Hastings Weekly BulletinNews and Alerts Police ramp up work with businesses to prevent sale of knives to under 18s
Susses Police is ramping up its work with local businesses to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle knife crime and serious violence.
Officers are carrying out test purchase operations to engage with retailers on the Challenge 25 policy, which is challenging those who look under the age of 25 trying to purchase a knife.
Retailers have an important role to play, by helping to ensure that weapons are not falling into the wrong hands. It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces serious legal consequences.
Alongside partners such as Trading Standards, we are working with retailers across Sussex to ensure robust controls on the sale of blades, such as kitchen knives, to help them get this right.
Sergeant Elizabeth Reschwamm said: “We are determined to get knives off our street and keep Sussex a safe place to live.
“In addition to our campaign to engage and educate the public on the dangers of knife possession, we are working closely with retailers to prevent knives falling into the hands of young people.
“We all have a part to play in reducing knife crime and keeping the public safe and we would urge anyone with information or concerns to report it to us so we can take action.”
How are we helping businesses to challenge those who look under 25?
We have created materials specific for use in Sussex including;
A guide for businesses on good practice on selling and storing knives.
Stickers to be placed where knives are sold to remind customers they will need to show ID.
Two posters – one for customers and one for staff.
From April 1 2020 – March 31 2021 we carried out 464 test purchases which resulted in 138 intelligence logs. 124 of those test purchases were successful.
Where test purchases failed, officers provided support with retailers by meeting with retail managers to ensure relevant training is in place, and carry out further test purchases to test compliance.
What to do if you’re worried
If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk to your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Childline for help on 0800 1111 or go online at childline.org.uk.
If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.
Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local prevention team.
Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.
To report knife crime anonymously go to http://www.fearless.org/en/give-info
20 arrests made in first three days of drink/drug-driving campaign
Police made 20 arrests in the first three days of a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.
The month-long campaign kicked off on Friday 11th June in conjunction with Euro 2020, and is being run in addition to our routine roads policing activity 365 days a year.
Through education, engagement and enforcement, our aim is to reduce the number of casualties and to deal robustly with offenders, who make up the minority of road users.
As part of the operation, officers from Sussex Police and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide proactive patrols across the county over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June.
In addition to the 20 people arrested for drink and drug-driving, police also recorded more than 600 offences including speeding, driving with no MOT, illegal number plates and not wearing a seat belt.
This could not be achieved without the help of our dedicated Community Speedwatch volunteers, who give up their own time to help keep their communities safe.
For more information visit our website here.
There has been 4 burglaries reported to us across Hastings this week.
There has been a report of a burglary at a residential property off of Fellow Road, Hastings, taking place between 17:30 15/06 – 07:00 16/06 (266 of the 16/06 relates).
A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of The Bourne Hastings in the afternoon on 16 June (942 of the 18/06 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at ta residential property off of St Margaret’s Road, St Leonards (1524 of the 20/06 relates).
A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Aldborough Road, St Leonards (360 of the 21/06 relates).
Members of the community are asked to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police.
You can also visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.
Arrests made across Hastings this week
Over 35 arrests have been made across the Hastings area this week, for various offences including, failure to appeal and common assault
This also includes two arrests for drug driving and one for drink driving.
Drug or drink driving can change your life. The consequences could include:
A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentences;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment
An increase in your car insurance;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website here.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here.
Online reports are triaged in the same way as 101 calls but keep our phone lines free for those who can only contact us by phone.
In the case of an emergency, crime in action or where there is a threat to life always call 999.
Out and about in the community
As always, our neighbourhood team have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places:
Officers spent over 2 hours last week conducting targeted patrols of Hastings Town Centre. These patrols were undertaken as part of Operation Sunshine our response to reports of antisocial behaviour in the town centre.
Under Operation Downsway, a force level initiative to tackle the Fatal 5 offences; speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seatbelt, careless or dangerous driving, officers have been out conducting speed checks in Harley Shute and Old London Road.
17th Hastings Scouts Group received a £500 boost from the Sussex Police, Police Property Act Fund thanks to PCSO Holter. Group Leader Shaun Kemp said, “We are very thankful to Sussex Police for their donation”.
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 reminders from Action Fraud:
Do your research before booking a holiday
Criminals are increasingly using more sophisticated ways to trick their victims.
Whether you plan on going abroad this year, or plan on going on a domestic holiday, make sure you do your research when booking a holiday.
Action Fraud, received 1,907 reports of holiday and travel related fraud in 2020/21 financial year – a decrease of over 70% when compared to the previous financial year.
However, although a decline in reporting was predicted due to the fact travel was banned for large periods of the year, losses by victims still totalled £2,205,251 during this time – an average loss of £1,242 per victim.
For more information visit the Action Fraud website 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
We work closely with Neighbourhood Watch and you can find out more about your local scheme online.
Visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website: https://www.haslnw.uk/
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