News and appeals Beware or car thieves whilst defrosting your vehicle
It’s that time of year again when we start having the chore of defrosting the car windscreen. Demisting your windscreen on the inside is also a necessity before setting off. Failing to do either can impede your vision – which means you’ll be driving illegally. If you can’t put your car away in a garage overnight, covering your windscreen the night before a frost is forecast will shorten the amount of time it takes to clear in the morning. Some people like to use de-icing spray or a scraper. It’s important you stay with your car while it’s defrosting. We know from previous experience that thieves will target residential areas on cold and frosty mornings, specifically looking for cars which have been left to defrost unattended while the owner has gone back indoors. You may even find your motor insurance becomes invalid, or cover reduced, if your car is stolen as a result of the key being left in the ignition.
Fake £50 notes in Forest Row
Businesses in Forest Row are being advised of recent attempts to use fake £50 notes in the area. We’ve received reports from local shops who have refused to accept notes that didn’t appear to be genuine. The Bank of England website has details of what features to check for on each of the current banknotes.
Two vehicles in Mayfield had tools stolen from them overnight, between Sunday (12/11) and Monday (13/11). Tile cutters, Hitachi hammer drill and a DeWalt battery drill were stolen from West Street. A Husqvarna 372XP chainsaw and Proforce Tanaka leaf blower were stolen from East Street. (Ref: 0354 & 0390 13/11/17) Car keys were stolen from a house in Blackness Road, Crowborough in the early hours of Thursday morning (16/11). Subsequently, at approximately 4am, a 2015 white Audi A1 was stolen from outside the property. (Ref: 0149 16/11/17)
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