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23rd October 2020

ENWA October 2020 Newsletter

With there being little change in the Coronavirus situation (in fact possibly worsening) we find ourselves still unable to organise any events or meetings or even produce and distribute our new style Neighbourhood Watch magazine.There is of course obvious frustration and exasperation amongst all our commitee and coordinators, but we all realise that protecting everyone’s health has to be the top priority. So, we are contacting you for now, keeping in touch, with our more simple email ‘News Bulletin’ and ask that you please pass this on and/or include it in any Face-Book or media channels you have access to.

Read the newsletter > >


23rd October 2020

Aldi extends recall of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin' Chicken

Aldi is extending its recall of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin' Chicken to include all batches and all best before dates, because the products may contain salmonella.

Point of sale notices will be displayed in all Aldi stores. This notice explains to customers why the products are being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the product.

Read the notice > >

 


17th October 2020

Lidl Recalls Simply Mature White Cheddar

Lidl GB is recalling the above product because it may pieces of plastic which makes the product unsafe to eat

Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the above product. Please see the attached notice.

More information > >


16th October 2020

East Sussex County council has issued an update on its progress in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more > >


10th October 2020

Derek Pratt MBE

I am so delighted that in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 Derek Pratt has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to Crime Prevention and Public Safety. He is my Neighbourhood Watch right hand, he has assisted me in bringing unity to so many partnerships across Sussex, he is resilient, hard-working and well respected by all who meet him. I am proud to call him my friend.

As a volunteer Derek is the Deputy Chair and Secretary of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, Deputy Chair and Secretary of Crawley Neighbourhood Watch Association, and Chair of the Sussex Community Search Team, where he is also a Team Leader. Until recently he was also a Trustee and the Secretary of the Neighbourhood Watch Network, which covers England and Wales. Derek is also a Police Service Volunteer with Sussex Police.

Derek worked for a major British insurer for many years, and for 25 of those years he lived in various places in Asia and the Middle East, including senior Management roles, becoming very familiar with the practical aspects of criminality, security and safety, as well as running a successful business. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Insurance Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, recently renamed The Chartered Governance Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

The Sussex Community Search Team was created in 2015 to replace the three Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams. Search Team members have been specially trained and vetted to systematically search for missing persons and associated property to the very high standards expected of police forces. The Team can field up to 135 trained searchers to support the police as and when needed. In 2014 the NW Search Teams were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This year, in addition to its usual activities, the Team has carried out 14 safety sweeps of public places, to help ensure that these are safe places to visit.

Derek is also one of the Administrators of the Neighbourhood Alert software used by Neighbourhood Watch and 25 police forces across England and Wales. The small team he leads in Sussex looks after the data of well over 26,000 users locally, including nearly 4,000 Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and 3,550 Neighbourhood Watch schemes. At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown the system successfully delivered nationally over 11 million key messages a month, most of which are further propagated by social media, media agencies and third party community Apps.

John Wright MBE
Chair, Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation


8th October 2020

Free Webinars about Staying Safe Online

Get Online week takes place from 19 - 23 October. To help support this event, Staying Safe Online are offering FREE webinars that provide advice and tips on how to protect yourself and others online. These webinars are available on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st October and can be booked via Eventbrite - please click the relevant link below.

19 October 10:30-12:00 book via Eventbrite
21 October 13:00-14:30 book via Eventbrite

In addition, on Tuesday 3 November, our partners Get Safe Online are offering three FREE webinar sessions aimed at parents/carers, entitled Staying Safe Online, Children’s Digital World - the good, the bad and the in between. These can be booked via Eventbrite. The webinars will cover the following:

3 November 10:00-11:00 book via Eventbrite
3 November 13:00-14:00 book via  Eventbrite
3 November 18.00-19:00 book via Eventbrite

These are FREE training sessions offering invaluable online safety tips and advice.

2nd October 2020

October Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The October 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

This month we are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network's first ever Community Grants Fund.  

We get to know our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in our Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. Furthermore we offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining your Neighbourhood Watch group, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales.

So grab your tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. Don't forget to share it with your community.


2nd October 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday, please call 07785372050 between 6pm and midnight to report any anti-social behaviour across your town.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your town, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Updates from last weekend's patrols

Friday 25th September

The team had various taskings, including patrols of hotspot ASB areas below:

Sainsbury’s and GP Surgery, Broadwater Way – Recent ASB Incidents have been occurring in and around the vicinity between the GP Surgery and Sainsbury’s in Broadwater Way, Eastbourne.

Both checks were completed throughout the evening. When conducting both Blitz Checks there was no youths in sight around both areas, foot and mobile patrol completed.

TESCO, Brassey Parade, Hampden Park – Both checks were done and when patrolling around the area no youths were seen or heard. Area was quiet during both checks.

Royal Parade, Promenade – A mobile patrol was completed along this area of the promenade and around the fitness centre. During both checks, no youths were spotted hanging around. The area itself was quiet and empty during our patrols within the evening.

Whitley Rec Field, Eastbourne – Both checks were completed for this tasking tonight. No ASB was seen and hardly any youths were in the vicinity of the park during the evening. Final check showed no one at all within the park.

Paradise Drive, Eastbourne – During our checks on Paradise Drive throughout the course of the evening showed no people hanging around the vicinity of the road or area when patrolling. Nothing was heard or seen when conducting the Blitz Taskings.

Various calls came through on the mobile including:

A call regarding youths who were banging on the roof of the Etchingham RD Community Survey. When attending no one was on the roof of the building but a small group of youths were loitering around the back of the building. Words of advice and warning given to the group about leaving the area. Group soon dispersed from the area.

Phone calls over the course of the evening. The call came into Blitz at 18:19 about youths loitering around in the communal staircase in Byland Close. We attended the address. When entering the staircase the youths had left beforehand, area search no trace.

Saturday 26th September

The team had various taskings, including patrols of hotspot ASB areas below:

Sainsbury’s and GP Surgery, Broadwater Way – General patrol around no ASB Incidents have been occurring in and around the vicinity between the GP Surgery and Sainsbury’s in Broadwater Way, Eastbourne.

Both checks were completed throughout the evening. When conducting both Blitz Checks there was no youths in sight around both areas, foot and mobile patrol completed.

TESCO - Brassey Parade, Hampden Park – checks were done and when patrolling around the area no youths were seen or heard. Area was quiet.

Royal Parade, Promenade – A mobile patrol was completed along this area of the promenade and around the fitness centre. During both checks, no youths were spotted hanging around. The area itself was quiet and empty during our patrols within the evening.

Whitley Rec Field, Eastbourne – Both checks were completed for this tasking tonight. No ASB was seen and first part of the check was a couple of small groups of youths playing football, and sitting behind the café no concerns, check after dark showed no one at all within the park.

Paradise Drive, Eastbourne – During our checks on Paradise Drive throughout the course of the evening showed no people hanging around the vicinity of the road or area when patrolling. Nothing was heard or seen when conducting.


30th September 2020

Online duplicate log book service launched

The time it takes motorists to receive a duplicate log book (V5C) has been slashed from 6 weeks to just 5 days, as a result of a new online service launched this week by DVLA.

The ‘Get a vehicle log book (V5C)’ service is the latest DVLA online service, and has been designed for motorists who have lost or damaged their log book.

This will be the second online service DVLA has launched in the last four months, following the change address on vehicle log book service which was launched in June and has been used more than 300,000 times.

Every year, DVLA issues around 500,000 duplicate log books where motorists have either lost or damaged their document.

Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive, said:

"DVLA’s new online service to apply for a duplicate log book is quick and easy to use and means customers who have unfortunately either lost or damaged theirs will receive their new document within a matter of days."

"We know how important a log book is to motorists so if you have lost or damaged yours, the quickest way to get your duplicate document is go to GOV.UK."


30th September 2020

National Road Safety Survey

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners has launched a national road safety survey to help inform the Home Office’s review of roads policing and any future plans for enforcement.

We know this is a top priority for Sussex residents, and Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne wants to make sure you have your say: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apccsaferoads  

It only takes 60 seconds to complete and will close on Wednesday 30th September at midnight.


28th September 2020

Consultation on proposed fortnightly refuse collections

Eastbourne Borough Council is considering changes to the waste and recycling service. This includes moving from weekly to fortnightly waste collections in most parts of the borough, known as 'alternate weekly collection'. The council would like to know how this change would affect you.

The aim of the changes would be to increase the amount of waste recycled in Eastbourne. The UK government has set a target for all local authorities to achieve a recycling rate of at least 50%.

Eastbourne’s recycle rate currently stands at about 35% and there is clear evidence from the experience of other local authorities that moving to alternate weekly collections increases recycling. 

Currently Eastbourne is one of the few remaining local authorities in the UK which still collects waste (non-recyclable refuse) weekly.

Under the new arrangements recycling collections would stay fortnightly and assisted collections would still be offered for anyone who need them. Your collections would still happen on the same day of the week and would alternate between waste one week and recycling the next.

The aim is to reduce the amount of waste produced in Eastbourne and fewer waste trucks on the road would also contribute to the carbon reduction aims of the town.

There would also be a financial benefit to changing the service. The Covid-19 pandemic has created significant financial challenges for all local authorities and moving to fortnightly waste collections will, along with other measures being made across all areas of the council, help to meet these challenges.

Click here to complete the survey > >

The closing date will be Monday 21st December 2020 at 5pm.

Frequently asked questions about waste collection > >


25th September 2020

The NHS COVID-19 app is now available in England and Wales

The free NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service.

Protect your loved ones. Download the app.

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

Download from Apple Store or Google Play Store


25th September 2020

Neighbour of the Year Award 2020

Nominate a neighbour that goes above and beyond for your community for the Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 - run by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch

For the third year running, we’re excited to launch the nationwide search in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours. 

Our members have told us that to be a great neighbour people share some clear qualities: a willingness to look out for others; being sociable and friendly; offering practical help; and being kind, caring and respectful.

In addition to our Neighbour of the Year Award, this year we have a brand-new category, Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year. This award will celebrate someone aged 18-24 who has gone above and beyond to help enhance their community and has brought people, young and old, together.

Nominations are now open

If you’ve got someone who ticks all these boxes and more in either category, tell us all about them and how they go above and beyond.

Click here to be taken to our nomination form, where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

The deadline to nominate is 27th October.


25th September 2020

East Sussex County council has issued an update on its progress in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more > >


16th September 2020

M23 Fully Open

As of today, the M23 is open for traffic with the 70mph national speed limit reinstated and gantry technology in place.

The work, which has taken two and a half years, has turned 3 lanes on the M23 into an all lane running, 4 lane motorway, to help ease congestion and make journeys better for the 180,000 motorists using this stretch of road daily.

There is still some work outstanding to complete the project such as fencing, re-planting and snagging, but it is hoped any further closures will be kept to a minimum.


14th September 2020

Sussex Police is Supporting Project Edward

Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards September’s Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) campaign to save lives and reduce death and injury on roads across the county.

Project EDWARD, set to take place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 and championed by ROADPOL (European Traffic Police Network), aims to raise long term awareness of road safety and better driving.

Supported by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Sussex Police will be focusing on the ‘Fatal Five’ – drink or drug driving, mobile phone use, not wearing a seat belt, inconsiderate driving and speeding, which are the five common causes of serious and fatal collisions.

Roads policing officers will provide high-visibility patrols across the county on the week beginning Monday 14 September 2020. Across the week, there will be road safety educational messaging being delivered, with enforcement carried out by dedicated patrols throughout the road networks of Sussex.

To keep up to date with road safety information and advice, members of the public can visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk and follow @SussexSRP on Twitter.


13th September 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday 14 & Wednesday 16 September 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound


Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick: J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Tuesday 15, Thursday 17 & Friday 18 September 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 Northbound + slips J10 and J9


Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Friday 18 September 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound


Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10 M23.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick: traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

In conjunction with Area 4 partners, A One+ please see their works information below.

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020


A one+, on behalf of Highways England will be placing an expansion joint on the North side of the overbridge at Crawley Interchange, M23 junction 10. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and safely as possible, the works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am, utilising lane closures and a full North side carriageway closure on the roundabout.

Diversions:

Clearly signed diversions will be in place and are suitable for all types of vehicles.

A264 East and M23 South Diversion:
Traffic wishing to travel East from A2011 Crawley Avenue to the A264 Copthorne Way or to join the M23 southbound will be diverted southbound onto the A2004 Northgate Avenue. At the 1st roundabout take the 1st exit on College Road. At the next junction turn left on A2220 Haslett Avenue. Continue eastbound on the A2220 Worth Park Avenue, Copthorne Road. At the roundabout join Copthorne Way to continue eastbound or turn left to return to junction 10 to join the M23 southbound.

M23 Northbound to A264 East Diversion:
Traffic travelling North on the M23 wishing to leave at junction 10 to the A264 Copthorne Way eastbound will continue on the M23 North to leave at junction 9 where they can turn around southbound back to junction 10, taking the exit slip to the A264 Copthorne Way.

A23 Bolney Flyover Deck Refurbishment - Please see dates below

A one+, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out a full refurbishment to the A23 Flyover deck. The works will include full resurfacing of the deck and approaches, re-waterproofing of the deck, reinstatement of concrete defects to the flyover footways and
central reservation. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and safely as possible, the works will be carried out utilising overnight lane and full weekend carriageway closures  between 8pm and 6am from Thursday 17 September 2020 and Tuesday 29 September 2020, and are weather dependent.

The weekends of Friday 2 October to Monday 5 October and Friday 9 October to Monday 12 October may be used as contingencies due to any unforeseen circumstances.

There will be no access to the A23 northbound from the A2300 roundabout with Hickstead Lane. Residents and businesses will be able to access their properties during the overnight northbound closures to and from the manned closure point on the A2300 roundabout with Hickstead Lane.

Diversions:

Clearly signed diversions symbolised by a black circle will be in place throughout the works suitable for all types of vehicles.

Southbound Bolney Flyover Diversion:
Vehicles traveling south will be diverted off onto the A23 exit slip on the flyover approach. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit to re-join the A23 to continue their journey southbound.

Northbound Bolney Flyover Diversion:
Vehicles travelling north will be diverted onto the A2300 at Hickstead. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit (A2300) over the A23. At the next roundabout continue on the A2300 eastbound. At the 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A273 (Jane Murray Way) eastbound. At the 2nd roundabout take the 1st exit continuing on the A273 to the next roundabout continuing on the A273, Isaac’s Lane (northbound). At Tyler's Green Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A272. Follow the A272 westbound to return to Bolney Flyover where they can re join the A23 to continue journeys northbound on the A23.


11th September 2020

East Sussex County council has issued an update on its progress in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more > >


5th September 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 September 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 Northbound + slips J10 and J9

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road,

Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound (Monday and Tuesday)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10 M23.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound (Tuesday only)

Diversion for Gatwick: traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 7 to Friday 11 September (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick: J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and joint at J10.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound

1st Diversion for Gatwick traffic off at J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 2nd Diversion to J6 M25 and follow A22.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick: traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

In conjunction with Area 4 partners, A One+ please see their works information below.

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020

A one+, on behalf of Highways England will be placing an expansion joint on the North side of the overbridge at Crawley Interchange, M23 junction 10. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and safely as possible, the works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am, utilising lane closures and a full North side carriageway closure on the roundabout.

Diversions:

Clearly signed diversions will be in place and are suitable for all types of vehicles.

A264 East and M23 South Diversion:
Traffic wishing to travel East from A2011 Crawley Avenue to the A264 Copthorne Way or to join the M23 southbound will be diverted southbound onto the A2004 Northgate Avenue. At the 1st roundabout take the 1st exit on College Road. At the next junction turn left on A2220 Haslett Avenue. Continue eastbound on the A2220 Worth Park Avenue, Copthorne Road. At the roundabout join Copthorne Way to continue eastbound or turn left to return to junction 10 to join the M23 southbound.

M23 Northbound to A264 East Diversion:
Traffic travelling North on the M23 wishing to leave at junction 10 to the A264 Copthorne Way eastbound will continue on the M23 North to leave at junction 9 where they can turn around southbound back to junction 10, taking the exit slip to the A264 Copthorne Way.

In conjunction with Area 5 partners, Connect Plus Services, please see their works information below.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Full Closure M25 Junction 5 clockwise

Connect Plus Services, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out bridge inspections on the M25 on Tuesday 8 September. In order to carry out these works as effectively and as safely as possible, they will be installing a closure on the M25 junction 5 clockwise to A21 Sevenoaks bypass between 10pm and 5.30am. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place and traffic will be diverted via the M26 eastbound to junction 2a, A20, A25 to re-join the A21.


5th December 2020

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

This week (31 August) a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety on pavements for:

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are to:

You can read and respond to the consultation online, complete a form or send an email to share your views.

4th September 2020

September Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The September 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

This month we have a look at how one group has tackled crime and disorder in Hackney.

We also introduce to you Crimestoppers' Domestic Abuse campaign #YouAreNotPowerless which launched on the 1st September, and Action Fraud's anti-phishing campaign #MulletOver, which also launched on the 1st September.

In partnership with Avast we look at ways Cyberhood Watch is protecting our community.

We highlight and ask you to support some key events being held during September

And last but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that the Neighbour of the Year Awards, sponsored by Co-op Insurance is back for the 3rd consecutive year. Nominations open on the 21st September. Look out for more details on this coming soon.

2nd September 2020

Auto Fraud Advice

These days – pandemic or no pandemic – the vast majority of second-hand cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles are bought and sold online.

It’s fast and convenient, and there’s so much choice at your fingertips. But online marketplaces are also very popular with fraudsters. Unfortunate buyers get tricked into paying deposits or transportation fees for cars, vans, bikes and other vehicles that simply don’t exist. Or buy a vehicle without checking its history, only to find it’s been written off by a previous owner.

Some sellers hand over their keys and documents to a fraudulent buyer on trust, without checking that there are cleared funds in their account. These are just examples of many types of situations you need to be wary of. How can you tell what ads, vehicles, buyers and sellers are genuine?

Buying Safely

Paying a deposit?
If a deposit is requested or agreed, don’t pay more than you are willing to lose, and confirm with the seller that they will refund the deposit if you don’t purchase the vehicle. Be wary of requests for up-front transportation fees, it could be a scam.

View the vehicle before paying the full amount
Research the seller as well as their vehicle. Most fraudulent sellers will try to persuade you to transfer money before you’ve even had sight of the vehicle. Often, they will insist on communicating only via email rather than on the phone.

Check that the price of the vehicle is in line with the market value
If the price, condition, specification or mileage of the vehicle seems too good to be true, that could indeed be the case. Research other similar vehicles or perform a free valuation on Auto Trader. If the vehicle is below market value, think twice. Ask the seller questions about its valuation, there may be genuine underlying reasons if the vehicle is under-priced.

Take the vehicle for a test drive
Be sure to thoroughly inspect any vehicle you are looking to purchase, and take it for a test drive. This should always be done from the seller’s premises or their home; never let the person meet you by the roadside or any other random location. Observe government guidelines for staying safe during the pandemic.

Carry out a vehicle history check and inspection
This will tell you if the vehicle is recorded as stolen, written off, scrapped, or is subject to outstanding finance. It’s not worth the risk buying a vehicle that could be unroadworthy or worth a fraction of what you’re paying for it. Check the service history and ask to see historic MOT certificates to check that the milometer hasn’t been adjusted.

Also, consider an inspection by the AA, RAC or other reputable organisation offering the service.

Making payment
Never send money for a vehicle you haven’t seen. Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Consider paying by bank transfer or credit card (if the seller offers the facility).

Selling Safely

Be prepared
Have all the relevant paperwork together, such as the V5C, service history and MOT certificate, for a potential buyer to review. Buyers may wish to check details such as the address on the V5C and the mileage in the most recent MOT certificate. Never let the buyer photograph your documents, in case the request is fraudulent.

Beware of scammers
Always meet the buyer. Request the potential buyer’s contact details, such as their phone number and full home address, and proof of identity – a driving licence is ideal. This should give you further reassurances, and a legitimate buyer should be happy to provide this information.

Test drive advice
Make sure you ask the buyer to bring their driving licence and proof of insurance if they want to test drive the vehicle. Check their level of insurance to test drive, this should prevent you being liable for damages.

