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Wealden Police Weekly News and Alerts
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Friday 14th January 2022
Wealden Police weekly News and Alerts
Witness appeal following serious assault in Uckfield
Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on two people outside the Broadway Nightclub in High Street, Uckfield during the early hours of Sunday (9 January).
Just before 3am police responded to a report that three people had attacked the two men, aged 25 and 49, which resulted in one of them sustaining serious but non-life threatening injuries.
An officer performed first aid on the 25-year-old who has taken to hospital with a suspected leg injury while the 49-year-old man sustained a fractured eye socket.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Anyone with information which could help officers with their investigation is asked to contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 132 of 09/01.
We are here if you need us
We are here if you need us - As we head into the weekend, the safety and welfare of our local communities remains a top priority, with various teams out and about day and night keeping you safe.
Whatever you have planned for the weekend, remember to stay vigilant and alert, and look after each other - if you see or hear anything we need to know about, stop and let us know.
As part of our regular patrols across the district; this week PCSO Morris for Heathfield has been out and about across the town and surrounding villages, speaking to local residents and patrolling areas of concern reported by your communities.
A number of issues have been raised recently by local residents, including various reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB), criminal damage and youth related disorder; these have not gone unnoticed by your local teams, and we would urge you to continue reporting incidents directly to us, so that we can continue to target areas of concern and identify repeat offenders.
All your reports are important, no matter how small you think they may be; and help us to direct our patrols in areas that have seen an increase in crime, or ASB - Please continue to report incidents to us at the time to 101/online (999 in an emergency).
Contact us 24/7:
101/online for non-emergencies, crime prevention advice and support.
999 in an emergency/crime in action/where there is threat to life and or property.
Rural Crime Team arrest man for East Sussex barn fires
A man has been arrested by Sussex Police's Rural Crime Team who have been investigating a series of barn and hay bale fires in Lewes and Wealden.
The fires were deliberately set targeting roadside barn and hay bale stocks at farm locations in Beddingham, Alfriston, Tarring Neville and Litlington, between 2 and 7 November 2021.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on Saturday (8 January) on suspicion of committing arson and conspiracy to commit arson. He has been interviewed and released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Sergeant Jon Attfield from the Rural Crime Team said: "This is a highly destructive crime that impacts our farming community and livestock supplies.
"Our investigation continues and we are again appealing for witnesses to any suspicious activity seen in the Beddingham, Litlington, Alfriston and Tarring Neville areas from 2 to 9 November last year."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 244 of 07/11 or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.
Pedestrian seriously injured in Crowborough collision
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was injured in a collision in Crowborough.
It happened on the A26 Eridge Road around 6.15pm on Sunday, January 2 and involved a 75-year-old man walking past the Esso petrol station and a dark-coloured car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf, leaving the garage forecourt.
The pedestrian attended hospital for treatment to serious leg injuries. The driver failed to stop at the scene, continuing in the direction of Tunbridge Wells.
Investigating officer, PC Michael Dunn of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: "We are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to please come forward, or anyone who may have captured any relevant dash cam footage from the area around that time.
Annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers sees hundreds of arrests in Sussex
Sussex recorded a 20 per cent rise in the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving during this year’s annual winter crackdown by police.
Hundreds of motorists ignored the risks posed and were arrested as part of the month-long campaign which runs from December 1 to January 1.
In total, 257 arrests were made in Sussex, up from 212 arrests in the same period last year - more than a 20 per cent rise.
There were 137 arrests for drug-driving, 111 for drink-driving, and nine arrests for both drink and drug-driving.
Sussex Police is determined to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year, with drink or drug-driving being one of the “fatal five” causes of fatalities.
It has also invested extra resources in roads policing with additional officers in 2020 and the introduction of the Specialist Enforcement Unit, a dedicated team to target criminals using the road network.
During this year's campaign, officers carried out more than 4,500 stop checks on motorists across Sussex. Of these, 1,591 drivers completed roadside breath tests, 319 drivers completed roadside DrugWipe tests, and a further 18 motorists completed roadside field impairment tests.
In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels as a deterrent in the coming months.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
The campaign is supported by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.
Operation Blitz - ASB targeting patrols
Additional ASB targeting patrols tonight and tomorrow between 15:00pm and 22:30pm tackling ASB in your towns.
Call 07770 700642 to report anti-social behaviour (ASB) directly to officers out in the town centres, and local parks.
Outside of these time, please continue to report ASB online or to 101 - in an emergency/crime in action always call 999.
Each week teams made up of both PCs and PCSOs take to the streets on additional patrols to areas reported by your communities as having seen an increase in ASB and youth related crime and disorder.
ASB can have a lasting effect on local communities and often leads to more serious offences, such as theft and criminal damage - if you are experiencing issues of ASB in your towns or villages please report it to us at the time, all your reports help to plan these additional weekend patrols in areas which have been affected the most.
A report of 3 males in balaclavas acting suspiciously holding metal tools around Bayham Road, Hailsham was reported on the 3rd January 2022 just before 2100. A unit attended, and an extensive search of the area was conducted, no males were found. (1161 of 4/1)
A suspicious male in his 40’s was seen by staff taking personal items belonging to staff at a community building off Vicarage Lane, Hailsham around 0930 on the 6th Jan 2022 – Attempts were made to use bank cards stolen, and CCTV is being checked. (0557 Of 6/1)
An attempted burglary was reported around 0330am on the 7th January 2022 from a property off Eridge Road, Groombridge. 3 unknown males with torches have been seen on CCTV attempting to gain entry to the property with tools, fortunately no entry was gained and nothing was reported as stolen. CCTV and lines of enquiry from mud left at the scene are being investigated. (211 of 7/1)
Cabling was stolen from a property off Coggins Mill Lane, Mayfield overnight on the 6th-7th January 2022. Unknown suspects have gained entry to the property as trespassers and stolen new cabling from the site. (1026 of 8/1)
A report of a suspicious vehicle driving off following an alarm sounding at a commercial property off Farningham Road, Crowborough was reported around 2015 on the 12th January 2022. Units attended the address, and checked surrounding buildings for insecurities, none were found. (1287 of 12/1)
Members of the public and business owners are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click here.
If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.
Sussex Police and Action Fraud scam watch
This week Action Fraud and Sussex Police are raising awarenss of an increase in Romance Fraud.
Family members of online daters are being urged to help protect their relatives from becoming a victim of romance fraud, as new figures show almost £92 million has been lost through dating scams in the last year alone, more support and advice can be found by clicking here.
Help us keep Sussex safe
If you saw 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk 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 www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
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