Wealden Weekly Update

News and appeals Christmas Drink and Drug-Drivers

A quick drive under the influence of drink or drugs could lead to a life behind bars. This is the message being issued by us as we launch our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Under new Government proposals, motorists who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The current maximum term is 14 years.

Our officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to target offenders across Sussex between 1 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, and will deal robustly with anyone caught driving under the influence.

Patrols will include static stop checks at various locations, which will be in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers all year round. Our priority is to educate people of the clear risks associated with drink and drug-driving, and to keep road users safe.

During the same campaign last year (1 December 2016 to 1 January 2017), a total of 187 arrests were made in Sussex, of which 143 have since led to convictions.

For those caught and convicted, it will have dire consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Christmas is a time for friends and family, don’t risk drinking and driving.


Crime summary

During the night on Saturday (25 November 2017) between 9:30pm and 8:00am, a house was broken into in Willingdon. A bag and some jewellery had been taken. (Ref: 0336:25/11)

During the day on Sunday (26 November 2017) between 11:00am and 4:00pm, a garage was broken into in Uckfield. A box of 4 yellow rubber based cricket stumps were taken, which were due to be sent to West Africa for a charity. (Ref: 0367:27/11)

Overnight on Monday (27 November 2017) between 5:00pm and 8:00am in Uckfield, a stable building was broken into and some garden equipment and power tools being taken. (Ref. 0222:28/11)


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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