Never allow a buyer to test drive the vehicle alone
Never leave a potential buyer alone with the vehicle, nor give them the keys. Observe government guidelines for staying safe during the pandemic.

If you have a keyless ignition fob, keep hold of it at all times, even on a test drive. Be aware that this type of vehicle is becoming increasing stolen by thieves who only need to be near the fob and not actually in possession, you can buy a special pouch to protect this occurring. Never jeopardise your personal safety and if you feel uncomfortable at any time, walk away.

Stay on home ground
Always arrange to meet a buyer at your home; never meet at the roadside or at their premises.

Taking payment
Never release the vehicle until you have confirmation that the payment to you is cleared funds.  If you accept a cheque or bankers draft for payment, be aware it can take days for funds to clear.

For comprehensive advice on safe buying and selling vehicles, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safe-vehicle.


28th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

August Bank Holiday embargo starts 06:00 Friday 28 August to 00:01 Tuesday 1st September. No work to take place during this time.

Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 September (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 September 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick: J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September – 22:00 to 05:00
Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


24th August 2020

Grove Road Front Office Update

Our front office in Eastbourne town centre has reopened today (Monday, August 24).

The police contact facility at 1 Grove Road was temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but is now ready to reopen after being made Covid-19 secure.

Screens have been put in place between police staff and the public, and a maximum of two people or two social bubbles will be allowed inside at any one time to ensure the premises complies with the government's current coronavirus regulations.

The front office will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

As Eastbourne Borough Council will be moving out of 1 Grove Road it will not be reopening its front desk here but is looking at alternative locations in the town centre.

In the meantime residents wishing to contact the council are asked to continue to do this via their website.

​​​​Help us keep Sussex safe

If you see or hear anything we need to know about, or have any information about any incident please contact us online, or call 101.

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.


22nd August 2020

Lidl GB recalls Deluxe Dark Chocolate Muesli Bar
with Brazils and Cranberries 

Lidl GB is recalling the above product because it may be contaminated with salmonella..

Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the above product. Please see the attached notice.

More information > >


21st August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 1 week

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Sunday 23rd August 2000-0600

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 of M23 and back southbound to J10.

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 northbound + slip roads at J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from Junction 10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into North Terminal.

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the M23 southbound at J8

Diversion via M25 J6 and return.

Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 August (inclusive) 22:00 to 05:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10 M23.

Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August (inclusive) 22:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join M23 at J10.


14th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 2 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 17 to Friday 21 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of J8 M23 Northbound

Diversion for Hooley/Croydon via J8 M25 and back.

Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 August (inclusive) 22:00 to 05:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


11th August 2020

Iceland recalls Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers and Southern Fried Chicken Popsters

Iceland has recalled their own brand Chip Shop Curry Chicken Breast Toppers and Southern Fried Chicken Popsters because salmonella has been found in the products

More information > >


8th August 2020

Sainsbury’s recalls Sainsbury’s semi-skimmed UHT milk

Sainsbury’s has taken the precautionary step of recalling by Sainsbury’s semi-skimmed less than 2% fat 1 litre UHT milk because of possible microbiological contamination that could lead to spoilage. This may make the product unsafe to consume.

More information > >


7th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 3 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via J10 M23, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 10 to Friday 21 August (excluding weekends) 22:00 05:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur into and out of the airport

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue, M23 J10, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at M25 J6.


7th August 2020

August Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The August 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses.  We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven't, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.


6th August 2020

Sussex Police Launches Police Officer Recruitment

Following the Home Office announcement that Sussex Police is on track to achieve its first year Government funded uplift targets, today (Wednesday 05 August) the force launches its latest recruitment drive for those who wish to become police officers through the police constable degree apprenticeship entry route.

Seeking those who have got what it takes to protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public; the officers recruited through this campaign will join training cohorts in 2021 and will commence a three-year programme where they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training. Continuing to strengthen local policing numbers, these officers will make a real difference to communities across the county by giving Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner commented: “We’re continuously looking to employ the right mix of police officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex.

"This recruitment drive will continue to add numbers to our front-line and make a positive difference to the public and communities which we serve. Covid-19 has not stopped recruitment however we’ve had to adopt new recruitment approaches and intensive training programmes to ensure we could continue to get highly skilled officers onto the streets of Sussex.

“We are only as good as our people and, as an organisation, benefit from the variety of thinking, approaches and skills which diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. This is why we are especially encouraging those who may not have considered a career in policing before to find out more and apply to join us as a new officer.” 

Welcoming the recruitment news, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The opening of today’s police officer recruitment campaign is great news for Sussex residents and for Sussex Police as an organisation.  It also provides a fantastic opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career.

“Local communities will be delighted at the prospect of even more officers joining the 126 that have already been recruited since January. 

“I have applauded senior officers for continuing recruitment during the pandemic and putting extra boots on the ground when we needed them most.

“If you want to make a real positive difference to your local community then apply today.”

If you have the judgment to make quick decisions, are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day; then being a police officer could be the career you've always dreamed of.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 August and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now here and help make a real difference to your community.


2nd August 2020

Get Safe Online Safe Student Campaign

The young people in our families generally have a better hands-on knowledge of technology than we do. However, this confidence can result in them taking more risks online that could adversely affect their finances, reputation or even their whole future, if they end up with a criminal record. If your young student is going to university or college this autumn, they may not have you there in person to guide them in the right direction or help if there's a problem.

That's why the experts at www.getsafeonline.org have put together some tips to help you advise your child before they go. At the time of writing we didn't know when universities would be open again. So whether your child is heading off shortly - or a little later - please take time to talk to them.

Safe banking
It's essential to follow their bank's security advice, including keeping their banking and other financial details private, and making money transfers safely via their bank's app. Suggest they get to know their Student Money Adviser.

Protect their reputation, and themselves
What goes online stays online, including things your child might regret sooner or later. Remember that 70%* of employers look at social media to screen candidates before hiring. Intimate images shared innocently can fall into the wrong hands. Location settings on phones and apps should be checked to help protect physical safety.

* Figures taken from a 2017 survey from CareerBuilders

Identity and oversharing
Your child will need to prove their identity to open or access their bank account, sign up for a railcard, student discount or other essentials. They should never reveal logins or other passwords, and not overshare online, in texts or on the phone. This includes providing confidential information in return for freebies or to be entered into prize draws. Suggest they check their credit score regularly to make sure nobody has taken out credit or purchased anything in their (or your) name.

Mobile devices and Wi-Fi
Phones, tablets and laptops should be treated like the precious possessions they are. If what your child is doing is confidential or financial, they should avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots as there's no guarantee they're secure. Warn your child about location services on apps too.

Digital responsibility
Reinforce that there's no place online for any kind of abuse, hate speech, forcing their views on others or criminal activity.

Fraud
Fake texts, emails, DMs and calls claiming to be from the bank, student loan provider or HMRC are commonplace. Overseas students can also be targeted by visa fraudsters. Not thinking before they click - or oversharing - could cost your child their money, identity, or both.

Accommodation
If you child has found accommodation they like, help them check it out in person and that the advertiser is authentic before any money changes hands. Ideally, deposits and other up-front payments should be paid by credit card for extra protection.

Payments
Payment by bank transfer to an unknown person or company for accommodation deposits, fees or other costs or purchases should be avoided where possible. If it's a fraud, there's very little chance of getting a refund from the bank.

Online gambling
For some students away from home, betting can become a bad habit. Remind your child how much money and time they could be wasting and the positive things they could do with it. Point out the fine line between gaming and gambling.

Online dating
It's essential to use a reputable app and keep conversations on the apps messaging platform. Not everyone is who they claim to be - some even use online dating to commit fraud or endanger their date's physical safety when they meet up. Tell them not to be afraid to block or say no.

No means no
Your child should never be put under pressure to do something they feel uncomfortable with, or put others under pressure. This includes sending or publishing intimate pics, harmful pranking, extreme content, hacking others' social media accounts or any kind of radicalisation.

'Get rich quick' schemes
Students are favourite targets for illegal get rich quick schemes, like jobs with pay that's too good to be true or others using their bank accounts to 'process payments'. Money laundering could result a criminal record, even if it's done unwittingly.

Keep coding legal
Students who are clever coders and extraordinary gamers are sometimes targeted by cybercriminals who need their skills for malware coding or hacking. Talk to your child about the consequences, and discuss alternatives like a career in cybersecurity.

Find comprehensive, easy-to follow advice about online safety at www.getsafeonline.org.


1st August 2020

First Ever National Impact Survey Launched
By Neighbourhood Watch

We are delighted to launch the first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey. This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks.  It will enable us to look at how Neighbourhood Watch impacts in our communities and identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

We ask that you share the survey IMPACT SURVEY with friends, neighbours, colleagues and your partners, to ensure that we get a good mix of responses.  You can do this in various ways through email, using social media and any other methods that you may have.

Facebook & Twitter: Neighbourhood Watch Network is excited to launch our first National Impact Survey and we want EVERYONE to take part. It doesn't matter if you are part of Neighbourhood Watch or not, we want your views.  It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click on this link.

To learn more about the background to the survey
Please click on the following link Measuring our impact

We look forward to receiving your responses on our survey which needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.


1st August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 4 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 3 August midnight to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Lane 1 and 2 closure Westbound from 10:00 to 06:00.

Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 August (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Lane 1 and 2 closure Westbound from 10:00 to 06:00.


28th July 2020

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

Today a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are:

You can read and respond to the consultation online, complete a form or send an email to share your views


28th July 2020

Mars Food UK recalls Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati
ready to heat rice pouches

Mars Food UK is recalling Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati ready to heat rice pouches as some packs may contain pieces of glass. The possible presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information > >


27th July 2020

Introducing Our New Safety In Neighbours Burglary Campaign
There's Safety in Neighbours

A new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries

As lockdown eases in the UK, we’re expecting a rise in burglaries. We’ve partnered with the Home Office to create a new social media campaign to help keep people safe and continue the great work your scheme is already doing.

Our new Safety in Neighbours campaign is particularly exciting as it has a modern and eye-catching design to grab younger people’s attention and attract even more new members. Read more about the campaign below.

We need your help 

Please help us spread the word and share the campaign on your local Neighbourhood Watch’s social media pages and chat groups. You could also share the press release attached with your local news media and radio stations. 

•    Visit our campaign page
•    Watch our campaign video
•    Download our campaign social media pack
•    Share using #SafetyinNeighbours in the caption 
•    Tag Neighbourhood Watch in the post    

Facebook: @ourwatch  
Twitter: @N_watch          
Instagram: @neighbourhood.watch.insta

Help spread the word


25th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 5 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.


18th July 2020

Are You Shopping Online?

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, IPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Top tips for shopping securely online:

Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud.

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.


17th July 2020

Coping with the virus: what you told us

Many thanks to everyone who took our survey on how the virus is affecting you. There were well over 10,000 responses, and what you told us will guide our work to help East Sussex rebuild and recover.

Click here for full results and background to the survey > >

Click here for more information > >


17th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 6 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 July (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00 and Tuesday 21 July to Friday 24 July - (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic: J10 M23, continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

No closures on Monday 20 July due to essential maintenance works.


14th July 2020

Social Media Scams

You’re probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach victims - emails, texts, phone calls, letters and sometimes doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers? 

This month Get Safe Online’s campaign is all about Social Media scams – and the attached leaflet provides some great tips on how to avoid being scammed on social media.

For more tips on staying safe online then visit www.getsafeonline.org

Download the Social Media Scams Leaflet > >


11th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 7 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues to J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join the M23 at J10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Reigate to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 towards Caterham.

Full closure of the Godstone to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion towards Caterham.

Monday 13 July 2020 to Wednesday 15 July 2020 - Full closure Junction 10 to 9 M25 anticlockwise

Connect Plus Services work on behalf of Highways England, and will be carrying out drainage clearance of gullies, linear and catch pits, sign cleaning/maintenance, vegetation clearance from signs, verge and associated hazardous trees, sweeping of detritus and removal of litter and debris from verge and central reservation, repairs to carriageway potholes, replacement of loop detectors, repairs and inspection of safety fence, resurfacing, road marking and stud replacement works, drainage inspections, structures inspections and street lighting inspections, repairs and maintenance.

In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible they will be installing a closure on the main carriageway from 9pm and the total closure will be established from 10pm, taking traffic off at junction 10 on the M25 anti clockwise. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place from junction 10 on the M25, travel north on the A3 to the Tolworth junction A240, continue back onto the A3 southbound to the A243 (caution low bridge on the A240), continue southbound on the A243 to junction 9 of the M25, where you will re join the main carriageway.


9th July 2020

Van Appeal In Eastbourne Murder Enquiry

Police investigating the murder of Jacqueline Hoadley at her home in Eastbourne have appealed to local householders and car drivers to check CCTV and dashcams to assist their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We are particularly interested to establish the movements of a distinctive silver grey Renault Master wheelchair accessible vehicle with a nearside opening side door and blacked out windows on the sides and rear.

"If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from Eastbourne during the period from 11pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday (July 4-5) we would like to hear from you and request a copy.

"The areas that we are interested in are particularly around Shinewater and the seafront, so anyone who was out and about in the area at the time and saw such a vehicle is encouraged to call in and let us know."

You can upload any relevant videos or if you have any other information about the incident or the circumstances surrounding it, you can report online or call 101 quoting Operation Maytree.

The body of 58-year-old Mrs Hoadley was discovered in her home in Broad Oak Close just before 2pm on Sunday (July 5).

A 62-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested in Chailey on Sunday afternoon and remains in police custody for questioning. On Wednesday afternoon (July 8), magistrates granted detectives a warrant of further detention for 24 hours.

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


9th July 2020

You Can Get Scammed on Social Media

You're probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach and attempt to lure in their victims, such as emails, texts, phone calls, letters and traditional doorstep scams.

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers?

With billions of people using social media every day and the trust many place in the platform and fellow users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Plus, at the moment, you have a lot on your mind, so it could be easy to drop your guard. There are a number of ways that social media is used as a means to commit fraud. Examples include links in posts or DMs which advertise content, free items, special offers or quizzes, but which actually lead to fraudulent websites designed to steal your money, identity, or both. Posts instructing you to call or text a number, which turns out to be premium rate. And fake customer service Twitter accounts with fraudulent support links.

TOP TIPS TO AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS

GetSafeOnline safety experts have put together some simple tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of social media scams. www.getsafeonline.org

If you become a victim of a social media scam:


28th May 2020

July Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The July 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.

As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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4th July 2020

Sussex Police encourage people to act responsibly over the weekend

Police are encouraging people visiting pubs and bars reopening this weekend to enjoy themselves but to act responsibly.

Saturday (4 July) will see many venues reopening across Sussex, with people being able to drink and socialise for the first time in months.

Superintendent Graham Barnett said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves but to act responsibly and stay safe. As well as expecting people out enjoying the newly-opened pubs, bars and restaurants across Sussex, we will be supporting a number of planned events on what could be a busy weekend."

“Working closely with local authorities our message is clear: enjoy yourself but please do so safely, responsibly, and in accordance with guidance."

“Many members of the public will take the opportunity to meet up with friends at pubs and bars but will notice the way these venues are operating will be different with a number of measures in place, including limits on the number of customers they can welcome into their premises."

“Take note of the new restrictions in place, don’t congregate outside licensed premises and avoid large crowds to keep each other safe. Social distancing restrictions remain in place and large gatherings continue to be prohibited. It is not our responsibility to police social distancing as this is guidance and not law, but we are expecting you to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus."

“Police patrols will be in place as part of our core policing this weekend. I urge you not to be a drain on emergency services and the health service by drinking too much or through antisocial behaviour. As we have throughout this health crisis, we will continue to engage with members of the public, explain the guidelines and encourage them to be followed before using enforcement as a last resort."

“Any criminality, anti-social behaviour and assaults against officers are completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated."

“Enjoy yourself, but do this within the law and respect those around you. If you do go out remember look after yourself by staying within your group and planning how you are getting home.”

The message follows a plea by all public services across Sussex to continue to protect the NHS - on what will be the weekend of its 72nd anniversary – by complying with social distancing guidance. Organisations which form part of the Sussex Local Resilience Forum, including all emergency services, local authorities and NHS providers, have urged people to avoid ‘placing a strain’ on local services by following the rules.


4th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 8 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure northbound from J10 to J8 plus all associated slip roads

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.
Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.


2nd June 2020

Jo Shiner Announced As Next Chief Constable of Sussex

Jo Shiner has been formally announced as the new Chief Constable of Sussex Police, following a unanimous decision by the county’s Police and Crime Panel to approve the appointment by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. She takes up the post on July 11.

Here she sets out her commitment, ambition and priorities for delivering the best policing service to the people of Sussex.

“I am incredibly proud and privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead Sussex Police over the next five years.” I have been in Sussex as Deputy Chief Constable for 18 months now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the county and meeting and working with its diverse communities."

“I have experienced the hard work and dedication of all my frontline policing colleagues and those supporting them. They are achieving phenomenal results every single day, preventing crime, making arrests and often putting themselves in danger as they go that extra mile to protect your communities."

“Building on this, my key priorities for the force as Chief Constable are to:

“To protect you the people of Sussex and keep them safe, we need to identify, understand and engage with all our communities, whether they are in our cities, our towns or in our villages, in person or online, residents or visitors."

“Catching criminals is absolutely key. By continuing to develop our resources, skills, capacity and capability to catch criminals and bring them to justice, we will ensure that Sussex is an environment in which criminals cannot thrive."

“And we need to deliver an outstanding service to victims and witnesses and you, the wider public, because there is no doubt that it is communities that catch criminals in partnership with the police. Often it is information that you give us that leads to convictions and arrests, so we need to ensure everyone has the confidence to talk to us in the first place, in the knowledge that we will respond appropriately and proportionately."

“Having worked operationally across many areas of policing during my 28-year career, I feel there are very few circumstances or crimes now where policing is the single answer. I have had the privilege of forging some really strong relationships with partner agencies in Sussex, whether it be with councils, mental health or wider partners."

“In particular the last few months have been a test for all of us and have highlighted the importance of these relationships between the police, partners and, you, the public."

“When we look at some of the recent challenges we have seen with some of our young people, we can see that a team approach is needed. It’s really important to me that we don’t unnecessarily criminalise our young people when they have their whole future ahead of them. However, I wouldn’t want that to be taken as us not taking action when we need to. But we do need to help educate young people to make the right choices for themselves. Again, this is not something we can do alone."

“In serving all our communities, it’s been so important to me, with the support of the PCC and investment of the council tax precept, to develop the Rural Crime Team, which I have seen has been getting excellent feedback from farmers and residents on its visibility."

“Precept investment along with other funding, has also enabled us to strengthen our community Prevention Teams and to create the Tactical Enforcement Units which are effectively targeting serious crime and Sussex’s most prolific offenders."

"It is really key to me that this investment is delivering efficiency and effectiveness, coverting public pounds into public policing outcomes."

“Having seen how hard, how diligently and how professionally everyone within Sussex Police works, I am absolutely clear and confident that we can deliver an outstanding service to you, the public, in all that we do.”


27th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 9 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 29 to Friday 3 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

A23 Resurfacing works

M23 Reigate to Hooley link road and Godstone to Hooley link road both closed for resurfacing works on the A23. Diversion will be M25 J6 and north on the A22.


20th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 10 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur both Eastbound and Westbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.


18th June 2020

DVLA launches online service to change address
on vehicle log book (V5C)

With the housing market opening up across the UK post lockdown, motorists who need to update the address details on their vehicle log book (V5C) can now do this online in a matter of minutes, DVLA has announced today. This will slash the amount of time it takes for motorists to receive a new log book from up to six weeks to just five working days.

Last year DVLA received around 1.4 million paper applications for change of address on a vehicle record. By using the new service to change the address on the log book the information will be updated instantly and motorists will receive a new log book within five working days.

Using this new service, it takes less than two minutes for motorists to inform DVLA of their new address. All they need is their vehicle registration number, log book document reference number and their postcode.


18th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes - Update

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, (chilled and ambient) because the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. They have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products because one product might contain Clostridium botulinum.

This is an update on the previous Product Recall Information Notice issued on 16 June 2020 which related to all ‘Best before’ dates of the affected Primula products.

