from a property off Gunhill Lane, Heathfield. Unknown suspect(s) have used force and prized open a roller door on the garage to gain entry. (0997 of 23/11 relates)

      Overnight on the 23rd November, a business address off Ashdown Road, Uckfield reported personal items and cash stolen, no further details are available. (1097 of 23/11 relates)

      A commercial property off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield, had their windows smashed and entry gained overnight on the 23-24 November, suspect(s) have targeted cash and alcohol. (0440 of 24/11 relates)

      In the small hours of the 23rd November, a property off Chelwood Gate Road, Nutley, had their garage door forced open and locks broken by unknown suspect(s). (0789 of 24/11 relates)

      Tools were targeted overnight on the 24-25 November at a property off High Street, Heathfield when suspect(s) have forced entry into storage containers and removed items (0375 of 25/11 relates)

      A garage was discovered broken into on the morning of the 25th November at a property off Seven Sisters Road where suspect(s) have forced off padlocks to gain entry, and golfing equipment taken. (0980 of 25/11 relates)

      A business address on Station Road, Wadhurst was broken in the small hours of the 26th November, suspect(s) have forced open a front door and entry gained. Tobacco and alcohol was targeted. (116 of 26/11 relates)

      Garages at a property off Perrymans Lane, Uckfield were broken into overnight on the 24-25 November, when suspect(s) have forced entry to garage doors after removing padlocks. Gardening tools were targeted. (0478 of 26/11 relates)

      Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.

      Action Fraud scam watch

      Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?

      This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:

      Do you really know who is calling?
      Mobile phone fraud involves a variety of scams such as missed call scams, record message scams, text scams and phone insurance scams.

      More details here.

      Black Friday
      On average, Brits plan to spend £220 each this Black Friday. With the biggest shopping event of the year is just around the corner, we’ve got some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience.

      Check out these simple tips on how to avoid falling for any dodgy deals 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, 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

      You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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.

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