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Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

 
News and Alerts

28/05 Man caught trying to burgle Hastings home is jailed


A man has been jailed after being caught by a member of the public trying to break into a property in Hastings.

On March 17, 2021, a flat in St Mary’s Road was broken into and cash stolen from inside. The matter wasn’t reported to police at the time, but measures were taken to secure the address.

The next day, around 5:30am, a friend of the occupant was looking after the property when he was awoken by someone shining a light at the door and trying to undo screws.

When confronted, the suspect fled the scene but was chased by the member of the public who then detained him in the alleyway nearby.

Police were called and arrested the man, who was identified as Nicholas Huggins, 33, unemployed, of Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings. A screwdriver belonging to Huggins was also recovered nearby.

Huggins was charged with attempted burglary with intent to steal and going equipped for burglary, and pleaded guilty when he appeared in court on March 19.

On Thursday 20 May, he was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment for the attempted burglary and three months’ imprisonment for going equipped for burglary, to run concurrently.

Investigating officer DC Cat Maddock said: “Huggins is a prolific and persistent offender who has caused misery to many people in our community. I’d like to that the member of the public whose vigilance and determination saw Huggins apprehended at the scene, and to everyone else who supported our Investigation.

Continued police activity against ‘Count Drugs Lines’ in Sussex

Police across Sussex have been keeping pressure on ‘County Lines’ and other drug dealers.

During 2020 Sussex Police recorded 236 disruptions against such ‘lines’ into the county, mainly from London, and increase of 171% in disruptions over the previous year.

And in May this work was intensified as part of a continuing national effort.

Detective chief inspector Will Rolls said; “County Line drug dealing continues to be a threat with currently 36 county lines active across Sussex. The force’s primary concern remains the exploitation and trafficking of vulnerable adults and children.

The week of intensified activity focused on disrupting the activities of those involved in County Lines by safeguarding and protecting vulnerable people, pursuing offenders, reducing the number of lines, and seizing proceeds of crime.

Activity during the week of 17-22 May took place across the force area:
  • Proactive targeting of drug related activity, resulting in 27 arrests, seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of at least £66,000 cash, 16 mobile phones and four weapons including a machete and knuckleduster.
  • 56 enhanced ‘cuckoo’ checks at addresses, involving identification of a further
  • 17 people, including two children, vulnerable to predatory drug dealers.
  • Educational visits to 69 hotels and B&B’s and Taxi firms to talk about the risk of exploitations
  • Awareness sessions and six schools.
For more information visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/continued-police-activity-against-county-drugs-lines-in-sussex/ 
 
Burglary Summary

There has been 1 burglary reported to us across Hastings this week.

There has been a burglary reported at a residential outbuilding off of Adam Close, St Leonards, believed to have taken place between 15/05-30/05. A lock was cut to gain entry to the building and items taken (065 of the 31/05 relates).  

Members of the community are asked to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police.

You can also visit our crime prevention pages on home security here: www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
 
Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Hastings this week

A number of arrests have been made across the Hastings area this week, for various offences including; criminal damage, burglary, theft from a shop and drink driving.

If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/reportcrime

Online reports are triaged in the same way as 101 calls but keep our phone lines free for those who can only contact us by phone.

In the case of an emergency, crime in action or where there is a threat to life always call 999.

Reports of vehicle crime across Hastings and St Leonards

We are seeing an increase in reports of vehicles broken into overnight and items being taken across Hastings and St Leonards. In particular we have seen vehicles including Taxi’s being targeted.

Give your car the protection it deserves from crime and follow our five golden rules to keep your vehicle safe.
  • Hide you stuff away, or better yet take items with you.
  • Park in a well-used and brighter location.
  • Protect your windows, consider using clear security film to strengthen glass.
  • Pick your car park carefully.
  • If possible when you park try to leave some space between your car and others.
Most people fail to report criminal damage or vandalism to their vehicle, but, if it ever happens to you, we urge you to report it immediately.

For more crime prevention advice visit our website here:  https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/car-protection-damage/
 
Out and about in the community  
As always, our neighbourhood team have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places: 

PCSO’s have been continuing their work conducting speed checks in Hastings this week. Officers were out in St Helens Road, ensuring drivers were sticking to the speed limit and driving with care.



As part of operation sunshine, our response to street drinking and anti-social behaviour in Hastings town centre officers have spent over 3 hours on proactive patrols in the area.
 
Action Fraud scam watch
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?

This week’s scam and fraud reminders from Action Fraud:

Be aware of scam texts threatening fines for not completing the Census of doing it incorrectly

Action Fraud are warning the public about scam text messages relating to the census 2021.

These scam texts threaten the recipient with a £1000 fine for not completing the Census, or filling it in incorrectly.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have confirmed you will never be contacted by text in relation to the Census. You will never be issued with a fine by text, phone call, email or social media.

If you receive a communication to this effect, please report it. Scam text messages can be forwarded to 7726 and scam emails to report@phishing.gov.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, 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.
 
Neighbourhood Watch

We work closely with Neighbourhood Watch and you can find out more about your local scheme online.

Visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website: https://www.haslnw.uk/
 
Your local teams
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