Wealden District Police – Community Message

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Moped stolen from outside a home in Forest Row

Between 6pm on Tuesday 11 July and 3.30pm on Wednesday 12 July, a light blue Piaggio ‘Vespa-style’ moped, with a registration number ending with DJX, was stolen from outside a house in Upper Close, Forest Row.

The moped, worth approximately £700, was left over night in the close by the owner who had kept the keys when he left it. Whoever stole the scooter would have either had to jump start it, push it away from the area before attempting to start it elsewhere, or possibly load it into the back of a waiting van or similar vehicle. Could you have witnessed this on Tuesday evening, later at night or the Wednesday morning maybe? Or has someone who lives near you, very recently and unexpectedly, starting riding a light blue moped that looks like the one described?

To report anything in relation to this incident, please contact us in the usual way (details at the bottom of this message) quoting reference 900 of 12/07

Distraction burglaries / rogue traders

Police have received reports this week about two men cold calling in the Uckfield area, saying they are antiques dealers interested in buying collectables or ‘itemsof interest. from residents. In one incident, it seems an elderly woman may have been the victim of theft as a result of allowing suspects to come inside, investigations  are ongoing. Several other residents in the area reported men knocking on their doors or leaving calling cards which stated they were buys of antiques.

Police always advise the public not to enter into agreements with cold callers in any way. And in particular not to allow any strangers entry into the home. Whatever reasons they give, even if they offer to pay top price for things you want to get rid of, do not let them come inside your home.

In fact never enter into any financial agreements with people on the doorstep, for any reason. There are statutory consumer rights, which include a cooling off period, which they are unlikely to tell you about.

So don’t allow agree to anyone cutting down your trees, repairing your roof, cleaning or repairing your driveway when they have cold called you. Genuine traders do not run their businesses in this way anyway. If the word needs doing, find a reputable trader through recommendation or from trusted sites like Buy With Confidence (Trading Standards).

Serious road crash on the A26, near Isfield on Thursday 13 July 
Police are appealing for witness to a road collision on the A26 between Lewes and Uckfield yesterday, Thursday 13 July. Click here to read the full details.

Herons Ghyll fatal crash victim has been named
Read the details of this tragic incident here.

Recruitment window opens for Police Constables
Career opportunities with Sussex Police available now. Click here for the details.

Counter Terrorism Policing ACT: Action Counters Terrorism campaign.
The Government’s counter-terrorism strategy of ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ has been turned into the short film, on the link below, which has an international perspective and is aimed at UK citizens travelling abroad on holiday. Click here to view the short film.

Op Blitz update

Last weekend the team patrolled the hot spots across the District, listed as such due to being identified through multiple reports. The team had a pretty rushed time on the Friday evening with Crowborough being busy first of all. They met with a large group of youngsters, again at Goldsmiths, which seems to be one of the locations of choice at the moment. Many dispersed quickly as police arrived but, as with the previous weekend, several were also detained which provided an opportunity for ‘words of advice’. Later on in Heathfield several groups were found to be misbehaving, with two in particular. The young women were given words of advice !

All this activity was on the Friday evening which is traditionally usually the busier evening. On Saturday evening, no calls came in to the Blitz phone. The usual patrols were carried out but with no groups encountered. 

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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