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21st June 2016

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy

The Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy was published in March 2016. A pamphlet has been published which provides a brief summary of the action being taking to prevent crime, and the research it is based on. The full strategy is available at gov.uk.

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18th June 2016

Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG)

The Eastbourne Joint Action Group (JAG) is formed of a number of Community Groups, Voluntary and Statutory agencies with an aim of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and improving community safety in the Borough.

The JAG has produced a leaflet to provide information on some of the local initiatives set out to tackle rising trends across Eastbourne, focusing on Operation Crackdown, Community Speedwatch and Home Safety visits.

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17th June 2016

Have Your Online Accounts Been Compromised?

Troy Hunt, a Microsoft Regional Director and recipient of “Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security” award, blogger at troyhunt.com, international speaker on web security and the author of many top-rating security courses for web developers on Pluralsight, has created “Have I been pwned?” as a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if an online account of theirs has been compromised or "pwned" in a data breach.

Short of the odd donation, all costs for building, running and keeping the service currently come directly out of his own pocket. Fortunately, he says, today's modern cloud services like Microsoft Azure make it possible to do this without breaking the bank!

This site came about after, what to date, remains the largest ever single breach of customer accounts — Adobe.   Post-breach analysis of user credentials kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords, which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised.

Click here to see if your accounts have been compromised.

16th June 2016

Operation Signature

Just in case you need more advice about Scams why not watch the latest video from Sussex Police.

It is reported that 1 in 5 people fall victim to scammers every year and nearly 50% of all adults are targeted.

16th June 2016

Exciting Euro 2016 game today - England vs Wales!

For the vast majority of people who watch football and support their national teams the games are enjoyable events that draw people together. But for a small minority, football provides the catalyst for alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, which can be particularly dangerous in some relationships. 

There should be no excuse for domestic abuse, at any time. We have special response officers in place for Euro2016.

Call us now on 101 report it online.

For further information on domestic abuse, visit our website www.sussex.police.uk/domesticabuse

13th June 2016

New Phishing Campaign Hits Students

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

11th June 2016

Counterfeit Cheques

Businesses are being contacted for the sale of goods or services by fraudsters, who request to pay by cheque. The fraudster sends a cheque with a higher value than the amount expected, and then sends the business a request for the difference with instructions on how it should be paid back. This is usually by bank transfer or through a money transfer service, such as Western Union or PaySafe. Once the ‘refund’ has been provided, it is realised that the cheque provided was fraudulent and no funds are credited to the business’s account.

The NFIB has seen an increase of 84% in the number of counterfeit cheque frauds reported to Action Fraud since November 2015. Criminals are targeting a wide range of services including paintings or other artwork, photography and lessons, with various amounts requested to be refunded.  The average amount requested to be refunded is £1,818. The highest amount requested was over £80,000.

The suspects have used pressure tactics to persuade victims to refund the amounts immediately prior to the cheques clearing.

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11th June 2016

News and appeals

Special Constables Recruitment

Can you serve your local community? Volunteering as a Special Constable is hard work but ultimately rewarding.

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Witnesses sought to Eastbourne crash involving 4x4 and motorcycle
Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Eastbourne.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour. 

Sussex Police patrols to support domestic violence victims during football championships

Don’t suffer in silence – that’s the Sussex Police message to anyone who suffers domestic abuse, whether physical or psychological, during the European Football Championships this summer.

Officers will be specifically tasked at peak times during and after England matches to help protect victims and families from abuse. There will also be an all-day Tweetathon as the tournament gets under way to encourage debate and provide advice.

The dedicated “Operation Ribbon” patrols will operate on England Wales match days in the Tournament’s group stages, and further patrols will operate if either team progresses in the Tournament.

Alongside their response role, the Officers are being kept up to date about previous or likely victims who may be particularly vulnerable and about suspected or proven offenders who may pose a higher risk

In addition teams of specialist investigators will be ready to carry our further enquiries.
Join in on the conversation by following Sussex Police on Twitter (@sussex_police) and Facebook (/sussexpoliceforce).

For advice and support over domestic abuse in Sussex visit www.sussex.police.uk or call 101 or 01273 470101.  We have specifically trained officers who can help.

If you are not confident in talking to the police, there are other organisations who can give you the confidential advice and support that you need - Click here > >

To find other local support and help near to you visit www.safespacesussex.org.uk

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

10th June 2016

Police Board Sovereign Harbour Yacht

Police who boarded a yacht entering Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, shortly after midnight on Thursday (9th June) found it was carrying herbal cannabis, a class B controlled drug, with an estimated street value of £280,000.

Two men who were on the vessel were arrested and are due to appear before Brighton magistrates at 10am on Friday (10th June).

Anthony Keiran Poyser, 28, and Harrison Law, 21, both of no fixed address, are each charged with being jointly concerned in the improper importation of cannabis to the United Kingdom.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne district police commander, said: " I am aware of the concern about the security of smaller ports and harbours around Britain's coastline."

"I would like to reassure people that police are alert to the situation and will respond whenever circumstances demand."

9th June 2016

Euro 2016 Ticket Fraud

The 2016 European Football Championships will begin shortly and those wanting to purchase last minute tickets are likely to be targeted by fraudsters posing as official sellers.  Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.

Resale Platform

Consumers wanting to sell their tickets can do so through the resale platform, where tickets will be resold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA’s website. Those seeking to purchase tickets are advised to check the site regularly as tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are likely to change regularly as different tickets become available to purchase.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

8th June 2016

Latest Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

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4th June 2016

News and appeals

CCTV image of man who stole £200 of whisky in Eastbourne

On Sunday, May 22 around 10am a man was seen to leave Waitrose on the High Street without paying for a large number of bottles of whisky, worth around £200.

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Witnesses sought to multiple vehicles injury crash in Grand Parade, Eastbourne
Witnesses are being sought to a collision involving six vehicles which occurred on Wednesday 25 May at around 12.45pm on the B2106 Grand Parade, Eastbourne.

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Police seek witnesses to camper van crash, Midhurst Road, Eastbourne
Police want to identify the driver of a white camper van that crashed into three parked cars in Midhurst Road, Eastbourne, at around 9pm on Saturday (28 May) before driving off without stopping.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

27th May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15th May) and 3.30am on Monday (16th May).

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Don't miss out on experiencing this year's 999 Weekend in Eastbourne

The popular 999 Weekend is again taking place at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne seafront on the 2nd and 3rd July, giving adults and children alike a chance to meet those who safeguard their lives and provide help when trouble strikes.

