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Lewes Weekly Police News and Alerts

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Friday 31st May 2019

News and appeals

Young boys mountain bikes stolen

Two young boys had their mountain bikes stolen whilst out playing at the Pump track in Newhaven.

It happened around 1845 in the early evening of the 24th May, whereby the victims were approached by older boys and forced into handing over their bikes.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witness this, or seen anything, to please get in touch. Were you in the park that evening? Have you seen these bikes for sale in your area?

We are keen to reunite these bikes with their rightful owners, and any information that would assist our enquiries would be greatly appreciated.

Please call 101 quoting 1438 of the 24/05, or either email or report online.

You can always report anonymously via crimestoppers at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or over the phone 0800 555 111.

Thank you.

Operation Magpie – Keep your home safe this Summer

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie Summer campaign on Tuesday (May 28), a week-long summer burglary crime prevention and awareness campaign.
Did you know?

Out of 43 UK police forces, Sussex is one of the safest places to live with low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7170 reports of burglary from January - December 2018, 1134 fewer offences (13.6%) over the same period in 2017 (8304).

Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested after some excellent police work and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “We have worked hard to reduce instances of burglary in Sussex over the last year and have seen a significant reduction in reports of this crime. We continue to work to protect members of our communities from this crime and through this campaign we will be offering advice on keeping homes, outbuildings and business premises safe.

“We treat burglary as a serious matter, especially where vulnerable members of the community are targeted and will be sharing examples of where we have prosecuted individuals for such crimes. None of this is achieved without your support and I am really grateful to all our partners, including Neighbourhood Watch and members of the community who work with us to reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.”

To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away, please read our crime prevention advice online: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes. 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 thief. Find out more on their website.

ASB around Lewes areas

Owing to recent youth related ASB during half term, officers have stepped up patrols and extended Op Blitz weekend patrols to more rural areas.

Officers this week increased patrols aimed at deterring and preventing youth related ASB in Lewes, Ringmer and surrounding villages; in particular paying close attention to the areas of Landport estate, and Lewes train station where an increase has been seen.

Officers have also been working with local businesses and groups, offering reassurance, support and crime prevention advice and looking at ways that we can work together to tackle ongoing issues in your local areas.

Operation Blitz; our designated ASB patrols are ongoing every Friday and Saturday night (between 1800-0000), and is manned by designated officers who take to the streets in areas which have seen an increase in ASB, or youth related ASB and areas which have come to attention from community reports over the week.

During the hours above you can call officers on a designated phone number should you witness or become victim of ASB, or youth related ASB. The contact number for the Lewes are (which covers all rural towns north of Lewes, right down through the coast including Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford) is: 07989188960.

This weekend (31/05 and 01/06) patrols will be focusing on our coastal towns on Friday night, and working our way through Lewes, Ringmer and rural villages Saturday night.

Outside of these time you can always report via 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or by visiting our website. Remember always dial 999 in an emergency.

We have also recently changed the way ASB can be reported online, making reporting incidents more convenient and quicker, the online form can be found here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/

For advice on what constitutes anti-social behaviour, and further reading on how this is managed please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/

Police Officer recruitment opening soon, register your interest now

On 17 June 2019 we will open recruitment for the role of Police Officer. We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

It’s a vital role and offers a great sense of pride from helping and protecting those within our community.

From being the first on the scene or arresting an abuser to being a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring face; this role is thrilling yet constantly challenging. You’ll work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment where no two shifts will be the same.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Follow our social media accounts for more information.

To register your interest today, please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/police-officers/

Theft from motor vehicles

Following recent reports of theft from motor vehicles, Lewes Police are reminding car and van owners to review their vehicle security.

A lot of the recent reports have been opportunists whereby suspects have taken items from unlocked vehicles, please remember wherever you are park; even if it is just a few minutes whilst you visit the cash machine, thieves are always watching and by leaving your vehicle unlocked you are advertising its contents.

Even if you have locked your vehicle, remember to check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open.

For more advice and support please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/

Crime summary

A property off Ditching Common, Hassocks, had their garden shed broken into whereby suspects have damaged sensors and security lights, to then broken off the padlocks of the shed to take a chainsaw. This happened in the small hours of the 26th. (0822 of 27/05 relates)

In the small hours of the 29th, unknown suspects have gained entry to an underground car park at a property in West Quay, Newhaven. Nothing was stolen, but damaged caused, CCTV has been passed to the police. (0844 of 29/05 relates)

Around 0530 Wednesday 29/05/19 five youths cut the wire fencing to a garage on Denton Island and scaled the gates to gain access to the forecourt, whereby they tried car doors and windows. Police are reviewing CCTV from the incident. (0454 of 29/05 relates)

Early morning on the 30th May, a group of youths have gained access to a golf course in Seaford. They have caused damage to sheds in an attempt to gain entry. They were warned off. Regrettably there are no lines of enquiry. (0313 of 30/05 relates)

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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