Wealden Police Community Update

News, advice and appeals Police warning to owners of works vehicles

Police are warning van owners not to leave expensive tools and equipment in their vehicles over night, even locked, following a series of breaks in Hailsham this week.  Incidents were reported in a 24 hour period from Stroma Gardens, Lansdowne Drive, Harebeating Drive and St Pauls Close, all thought to be linked due to their close proximity. Items taken included Makita drills, a Megger multi tester, a Bosch electric saw and a multi-tool (make unknown), all of them high value power tools. Please do not leave anything of value in a van for any period of time, especially overnight, whether they appear to be secure or not. If taking everything out each time is not practical, then consider installing a motion-sensitive alarm or keeping equipment inside a lockable container within the vehicle. Thieves are currently targeting all types of works vehicles and stealing the means to people’s livelihoods at great cost. Don’t help them perpetuate this by leaving expensive equipment within their reach. Please spread the word and share this with anyone you think this applies to.

Op Blitz – report from Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June

The Op Blitz team, Wealden’s response to youth anti-social behaviour in the District, were out patrolling last Friday and Saturday evenings. Stops made at various locations on the Friday resulted in engagement with several groups and  in Crowborough just before 9pm, a gathering of 40 were engaged with at the skate park. Alcohol was seized and poured away, individuals were spoken to and the group dispersed.  On Saturday evening early on, the Marshfoot Lane area in Hailsham reported youths with alcohol who were setting fires. However, on arrival there was no sign other than the remnants of a small fire which was out. Another report was made of youngsters in the grounds of Whitehouse Primary School, also Marshfoot Lane, drinking and playing loud music. As officers arrived they were seen to run away leaving behind broken bottles and a burning log. A further group of six youths were stopped a short time later who were found to have alcohol which was seized and disposed of. Drugs paraphernalia was also discovered with a drugs search resulting, though none found. In Heathfield four youngsters were spoken to at the Recreation Ground and searched for alcohol. At one location in Uckfield youngsters had been reported to be smoking drugs and on arrival four young males were searched, but no alcohol or drugs found. Later, back in Heathfield at Jubilee Park, nine youths were found. They had been reported as drinking but they turned out to be over 18 and causing no problems. The notification with this week’s phone number was circulated yesterday to scheme members. To join the scheme and receive the number, which changes every week and is specifically to report youth anti-social behaviour occurring on Fridays and Saturdays between 6pm and midnight, then please email district.wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk with your full postal address. Whether or not you are a member, police want to emphasise the importance of reporting all anti-social behaviour, in fact all incidents of crime. While appreciating the perception that nothing will be done, the message is that although there may be no immediate action visible to the public, there is intelligence building that all reports made will contribute towards. It also helps the Force to build a picture on the kind of problems occurring, where they are and how often which then contributes to planning and positioning resources. So, even if you don’t see police officers and PCSOs walking up and down the streets, please be assured that they have not gone away and they need to hear from you.

‘Volunteers week’ at Sussex Police

Please click here to read how the Force celebrates its volunteers. Locally in Wealden, Special Constables were deployed for targeted action under local, and force-wide, priorities. Starting on Thursday 1 June, they concentrated on ‘scams awareness’ with pop-up events at key locations in the district. Engaging with those most deemed at risk, they gave out information booklets and advice on how to keep themselves safe.  On Saturday, 3 June, they carried out spot checks on drivers under our ‘road safety’ priority, resulting in five being caught without a seatbelt and one for no insurance. On Tuesday this week, they visited the more vulnerable or elderly residents of the district, who can often be targeted by rogue traders. They were given reassurance and crime prevention advice, particularly advising them never to make any financial deals with cold callers.

Commercial burglary – Arlington Speedway 

Overnight last Friday 2 June, a shed at Arlington Speedway was broken into and four ‘bouncy castle blowers’ were stolen. They are described as looking similar to a generator, with dimensions of approximately 50 x 50 x 50 cms in two-tone colours of black/blue, red/white and blue/silver, valued at approximately £2,000 each.   Anyone who comes across these ‘unusual’ items for sale, or to report any other information connected to this incident, please contact us quoting reference 615 of 03/06.

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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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