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Friday 26th July 2019 News and appeals Summer Fun Days across Wealden

Looking for something to do over the Summer holidays?

Look no further than the Wealden Fun Days.

This free event, run by Wealden District Council, it’s a great opportunity to see what is available in your town for not only for you, but also your family and friends; with a wide range of sports and activities, craft making, children entertainers and much, much more.

Local Officers from your Wealden Prevention team, will also be in attendance offering parents and children crime prevention advice and support. In particular for children, offering safety advice on road and internet safety; and offering up-to-date tools and advice to help keep them safe when out on the roads and online.

The below website gives more details, as well as upcoming dates:

More information found here.

  • Friday 2 August (10am – 2pm) – Polegate – Wannock Road Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5JG
  • Wednesday 7 August (10am – 2pm) Crowborough – Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Eridge Road, Crowborough, TN6 2TN
  • Saturday 10 August (10am – 3pm) – Uckfield – West Park Recreation Ground, Markland Way, Uckfield, TN22 2DE
  • Friday 16 August (10am – 2pm) – Heathfield – Sheepsetting Lane Recreation Ground, Heathfield, TN21 0XG
  • Wednesday 21 August (10am – 2pm) Hailsham – Western Road Recreation Ground, Hailsham, BN2

Missing male from Maresfiled.

Police are concerned for the welfare of Mark Payne who is missing.

Mark, 45, was last seen on 12 June at 12 noon in Bloomery Way, Maresfield, near Uckfield.

He was reported missing on 9 July. He is white, 5′ 10″, medium build and has blond hair.

Sergeant Kath Nevill said: “We are concerned about Mark who hasn’t been seen since last month. He has links to Uckfield. If anyone has seen him or knows where he is please contact us.”

Report online to police or ring 101 quoting serial 1082 of 09/07 if you have any information which could help find Mark.

Witnesses sought after vintage tractor is involved in fatal collision in Groombridge

Witnesses are being sought after a single vehicle collision, involving a vintage tractor, occurred at 10.30pm on Tuesday (23 July) in Park Corner Lane, Groombridge, west of Tunbridge Wells.

Two men travelling on the blue Fordson tractor, aged 55 and 24, and both from Kent, were injured in the incident.

Sadly, the injuries to the older man proved fatal, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The younger man was treated for minor injuries at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, and later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, who may have dash-cam footage or who saw the tractor being driven in the area prior to the incident.

They are asked to contact police online, to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Covington. The coroner for East Sussex has been informed.

Wealden Police Cadets assist with our week of ASB awareness.

Sussex Police is supporting Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.

In this week of action, the force aims to increase people’s understanding of what ASB is, its impact on people’s lives and how it can lead to more serious crime.

To help promote this and raise awareness of the ways you can report to us, our Wealden Police cadets took to the streets of Pevensey and the surrounding areas, sharing contact details for Operation Blitz and supporting our ongoing work this week in raising awareness around the types of ASB and how best to report them.

(Cadets later took a well-earned rest to enjoy the late evening sunshine at Pevensey Castle)

Operation Blitz is an ongoing initiative in East Sussex to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, with officers being specifically tasked to respond to such incidents.

On Friday and Saturday evenings (6pm until midnight), identified as the most likely times for trouble to occur, a dedicated phone number allows people to report ASB concerns directly to these teams.

For those who were not aware, the contact number for Operation Blitz in Wealden is: 07770 700642

Outside of these times please continue to report to 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or report online on our newly designed ASB reporting form. More information about ASB here.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, visit their website.

If you have experienced three incidents of ASB in the last six months and not received a satisfactory response, you can activate the Community Trigger through Sussex Police or your local authority. For more information visit here.

New PCSOs out on patrol are among the first apprentices nationally

Matt Duvall, Ellie Cogger and Barney Reed joined policing teams this week as PCSO Apprentices – some of the first in the country

Former postman PCSO Matt Duvall is one of the country’s first apprentice Police Community Support Officers. As a new recruit with the policing team in the Wealden district, he will train on the job and at the same time earn a professional qualification.

Tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB) will be a prominent part of Matt’s role as a PCSO. Matt will be taking part in high visibility patrols in hotspots, engaging with the community and partner organisations on a regular basis to help prevent ASB and deal with the perpetrators.

As an apprentice, Matt, who is also a retained firefighter in the Crowborough area, will work alongside his tutor, a full time PCSO, for the first 10 weeks before gaining independent patrol status.

(Matt, Ellie, Barney)

Sussex Police and Surrey Police are the first forces in the country to introduce apprenticeships for PCSOs, which will eventually be rolled out across all 43 forces nationwide.

A further 100 PCSO apprentices will be recruited by Sussex Police over the next year to strengthen local policing, thanks to the increased 2019 council tax precept. Recruitment opens for applications again in August.

Matt and his fellow PCSO apprentices, who joined teams across the county in the last week, have already had 12 weeks’ training at the county HQ. They will continue to work towards a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing over the next nine months while working full time in the community.

