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Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 27th October 2021

Rother Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts

Expansion boost for Sussex Police’s Rural Crime Team

Sussex Police’s Rural Crime Team (RCT) is expanding, with extra police officers joining to enhance the work of the unit which tackles unlawful behaviour in rural communities.

Following the success of the launch of the dedicated team in June 2020, four new PCs are joining the unit, which is based out of Midhurst and Heathfield. This brings the establishment of the team up to two sergeants, 12 constables and six Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

The team has a specialist focus on agriculture, wildlife, environment and heritage issues as well as dog theft. Through community engagement, crime prevention advice and law enforcement, the Rural Crime Team targets criminals perpetrating rural crime and brings them to justice.

This increase in proactive rural policing has been made possible through the additional investment from the precept.

There has been greater awareness of the impact of rural crime in recent years, and this was reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recent Victim Satisfaction Surveys indicate that satisfaction for the team is high, and we will be looking to build on this satisfaction with our increase in staff.

Police keep up pressure on drug dealers in Sussex

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

During 2020 Sussex Police recorded 236 disruptions against such ‘lines’ into the county, mainly from London, an increase of 171% in disruptions over the previous year. Over the past 12 months alone 29 such lines have been disrupted.

And in October 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 30 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 11-17 October took place across the force area and included:
  • Proactive targeting of drug related activity, resulting in the execution of 25 warrants, 31 arrests, Seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of more that £9000, and more than £7000 cash.
  • 57 enhanced ‘cuckoo’ checks at addresses, resulting in identification of and support for people vulnerable to predatory drug dealers.
  • Educational visits and discussions with hotels and B&B’s and with 83 taxi drivers in Brighton, to talk about how to spot exploitation and report it.
  • Awareness sessions at six schools.
For more information about the activity carried out during the week, visit our website here.

Burglary Summary

An attempted burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Collington Rise, Bexhill. In the afternoon on the 20 October (901 of the 20/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at residential property in Flimwell, Wadhurst (948 of the 20/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of Whatlington Road, Battle (212 of the 26/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Church Lane, Rye (755 of the 26/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Telham Lane, Battle (763 of the 26/10 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 visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your home and belongings.

Emerging Issues

Arrests Made Across Rother This Week

A number of arrests have been made across Rother this week for various offences including; common assault, theft of a motor vehicle, driving whilst disqualified and three for drink or drug driving.

Drink or drunk driving can seriously change your life. The consequences can include
  • A minimum 12 month ban
  • An unlimited fine
  • A possible prison sentence
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment
  • An increase in your car insurance
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA
  • You could also kill yourself or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
If you know someone is driving whilst over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Halloween, trick or treat posters available

Halloween 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.

To make it easy to see who’s welcoming of trick and treaters and who doesn’t wish to be disturbed, we have produced trick or treat posters.

If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please be considerate and do not call at those homes.

For more information, including the poster to print and display, visit our website here.

Action Fraud Scam and Fraud Reminders

Over £68 million lost last year to criminals who commit romance fraud

Action Fraud are reminding people to stop and think, if they are talking to someone online that they have not met in person.

Romance scams involve criminals going to great lengths to convince people that they are in a genuine relationship to dupe people into sending them money.

Action Fraud remind people that ‘if you think you have been a victim of a romance scam, do not feel ashamed or embarrassed – you are not alone. Contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk’.  

For more information visit the Action Fraud website here.

Neighbourhood Watch

We work closely with the local Rother Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Neighbourhood Watch is about getting people together with their community to take action to reduce crime, these schemes can also;
  • Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in the area
  • Encourage neighbourliness and close communities
To find out more about your local scheme and for more information on how to join, visit the

Rother Neighbourhood Watch website here.

Help us Keep Sussex Safe

If you have seen 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 Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online here.

You can also visit our website here, https://www.sussex.police.uk/  where you can find our easy to use online forms to reports 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.

You can also report instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road directly to Operation Crackdown here. http://www.operationcrackdown.org/

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 the Ask The Police website here.

Your Local Teams

You can find your local PCSO by entering your postcode on our website here.

You can also follow your local Police team on Social Media, click below

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