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Police seek witnesses to a collision between a car and a child riding a bike in Langney Rise, Eastbourne

It occurred at the junction of Langney Rise and the entrance road to the Langney shopping centre, Eastbourne, at 12.50pm on Sunday (22 May).

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Bank Holiday Weekend Advice
We are all looking forward to enjoying the long weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

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21st May 2016

News and appeals

Eastbourne police seek owners of recovered cycles

Police are appealing for witnesses and owners for possible thefts of bicycles from Eastbourne town centre between 7.30pm on Sunday (15 May) and 3.30am on Monday (16 May).

At 3.30am that morning patrolling police officers arrested three people in the town centre on suspicion of theft of three bicycles. The cycles were seized.

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Serious crash at Jevington, near Eastbourne, sadly proves fatal

Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on the Jevington Road, between Polegate and Friston, which sadly proved fatal to one of the passengers involved.

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Sussex Police Issue Urgent Warning To Residents over HMRC Phone Call Scams

Sussex Police are issuing an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as HMRC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.
On Monday (16 May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial amounts of money to the HMRC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest, or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.
We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report anti-social Behaviour.

18th May 2016

"HMRC" Phone Scam

Sussex Police have issued an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as HRMC staff are demanding payment for incorrect taxes.

On Monday (16th May), calls were made to three residents in Eastbourne. Fraudsters claim that they owed substantial  amounts of money to the HRMC through incorrect taxes. Some residents have described how the caller has threatened to freeze bank accounts, send the police round to execute a warrant for their arrest , or remove goods from the property to recover the debt.

We understand that these types of scam calls can be upsetting for residents, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
It can be very tempting to give into the fraudsters demands and attempt to pay any debt, or come to some arrangement  to settle the alleged tax debt.

The advice is to end the call and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. 

17th May 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter.

The ENWA Spring 2016 newsletter is now available to download.

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14th May 2016

Neighbourhood Alert Weekly Update

News and appeals

Police seek witnesses to knife-point shop robbery in Seaside, Eastbourne.

At around 9.15pm on Tuesday (3rd May) a shop assistant at The Larder Store in Seaside, Eastbourne, was confronted by a masked man who demanded he hand over money from the till while threatening him with a knife.

The assistant, who was shaken but otherwise unhurt, placed bank notes totalling around £150 on the counter which the robber picked up before making off on foot in the direction of Firle Road.

More information.

Woman sentenced for Eastbourne driving offences

A woman who drove at more than twice the 30mph speed limit on roads in Eastbourne while over the legal alcohol limit appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, 5th May for sentence.

More information.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour. 

Crime Prevention Advice - In the Garden

Weather forecasters say we are in for a beautiful weekend and many of us will be out in our gardens.  Please remember the following tips when enjoying the sun.

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

13th May 2016

Fraud Newsletter May 2016

Each month, scammers target Sussex residents in an attempt to defraud them. Operation Signature is the Sussex Police answer; preventing frauds and scams and supporting vulnerable victims.

This Fraud newsletter covers the latest incidents across Sussex to help prevent others becoming a victim. It shares examples of good work, such as the operation with Trading Standards colleagues to crack down on rogue traders and prevent doorstep crime.

By their very nature, scams are constantly evolving and taking on new forms. But be assured that, by following the tips at the bottom of this newsletter and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you will reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

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6th May 2016

News and appeals

Man charged with driving offences after two police cars hit in Eastbourne

A man has been charged with driving offences after he allegedly hit two police cars in Eastbourne.

Daniel Stephen Jones, 29, of Langney Road, Eastbourne, was arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, driving a motor vehicle without a licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance in Eastbourne on Wednesday (4 May).

He has been bailed and will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

Jones is accused of driving off at speed from an unmarked police vehicle in Cavendish Road at 12.40pm. He then allegedly reversed back and hit that vehicle. As a marked police vehicle approached, he then reportedly reversed and drove towards that vehicle colliding with its bumper. He then made off and was arrested.

An officer suffered a minor injury to his leg.

Man arrested by armed officers in Eastbourne

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (May 3) after police were called to an incident in town following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.


Police still investigate death of Emma Crowhurst in Eastbourne one year on

Detectives still believe that someone has information that may help solve the mystery of the tragic death of an Eastbourne woman, one year on from the incident.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, Eastbourne, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, very close to her home, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

However Emma's condition worsened and very sadly she died late on the evening on Monday 11 May.

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti Social Behaviour. 

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, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

5th May 2015

Warning of Pet Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect Yourself:

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

4th May 2016

Police called to handgun incident

A man was arrested in Eastbourne on Tuesday evening (3rd May) after police were called to an incident following reports of a group of youths with baseball bats and possibly a handgun.

Armed police officers, supported by a National Police Air Service helicopter, were called to Etchingham Road at 8.03pm where the group was reported to have been seen running into a block of flats. Police surrounded Hampshire Court and advised people not to attend the scene and to remain in their homes locally until the matter was resolved.

Just before 10.10pm, armed officers moved into the block and within minutes removed a man from one of the flats. A police dog was sent in to search the remainder of the premises, but there was nobody else within.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, from the East Sussex Police Divisional Command Team, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out our operation to contain this matter. I appreciate that the sight of armed officers and the police helicopter may have been disturbing, if not alarming for local residents, but it is important that we treat reports such as these seriously for the safety of everyone concerned."

"Thankfully, nobody was hurt and we managed to bring the incident to a fairly swift conclusion. A man is in custody and we will continue with our investigation locally to establish the circumstances, which include discovering who else was involved. However, we do not believe that they are a threat to the public and people can now move freely in the area again. The scene has been secured and a marked vehicle will remain in place overnight before we resume our search of the premises in the morning."

"If you witnessed any of the events prior to the police arriving or you have any information about the incident or the people involved, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1438 of 03/05. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)."

A 34-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray. He remained in custody on Tuesday night.

30th April 2016

Denial of Service Threats

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
Method of Attack:

The group has sent emails demanding payment of five Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by five Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.   
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:

 If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:

 Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:

29th April 2016

Joint Action Group Information Leaflet

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership Joint Action Group has published an information leaflet.

Topics covered include:

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27th April 2016

Online Recruitment

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of victims being recruited via Facebook to sell items for suspects on eBay – often stating that it is a quick way of making money.

The items are said to be bankrupt stock, purchased via auctions, and need to be sold on quickly. The majority of the items reported have been Apple Mac Book Pro/Electrical Items.

