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Swan Road, Hailsham – Theft of motor cross bikes A report was received on Sunday 2 April from residents of this property of a break to their shed resulting in the theft of two motorbikes, despite being chained up. One is a Kawasaki KX 250, 1998 model, red, green and black in colour, modified with ‘BOYSON’ written on the engine’s side casing and an FMF race pipe exhaust. The second bike is a Yamaha YZF250, 2004 model, red and white with muscle milk graphics. Neither bike has a registration plate as they are for off-road use, however the Kawasaki has a white board on it where a race number would be placed. Anyone coming across these bikes for sale or in any other circumstance, or with information to report in general is asked to contact us quoting reference 540 of 02/04.

Alert – caravan thefts Police are advising owners of caravans, motorhomes and holiday parks to take additional security precautions following a significant increase in theft reports across Lewes and Wealden districts over recent weeks. Reports have been received from a caravan park in South Heighton, Newhaven where three were stolen during the same night on Saturday 11 / Sunday 12 March, a further theft was reported from South Heighton on Friday 17 March, an attempt was made on Sunday 12 March from Hurdis Road in Seaford, Castle View caravan site in Pevensey reported one stolen on Saturday 1 April, another attempt was made at Knockhatch Farm in Hailsham on Saturday 1 April overnight and back in January a report was received on Tuesday 10 from Horam Touring Park that one of their caravans had been stolen from storage. Wheel clamps, GPS trackers, hitch and coupling locks, security anchors, alarms and CCTV…… the advice is to consider any or all of these options to protect property, all of which are widely available to buy and worth the small investment compared any such potential loss. If you witness any suspicious behaviour involving incident of this nature, or you have any information at all relating to the above, please contact us quoting 436 of 01/04

News from Op Blitz team – Friday 31 March/Saturday 1 April The Blitz team were very busy last Friday evening. Several youngsters were stopped outside Goldsmiths Leisure Centre, Crowborough, with large quantities of alcohol, which was immediately confiscated. Problems had also been reported from residents in Pilmer Road where bottles had been thrown into gardens, and a considerable amount of smashed glass found in the skate park. Another group of rowdy youngsters were found going up and down an alleyway near the off-licence and Fermor School, near the White Hart and also on the grounds of Beacon School. The off-licence suspected to be selling alcohol to these underage individuals was visited by Blitz officers and their ‘refusals book’ was checked. However further investigation has been deemed necessary and the matter has been passed to the Wealden Police Licencing team. Parents of the youngsters concerned were contacted and a total of eight of them were taken home. During the visit to the area, Blitz officers also spoke to residents and business owners about signing up to the Op Blitz scheme which provides a direct phone number for members to call in order to report incidents like this. Other locations in Wealden on the Blitz hot list were also visited, but found empty. On Saturday evening, (1 April), the whole district appeared quiet and no calls were received. It is hoped that the previous evening’s actions provided some deterrent to the youngsters in the Crowborough area.

Car breaks in Hailsham Overnight between Tuesday (4 April) and Wednesday (5 April) eight parked and unattended vehicles – five cars and three vans – were broken into in the Mortain Park, South Road and Lindfield Road areas of Hailsham, and in seven cases a variety of items were stolen, including two USBs, a Sat Nav, work tools and clothing, and a quantity of food and drink from one of the vans, a burger van. No arrests have been made so far. Police remind residents to remove any items of value, especially any on display, from their vehicles when left overnight. Anyone with information can contact police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 143 of 05/04. You can also report online here or call 101.

Distraction burglary in Hailsham Please be alerted to this incident involving two burglars posing as police. Read the full story here.

Mayfield murder – suspects charged Please read the full article 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, 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

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