News, updates and appeals
National Stalking Awareness Week
Sussex Police joined forces this week with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust in support of this campaign. You can read about the initiative here.
Appeal following distraction burglary in Hailsham
Police are appealing for information about this incident last Friday, 21 April. Click here to read the full details.
Burglaries linked together
Police have linked three burglaries reported last weekend in Wealden. Read full details here. Crime prevention advice on protecting your property is available on our website here.
Witness appeal – elderly man injured in Forest Row
Police are appealing to the public following this incident. Please click here to read the full story.
The Operation is running again this weekend, starting today at 4pm. The initiative addresses ‘low level’ anti-social behaviour, such as youngsters being noisy, disruptive or offending in some way, often as a result of alcohol and / or drugs. Offenders, who may be underage, found with alcohol and/or drugs will have it confiscated by officers who may then take them home to their parents with a verbal warning, depending on the severity of the circumstances. Repeat offenders may face further action in the form of a written warning, then potentially be served with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract. Eventually if even that fails to deter them, a Civil Injunction or other court action may follow.
Subscribers to the scheme receive a weekly notification with a number to call to report incidents as they occur while the Operation is running. This provides direct contact with the team of officers who will immediately deploy to that location.
We are keen for more people to sign up to this initiative and in some areas we are assigning existing NH Alert members to Op Blitz due the level of previously reported incidents in the vicinity. If anyone prefers not to be part of the scheme but who has received a notification message, please reply to this message to say so. Anyone wishing to join can either reply to this message, or in the case of anyone reading this who is not already on NH Alert system, please email email@example.com expressing interest and providing a name and full postal address to ensure they get Wealden messages.
Op Blitz – update on last week’s Operation
Friday 21 April – problems at Heathfield Skate Park resulted in a 19 year old female having alcohol seized by police. This could have been for a variety of reasons such as supplying under aged youngsters, or potentially that the alcohol was partly the cause of any offences.
On the same evening, a report was received from Hailsham that a group of drunken youths were in the town centre churchyard causing problems. When officers attended, the group had dispersed but a 14-year old boy, clearly very drunk, was in the process of being collected by his mother.
Saturday 22 April – a report was received at around 10pm from Seven Sisters Road in Willingdon concerning three youngsters reported as being in the street kicking bins and causing damage. Officers arrived but found no one present and no further reports were received. Throughout the evening, the team patrolled the regular hot spots and engaged with groups at some locations. Words of advice were provided to them, if deemed necessary, and no other issues were reported.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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