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Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Wednesday 27th October 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts

Man arrested by officers investigating Hastings robbery

Police investigating a robbery at a garage in Hastings have arrested a man.

Officers were called to the Esso Service Station in Bohemia Road around 5.15am on Sunday (October 24) following reports a man entered the store in possession of a firearm.

The suspect left shortly afterwards with a quantity of cigarettes and alcohol. No one was injured.

On Sunday evening, officers arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of robbery. He remains in police custody at this time.

A firearm was found during a subsequent search of an address in the town, and has been seized.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have any other information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 284 of 24/10.

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

A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Denmark Place, Hastings (041 of the 22/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Priory Avenue, Hastings (576 of the 23/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Alma Terrace, St Leonards (706 of the 23/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Ghyllside Drive, Hastings (1023 of the 25/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of Lower Park Road, Hastings (731 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 Hastings This Week

Over 40 arrests have been across Hastings this week for various offences including; common assault, drink driving, burglary and criminal damage.

If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here.

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.

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.
Out and About in the Community
As always, our teams have been out and about in the community. You may have seen them at some of the following places.

This week officers have been out on patrol in Hastings Town Centre. This activity is being carried out as part of our ongoing work to target anti-social behaviour in the area.

Officers have also been out engaging with various young people this week. PC Donaldson visited Ark Alexandra Academy to discuss consent and personal space. At the weekend PCSO 39409 was invited to celebrate Hastings Girlguiding rising again.   

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

Hastings and St Leonards has an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, with around ‘80’ watches that work closely with local police, council and community members.

Neighbourhood Watch is about getting people together with their community to take action to reduce crime, these schemes can also:
  • Cut crime and the opportunity 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 information on how to join, visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website here. https://www.haslnw.uk/

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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