Specific ‘Best before’ dates for the products have been updated.

More information > >


17th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, (chilled and ambient) because the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. They have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products because one product might contain Clostridium botulinum.

More information > >


17th June 2020

Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages

Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 - Shopping online

If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support

Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​


13th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 11 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14th June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 15 to Friday 19 (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick - traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


7th June 2020

Starting This Sunday
Neighbourhood Watch Week Celebrates Our Neighbours

This weekend is the start of Neighbourhood Watch Week (7th - 13th June 2020) in which we are celebrating neighbours, and we kick that off with a folding card (see attached for you to print and fold from home if possible) from us to you.

We hope that during Neighbourhood Watch Week you find ways to celebrate the neighbourly connections made in past and recent weeks. This can be by joining in with the Big Virtual Lunch edenprojectcommunities.com/your-big-virtual-lunch-pack weekend activities, displaying a poster in your window, gifting a postcard to a neighbour, or entering our competition.

To find out more information including details of our competition please visit our website www.ourwatch.org.uk/letsstayconnected. The competition provides an opportunity using cartoons to express what neighbours mean to you. We encourage you to share this with your community and join in.

Finally, but not least, we invite you to join us in a Facebook Live Quiz to be hosted by our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps, on Friday 12th June at 7pm. To find out more see our Facebook Event page: facebook.com/events/551427478871731/ or take part simply visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ourwatch/ at that time, ready with paper and pen.

Let’s stay connected!
ourwatch.org.uk/letsstayconnected


5th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 12 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 8 to Friday 12 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J10 to J8 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via J10 M23, A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join M23 at
J10.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to M23 J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 M23 and follow the Gatwick Airport diversion.

Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10


3rd June 2020

New Team Launched To Tackle Countryside Crime In Sussex

Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.

This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.

The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues, and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.

The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years, and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs, and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recently, Sussex Police have arrested a trio near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said:
“We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”

Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police Jo Shiner said:
“It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it, and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.

“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.

“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county: together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.

“Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid lockdown, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft.  I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.

 “This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.

“I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex"


30th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 13 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion via M25 J8, anticlockwise back to J6 on the M25 and follow A22, A264 to J10 on the M23.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 and back northbound to J9.

Full closure of Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion via M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 and join at J10 M23.

M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open

Diversion M25 to J6, A22, A264 and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal M23 J10 North to J9 and West on the Gatwick Spur

Thurs 4 & Friday 5 June 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22 ,A264 Copthorne Rd, join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​.

Gatwick Airport​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020

Aone+, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out re-surfacing to address skid resistant deficiencies to Airport Way Roundabout, Gatwick Airport South Terminal. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible, work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am utilising lane closures and carriageway closures of Airport Way between the M23 Junction 9 and Gatwick North Terminal, from Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020. The works are weather dependent.​​​​​​​

Full closure of Airport Way eastbound from Gatwick Airport, North Terminal Roundabout to the M23 junction 9

Emergency vehicles access will be provided through the works at all times.

Diversions: Clearly signed diversions will be in place suitable for all types of vehicles.

Access to South Terminal:

Vehicles can leave the M23, Junction 9 and follow the spur road towards Gatwick Airport. There will be a narrow lane set up on the approach to the South Terminal roundabout. When works are being carried out on this corner under a safety zone, temporary traffic lights will manage traffic flow, stopping vehicles at the end of the spur road. A convoy vehicle will pick up these vehicles and escort them past the works area at 5 mph where they will be able to continue to the South Terminal. When working away from this corner, temporary traffic lights will be installed, set to green with a 30 mph signed speed limit in place.​​​​​​​

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

Vehicles wishing to exit the South Terminal will be provided with an escort service while we are working on the exit corner, to follow the diversion turning left onto Airport Way to the North Terminal roundabout. At the roundabout join the A23, London Road westbound to the 1st roundabout to turn around and re-join the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 London Road to Tushmore Gyratory Roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto the A2011, Crawley Avenue. Follow the A2011 eastbound to join the M23 Junction 10, where vehicles can continue their journey London or Brighton bound.

Access to North Terminal:

Vehicles wishing to access the North Terminal will be diverted off the M23 at junction 10 to follow the A2011 Crawley Avenue. At the 2nd roundabout turn right onto the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 to the North Terminal.

Exit from North Terminal

Follow the above diversion in reverse.​​​​​​​


30th May 2020

Eastbourne District Asb Report
and Contact Number For This Weekend

Your Op Blitz (ASB patrols) teams are out again this Friday and Saturday, please call 07785-372050 between 6pm and midnight to report any anti-social behaviour across your town.

Op Blitz patrols are in addition to our regular patrols of your town, and are an ongoing initiative each Friday and Saturday, where you can report any ASB or youth related crime and disorder directly to officers out on the ground Outside of these times, please continue to report non-emergencies to 101 or visit us online Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Update from last weekend

Last weekends Operation Blitz was conducted by PCSOs, Clarke, Walker, May and Hylands.

Following reports of a range of anti-social matters in the town centre, patrols were focussed with high visibility patrols in a marked car throughout the Town Centre.

Areas highlighted by your reports and our ongoing work within your communities took the patrols to Meads, Hampden Park, the Harbour and Beachy Head.

All was quiet and in order and there were no reports of anti-social behaviour throughout the evening.

There were a few cars parked up at Beachy Head, the evening before (21/05/2020) there was a report that there were around 50 cars driving antisocial around the area the team decided to keep an eye on the area.

There were a few cars parked in the laybys however, they showed no concern.

Officers carried out a foot patrol around The Spit down North Harbour, there were no youths present apart from a few dog walkers, all was in order.

The evening was quite calm and quiet, the weather changed and became quite cold and windy so there was not many people out as per the usual amount around the areas that we patrolled.

A few calls were received over the weekend, including:

Reports of teenagers playing on the field in Causeway School. Attended and found 4 males playing football they were all ok and when explained about the breaks the schools have had they were happy enough to leave.

Report of a house party with loud music in Old Town area. On arrival occupants were spoken to, and Officers remained outside at the time however could not hear anything further.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you see or hear anything we need to know about, please contact us online, or call 101, always dial 999 in emergencies/crimes in action.

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


28th May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch June Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The Neighbourhood Watch June 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

With the lockdown remaining fully in place in Wales and measures in England altering, Neighbourhood Watch groups continue to support individuals and their communities to adapt, stay safe and manage the situation. We have been collecting stories of all the amazing work going on, several of which are in this newsletter.

"The range of support offered is fantastic and a real testament to how Neighbourhood Watch groups all across England and Wales have stood up to support others and their communities".
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch Network

We are fast approaching the annual Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7th - 13th June, and there is lots of information in this newsletter on how to get involved and get active in celebrating your neighbours.

If you have plans to get involved, let us know by emailing enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk so we can support you.

This year we have slightly separate messages for our English and Welsh supporters in line with the Government's guidance.  Both versions can be accessed on our website here

Happy reading and thank you for your continued support.

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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23rd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 14 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Starting Monday 25 May 08:00 to 18:00 daily for 21 days

Lane 1 closed on the Gatwick spur (full length) eastbound towards J9 M23.

Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick). Diversion to J10A and back Northbound to J9.

Full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion to J10A and back Northbound to J9.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00

M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open for traffic

Diversion M25 to J6, A22, A264 and join at J10. Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way

Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal
M23 J10 North to J9 and West on the Gatwick Spur.

Gatwick Airport​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020

Aone+, on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out re-surfacing to address skid resistant deficiencies to Airport Way Roundabout, Gatwick Airport South Terminal. In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible, work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am utilising lane closures and carriageway closures of Airport Way between the M23 Junction 9 and Gatwick North Terminal, from Monday 1 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020. The works are weather dependent.​​​​​​​

Full closure of Airport Way eastbound from Gatwick Airport, North Terminal Roundabout to the M23 junction 9

Emergency vehicles access will be provided through the works at all times.

Diversions: Clearly signed diversions will be in place suitable for all types of vehicles.

Access to South Terminal:

Vehicles can leave the M23, Junction 9 and follow the spur road towards Gatwick Airport. There will be a narrow lane set up on the approach to the South Terminal roundabout. When works are being carried out on this corner under a safety zone, temporary traffic lights will manage traffic flow, stopping vehicles at the end of the spur road. A convoy vehicle will pick up these vehicles and escort them past the works area at 5 mph where they will be able to continue to the South Terminal. When working away from this corner, temporary traffic lights will be installed, set to green with a 30 mph signed speed limit in place.​​​​​​​

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

Vehicles wishing to exit the South Terminal will be provided with an escort service while we are working on the exit corner, to follow the diversion turning left onto Airport Way to the North Terminal roundabout. At the roundabout join the A23, London Road westbound to the 1st roundabout to turn around and re-join the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 London Road to Tushmore Gyratory Roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto the A2011, Crawley Avenue. Follow the A2011 eastbound to join the M23 Junction 10, where vehicles can continue their journey London or Brighton bound.

Access to North Terminal:

Vehicles wishing to access the North Terminal will be diverted off the M23 at junction 10 to follow the A2011 Crawley Avenue. At the 2nd roundabout turn right onto the A23 London Road. Follow the A23 to the North Terminal.

Exit from North Terminal

Follow the above diversion in reverse.


16th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 15 weeks
Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back Southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 18 to Sunday 24 (inclusive) 08.00 to 18.00
Lane 1 closure on Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Monday 18 to Friday 22 May (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00
Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Lin
k

Diversion to M25 J8, anti-clockwise back to J6 and follow A22 diversion via A22, A264 to M23 Junction 10.

Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 May (inclusive)
Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 and back Northbound to Junction 9 Gatwick.

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May (inclusive)
Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to Gatwick via J10 of the M23, A2011, A23 London Road, and into Gatwick Airport.

Second diversion if missed: via M23, join M25 clockwise and continue to junction 8, back to Junction 7 anti-clockwise, join M23 Southbound to Junction 9.

Monday 1 to Friday 5 June (inclusive) 20.00 to 06.00
M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open

Diversion for Brighton / Crawley via M25 J6, A22, A264 and join M23 at J10.

Diversion for Gatwick North Terminal as above to M23 J10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way, into the North Terminal.

Diversion for Gatwick South Terminal as above to M23 J10, join M23 North to J9, exit at J9 for South Terminal​​​​​​​.


15th May 2020

Sussex Police Focus Remains on Core Policing Services

Police across Sussex will focus on their core role of preventing and detecting crime and protecting the most vulnerable, as people enjoy new freedom to spend more time outside.

Changes were made by the Government earlier this week to moderate stringent lockdown rules, in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.

People can now spend as much time outside as they wish for activities and can travel for activity as long as they do not stay overnight.

Some rules remain in place however, for example to prevent large gatherings or people travelling for holiday purposes or to stay in second homes.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “The policing role in Sussex has never changed."

“We are here to prevent, investigate and detect crime and to keep people safe, and this is evidenced in the on-going efforts of police officers and staff to proactively tackle crime, take criminals off the streets and provide support to victims that need our help."

“The policing role has never been to enforce social distancing – that is a matter of personal responsibility, and we have been encouraged by the vast majority of people adhering to this."

“In this new phase, the police will support partner agencies to deter and deal with clear breaches of the new rules, such as people gathering in groups, but very much with our existing approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging first and using enforcement as a last resort."

“We are all in this together, we want to prevent a second spike in the infection, and so, above all, we urge people to follow the new guidance for their own benefit and to prevent harm to others.”

Figures released today (Friday 15 May) showed that 655 fines were issued to people who breached the lockdown rules between 27 March to 11 May inclusive.

Of these, 297 fines were issued in the past two weeks - the vast majority of which were over the hot early May bank holiday weekend, when Sussex saw an influx of visitors from outside the county which was, at that time, against government regulations.

Officers and PCSOs will continue to patrol in local communities and hot spot areas on the coast and at local beauty spots, as well as identifying and enforcing criminal activity on the roads network.

Sussex Police has seen an increase in reports of criminal activity from the public and encourages people to report suspicious or unusual behaviour.

While we are not seeing a rise in domestic abuse reports to us, we are receiving more calls to domestic incidents such as arguing. We continue to work with support services to ensure that we are able to respond and support people if they call and need help. Those people subject to violence or coercion behind closed doors, children vulnerable to online abuse; people vulnerable to exploitation should be in no doubt – we continue to be there for you.

Contact us and we will be there
https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/how-to-report-domestic-abuse/

If you want further advice and guidance please go to Safe Space Sussex for a list of organisations that have services that can help you. https://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/

For information on how to report a breach of the regulations, see here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/

For the latest government guidance on coronavirus, see here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/


11th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Tuesday 12 May 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 16 weeks

Full closure of Northbound J10 exit slip

Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 11 to Friday 15 May (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.


10th May 2020

Unilever recalls Wall’s Mini Calippo multi-packs

Unilever recalls Wall’s Mini Calippo multi-packs because they may contain small pieces of metal.

More information > >

Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs

Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

More information > >


10th May 2020

Safe Space For Victims Re-Launched In Lockdown

Safe Space Sussex’ is an online directory of local victim services, created by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. In response to the ‘lockdown’ and concerns raised around crimes like Domestic Abuse, this site has been upgraded and a campaign has been launched on social media (@SussexPCC) to help victims covertly reach out for help whilst stuck in isolation – search #SafeSpaceSussex.

With the entire country in lockdown, many services have expressed their concerns about victims of crime not feeling able to safely reach out for help.  They have seen a decrease in engagement from victims with reports of crimes (like domestic abuse) made to Sussex Police, reducing by around 4%.

It’s vital that residents are aware of the support that is still available if they need it. Safe Space Sussex has been equipped with a new search tool so that within 10 seconds, victims of any crime can find the service they need. It also has a ‘leave site now’ button that users can press to quickly exit the site.

Tailored guidance will be shared across social media community groups on how victims can access the new website covertly, using incognito tabs, as they may be living with their perpetrators during ‘lockdown’ and their search history may be monitored as a result.

Victims can also covertly let Sussex Police know they are in danger. The '55' technology is in place for those too scared to speak, to alert a call handler to the fact they need help by pressing 55 on their mobile phone once they've dialled 999.

There is still help and support available for all victims of crime during the COVID crisis.

If you find yourself in an emergency where you think you or others may be in immediate danger dial 999. Sussex Police are always there for you when you need them. Don’t suffer in silence.

If you would prefer not to contact the police you can report a crime anonymously via Crimestoppers online: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously or by calling 0800 555 111.

www.safespacesussex.org.uk has all the information on support services who can help any victim of crime across Sussex.


7th May 2020

VE Day 75

In 1945, after six long years, people came together to celebrate the end of fighting in Europe.

Seventy-five years on we can’t hold street parties with family or friends to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who returned home, and all who fought on the Home Front. But we can give thanks to all those who played their part in bringing about peace, by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

We have technology and capabilities to keep in touch with each other that people would only have dreamed of in 1945. Celebrate at home or stay local and do not travel to visit family and friends or mix households.

Mark this poignant VE Day 75 at home and be innovative by holding an online party; make some home-made bunting; break out your finest bone china for tea; and listen to a little Glenn Miller to get in the mood.

It would be the greatest tribute to the Second World War generation and the veterans alive today for us to honour this moment by keeping them and those you care about safe by staying at home.

Stay Home, Save Lives


7th May 2020

Keeping You Safe and Well During Covid-19

We're now approaching week seven of lockdown, and while things are far from normal, we hope you're staying safe and well.

We know that now more than ever, you're relying on us to keep you and your family safe and warm. During the weeks and months ahead, your safety and the safety of our employees will remain our number one priority.

So you're aware, we're continuing to operate the 24/7 National Gas Emergency Service across the south of England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our engineers are also carrying out safety-critical work under extra safety precautions to make sure everyone's protected, so you might still see us in your area.

For our latest COVID-19 updates, please visit our website: https://www.sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

This pandemic has impacted all our lives, bringing with it challenges to our usual ways of working and home life. If you're finding it tougher adjusting to our new 'normal' and keeping the kids occupied at home, it's worth taking a look at our new education materials. Along with George and his friends, they'll learn all about gas, including where it comes from and why we need it in our homes. Our free resources are packed full of cool facts, gas safety tips and fun puzzles.

To find our education materials, please visit our website: https://www.sgn.co.uk/help-and-advice/keeping-gas-safe/activities-kids

Take care and stay well


6th May 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz was conducted this weekend, and targeted areas that have been highlighted to be hotspots for youth related disorder.

Areas that were checked throughout the evening included Shinewater Park and surrounding areas, Hampden Park, Eastbourne Town and Old Town.

We are pleased to report that we did not receive any calls to the blitz phone throughout the evening.

We did receive one call from 101 regarding a group congregating in the area of Eastbourne Town Centre, however, on our arrival there were no groups to be seen and all was in order.

Whilst out on these patrols we safely interacted with members of the public such as dog walkers and young people.


2nd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May – 20:00 to 05:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 4 to Thursday 7 May (inclusive) – 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Northbound J9

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

No works taking place on Friday 8 May as it's a Bank Holiday.


30th April 2020

Do you know how to spot a phishing email?

Email has always been the most commonplace method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money, their identity… or both.

It still is. And currently, they’re exploiting the current Coronavirus pandemic with persuasive messages ranging from vaccines and cures to tax refunds and fake charity appeals.

Fraudsters send emails containing links which seem authentic, but actually lead to websites designed to capture your confidential details.

Top tips for using email safely and securely

If you receive an email you haven’t requested or it seems suspicious in any way, make sure it’s actually from the person or organisation who claims to have sent it. Do this by calling the actual person or organisation on a number you know to be the right one.

However, even if an email passes these tests, it may still be from a fraudster.

During this pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the number of fraudulent emails being sent by cybercriminals. For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe and secure email, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safeemail.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk.


29th April 2020

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published.
Click here to read it.

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales - from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Neighbourhood Watch Week is fast approaching on the 7th - 13th June. The newsletter explains how we have rethought this years’ theme to recognise and celebrate all acts of kindness and neighbourliness, no matter how large or small they are.

“We have seen communities come together during times of need. Resilience and compassion, when needed and offered, are what makes communities special” 
Cheryl Spruce, Head of Membership and Engagement at Neighbourhood Watch Network

We encourage you to share your stories with us on what your Neighbourhood Watch group or local community has been doing in response to COVID-19. To do this, please visit this page.

If you have a further few minutes to spare and have not already done so, please consider completing our survey (click here)  which aims to find out how the lockdown caused by COVID-19 has affected our use of, and trust in, technology. The survey closes on Thursday, 28th May.

Many thanks and keep well,

Central Support Team, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWOR


24th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday 27 April to Thursday 30 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Thursday 30 April 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure Gatwick spur entry slip Eastbound. Diversion to J10, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Friday 1 May 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Westbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.


24th April 2020

Thank You To the Public and Businesses and Volunteers
For Your Support In the Ongoing PPE Appeal

Huge thanks have been paid to members of the public, businesses and volunteers who have supported Sussex key workers in accessing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to tackle COVID-19.

The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) is responsible for co-ordinating the response to COVID-19 alongside emergency services, local authorities, health and other agencies.

The SRF is sourcing supplies of PPE and providing an essential link to central Government, monitoring remaining stocks in Sussex for colleagues such as care and social workers, firefighters and volunteers, until additional national supplies are in place.

Following a county-wide appeal, members of the public and businesses have come forward with their spare items which are not being used during lock down.

A network of volunteers has provided vital support by collecting essential PPE from sites across Sussex, before these items are checked and re-distributed for use.

This is just one of the ways in which volunteers have supported the SRF in protecting the ongoing safety of the Sussex public, with other volunteer-led services co-ordinated through the SRF including community hubs, packing and delivering food parcels to shielded residents and providing support to those most vulnerable in the community.  

The work stream responsible for managing logistics, comprising staff from Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and the Military amongst others working side by side, has also taken a number of one-off deliveries of PPE, which have been distributed to health and social care locations across Sussex such as care homes and voluntary services.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, and SRF Chair said: "The public of Sussex have really come together since our response to this public health emergency began."

"There are so many ways in which communities are supporting this effort. Heroic volunteers are bringing their time, expertise and resources to enabling the essential work of key workers and helping the most vulnerable. Agencies across the SRF have mobilised to enable this effort alongside their existing workload, keeping vital public services running. We also really appreciate the support of the wider public, through alerting us to their PPE via this appeal and responding to the public health pleas to stay at home."