The victim places the items on eBay and once the items are sold, the victim will get paid and transfer the funds to the suspect/recruiter.

Once the suspect/recruiter gets the funds, the purchasers are claiming that they have received empty cereal boxes or often no goods at all, leaving the victim being reported as the actual suspect, and leaving them out of pocket as their account will be debited.

Protect yourself:

 If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

24th April 2016

Tax Rebate Text Scam

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the non-existent rebate.

Protect Yourself

22nd April 2016

Thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen
from Eastbourne jewellers

Police are investigating a burglary at an Eastbourne jewellers in which thousands of pounds worth of stock was stolen.

Officers were called to Ernest Jones, in the Arndale Centre, at about 1.13am on Monday (18 April) following a report from a member of staff about the break in.

Entry was gained via a front window, which was smashed, and stock with an estimated value of between £50,000 and £100,000 was taken.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, in particular three men who appeared to be wearing bright coloured ski jackets and scarves covering their faces.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 38 of 18/04.

22nd April 2016

Police investigate East Sussex distraction burglaries

Police are seeking information about several incidents in Polegate, Hailsham and Eastbourne on Tuesday (12 April) in which bogus callers conned or tried to force their way into residents' homes.

Offences occurred in Brook Street and Dittons Road, Polegate; in Hawthylands Road, Hailsham and in Slindon Crescent, Eastbourne.

These may be linked to three further distraction type burglaries which occurred earlier the same day in Sidley, Bexhill-on-Sea, and another in Bexhill Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.

22nd April 2016

Help Choose Keep Britain Tidy's 2017 Campaign Name

Last month's Clean for The Queen campaign was a massive success, and Keep Britain Tidy is excited to tell you that it will be running a follow-up in 2017; but they need your help!

What should next year's campaign be called? They want to hear your ideas. It has to be something that will encourage people to take part and will appeal to all ages.

All suggestions are welcome and you will get the chance to vote on a short-list later this year.

21st April 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

On 5th May, you will be able to vote for your police and crime commissioner (PCC). The job of the PCC is to oversee the police and ensure that they are prioritising what matters to you. Elections will be taking place in England and Wales, excluding London and Greater Manchester.

Police and crime commissioners are elected by you to ensure the policing needs of your community are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in our area.

Click here for more information.

Click here to view candidates' statements.

21st April 2016

Sports Ticket Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.
Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.
After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.
Protect yourself:

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

12th April 2016

Property Repair Fraud

Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman.

They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:
or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.

14th March 2016

Eastbourne District Commander's Message

Dear Residents,

We have had a very successful year so far and I would like to share some of our most recent results with you.

Our Officers have been very successful in working hard to stop individuals for burglary dwelling, supplying of drugs and stopping anti-social behaviour.   In regards to burglary dwelling, Michael Brickley was recently jailed for over 6 years as he was caught by one of our officers trying to sell stolen items from a burglary. Courtney Birmingham was arrested for money laundering as a result of a stop and search in the street. Her phone was interrogated as part of this investigation and she was found to be involved in the supply of cannabis and cocaine. She pleaded guilty at court and received a 2 year suspended sentence.  On the 19th February, Jodie King was jailed for assault and breach of her Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction. Her sentencing followed an attack on a 48-year-old man in Eastbourne town centre in May 2015 which left him with  serious cuts and bruises to his head, body and arms for which he received hospital treatment. The attack on the man was horrific and will not be tolerated. Violence and anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and we will always work with others to prevent this happening in Eastbourne.

As you can see from these cases the process of Stop Search is vital to our role. Since Sussex Police signed up to the Home Office best Use of Stop and Search Scheme in 2014, we have been looking at the process to ensure it is used legitimately and effectively and so that we can improve our service.  Any individual who is stopped and searched by our officers in Sussex should be treated with respect and given a full explanation of why the search is taking place.  Records of all searches are kept and people who have been searched are entitled to a copy of these.  I also check these records to ensure officers at Eastbourne use this power legitimately.  However, we can always improve and I would welcome your comments if you have experienced this process.  Please can you email our Public Engagement Officer to let us know what kind of experience you had.  To find out more please visit www.sussex.police.uk

We have also been working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust and Adult Social Care to help promote the reporting of Scam Mail and Child Sexual Exploitation. Officers invited the students to join them at a 'Community Surgery' in the Langney Shopping Centre on the 23 February to hand out the information and give advice. The students designed their own poster and flyer which were given out along with other scam and fraud awareness advice at the community surgery. The information was extremely well received and a number of local residents took advantage of the advice and reassurance given.  If you, or someone you know, is being targeted by fraud/scams please contact Sussex Police on 101 or www.sussex.police.uk If you have been a victim of crime, you can report this to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre on 0300 123 2040.

The Force wide campaign to highlight the signs and prevent Child Sexual Exploitation has been a great success, and our officers have attended a conference about Human Trafficking and Missing People, a play called Chelsea’s Choice and taken part in a public stand at the Arndale Centre with East Sussex Adult Social Care. We have now elected a liaison officer, PC Rachel Bourne, to help outside agencies and organisations in recognising the signs and preventing further young people becoming victims.

You can receive regular updates from your Local Policing Team by signing up to our community messaging emails or via our social media sites. To receive our community messaging updates please email our Public Engagement Officer.

Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

28th February 2016

East Sussex Road Police Target Anti-social Drivers

Following a number of complaints from local residents relating to anti-social driving and speeding in the Pevensey Bay Road area of Eastbourne, East Sussex Roads Policing Department took targeted action on Thursday 25th February. 

In total six drivers were reported for speeding, one had their vehicle seized for not having appropriate insurance, and one had their vehicle seized following a second warning for anti-social behaviour.  The complaints from residents all relate to vehicles driving considerably too fast along Pevensey Bay Road, and using their vehicles inappropriate in and around The Crumbles car park.  This is the first of such action, and we will be continuing our attention on this area, and others nearby. 

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable for the area, said “We take all complaints from residents seriously, we also take road safety seriously.  This action underscores our focus on these issues, and demonstrates that action will be taken where offences have taken place.  Our roads are not race tracks, and it is the responsibility on all drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users to be safe when using roads and pavements.”

East Sussex Roads Policing Department intend to continue these checks, both in marked vehicles and plain vehicles, targeting those who are endangering others.

