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Wealden District Police News and Alerts

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Friday 18th October 2019

News and Alerts


Rural Crime Advice

Following recent thefts from farms and rural properties in the district, including the areas of Hartfield, Hellingly, and Heathfield, farm owners and rural residents are being reminded of the following advice to help prevent future occurrences.

Wealden Police are aware of reports that have been made directly to us, and investigations into these reports are ongoing, should you witness or become a victim of rural crime please report directly to Sussex Police, either by calling 101, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online on our easy to use webforms

Equipment and tool security
• Lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use, and install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept - mark your tools and equipment and register them with www.immobilise.com
• Always lock farm vehicles when left outside and keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
• Consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors

Estate and building security
• Keep the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
• Keep all doors and windows shut and locked when not in use, and make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair with good quality window locks
• Fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings, or consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows
• Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
• Establish a single gated entrance and exit, removing all private access points that are not in use

Protect your land
• Look closely at the perimeter to ensure it is as secure as possible
• Consider using large tree trunks, rocks, ditching and earth mounds around boundaries to prevent access
• Restrict vehicle access by digging deep ditches
• Keep unused land maintained and free from litter and other waste

Livestock theft
• Make regular checks of the fields where animals are kept to check that fences haven’t been breached
• Use ear tags, horn brands, freeze marking or tattooing to make your animals more easily identifiable
• Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair: field gate hinges should have capping hinges so they can't be removed easily; cattle grids should be removable and locked out of position when they're not in use; use locking posts to obstruct large openings to yards


Crime Prevention Day Knockhatch

Following the success of our Rural Crime prevention days earlier this year at Knockhatch, Hailsham

Your local policing team will be hosting a crime prevention day at Knockhatch on 30th October 2019 between 10am and 2pm.

Stuck for something to do with the children over the October half term?

Bring them down to see us to learn some crucial lessons around safety, what to do in an emergency, what the Police can do to help them, and have some fun with your local Police team!

For parents and carers we have our latest book of big scams, and will be giving away some of our 2019 Halloween posters, which you can hang on your door to state whether you would like to have trick or treaters visit you.

Unable to make it, our website has a vast array of crime prevention advice for all situations, please visit www.sussex.police.uk for more information and advice.


School Visits

PCSO Choppin went back to her school days this week when she popped in to Rotherfield Pre-School.

Taking the morning to teach the little ones not only about how we catch naughty people, but all about how we help people, and can always help them if they ever need to speak to the Police.

The children had a lovely morning learning all about the Police, and it was a great opportunity for PCSO Choppin to share best practises with them on how to call us in an emergency and sharing her key message; ‘The Police are always there to help and protect you, if you see us out and about say hello, and if you can’t talk to parents or carers you can always talk to a Police officer’.


Uckfield Fire Station electricals safety day

PSCOs Gilling and Hodgens joined Fire Officers at Uckfield Fire Station this Thursday to join them on their fire blanket and electrical items testing day.

Officers spoke with attendees about electrical safety matters, and took the oppourtunity to offer people home secruity advice, and prevention tecniques to help keep items within their homes safe, and how best to ‘checklist’ their homes against burglary over the coming winter months.

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home.

Try to get into the habit of following your own course of axction when locking up your home, this will help to ensure you don’t forget things, check out our leaving your home checklist ideas here.


Be Polite This Halloween Night

Hallowe'en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the 'no trick or treaters' poster, these can be picked up from your local Police station/contact point, or printed for free online

If you are looking to take part the poster for ‘Trick or treaters Welcome’ can also be found on our website or at local Police contact points and stations.

Remember not everyone enjoys Halloween, spare a thought for those who may feel anxious with strangers knocking on their door.

Have fun, stay safe, and only go to homes who are clearly welcoming trick or treaters, if you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.


Sussex Police says there is no place for hate

Sussex Police is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, emphasising the importance of reporting hate crime and reinforcing the message that it is not tolerated in Sussex. 

The week, which runs from October 12 to 19, aims to raise understanding of what hate crime is and encourage victims to report it, giving support to victims, their families and communities, and dealing with perpetrators appropriately. 