"We continue our appeal to businesses, the public and organisations to get in contact if they have remaining supplies of PPE which could help us in the face of COVID-19."

"If you have any of the items below, please email the details to:
sussexresilienceforum@sussex.pnn.police.uk."

Items required:

Thank you again


23rd April 2020

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) supports family and friends to share messages with patients while visiting is restricted.

From Monday 27 April, patients at Eastbourne DGH, Conquest Hospital and Bexhill and Rye Hospitals will be able to receive messages of support from their loved ones in a new way – by virtual post box.

As we manage the demands of coronavirus (COVID-19), visits to our hospitals have been restricted and we are encouraging family and friends to contact patients via phone and video calls.

To complement this we have also launched the ‘Message a Loved One’ service. Family and friends of inpatients can send messages, letters or photos to esht.patientmailbox@nhs.net.

Those who don’t have access to email can phone their message through to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) – for Conquest, Bexhill and Rye Hospitals, call 01424 758090 and for Eastbourne DGH call 01323 435886, between 9.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

The service is open to family and friends of patients on all wards. All messages will be collated and distributed to the patients.

Please note that this service is only available for patients to receive messages, and we cannot return messages or respond to specific patient queries at this time.

Please provide the following information when contacting the service:


18th April 2020

Appeal For PPE To Protect Front Line Workers of Sussex Continues

Public service organisations continue their plea to businesses and the public to get in touch if they can supply vital PPE to protect frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a county-wide appeal, the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) has been contacted by businesses and individuals from a wide range of sectors, from nursery schools through to pharmaceutical suppliers, offering to manufacture or donate unused supplies.

The SRF co-ordinates the response, resilience and recovery plans for all emergency services and local authorities, also drawing on resources such as the military, with direct links into Government. Plans are closely aligned with NHS teams, who report through a regional mechanism to the Department for Health (DFH).

The multi-agency group is sourcing kit to fill in the gaps until national supply chains of protective equipment, such as gloves, face masks and gowns, are in place.

Since a major incident was declared in Sussex on 20 March in response to COVID-19, the SRF has already ensured that care homes and other health settings have had supplies via deliveries across the county, working closely with local authorities.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police and SRF Chair, said:

"My personal thanks to every single person who's been in touch with offers of PPE. It is incredible that we have this support from the public as the SRF pulls out all the stops to get protective kit to those who need it most.

There are almost 3,500 care settings in Sussex, and the SRF has co-ordinated the distribution of over 250,000 items of PPE so far this month, with more deliveries due imminently. But we know that we need more protective masks, gloves, aprons and sanitising gel to keep sufficient supplies.

As this public health emergency unfolds, we are working hard to ensure that we can get the data on where supplies are most needed, and also to make sure that everyone is using the most up to date guidance.

From all agencies, our thanks to all of the heroic front line workers in the health, social care and emergency services working day and night to keep the public safe."

Items require are as follows:

Donations can be made by contacting:
SussexResilienceForum@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Delivery and collection can be arranged. All items need to conform to the safety standards highlighted above.

Additional information is available from the SRF website:
https://www.sussex.police.uk/srf.


18th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Thursday 23 to Friday 24 April (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Please note: All works are weather dependant and may be postponed at short notice. Reduced speed limit of 50mph is still in force north & southbound 24x7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

COVID-19

The project is continuing but all work is under careful review in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and safety measures are in place on site to protect workers, their families and the public.

Highways England strategic road network remains open and they will continue to maintain and develop the network, ensuring that life saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most.

While the contractors continue this key piece of work, they will follow Government safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and no sites are open to the public​​​​​​​.


16th April 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz this weekend was conducted by PCSOs Crouch, Cotterill and Brian-Davis.

Patrols started around the Beachy Head area of Eastbourne ensuring that the public were adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.

We were then called to a report of a gathering of vehicles in the Waterfront area of the harbour. On this occasion, words of advice were given to those there regarding the guidelines of COVID-19.

Shortly after attending the previous job, we were called to a report of a resident having a party in their campervan. On this occasion it turned out not to be the case, however, we still used the opportunity to engage and educate the resident on the guidelines.

Over the course of the evening, patrols were conducted along the seafront, Hampden Park and Shinewater area. On each visit we are happy to report that no concerns were raised and most areas were quiet.

During the course of the evening we received two phone calls on the blitz phone. The first, was for some advice in reference to some COVID-19 advice for something which occurred earlier in the evening. The second was in reference to a small gathering in Victoria Baptist Church, which at the time we were unable to attend due to other commitments. 


16th April 2020

Does your business have stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could help in the fight against COVID-19?

Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Sussex residents during COVID-19.

As the nation faces unprecedented demand for PPE, there is a very limited supply coming into the county for social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.

Dave Miller, Assistant Chief Constable, Sussex Police, and Chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum said: "If your business or organisation has these vital supplies to protect frontline workers, we urge you to contact us. We are short of items such as masks, hand sanitiser and gloves which are fundamental for the good care of individuals with suspected symptoms of COVID-19."

"We are hoping that all types of businesses and organisations from high street beauty salons through to academic institutions that use these products daily can help us by offering stocks whilst they are closed. If you have any items from the specific list below, we would be very grateful for donations as soon as possible. We also ask that any suppliers that can manufacture PPE contact us urgently."

"In addition, we've had a fantastic response to our appeals for volunteers to support the SRAs response to COVID-19, and will be contacting them in due course to support this and other pieces of work to help Sussex communities."

Donations can be made by contacting
SussexResilienceForum@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Delivery and collection can be arranged. All items need to conform to the safety standards highlighted above.

Additional information is available from the SRF website:
https://www.sussex.police.uk/srf.


15th April 2020

Co-op recalls Sliced Pepperoni

Co-op is recalling Co-op Sliced Pepperoni because E. coli O157 has been found in the product.

More information > >


15th April 2020

Businesses and Residents Urged to Check Security

Local businesses are being urged to ensure their premises are sufficiently protected during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sussex Police believe there could be an increase in organised acquisitive crime across the county – including burglaries of business premises – and have increased police patrols and proactive targeting of known local criminals.

Officers are also advising residents to make sure that their valuables are secure, especially as warmer weather may well result in opportunistic crooks taking advantage of properties left insecure.

You can find crime prevention advice for protecting your business from the inside out and keeping high value items safe at home on the Sussex Police website.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, burglary prevention lead for Sussex Police, said: “We take burglary very seriously. Staff across the force are working hard to prevent an increase in burglary and we are ready to respond to any spikes in such criminality.”

"We are urging business owners to ensure that they have sufficient and robust security features in place and that they are in full working order. Security cameras should be checked and owners need to make sure that any service doors are both secure and locked. Don't store cash in premises whilst they are closed.”

"Owners of high value jewellery are encouraged to ensure it is securely locked away in the house, ideally in a safe or similar secure storage, rather than being left in drawers or cupboards. Residents should ensure that doors to their homes are kept locked, especially overnight, but also when they might be out enjoying their gardens, and that they have measures in place to keep their residence secure.”

"It is vital that we all work together to disrupt organised crime and prevent opportunistic burglaries. Our Sussex Police website provides some excellent detailed advice on how to protect your property from crime.”

“Please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity to us. This includes reporting people trying to sell items that you suspect are stolen. If you have any information concerning burglary or people selling stolen goods please get in touch with us immediately online or by calling 101. You can also report anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

"In an emergency, such as a crime in progress, please dial 999.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It is important to remember at this time that, whilst our police officers are having to provide support to protect the capacity of the NHS, they are still committed to protecting our communities because criminals are not staying at home.”

“As many businesses have been forced to close due to the ‘lockdown’, the vacant premises are more vulnerable to being targeted by criminals seeking to make a profit from this pandemic. So, I’m urging business owners to heed the preventative advice that Sussex Police have released today and take simple measures to better protect themselves and their livelihood.”

“The police are still there for us when we need them most, so if you see something suspicious or have been a victim of any crime type, please still report.”


11th April 2020

Coca-Cola issues precautionary advice for opening
Coca-Cola Original Taste 1.5 litre PET bottles

Coca-Cola European Partners is issuing precautionary advice for opening Coca-Cola Original Taste 1.5 litre PET bottles because the bottles may have damaged neck rings which means that the bottle might have a sharp rim edge which could present a safety risk on opening.

More information > >


10th April 2020

Bank Holiday Message from Neighbourhood Watch
Central Support Team

As you know the long bank holiday weekend ahead will create more challenges for our communities as the lockdown measures continue.  We acknowledge that you are one of the many that have conformed with the government’s essential guidance and directives over the past few weeks, as the pandemic continues to affect the health of many and take the lives of the few.

The challenges we face and how we have come together as a resilient community, to ensure we are safer and stronger as a result, will define our paths going forward in the coming days and weeks.

To download the material please follow this link https://we.tl/t-bZ0vhsCyML, there is both static and renders (these are images that move, like a gif)

We urge you to share with your community the following information, which asks our neighbours, friends and families to continue to follow the governments advice about social distancing, exercising and meeting family and friends over this holiday period.

Following our successful launch of our Calling Tree campaign, we have also attached a A6 sized printout of an example postcard to post through doors in your community.  This is in response to your great feedback, which many of you shared with us.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your families an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.


7th April 2020

Spring Special Newsletter

In view of the current conditions affecting us all due to the coronavirus Covid-19, there will be no paper copy Newsletter for the foreseeable future.

However, we are sending this Special Newsletter by email to as many of our Scheme Coordinators that have an email address. We are asking them to forward it to as many of their Scheme members as they have email addresses for. If a copy of this Newsletter is handed to you and you have an email address, we suggest that you give it to your Coordinator.

They will keep it safe to conform to the Data Protection Act requirements. There could be more such special Newsletters keeping you informed of relevant news during these uncertain times and doing this will ensure that you will get sent a copy. Our intention is to ensure that you get updates on the criminality issues occurring here in Eastbourne and other relevant information.

Ken Ross
Chair
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association

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4th April 2020

Latest Edition Of Our News
National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Dear supporters,

Firstly, I’d like to let you know that myself and all of us at Neighbourhood Watch are thinking of you, your loved ones and your community at this challenging time.

We are doing everything we can to keep you up to date with the latest support, resources and signposting to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to boost your community in a myriad of ways.

If you have not already had an opportunity to take a look at our website area created in response to Covid-19, please do – we hope you will find it informative and useful. We’ve separated it into three sections for ease: keeping yourself and your loved ones safe; supporting your community and others; and being aware of Covid-19-related scams and crimes. Please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to include.

We also aim to share positive stories of community action from our members, so please do keep an eye on our website and social media. Thank you for your support and please keep safe and well.

Click here to download "Our News" from the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Best wishes,
John Hayward-Cripps
CEO | Neighbourhood Watch Network


3rd April 2020

A message from Keith Glazier to all East Sussex residents

Every one of us in East Sussex has been affected by coronavirus. It has brought drastic changes to our daily lives and, in some cases, great sadness. My thoughts are with everyone coping with grief and worry at this unprecedented time.

As leader of the county council, I’d also like to focus on what we can do to help each other in East Sussex. We have brilliant health and social care staff putting themselves on the front-line each day to help the sick and the vulnerable. We have dedicated emergency services, teachers, delivery drivers, shop staff and thousands more all helping to keep us protected and supplied. And we have volunteers taking on more work for their communities in this time of need. A heartfelt thank-you to them all.

But every one of us can help. First, stay safe by following NHS advice and stay at home whenever you can. Second, draw on the support of your family, friends or neighbours if they can safely help you when you need it. By doing this, you’ll ease the demand on community hubs and volunteers so they can concentrate on people who have nowhere else to turn. And finally, let’s keep on showing each other the kindness and respect which I see again and again in East Sussex.

Our priority at East Sussex County Council is working with our partners to keep everyone safe and well. No one should be left on their own.

In this newsletter we’ve set out some of the things you may find helpful. But we know that it will be all of us in East Sussex - working together - who bring us all through this. 

Thank you, and please stay safe.

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3rd April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The M23 will have no lane or full closures from Saturday 4th until Monday 20 April.

Opening of an extra lane

Road users will be able to use four lanes in each direction on the M23 by 1 April 2020. A 50 mph speed limit will remain in place during the next few months for safety, while additional work will take place to instal, test and commission the smart motorway technology. Lane or full carriageway closures will be needed overnight while this work takes place.

A free recovery service will remain in place while works continue. Drivers will be able to use new emergency areas if they experience difficulties on the motorway.

CCTV cameras will also continue to monitor the motorway and we will be able to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph and display warning messages during incidents.


1st April 2020

It's no April Fools
Corona Virus scams continue to be reported across Sussex

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived.

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates • Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing

Stay safe and don't fall victim to coronavirus fraudsters - if you have been victim to fraud, or for further advice, you can report fraud to Action Fraud UK

You can protect yourself by:

• Watching out for scam messages - don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details

• When shopping online, if you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as most major credit card providers insure online purchases

• Protecting your devices from the latest threats - always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. The National Cyber security Centre offers advice on looking after your devices.

Sussex Police's Operation Signature offers further information on how to keep yourself safe from unwanted callers and other approaches.

The NHS and Public Health England websites offer the latest health information and advice about Covid-19.​​​​​​​


31st March 2020

Coronavirus and Keeping Safe Online

Right now, safeguarding ourselves, our loved ones, friends and colleagues from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is uppermost in people's minds in the UK and around the world. After all, this is an unprecedented situation which warrants unprecedented precautions.

Also of great importance, however, is making sure we also remain safe in the virtual world during restrictions on travel, socialising, office life and other things we normally take for granted.

Why is online safety even more important than usual?

Invariably, a crisis affecting large numbers of people triggers a huge volume of fraudulent activity. With Coronavirus, expect fake ads for anything from vaccines to face masks, links to sensational news and video, bogus charity appeals, and phishing emails claiming to be from travel, compensation and insurance companies or event/tournament organisers. Fraudsters know that at times like these, we may be too concerned or preoccupied to spot that something isn't right.

Business owners with employees not accustomed to working from home also need to take simple precautions additional to those we normally exercise in regular workplaces. And if we're using the extra time on our hands to relax, there's also more chance that we could be letting our online guard down, whether we're social networking, gaming, dating, downloading or the many other things we take for granted.

However Coronavirus is affecting your online life, please read our top tips to help you protect yourself, your family, finances, devices and organisation. And as always, make sure you check out our advice including passwords, payments, safe buying and updating your software and apps.

Find comprehensive information from keeping yourself protected online at www.getsafeonline.org

Coronavirus-related scams

Reported Coronavirus scams cost victims in the UK over £800,000 in a single month, according to Action Fraud. Here's how to help avoid them:

Working from home

Report data breaches which may compromise individuals' rights and freedoms to the Information Commissioner's Office at www.ico.org.uk


29th March 2020

Coronavirus-related fraud reports increase by 400% in March

Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000. 

The first report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between the 1 March and 13 March, and 38 reports in just four days (14 March – 18 March). 

What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.

Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

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27th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 20:00pm to 01:00am

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Sunday 29 to Monday 30 March 1am to 06:00am

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion, Airport way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.


27th March 2020

Get Safe Online Advice Re Coronavirus

You, Coronavirus and staying safe online

We all have enough to be concerned about from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. That’s why our online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home.
 
To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit www.getsafeonline.org/coronavirus or take a look at our new online leaflet.
 
Stay well and stay safe online,
The Get Safe Online Team


27th March 2020

A Message from Chief Constable Giles York

Together We Can Save Lives

“Our policing services are still delivering safety for you whenever you need them,” says Chief Constable Giles York.

Sussex Police is working with its partners in an enormous joint effort to help tackle the Coronavirus crisis.

“We are all in this together and I know that Sussex communities are responding well,” said Mr York. “We are still delivering policing services and are here to help you. The best help you can give us is changing your behaviour. Please follow government advice, stay at home and don’t gather in large groups."

“My officers will come and engage with you if we see you are posing a danger to each other. We will explain why it’s important to behave differently and only if absolutely necessary will we enforce the law to ensure that you disburse. Please support everything the public services are doing at the moment.”

Click here for a video message from Chief Constable Giles York.

"Our priority is to make sure the most vulnerable in our communities are kept safe and supported. Sadly, there will always be those people who take advantage of the situation. We are seeing an increase in fraudsters and scammers – see our advice on protecting yourself, but if you think you have been a victim you can report to Action Fraud." 

"Please continue to report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or online and 999 in an emergency."

"Follow Government advice to stay at home and help the national effort. We urge you not to all 101 with general Coronavirus enquiries, but look at the Government website for information."

Please keep our 101 and 999 lines free for people with genuine policing needs.

"We have sufficient police resources, policing continues and we are able to maintain services, albeit with a different approach. We need you to follow the advice to stay home, so that our officers and staff can continue come to work in sufficient numbers to maintain the service that you expect."

"Community matters, now more than ever - Stay safe and keep your loved ones safe."

Together we can make a difference and save lives. 


25th March 2020

Scams Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We are writing to you with regards to the coronavirus and how you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams.

We hope that you are well. As a reminder, we would like to re-iterate the Government and NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, and stay two metres away from other people outside of your household.

It is particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition. Please take care to heed the latest warnings and guidelines issued by the Authorities. 

Social media such as Facebook Community Groups and WhatsApp Groups that send alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you. However, it can be difficult to know who to trust. Such media are all online, and not everyone has access to the internet, so please help others, from a safe distance.

Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy, and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation that our society is facing.

Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:

Tips to avoid being scammed:

Contact information:

To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk and complete the free online training.

Why not become a Scam Marshal? A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams, and sending any scam mail that they receive to the National Trading Standards Scams Team, so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work. Visit:
www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/ScamMarshals
for more information and to sign up.

For additional useful sources of information please visit the Quick links page of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch website.

If you're interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk.


22nd March 2020


22nd March 2020

Coop recalls Frozen Hash Browns

Coop is recalling Frozen Hash Browns because they may contain pieces of white plastic.

The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.

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20th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure - Friday 20 to Monday 23 March (inclusive) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick at J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, B2028, A264 to M23 J10

Monday 23 to Thursday 26 March (inclusive) 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion: Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, B2028, A264 to M23 J10.


18th March 2020

Helping with care and support throughout the community.

You are not alone!

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association is asking our members and supporters to join our ‘Good Neighbour’ plan where we ask everyone to connect with anyone who you think might be elderly, lonely or vulnerable in your area. In our present medical Covid-19 emergency it is important that each of us help to bring our community closer together.

With the difficulties now upon us due to the proposed self-isolation and social distancing, it could feel as if we are forever alone – this must not be allowed to happen!

Pick up your phone and call a neighbour, go on the internet and check on the needs of the nearby vulnerable. And, don’t forget the simplest of communication tools, simply drop a note in their letter box giving them your telephone and email details.

Never in our time has it ever been so necessary to stretch out your hand of friendship, to connect with your neighbours, to offer help where it is needed.

One last note – beware of the opportunists and the dishonest who will no doubt be about. We at the Neighbourhood Watch Association will never come to your home asking for money or a payment. In cases of doubt call the police.

Together we will win!

Ken Ross, Chair, on behalf of the ‘Eastbourne NW Association’


18th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz Friday 13th March

The Blitz patrols on Friday were led by PS Wells who was accompanied on the carrier by PCSO’s Slow, Crouch, Cotterill and Brian-Davis.

The evening started with patrols around Mill Road, Selwyn Road, The Goff’s and Upperton area due to a number of recently reported burglaries. The area was quiet with no suspicious activity or persons seen.

Having been fuelled by Haribo starmix the team then moved on to look at areas having been highlighted for anti-social behaviour. Morrison’s was visited as there had been reports of damage being caused to bus stops near to the shop as well as issues being caused within the store itself. Two visits were made over the course of the evening, one earlier in the evening with a second around 9pm, on both occasions the area was all quiet. The Marshall Road industrial estate received attention at the same time.

Following this the bus moved on to Rodmill and Old Town, there were a few youths seen however, they were not causing any issues and were happy to engage with officers.

