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** Please find Fraud Newsletter attached **

Friday, 17th July 2020

News and Alerts

Man who tried to hide heroin and cocaine inside a police car is jailed
A man who stashed drugs inside Kinder Eggs capsules and tried to hide them inside a police car has been jailed.

Police officers were on patrol on Combe Valley Way in Bexhill on the afternoon of June 21, 2018, when they saw a car that was suspected of being involved in drugs activity.

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Hastings man sentenced for drugs and firearms offences
A Hastings man has been given a six-year prison sentence for drugs and firearms offences.

Joshua Sawyer, 29, unemployed, of Grove Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 7 July.

He had pleaded guilty to; possession with intent to supply cocaine, for which he was given three years; possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit indictable offence, for which he was given a further 18 months; possessing firearm ammunition when prohibited, an 18-month sentence concurrent with the other two; and breaching previously suspended sentence for causing grievous bodily harm, for which he was given a further 18 months.

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Sussex Police tackles knife crime with additional Home Office funding
Sussex Police continues to tackle knife crime and serious violence after securing £871,555 funding from the Home Office for 2020/2021.

The funds will see the force build on the positive results seen last year through targeted activities such as hotspot patrols, weapon sweeps and test purchasing activities as well as educational outreach in schools and local communities.

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Cyclist seriously injured after being hit with ball bearing in St Leonards
Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in St Leonards.

The 65-year-old man was cycling along Bexhill Road around 6.20pm on Friday (July 10) when he was hit by a ball bearing near to the junction with Harley Shute Road.

He suffered a head injury and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

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Drivers caught speeding on Bexhill roads
On Wednesday (July 15), after multiple complaints of speeding, officers spent some time conducting speed checks on Little Common Road in Bexhill, as well as in Sedlescombe village.

Several vehicles were caught exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

We are all aware of the dangers of speeding, not just for drivers but also for pedestrians. Please keep to the speed limit - speeding is not worth risking your life or the lives of others.

Burglary Summary
Burglaries this week:
Rother: 6
Hastings: 9

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:
  • We’ve received a report about fake calls made by fraudsters claiming to be the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The NFIB will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details. Criminals can spoof numbers to impersonate well-known organisations. If you’re suspicious, hang up.
  • The police will never send someone to your home to collect money, or ask you to transfer funds out of your account. Don’t make life easy for criminals.

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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