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Stand Up To Stalking – Police re-affirm commitment to support stalking victims
There has been a welcome increase in stalking reports in the past two years, which we attribute to a number of factors, including increasing confidence by victims, more accurate recording by police, and increased awareness by officers and staff, following the recent tragic death of Shana Grice. These are complex issues, often involving people known to each other. National figures show that some two-thirds of all stalking cases involve intimate or ex-intimate partner relationships, with the remainder being acquaintance or stranger cases. This picture is reflected in Sussex. Read more here:
Community raises £200 for elderly distraction burglary victim
A community has rallied around an elderly man who fell victim to a distraction burglary in Burgess Hill.
At about 1.30pm on 8 March, the 94-year-old man answered the door of his home in Leylands Park to an unknown man who claimed to be from the water board. The victim stayed with the suspect while he turned off the water supply in the kitchen, before leaving in a blue Ford Mondeo. After he had gone, the occupant noticed £200 had been stolen from his wallet, which had been in the pocket of his jacket in the living room. It is believed a second suspect may have entered the property while the victim was distracted and stolen the money.
The incident was circulated on Facebook and to members of Neighbourhood Watch in Burgess Hill, and more than £200 has since been donated to the victim by Nina Richardson, a local resident who helped to raise the funds.
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online: https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ or call 101 quoting serial 731 of 08/03.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website: https://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Advice on how to protect yourself from distraction burglary is available online: https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/
Between 2:50pm and 5:40pm on Friday (13 April), a shed was broken into on Groombridge Lane in Tunbridge Wells. The padlock on the shed was damaged and the shed was entered, with a generator being stolen (1064 13/04).
Between 1:15pm and 2:45pm on Saturday (14 April), a house on Hankham Hall Road in Pevensey was broken into. The front door was damaged and access was gained to the house but it is unsure if anything was taken (0655 14/04).
Between Thursday 29 March and Friday 13 March, 2 quad bikes were taken from a property in Uckfield (0766 15/04).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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