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Wednesday 6th October 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts

Police investigating Hastings play centre break-ins make two arrests

Police investigating a series of burglaries at a Hastings play centre have made two arrests.

A number of break-ins have been reported at Clambers in White Rock Gardens, with damage caused to the building and equipment, and items taken from inside.

On Saturday (October 2), officers arrested two boys on suspicious of burglary. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police are still keen to hear from anyone with information about the break-ins, or from anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the vicinity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 10047 of 11/09.

New advice to air weapon owners about appropriate use

Police are reminding the owners of air weapons to remember the laws surrounding their appropriate use.

Officers have responded to incidents in which people in possession of air weapons have caused concern for members of the public. Prompting a higher volume of emergency 999 calls.

Incidents can lead to special officers being asked to attend, preventing them attending a genuine emergency where they are needed to protect the public in life-threatening situations.

For more information visit the Sussex Police website here. 

New cohort of officers join Sussex Police

Seventy-two new recruit constables have taken their steps in policing this week.

The new recruits were formally sworn in as police officers on Tuesday (28 September) at an attestation ceremony. The new police officers will join as the force opens for recruitment once again.

Fifty-four of the new recruits have joined through the three year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and 18 have joined through the two-year Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). The new officers will spend nine weeks training at the county police HQ in Lewes before joining dedicated coaching units in police stations countywide.

For more information visit the Sussex Police website here.

Warning to dog owners after suspicious phone calls in East Sussex

Police are urging people to be vigilant after receiving two reports of scams relating to dogs in East Sussex.

The first related to a dog that was missing in Guestling on September 7. The owners of the dog received a call from a man saying he had their dog, and demanded £500 for its return. He asked if the dog was spayed and that if it was, it was no good to him.

The couple suspected something was wrong and refused to pay the money. Their dog returned home a few hours later, having gotten lost running in the woods.

A similar phone call was reported to a woman who was helping a dog owner find her lost dog in Hastings. The man again demanded £500 but no money was handed over.

PC Liz Daddy, of the Rural Crime Team, said: “In both cases, an appeal to find the dogs has been posted to Facebook with a phone number.

“A man with a Liverpudlian accent has then called saying he has the dog and demanding money to give it back, the caller has never been able to produce any evidence that he has the dogs and thankfully, both victims have become suspicious and not handed over any money.

“We’re urging people to be vigilant, and report any suspicious calls to police. Do not give money to people you do not trust and if in doubt, seek advice from a family member, a friend or police.

“If anyone has received a similar phone call, or has any information which could help our enquiries, please get in touch online or by calling 101.

Police invest in innovative laser scanners

Police have invested in a number of new high-tech laser scanners which will help to reconstruct serious injury and fatal collisions.

The Korec supplied Trimble X7s will enable officers from the Forensic Collision Investigations Unit to piece together crash scenes in the finest of detail.

This will ensure the most accurate information can be gathered and submitted for court cases or inquests.

The nine new scanners purchased by Surrey Police and Sussex Police will predominantly be used for roads policing purposes, but can also play a crucial role in the reconstruction of significant incidents or murder investigations, for example.

For more information you can visit the Sussex Police website here.

Burglary Summary

There has been a burglary reported at a residential building in Beauharrow Rd, St Leonards overnight on the 28 September (556 of the 29/09 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a residential building in Grange Road, Hastings on the 03 October (160 of the 03/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Kenilworth Rd, St Leonards in which a garage has been entered (839 of the 03/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Gillsmans Hill, St Leonards (236 of the 05/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a commercial property off of Avondale Rd, St Leonards (756 of the 05/10 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 visit our crime prevention pages on home security here for ways you can protect your home and belongings.

Emerging Issues

Arrests Made Across Hastings This Week

Over 40 arrests have been made across Hastings week for various offences including; theft, criminal damage and drink driving.

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 of 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

Last week officers seized a vehicle in Hastings for no insurance. The vehicle was seen driving at excessive speed, the driver was reported for no insurance and driving otherwise that in accordance with a license.

Action Fraud Scam and Fraud Reminders

Tell-tale sign that it’s a scam

Many scam messages share common tell-tale signs.

Asking you to “verify” your financial details is one of them.

Cyber criminals use fake ‘phishing’ messages as bait to lure you into clicking on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information such as financial details.

Your banks, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, call them directly.

For more information about phishing fraud and what to do if you have received a suspicious phone call or message visit the Action Fraud website here.

Neighbourhood Watch

Hastings and St Leonards has an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, with around ‘80’ watches that work closely with local police, council and community members.

Neighbourhood Watch is about getting people together with their community to take action to reduce crime, these scheme can also;
  • Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in the area
  • Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
To find out more about your local scheme and for information on how to join visit the Hastings and St Leonards Neighbourhood Watch website here.

Help Us Keep Sussex Safe

If you have seen or heard anything, or have an 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 Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online here.

You can also visit our website here, 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 the Ask the Police website for more information.

Your Local Teams

You can find your local PCSO by entering your postcode on our website here

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