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Friday, 7th February 2020

*This month's 'Tackling Serious Violence' newsletter is also attached to this email.*

News and Alerts

Hunt for Romany Burns in East Sussex
Have you seen Romany Burns from St Leonards?

Police want to trace and interview him on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following a violent incident at a flat in Hastings in January in which a woman aged 19 known to him was reported to have been assaulted and damage caused to the front door and to property inside.

Romany Vincent Burns, 26, is described as white, 6', medium build, with light brown hair, and was last known to have been living at an address in Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards.

Police Investigator Emily Robinson from the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "It is important that we find Burns as soon as possible and interview him under caution. He is a local man who frequents the Hastings and St Leonards areas although it is also possible that he may have moved elsewhere in an effort evade us.

"If you see Burns or know where he is, do not approach him, just contact us on 999 or 101, quoting serial 1488 of 21/01. You can also contact us online.

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Donation to Pett Level rescue boat
The Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Association has received a £90 donation from Sussex Police. 

It gained the boost through the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF). This is made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold. 

Police Community Support Officer Daryl Holter, who secured the donation, said: "I am delighted to have been able to help the Pett Level boat, based between Hastings and Rye. Its rescue work is crucial and supporting these lifesavers is the least we can do”. 

John Pulfer, trustee and project fundraiser, said: “ The money will be go towards the £30,000 upgrade and refurbishment of the rescue launch and recovery vehicle.

"We are an independent inshore rescue boat facility. We work in close co-operation with HM Coastguard, search and rescue helicopter at Lydd, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. All our team are volunteers who give their time to help."

Witness appeal after robbery in Hastings
Police are appealing to identify witnesses after a report of a robbery in Hastings.

At around 10pm on Sunday, February 2, the victim was walking along Pelham Place when two males on bikes approached her and took her bag by force.

The two bikes believed to have been ridden by the offenders were seized by officers following a search of the area.

One of the bikes is described as a blue Carrera mountain bike and the other is a grey Carrera mountain bike.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious that evening is asked to get in touch by reporting online or calling 101 quoting serial 1495 of 02/02.

Police donate former fleet vehicle to Rye Street Pastors
Sussex Police has donated a former police fleet vehicle to the Street Pastors in Rye.

Street Pastors is a charity that has been operating in the UK since 2003. Volunteers provide physical and emotional support, reassurance and safety to the public, patrolling the streets of towns and cities, particularly at night, to help and care for vulnerable people. 
Inspector Jonathan Hartley, of the Rother district prevention team, said: "We have three established Street Pastor teams in the Hastings and Rother district - in Hastings, Bexhill and Rye. 
"We became aware that the Rye team’s vehicle was at the end of its useful life, costing them a considerable amount of money in ongoing repairs.
"A vehicle is essential for the Rye team as they service not only Rye, but Rye Harbour and the Camber area too. They certainly can’t walk that distance and a vehicle is essential for the care of the vulnerable they come across. 
"We consider their work to be invaluable and their presence while on patrol shows a marked reduction in violent crime. 
"It has been a pleasure to support our Rye Street Pastor team in sourcing them this vehicle, so they can continue their amazing work in the community."

Good police work thwarts St Leonards-on-Sea car theft
A textbook response during the early hours of Wednesday (5 February) by road policing officers and force controllers led to the recovery of a car reported stolen from St Leonards-on-Sea and the detention of two suspects.

At 47 minutes past midnight police were informed that a burgundy red Toyota Corolla car had been taken without consent and was being driven around the Hastings area.

Further enquiries led to officers tracing the vehicle to Eastbourne and then to the Pevensey by-pass.

A stop-stick containing numerous hollow spikes was used to puncture all four tyres on the car and bring it to a safe stop and preventing a pursuit.

The car's driver, aged 16, was arrested on suspicion of the theft of a motor vehicle, and his passenger, another boy aged 16, was arrested for possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Search for Luke Elliott, 15, missing from St Leonards
Police are searching for 15-year-old Luke Elliott, who has been missing from St Leonards-On-Sea since Sunday 2 February.

Police are appealing for anyone who sees him to get in touch.
He left his house on foot and is not believed to be in possession of a mobile phone.

Luke is described as white, 5’6”, of medium build, with mousey brown short hair. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded puffa style jacket, dark jeans, blue trainers and carrying a black rucksack.

He is known to frequent Hastings and St Leonards, including the play park at Hollington.

Anyone who sees him is asked to contact police online or call 101, or 999 in an emergency, quoting serial 854 of 02/02.

Driver in A259 Bexhill-on-Sea collision has sadly died
The driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa car which collided with a tree on the A259 King Offa Way, Bexhill-on-Sea, on Saturday afternoon (1 February) has sadly since died.

He has been named as Matthew Knott, aged 24, of London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea.

Matthew was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, but passed away on Monday afternoon (3 February).

Police have again asked for any witnesses to come forward. Anyone who saw what happened, or who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or the car being driven shortly beforehand, is asked to email or phone 101, quoting Operation Dalewood.

Crime Summary

Burglaries this week:
Rother: 8
Hastings: 5
Please visit our crime prevention pages on home security here:, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.

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?

This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
  • Using an online marketplace to buy goods? Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a purchase and think twice about paying by bank transfer.
  • Students are being warned by the HMRC about fake tax refund emails to university email addresses. A safe way to claim a refund is to log into your Personal Tax Account:

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

You can also visit our website at 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 for more information.

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