• Polegate Town Council

    • Wealden weekly update 28.6.19

    • Friday 28th June 2019

      News and appeals

      Local Dance School receives cash boost

      PCSO Sue Choppin proudly presented a cheque for £300 from the Police Property act fund to Zoe Penington dance school Polegate to assist a group of 43 young dancers get outfits for when they travel to Portugal to represent England in their dance competitions.

      Best of luck girls!

      For more information on the Police property Act Fund: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/au/about-us/charity-and-community/police-property-act-fund-ppaf/

      Police seek witnesses to cricket club blaze at Jevington, near Polegate

      Police have appealed any witnesses to a fire that destroyed Jevington Cricket Club's clubhouse at the village's recreation ground during the early hours of Monday 17 June.
      At approximately 1am the building was engulfed in a blaze, the cause of which is believed to have been deliberate. No one was reported to have been injured.

      The incident is under investigation and detectives are following up forensic lines of enquiry.
      But they would also welcome information from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious people, vehicles or activity around the relevant time.

      Information can be provided online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 0066 of 17/06. Alternatively callers can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

      Licensing checks across Wealden

      Our licensing Officer has been visiting local licensed premises across Wealden this past week, with planned days across the county educating licensed premises on proxy sales.

      A proxy sale is where an adult attempts to buy any age restricted product on behalf of an underage person; many do not realise it is an offence for an adult to buy alcohol for someone under the age of 18, and that it could result in an £80 ticket, or a trip to court.

      Whilst we cannot share the names of the premises, the locations visited were in Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham, where recent reports have been received of licensed premises selling, or allowing the sale of age restricted products to those under the age limit.

      On Saturday the 22nd, our licensing Officer identified a premises in Crowborough that was responsible for alcohol sales to a 14 year old. The sales assistant has been prosecuted, in a reminder that we take a zero tolerance approach to those that place children at risk.

      Whilst on duty on the 24th, the licensing team received intelligence regarding a licensed premises in Uckfield selling alcohol to children. Checks were made, and as a result an investigation is now underway.

      Do you have information about a licensed premises selling alcohol to those underage? You can report it via 101, online at sussex.police.uk or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

      Any information received will be followed up and appropriate action such as the above taken to address the issue.

      Police Officer recruitment closing the 1st July!

      Recruitment for the role of Police Officer in Sussex closes July the 1st, if you or anyone you know is interested in applying please do not miss out, get your applications in before the closing date.
      For more information and to apply today click here

      New training routes for Officer recruitment

      By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will be the first in the county to join Sussex Police as a Police Officer through the new entry routes.

      We currently offer:
      •           The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is the new entry route for Police Constables and will be launched in December 2019. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. Upon successfully finishing the programme, and completing probation, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £20,370 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.
      •           The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area, we aim to launch this in 2020. At the end of this two-year practice-based programme, individuals will receive a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £23,586 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.

      You will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards your degree. You will also be paid a salary while studying and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.
      Ahead of the DHEP being launched in 2020, recruits with degrees may be offered places on the PCDA.

      This recruitment campaign is expected to fill our intakes in March 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and November 2020.

      With limited opportunities available, and anticipated high interest, we would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the vacancy early.

      Protect your home by protecting your garden, is your outdoor property safe?

      Following recent reports of break ins to sheds and outbuildings across rural areas of Wealden, Prevention Officers and Staff have been out raising awareness and offering valuable crime prevention advice and tools, to help keep your property safe.

      This week Officers and staff attended Millbrook Garden Centre, Crowborough on Wednesday the 26th.

      Last week we shared advice on things you can do to improve the security of your outbuildings, this week we’re touching on our gardens.

      -Consider installing security lights both to illuminate your garden and to deter thieves. Motion sensor lights switch on when movement is detected, sodium tubes switch on automatically when it becomes dark.
      -Keep shrubs, bushes, hedges and plants cut back as they can provide a hiding place for thieves.
      -Plant a prickly hedge as a physical and psychological barrier; a trace of blood of shred of clothing could assist the police in identifying an offender if something is stolen.
      -Check that all boundary fences, walls and gates are in good repair. A solid barrier is an excellent deterrent to an opportunist thief.
      -Consider a gravel driveway. The noise created by gravel can make it harder for burglars to go unnoticed, and can also alert you to activities outside.
      -Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your garden, and do the same for them.

      Much of the information provided above and in last weeks In The Know alerts can be used to protect allotments from criminals too. Additionally:

      - Get to know your neighbours on the allotment. If they know you, they are more likely to be suspicious if someone the do not recognise is on your plot.
      - Do not leave expensive equipment or tools on the site unattended, or see if you can store them at home or share storage with a neighbouring allotment.
      -Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch to see if there is a group running in your area where you can follow advice or share tips and information.

      For more information on securing outbuildings, tools and garden equipment click here

      Summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches

      You might feel fine to drive, but if you’re over the limit you’re at serious risk of killing or seriously injuring someone – or yourself.

      This is the message being issued as Sussex Police and Surrey Police launch their annual summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

      The campaign aims to keep road users as safe as possible, by educating motorists of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, and by targeting offenders.

      The forces dedicate resources to the campaign twice a year – during summer and at Christmas, when social occasions are at their peak – (this is in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year).

      Anyone caught and convicted as part of the summer 2019 crackdown, which runs from 24 June to 7 July inclusive, will be identified on the Sussex Police news website and social media pages.

      Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Sussex Police and Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “Ultimately, our main aim is to keep people as safe as possible on our roads by providing education, and by enforcing the law where we need to.
      “It goes without saying that drink and drug-driving destroys lives, and it’s something that can so easily be avoided.

      “People have a clear decision to make. By choosing to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, you are choosing to take a huge risk. Alcohol and substances significantly impair your ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks, and you should never get behind the wheel of a car in these circumstances.

      “Similarly, you should never get into a vehicle with someone you know who has consumed drink or drugs. Don’t put yourself in danger.

      “You can also be over the limit the morning after. A common misconception is that a few hours’ sleep, a coffee and some breakfast will do the trick, but it can take several hours for alcohol to leave your system and even longer for drugs.

      “Of course we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves this summer, but don’t do anything you might regret. We’re not out there to ruin your fun; in fact, we’d rather not make any arrests at all. But if you’re prepared to break the law then prepare to face the consequences.”

      Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.

      “The message is clear, drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.”
      The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
      A minimum 12 month ban;
      An unlimited fine;
      A possible prison sentence;
      A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
      An increase in your car insurance;
      Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
      You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

      People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

      You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

      If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

      Crime summary

      During the daytime of the 21st June, a property off Oakleigh Drive, Heathfield was broken into whereby suspects have smashed French doors to gain entry and taken sentimental items including jewellery. (1036 of 21/06 relates).

      A row of garages off Old Drive, Polegate were broken into overnight on the 21st June. Suspects have potentially picked locks on padlocks to gain entry. (0634 of 22/06 relates).

      A business address on Church Road, Crowborough was victim to a distraction burglary whereby two female suspects have caused an argument in a shop, causing the shop owner to go over, one of the females has then taken cash from the owner’s jacket behind the desk. (1165 of 21/06 relates)

      A garage on Old Drive, Polegate had their lock picked by unknown suspects overnight on the 22nd. Fortunately nothing was taken.

      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