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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts

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Friday 23rd July 2021

Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts (there will be no newsletter next week)

Operation Downsway results (last weekend)

Another busy (and hot) weekend last weekend for officers across Wealden conducting various vehicle safety checks under Operation Downsway; enforcing and educating driver around the fatal 5.

A number of offences detected in areas checked across the district.

These activities are in addition to those conducted 365 days a year, and continue over the Summer with updates of locations and offences being shared via social media and our weekly In The Know alert.

Areas/results last weekend (16-18th July 2021):

Upper Hartfield, Crowborough - speed checks conducted by PCSOs, resulting in 11 excess speeds recorded, and one driver reminded about the importance of wearing a sealtbelt; and a further 15 reports in Ashdown Forest, Crowborough.

Peeling Lane, Pevensey - Section 59 warning issued by PCSOs for careless and inconsiderate driving, another warning and their vehicle will be seized.

Battle Road Hailsham speed checks conducted by PCSOs resulting in 4 excess speed reports, as well as a further 2 in Boreham Street.

Rushlake Green, Heatfield speed checks conducted by PCs and PCSOs resulting in 4 excess speed reports and a TOR (traffic offence report) issued for no sealtbelt.

Do you know what makes up the fatal 5?

1. Excessive speed
2. Drink and drug driving
3. Distracted driving, including mobile phone use
4. Not wearing a seatbelt
5. Careless driving

Members of the public are asked to continue to report offences to us at the time online or to 101 in a non-emergency, or to 999 in an emergency - all your reports help to direct these activities in areas that have seen an increase in driving/road offences.


Community Patrols this week

This week officers from Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out and about on foot patrol in Heathfield talking with local businesses reopening and adjusting to the 'new normal', following easing of covid19 restrictions earlier this week.

Officers have been out providing reassurance and crime prevention advice in your local communities, meeting new shop owners and catching up with local community volunteers, including this lovely group of volunteers who give their time to keeping the streets clean and maintain the flowerbeds in Heathfield.

Wealden Neighbourhood Police Team also attended Young At Heart Club at Hellingly Community Hub to discuss community safety and offer advice on the operations running for the community for those affected by scams and fraud, as well as giving hub users valuable advice around protecting their home from burglary this summer.

For scam/fraud advice click here..
For burglary advice click here.


ASB Patrols this weekend and next weekend

Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB behaviour, and driving reported by your communities.

This weekends directed patrols will take place in:

23rd July - Crowborough
24th July - Hailsham
30th July - Polegate
31st July - Heathfield

Call 07770700642 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if the team are in your area, if you witness, or are victim to anti-social behaviour (ASB), and report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB. 

This number does not change each week, keep a note of it if you need to contact us. Outside of these times please continue to report anti-social behaviour to us online, or by calling 101, or remember always call 999 in an emergency.


Burglary Summary

Electrical items were stolen from a locked caravan at a property off Hadlow Down Road, Crowborough over between the 8th and 10th July. Owners reported this week finding the door lock to their caravan had been damaged and forced entry gained. (470 of 18/07 relates)

Two vehicles were stolen from a business address off Cat Street, Upper Hartfield in the small hours of the 22nd July. A suspect white van has driven up to the address and 3 unknown males have smashed windows of the property to gain entry, keys to vehicles have been stolen. Stolen vehicle details and CCTV has been passed to the local team who are investigating. (249 of 22/07 relates)

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 around a recent scam involving your own 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.

Read more and get support 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.


Your local teams

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

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