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Friday 27th September 2019

Lewes District Police News and Alerts


Heritage Crime

PCSO Daryl Holter, one of the lead officers in Sussex for Heritage Crime spoke to community members at this week at Cliffe Church Hall in Lewes, updating them on the work Sussex Police are doing as well as offering advice to community members who play a part in looking after heritage sites.

Daryl said; ‘Sadly we still see a number of heritage crimes across the county, so spreading the prevention, engagement and education messages is really important’. 

What is Heritage Crime?

Heritage crime is defined as 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'.
That can include offences like lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.

You can find out more about our work, advice and support on reporting Heritage Crimes here.


Anti-social behaviour in Seahavens

Following youth related ASB in Newhaven, and Peacehaven, a number of dispersal orders and increased ASB patrols have already been authorised and put in place over the last few weeks, aimed at deterring and curbing youth related ASB, and ongoing work is still in place to prevent further occurrences.

A dispersal order, known as a section 35, provides police officers and PCSOs with the powers to dispense those who are causing significant and persistent anti-social behaviour. It also requires them to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours; in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming “harassed, alarmed or distressed” or “the occurrence of crime or disorder” in a particular area.

In addition to dispersal orders, increased high visibility Police patrols have been put in place across the towns over the last few weeks.

Lewes Police Sergeant Mason said, ‘Additional officers have been brought into the Newhaven and Peacehaven areas to patrol the hotspot areas of youth related ASB, and crime and disorder reported by members of the public.’

‘Work is ongoing and these patrols will be extended into this weekend and continue to do so over the coming weeks’.   

As well as these additional patrols, we also have a designated ASB patrol; named Operation Blitz, which takes place each Friday and Saturday evening from the hours of 6pm until midnight.

You can call the team on 07989188960 within the hours above to speak directly to the ASB team out and about in your town; having designated ASB officers already in the town, and a contact number that can easily be used to report issues, means officers are in a better position to respond promptly and effectively to your calls.

Outside of these times please continue to report incidents via 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online sussex.police.uk


Chailey Careers Fair

PC Ross attended Chailey School's careers fair this week, talking to students about her life as a PC for Lewes, and answering their questions about Police recruitment.

Students were excited to hear of our new recruitment process, and new entry routes.
New PC recruits will be among the the first in the County to benefit from The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship 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.

As well as The Police Constable Degree Aprrenticeship, we currently also offer The Degree Holder Entry Programme; which is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area.

At the end of this two-year practice-based programme, individuals will receive a Level Six Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Sussex has major cities, ports, rural villages and an international airport, so there’s a lot of ground to cover! To do it well, we need people from different backgrounds with diverse skills and experience.

Could this be you? Discover more about our jobs and find where you belong here.


Police officer seriously injured on A27 at Falmer

A police officer was seriously injured when he was hit by a passing vehicle on the A27 north of Brighton.

The eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Falmer was closed shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday (25 September) when the Constable from the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit was struck and injured by a vehicle and taken to hospital.

The collision is not being treated as a deliberate act.

The officer sustained serious but not life threatening injuries and his next of kin have been informed.

He had been helping at the scene of a broken down lorry on one of the lanes of the carriageway since 7.35pm when he was struck by a passing vehicle just as the lorry was about to move again.

The carriageway was closed for the scene to be examined and made safe, and drivers, including those leaving after the Brighton and Hove Albion cup game with Aston Villa from the nearby Amex Stadium, were warned of possible delays and asked to avoid the area if possible.

A crash investigation is underway and the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, who has not been arrested, is co-operating with the investigators.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Fenwick. 


Boy, 13, injured in collision with car outside Lewes supermarket

We wish to trace the driver of a silver or grey car which was in collision with a pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, as it left the Tesco supermarket car park off Brooks Road, Lewes, on Tuesday (24 September).

The incident occurred between 8.20 and 8.30am and the vehicle involved, possibly a BMW, failed to stop.

The boy sustained minor head injuries and was taken to Lewes Victoria hospital for treatment.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who may have dash-cam or mobile phone footage, is asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 362 of 24/09.


Have you reported a crime to us this year?

We are inviting you to attend our recently created Victims Advisory Group on Thursday 3 October 11.30 - 13:00pm at Police HQ Lewes (lunch and refreshments will be provided).

This is the last chance to express your interest and be a part of this event, please email here to express you interest, thank you.

You can play a role in helping review some of the services we provide and act in a consultative capacity for new ideas. Recent examples of work the group has assisted with include reviewing a public communication campaign and feeding into a development and training programme for serving officers. 

The Victims Advisory Group will meet three times a year however there is no requirement to commit to all three meetings.

The group is chaired by Temporary Superintendent Chris Veale, our Victims Service Lead. 

To express your interest please email yourvoice.counts@sussex.pnn.police.uk


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Crime summary

During the small hours of the 19th September, victims were alerted to a male on their CCTV trying to gain entry by trying door handles of their property off Southdown Road, Seaford. The male was described as 25-30, wearing dark clothing, a puffer jacket, he was also wearing gloves and had his face covered. (400 of 20/09 relates)

Overnight on the 19-20th September a business address of Brook Street, Lewes, had a rear fire door forced open and an untidy search of the premises conducted. (305 of 20/09 relates)

A public house off Crouch Lane, Seaford, reported a distraction burglary whereby suspects have taken keys to the tills and taken money from inside the tills whilst distracting the staff members on the evening of the 20th September. Fortunately the premises has CCTV. (1190 of 21/09 relates)

A sports venue off Church Street Seaford, had sports equipment stolen and vehicles damaged in the evening of the 20th September whereby youths have entered the site after trying doors. (27 of 21/09 relates)

Overnight on the 23-24th September, a property off Arundel Road, Peacehaven had their garage door forced open, once inside suspects have stolen the owner’s motorcycle. (171 of 24/09 relates)

Early afternoon on the 26th September a property off Western Road, Newhaven was entered by an unknown suspect when the victim noticed someone on the stairs of the property. Unfortunately no description is available. The suspect absconded possibly via the rear door. (901 of 26/09 relates)

A property off Montacute Road, Lewes had their rear door entered by an unknown suspect on the afternoon of the 26th September. Personal items including jewellery was stolen. (1030 of 26/09 relates)

Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here for extra ways you can protect your homes and belongings.


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.

You can also visit our website here 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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