Sussex Police welcomes changes to Offensive Weapons Act
It is an offence to possess weapons including knuckledusters, zombie knives and throwing stars, even in your own home, following changes to the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 by the Government on the 14th July.
The Offensive Weapons Act is in place to control the sale of knives and corrosive substances, and introduces new offences on their possession and use.
Other sections of the act that start today also includes an updated definition of flick knives to reflect the changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives.
These changes will further help officers to take weapons off the streets, deal with those intent on using them, and vitally make it more difficult for young people to get hold of knives and other dangerous items in the first place.
For more information, including a video on the changes to the act, visit our website here.
279 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
A total of 279 arrests were made in Sussex during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.
Police carried out dedicated patrols to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions, through education, engagement and enforcement.
The operation, which ran between 11 June and 11 July, was in addition to our routine roads policing duties 365 days a year.
For more information visit the Sussex Police website here. Burglary Summary
There have been 3 burglaries reported to us across Hastings this week.
A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Gresham Way, St Leonards (1035 of the 18/07 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at a residential building off of Carpenter Drive, St Leonards (1300 16/07 relates).
A burglary has been reported at a residential building off of Priory Road, Hastings (218 of the 14/07 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 30 arrests have been made across Hastings this week, for various offences including; common assault, drug driving and ABH.
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.
Theft from vehicles in the Hastings area
We have received reports of thefts from vehicles across Hastings and St Leonards, particularly in the Maze Hill and Ashdown area. A number of the vehicles were left insecure and items including cash have been taken.
We are reminding owners to ensure their vehicles are locked and secure when not in use, and your items are taken with you or are hidden from sight.
For more steps you can take to keep your vehicles and the contents in them safe visit our crime prevention advice pages here. Out and about in the community
As always, our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places:
At the weekend officers joined volunteers for the local Community Speed Watch to conduct speed checks over in Battle Road, Hastings. During this activity 6 words of advice were issued to drivers.
Over the last week officers have spent over 20 hours on patrol in Hastings Town Centre. This activity is being conducted in response to concerns from the community regarding street drinking and antisocial behaviour within the area.
Roads Policing Update
Snapshot of Activing in East Sussex
Officers have been carrying out speed checks in and around Hastings, Bexhill and Rye encompassing the A21 and A259.
Officers spent time in Hailsham High Street where they identified and stopped 15 motorists where the drivers were not wearing their seatbelts. A further five vehicles were stopped in Birling Gap and drivers spoken to for not wearing their seatbelts.
Officers doing evening roadside checks in Peacehaven stopped a car and found the driver was a provisional licence holder and was not being supervised and had no L plates on display. The driver was dealt with for the offence and the vehicle was seized.
Local officers in Rother district have been responding to complaints from local residents and carrying out high visibility patrols on the A28, Main Road, Westfield.
We received several reports from people concerned in the community of cars driving very fast up Atlantic Drive, Eastbourne. Our officers have been in the area doing high visibility patrols and stopping any motorists breaking the speed limit.
Officer carried out an early morning drink and/or drug driving check on the A259 in Icklesham. Lots of vehicles were stopped and it was good to report that none had been driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs.
Officers stopped a motorist Phoenix Causeway, Lewes, after the driver was seen to not be wearing a seatbelt. While speaking to the driver the officers could detect the smell of cannabis. The man and his car were searched, and officers discovered a quantity of cannabis and about £2,000 in cash. Due to this, a search of his address was authorised, where officers discovered a larger quantity of Class B drugs and a further £10,000 cash. The man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and acquiring or possessing criminal property. He has been released under investigation, pending further police enquires.
A member of the public who was concerned by the way a blue Seat was being driven in the Eastbourne area reported this to the police when they saw the car collide with a number of bollards. A registration number was provided, which enabled officers to quickly find the car in St Anthony’s Avenue. The female driver failed a breath test, and was subsequently charged with driving with 170mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system – almost five time the legal limit of 35mcg. The woman pleaded guilty to the offence and at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 16 June and was sentences to 14 weeks’ imprisonment, and required to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
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:
Beware of holiday fraud as travel restrictions ease
Action Fraud, received 1,907 reports of holiday and travel related fraud in the 2020/21 financial year – a decrease of over 70 per cent 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, including advice how to avoid falling victim to holiday fraud, visit the Action Fraud website here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/holidayfraud
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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