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Wednesday 1st September 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

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Three arrested as police and partners work to protect vulnerable people in Hastings

Police and partners are working together to protect vulnerable victims of cuckooing in Hastings.

Cuckooing is where organised crime groups tend to use local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes a drug user, as a base for their illegal activities.

Officers from Sussex Police have been joining with STAR Drug and Alcohol Service and Adult Social Care to staff the ‘cuckoo car’ – a multi-agency approach visiting vulnerable people who are susceptible to being exploited by gangs associated with county lines.

On checking one address on Tuesday afternoon (August 24), four men were found inside in the home of a vulnerable person. All four men provided details which were suspected to be false and so powers under section 61 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 were used to request their fingerprints outside of custody.

Using a mobile fingerprint scanner, the identity of the men were confirmed and three were arrested – one on recall to prison, one who was wanted on warrant, and one for breach of court bail.

For more information visit the Sussex Police website

Police act on community intelligence to arrest man in Hastings

Police acting on community intelligence have arrested a man on suspicion of supplying drugs in Hastings Old Town.

Officers had received a number of reports from residents about drug-related activity in the vicinity of Belmont Road and High Wickham.

In response, officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and plain-clothed officers from the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team conducted a targeted operation the area, leading to the arrest of a man for being concerned in the supply of Class A drug.

In addition to this, a vulnerable person has been identified and is now being safeguarded against drug-related exploitation.

Sergeant Ben Woods, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We would like to thank the local community for the information that has been passed to us. This led to an arrest, the removal of illegal drugs out of circulation and a vulnerable person being identified and safeguarded.

“We do take reports of this nature very seriously, and will always look to respond to community concerns. While you may not see visible action immediately, that doesn’t mean we are not working to put plans in place. In this case, we listened to residents and acted effectively.

“We continue to encourage people to report an suspicious activity to us, either online or by calling 101, if its and emergency, always dial 999.

Appeal for witnesses after collision between car and pedestrian in Hastings

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision between a car and a pedestrian in Hastings.

Emergency services were called to St Helen’s Road at 4.10pm on August 25.

A Fiat Panda is reported to have collided with the pedestrian, a 78-year-old local woman, who was airlifted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with life-threatening injuries.

A 44-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion on causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident is asked to email: quoting Operation Extase. 

Burglar Summary

There has been 1 burglary reported across Hastings this week.

A burglary has been reported at commercial property off of Lower South Road, St Leonards (317 of the 29/08).

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 visit our crime prevention pages on home security, for ways you can protect your home and belongings.

Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Hastings this week

There have been over 30 arrests made across Hastings this week for offences including; drink driving, drug driving and common assault.

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 line 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 teams have been out and about in the community. You may have seen them at some of the following places.

PCSO were invited to attend a Paw Patrol breakfast at the Conquerors March in Hastings. Officers spent time engaging with the community and CHASE from paw patrol led a queue of children out to see the police car and officers.

Over the weekend officers attended Hasting Pride, to support raising awareness of inclusion and celebrating who you are. It was great to see the community together and to engage with members of the public about local issues and our ongoing work to keep our communities safe.

Action Fraud Scam and Fraud reminders

Watch out for Asda gift card scam

Action Fraud are warning people to watch out for this Asda gift card scam.

Action Fraud have received 159 reports within a 48 hour period about fake emails purporting to be from Asda. The emails state that the recipient can win a “£100 promo reward gift card” by completing a marketing survey.

When followed the links in the emails lead to malicious websites that are designed to steal personal information. ­

Remember, if you receive suspicious emails such as this you can report them to Action Fraud by forwarding the email to

Help us Keep Sussex Safe

If you have seen 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 reports 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 officer 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.

Neighbourhood Watch

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