Sussex Fraud Newsletter – additional news on rise in HMRC fraud

Sussex, elderly people are receiving a high volume of phone calls purporting to be from HMRC. So far, none of them have sent money, but it is vital that people are aware of the signs and act on them.

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Fraud newsletter July 2017

Residential Burglary – Nutley 

A report was received on Monday 17 July of a burglary at a house in Crowborough Road, Nutley. At some time between 11.30am and 17.30pm while the owners were out, one or more suspects broke in through a downstairs window and searched the house, resulting in the theft of antiques and jewellery. Three or four men were seen walking very near the property at approximately 1.15pm that day, carrying a suitcase, but it is not known whether or not they are connected to the incident

Some distinctive items were among those stolen. In particular, there was a silver cigarette box with blue inlaid lines on the lid, and ‘AJC Turner’ engraved on the inside. In addition there were two solid silver boxes, one slightly smaller than the other, with filigree designs on the lid. Also distinctive among the stolen goods is a silver, standing, dressing table mirror, about 30cm by 25cm, with a blue plush backing. There were two men’s gold rings with a square settings, one set with diamonds and the other a brown semi-precious stone. These are just some of the items stolen during the incident, which included several other pieces of jewellery. Some of these may be offered for sale to antiques or second-hand traders. As such we are asking everyone, including traders, to keep their eyes open for them.

To report any information in relation to this incident, please contact us quoting reference 1260 of 17/07. To report anything anonymously please contact Crimestoppers, contact details at the bottom of this message.

Residential burglary – Forest Row

On the same day, Monday 17 July, another burglary took place in Wall Hill, Forest Row, during which high value jewellery and an expensive camera were stolen.  The owners were out from approximately 11.15am until 6.30pm and at some point, one or more suspects managed to break in through one of the windows. On their return at 6.30pm the owners found their home had been searched resulting in the theft of the jewellery and camera.

It is thought this may be linked to the previously mentioned incident in Nutley. To report anything in relation to this incident, please contact us quoting reference 1352 of 17/07.

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Op Blitz update

Friday 14 July – patrols at Goldsmiths in Crowborough encountered some youngsters on scooters but all behaving well. The off-licenses were also visited and no unlawful alcohol purchases had been attempted. The team visited Wolfe Recreation Ground where they came across some youngsters, but again, all behaving well. Other locations in Crowborough all resulted in either nobody being there at all, or in cases where there were, nothing untoward was happening. Heathfield’s popular haunts were all visited and only the Tower Street Recreation Ground had anyone there, but they were not drinking or doing anything wrong. A group were found at Luxford Field in Uckfield but there was no alcohol and everything was found to be as it should be. Hailsham and Polegate were also visited at several locations but all were found to be empty.

Saturday 15 July – a visit to Goldsmiths, Crowborough resulted in meeting four youngsters there but not misbehaving or drinking. A short time later several other locations in Crowborough were patrolled but found empty, including on a return visit to Goldsmiths. Some youngsters were at the Wolfe Recreation Ground but all behaving well. Later in Uckfield, outside McDonalds some youngsters were reminded to put their rubbish in the bins, which they complied with. Another group were at Luxford Field in Uckfield, but all good natured and nothing out of the ordinary happening. The rest of the district which included locations in Heathfield, Polegate and Hailsham were all found to be empty for the rest of the evening.

If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from joining Operation Blitz then please contact me at with a full postal address, which ensures messages from the correct district. The Operation runs on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6pm and midnight and members are provided with a number to call during those hours, to report youth anti-social behaviour.


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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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