Wealden Police – Weekly Community Message

News and appeals Burglaries across Wealden

Police are investigating a high number of burglaries in Wealden, mainly of detached rural properties, which may be linked to incidents across Sussex and in Surrey.  In relation to this the public are being asked to keep their eyes open for three or four men of South American appearance, believed to be Chilean. They are in the company of a South American woman but her connection to the men might not be immediately obvious. It is thought that she knocks on doors of houses next or near to the target property, to distract the resident while the men carry out the burglary next door or nearby. They have been seen driving older cars, all sorts of makes, but all older than 2008. If you spot these individuals or indeed anything similar that you think looks suspicious, please report it to us in the first instance on 101 quoting the reference Op Vivaldi. For crime prevention advice on keeping your property safe, visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk.

Serious collision on the A26 between Lewes and Uckfield Police are looking for the driver of a car who may have been a witness to a serious road crash. Please click here to read the full details.

Op Blitz update

Friday 21 July – Polegate was the first stop for the Blitz team following up on a report of street drinkers. A group of seven people was dispersed with details taken. Later on at Goldsmiths in Crowborough, a large group of youngsters ran off quickly when police arrived leaving behind a lot of rubbish and empty alcohol bottles. Despite searching the area, police were unable to track down the youngsters. A report came in from Heathfield of three individuals drinking and making a noise near the High Street. It was too late in the evening for the Blitz team to deal with as they were at the other end of the district by that point, but advice was provided to the informant to contact police via the normal route if the problem persisted.

Saturday 22 July – Goldsmiths was visited once again but nobody was present. Off licenses were visited to check for any problems but none were reported. Further locations in Crowborough were also found empty. In Jarvis Brook a small group was seen at the skate park but all behaving well. Later on in Heathfield, the regular places were all empty. A derelict property in Beechwood Lane was checked due to a previous report of youngsters breaking in. The property was checked and found to be secure. Uckfield’s locations were all empty with the exception Luxford Field where three youngsters were seen in the car park, but with no issues. A few people were in the High Street but nobody doing anything they shouldn’t. In Hailsham locations from previous reports were checked but found empty. A few youngsters were in the High Street but not creating any problems.


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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