22nd February 2016

'Southern Water' debt collectors were genuine -
but still be alert for bogus callers

Police continue to warn Sussex residents to use caution about callers claiming to be from debt collecting companies acting on behalf of public utilities or any other undertaking.

Police had at 3.50pm on Friday issued a warning about two such callers in Sussex, with the agreement of Southern Water.

On Wednesday (17th February) a card claiming that money was owed was left at an address in Tumulus Road, Saltdean while the occupant, an elderly lady, was not there.

On the same day a man called at the home of another elderly lady in Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, claiming that she also owed money. She did not part with any money and the man left a card. Both cards had the name of Orbit Debt Collections on them.

Southern Water on Friday (19th February), clarified that those two particular calls were from Orbit Collections, a company working for them but, if you, or in particular any elderly person you know, are ever approached in such circumstances, still always use proper caution and check their bona fides.

If in doubt do not hand over any money and contact the police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. or call 101.

18th February 2016

Fraud self-assessment

Last week Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, invited the public to take part in an important new self-assessment opportunity. If you are already registered on the new Sussex Neighbourhood Alert system, which is linked to the recently updated national Neighbourhood Watch website, you may have received this invitation already and perhaps responded to it. If you have not previously received this invitation or you have not yet responded to the self-assessment opportunity we would encourage you to do so now.

There are no more than eight questions which will ask you to rate your attitude to frauds and scams and how likely you are to protect yourself from them, particularly if you are online.

It’ll be really quick to complete and at the end you’ll get feedback straight away on how well protected you are, and more simple steps you can take to help stop you and your family becoming victims.

Action Fraud will also use the results to help develop crime prevention campaigns in the future, and make sure that any information they send you is as useful and relevant as possible.

We hope you’ll be able to spare a couple of minutes to fill this in. Just click here.

You will be asked to give your brief contact details. If you are already registered on Neighbourhood Alert you will be recognised and you can go directly to the survey. If you have not previously registered then we will use those details to update our records.

If you experience any technical issues or have any questions, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk

23rd December 2015

22nd December 2015

19th December 2015

The video below was issued by the National Police Chief's Council.
It is for your information and is not intended to cause fear or alarm.

However, we thought you should have the opportunity to see it.

Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message

18th December 2015

News, Appeals and Advice

102 arrests made in Sussex in Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

17th December 2015

More than 100 motorists have been arrested in Sussex since the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-driving was launched on 1st December.
A total of 102 arrests have been made in the county as part of Operation Dragonfly, launched by Surrey and Sussex Police, up to the end of Wednesday (16th December). Of these, 50 have been charged.

Among them is James Smoothy, 26, a British Transport Police officer based at Gatwick Airport. He was arrested in Copthorne Common Road, Copthorne, at 2.30am on Tuesday (15th December) and charged with having 98 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 8 January.

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, visit the Crimestoppers website.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drink or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.

Sussex Police responds to 2016/17 funding announcement

17th December 2015

The Police Grant Report for England and Wales 2016/17 announced today Thursday (17th December) by Mike Penning, the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice, has been welcomed by Sussex Police.
Chief Constable Giles York said: "Sussex Police has an ambitious programme of change to modernise our policing services and improve efficiencies. Today's announcement provides more certainty of our funding position for next year and up to 2020, and opportunities to invest in priority areas including counter terrorism and digital investigation and justice."

"The force still faces significant cost pressures over the next few years, over and above the levels of funding announced today.

"We are well prepared for future financial and operational challenges. Based on today's announcement we predict that our financial savings requirement will still be £11m in 2016-17 and around £30 million over the next four financial years up to 2020.

"The report also announces investment in transformation and emergency services network, which reinforces closer working with other forces and partner agencies.

"With increasing demands on policing, particularly protecting vulnerable people and counter terrorism, and in light of the funding challenges, we will continue to focus on local policing priorities.

"I can reassure the public that Sussex Police is a 24/7 emergency service which will always focus on the needs of those who are most vulnerable."

Wanted man Scott Solway arrested and jailed

17th December 2015

A wanted man has been jailed hours after being arrested by police.
Scott Solway, 33, formerly of Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne, was wanted for breaching bail conditions imposed by magistrates on 26 November.
He was arrested at an address in Eastbourne on Thursday (17th December), and pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching a civil housing injunction at Eastbourne County Court later the same day.
He was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment.

Schoolgirl sexually assaulted in Eastbourne

16th December 2015

Police are appealing for information after a girl was sexually assaulted as she walked home in Eastbourne.

The 12-year-old girl left school at around 5pm on Tuesday, December 15 and walked along Crown Street and Ocklynge Road. When she was near to the junction with Upperton Road, she felt someone grab her from behind and they indecently assaulted her. She screamed and managed to push them away and they ran along Upperton Road. The victim ran home where she reported it to her dad, who phoned the police.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for this young girl, who did exactly the right thing by immediately raising the alarm at home. The victim didn't get a clear view of her attacker but believed that it was a man and as he ran away she saw he was wearing a thin coat.

"It was around 5pm, a busy time of the evening, and Upperton Road is a main road through the town. We are appealing to anyone who was walking in the area who might have heard screams or seen someone running away. Were you driving and saw what happened as you passed by?

"We are urging anyone with information to please get in touch with us. Call us on 101 or email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Millburn.”

Man assaulted outside Eastbourne Railway Station

15th December 2015

Police were called to Eastbourne Railway Station in Terminus Road, Eastbourne just before half midnight on Friday (11th December) to a report of an assault.

A 60-year-old man from the town was found with scratches and bruises to his face as well as a broken collar bone. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.

The victim told officers he had been attacked by two black men wearing hoodies as he walked down Gilridge Road, having left a bar in South Street just after 11pm on Thursday (10th December).

Detective Sergeant Bonnie Cowley said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the train station late on Thursday night.

"Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 19 of 11/12."

Man arrested in connection with Eastbourne rape

15th December 2015

Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape in Eastbourne.

A 26-year-old man from Eastbourne and known to the victim has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a 17-year-old girl in Macmillan Drive playground on Wednesday, December 9.

He has been bailed until February 10 while investigations continue.

Officer dismissed after public hearing

14th December 2015

Lee Lyons, 40, a police inspector based at Hastings, has been dismissed from Sussex Police after a special case hearing considered more than twenty allegations against him.

Mr Lyons's hearing was heard at the Force headquarters in Lewes on December 14, the first public hearing for a Sussex Police officer following their introduction nationally earlier this year.

