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Hastings and Rother Weekly Bulletin

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Friday, 7th August 2020

News and Alerts

Witnesses sought to fight in Bexhill town centre
Police are appealing for witnesses to a fight in Bexhill.

Officers were called to the Devonshire Bar and Lounge, Devonshire Square, shortly before 11.30pm on Friday (July 31).

Two men were reported to have been involved in an altercation outside the venue, during which one of them suffered a facial injury.

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Appeal for information after burglary in Catsfield
Police are appealing for information after a burglary at an outbuilding in Catsfield.

Officers received a report of a break-in to a shed in Catsfield Road during the day on Sunday (July 26).

A number of items were taken, including a compound bow with arrows, a BB gun, various throwing knives and exploding chalk targets.
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Mid Sussex man wanted on recall to prison
Police are searching for wanted man Ashley Rutledge.

The 29-year-old man is wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his release licence.

Rutledge is white, approximately 5' 6", of proportional build and with short brown hair. He is thought to be in the Mid Sussex area, but does also have links to Hastings.

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Julia Chapman is appointed Deputy Chief Constable
Temporary DCC Julia Chapman has today been confirmed in the role as the second most senior police officer in Sussex.

DCC Chapman joined Sussex Police from Kent in 2019 as the Assistant Chief Constable for local policing.

Her appointment was announced by Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who formerly held the role.

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Omid Hussinkhel missing from Hastings
Police are searching for Omid Hussinkhel, who is missing from Hastings.

The 15-year-old is around 5’4”, of slim build, and hair black hair swept over to one side, and brown eyes.

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Police warn of Amazon scam in Sussex
Sussex Police is issuing a warning about scam callers purporting to be from Amazon Prime, after a recent, sudden spike in reports.

Since 1 July, the force has received 68 reports of this type of fraud resulting in losses of over £64,000. 

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Sussex Police remain committed to taking action against anti-social behaviour in the county
Sussex Police remain committed to taking action against anti-social behaviour across the county. 

Since the easing of the Covid19 lockdown restrictions we have, as expected, seen the number of people meeting up with friends and family increase. 

However, a small minority of members of the community have been acting in an anti-social behaviour way. 

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Burglary Summary
Burglaries this week:
Rother: 4
Hastings: 7

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:
  • ‪Looking for a bargain online? Scammers regularly advertise items via online marketplaces at a fraction of the high street cost. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • REMINDER: If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or PINs. For more information, visit 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.

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