For Matt, the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification – the equivalent of a HNC or foundation degree – has been life-changing:

He said: “The apprenticeship means the world to me. I’ve wanted to join Sussex Police since I was a teenager, but as I left school with few qualifications I never thought I would be able to get in. Now I am eight months away from getting a Level 4 qualification.

“It’s so exciting doing a job I have wanted for over 20 years. I’m really enjoying being out in the community, putting my new knowledge and skills to the test. I have a second baby on the way, so doing this locally on the job makes a big difference.

“I’d particularly like to help the local kids to try and steer them in the right direction. I grew up on a council estate in East Grinstead so I know what goes on and what I can do to help.”

Fellow apprentice Barney Reed, an international Deaf Rugby Union player, joined the Prevention team in east Brighton last week and is looking forward to helping the community.

Barney said: “I’m loving being out on division. We’ve been out doing patrols in hot spots for anti-social behaviour in Whitehawk and the marina and attending jobs.”

“I’m enjoying getting to know the community. I want to be that friendly face to have a chat with. As PCSOs we are here to help the community and prevent crime. It’s through building relationships that we do that.

“I really looked up to officers when I was growing up, but as I have significant hearing loss, I never thought it possible I could become one. I struggled at school because of my hearing difficulties, but have always excelled practically.

“The apprenticeship and the equipment Sussex Police has provided, including an adapted earpiece for my hearing aids, has made it all possible.”

PCSOs play a vital part in keeping Sussex safe, carrying out activities proven to reduce crime and to protect the public.

The new diploma – which replaces the previous 5 week PCSO training – ensures recruits have the knowledge and skills necessary for 21st century policing. To reflect the complex and changing nature of crime, digital policing, protecting vulnerable people, problem solving and evidence-based policing are included in the curriculum.

“I feel like we have gained a more in-depth understanding of what we do and the important role PCSOs play within policing,” says Ellie Cogger, who has just joined the Hastings team.

“I am looking forward to changing the public perception of PCSOs and the police in general.”

As well as giving PCSOs a transferable qualification, the Diploma serves as a foundation year for the PC Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) being introduced nationally as an entry route for new constable recruits. They are on a full basic salary from day one of training.

“Getting the Diploma will present us with more opportunities and career options,” says Barney. “In particular it gives you a path to continue on and become a PC.”

Julia Chapman, Assistant Chief Constable, said, “I am delighted we are offering this new qualification. We believe that by offering an apprenticeship we can appeal to those who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”

“The opportunity to gain a professional qualification will also ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option.

“For our local prevention teams, every week is ASB Week. With the 100 extra PCSO apprentices we are recruiting over the next year, we will be able to strengthen our reach into communities, providing a more visible and accessible policing presence. Our aim is to engage with the public and deter and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I am pleased to report that the first cohort of PCSO apprentices paid for by the increase in council tax have just started their initial training at the county police HQ this week, and we are opening again for recruitment in August.”

“I am confident that with these additional frontline PCSOs, we will be in the best position to achieve our aim of keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I’m pleased that these PCSOs are now ready to launch their careers with Sussex Police and help to keep us all safer.

“Residents continue to tell me how much they value their PCSOs and the unique relationship that they develop with the local communities they serve.

“These PCSOs are also amongst the first in the UK to undergo the new 12-month apprenticeship scheme, with a robust training and shadowing package, that will prepare them for their important role of visible policing and crime prevention across the county.”

Crime summary

Overnight on the 18th July, a property off Parrock Lane, Hartfield reported a shed break whereby suspects have gained entry into victim’s garden and removed shed doors. Tools were stolen. (0307 of 19/07)

A business property off Ersham Road, Hailsham had an attempt break in on the 19th July, whereby suspects have smashed windows to the front of the building, fortunately no entry was gained and nothing reported as stolen. (0627 of 19/07)

Garden tools were stolen from a property off Pound Lane, Uckfield were stolen during the day of the 19th July (0680 of 19/07)

A commercial property off Diplocks Way, Hailsham was broken into over night on the 19th, whereby suspects have gained entry to the compound, forcing fences. Various gardening products were stolen (0721 of 19/07)

A second property off Parrock Lane, Hartfiled had their shed broken into around the 18th July. Suspects have stolen electrical items and tools after removing shed window panes. (1494 of 21/07)

A garage at a property off Station Road, Hartfield was broken into overnight on the 21st July, whereby suspects have gained entry to the garage and stolen victim’s cycles.  (0192 of 22/07)

Garden equipment was stolen at a second property off Station Road, Hartfield overnight on the 21st July; suspects have made entry to the victim’s garage via an open window. (0415 of 22/07)

Overnight on the 24th July, a property off Highland Close, Crowborough was broken into, whereby suspects have smashed glass patio doors to gain entry, jewellery and cash was targeted. (0452 24/07)

Following recent reports of break ins across more rural areas of our district, Wealden Police are working with victims and our investigations department behind the scenes to further investigate a potential series, appropriate actions will be put in place as a result these of investigations.

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.

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

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