The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Giles York, heard that over a period of around three years Lee Lyons had accessed Force computer systems on numerous occasions using information obtained to pass details, including restricted operational documents, to two journalists working on publications in Sussex, a television news programme producer and a barrister - all females. The incidents were predominantly in the East Sussex area and breached the Sussex Police policy on the security and handling of information.

Additionally, among the 21 allegations, some of which had multiple elements, it was found that he had inappropriate contact with prostitutes while on duty and was accused of bullying behaviour while working on a major operation out of force.

Detective Inspector Nick Wainwright said: "The incidents came to light when very sensitive details of four cases were passed over a matter of a few days to a journalist who then sought clarification of the information. As a result of this, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney tasked the anti-corruption unit with identifying the source of the leak and a host of other incidents were discovered.

"Some of these took place while Lyons was on duty; others, including the passing on of restricted operational documents, were carried out off duty.
"He was suspended on October 2, 2014. No complaint has been received about the matter from an external party."

DCC Olivia Pinkney said: "Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of anyone who works for us and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards will be rigorously investigated.

"Lyons was passing on information that was operationally sensitive and may well have had an effect on victims or their families or may have had a negative impact on community tension.

"I asked our anti-corruption unit to investigate and Lyons was identified as the potential source. The investigation has been complex, but as soon as he was identified, we immediately suspended him. While I am saddened that it has been necessary to take such action at all, I am pleased with the result, which highlights our determination not to allow people like this to taint the name of Sussex Police and the enormous amount of work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff."

Mr Lyons does have the right to appeal against the decision.

New police teams increase focus on protecting
vulnerable people in Sussex

14th December 2015

Three new police units in Sussex are increasing the force's focus on abuse against vulnerable people.

Sussex Police have set up combined Specialist Investigation Units (SIUs) in each of the three Divisions (East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove), to investigate both the criminal and safeguarding aspects of child protection, adult protection, and all rape and serious sexual assaults.

The force has already had, for several years, specialist Child Protection Teams and Adult Protection Teams, on each of the three Divisions. These teams have proved very successful, achieving valuable results and working closely with partners in statutory and non-statutory agencies to safeguard the public and particularly vulnerable people.

However, up until now most reports of rape and serious sexual assault have been investigated by other fully qualified detectives, alongside their work on other crimes. They have been supported by specially trained Sexual Offence Liaison Officers (SOLOs) who have been available, in addition to their other day to day work, to assist in the initial stages of investigations. Some cases involving stranger rapes have been dealt with by the central Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team (MCT).

The new arrangement, bringing together all aspects of public protection, for the first time including rape and serious sexual assault, followed a request to the then National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to review the force response to rape and serious sexual assault.

A number of recommendations were made to further improve the service provided to victims, and the report suggested that the concept of dedicated rape and sexual assault investigation was worthy of consideration.

Detective Chief Inspector Jo Banks said; "Our existing systems have proved increasingly successful in protecting victims and bringing offenders to justice, working with our local authority and support agency partners.
"But the three new centrally managed Units, who are now managing the criminal and safeguarding investigations for child and adult abuse, high risk domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual offences, are a big step forward.

"Demand in these areas has increased significantly in the last few years. The new teams are working across all the investigations, providing a consistent and joined up approach for the victims and our partners with whom we work so closely."

Between the performance years 2013/14 to 2014/15 the following increases were recorded:

There are also now 14 SOLO (Sexual Offence Liaison Officer) posts on a full-time basis within the SIUs. They are not investigating officers but are an integral part of the SIU investigating teams – ensuring that victims of rape and other serious sexual assaults receive care to meet their immediate physical, mental and welfare needs, taking the victim to the Crawley-based Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), securing forensic exhibits, and providing information to the victim including referral to other support agencies, explaining the criminal justice process and providing pre-trial support.

A further 22 posts as SOLOs combined with investigation work, within the SIUs, are also being created to further assist in this work. Extra funding for the full-time SOLO posts was secured by Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC). The fully implemented and resourced SIUs manage and investigate:

PCSO role being reviewed

14th December 2015

A new PCSO role is proposed as part of changes to Neighbourhood Policing, which will ensure that local police services can be made more effective.

The revised role, part of the Local Policing Programme, aims to equip the officers with a wider range of skills to prevent crime and solve local problems, with partners where possible. PCSOs are being consulted on the proposal which will make them part of a wider prevention team, actively prioritising those who are vulnerable and addressing community concerns.

The Local Policing Programme aims to provide an affordable, resilient model of local policing in Sussex and it is proposed that PCSOs will:

ACC Robin Smith said: "We are now consulting with our PCSO colleagues on the proposed design, which has taken several months to develop. The views of our PCSOs, along with those of their supervisors and partners regarding current working practices, future deployment and opportunities for further partnership working have informed the design of the new role.

"It gives us a real opportunity to make PCSOs more effective and equip them with the skills they require to resolve local problems and prevent crime and disorder. The design is part of a broader need to transform neighbourhood and local policing, making the role more responsive, with greater responsibility and capability to solve local problems. We cannot, however, shy away from the fact that there are fewer PCSOs in the new model.

"The proposed number has been based on analysis of the demands on the role and provides the minimum number required for the future model.  While we will not have a physical policing presence in every geographic location we will deliver services that are proportionate to the levels of threat, risk and harm and the public in each ward will have a team to contact rather than an individually named PCSO.

"It is important to stress that we are now in consultation with our staff about the proposed new model, and this consultation period runs until mid-February."

14th December 2015

Consultation with online Sussex Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and deputies
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, in partnership with Sussex Police and the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, would appreciate hearing your views on a number of matters and how we could improve things for the future. Together we have created a few questions, which will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be properly discussed with Chief Officers and the Police & Crime Commissioner – your views are therefore very important.

To take part in this consultation please click here.

Both Sussex Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Police are in the process of introducing new communications systems. The register of Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and deputies and their schemes currently held on the Sussex Police Broadcaster system will shortly be transferred to the highly secure Neighbourhood Alert system.

When you click on the above link you will be asked to give your brief contact details. If you are already registered on Neighbourhood Alert you will be recognised and you can go directly to the survey. If you have not previously registered then you will later be sent a user name and you can select your own password for future use.

If you have any questions about this consultation or if you need any assistance then please contact either of us. Your feedback is very important, and we thank you for your efforts to help keep Sussex safe.

This consultation is open until 31st December 2015.