During the week, we have been using social media to share messages of what hate crime is to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report it to the police, as well as sharing information on how hate crime can escalate if it isn’t reported, real life experiences of victims of hate crime and emphasising that we will always support victims with empathy and respect.


We are also reinforcing the message that it’s not just victims who can report hate crime; witnesses are vital and can play their part too by reporting any incidents seen. 

Sussex Police lead for Hate Crime, Superintendent Ed De La Rue said: “Hate crime is pernicious. Crimes that are motivated by hate can cause high levels of depression, fear and loss of confidence, and it damages communities too. 

"I urge people who have suffered or witnessed a hate crime to report it to us. We are committed to treating victims with respect and empathy, and knowing where and when hate crimes occur allows us to try and prevent them in future.” 

Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. For those who wish to report online, you can do so here

People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. 

There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report to locally; speak to Wealden council or citizens advice, as well as finding support online at Safe:Space Sussex, if you have been a victim of hate crime; here you can also find a directory of local specialist services.


Hailsham Bonfire, this weekend

With bonfire season upon us, we want to take the chance to remind everyone about their own personal safety and that of those around them when attending or hosting displays.

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden. Find out the law around using fireworks as well as how to stay safe, and report those using fireworks in a dangerous or threatening way. 

Categories of fireworks

Category one: ‘Throwdown fireworks’ including firecrackers, bangers and party poppers
Categories two and three: ‘Adult fireworks’ available in shops
Category four: Professional display fireworks available from specialist suppliers

Who can use fireworks?

According to The Fireworks Regulations 2004 The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015

Anyone over 18 can buy, carry or use category one, two and three fireworks
Anyone over 16 can only buy, carry or use category one fireworks
Anyone over 12 can buy Christmas crackers

Only licensed professionals can buy, carry and use category 4 fireworks

Unless part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place

It’s an offence to throw or set off any firework (including sparklers and category 1 fireworks) in or into any highway, street, thoroughfare or public space

What time can fireworks be used?

Fireworks can be used in the UK any time from 7am to 11pm*
*Exceptions are, Bonfire night: 7am to midnight, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year: 7am to 1am the following day.

What is the impact of firework misuse?

Used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

This is why members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back gardens, and only licensed professionals can use them in public places.

What you can do

If a local retailer is selling adult fireworks to people under 18, please report it to your local Trading Standards department.

If children are setting off fireworks in your area, our first advice is to ask them politely to stop.
It’s possible they’re unaware that they are breaking the law. If you know their parents, perhaps ask them to intervene. 

If you’re having an ongoing problem with people setting off fireworks, please report it to us.

Fireworks, Be Safe, Not Sorry – Always follow the code: www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety/


Crime Summary

Overnight on the 9-10th October, a commercial property off High Street, Heathfield, reported a break on to their storage containers whereby unknown suspects have used tools to prize open tool containers and stolen valuable tools. (0380 of 10/10 relates)

Overnight on the 10th a business address on North Street, Hellingly had their garden accessed and a shed broken into where suspects have potentially jumped over fences to take items from a shed. (0282 of 11/10 relates)

A sports club in Cowden, Edenbridge, reported an attempt burglary in the small hours of the 11th October, where a suspect vehicle has driven into barn doors in an attempt to gain entry. Fortunately no entry was made (0143 of 11/10 relates)

Overnight on the 11th October, a property off High St, Nutley had an attempt burglary where unknown suspects have attempted to gain entry to their garage, causing damage to garage doors. (0736 of 12/10 relates)

Early evening on the 12th October, a property off Royal Oak Lane, Uckfield had an attempt break in where victims have returned home to find marks on doors which have been made by unknown tools in an attempt to gain entry to their property. (1193 of 12/10 relates)

Tools and scrap metal were stolen from a property off Witches Lane, Fletching in the morning of the 14th October. A suspect vehicle was seen driving away from the property after it had entered the property from surrounding fields and occupants had taken items from a storage container. (0431 of 14/10 relates)

Overnight on the 14th October a property off Graywood Road, East Hoathly, had their garage forced open by unknown suspects and a motorcycle stolen. (0312 of 15/10 relates)

There have been no further burglaries report in the across the Wealden district.


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

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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Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)

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