Boy arrested in relation to series of sexual assaults in East Sussex
Police investigating a series of sexual assaults in East Sussex have made an arrest.
Officers have received a number of reports in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne of a moped rider approaching women from behind and slapping them or touching them inappropriately.
After making a number of enquiries, officers arrested a 17-year-old boy on Monday (October 18) on suspicion of five counts of sexual assault on a female, one count of common assault, possession of a controlled Class B drug, and using threatening/abusive/insulting words/ behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress. Police also seized his moped.
Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: “We have interviewed a boy in relation to these assaults and he has been released on bail with strict conditions, including not to ride a moped or motorcycle, and not to have contact with females unknown to him unless as part of his unusual day-to-day activities.
“We take reports of this nature very seriously – everyone has a right to go about their business without fear of assault and intimidating behaviour.
“We encourage any other victims or witnesses of these offences to come forward.”
Information can be reported to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Anyone with information relating to the above incidents should quote Operation Paris when getting in touch.
Sussex Police and Albion in the Community scheme wins national award
An innovative programme to help care leavers and young people avoid violence and crime has won a national award.
Sussex Police teamed up with Albion in the Community (AITC) to deliver the SWITCH Programme, helping people approaching the 18th birthday up to their 25th birthday to stop them being a victim or perpetrator in criminality.
The scheme has been recognised with a national award by the Howard League for Penal Reform, a charity which works for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
The Switch programme beat competition from other schemes across England and Wales to win an award in the Children and Children in Care category.
It provides independent mentoring for young people, including care leavers, in order to give the best support for their future success. It also helps divert them away from becoming involved in crime and avoid becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system.
The award recognised the outstanding work being done across sectors to understand and highlight the factors leading to young people from care being over-represented in the criminal justice system. It also recognised the work to prevent criminalisation of young people.
To read more about the scheme and the award visit the Sussex Police website here.
Sussex partners mark Anti-Slavery Day
Sussex partners working to combat modern slavery are reflecting on a year of progress.
In October 2020, Chief Constable Jo Shiner, Chief Executive of East and West Sussex County Councils, Becky Shaw, and Brighton and Hove City Council Chief Executive Geoff Raw marked Anti-Slavery Day with a UN Sustainable Goals pledge from their respective organisations to become a slavery free community in Sussex.
The pledge outlined how partners would work proactively with national and local government, law enforcement agencies, businesses, the voluntary and community sector, faith bodies and local communities.
On behalf of all Sussex partners, Detective Chief Inspector Kris Ottery of Sussex Police said:
“Monday 18 October is Anti-Slavery Day this year, so we reflect on the achievements of the last year our ongoing collective effort through the Sussex Anti-Slavery Network, which includes a wide range of partners across the county.
For more information visit the Sussex Police website here. Burglary Summary
A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Highview Close, St Leonards (1079 of the 14/10 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.
Arrests Made Across Hastings This Week
A number of arrests have been made across Hastings this week, for offences including; theft from a motor vehicle, common assualt and drug 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 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.
Following reports of anti-social behaviour causing noise issues in the late evenings, officers have been out conducting high visibility patrols in Alexandra Park.
On Saturday (16/10) officers were out for Hastings Bonfire keeping an eye on things and keeping the community safe. The event was well managed with minimal disruption reported. Roads Policing Update
Sussex Police is committed to reducing casualties on the roads and making them a safer place for all road users.
Dark nights and adverse weather conditions can make roads significantly more hazardous; throughout October the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) will be providing road safety tips and advice on how to check your tyres are fit for the road.
Using the acronym ACT, make sure to check yours:
Air Pressure – To stay safe on the road your car needs to have the correct tyre pressure. If the tyres are under or over inflated then handling and grip will worsen, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable car behaviour.
Condition – Tyres are never manufactured with lumps, bumps or objects sticking in them, so if you see any of these, you’ll need to have the tyre inspected. Tyres should be examined frequently, removing stones or other embedded objects from the tread. If the tyre has lumps or bulges it must be examined by a tyre specialist since these could indicate internal damage. Remove oil or grease with suitable diluted detergent.
Tread – Tyre treads are designed to give good grip on wet roads, but this generally decreases as a tyre’s tread pattern wears down or as the depth of water increases. Drivers should take this into consideration and reduce their speed accordingly in wet conditions.
You can find a snapshot of activity from across Sussex that our teams and volunteers have been doing in response to local issues on the Sussex Police website here. Action Fraud Scam and Fraud Reminders
Over £145 million has been lost so far this year to cryptocurrency fraud
Action Fraud are reminding the public to be vigilant of cryptocurrency fraud when making investments, as victims have been cheated out of hundreds of millions of pounds since the start of this year.
For more information about cryptocurrency fraud, including Action Frauds’ advice to protect yourself visit their 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 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 Crimestoppers 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 report Anti-social driving direct to Operation Crackdown here.
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, for more information.
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You can find your local PCSO by entering your postcode on our website here
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