Nurse, golf player and motor mechanic among those convicted for drink-driving in Sussex
Some of the first offenders who were arrested in Sussex Police’s crackdown on drink and drug-driving this winter have been convicted in court.
Officers made 257 arrests during the month-long campaign which ran from December 1 to January 1.
The aim is to raise awareness that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the major reasons why people are killed or seriously injured on our roads.
Of the arrests, 58 were made as a result of officers attending reports of road traffic collisions.
In keeping with previous campaigns, the details of those who are convicted in court are to be publicised on the Sussex Police website and social media channels as a deterrent to stop offenders.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said: “Although most road users are conscientious and law-abiding citizens, there is a stubborn minority of people who refuse to comply with the law. Not only is this putting their own lives at risk, but also other innocent people’s lives as well.
To read more about the conviction, please visit our website here.
Week of action to highlight the vital role of neighbourhood policing
Neighbourhood Policing, and the vital role it plays in keeping our communities safe, will be highlighted during a dedicated week of action.
From January 17 to 23, police forces across the country will be shining the spotlight on their Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) and sharing information on the work they do to help people in their time of need.
In Sussex, officers will use the week of action as an opportunity to build on the work they do 24 hours a day, 265 days a year – engaging with the public, deterring and identifying crime, and taking action against issues affecting the lives of people living and working in our districts.
Chief Superintended Justin Burtenshaw, force lead for neighbourhood policing, said: “Neighbourhood Policing Teams work at the heart of our communities. Whether it’s an officer patrolling a park following recent reports of anti-social behaviour, or a PCSO attending a residents’ meeting to discuss concerns around drug dealing, they are working hard to tackle the issues that negatively impact the lives of the people they serve to protect.
“There are many strands of policing that sit under the umbrella of NPT. It includes our licensing teams who work hard to ensure local businesses are complying with laws put in place to keep customers safe, and our neighbourhood youth officers who work closely with schools and youth clubs in the area to engage with children and young people.
To read more about the week of action, please visit our website here
. Sussex Police urge people looking for love online to be vigilant
People in Sussex are being urged to be vigilant when looking for love and not to become to latest victim to romance fraud – particularly people aged between 30-59 who accounted for half of all romance fraud cases across Sussex in 2021.
Contrary to popular belief, in Sussex there is almost just as many men who fell victim of this type of fraud as women.
More than £4-million pounds was taken from people in Sussex who fell victim to this type of crime last year.
One person who unfortunately fell victim last year was Anna (not her real name) who is a finance professional in her 50s and is currently being supported by Victim Support Sussex.
Anna believed she was in a genuine relationship with Andrew for more than two years when she realised she’d been the victim of a romance fraud and reported this to Sussex Police in October with financial losses amounting to around £350,000.
Information sought after windows smashed at Hastings house
Police in Hastings are searching for a suspect in a distinctive motor-cycle helmet who was seen smashing the front windows of a house in Priory Road just before 7pm on Friday 7 January.
Having smashed several windows with an implement the person ran off down the road, and was described as wearing a grey hoodie which was lighter at the front, black gloves, and a helmet with a white luminous strip down the back and distinctive black ‘mohican’ style stripe front to back along the top.
For more information, and to view an image visit our website here.
Arrest made in connection with catalytic converter thefts in Sussex
A man has been arrested on suspicion of a series of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles across Sussex.
Officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) made the arrest at an address near Dartford in Kent on Monday, January 10.
The 55-year-old was taken into custody on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.
The alleged offences relate to thefts which took place in January 2021 in Eastbourne, Bexhill, St Leonards, Etchingham, Bognor and Littlehampton.
To read more, and for advice on prevention of this crime visit our website here.
Sussex Police welcome 76 new recruits
Seventy-six new recruits have taken their first steps into policing after being formally sworn-in at an attestation ceremony on Tuesday (11 December) at East Sussex National Golf Club.
Family and friends were unable to attend the event due to Covid restrictions, but could watch the live stream of the ceremony which allowed them to submit supportive comments to the new recruits, some from as far away as Chicago Airport.
The new recruits will dedicate their time to keeping communities in Sussex safe, and are the latest to join through Operation Uplift – the national campaign to recruit an extra 20,000 officers across the country.
To read more please visit our website here. Burglary Summary
A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off Burgess Road, Hastings (758 of the 15/11 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of Church Wood Drive, St Leonards (063 of the 19/11 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.
Arrests Made Across Hastings this Week
Officers have made a number of arrests across Hastings in the past week for various offences including 1 for drink driving.
Although the annual winter crackdown campaign may have finished on January 1st, our officers’ work to stop drink and drug drivers continues all year round.
Officers will continue to be on patrol to stop motorists who put the safety of themselves and other road users at risk.
To read about the winter crackdown and the results visit.
Your reports play a huge part in how we plan our local policing. If you see or hear anything you think we need to know about, please report it to us.
If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here.
In the case of an emergency, crime in action or where there is a threat to life always call 999.
Out and About
As always, our teams have been out and about in the community. You may have seen them at some of the following places;
Officers have been out across Hastings visiting off licences. During the visits a number of checks were made to ensure the premises were adhering to their licence conditions.
Throughout the week officers have been continuing patrols in the Town Centre. On Tuesday additional officers were deployed to the area, as part of ongoing work to engage with the community and keep an eye on things.
The latest Fraud Newsletter has been published on our website and provides the latest news, advice and information.
This month’s update is a romance fraud special.
Almost £92 million was lost to romance scams in the past year and the newsletter provides information on;
Romance fraud case studies
How to spot the signs of romance fraud or a romance fraud victim
What to do if you spot a fake profile or have been contacted by fraudsters online
How to protect yourself from romance fraud
To read the newsletter visit our website here. Neighbourhood Watch
We work closely with the Hastings 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 opportunity for crime, help and reassure those who live in the area and encourage neighbourliness and close communities.
To find out more about the local scheme, and for information on how to join, visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website.
Help us Keep Sussex Safe
If you 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.
Visit our website here, to find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us. On our website you can also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and advice from all across the police.
You can report instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the roads directly to Operation Crackdown by searching 'Operation Crackdown Sussex' online.
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