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Friday 28th June 2019

News and appeals

Lewes man Paul Moss is wanted on recall to prison

Police need to trace Paul Alexander Moss, 28, from Boughey Place, Lewes, who is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of a licence for his early release.

Moss had been serving a 22-month sentence for assaulting a police officer.
He was released from HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes, on 10 May but his licence was revoked on 18 June.

He had originally been sentenced at Northampton Crown Court and there is a possibility he may still be in the Midlands.

Anyone seeing him or knowing his current whereabouts is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 1480 of 18/06.

Witnesses sought after dog walker attacked in Lewes

Police investigating a dispute between two dog-walkers in a field at Landport Bottom, Lewes, at around 6.30am on Thursday, 13 June, are asking for anyone who saw it or who may have other information to come forward.

A 38-year-old local man was attacked after a verbal exchange escalated into him being kicked and punched.

The suspect was a man in his 50s, 6' 2", with a grey/black beard and receding hair. He was wearing a camouflage-pattern Adidas t-shirt, a dark top, dark trousers and light-coloured shoes. He was accompanied by three Jack Russell terriers.

PC Noel Daniels said: "Specifically, two other people were seen in the area at this time and it would help progress enquiries if they were to kindly contact police with details of anything they may know about this incident."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 221 of 13/06.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either via its website or by phoning 0800 555 111.

Police Officer recruitment closing the 1st July!

Recruitment for the role of Police Officer in Sussex closes July the 1st, if you or anyone you know is interested in applying please do not miss out, get your applications in before the closing date.

For more information and to apply today click here

New training routes for Officer recruitment

By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will be the first in the county to join Sussex Police as a Police Officer through the new entry routes.

We currently offer:
•           The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is the new entry route for Police Constables and will be launched in December 2019. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. Upon successfully finishing the programme, and completing probation, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £20,370 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.
•           The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area, we aim to launch this in 2020. At the end of this two-year practice-based programme, individuals will receive a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £23,586 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.

You will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards your degree. You will also be paid a salary while studying and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.
Ahead of the DHEP being launched in 2020, recruits with degrees may be offered places on the PCDA.

This recruitment campaign is expected to fill our intakes in March 2020, June 2020, September 2020 and November 2020.

With limited opportunities available, and anticipated high interest, we would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the vacancy early.

Protect your home by protecting your garden, is your outdoor property safe?

Following recent reports of break ins to sheds and outbuildings across rural areas of Sussex, Prevention Officers and Staff have been out raising awareness and offering valuable crime prevention advice and tools, to help keep your property safe.

Last week we shared advice on things you can do to improve the security of your outbuildings, this week we’re touching on our gardens.

-Consider installing security lights both to illuminate your garden and to deter thieves. Motion sensor lights switch on when movement is detected, sodium tubes switch on automatically when it becomes dark.
-Keep shrubs, bushes, hedges and plants cut back as they can provide a hiding place for thieves.
-Plant a prickly hedge as a physical and psychological barrier; a trace of blood of shred of clothing could assist the police in identifying an offender if something is stolen.
-Check that all boundary fences, walls and gates are in good repair. A solid barrier is an excellent deterrent to an opportunist thief.
-Consider a gravel driveway. The noise created by gravel can make it harder for burglars to go unnoticed, and can also alert you to activities outside.
-Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your garden, and do the same for them.

Much of the information provided above and in last weeks In The Know alerts can be used to protect allotments from criminals too.

- Get to know your neighbours on the allotment. If they know you, they are more likely to be suspicious if someone the do not recognise is on your plot.
- Do not leave expensive equipment or tools on the site unattended, or see if you can store them at home or share storage with a neighbouring allotment.
-Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch to see if there is a group running in your area where you can follow advice or share tips and information.

For more information on securing outbuildings, tools and garden equipment please click here

Summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches

You might feel fine to drive, but if you’re over the limit you’re at serious risk of killing or seriously injuring someone – or yourself.

This is the message being issued as Sussex Police and Surrey Police launch their annual summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The campaign aims to keep road users as safe as possible, by educating motorists of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, and by targeting offenders.

The forces dedicate resources to the campaign twice a year – during summer and at Christmas, when social occasions are at their peak – (this is in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year).

Anyone caught and convicted as part of the summer 2019 crackdown, which runs from 24 June to 7 July inclusive, will be identified on the Sussex Police news website and social media pages.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Sussex Police and Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “Ultimately, our main aim is to keep people as safe as possible on our roads by providing education, and by enforcing the law where we need to.

“It goes without saying that drink and drug-driving destroys lives, and it’s something that can so easily be avoided.

“People have a clear decision to make. By choosing to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, you are choosing to take a huge risk. Alcohol and substances significantly impair your ability to carry out even the simplest of tasks, and you should never get behind the wheel of a car in these circumstances.

“Similarly, you should never get into a vehicle with someone you know who has consumed drink or drugs. Don’t put yourself in danger.
“You can also be over the limit the morning after. A common misconception is that a few hours’ sleep, a coffee and some breakfast will do the trick, but it can take several hours for alcohol to leave your system and even longer for drugs.

“Of course we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves this summer, but don’t do anything you might regret. We’re not out there to ruin your fun; in fact, we’d rather not make any arrests at all. But if you’re prepared to break the law then prepare to face the consequences.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.

“The message is clear, drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.”

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Crime summary

During the evening of the 20th, a property off Spithurst Road, Spithurst had their garage broken into by means unknown. Suspects have taken pedal cycles and other electrical items. (0493 of 24/06 relates).

Overnight on the 24th June, a property off Hawth Hill, Seaford had an attempt to gain entry whereby suspects have attempted to enter rear doors, in doing so they have damaged locks. Fortunately no further entry was made and no items stolen. (0494 of 24/06 relates).

A business on South Coast Road, Peacehaven, had their till stolen in the small hours of the 24th whereby suspects stolen the till and made off on motorcycles. (0081 of 24/06 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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