A visit was then made to Shalfleet Close re groups of youths being rowdy under the covered way at the end of the cul-de-sac. On entering the Close a group of five youths were seen to be standing under the covered area, on seeing police they have left the scene. PCSO’s Crouch and Cotterill have exited the van to try to speak with the youths but unfortunately were unable to locate them. The location was re attended later in the evening but the group had not returned.

On route to our next location the team were diverted to deal with a call to youths damaging property in Seaford as all other units were committed with calls. On arriving at the location the youths had made off from the scene. The security team were spoken to and advised that there had been no damage caused as the youths concerned had entered a partially demolished building and had in fact broken some glass in a window that had already been smashed by the demolition team whilst removing it. Suitable advice was provided in relation to making the site more secure to prevent further problems with youths gaining access to the location.

Having returned to Eastbourne visits were then made to The Crumbles due to previous reports of anti-social driving, there were no cars in the car park and all was quiet.

There were no calls to the Blitz phone however as the shift was drawing to an end a call was made to police in relation to a group of juveniles running in the road in Sevenoaks Road. On arrival the youths were back on the pavement and having been spoken to disperse making their way home. They had been in high spirits and had been messing around but understood that their actions may have caused people to think that they may have been up to no good as they were being quite raucous.

The shift ended as it had begun with another patrol around the Goff’s and Upperton area.

Operation Blitz Saturday 14th March.

Saturday nights Blitz patrols were again led by PS Wells accompanied by PCSO’s Brian-Davis, Cotterill, Crouch and, Slow.

The evening started with patrols around the town centre including the Beacon, there were small groups of youths within the centre but none of these were causing any issues. This was followed by an early evening visit to Shalfleet Close. No signs of anyone this evening with the Close being very quiet.

The shops and alleyway at Queens Parade was the next port of call due to reports of groups drinking and causing a general nuisance to shop owners and residents. The alleyway was clear with no signs of anyone having been there drinking or causing any damage or nuisance.
Patrols were also conducted in the Upperton area, around Morrison’s, Marshall Road Industrial Estate, as well as Rodmill and Old Town all of which have been subject to ASB recently. Again there were no groups of youths found to be loitering and no issues reported to police.

During the course of the evening checks there were no calls to the Blitz phone and no ASB or other issues to report.

The evening concluded with another sweep of Shalfleet Close, Hampden Park and the area surrounding Morrison’s with nothing further to report. 


17th March 2020

Press Release from Eastbourne Theatres

Following government advice and alongside other UK theatres, we are cancelling all performances at Eastbourne Theatres up to and including Sunday 19 April. This includes the Joe Brown Concert and this week’s production of The Habit of Art, neither of which will go ahead.

Customers who have tickets for performances up until 19th April will receive a letter or email, offering them a refund, credit voucher or exchange.

We are currently trying to re-schedule several shows that fall in this period for later in the year so there may be a short delay before you hear from us.
If you have booked for a show after 19 April, these tickets remain on sale and we will let you know in plenty of time if anything changes.

If you have tickets booked for a show between now and Sunday 19 April, we ask that you do not contact our Box Office team or email us. We will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.


14th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Friday 13th March - one night only 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way. If missed, via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

56 Hour Closure

Friday 13 to Monday 16 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am​​​​​​​

Full closure from J10 to J8

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of J8 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 and back.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and return.


12th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday’s Op Blitz was a full team effort by A section.

Led by PS Wells, all staff were loaded into the police carrier and driven to hotspot locations where they were dropped off to conduct foot patrols. Other members of the team were PC’s Franklin-Lester and Elliott along with PCSO’s Cotterill and Slow.

The evening started with units being deployed to assist in locating a high risk missing person in the Hampton Park area, thankfully they were located relatively quickly allowing units to re-deploy to Blitz patrols. 

Whilst on patrols there was an early arrest of one male who was wanted on warrant having failed to appear at court who had been outstanding for over 2 years.

Having returned to the patrols again Morrison’s as well as the Marshal Road industrial estate were visited, there were no youths present at either of these locations with the car parks also being clear of any nuisance vehicles.

Whilst on route to Mallard Close the team were again diverted to assist staff at Eastbourne Railway Station with a male who was trespassing on the railway line. This male was successfully and safely removed with the help of BTP officers who dealt with him for believed mental health issues. 

Returning to our patrols once again areas visited included Victoria Drive, Beatty Road, The Crumbles, Shinewater, Langney and The Beacon all of which have been subject of previous reports relating to  anti-social behaviour. All areas were again very quiet with no issues being reported and no groups of youths seen.

There were no calls received on the Blitz phone during the course of the evening. There was however, one incident that was called in to youths playing football in Beachy Avenue. Units  attended, spoke with them and offered words of advice.   


10th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + all associated slip roads Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full slip road closure at J7 M25 Reigate

Diversion to Brighton via J6 and back.

Full carriageway closure M23 Southbound from the A23 (Hooley)

Diversion to J6 and back to J7 on M25.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick: continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


6th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure

Friday 6 March to Monday 9 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound and all associated slip roads from the M25. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Please note: Full closure of the Gatwick Spur between 21:00pm to 05:00am on Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March. The Gatwick Spur will remain open during the day.


6th March 2020

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3rd March 2020

Health and Social Care News East Sussex

 

The latest issue of East Sussex Healthcare news is now available to download.

In this issue:

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3rd March 2020

Keep Warm and Well in East Sussex

East Sussex Keep Warm and Well needs your help to understand how it can increase the number of people benefiting from the East Sussex Warm Home Check service, its local affordable warmth scheme.

Please take this short survey that will take no longer than five minutes to complete

Click here to download the latest East Sussex Keep Warm and Well newsletter > >


29th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10, for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Monday 2 March to Thursday 5 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23​​​​​​​.

Friday 6 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link.

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.


27th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.


21st February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 February (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via J10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of Spur Eastbound plus outer ring of south terminal roundabout plus Lane 3 on ring road north coming out of Gatwick

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue to J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Full closure of J9 Exit slip Southbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of East and West Spur Road 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.


17th February 2020

Nestlé recalls Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces

Nestlé UK Limited has taken the precautionary step of voluntary recalling Nestlé Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces because it may contain small pieces of black rubber due to an isolated incident in its fruit supplier manufacturing process.

More information > >

Co-op recalls Gro Sticky Toffee Puddings

Co-op is recalling Gro Sticky Toffee puddings because the glass ramekins may break when heated in the microwave. This is a potential safety risk.

More information > >


14th February 2020

DVLA hits the road with clear warning to tax it or lose it

DVLA is back on the road targeting motorists across the UK with a communications campaign that has a clear message for those who take a chance on not taxing their vehicle – tax it or lose it.

Read the DVLA Press Release > >


14th February 2020

Storm Dennis brings risk of floods this weekend

Storm Dennis will bring very heavy rain and strong winds to the UK this weekend, with a risk of flooding and travel disruption in some areas.

The Met Office has issued multiple National Severe Weather Warnings for wind and rain from Saturday through to Monday, including several amber rain warnings for parts of England and Wales.

Read more > >


14th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 16 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. 1st Diversion via J10, Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 2nd Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Please note that next week is half term and full closures have been suspended due to increased holiday traffic.

Advance notice - please also note that 56 hour weekend closures will be taking place starting Friday 28th February for 4 weeks. Further details will be provided next week.


14th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday evening’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Gell. Our patrols started at 18:00hrs where we attended the allotments near Filching Road. In recent weeks we have had a number of reports of drug use there, however on our patrols we found no one around, so we left and patrolled along Royal Sussex Crescent after a few recent disturbance calls in the area.

At approximately 18:20hrs we arrived in Hampden Park where we checked the areas around St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Dunelm Mill due to a number of reports of youths causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the area. A thorough check of the areas revealed there was no one around and we moved onto our next stop.

We arrived in the LangneyShinewater area at 18:40hrs where we conducted checks in Shinewater Park and Shalfleet Close. Apart from a couple of dog walkers in Shalfleet Close, the areas were quiet. After a few recent reports of motorbikes being used in an anti-social manner around the Shinewater Lane area, we paid extra attention to Milfoil Drive/ Sorrel Drive area of Shinewater. Our checks found a few members of the public walking around, but everything was in order.

Between 19:00hrs and 22:00hrs we were committed with a visit to an address along Cornfield Terrace in Eastbourne following reports of drug dealing. A number of officers attended an address where one was arrested for Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis.

During this time we received a call from a resident at Bylands Close reporting a congregation of youths in a stairwell. We attended the area at 22:00hrs and checked the stairwell in question.

Following this we patrolled along Chelworth Road and then onto Midhurst Road after police received a few calls from residents stating people were jumping on garage roofs and trying to access empty properties - both these areas were quiet.

Saturday’s Op Blitz patrols was conducted by PCSO’s Cotterill, Brian-Davis and Gell. We started our patrols a little early, at 17:30hrs after receiving reports of a large group of kids riding their bikes in the bus lane along Terminus Road. We attended the area and spoke to those in the there and advised them of where best to use their bikes and scooters. Following this report we remained in the area to conduct our visible patrols and deter any more Anti-Social Behaviour.

We continued our patrols at 20:55hrs where we checked on Bylands Close following a call there on the previous day. We then visited Midhurst Road following a few reports of youths climbing on top of garage roofs.

Our patrols continued to the areas surrounding Dunelm Mill at 21:10hrs and then onto Shalfleet Close and Shinewater park. Our patrols finished at 21:50hrs in the area of Tenpin.

From 21:50hrs onwards officers were committed with a search for a missing person. During the course of the evening, there were no calls to the Blitz phone and apart from our initial call at 17:30hrs, Eastbourne remained quiet.


11th February 2020

Storm Dennis to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK

Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday. A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales, further warnings are likely to be issued in the coming days. 

Read more > >


8th February 2020

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

Storm Ciara is on the way, now is the time to act.

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

Click one of the links below, or if you are hesitant to click on links and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
SSEN Priority Services

Which of the two areas do you live in? You can check by visiting Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website. it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut.


8th February 2020

Met Office Severe Weather Warning
Amber Warning Wind For 9th February 2020

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Tea

The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning - Wind for Sunday 9th February 2020. Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday.  View the full warning at the Met Office Severe Weather Warning site.

The potential impacts of this are:

Please follow this advice to keep safe and well:

The Met Office website provides clear guidance on what to do before during and after storms
Please visit their website for more information.

For more information go to:
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies
Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates:
@WSCCNews and @WSCCResilience

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to most of Sussex.

Areas to the West may be covered by SSEN who have storm information available.; 

You may not be able to do this during a power cut, so please take note of the emergency phone numbers below.

Please treat electricity cables as live, stay away and call immediately, 24 hours a day on 0800 31 63 105 or 105 (free to call from a land line or a mobile phone). If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.

Customers can register for your distributor's Priority Services Register if they require extra assistance. Please contact UKPN or SSEN direct, as appropriate.


8th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J9 exit slip on M23 Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.​​​​​​​

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.​​​​​​​


6th February 2020

Storm Ciara named by Met Office

A low-pressure system that will impact the UK this weekend has been named as Storm Ciara by the Met Office.

The system currently developing in the North Atlantic will bring strong winds and heavy rain across the whole of the UK through the end of the weekend and into the start of next week. Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas. The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph. 

yellow National Severe Weather warning for wind has been issued which currently covers the entire UK and is in force from 6pm on Saturday evening and all day Sunday until midnight. Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.

More information > >


31st January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 February (inclusive) 20:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound on the M23. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22 , A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick J10 on the M23 to J9.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link J7 M25 clockwise. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link J7 M25 anticlockwise. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to M23 J10.


30th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz last weekend was conducted by PCSO Honey and PCSO Hopgood.

The evening started with patrols around Shinewater including areas such as the park, and the Skate Park. Whilst there we engaged with a group of youths who were happy just sitting there chatting and enjoying the evening. These checks were conducted at 18:05hrs and later on in the evening at around 20:30hrs.

We then moved on to the Industrial Estate around Hampden Park where we have received information of youths causing damage and anti – social behaviour in the area. These checks were carried out around the times of 18:30hrs and later at 20:45hrs.

This led us to patrol the area around Broadwater Way, where again, these were carried out to deter and detect anti – social behaviour caused by youths in the area, these patrols were conducted at 18:35hrs and 20:50hrs.

The next stop was to the Old Town area of Eastbourne, this was due to information being received that youths have been smoking cannabis in the area. We showed a presence at around 18:50hrs and again later at 21:00hrs.

At around the hours of 19:00 and 21:10 we patrolled the town centre, including The Beacon and Terminus Road areas where all was well.

We are pleased to say that we received no reports on the Blitz phone or via 101 with regards to anti–social behaviour during the Operation Blitz shift.


27th January 2020

Have Your Say on Sussex Police Funding

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade after the Government announced a £1.1billion increase. This means that Mrs Bourne is now in a position to consult with residents on how much they contribute locally to Sussex Police. She has launched a snap survey today to find out how the public would feel about a proposed average increase of 20p a week, equating to an extra £10 a year, per household.

Now is your chance to have your say. It takes just 30 seconds to complete: Click here.

If this link does not work for you then can copy and paste it into your browser, or search online for the Sussex PCC's website, where you find the link on the news feed. For additional information you can review the Frequently Asked Questions.

The survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Mrs Bourne said: “The overall amount of funding available for policing could be as much as £15.2bn, if all PCCs take advantage of the £10 precept flexibility. We need to focus on bringing crime down, so this settlement means that PCCs can invest more into policing to tackle crime and keeping our communities safe."

“The Government quite clearly remains committed to its pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers - with funding for 6,000 officers by March next year included in this year’s grant."

Please give your views before the survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020


27th January 2020

Two Arrested In Connection To Robbery At Eastbourne Jewellers

Officers attended Buford's jewellers in The Beacon Shopping Centre, Eastbourne around 10.10am on Sunday (26 January) after 15 Rolex watches with an estimated value between £100,000 and £150,000 were stolen.

Four men, all wearing masks and one was reported to be carrying a small handheld pick axe or hammer, entered the premises around 10am.

A search of the area, assisted by armed police officers and the police helicopter, was conducted and two people were arrested on the Cuckoo trail near Station Road. A search for the outstanding two suspects is continuing.

Detective Inspector Ben Newman said: “We believe the suspects made off from the location in a silver coloured Range Rover Evoque which we later found abandoned in Orchard Grange, off Coldharbour Road, Lower Dicker."

"We would like to hear from anyone that has any information about the occupants of this vehicle or where the suspects may have gone when they fled the abandoned car."

"If you noticed anyone acting suspiciously in this area please report this information online or call 101 quoting reference 385 of 26/01."

Two men, 39 and 41, both from Sutton were both arrested on suspicion of robbery. They remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.


26th January 2020

Cow & Gate and Tesco recall 7+ months Cow & Gate baby food jars

Cow & Gate and Tesco are voluntarily recalling 15 varieties of 7+ month Cow & Gate baby food jars (200g) sold by Tesco stores in the UK, as a precautionary measure following concerns that some jars may have been tampered with.

The recall only involves these varieties sold in Tesco stores in the UK. No other Cow & Gate, Tesco or other branded baby products are affected.

More information > >


25th January 2020

Sussex Police Warns Of Danger Of Courier Fraud

Sussex Police warns of the dangers of courier fraud as it supports Operation Radium, a nationwide campaign to target fraudulent criminality and build up information on organised crime groups behind the scams.

In 2019 Sussex police received 550 reports of courier/impersonator fraud targeting vulnerable victims.  Out of those reports, 67% of victims lived alone and 78% were aged 75 and over. The recorded total loss to these victims is £1,057,136 with an average of £8,000 being lost in each case where there was a loss. 

An 83-year-old man from Pease Pottage, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he came close to being a victim of courier fraud in November 2019 when a conman called his home phone pretending to be from Essex Police.

He was told by the fraudster on the phone that there had been improper activity in his bank account that they suspected was part of a money laundering scheme.

The victim was asked to withdraw £5,000 to see if the bank notes were fraudulent. He was asked to read the bank note numbers and was told that they were a cause for concern. He was then told the money was to be taken to Essex Police station and that an officer would come and collect it.

A young man, not dressed in a police uniform, then arrived at the front door asking for money, at which point the victim refused and shut the door. The victim said: "The conman on the phone was very well-spoken and convincing – but that, of course, is his job."

"All the way through this process I was adamant I wasn’t going to give him any money, but it sounded convincing and I wanted to help so I went along with it."

"He had done his homework and I was surprised I didn’t spot something earlier in the conversation. He kept both of my phone lines occupied through the process, he gave me an insurance number and even a crime reference number."

"I did feel a bit shaky thinking that it was a close call. I felt annoyed I’d been talking to this so-called DC Wheeler from the police who even gave me a false badge number. I feel sorry for older folk, and there’s not much older than me, but I worry that older people may easily hand over the money."

"Sending someone not dressed in a police uniform was the weakest link in their game. I worry that it could easily have gone differently."

"The PCSO was very helpful, he drove me to the bank to return the money and left me feeling safe. He gave me a 'The Little Book of Scams' guide and offered lots of advice and told me things I should do to protect myself. He actually did phone just a month after it happened to make sure I’d done them all."

What is courier fraud?

Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. 

Common techniques include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash or go and buy high value items. Sometimes they instruct the victim to leave their bank cards in an envelope somewhere safe. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash, expensive item or envelope, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

What you need to know

To avoid becoming a courier fraud victim, always remember…

Your bank or the police will NEVER:

- call and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
- ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them
- ask you to transfer money out of your account

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police says: "Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud."

"It pays to stop and think anytime you receive a request for personal or financial information. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked to do, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider directly, using a number you trust, such as the one listed on your bank statements or on the back of your card."

"Alternatively, check your actions with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action relating to your finances.”

What is Sussex Police doing to tackle courier fraud?

Local officers across the county respond to every report of courier fraud and provide support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures, as part of Operation Signature, the force's ongoing campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud.

Support that officers can give includes;

- helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number
- contacting family to suggest power of attorney
- mail re-direction
- offering them advice on call blocking devices
- referring them to other support services

Op Signature is also supported by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who has funded two fraud Victim Support Case Workers over the past four years to provide further help for medium and high risk victims and prevent them from being re-targeted. Her Sussex Elder’s Commission members spoke to thousands of older residents to highlight the threat of telephone and cyber-enabled fraud, and they helped persuade many people to take extra precautions, including installing call blockers which she funds.

Law enforcement agencies are working with banks to fight back against this type of fraud through a rapid-response scheme called the ‘Banking Protocol’.

This industry-wide UK Finance initiative first launched in Sussex two years ago, trains bank branch staff on how to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and what they can do to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster. The staff can request an immediate police response to the branch to investigate the suspected fraud and catch those responsible. 

The ‘Banking Protocol’ is now operational across the UK and has already prevented customers nationally from losing £38 million to criminals. It also led to 231 arrests in 2018.

In Sussex it has so far prevented £5 million being lost and has led to 49 arrests. 

For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website here.

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.


25th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 25 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to J8 on the M25, back to J7 anticlockwise.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur east and westbound and associated slip roads at J9. There will be outer ring management on the south terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


23rd January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Op Blitz was conducted last weekend by PCSO Clarke and PCSO Raczynska.

The shift started with a reassurance visit to help address some issues residents had been experiencing with local youths in Hampden Park. As a result we will be paying regular passing attention in Hampden Park which will be conducted by the dedicated PCSO’s for that area.

Our next visit was to Shinewater Park where there have been reports by residents of ongoing issues. Whilst on patrols it was nice to see some teenager’s enjoying the park playing basketball. We engaged with a group by the Co-Op at Milfoil Drive, who were not causing any issues.

As the evening progressed we were joined by the rain as we continued our high visibility patrols across the Town.

We then received a phone call from a member of public reporting a group of around 14 – 15 youths congregating by the Enterprise Centre smoking cannabis.

We arrived at the location within 5 – 10 minutes and spoke to two independent groups of young people. One group was hanging around by the train station and the other at the back of the Enterprise Centre. Although the groups were considerably large in number, the teenagers were perfectly polite and no smell of cannabis was detected.

We then moved on and liaised with security and customers at McDonalds in the town centre where there were no issues.

Finally, we visited several hotspots known for people and vehicles congregating and causing a nuisance, however, on this particular evening everyone seemed to be on their best behaviour.


21st January 2020

Latest Edition Of National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available.