Sussex Police
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team
Eastbourne Weekly Message
News, Appeals and Advice

11th December 2015

Ten to be sentenced for door-step frauds across South East

This release is issued on behalf of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). A network of organised criminals committing fraud offences in excess of £310,000 has been unravelled following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).The fraud offences involved a total of 34 victims.

Ten people pleaded to, or were found guilty of, a variety of fraud and money laundering offences.

Operation Knock investigated incidents between October 2013 and September 2014 whereby victims had been told that their neighbours' property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property. The victims were told that they needed to hire specialist equipment to resolve the issue and to pay a deposit which would then be refunded.

Lead investigator DC Matt Wilson, from SEROCU's Regional Fraud Team said: "This group were part of a more sophisticated network that intentionally targeted the most vulnerable people.

Once they found someone that would give them money they repeatedly targeted them with a barrage of lies and deceit to extract further funds. The people convicted have all admitted, or been convicted of, arranging these offences, or allowing their bank accounts to be used to receive and dissipate the funds from these crimes. Without these willing participants or others like them these offences could not occur.

This should act as a deterrent to anyone else tempted to earn some extra money by turning a blind eye to these crime, we will investigate and bring them before the court."

All ten people are due to be sentenced over two days on Friday 11th December and 8th January 2016. The court is currently listed as Lewes Crown Court however this may be subject to change. 

The incidents took place across the following locations:

For more information please visit the SEROCU website.

8th December 2015

22 charged in first week of Christmas drink-driving campaign

A Hungarian man has become the first motorist in Sussex to be convicted as part of Operation Dragonfly, the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

A total of 45 drivers have been arrested in Sussex since the campaign, run jointly by Surrey and Sussex Police, launched on Tuesday 1st December. Of these, 22 have been charged and bailed to appear at court. Among them is Gabor Varga, a 35-year-old painter, of Sea Place in Goring.

He was arrested after officers noticed a black Vauxhall Vivaro being driven erratically in Brighton Road, Lancing, at about 2.45am on 7th December. He was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court the following day, charged with drink-driving having 41 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35.

Varga pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay further costs of £255.

A further 21 motorists have also been charged as part of the Christmas campaign.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or call 999.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit the Crimestoppers website.

10th December 2015

Bogus Detective Scams Vulnerable People

Sussex Police are warning residents to remain vigilant to scams and frauds, as recently we have seen an increase in a trend of scams where fraudsters telephone local people claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police asking for details and money.

The pattern tends to be that someone claiming to be a Detective Constable from the Met Police telephones a person stating someone has been arrested in London and has provided the Eastbourne residents details.  What follows is an elaborate and complex scam involving financial account details, and even requests for cash.  Many local residents have fallen victim to these scams, and many have lost money.

PC Ed Faulkner, Neighbourhood Constable, said “This scam takes advantage of people trust in their Police service.  People often fear the worse when Police call upon them and this makes them more vulnerable to this kind of scam.  If you are in any doubt at all that the person calling you is not a Police officer then you should take their name, hang up, call 101 and ask for the Police force they are from. 

Officers are always happy and willing for their identity to be checked and verified whether in person or on the phone, and this quick and easy check can often prevent you falling victim to any kind of scam.  Please warn you relatives and friends to be vigilant, and not to fall victim to this nasty fraud.

22nd September 2015

Message to Neighbourhood Watch members from the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation

Home Office consultation regarding ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’

This consultation asks for views on whether the Home Office should give more powers to Chief Constables to be able to offer wider opportunities and powers to volunteers and civilian staff. There are 8 simple set questions. You are invited to give your views before 31st October - Click here

The description of the consultation is as follows:

“The office of constable is central to the delivery of policing in England and Wales. The reforms set out in this document are intended to enhance this. We propose for the first time setting out in a single piece of legislation the core list of powers that will only be available to those that hold the office of constable. Beyond these core powers, we want police forces to have a more flexible workforce and we will, subject to key safeguards, enable chief officers to designate other police powers to staff. This will enable police officers to focus on the most important roles; roles that only they can carry out.

We also want to enhance the role of volunteers. We are consulting on ending the anomaly whereby volunteers can either have all of the powers of the constable, as a special; or have none of the powers, as a police support volunteer. We will instead allow volunteers to mirror the roles played by police staff, for example as community support officers.

These reforms will help this government to finish the job of police reform. These changes will take further the process started in the Police Reform Act 2002, which first introduced the PCSO role and the concept that police staff, as well as police officers, could have enforcement powers. They will give chief constables greater flexibility in meeting the demands on police forces at a time when funding policing remains a significant challenge.”

Deputy Chair & Secretary
Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation
Tel 01293 418164

28th August 2015

Safe in East Sussex August Newsletter

The August issue of the Safe in East Sussex newsletter is now available to download.

Download the newsletter > >

21st August 2015

Building Stronger Bridges

‘Building Stronger Bridges’ is a project within the community of Eastbourne. The aim is to set up  a group of good neighbour schemes which include a co-ordinator and volunteers, who will provide support for the local people who may need help with some of the basics of day to day living.

The Good Neighbour Scheme is supported by Age Concern Eastbourne although its vision is that the groups will eventually run independently.  As the network of good neighbour groups develop, then these will begin the network of building stronger bridges in the community.

There is need to support vulnerable communities and also recruit local co-ordinators and volunteers.

More information > >

10th August 2015

Fraud: Impersonating police officers

The fraud prevention team (Sterling) of the Metropolitan Police Service (FALCON – Fraud and Linked Crime Online) would like to raise awareness of recent scams within the last week involving vulnerable elderly victims attending high value jewellers shops to purchase jewellery. This is an issue in London but it is also spreading further, to the Home Counties and beyond, hence this message

This scam involves the victim receiving a call at home from suspects purporting to be a police officer by one of the following names: DCI Johnson, DC Johnson, PC Burnley or DC Howard of CID. They tell the victim that they have arrested people in connection with an offence and that they are from Hammersmith, Holborn or Charing Cross Police station. They convince the victim that as part of the investigation they (the victim) is to attend a named jewellers or department store and purchase high end jewellery using their own cash or credit card.

As part of the story, victims are generally told to buy a similar product that has been recovered by the fake police officer. The victim may also be told that the shop staff are under suspicion and that the victim is not to tell staff what they are doing as it is a police operation. On some occasions the victim is also on the mobile phone to the suspect whilst they make the purchase.

