News and Alerts, Wealden District.
Increase patrols over rural Wealden
Both day time and night time patrols have been increased, following recent burglaries targeting tool sheds, and garages across North Wealden.
With PCSOs Duvall and Davidson taking the lead this week heading out to Forest Row, Danehill, and Chelwood Gate, as well as areas of Hailsham and Crowborough who have been most affected this last week, with break ins to sheds, outbuildings and farm properties. To offer increased high visibility patrols, and to visit those affected by recent burglaries; offering support and advice going forward, and updating victims on any lines of enquiry that have been established.
If you have been a victim of burglary, not just in rural areas, but across the Wealden district, please report it to us. Reports help to plan patrols, and officer resources to the areas most affected; we need your reports to build a picture of where offences are happening, you too are our eyes and ears within the community – thank you.
Appeal for information, Co-Op ram raid
Officers were called to Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, shortly after 1am on Friday (29 November) to reports of a break-in at the Co-op store.
A green Land Rover had been used in an attempt to steal a cash machine inside the store, but the efforts were unsuccessful. The Land Rover was abandoned at the scene.
The suspects then fled the scene, possibly in a SUV 4×4-type vehicle or in a dark-coloured Peugeot 208.
Police would like to hear from anybody who may have seen either of these vehicles, or any other suspicious behaviour, in the area.
Anybody with information can report online or call 101 quoting serial 66 of 29/11.
Appeal for witnesses to serious injury collision on A22 Maresfield by-pass
Police are investigating a collision between two cars which left a driver seriously injured and closed the A22 between the Batts Bridge and Lampool roundabout at Maresfield, near Uckfield, for almost five hours on Saturday (30 November).
It happened at around 11.30am when a black Lotus Elise sports car travelling north and a grey Ford Focus estate car travelling south collided near the Batts Bridge roundabout.
The Lotus driver, a 47-year-old man from Newick, suffered serious head injuries and was flown by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. The Ford driver, a 57-year-old man from Hartfield, and his front-seat passenger,a 13-year-old boy, also from Hartfield, sustained slight injuries and shock.
Both were treated at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells.
The A22 Maresfield by-pass was closed until 4.15pm while emergency services dealt with the incident.
Anyone who saw what happened or who may have dash-cam footage, or who noticed either vehicle being driven shortly before the collision, is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Ferndale.
Police increase patrols continue in Hailsham town centre after rise in anti-social behaviour
Police are appealing for the public to share information and help them tackle reports of anti-social behaviour in Hailsham.
Over the last four weeks, officers have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in the town centre. This has included reports of young people throwing eggs at businesses. Officers have increased patrols in the area alongside Operation Blitz, which increases the police focus on anti-social behaviour at weekends.
Operation Blitz are a team of designated officers that go out each Friday and Saturday evening from 1800-0000, targeting areas of known ASB, offering high visibility patrols as a deterrent to groups, as well as offering a mobile number to contact should you witness ASB or youth related crime and disorder in the times given.
This number is 07770700642 (in operation Friday and Saturday from 6pm until midnight).
Police are asking the public to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town or provide information that could help identify those responsible.
Prevention officer PC Sarah Poplett said: “We are concerned about levels of anti-social behaviour in Hailsham town centre, as it is causing distress to many of our local business owners. We are supporting these victims and wish to make it clear that this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We are keen to identify those responsible, and have stepped up our patrols in the area. However, the public can play their part too by reporting any anti-social behaviour to us, or letting us know if they have any information that could help with our investigation.”
Anyone wishing to report an incident, or who has any information, can report online or by calling 101, quoting 1273 of 20/11.
Christmas is a time for giving…but sadly for taking, too!
We’re working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home, presents and loved ones this festive season. When you are out shopping please remember:
- Keep valuables in inside coat pockets or internal zips in bags to prevent pickpockets
- Only carry the cash you need, do not carry large amounts with you
- Avoid going back to your car to drop off presents part way through your trip, if you do keep presents in the car ensure they are well out of sight and the car/boot is locked
When you’re out in the evenings:
- Never leave your valuables unattended in public area
- Avoid walking home alone in the dark, and never with someone that you do not know
- Drink responsibly, never drink and drive, arrange for a taxi or a designated driver for the evening
When you are at home:
- Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors
- Never keep large amounts of cash at home
- Check you have adequate home insurance to cover high value items
- Make sure your home looks occupied, leave a light on or a timer light or radio playing
- Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin; break down boxes, and remove labels before putting inside a wheelie bin
- Register your newly gifted items with your home insurance provider and with property registering websites such as www.immobilise.com – if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.
A farm building at a property off Lewes Road, Danehill was entered in the early evening of the 28th November, on Police arrival damage had been caused to security cameras and outbuildings entered. (1111 of 28/11 relates)
Police attended a supermarket on Coppice Avenue, Willingdon around 1am on the 29th November to find a vehicle had been reversed into the store, with suspect(s) then attempting to pull the cash machine out of the store. A vehicle had made off, but enquiries continue, an appeal for info is in main news section of this newsletter.
Personal items, along with fishing equipment, was stolen when a row of garages on Montargis Way, Crowborough were broken into late evening on the 2nd December. A good description and a potential registration number of a suspect vehicle have been obtained by the victims, and police enquiries continue into these. (1393 of 02/12 relates)
An attempted garage break occurred over the 1st to the 3rd December when homeowners at a property off Kemp Farm Road, Crowborough noticed their garage door had been damaged by means unknown in an attempt to gain entry. (1383 of 03/12 relates)
Various tools were stolen from a garage off Bodle Street, Hailsham overnight on the 3rd December when suspect(s) have cut padlocks to doors to gain entry. (107 of 03/12 relates)
A mountain bike was stolen from an open garage at a property off Paul Close, Hailsham during the daytime of the 4th December (1111 of 04/12 relates)
Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here.
Action Fraud scam watch
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported? This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
Argos Gift Cards
Action Fraud are warning members of the public to be cautious of FAKE texts and emails reporting to be from Argos, stating that you can win a £1000 gift voucher in time for Christmas. Clicking the link takes you to a malicious website designed to steal your personal details. If you get this message or email, DELETE.
Online Christmas Shopping
With each year, Christmas shopping online increases, we’ve got some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience. As well as avoiding scam websites and messages, these tips will help minimise any fallout should you be unlucky enough to fall victim to online crime here.
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, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online.
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.
You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
Have you ever had a policing question that doesn’t actually require direct police involvement to answer? Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.