In this issue, we see the results of searches for the UK’s best neighbour and community champion.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.
Click here to download it from our website > >

Best wishes,
NW National Support Team


18th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Highways England has published details of the forthcoming 56 hour weekend closures of the M23 between junctions 8 and 10.


17th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout + lane 3 ring road North coming out of Gatwick. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick - traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.


16th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday 10/01/2020

Friday night’s patrols were conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis, Crouch and Gell. The first point of call was at 17:45pm when officers came across a female who had a flat tyre. The female had two young children with her and officers assisted and ensured their safety by taking the family home.

At 20:10pm, we attended the area of Byland Close to conduct checks on whether any drug use had been occurring in the area as there have been reports previously that this had been taking place, at this time there was no sign of any drug paraphernalia or drug use.

We moved on to the area of Dunelm Mill and the surrounding estates at 20:24pm again due to reports of previous youth anti – social behaviour. At this time there were no persons present in the area and we moved on.

At 20:40pm we attended Ten Pin and St Wilfrid’s. There was a small group of youths aged approx. 18yrs, who were spoken to. There were no issues and the group moved on shortly after our arrival.

Following a call via our radios to assist with an area search at the Bandstand and along the promenade we came across two young females in possession of cannabis and alcohol, both of which were seized and all relevant details of those concerned were taken and recorded appropriately so the matter can be dealt with at a later date. In addition, due to the girl’s ages they were taken home by officers to their respective parents/carers.

At 22:18 PC Elliott stopped a vehicle that had intelligence reports relating to it. As a result of the stop the driver having been spoken to was arrested for possessing a bladed article, no insurance and driving not in accordance with a license. The vehicle was recovered by police and taken off the roads due to there being no insurance relating to it.

Our final point of call was in the area of the Sovereign Centre where all was quiet.

Saturday 11/01/2020

Saturday’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Cotterill. No calls were received on the Blitz phone for the duration of the shift.

Due to other operational commitments relating to an insecure premises, a scene guard and assisting with a search for a high risk missing person we were unable to conduct our patrols as we normally would have.  Thankfully the missing person was located.

Whilst being committed on other incidents we continued to monitor the radio in case there were any reports of anti-social behaviour that were called in, however, there weren’t any.

Prior to going off shift and having been stood down from other commitments we had been tasked to cover, we conducted further patrols of the areas highlighted as having been subject to previous anti-social behaviour. On our attendance all was quiet in these locations with no groups of youths seen and no reports of anti-social behaviour being made. 


10th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 11 January 8:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph north & south bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Please note: all works are weather dependant and may be postponed at short notice.

Heads up…..

56 hour weekend closures on the M23 between junction 8 Merstham and junction 10 Copthorne. The works will begin on Friday 28 February and continue for the next 4 weekends. Full details will be given next week​​​​​​​.


6th January 2020

Sussex Police Launches First Ever
Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

As crime and technology evolves, the need for investigative roles in Sussex is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result Sussex Police is investing in the attraction and development of detectives and investigators across the county and Monday (06 January 2020) saw the launch of its first degree holders' Fast-Track Detective Development Programme.

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth.

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation."

“Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.”

Being a detective is a critical role in our ability to keep communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protective vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm and, most importantly, getting justice for victims of crime. We’re looking for degree-holders with the compassion to help build trusting relationships; the tenacity to see a case through from start to finish; the desire to lock up the bad people and the emotional resilience to keep calm, yet confident.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great learning experiences, opportunity for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as Major Crime or Public Protection, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice and the sense of pride that comes from getting results for others.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I hope that this recruitment campaign will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to help contribute to this vital area of policing."

“Detectives ensure effective investigations, identifying and pursuing criminals using cutting edge technology and traditional skills. All police forces - including Sussex - need to improve their solved rates to increase community confidence and protect our most vulnerable residents. Increasing the number of specialist trained officers will do much to achieve this."

“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference and there is no limit to where this career can take you.”

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a detective, or know someone who has, then apply now.


4th January 2020

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers led to
110 arrests in Sussex in just 15 days.

The annual campaign aims to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence, and target those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk on our roads.

A total of 110 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation which ran from Wednesday 18 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive – 73 on suspicion of drink-driving and 37 on suspicion of drug-driving.

This dedicated campaign is run in conjunction with Surrey Police, and is in addition to our officers responding to reports of drink and drug-driving 365 days a year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m surprised and hugely disappointed that drink and drug-driving is still considered by some people to be socially acceptable."

“While the vast majority of motorists abide by the law, it seems there will always be a number of ignorant and selfish road users who refuse to take our advice on board. Not only do you risk ruining Christmas, you also risk ruining your life, or someone else’s."

“It shouldn’t take a trip to police custody to give you the wake-up call; motorists need to wake up now and be alert to the extreme dangers associated with driving under the influence of drink or drugs."

“Every year we arrest drivers who say they “only had a couple” or they were “only around the corner”. We’ve heard every excuse in the book, but the bottom line is there is no excuse."

“Change your behaviour now, or it could change your life forever.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.


1st January 2020

What Goes Online Stays Online

Every time you use social media, buy or sell something online, visit any kind of website, send or receive an email, find your way using a mapping app or save a photo to the cloud, you add to your digital footprint. The same goes for downloading music, making Skype calls and using a voice assistant. Every time you post a photo of your children or your friends, you add to their digital footprint too.

What happens when you have a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in a database … or many databases. This is the case even if you are careful with your privacy settings. Here are just a few examples of what could, and does, happen as a result of your online history:

How to minimise your digital footprint, or make sure it’s a good one:

GET SAFE ONLINE

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you are in Scotland, contact Police Scotland on 101.


26th December 2019

Get any new toys for Christmas?

Be mindful burglars know that many households often have new and often expensive, items in their homes over Christmas.

Post Christmas crime prevention advice:


24th December 2019

Sussex Police Drink and Drug Drive Campaign

Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Jingle bells, here’s our cells, open every day; if you drive with drink or drugs, you’ll soon be on your way. This is the message being issued as Surrey Police and Sussex Police this year.

Increased patrols and stop checks will be carried out throughout this month, when there tends to be more social occasions which could result in motorists driving under the influence. But while we ho-ho-hope you have fun this festive season, we can assure you driving with drink or drugs in your system is no laughing matter.

A total of 1,003 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 74 of which involved a drink-driver (statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership).

In the 12 months to November 2019, a total of 696 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Surrey (alcohol-related incidents unknown at time of publication).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Christmas is typically considered a time of ‘giving’ and ‘sharing’. But don’t give us an excuse to arrest you, and don’t let us share the bad news with your loved ones if you’re involved in a collision."

“This campaign is all about education and enforcement. Our main aims are to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving, and to deal robustly with offenders. As such, we will continue to publicise the names of those convicted as part of the campaign.”

The crackdown runs from Wednesday 18th December 2019 to Wednesday 1st January 2020 inclusive, in line with guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council. However, this will be in addition to our routine daily policing.

Chief Insp. Hodder said: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year."

“It is no secret that drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

During the same campaign last year (1st December 2018 to 1st January 2019), a total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex and 108 arrests were made in Surrey.

Chief Insp. Hodder said: “If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with a sober driver. Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit."

“If you’re planning to drive after ‘just a couple’, it’s more than likely you’ll be over the limit. The only way to guarantee you’re under the limit is to drink OR drive; never both."

“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body. Even if you’ve slept for several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning. And a coffee and a cold shower won’t speed up the process.”

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has a morning after calculator on its website, where you can find out roughly how long it takes before you can safely drive.

Consequences of such actions could include the following:

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999. Alternatively, people in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

22nd December 2019

Seasonal Greetings from
Your Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Chair John Wright

Neighbourhood Watch is no longer just about local crime prevention such as preventing burglary, but also about knowing your community, preventing serious and organised crime, cybercrime, scam awareness, promoting safety and community resilience, to name but a few.

Neighbourhood Watch may not be rich in money, but it is rich in talent, effort, energy, ideas, partnerships and connections. Our volunteers are worth a lot more than money!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for making your neighbourhood a safer place to live.


21 st December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

There are no road closures planned on the M23 J8 to J10 from Friday 20 December to Monday 6 January 2020 inclusive. The contractors will be working on the network over the Christmas break during the day in the central reservation between the hours of 7.30am to 6:00pm.

Heads up…..

Monday 6 to Friday 10 January 2020 – 21:00 to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.


14th December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 15 December 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the slip road at J10. Diversion J10 exit and back on at J10 entry slip

Monday 16 Dec and Tuesday 17 Dec 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 16 Dec and Tuesday 17 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur entry slip at J9 Northbound. There will be a fully signed diversion route via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 8 on the M25, back to junction 6, A22, A264, and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport W​​​​​​​ay, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Wednesday 18 Dec and Thursday 19 Dec 9pm to 5am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 on the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 18 December 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the carriageway at junction 10. Diversion is via the exit slip at junction 10 and back onto the M23 via the entry slip at junction 10 (up and over)​​​​​​​.


14th December 2019

Fraud Newsletter - December 2019

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 or for fraud and scam related advice, support and reporting, please visit Action Fraud.

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.

Click here to view the Fraud newsletter Dec 2019


9th December 2019

Sussex Police launched new Police Constable
Degree Apprenticeship with first student officers.

Wednesday 04 December saw 24 new student officers welcomed into Sussex Police at the final attestation of 2019. These individuals are the first cohort to join the organisation on the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA); one of three new entry routes created as part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

Chief Constable Giles York, said: “I’m delighted to welcome these officers to Sussex and start them on their policing journey. They begin a career which offers diversity, challenge and great fulfilment; where, together, they can make a real difference to our communities.”

“They also are our first recruits on the police constable degree apprenticeship – an innovative programme which ensures the officers of the future have the skills and knowledge required to police today, while recognising the existing professionalism and expertise of all our staff and officers. I believe this ensures policing remains an attractive and competitive career choice and appeal to many who may not have considered policing as a career choice in the past.”

The student officers will spend nine weeks undertaking intensive training at Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes before joining their divisions in February 2020. Here they will begin to make a proactive, and positive, difference to the public, while supported by their dedicated Coaching and Development Officer.

The PCDA is a three-year vocational development programme which recognises the commitment, training and professional standards of policing. Using innovative learning approaches, and both on and off job training, supported by Higher Education Institutes, those embarking on this qualification will, upon successful completion, achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Jessica Davies worked in HR before joining Sussex Police. Following the attestation, she said: “Becoming a police officer is so important to me and I pulled out all the stops to join Sussex Police once I realised what a fantastic opportunity the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship was.

“Knowing that I will be able to work towards a degree while working as a police officer makes me feel on top of the world!”

Jahidur Choudhury studied Public Services in college and worked in a fast food restaurant before joining Sussex Police. He said: “When I was young I suffered verbal racial abuse and I remember a member of the public giving me words of encouragement when he could that this incident had a negative effect on me.”

“His kind words really motivated me and I realised that like him, I too could inspire people and be a positive role model in the community by becoming a police officer.”

“It was my dream to come a police officer and I am so proud that I will be helping to protect Sussex.”

For those interested in a career in policing, or finding out more about the PCDA, visit www.sussex.police.uk/jobs


6th December 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 9 December between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley and Reigate to Hooley link roads at Junction 7 on the M25. Diversion for Gatwick to M25 J6 and then follow A22, A264 to M23 J10. Diversion for Hooley to M25 J6 and back clockwise to J7.

Monday 9 December, for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full carriageway closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic as above but continues on A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 9 December for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link at junction 7 of the M25. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 9 December for 5 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip southbound. Diversion – Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10 on the M23.

Tuesday 10 December for 4 nights, between 21:00pm to 5.00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link at J7 on the M25. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.​​​​​​​


1st December 2019

Christmas is all about spending quality time with family and friends connections, whether with family, or simply taking time out to reconnect with yourself.

It'a also about connecting online, whether you're keeping in touch, downloading a movie, buying that special gift (or treating yourself), using those new devices or helping your kids online.

However you're connecting this Christmas we've put together some expert tips to help you do it safely and securely

Visit : www.getsafeonline.org/connectedhristmas


1st December 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Police Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

Click here to download the Newsletter


1st December 2019

Police appeal for witnesses to attempted ram raid

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted ram raid in Eastbourne. 

Officers were called to Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, shortly after 1am on Friday (29 November) to reports of a break-in at the Co-op store.

A green Land Rover had been used in an attempt to steal a cash machine inside the store, but the efforts were unsuccessful. The Land Rover was abandoned at the scene.

The suspects then fled the scene, possibly in a SUV 4x4-type vehicle or in a dark-coloured Peugeot 208. 

Police would like to hear from anybody who may have seen either of these vehicles, or any other suspicious behaviour, in the area. 

Anybody with information can report online or call 101 quoting serial 66 of 29/11. 


29th November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 1 December between 9pm to 5am

J10 Entry slip full closure. Diversion to J10A and back.

Monday 2 December for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am

There will be a full closure northbound from Junctions 10 to 8. There will be a fully signed diversion route for the M25 via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22 and join the M25 at junction 6 Godstone. For Gatwick, via junction 10 on the M23, A2011, A23, Airport Way and into the terminals.​​​​​​​

Monday 2 December for 5 nights between 9pm and 5am 

There will be a full closure on Junction 9 northbound entry slip road and also the south quadrant of the junction 9 roundabout between. Full diversion in place for the M25 via junction 10 of the M23, A264, A22 and join the M25 at junction 6 Godstone.​​​​​​​

Heads up….

On February 28th there will be a full weekend closure from 9.00pm Friday to 5.00am Monday with 4 consecutive weekend closures following.​​​​​​​ Full details to follow.​​​​​​​


27th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Unfortunately due to other commitments we were not able to complete Operation Blitz last weekend. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.


26th November 2019

Rental Property Which May Be Used For Criminal Purposes

Community Safety partners have seen rental properties across the county, including Airbnb properties, being used for organised crime/drug dealing/sexual exploitation and other crime.

Local residents and businesses are urged to report concerns if they think properties are being used for criminal purposes.

The majority of guests at hotels, rental accommodation or caravan parks are there to have an enjoyable time. However, there may be a small number who are using these locations as a base to carry out serious criminal activity. If you have concerns about what you are seeing or hearing, please raise these with the owner, your manager or the police.

Who is your guest?

This is a Crimestoppers campaign that highlights the types of criminal activities which could be taking place, and what to do if you suspect these are taking place. The campaign can be found here:  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/hotel-and-rental-sector-community.

If you prefer not to click on this link, please search online for Crimestoppers


25th November 2019

Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this!

We are now recruiting Special Constables. If this is the volunteering opportunity you’ve been looking for, click here to apply.

You already have a career you love – now you want a different challenge in your spare time.

As a special constable officer you’ll have the same uniform and powers as regular officers.

From being first on the scene and taking knives off the streets to educating young people, you’ll be working alongside regular police officers and PCSOs to make Sussex safer.

Our 'Specials', as the special constables are known, come from all walks of life. Specials are men and women of all races and faiths. They’re teachers, taxi drivers, chefs, accountants and secretaries and they all volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. When you join Sussex Police, you become part of our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.

Are you an honest, respectful and selfless person who wants to do something important in your spare time? Could you be there in a stranger's time of need? Are you prepared to protect others on or off duty? And are you prepared for how time-consuming this volunteer role will be? If so, we want to hear from you.

What does your spare time look like? Do something Special, apply today here.


23rd November 2019

Eastbourne Police Newsletter

The latest issue of the Eastbourne Police Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

Click here to download the Newsletter


21st November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is 07770-700642. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

Unfortunately due to other commitments Operation Blitz was not able to be completed last weekend. 


19th November 2019

Latest Edition Of National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available.

In this issue, we see the results of searches for the UK’s best neighbour and community champion.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.
Click here to download it from our website > >

Best wishes,
NW National Support Team


14th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is 07770-700642. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity.

Operation Blitz was conducted last weekend by PCSO Cotterill and PCSO Brian Davis.

The weather this weekend had heavy rain showers and cold temperatures.

The first point of call for the PCSO’s was to attend Eastbourne Town Centre including checking in with Cineworld cinema due to recent issues over the summer with youths.

We paid close attention in an attempt to keep an eye on any persons who are believed to be involved in anti – social behaviour and criminal activity in the town.

However, fortunately due to the weather, most youths were inside staying out of the wet and brisk conditions.

The shift was extremely busy with officers being called to a large number of incidents unrelated to Blitz including attending a mental health incident and a road traffic collision amongst others.

There were no calls to the Blitz phone, however, we did receive one call over the radio which related to around twenty youths on Warf Road, smashing bottles, smoking and drinking. We arrived on scene and completed an area search, however, when we arrived no one was to be seen and there was nothing to report.

In addition we checked areas including Beachy Head and Willingdon.


8th November 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

News and appeals

Efforts are still being made to identify man's body found on beach at Eastbourne

We are appealing for help in identifying a man whose body was found by a woman walking her dog along the seashore west of Eastbourne earlier this year. (Cow Gap)

Extensive enquiries and a post mortem examination have failed to cast further light on who the man might be, and we are anxious to speak to anyone who may be able to assist us.
East Sussex coroner's officer Sarah Cockram said: "We are appealing for anyone who might recognise the man from his description to get in touch as soon as possible so that his family can be told of his death."

The man had a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, and was thought to be in his 30s. He had brown eyes, a full black beard and short black hair. He was 5'7" (175cms) tall.

When found on Monday 19 August, he was wearing black trainer socks with an orange trim, a black shoe or boot, size nine (European 42), with a steel toe cap, and had a green material bracelet on his wrist.

Anyone able to assist is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 796 of 19/08.

Eastbourne Premises investigated for licensing offences

As a result of information from a member of public our licensing and prevention teams have found a premises in Eastbourne to be selling alcohol illegally.

The sales have now been suspended and the premises is being investigated for this matter.

Have you seen missing Elliot?

Police are concerned for the welfare of 17-year-old Elliot Ben-Sellem.

He is missing from Northampton but was last seen in Brighton on the morning of Wednesday (November 6).

Elliott is white, 6’ 2” and with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms, black Nike trainers, a black t-shirt and a black beanie hat.

As well as Brighton, it is thought that he may also have links to the Eastbourne area.

If you have seen Elliot or have any information about his whereabouts, report online or ring 101 quoting 47190191222.

Witness sought to incident in Seaside, Eastbourne

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a woman at her home in Eastbourne are hoping a passer-by will remember intervening over an altercation between the victim and a man in a nearby street shortly beforehand.

it is understood that about 8.15pm on Monday 21 October, near the junction of Seaside and Ceylon Place in Eastbourne, a man, described as having long shoulder length blond hair with a wave in it, and wearing jeans and a hooded top, intervened and asked if the woman was OK because he was concerned about the man's behaviour towards her.

In the early hours of the following morning the woman, aged 41, was assaulted in her home, sustaining serious facial injuries.

Detective Constable Julian Harris of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:"If you were the man who kindly intervened, or if you know who he is, please get in touch with us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 168 of 22/10."

A man aged 40 has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and theft of a motor vehicle and after being interviewed has been released on police bail with conditions until 19 November while enquiries continue.

Crime summary

There was a burglary that occurred on Milfoil Drive, whereby a garage was broken into and an array of items were stolen including stereo speakers (Ref: 47190187451).

There were two garage burglaries that occurred on Priory Road, whereby padlocks were broken, one of which had Christmas decorations, travel equipment and camping gear stolen and the other currently has no items reported missing (Ref: 47190199952 and 47190188856).

A number of business premises have also been broken into this week and we urge anyone with a local business to take extra precautions in making sure their property is safe and secure.


7th November 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050, please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday 1st November PCSO Crouch and PCSO Gell were out on operation blitz patrols to deter and detect any anti – social behaviour across the district.

Our evening started by visiting the town centre and helping reunite a distressed female with her husband after she became lost in the town whilst on holiday.

We later made our way to Shinewater, including attending ‘Beat youth club’, unfortunately we missed out on the bonfire and roasting marshmallows. We spoke to staff who told us they had a great evening where the parents joined in the fun and had experienced no issues there.

While in the area we headed to Shinewater Park, which was lit up with the flood lights, whilst here we conducted patrols, however, no-one was about, this could possibly be due to the cold and wet weather we have been having recently.

