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Wednesday 18th August 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Witness appeal after woman injured breaking up fight in Hastings

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted as she attempted to intervene in a fight between two men in Hastings town centre.

Police officers on patrol were approaching Robertson Street on Sunday (August 15) at 2.45am to assist a woman lying on the ground with an injured arm.

She was taken to hospital and found to have suffered a fractured wrist.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent and he was later released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting serial 210 15/08.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sussex residents warned about increase in computer software service fraud

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after a rise in cases of computer software service fraud in Sussex, especially among vulnerable victims.

Since the start of the year, there have been 122 reports made to Sussex Police of computer software service fraud. Many of the victims have been women over the age of 75.

Of these 122 reports, 46 victims unfortunately suffered a loss of an average of £5,082. This then amounts to a staggering combined loss of £233,760.

To protect yourself or someone you know from becoming a victim of fraud, consider the following key tips:
  • If you receive suspicious calls, hang up. Take Five and verify the call via a trusted method, not any number given in the call.
  • Never allow anyone to remotely access your computer.
  • Do not download software on the request of a phone caller.
  • A genuine service provider will never call you out of the blue regarding issues with your computer or broadband.
  • Microsoft will not request your banking information or personal details to validate Windows software on your devices.
Please pass this advice onto your loved ones, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable.
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud please contact us via:101 or visit the Sussex Police Website.

Report fraud or attempted fraud, by contacting Action fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040

For more information regarding this advice please visit the Sussex Police website

Witness appeal after violent assault in Hastings town centre

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to a violent assault in Hastings town centre in the early hours of Sunday, July 25.

Officers responded to a fights between two men in Robertson Street – the pedestrianised area between HSBC bank and Yates bar – at around 3am.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray, assault on a restrained male and assaulting a police officer.

A 20-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of affray and assault on a restrained male.
It has since been established that one of the men suffered a fractured jaw and skull in the altercation.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 0247 of 25/07.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Burglary Summary

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Chapel Park Road, St Leonards (576 of the 12/08 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of The Ridge, Hastings overnight between the 12 August and 13 August (236 of the 13/08 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of London Road, St Leonards (626 of the 15/08 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Sedlescombe Gardens, St Leonards (278 of the 16/08 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, for ways you can protect your homes and belongings.

Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Hastings this week

Over 40 arrests have been made across Hastings and St Leonards this week, for offences including;
  • Criminal damage
  • Drink Driving
  • Theft
  • Drug Driving
  • Assault
  • Drunk and disorderly
Public reporting is vital to our work. If you see or hear something you think we need to know about, report it.

If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service.

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 Policing Team (NPT) have been out in the community. You might have seen us at some of the following places: 

This week officers have spent over 6 hours on patrol in and around Hastings Town Centre. These patrols were carried out as part of ongoing work to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area. One of these patrols was also conducted in partnership with some of our local councillor partners.

Under Operation Downsway, Officers from Rother and Hastings were joined this week by the Sussex Safer Road Partnership Camera Safety Team to conduct vehicle safety checks across East Sussex.
Locally you may have seen them in Hastings and Westfield. During this activity a number of vehicles were stopped and given words of advice or issued Traffic Offence reports for offences including drivers using mobile phones and seatbelt offences.

Roads Policing Update – August 2021

Sussex Police is committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all roads users.

Localised Activity

Below is a snapshot of just some of the activity that has been taking place across East Sussex.
As part of Operation Dragonfly, our summer drink drive campaign, Roads Policing officers carried out static checks in Uckfield.

A motorcyclist who seriously injured a cyclist in a collision in Bexhill has been jailed and disqualified from driving.

Sussex Police’s Commercial Vehicles Unit (CVU), along with other agencies, have been out in Johns Cross due to a rise in fly tipping in the area. While the police don’t deal with fly tipping, there were a number of offences that were dealt with.

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and caused a head-on collision in Hurst Green – killing her own mother – has been convicted in court.

A man of previous good character now has a criminal record after lying about a speeding offence.

For more information about this activity and from across Sussex about the work our teams and volunteers have been doing and for advice for keeping yourself and others safe on the roads, read the rest of the update on our website.

This week’s scam and fraud reminders from Action Fraud:

Is you perfect match really who they say they are?

Action Fraud are reminding people of the risk of Romance fraud online.

Criminals can use any online platform with a messaging function to strike up a conversation and to build a friendship, or romantic relationship.

You can stay safe from romance scams by:
  • Being suspicious of any requests for money from someone you have never met in person, particularly if you have only recently met online.
  • Speak to your family or friends to get advice.
  • Profile photos may not be genuine, do you research fist. Performing a reverse image search on a search engine can find photos that have been taken from somewhere, or someone else.
For more information or guidance, including how to report if you think you have been a victim, visit the Action Fraud website. 

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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