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Sussex Alerts - Wealden Weekly

3rd May 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Weekly 




Last week, officers made a total of 14 arrests across the Wealden district.

❗ 2 males were arrested for burglary in Hailsham
❗ 1 driver was caught over the drink limit and arrested in Heathfield
❗ There were 4 people arrested for assault across Crowborough, Hailsham and Hellingly
❗ 1 arrest was made for breaking bail conditions
❗ 1 person was arrested for driving over the drug limit

Public reporting is vital to our work and plays an important part in helping to achieve these results, and we urge you to continue reporting anything we may need to know about.


Pharmacy robbery 


A man who was arrested following two reports of robberies at pharmacies in Pevensey and Eastbourne on Saturday (27 April) has now been charged.

The suspect, aged 42 from St Leonards, is charged with robbery at Kamsons Pharmacy in Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, attempted robbery at Boots Pharmacy in Eastbourne Road and also being in possession of a knife in a public place.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 30 April.



Fraud - know the signs!


Statistically, 1 in 17 adults in the UK fell victim to fraud last year. 

The most common types of fraud we've seen in Wealden so far this year are:

👮 Courier Fraud/Impersonator
🚪 Doorstep Crime and Rogue Traders
💕 Dating & Romance
💸 Financial Abuse
💰 Investment & Fraud recovery


Courier fraud/impersonator is the most common, but what is it?

Imagine going about your usual day when your phone rings. You answer it – it’s the police!

They tell you that there’s been fraudulent activity on your bank account, and they need you to assist their investigation to get to the bottom of it. They already have your name and address, but ask you to confirm your bank details and pin, just to make sure you are the victim in question.

They tell you to withdraw a large sum of money to use as evidence, and not to tell anyone. They say that if the investigation is jeopardised, you could be arrested. They send a courier over to pick up both the money and your bank card, advising that they'll be returned once the investigation is complete.


You never hear from them again. You never get that money back.

This, is Courier Fraud.

❗ We would never ask for bank details, or for you to hand over cash or bank cards ❗

Our PCSOs regularly hold scam prevention talks all across the district, where we aim to educate the community on the different tactics fraudsters use, how to stay vigilant, and to protect both yourself and your money.


If you think our PCSOs could help advise you or someone you know on how to spot scams, please get in touch with us.



Outbuildings being targeted


Recent reports of burglaries across the district have included outbuildings being targeted, resulting in various items being stolen - from lawn mowers and power tools, to cables and copper.

It may not seem obvious, but protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables safe, but can also stop burglars accessing tools to get into your home. With the prices of copper increasing as well as the weather getting warmer, we urge you to take extra caution in protecting your home and valuables.

Read more here on how to protect your outbuildings from burglars 👉 Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure | Crime prevention | Sussex Police



Vehicle seizure 


On Tuesday this week, our Special Police Constables (SPCs) stopped a vehicle that was driving with no headlights on in Milland Road, Hailsham.

After various checks and running the vehicle through their systems, they found that the driver also didn’t have any insurance - resulting in seizure of the vehicle.

It’s illegal to drive a vehicle on a road or in a public place without at least 3rd party insurance. Even if the vehicle itself is insured, if you’re not correctly insured to drive it you could get penalised.

Vehicle stops like this will continue throughout Wealden, alongside regular patrols, to support this year's Op Downsway campaign.


If you know of an area frequently subjected to anti social driving, we want to know about it! We aim our Op Downsway patrols around hot spot areas that members of the public have reported to us, as well as out own knowledge. Your feedback goes a long way in keeping our community safe.



Click, Call, Connect


For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click www.sussex.police.uk,  (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call).


Call 101 when you don’t require an urgent response. 


In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.


If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.

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