Our point of call was to visit the Hampden Park area, where there have been reports of damage to the Play Park and cafe. The park itself was peaceful, and the field was full of people enjoying the rugby match.

Following this the next patrol was over to the Old Town area. Firstly to Eldon Road church and then on to Victoria drive old bowls club. Both areas were checked, the church was in darkness and no persons were seen in the grounds of the bowls club.

Lastly, we headed into the town centre, to Commercial Road and The Beacon. We spoke to The Beacon security and staff at Cineworld who in the summer had been having a few issues with groups of youths, they had a busy evening but everyone was in good spirits.

We both then assisted our PC colleague with an incident, which brought us to the end of the blitz shift.

Finally, we did not receive any calls on the blitz phone.


4th November 2019

PCSO Model Will Look To Increase
Local Engagement Across Sussex

Today (Monday, November 4) sees the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

By inputting your postcode in www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019.

Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities."

“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.” 

With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer.

There will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities. The rural PCSOs will have specialist training and this will enable them to recognise the specific crime types which can affect rural communities and the unique vulnerabilities of those who live and work in rural areas, both out in the community and through digital channels.

All PCSOs will work closely with our partners and voluntary organisations to solve specific local issues. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police."

“Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations."

“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities."

“A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities on November 4. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.” 

The 100 new posts will be allocated according to the demand and severity data.

By inputting your postcode in www.police.uk you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live. Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

You can read more about how PCSOs will work and be deployed here.


3rd November 2019

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

More information can be found online > >

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. Click here for the application form.

We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.


1st November 2019

How To Shop Online Safely This Christmas and Black Friday

It’s no surprise that the lead-up to Christmas – including Black Friday – is the busiest time of the year for online shopping. But with so much on your mind at this time of year and your keenness to bag a bargain, it’s important to get into some good habits and stay alert when you’re buying … whether it’s  presents, a short break, next year’s holiday or those once-a-year treat.

November and December are the busiest times for fraudsters, and we’re sure you don’t want to give them and early Christmas present. That’s why we’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.


1st November 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 9pm to 5am
There will be a full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link on the M25 between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion to junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure from junction 8 to 10 southbound between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route to Brighton via junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10. For Gatwick, traffic continues on the A2011, A23, Airport Way and into the terminals.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link on the M25 between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion to junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the junction 9 entry slip road southbound between 9pm and 5am. Follow the diversion via from Gatwick Airport via Airport Way, A23, A2011 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Monday 4 November 9pm to 5am
For 5 nights, there will be a full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link road onto the M23 between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 of the M25, A22, A264 and join the M23 at junction 10.

Wednesday 6 November - 9pm to 5am
For 2 nights, there will be a full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link onto the M25 between 9pm and 5am. There will be a fully signed diversion route via junction 6 of the M25 and back clockwise on the M25.


30th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weeks phone number: 07785 372050*. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 4pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday.

Ahead of Halloween you can display a post in your window to advise those out whether you welcome or do not welcome trick or treaters.

If you haven’t already got one, you can print up a welcome, or not welcome poser to display in your window this week here at the bottom of the webpage there are two files, one being the welcome and one being the not welcome posters.

*This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

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


26th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Sunday 27 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J9 exit slip plus Lane 1 Gatwick spur westbound from J9. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way, or diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Monday 28 to Friday 1 November 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of the Crawley to Reigate link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50 mph north and south bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.


24th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


19th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound
Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link
Diversion to M25 J8 back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link
Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound
Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Friday 25 October 21:00 to 05:00
Various lane closures only.

Sunday 27 October 21:00 to 05:00
Various lane closures only.


18th October 2019

Anti-Slavery Day

Today, Friday 18 October, is Anti-Slavery day and Sussex Police is showing support and continuing commitment for stopping all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. It reminds us to take a closer look in our communities for this hidden crime.

Building on our previous external campaign in January which centred on spotting the signs of modern slavery, our two-week October campaign focuses on industries associated with modern slavery, the plight of victims and how we work in partnership with other agencies to tackle this horrendous crime.

Detective Superintendent Jeff Riley who leads Sussex Police’s fight against modern slavery said: “Modern slavery is a serious crime and main offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. It is often hidden in plain sight and is happening in our neighbourhoods and high streets.

"Modern slavery is complex and is often connected with other high profile organised crimes including knife crime, county line drug activity and sexual exploitation. All of these crimes trade in human misery and exploit people for profit.

"People from the UK and abroad are preyed upon by unscrupulous individuals promising employment, education opportunities and a better quality of life. The reality is, these people find themselves exploited and sometimes forced into criminality.

"They can have their identity documents taken, limited or no access to their own bank account, their lives completely controlled and they can be in fear of their lives and reprisals for their family.

"People living and working in the community are key to helping us and our partner agencies tackle modern slavery.

"I am asking you to take a closer look when you are shopping in your high street, travelling to work or enjoying a day out with your family. If you see something that you think is unusual, report it.

"Modern slavery is happening in your community and with your help we can tackle modern slavery, catch those responsible and safeguard victims making Sussex safer.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Modern slavery and exploitation is often a hidden crime and for that reason, we don’t always know the true extent of it, even though it is happening all around us. Working with partners, my office continues to raise awareness of the issue in order to better identify victims and provide much needed specialist support.

“I’m pleased that Sussex Police are showing ongoing commitment to tackling this heinous crime, with targeted campaigns to help the public better understand its complex nature and how to spot the signs. I hope this will increase the number of reports and successful convictions.”

Police investigate reports of modern slavery and equally importantly help to identify and safeguard vulnerable people, whether from with the UK or overseas, who are at risk of becoming victims to it.

Since January, 320 reports of potential victims of modern slavery have been reported in Sussex, involving people originating from both the UK and overseas. At the end of 2018, 47 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is a framework for identifying potential victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support.

If you think you have information that might identify or locate a potential victim or suspect for modern slavery, or someone you know is a victim of modern slavery, or even a location where you think exploitation might be happening, please report it online or call us on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency).

You can also contact the national Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the Salvation Army Modern Slavery helpline on 0300 303 8151, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We are working with Crimestoppers and are using a mobile ad van featuring key messages to continue to raise awareness in Sussex. It will be placed at key points on the main road network in East and West Sussex and be static in towns centres from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 October. If you see the ad van, if possible take a photo if it is safe to so, not if you are driving and share on your social media account using the #takeacloserlook

Support the campaign by following Sussex Police Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and sharing the posts. We’ll be using the #Itscloserthanyouthink

You can find more information on our Modern Slavery advice webpages.


17th October 2019

Birds Eye Recalls Chicken Nuggets

Birds Eye is recalling Birds Eye 50 Chicken Nuggets with Golden Wholegrain because they may contain small pieces of plastic. The presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.

More information and batch numbers > >


17th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

This weekend’s blitz the weather was wet and cold throughout the evenings, which may have had an impact on the amount of anti – social behaviour we came across.

Our first point of call was to the Old Town Bowls Club, whereby we have recently had reports of youths causing damage in the area. However, we are happy to report on this occasion that it appeared the weather had successfully deterred any issues.

We then moved on to Eastbourne Town Centre for a patrol around The Beacon checking in with the new Cineworld cinema who have had a few problems with youths.

We walked through the town centre and engaged well with some of the homeless community, checking on their wellbeing, who were in good spirits despite the wet weather.

This brought us onto patrolling the Shine Water area of Eastbourne, we made a visit to the new youth team in the area who are looking at taking younger kids and teenagers off the street to teach them about looking after themselves, but also having lots of fun! Their aim is to help improve the local area.

Once we had made a visit to the youth group we walked around Shinewater Park and the playground. Again, due to the weather there were very few people about. We did speak with a group of youths who were having an enjoyable time, however, the weather got the best of them and they weren’t out for long.

We then finished off the evening conducting a patrol around Hampden Park, however, there was nothing to report there this evening.

We had one call to the Blitz phone to Burlton Place, Eastbourne, which was a report of males being unruly in the area for a number of hours. We went to investigate but no one was found in the area at the time.


13th October 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips J10 and J9 Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane 1 on Gatwick spur eastbound leading to J9 full northbound entry slip closure + south quadrant of J9 roundabout.
Diversion to J10 for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October 21:00 to 05:00

Various lane closures only

Gatwick contractors started works at the South Terminal roundabout to refurbish the arch into the airport. There will be lane closures, which may lead to delays exiting. These works will continue for 1 week.


11th October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


9th October 2019

Review of the Delivery of National Neighbourhood Watch Strategy

At national level there is a three year transformation strategy in place, and we would like to seek your views on whether or not this is working for you, or if more change is needed.

One of the ambitions of the strategy is to learn and improve, and we would like your help with this.  We want to know if you understand these outputs, have used them and if you found them useful.

Can you please spare no more than 10 minutes to complete this short survey? Just 5 main questions that all relate to the delivery of some parts of the strategy.  We will be assessing all of the results at a national Board meeting; so please complete this survey as soon as possible.  It will close on 20th October 2019.  Please note, you do not need to be active in Neighbourhood Watch to complete the survey, we want to know the opinions of everyone the movement can reach.

To complete the survey please click here. 

Please be honest. That way we can better meet your needs. and help all of us make more of a positive difference to our neighbourhoods and communities.


3rd October 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number: 07785 372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Saturday 28th of September; was conducted by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood, the team came on duty around 1730 and Blitz shift ended shortly before midnight.

Direct patrols were conducted throughout the night in the areas which have been highlighted as having had youth’s related disorder.

These areas include Gildredge Park, Langney, Hampden Park, Shinewater, Eastbourne Town, Sovereign View Car park, Terminus Road, Eastbourne College surrounding area, and Old Town.

We are pleased to report that we received no calls via the blitz phone to these areas, and continued to patrol all areas regularly during the course of the wet weekend, likely owning to the poor weather.

Late evening on Saturday officers attended one ASB related incident in Polegate where Police received a report that a group of youths were hanging around in a communal doorway to a residents home.

When officers attended, the youths were very polite and compliant. Furthermore, they stated they were seeking shelter due to the heavy rain.

The youths were advised to seek shelter elsewhere due to the residents home being private in which they understood this and left the area.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour, outside of these time please report via the means above.


28th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Additional traffic is expected on the network this weekend due to a large football match at the AMEX on Saturday and open days at Sussex University.

Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus slips J10 and J9 Northbound. 1st Diversion for M25 via Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Gatwick contractors have works starting this week at the South terminal roundabout to refurbish the arch into the airport. There will be lane closures, which may lead to delays exiting. These works will continue for 3 weeks.


22nd September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. We have added a map below which may be helpful in identifying the location of these works.

Friday 20 September to Friday 4 October 16:00 to 16:00

M25 J7 Godstone to Hooley link - Long term hard shoulder closure.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 23 September - Wednesday 25 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus slips J10 and J9 Northbound. 1st Diversion for M25 via Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full carriageway closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of the closure of the Reigate to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and rejoin at Airport Way, and rejoin at J10.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 21:00 to 05:00

Full closure of J10 exit slip Southbound. Diversion to J10a and back.


19th September 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050.

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday night was conducted by PC May and PCSO Walker. It was a warm clear night and our first point of call was to Terminus Road for a search for a high risk missing person.

We then attended Hampden Park, and took a walk through the park, where we met a few people and spoke to them about any concerns they may have. Whilst there we saw nothing untoward and no offences being committed.

This led us to Etchingham Road, where we dealt with a car that was parked on the pavement. We were made aware and noticed that the ignition barrel had been broken, we conducted a PNC check but it came back with no trace of the vehicle, we spoke to a member of public who pointed us in the right direction of the owner – a happy child who had their car returned.

​​​​In addition, to the above we spoke to around three young persons around the age of ten who were happily playing football in the field.

We moved onto the car park on Sovereign View, where we checked the car parks around the area and also the promenades, where there were no signs of any vehicles or disturbances.

We continued our patrols onto Cross Levels Way, and Eastbourne College where we walked around the campus, there were no issues and the buildings were all secure.

We received one phone call on the Blitz phone from a member of public in Bourne Street who reported a large group of males that kept coming and going from the area and they were concerned this was related to drug dealing. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend as we had to deal with a high priority call. However, we reassured the caller that we would make a presence on next weekend’s Operation Blitz.

In addition to the above hotspots, we also conducted some patrols around Milfoil Drive, and made a stop at the co-op where we were informed by a member of public that there were a number of youths drinking in Reedem Road, we attended the location and spoke with a couple of youths in the area, they had no alcohol and had not seen anyone.

After completing most of our patrols we finished the Operation Blitz shift for the evening.

Saturday night Blitz was conducted by PCSO Camille, who conducted a mix of foot and mobile patrols across the district.

The first point of call was Terminus Road, where we have had reports of anti – social behaviour, we then moved on to Hampden Park, where we had identified two criminal damages in the play park area and next to the café on previous occasions and were checking that the area was safe and secure this evening.

We then moved on to Etchingham Road, due to recent reports of youths causing issues in the area and then to Sovereign View, and the car park where we have had report of inconsiderate driving and anti – social behaviour.

Finally, we attended Victoria Drive where we had had reports from members of the public relating to youth nuisance, drinking and drug use, who are also congregating in the library doorway.

We are happy to say that throughout our patrols we did not encounter any issues.


18th September 2019

Latest Edition Of National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available.

In this issue, we round up events from Neighbourhood Watch week and hear about the launch a search for the UK’s best neighbour and community champion.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.
Click here to download it from our website > >

Best wishes,
NW National Support Team


15th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 14 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Sunday 15 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 September 21:00 to 5:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J10 to J8 plus slip roads J10 and J9 northbound. 1st diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. 2nd diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane 1 closure on spur eastbound leading to J9, full northbound entry slip closure, plus south quadrant of J9 roundabout. Diversion to J10 and follow diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and rejoin at J6 M25.

Thursday 19 September 21.00 to 05.00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Saturday 21 September 21:00 to 5:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back.


9th September 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Week commencing 9 September 21:00 - 05.00

Lane closure leading to a full closure from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and re-join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Lane closure from J9 leading to a full closure of the J10 exit slip. Southbound. Diversion will be to J10a and back.

Lane closure from M25a leading to a full closure of J7 exit slip. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 south for Crawley and A22 north for Croydon.

Lane closure from M25b leading to a full closure of J7 exit slip. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 south for Crawley and A22 north for Croydon.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September 21:00 to 05:00

Lane closure leading to a full closure of J10 exit slip. Diversion to J10a and back


6th September 2019

Modern Slavery Survey

Modern slavery is a crime which is often hidden in plain sight and we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to raise awareness of this horrendous crime happening within our communities.

We know that time is precious but five minutes of yours is all we’re asking for. By completing our short survey you will be helping us understand how we can most effectively engage, educate and communicate this important message and help inform our next external campaign.    
                           
We’d like you to tell us what you already know about modern slavery, what else you would like to know and how you prefer to receive your communications from us.

You can complete our survey by clicking here
. The survey is open until Friday 20th September.

The more information we can share about modern slavery with our communities increases the number of successful convictions and helps us protect victims and keep them safe from further harm.


6th September 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


30th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday 23rd of August.

Weekend patrols were conducted across Eastbourne by PCSOs Honey and Hopgood, and started around 6pm, with the team heading out to local known hotspots, and those areas reported to them throughout the week.

Newly listed areas which have been highlighted as having had youth related disorder included; Gildredge Park which owing to the weather and half term has seen an increase in park users and groups playing in the park, unfortunately not everyone playing the same and a few groups have already been given notice to not frequent to park as a result of their disruptive behaviour to others who are enjoying their time out over the half term.

Other areas of note this weekend included, Langney, where the team headed out on foot and by van to give presence to the streets affected by youth related ASB. A number of residents were spoken to and concerns were raised about ongoing issues in the area, as a result future patrols will be given consideration to the area as a priority. Residents were pleased to see the team out and about and were given the Blitz mobile number in the event anything was witnessed during the team’s weekend patrols. We are pleased to report that no calls were received to the Langney area.

Hampden Park and Shinewater, both areas of known ASB, both general ASB and youth related ASB were given attention this evening following reports from concerned parents during the week of older groups of teens causing issues in the park and communal ground areas. Fortunately this evening no issues were noted as the team walked through the areas, again residents were given contact details for the blitz team should they witness anything ASB related over the weekend.

Patrols continued into the late evening, with Eastbourne town becoming very busy owing to the long weekend and people out enjoying themselves. Unfortunately one or two enjoying themselves too much and a couple of arrests for drunk and disorderly were made over the weekend.​​​​​​​

Sovereign View car park, Eastbourne College and Old Town were all patrolled during the evening; first thing and then again before officers came off duty. These are areas of known ASB related issues, however this evening no reports of ASB or youth related ASB were reported.

As the team began to wind down their patrols for the evening, a call came in to assist several high-risk missing people in Eastbourne town centre, fortunately both were found safe and well, and the team gave the town centre once last going over before heading back to base; not before the team touched base with late night food restaurants and pubs to ensure all was in order.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour. Any other reports will need to go via 101, 999 if appropriate or via email at: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk


23rd August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

This weekend PCSO Racsynska conducted Operation Blitz as part of our on-going patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour around Eastbourne.

At this time of year with the Eastbourne Airshow in full swing, we would expect the town to be heaving with a mixture of locals and tourists enjoying themselves.

However, the weather wasn’t particularly inviting with blustery winds and the rain accompanying us throughout the evening.

The evening started with the search for a missing vulnerable young person whose family raised concerns for their welfare.

Fortunately the young person made their way home, safely – nevertheless, it gave PCSO Raczynska the opportunity to engage with local residents.

The usual hot spots were checked several times throughout the evening but it would appear that the bad weather kept any troublemakers in the warmth of their homes.


17th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number/s is:07785-372050. lease use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz – Saturday 10th August 2019

PCSO Gell and Slow were assigned to Blitz patrols on Saturday. Due to the strong winds and predicted storms, it was fairly quiet and not many people were out and about.

We patrolled the usual hotspot areas where we have received reports of anti – social behaviour. We began the evening in Victoria Drive, checking behind Cornwall Court where there have been complaints of people hanging around drinking.

We continued on to Royal Sovereign Crescent where there has been ongoing issues in the area. All was quiet and we patrolled this area several times throughout the evening, with no issues.

We were then called out to check the park in Palesgate Road, as a member of public had seen three young males pulling newly planted trees in the park. When we arrived, there was no one in the park and no damaged trees.

Other areas we targeted were Etchingham Road, Hampden Park, Milfoil Drive and Renfrew Court.

We kept a presence in the car park opposite Sovereign View, as there has been reported issues of groups congregating after 9pm and causing a nuisance. The car park was empty and we did not come across any groups of people gathering there.

Towards the end of our shift we were called to check a block of flats in Fife Court at the Hydeneye. Some youths were seen acting suspiciously and peering over a balcony of what was thought to be an empty flat. We did not find any youths and there were no empty flats, all are occupied in the block.


16th August 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following motorway works are scheduled, subject to weather conditions:

During the holiday period and the increased passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport there are no planned full closures on the M23 during August 2019.

Closures on the M20 this weekend:

Friday 16 August 8pm to Monday 19 August 6am
Weekend closure of both the London and coast bound carriageways between junctions 11 and 9.

Sunday 18 August 8pm to Monday 19 August 6am

Overnight closure of the coast bound carriageway only between junctions 4 and 6 (one night).

M23 plans for September

The contractors, Kier, have had a lot of comments regarding signage on the M23, both static signage through the works area and on the diversion route. They understand that signage can be a problem and sometimes when travelling at 50 mph this can be missed or misinterpreted, and junctions missed.

They have done some extensive work around signage over the past month and have asked their traffic management company to redesign both the static signage and diversion route signage, to make it easier for customers.

The northbound signage leading up to junction 9, Gatwick Airport, now states the word ‘Gatwick’ as well as a plane symbol, and the diversion route signage has had the symbols replaced with wording. We hope that when the next closure takes place in September you will see a difference and your journey will be easier to follow.

M23 closures coming up

In September, Kier will be moving from working in the verge area to the central reservation. They will be undertaking full and partial closures to facilitate this.

We will be keeping you informed via our weekly update, which Kier issue every Friday, so that you will be able to plan your journeys, taking into account when the M23 will be closed and the diversion route is in place.

