Wealden District Police Weekly News and Alerts

News and Alerts

Forest Row windows and cars damaged

On Wednesday we were made aware, that overnight multiple vehicles and shop windows being damaged in Forest Row.

Wealden Prevention have since attended the businesses affected, and spoke to residents to assess CCTV opportunities. If you have been affected and not yet reported to us, please report it online or call 101. Or if you have any information, or CCTV please let us know online or over the phone to 101 – thank you.

Hailsham man in possession of £100k worth of drugs.

A man who was found in possession of drugs worth up to £100,000 has been jailed.

James Elliott, 39, unemployed, of Hedley Way, Hailsham, was arrested in the early hours of 9 January after police stopped a black Fiat Bravo in nearby Hempstead Lane. Officers on patrol had received information the vehicle Elliott was travelling in was involved in the supply of drugs, and that the car had been spotted on the A22 heading southbound from East Grinstead.

Police stopped the car and on carrying out a search, found five large bags of white powder inside a black bin liner in the boot weighing around 10kg in total. The powder was later tested and found to be Class B drug amphetamine with an estimated street value of between £51,000 and £102,000.

Elliott pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (amphetamine) when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 10 January. He appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 5 March, where he was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge. The drugs were destroyed and disposed of under section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Heathfield man wanted for recall to prison

Police in East Sussex are searching for Shawn Marfleet, who is wanted for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his release licence.

Marfleet, 46, was released from prison in January part of the way through a two month sentence for stalking, but the Probation Service now require his return to prison.

He is described as white, 5’9″. of slim build, with blue eyes, and tattoos on his right arm, and frequents the Heathfield area.

If you see Marfleet or know where he is, do not approach him but phone 999 right away, quoting serial 1011 of 13/03. If you have any other information that would assist in the search please contact the police on 101 or online, quoting the same reference.

Multi-agency clear up in Uckfield

PC Dudley and PCSO Choppin teamed up with our Wealden Police cadets, Brighter Uckfield, Uckfield District Council and Church Coombe residents association to clean up the Downland Copse area.

A great job done by all and the area is now safe to use for community events! While the police will take action if we witness it happening, or it is an on-going issue; littering, discarded drug paraphernalia, and people leaving a mess in public areas, should usually be reported to your local council as they can organise the removal of litter.

Please always be careful, and don’t attempt to remove the rubbish yourself in case there are hidden sharp or dangerous items, and if you come across used drug paraphernalia or sharps please contact your local council who will arrange for the items to be removed.

Wealden District Quarterly Newsletter

For those that have not yet seen or read the latest Wealden District Quarterly Newsletter, December to March, this is available to view here.

This quarterly newsletter gives details of upcoming events on the district, news on our ongoing patrols, updates on anti-social behaviour patrols, and more… Should you run groups, or volunteer across the district, please feel free to share the newsletter with your members. Thank you.

Crime Summary

A property off Boars Head Road, Crowborough had their property broken into late evening on the 11th, when unknown suspects have forced entry to a rear door causing damage to locks to gain entry. Personal items and cash was targeted. (1171 of 11/03 relates)

Overnight on the 13th a business address off Coppice Avenue, Willingdon was broken into when unknown suspects have smashed glass front doors to gain entry. Products from the business and cash was targeted (0211 of 13/03 relates)

Farming machinery and tools were stolen from a property off Down Lane, Frant, overnight on the 13th-14th, when unknown suspects have gained entry to the property and stolen items from an outbuilding. (0069 of 15/03 relates)

A property off Meres Lane, Mayfield was broken into overnight on the 15th-16th, when unknown suspects have forced entry on the site. (0246 of 16/03)

During the day time of the 16th a private property off Castle View, Pevensey Bay reported having personal items, including gas canisters stolen from their property. (0680 of 16/03 relates)
There have been no further reports of burglaries on the Wealden district.

For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.

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:

Fraudsters may use the fact more people are staying at home, as an opportunity to operate doorstep scams. Our video here with Age UK explains how to protect yourself.

Did you catch our Cyber Protect UK Officer Max Bruce on BBC Crimewatch this morning talking about the latest coronavirus scams?

You can watch his interview by clicking here. CORONAVIRUS SCAMS: victims of coronavirus-related scams have lost over £800k in one month. Click here for more details.

Action Fraud’s top tips Cybercrime – How to stay secure online

Fraud and cybercrime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis of Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing – most of it can be prevented. By following just a few quick and simple steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts Safeguard yourself and others here

Action Fraud’s top tips

Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself. Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud 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 at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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.
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