Volunteers join Sussex Police to support victims of fraud
A Sussex Police scheme that will see volunteers help support fraud victims across the county was launched on Friday (December 6) by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne (above centre).
With fraud being the fastest growing crime type, there are thousands of victims each year in Sussex.
Now some 23 volunteers will be officially joining Sussex Police and they’ll work with officers to contact local individuals and businesses who have recently reported scams to Action Fraud.
Each volunteer will be responsible for sending emails or letters, offering tailored prevention advice on areas such as telephone/mobile phone scams, identity theft and online hacking.
Between April 2018 and March 2019, there were 13,779 scams reported to Action Fraud, (a 6 per cent increase compared with the same period the previous year) with a total of £28.2m stolen from Sussex residents, (a 16 per cent increase).
Many victims of fraud find themselves being re-targeted in the future.
Financial abuse safeguarding officer Bernadette Lawrie (above left) said: “Under Operation Signature every victim of fraud who is vulnerable will be seen by a uniformed officer but the launch of this new scheme ensures that every victim of fraud is contacted by Sussex Police. We would like to see the number of victims and repeat victims significantly reduced and for the public to feel more digitally confident and scam aware.
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Police urge continued vigilance over Christmas period
Help us keep everyone safe this festive season.
Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a campaign to help keep crowded places secure over the festive period.
Officers are calling on the public and those who work in our busy towns and cities to remain vigilant and report any concerns to staff, security or - in confidence - to the police at gov.uk/ACT.
This annual campaign asks everyone to be the extra eyes and ears of the police, so we can work together to tackle terrorism.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller, Head of the Surrey and Sussex Police Operations Command, said: “We are asking everyone out and about enjoying the season to put security at the top of their festive list.
“The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly, as we saw in 2017 and even at the end of last month, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime.
“The national threat level remains Substantial, meaning an attack is likely, so we need to remain vigilant.
“Our message to people across Surrey and Sussex is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something that doesn’t look right – ACT. Report it either to local security or staff - or to police at gov.uk/ACT or via 999 if it is clearly an emergency – and let us check it out.
A Crawley drug dealer has been handed a prison sentence.
Saud Ali, 19, of appeared at Lewes Crown Court on 22 November after pleading guilty to drugs charges.
Police were on foot patrol in Warren Drive, Crawley, on Monday 14 October when they spotted Ali throw a package on top of a shed roof. He was pursued by officers and detained nearby.
The package from the roof was retrieved and a total of 76 wraps of class A drugs, crack cocaine and heroin, were discovered.
Ali of Fox Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to both offences.
Ali was given a four-year prison sentence in a young offenders institute, which includes the activation of a suspended sentence of a year.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Karen Young said: “We welcome the sentence the courts have given to Ali and hope this shows the severity of his actions.
“Issues with drugs can have a large effect on the immediate community and we are dedicated to tackling this behaviour. On the day Ali was arrested, we were out conducting foot patrols and the diligent officers spotted Ali acting suspiciously in the area.
“Our work around drugs will continue in the area to ensure those involved are disrupted and brought to justice.”
Two men, 35 and 22 and both of no fixed address, were also arrested on 14 October.
They were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drug and the 22-year-old was also arrested for acquire, use or possession of criminal property.
Both men were later released under investigation.
Sussex Police welcome first cohort of the degree apprentices.
Sussex Police has welcomed their first cohort of officers under the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
On Wednesday (4 December), 24 new student officers were welcomed into the force at the final attestation of 2019.
Chief Constable Giles York, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these officers to Sussex and start them on their policing journey. They begin a career which offers diversity, challenge and great fulfilment; where together, they can make a real difference to our communities.
“They are also our first recruits on the police constable degree apprenticeship – an innovative programme which ensures the officers of the future have the skills and knowledge required to police today, while recognising the existing professionalism and expertise of all our staff and officers. I believe this ensures policing remains an attractive and competitive career choice and appeal to many who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”
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