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Lewes and Seahaven Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 23rd July 2021

Lewes and Seahaven Police weekly News and Alerts

Lewes and Seaford Police / BTP / Rail Enforcement Day Of Enforcement

Local officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team have teamed up with our Rail enforcement and TLRailUK colleagues this week conducting joint patrols on the rail network between Lewes and our coastal train stations, working together to target anti-social behaviour, fare evasion and county lines drug activity.

Activities also focused on identifying those more likely to be recruited by county lines groups; such as younger people and other vulnerable people targeted by groups to use the train lines in order to move drugs from place to place.

A number of people were dealt with for having travelled without tickets, and we conducted a number of proactive stop searches with drugs being recovered.

We are keen to work with our partners to make sure everyone using the rail network can do so safely and responsibly.

This type of activity also gives us the opportunity to gather intelligence and target those using the railways to commit criminality in our towns.

If you experience anti social behaviour during your train journey, or have information around criminality on the rail networks, you can report it to BTP via 101, 999 or by visiting their website.

For more information on county lines, the signs to spot, and for advice click here.


Seaford property partially closed due to ongoing anti-social behaviour

The Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team has secured a partial closure order at an address in Seaford following reports of anti-social behaviour at the property.

A large number of reports had been made by local residents over the past several months about anti-social and aggressive behaviour coming from the address in Sutton Road, which spilled into the communal areas and surrounding streets.

Following an application for a partial closure order by PCSO Castle, the order was authorised at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 9.

The order remains in place for three months and means only pre-selected named people may enter the address. If anyone not named is found at the address, they commit an offence and can be arrested.

PCSO Castle said: 

"It is clear that the anti-social behaviour attributed to visitors at this address had a huge impact on the local community and their day-to-day lives.

“We continue to take all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and will work with our partner agencies to find solutions. We welcome the court’s decision to grant the partial closure order at this address and we strongly believe it will help tackle this problem for the local community.''

Members of the public are urged to report anti-social behaviour to police, so officers can respond effectively. Information can be reported to police online or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency. 


ASB Op Blitz patrols this weekend

Patrols will be taking place in Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford, and Peacehven.

As well as regular patrols during the week, our Op Blitz ASB targeting team head out on additional patrols each Friday and Saturday between 1600-2200 - you can call them on 07989188960 between the time given to report ASB, behaviour and driving.

Outside of the times please continue to report online, or to 101, and always to 999 in an emergency/crime in action.


Summer Burglary Advice post lockdown

Lewes and Seahaven Police are reminding Sussex residents to ensure their homes, garages and outbuildings are secure as we continue to move out of lockdown.

Over the last year reports of burglary have dropped across Sussex.The lockdown measures that have been in place across the UK have undoubtedly contributed to this reduction with restrictions being lifted, and with summer approaching, we want to keep it this way. With measures lifting, and more residents heading out and enjoying social activities away from home, homes will be empty for longer periods of time.

We should anticipate that burglars will see this change in lifestyle as an opportunity and emerge to target empty properties. We know the devastating and lasting effect that burglary has on victims, please follow our latest advice on keeping your property safe this Summer.

To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips here, including:

· protecting your home including information on door and window locks
· keeping burglars out of your property
· keeping your shed or garage safe and secure

There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking.

Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen.

Find out more on their website.


Burglary Summary

We are pleased to report that there have been no burglaries reported to us this week (17-23 July)

Members of the public and business owners are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click here.

If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.


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?

Action Fraud’s top tips

Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud, including the latest advice on a recent scam involving your mobile number.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance.

Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp - for more information and advice around this scam click here.

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.


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You can find now find details of your local PCSO and your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams here.

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