This operation is likely to be throughout September and into October. Extensive consultation has been undertaken with Gatwick Airport and other stakeholders to cause as little disruption to residents and customers as possible.


10th August 2019

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Poll
About Neighbourhood Watch Activity

As many of you will be aware, Neighbourhood Watch is a community-run independent charity covering around 100,000 households in Sussex. The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner works closely with Neighbourhood Watch to strengthen links between Sussex Police and local residents, and also to promote public and community safety. Members are also included in the PCC's focus groups.

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, regularly runs polls to seek public opinion on a range of topics. This month, to highlight this strand of partnership working, she is running a poll to ask which area of Neighbourhood Watch activity you think is most important.

This is the quick link to the poll: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/. Then just click on a button to indicate the area of Neighbourhood Watch work that you think is most important. You will get instant feedback on the voting.

We appreciate that many people are rightly cautious about clicking links in E-mails. You can also find the poll on the PCC's website https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/ , then click on Get involved, and then scroll down to Have your say.

Please help us by taking this one click poll.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk


10th August 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

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8th August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

We are pleased to say that both shifts on Operation Blitz came without issues. We attended all our hotspot areas for anti-social behaviour. 

We received a couple of calls to the Blitz phone. One of which was in relation to a male who was seen acting strangely in Princess Park hiding in the bushes. When we arrived at the location it was a false alarm with good intent from the person reporting. 

The second call was around young people riding a BMX around Madeira Way in the Harbour. However, when we arrived no group was present so we updated the individual that reported it to us that we had attended and the outcome of the call.

On the Saturday we did not receive any calls on the Blitz phone, so continued to patrol the hotspot areas. This included Sussex Downs College where no youths were found. We then attended the seafront which was busy with international students enjoying their time in our seaside town. We stayed in the area for a short while to ensure everyone was safe. 

After all areas were check and no issues reported we finished Operation Blitz for the weekend.


7th August 2019

Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched

Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers.

Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.

Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.

With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.

The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

Click here to complete the survey.

It would be great if you could share the survey with other Neighbourhood Watch members particularly those who have been victims of cybercrime


3rd August 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

Click here to download


3rd August 2019

Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers

Be Aware

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received intelligence to suggest that fraudsters are contacting social media influencers, based in the UK and abroad, offering them the opportunity to market a bogus product, service or investment opportunity.

Fraudsters will present professional and credible pitches to the social media influencers and try to convince them to feature the opportunity for a fee on their social media profiles in order to entice unsuspecting followers of the influencer to sign up or make a purchase.

Additionally, fraudsters are using the names of well-known public figures, implying that their opportunity or product is endorsed by the figure when it is not.

The public should be aware that any apparent endorsement by celebrities, influencers or personalities does not necessarily mean that an investment, product or service is genuine. The public is urged to exercise a cautious approach to any such offer of investment, product or service with the same caution they would at any other time.

What You Need To Do


2nd August 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050 (This remains unchanged and will not be changing in the future, should the need to change arise, members will be notified via alerts, thank you)

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz on Friday 26th of July was carried out by officer from Eastbourne Prevention B section.

The evening started around 6pm with the drafting up the areas of concern from reports made the previous week, and anything they had noted from their weekly patrols around Eastbourne and surrounding areas.

The team headed out shortly after 6pm to the first stops of the evening, to areas highlighted as having had youths related ASB. The team spilt into pairs and headed to Gildridge Park, and Hampden Park with the aim of meeting up again later in the evening.

Both areas were given a thorough patrol by officers, with officers making regular stops to speak to residents out and about, speaking to them about local issues, and gathering intelligence to help form future patrols and build a picture of local issues and hotspot areas. Fortunately this evening neither areas had any issues and offers are pleased to report they had no call outs to the parks during the course of the evening.

Around 8pm a call came through on the Blitz Mobile of two reports from you of problem youths and a motorcycle being ridden in an anti-social manner in Princess Park. The team made their way over, unfortunately following an area search neither youths or motorcycles were seen, that said the team remained in the area for a short while in the event the issue popped up again, before making their way along the coast to tackle issues in the town centre.

The later part of the evening went without issue, with officers giving hi visibility patrols around targeted areas including, Langney, Shinewater, Seaside, Latimer Road, Terminus Road, Renfrew Court and Old Town. Whilst conducting the Blitz Patrols the team are pleased to report that they had no ASB related issues reported via the Blitz phone.

A final call came through on the Blitz phone to a report of youths causing a nuisance around the Veritek buildings, Edgeland Terrace, late in the evening, the team headed over and an area search was conducted but no further issues were witnessed by officers.

Please be reminded that the Blitz phone is primarily for making reports about anti-social behaviour, to report anything else please call via 101 (non-emergency), or 999 if appropriate, you can also email at: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk (non-emergency) – Thank you.


31st July 2019

"Low-Cost" Loan Scam

Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.

How you can protect yourself:


26th July 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

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26th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 29 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

Wednesday 31 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of the J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.


25th July 2019

Human trafficking gang jailed for over 45 years

News and Alerts

A group of 13 gang members who trafficked people from the Middle East into the UK have been convicted.

A two-year investigation, led by detectives from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), uncovered the network which specialised in facilitating the illegal movement of people from Iraq and the Kurdistan region into the UK.

Read more > >


25th July 2019

Highway Code: rule changes for signs on motorways

Today (25 July 2019) Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.

The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.

See the full rules changes to the Highway Code.

Stay up to date with Highway Code rule changes by signing up for reminders.


24th July 2019

Sussex Police are supporting
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.

In this week of action, the force aims to increase people’s understanding of what ASB is, its impact on people’s lives and how it can lead to more serious crime.

“Working as a team with the community providing and sharing information and partners identifying and addressing issues, we can successfully tackle local issues,” said Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, the force’s lead on ASB.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the harm that it causes in our communities. We work closely with local authorities, other agencies and the community to seek opportunities for early intervention, support victims, and make appropriate use of the powers available to us where the behaviour persists.”

ASB comes in many forms and can be confusing sometimes for victims to know what incident is ASB and what agency is responsible for tackling which incident. Police can work with partners to use powers such as community protection warnings and notices, criminal behaviour orders, civil injunctions, closure orders and dispersal powers.

Across the county work is being done to tackle ASB. At The Level in Brighton, information from the community has been vital in building a picture of what is going on, with partners working hard to make it a pleasant and enjoyable place. So far in July there has been an 84 per cent decrease in reported ASB compared with the same month last year. Increased patrols and a mobile unit has seen a significant fall in the number of street drinkers and ASB in New Road.

Regular patrols in hotspot areas across Sussex have led to positive action. Operation Blitz is an ongoing initiative in East Sussex to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, with officers being specifically tasked to respond to such incidents. On Friday and Saturday evenings, identified as the most likely times for trouble to occur, a dedicated phone number allows people to report ASB concerns directly to these teams. Newhaven will see a pilot scheme over the summer holidays focusing on young people causing ASB in the town.

Recent partnership working resulted in securing a closure order for a problematic address in St Leonards where ASB and drug related activity had been reported and now the property has been closed for three months.

Criminal behaviour orders have led to a woman this month being banned from residing in Arun and Chichester for five years, a decrease in car break-ins when a prolific criminal was banned from Adur and Worthing, and has curbed issues created by a 15-year-old in Mid Sussex. Dispersal orders have successfully moved on young people in Horsham town centre.

In Crawley street community intensification days led to alcohol being removed from the street community, who were given advice about aggressive begging and moved on. The police have been working with the borough council and the Give Back Crawley initiative, encouraging people to give money to businesses who will help the street community rather than giving it to those begging.

Prevention teams, including increased numbers of PCSOs, are carrying out vital work every day. During this awareness week we will be highlighting the work they do every day with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) that has a real impact on the lives of individuals and communities.

As part of the week of action we will be targeting hot spot areas around Sussex with joint patrols with community wardens, and pop up ASB question and answer sessions in town centres with local authorities, housing associations and Neighbourhood Watch.

More than 200 children aged 10-17 have now been referred into REBOOT, an early intervention scheme launched by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne to tackle anti-social behaviour and curb serious violence across Sussex.

PCC Katy Bourne comments: “Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a societal problem which requires a robust partnership approach and positive policing. I want local residents to be reassured that Sussex Police is taking ASB seriously and acknowledging the negative and cumulative effect that it has on our communities.

I’m aware from speaking extensively to the public that ASB causes immense distress and suffering to its victims and they do not regard it as ‘low-level crime’. I’m pleased to hear of targeted policing operations in hotspot areas and I encourage the public to keep reporting to the Police so they can feed that learning and intelligence into their activity.

My REBOOT scheme is already beginning to divert hundreds of young people across Sussex away from this sort of behaviour. We are working hard with partners to identify those engaging in ASB and putting them through a proven 5-stage process.

After meetings with a PCSO (stage 1), the vast majority are not creating further problems for the community. This approach is clearly working because it empowers the young person to make better decisions and educates them on the consequence of their actions.”

During the week, social media messages will be shared to help to ensure that victims know which agency to report each type of ASB and what can be done to deal with it so that local issues can be resolved.

Click here to find out more about ASB.

You can also find out more about ASB and the support available https://asbhelp.co.uk/.

Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together. To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, visit their website.

If you have experienced three incidents of ASB in the last six months and not received a satisfactory response, you can activate the Community Trigger through Sussex Police or your local authority.

Click here for more information.


23rd July 2019

Level 3 Heat Health Alert Information
From Wscc Resilience And Emergencies Team

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert with a 90% probability of heat health criteria being met between 9.00am on Monday (22 July) and 9.00am on Friday (26 July) in parts of England.

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

For more information:

Met Office Heat-health watch
NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared
West Sussex Wellbeing Looking after yourself and others in hot weather
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies


22nd July 2019

Community SpeedWatch seeks new volunteers

The following release is issued on behalf of Community SpeedWatch:

Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in your area, and have a few hours to spare each week?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is once again recruiting volunteers for Sussex. We are looking for volunteer coordinators and operators in all areas including Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Lewes and Eastbourne.

If interested, you can join by going to www.communityspeedwatch.org and choosing the group from the drop-down list, then following the on-screen prompts. If you can’t find a group listed, you can also register a new group.

Full training is given by Sussex Police following registration. The scheme in Sussex has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.

CSW officer Steve O’Connell said: “The groups are a valued volunteer resource that help the community enormously in helping to bring the problem of speeding under control, they produce across Sussex in excess of 3,500 records per month that involves letters going out to registered keepers of vehicles via Operation Crackdown.

The groups are highly trained and work to a strict protocol with equipment issued and accuracy checked by Sussex Police.

Any vehicles not adhering to the speed limit in residential areas are reported to the police who then go on to issue the letters after verification.

Sussex Police now have over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area with the Community SpeedWatch Online platform.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website. 

The definition of antisocial driving is: driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous.

We also offer other important road safety advice through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.” 

Statistics show 90% of offenders don’t re-offend within six months, and Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

If you would like further information or have an informal discussion, Steve and the CSW team can be contacted by emailing csw@sussex.pnn.police.uk.


21st July 2019

83 arrests made in summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A builder who crashed his van into a wall is among 83 motorists arrested during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers. 

Surrey Police and Sussex Police run a dedicated campaign every summer and Christmas when social occasions are typically at their peak.  The main aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug-driving, to target offenders and to keep everyone safe on the roads.  A total of 83 arrests were made in Sussex during the crackdown which ran from 24 June to 7 July.

About 7.15pm on Friday 28 June, police received a report of a Ford Transit having crashed into a wall in Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis.  The occupants of the vehicle had made off from the scene prior to police arrival, but descriptions were provided and they were located by officers nearby shortly afterwards.

The driver was identified as Lee Barrow, 59, a builder, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis.
Due to the collision and the suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol, Barrow was required to provide a roadside breath test, which he declined.  He was taken to custody where he declined again, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £80 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

These motorists have also been convicted as part of the campaign:

Michael Mercer, 24, a building labourer, of Hawkhurst Road, Brighton, was arrested in Old Shoreham Road, Lancing, on 25 June and charged with driving with 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

William Lightbody, 28, a carpenter, of Bushey Road, Hayes, Middlesex, was arrested in The Esplanade, Bognor Regis, on 26 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £346 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Joseph Still, 18, a student, of Thompson Road, Newhaven, was arrested on the A259 at Seaford on 27 June and charged with driving with 58mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 11 July, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a £113 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Alicia Morris, 26, a medical receptionist, of Ely Close, Erith, Bexley, was arrested in Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, on 27 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, she was disqualified from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £249 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Martin Leonard, 29, a deliveryman, of Birch Grove Road, Horsted Keynes, was arrested in Beaconsfield Road, Haywards Heath, on 28 June and charged with driving with 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 12 July, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Wayne Bristow, 39, a sales assistant, of Ashfold Avenue, Findon Valley, was arrested in Mill Straight, Horsham, on 29 June and charged with driving with 73mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 15 July, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Catherine Hambrook, 37, a clerical assistant, of Williams Road, Shoreham, was arrested in Parklands, Shoreham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 49mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, she was disqualified from driving for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay a £309 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

George Gorman, 24, a jockey, of Worthing Road, Dial Post, was arrested in Jolesfield, Horsham, on 30 June and charged with driving with 64mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.  At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 16 July, he was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Simon Jopson, 51, a builder, of no fixed address, was arrested in High Street, Crowborough, on 30 June, and charged with driving with 126mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and driving with no insurance.  At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 17 July, he was disqualified from driving for 30 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Roads Policing Unit for Surrey Police and Sussex Police, said: “It is hugely disappointing that so many people still make the conscious decision to drive with drink or drugs in their system. We run dedicated campaigns at peak times of the year – during summer and over Christmas – to provide education and enforcement, and this is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

Driving while over the specified limit for drink or drugs is a serious offence which carries significant risks – it is one of the four most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.

Every year we see people’s lives being destroyed by drink and drug-drivers. And it’s not just those unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision – it also affects the offender themselves, with consequences including a criminal record, a fine or jail term, increased car insurance, potential job loss and trouble travelling to some countries.

In an ideal world, no one would commit any offences and we wouldn’t have to make any arrests. But we have a duty to keep people on our roads as safe as possible, and anyone who compromises this will be dealt with robustly.

I cannot stress enough that the risk is real, and if you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, your next journey could be your last.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999


20th July 2019

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 29 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 Gatwick entry slip. Southbound Diversion A23 Airport Way, A2011 Crawley Avenue and re-join at J10.

Tuesday 30 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

Wednesday 31 July 22:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure on A2011 Crawley Avenue and outer ring leading to a full closure of the J10 entry slip Northbound. Diversion J10a and back.

During the holiday period and the increased passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport there are no planned full closures on the M23 during August 2019.


19th July 2019

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is:  07785 372050.

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

To report ASB outside of Blitz times, please continue to report via 101, either by calling 101, or emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

For more information on ASB and to report online, please click here.


19th July 2019

Eastbourne Police Weekly Update

The Eastbourne Police Weekly update is now available.

In this issue:

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17th July 2019

Sussex leading the way in response to crimes against the elderly

Sussex Police which already leads the way for all forces with a ground-breaking scheme 'Operation Signature' identifying and supporting older and vulnerable people at risk of theft and fraud, welcomes publication on 17 July of a Report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) 'The poor relation - the police and CPS response to crimes against older people'.

Sussex was not one of the forces inspected for this Report but Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell, older persons equality champion for he force abuse, said: "The protection of the most vulnerable people in society is a core policing value. Our effectiveness in safeguarding adults at risk of abuse has developed over recent years and we are a key statutory partner in keeping people safe in Sussex."

"We will study this report carefully to see what further improvements we can introduce, working with partners including Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and we will also respond to the recommendations of HMICFRS, along with every force in the country."

"There is a duty on all police officers and police staff to identify adults at risk of abuse, and we already have systems in place to make sure this happens, and that we sympathetically and diligently deal with crime against some of the most vulnerable people in Sussex.

"Meanwhile Sussex has led the way for all forces in developing 'Operation Signature'."

Operation Signature is the Sussex Police campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud across the county. Fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, and much of it is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.

The force has a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number, contacting family to suggest Power of Attorney, mail re-direction, offering them advice on call blocking devices and referring them to other support services.

For further information about Operation Signature and ways of preventing fraud against elderly and other vulnerable people see the Sussex Police website.

In the 12 months to 31 March 2019, Sussex Police recorded 1705 Op Signature reports. In 61% of these reports the victim’s were over 75 and 63% of these reports related to victims who lived alone. A total of £13,123,981 was lost.

However 906 of the 1705 attempts reported failed, thanks to alert residents, family members and banks.

Alongside Operation Signature a rapid response scheme by banks and local police, has prevented 442 potential victims in Sussex from being defrauded out of £3,605.477 since its introduction in 2017.

The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster, after which they can request an immediate police response to the branch. A total of 38 arrests have been made so far by Sussex Police through the initiative.

The 717 calls spotted through the Protocol related to potential victims with an average age of 75. In each case police responded and succeeded in ensuring that the person did not hand any money over.

These interventions related to attempts at; courier fraud, rogue trading, romance fraud, software service, financial abuse by someone known to the person, and investment fraud.

Further valuable support comes from two case workers, funded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne, and working through Victim Support, who support vulnerable victims who have been systematically targeted by criminals in this way, following up on referrals from Operation Signature.

Katy Bourne said; "“I'm very proud to have funded these case workers. They have achieved so much, offering invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice to some of our most vulnerable residents."

“It's particularly heartening that out of the hundreds of clients they have supported, so little have been referred back to them. This really does show the valuable work they are doing to enable people to better protect themselves from future victimisation."

“It is also encouraging to see responsible financial institutions collaborating with police and other agencies to keep customers safe. I know that the Force will continue to work hard to keep up with the constantly adapting nature of cyber-fraud and raise awareness of the dangers of this crime type, particularly with older people."

Police always advise


17th July 2019

'Run, Hide, Tell International'
Advice for summer holidaymakers overseas

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays, security experts want holidaymakers in Surrey and Sussex to join the millions of people who have watched vital safety information before they fly.

Since being launched in 2017, the four-minute 'Run, Hide, Tell International' film – which highlights what to do in the unlikely event of a gun or knife terror attack – has been viewed by more than 10 million people nationwide.

Click above or here to view the video.

As the busy holiday period gets underway, the film will be promoted on social media channels in a bid to reach as many holidaymakers as possible.

Since the devastating Sousse attack in 2015, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases to the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they are better prepared to keep British citizens safe when overseas. 

ABTA has also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries, to improve awareness amongst the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security guards who look after millions of UK tourists every year. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also advises holidaymakers to read the FCO Travel Advice and to sign up for email alerts to be notified of any updates for their destination, either before or during travel. Travel advice provides objective information and advice to help people make better-informed decisions about foreign travel.

This is a 'whole system approach' to fighting the threat from global terrorism. By warning and informing citizens, training and advising industry and close liaison with domestic and international partners, each of these strands comes together to better protect the UK and its interests at home and abroad. 

Assistant Chief Constable David Miller said "Our national Counter Terrorism Network sends police officers and staff around the world to share the UK's world renowned security expertise, to better protect people from harm."

“The chances of being caught up in a terror attack are incredibly small, but we know that people like to know how to react should the worst happen."

"We want the residents of Surrey and Sussex to think of this in the same way they do the safety film on airlines, a sensible safety precaution that they will likely never have to use, but one that could still save your life or the lives of others."

Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability from ABTA adds: "Wherever you are travelling to and whatever time of year you go, it is important you are aware of the Run, Hide, Tell advice so that you know how to respond in the unlikely event that you are caught up in a terror attack at home or abroad."

“We also encourage all travellers to check the Foreign Office’s travel advice when planning their holiday and before they travel so they have the latest information about the destination they are visiting.” 

Security Minister, Ben Wallace MP, says: "Terrorist attacks are thankfully very rare and it is extremely unlikely that British tourists will be caught up in one whilst away on holiday. Nevertheless they do happen and it is important that we all ensure that we are aware of the threat and are as prepared as possible."

"I ask that holidaymakers take a minute before they travel to watch the Run, Hide, Tell film which offers practical advice and could end up saving their lives should the worst happen. I also urge everyone to read the full details of their travel insurance to ensure that they are appropriately protected." 

See also this link to the NACTSO web site.