Although similar types of fraud have been seen previously this appears to be a new variation. The recent increase is of concern, as well as the fact that jewellers are specifically mentioned as a venue for victims to attend and make the purchase. The police are urging shop staff to look out for customers who do not normally match the customer profile and who may appear to be making a purchase for someone else; or where the customer appears to be more interested in a value as opposed to a product (they may be asked to buy any item of a specified value).

The victims genuinely believe what they are being told by the suspect and that they are helping police. The age range of victims so far is from 49 to 80 years. If you think you know someone who may be a victim of this crime then please contact the police on 101 who will attend and offer advice and guidance. Alternatively if you have received a call but rejected this as a scam then please report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk .

9th August 2015

New scams reported from Action Fraud

Action Fraud have received numerous reports from victims who have been contacted by scammers who are cold calling and emailing people claiming to be from Action Fraud and the National Fraud Authority (NFA). The NFA was shut down in 2013.

The fraudsters are cold calling from withheld numbers and contacting victims from actionfraud999@gmail.com. They are trying to scam people in various ways which include:

Action Fraud are in no way affiliated with these scammers and would never under any circumstances request information such as this.

We would only email from contact@actionfraud.police.uk. Please remember it is easy for fraudsters to set up an email address like gmail.com and be aware that scammers can change this at any time.
Additionally the Home Secretary announced the closure of the National Fraud Authority on 2 December 2013.

If you receive a call or email that is suspicious and you want to verify the identity claiming to be from Action Fraud you can call 0300 123 2040 or email contact@actionfraud.police.uk.

21st July 2015

Message from the District Commander

I would like to introduce myself to you as the District Commander for Eastbourne, having taken over from Steve Biglands in April. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of months at Eastbourne, I have a great Neighbourhood Policing Team and I can see that we have some very well established and thriving partnerships in the town. I met recently with some of the Neighbourhood Panel Chairs and I am really pleased to see what valuable work you do in the community. Thank you to those of you who give up your time to run or attend our Neighbourhood Panels in Eastbourne.

I have been asked a number of times since I started at Eastbourne about the changes that will be taking place within Sussex Police that were announced earlier in the year, so I thought I would give you a brief update on the current position.

Sussex Police saved £50 between 2010 and 2015 and we now have to save another £57 million by 2020. The ongoing work to achieve these savings is called the Local Policing Programme. We have managed to make some of these savings by working together with Surrey Police, we are already working together in areas such as major crime, forensics, firearms, and there will be further opportunities to collaborate in other areas.

We will not achieve all the necessary savings by working together with Surrey Police and therefore we need to change the way we work. The nature of crime is changing - burglaries have fallen by over 50% since 2003 and vehicle crime has fallen by 75% over the same period. However more complex crime is increasing, for example cyber crime and child sexual exploitation, and therefore the policing model needs to change to keep up with this change in criminality. Organised crime groups using new technology will not be deterred by officers on the beat - we must operate differently.

As 80% of our budget is spent on pay the size of our workforce will have to get smaller. I don't know what the final model for the local policing in Eastbourne will look like, but I can reassure you that you will still have a named person responsible for each local area who will understand your local concerns. Although there will be fewer PCSOs across the force they will receive extra training so that they can provide a wider range of support in problem solving and investigation.

We are an emergency service and we will always be there when people need us. The number of officers who respond to emergencies will remain the same. We cannot however do more with less people, so we will be working to reduce demand. We will not respond to non-emergencies that could better be dealt with by other partners or agencies and we will work closely with our partners to ensure services are provided by those with the expertise and responsibility to do so. Officers are currently being issued with mobile devices which are the size of a large smart phone. This will allow them to deal with incidents and submit the relevant paperwork on their phones rather than having to return to the police station to do this. This should save a great deal of time which can be spent on patrol instead. We are also developing a 'resolution centre' which will give you access to police officers over the phone to help you resolve low-scale issues straight away without having to wait for an appointment to speak to an officer.

Not everything will change straight away - this is a plan to take us up to 2020. As I mentioned before, I don't know what local policing in Eastbourne will look like in 2020, but I will keep you updated when relevant decisions are made.

Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

30th June 2015

Please be aware of a Scam experienced by a member yesterday and reported both to Trading Standards and Action Fraud.

A very foreign lady purporting to be from AMS Nationwide called regarding an apparent accident.  The call came from a seemingly local number  01323 362289. On calling the number to see what would happen, it was answered by a male Voicemail saying something about they don't have a system for leaving a message but they would get back. (If your number is not withheld, the recipient will be able to see your number).

Action Fraud confirmed that it is a Scam and a Fraud, and asked that we circulate these details to our ENWA members.

Tip: If you are uncertain about a number and your number is not withheld, dial 141 before the number and the caller will not be able to identify you. You must dial the complete number, including the area code.

25th June 2015

Neighbourhood Watch Fighting the Phone Scammers

A rising wave of fraud which sees criminals trick unassuming people into moving their cash to a 'safe account' has resulted in a nationwide campaign to crackdown on the numbers duped.

The high-profile Neighbourhood Watch scheme has launched a fightback against phone fraudsters, alerting people to the scams that could see them lose their life savings.

Last year, £23.6million was stolen by fraudsters in this way, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK shows. This is Money's Stop the bank phone call fraudsters campaign has called on banks and phone companies to do more to halt the rising tide

Read more > >

28th May 2015

Operation Magpie

26th May saw the launch of the Operation Magpie three week Summer Burglary Prevention Campaign, to encourage people to protect their homes from the threat of intruders.

The first week of the campaign will look at highlighting how residents can keep their homes secure during the warmer weather, promoting key messages and a simple security checklist here

The checklist will help people to identify areas where they could make improvements to their home, such as changing the types of lock on doors and windows and ensuring those at ground level are shut when those rooms are not occupied.

People will also be encouraged to register their valuables for free at www.immobilise.com so that if they are stolen, officers can more easily reunite them with their owners.

A number of burglary victims have also agreed to share their stories in the hope that this could prevent other people from being preyed on by thieves. You can read them here

Chris Gee also has just launched a great blog on 'Thinking like a burglar' do take the time to read this click here

Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones said: "We recognise that burglaries have a negative impact on people’s lives which is why we are working hard to tackle the problem and continuing to raise public awareness, encouraging residents to become more security conscious."

"You can have appropriate security in place on your home but leaving a window or door unlocked and valuables on show can potentially create the perfect opportunity for a thief."

"A burglar can be in and out of your home in a matter of minutes. Sometimes it may not be a question of changing the security you have but changing your routine to be more vigilant in ensuring your home is secure."

