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Hastings and Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Friday, 8th May 2020

*** Please find this month's fraud newsletter attached ***

News and Alerts

Sussex Police maintain focus on domestic abuse
Sussex Police have introduced new initiatives to encourage the reporting of domestic abuse and support victims, an issue which remains a priority for the force at this crucial time.

A new specialist unit, the Local Resolution Team, can deal by appointment with any cases that are not immediately urgent, including a new video appointment service when conversations can’t take place face to face.

Read more here

Appeal after distraction burglary in St Leonards
Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man became the victim of a distraction burglary in Blackman Avenue, St Leonards.

About 10am on Tuesday, 5 May, the victim was approached by a man who came to the house claiming he worked for a local housing association. He offered to help him by getting some food shopping.

After entering the property, the suspect demanded cash and bank cards from the victim. 

Read more here

Did you see man and woman being robbed in Hastings street?
Police are appealing for witnesses after it was reported that two people were being robbed in a street in Hastings.

Officers were called on Saturday (May 2) to reports of a man and a woman being attacked at the junction of Deepdene Gardens and Frederick Road, around 2pm.

Read more here

St Leonards-on-Sea man charged with attempted murder
A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following an incident in Hastings.

Ian Bryan, 58, unemployed, of St Margaret's Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, appeared before Brighton magistrates on Wednesday (April 29) charged with the attempted murder of a 17-year-old boy and a 32-year-old man at an address in St Margaret's Road on Wednesday, April 22.

Read more here

We still need to save lives
Thank you once again to the vast majority of Sussex residents who continue to observe the government’s restrictions and maintain socially distancing to ensure the cases of coronavirus do not suddenly escalate.

Together with all our colleagues responding to this unprecedented pandemic we are working hard to keep people safe and protect the most vulnerable to save lives. But we are not over this national health emergency yet and we ask the public to listen to government advice and only change behaviours as new guidance is provided.

Read more here

Crime Summary
Burglaries this week:
Rother: 3
Hastings: 3

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:
  • Criminals are continuing to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud, as animal lovers looking for pets in lockdown defrauded of nearly £300,000 in two months. Read more here
  • Some criminals are taking advantage of the increase in charity donations made during the coronavirus outbreak. There are steps you can take to give safely. Never respond to unsolicited messages that ask for your details. Read more here

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.

Your local teams
You can find your local PCSO by entering your postcode at

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