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Thursday 14th October 2021

Hastings Weekly Bulletin

News and Alerts

Police join with partners to raise awareness of hate crime

Police are joining with partners to raise awareness of hate crime and the devastating impact it can have on its victims.

The force is marking Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 9-16) with a number of engagement events to encourage the reporting of hate crime, and to highlight the work being done by police and partners to address the issue in Sussex.

A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender’.   

It doesn’t always include physical violence – someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you, or posting abusive comments or messages online, can also constitute a hate crime.

For more information about the activity taking place throughout the week visit the Sussex Police website here.

Police in Hastings help to relaunch Safe Space scheme to help those in need on Saturday nights.

Police in Hastings have helped relaunch a Safe Space scheme to offer assistance to those in need during the night time economy.

Run by the independent charity Street Pastors, the scheme sees volunteers patrol the town centre providing care, basic first aid and support to those in need. It runs every Saturday night, but with the aim of extending it on Friday nights as well in the near future.

The team can also signpost people to support services that are available, provide vulnerable people with refuge as travel arrangements are made, help people from becoming victims of crime and assist with potentially volatile situations.

Sussex Police, the NHS and Hastings Borough Council have worked alongside the Street Pastors to launch the scheme as the night time economy opens back up following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Inspector Aidan Cornwall, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The Safe Space in Hastings is a vital support in the night time economy, being there for those who need a helping hand or who may become distressed in the town centre on our busy weekend nights.

“We are immensely proud of the work that the volunteers are doing and would encourage those enjoying the vibrant atmosphere in Hastings town centre to stop by and see the services on offer.”

Safe Space is open between 10pm on Saturday nights at His Place Church, Robertson Street, Hastings.

For more information call 07964 167870. Alternatively search Hastings Street Pastors on Facebook or follow @HastingsPastors on Twitter.

Burglary Summary

An attempted burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Stone House Drive, St Leonards (1013 of the 08/10 relates).

A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Farley Bank, Hastings (1121 of the 10/10 relates).

There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of East Street, Hastings (982 of the 11/10 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

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

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. 

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.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out conducting vehicle checks on Queensway in Hastings.

Officers have also been continuing patrols in Hastings Town centre. These patrols are carried out as part of our ongoing work to tackle Anti-Social behaviour in the area.

Rural Crime Team Monthly Update

October 2021

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

These updates give an overview of the work the team has been up to across the force including information for the local area.

To read the update visit the Sussex Police website here.

Action Fraud Scam and Fraud Reminders

Warning to remain vigilant after latest changes to the UK travel rules

Action Fraud are once again reminding the public to remain vigilant against Holiday fraud, following recent changes to UK travel rules.

For more information including some top tips to avoid falling victim to holiday fraud visit the Action Fraud website here.

SCAM warning about fake antivirus email

Action Fraud received over 2,200 reports in a 48 hour period, about fake emails claiming to be from antivirus software providers, that link to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial information.

They are reminding the public to forward any suspicious emails to

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 schemes can also:
  • Cut crime and the opportunity for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in the area
  • Encourage neighbourliness and close 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 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 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 here.

Your Local Teams

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

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