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Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 14th June 2019

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Police public meeting this evening

In response to recent youth related ASB in your local areas, Prevention officers from Lewes Police will be attending a public meeting this evening, Friday 14 June at 7pm at Newhaven Football Club.

Local Policing Inspector Ed Ripley said:

“I fully understand why the community feels upset and angry about this spate of crime, but be assured that police are focused on addressing this and are the right resource to do so.

“Police activity in the past nine months has led to the identification and arrest of a group of young people in the Newhaven area for violent offences, burglary and theft of motor vehicles. My team has relentlessly policed key areas and taken robust action against individuals; a total of 57 arrests have been made since September last year. Following a recent assault in Fort Road, Newhaven, eight youths were arrested and are currently on bail while the incident is being investigated.

“We are targeting individuals as well as problem areas, briefing and directing policing teams to help curb the issues in the area, and working in partnership with the local community, councillors and local authority. We urge the public to continue to act as our eyes and ears to help us with this.

“I urge people to attend a meeting on Friday 14 June at 7pm at Newhaven Football Club where the community will come together to discuss what can be done to reduce youth related anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder in the area. Please come along and share your views around how we can work together to tackle this problem.”

Lewes Prevention gets a spot on Seahaven FM

Prevention Sergeant Reynolds land a new spot on Seahaven FM. Sergeant Reynolds spoke with Nick Mallinson last week around local issues and problems faced by residents of Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven, and how Lewes Prevention team are tackling these.

This included advice around reporting youth related anti-social behaviours, and which numbers to use, the first airing will Friday the 14th after the morning show around 11:35 and later repeated throughout the week. You can also replay any broadcast on the Seahaven FM website by clicking ‘listen again’ https://listenagain.seahavenfm.com/

Please remember if you witness ASB that is happening there and then to call in on 999; if it has already happened and there is no longer any danger, please use 101 or report online at www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/

Seahaven FM (96.3 FM) is the local radio station for Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.

Lewes Prevention team hope to have a regular monthly spot where residents can hear first-hand from their local Police Prevention Team, so watch this space…

Police response to bike thefts and ASB

Following recent reports of bike thefts from teenagers at the new Pumptrack in Newhaven, Lewes Prevention have upped their patrols to the area, and are working with NeighbourHood First to tackle the issue.

The new Skatepark has been a very welcomed facility for residents of Newhaven, regrettably we have received reports of bikes being taken from users in the area, and reports of youth related ASB. Patrols have been extended and Lewes Prevention team are looking to set up a bike marking event at the Pumptrack to help bike owners protect their property going forward.

Crime prevention techniques such as using a more solid lock, not leaving your bike unattended when leaving the park can all help towards preventing further thefts.

Once a date and time has been set up for bike registrations we will post out on social media and In The Know to allow bike users to make arrangements for the event.

Police Officer recruitment opening Monday 17th

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/

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Crime summary

Late evening on the 9th June, two youths were witnessed breaking into sheds off the Seaford Golf Course, Seaford, damage was caused to sheds whereby suspects have kicked in doors to gain entry. Police are working with the witness to identify the youths. (0087 of 11/06 relates)

Overnight on the 10th June a property off Hillyfield, Lewes had their car and garage broken into, unfortunately a few cars and garages were broken into at the same time, Police have been addressing recent youth related ASB and criminal damage in the local area and ongoing work to address this issue continues. (0463 of 11/06 relates)

A property off the Avenue in Lewes, had their car entered and keys taken overnight on the 11th June. Suspects have entered the car on the driveway and taken keys from within. (0576 of 12/06 relates)

A home off Valley Dene, Newhaven had their home entered around midnight where suspects have entered an open door, money and personal items were taken and cards used in local stores. (0715 of 12/06 relates) Police enquiries are ongoing

Distraction burglaries in the Lewes and Seahaven areas. Police are advising residents to be cautious of callers who they are not expecting, or appear to be acting suspicious or offering something that sounds too good to be true.

If you have your suspicions, please always check with companies prior to letting someone into your home, check their ID. Have you booked an appointment for them to come, if not there is no harm in ringing the company to check whilst asking the person to wait outside; if they are genuine they will likely wait.

Please report distraction burglaries directly to the Police on either 101, or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or report online at www.sussex.police.uk

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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