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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts

Witnesses sought following assault on man in St Leonards.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault in St Leonards.

The victim was walking along St Margaret’s Road around 2.30am on Thursday, August 26 when he was hit from behind. He suffered a serious head injury requiring stitches.

It happened near the car park, and the suspects are believed to be two young men wearing hooded jumpers.

Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 567 of 03/09.

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

Man jailed for unprovoked assault in Hastings town centre

A man has been jailed for attacking another man with a bottle in Hastings town centre.

Sammy Stockford, 34, a labourer, of Canada Grove, Bognor Regis, denied wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent but was found guilty after a trial in May.

On Wednesday (August 25), he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for the unprovoked assault.

Stockford had been visiting a friend in Hastings on September 28, 2020 when the pair decided to go out drinking in the town centre.

The victim was also in town with a woman who new Stockford’s friend, and the group ended up talking with each other.

Later in the evening, the victim overheard a conversation involving Stockford and challenged him as he found the content offensive.

After a brief verbal altercation, the victim left the bar and headed down Middle Street.

However, Stockford followed him and without warning hit him in the face with a bottle. The victim suffered a deep cut above his eyebrow, requiring hospital treatment.

Police were called and arrested Stockford after he was identified by the victim’s friend. He was found with blood on his t-shirt, which he had turned inside out in a suspected attempt to hide the stains.

Officers attended Middle Street and recovered a broken glass bottle, which matched the brand of alcohol Stockford had been drinking that evening.

In an interview, Stockford said he had punched the victim in self-defence and denied a bottle had been used.

He was convicted on May 21 by a majority jury of 10 to two. As well as an 18-month sentence, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156.

Appeal after bus window damaged and passenger injured in Hastings

Police are appealing for witnesses after a window on a bus was damaged by an unknown object, injuring a passenger on board.

The bus was on Queens Road, Hastings, at around 8.15pm on Wednesday, August 18, when one of the windows was hit.

The glass shattered, leaving a small hole towards the bottom, and a passenger suffered a cut as a result of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1299 of 18/08.

Burglary Summary

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Chatfield Close, St Leonards (355 of the 02/09 relates).

Member 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 here, for ways you can protect your home and belonging.

Emerging Issues

Arrests made across Hastings this week

A number of arrests have been made across Hastings this week, for offences including; affray, burglary, common assault and drunk and disorderly.

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 call 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.

This week officers have spent a number of hour conducting targeted patrols in Hastings Town Centre, to keep an eye on things and target antisocial behaviour in the area.

The Roads Policing Unit have been conducting routine patrols across Hastings and Rother under Operation Downsway, a force level initiative to tackle the #Fatal5 offences and keep our communities safe on the road, on Sunday you may have seem then on the A259 into Rye.

In addition to routine roads policing, officers will continue to commit resources to Operation Downsway at various location across Sussex.

Action Fraud Scam and Fraud reminders

Don’t Get Caught Out By Holiday Fraudsters

Action Fraud are warning people to remain vigilant against holiday fraud after the latest round of travel traffic light changes.

Follow their top tips to avoid falling victim to holiday fraud;
  • Stay safe online: check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes
  • Do your research: don’t just rely on one review, do a thorough online search to ensure the company is credible
  • Look for the logo: check whether the company is an ABTA Member.
  • Pay Safe: wherever possible, pay by credit card. You should avoid paying directly into a private individuals bank account.
  • Check the paperwork: you should study receipts, invoices and terms and conditions, and be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all.
  • Use your instincts: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information visit the Action Fraud website

Rural Crime Team Monthly Update – September 2021

The Rural Crime Team have released their monthly update over on the Sussex Police website.

Their updates go up at the beginning of each month and gives an overview of the work the team has been up to across the force including updates for the local area.

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.

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