The second week of the campaign will focus on how officers work with volunteers and other organisations to tackle the problem while the third week will feature a fresh drive to prevent the sale of stolen goods.

13th May 2015

"Free" Alarm System

We have been made aware of a cold calling campaign targeted on elderly residents in the local area.

The first thing that happens is that the person gets a phone call from LHS direct (surprisingly similar to NHS direct) telling them that they are eligible for a free alarm system for their home and persuading them to make an appointment for a "surveyor" to call the same day.

Once in their home the "surveyor" uses high pressure selling tactics to persuade the person to sign up. However, the "free" system relates to the equipment and installation only, and is only available if an annual maintenance and monitoring agreement is entered into. Minimum term appears to be five years at a cost or around £5,000. The "surveyor" tells people that it is only a few pounds per day.

Please make your elderly neighbours aware of this campaign and advise them to think very carefully before making an appointment for a survey, and to seek independent advice before entering into a long term maintenance and monitoring contract.

14th April 2015

Report Crime Online

You can report crime online through the Sussex Police website.

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29th January 2015

Operation Bluebird

East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Brighton and Hove CC and Sussex Police have just secured joint funding to enable them to fight misuse and fraudulent use of the Blue Badge scheme that causes so many difficulties for genuine users.

The operation, named ‘Bluebird’, will seek to tackle misuse of badges and remove them from circulation and quite possibly prosecute some offenders. In addition to prosecution in a court of law; a further penalty has been considered and agreed between the sponsoring parties, this is called a community resolution order and is intended to educate offenders on the effects of this problem and the consequences of their actions. This will be in the form of a video recorded by our disabled badge holders and how misuse and fraudulent use impacts on them.

The aim of Operation Bluebird is to raise awareness of this crackdown also to inform you of some facts that you may not be aware of.  20% of badges are misused in some way; there are 24,000 badges issued by ESCC and a further 13,000 issued by Brighton, and this misuse costs the tax payer an average of £5,000 per badge as well as this financial impact on the tax payer.  However, the impact it has on disabled people is uppermost and this is where you can assist by giving some examples of this.  Your input is valued and any particular examples of the difficulties that misuse has caused to others would be welcome.

A number of action days will be held across the county this year; badges that are displayed will be closely checked and, with some previous intelligence information already gathered on street, enforcement officers we will seek to remove immediately any badge is clearly being misused.

Two investigation officers are now working across the two areas and they are already working closely with on street officers to gather information on problem areas and will prepare cases for possible prosecution.

If you have any information of misuse or fraudulent misuse of blue badges, you can e-mail the Operation Bluebird team.

21st November 2014

The Community Trigger

The Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police, the council and registered housing providers, works together to tackle anti-social behaviour and hate incidents.

If you believe that action has not been taken to tackle anti-social behaviour or hate incidents you have reported, you can use the Community Trigger process to ask agencies to review their response.

More information > >

20th November 2014

Eastbourne Police are looking for some artwork to brighten up the walls of the New Hammonds Drive base.  Two competitions are open, one for four to fifteen year olds and another for those over sixteen. 

All you need to do is take a photograph or draw or paint a picture on the theme "Eastbourne Police in Your Community" and follow the instructions below.

Full instructions > >

19th November 2014

Eastbourne Police have received many reports of burglaries
within the Rodmill and Ratton area.

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and 'work' undisturbed. Three simple actions should help deter these types of criminals…Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it
Make your house look occupied - even when it isn't.

Lock it

List it
Registering your valuables can put off potential burglars, and can make things easier if they are stolen. You will have a list for your insurance company, and we can reunite you with your stuff.

By following these steps you can avoid being a victim of crime.

18th November 2014

Sussex Police is being redesigned for the future.

The force has revealed its initial thinking for policing in Sussex for the coming five years.

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, who is leading the change, said: "The model for the future will help Sussex Police adapt to meet the changing issues of modern policing."

"It gives us the opportunity to explore new ways of working so that it can deliver policing more efficiently, reduce cost, engage with the public in the best way and continue to support and promote partnership working wherever possible."

Read complete Press Release > >

5th November 2014

Success for Junior Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Borough Council, along with Tesco Hampden Park, Waitrose and the Sussex PCC, funded an enterprise in which Ocklynge School, Eastbourne Police and Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch were able to work in partnership with one another to teach the children crime prevention awareness using team work to solve puzzles and problems.

Eastbourne District police commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, said: "Well deserved certificates of achievement for participating in this Junior Neighbourhood Watch course were awarded. And a hearty well done to Neighbourhood Watch for delivering this innovative course."

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer, added: "It has been a real privilege being involved with Eastbourne's first Junior Neighbourhood Watch - the children really excelled and relished taking part in fun and engaging activities. They all completed the course with a better understanding of how they can play an important role in their local community."

Due to the success of this pilot scheme Eastbourne Police and Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch are now hoping to involve support from other schools and their pupils within the town.

4th November 2014

Operation Magpie anti burglary campaign – week 2

Remember, remember this Fifth of November...to make sure your home is secure against burglars. The run up to bonfire and fireworks season leads to a jump in burglaries - with more happening in Sussex on 5 November than any other day of the year.

Bonfire Night kicks off a five-day break-in spree for criminals in the county, with statistics from the last five years revealing there are more burglaries in that period than at any other time of the year.

Read the complete article > >

30th October 2014

Burglars mess with your head not just your home

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect your family long after the mess is cleared up and the insurance paperwork is done. Prevent a burglar messing with your head as well as your home by taking simple crime prevention measures.

Click here for more information.

22nd October 2014

Door-to-door Scams

As we know many legitimate businesses and organisations sell products door-to-door, and gas, electricity and water companies will also visit to read meters.  However, scammers also do the same action to gain entry to your home to steal, or to part you from your money by posing as charities in order to collect donations.

In order not to become a victim of crime, follow the tips below;

REMEMBER - If someone knocks at your door, always examine and check their identification.

CAUTION - Never let anyone in your house unless they are someone you know and trust.

THINK - Do not immediately agree to any offer involving a significant amount of money, time or commitment.  Seek advice first.

INVESTIGATE - If you are interested in what the door-to-door person is offering, take time to find out about their business and their offer.  Shop around to make sure you are getting a good deal.  Confirm with charities of they are collecting in your area.

13th October 2014

Police investigate series of vehicle thefts in Eastbourne

Police are investigating a series of thefts from unattended vehicles in the Langney Point area of Eastbourne.

A 15-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

PC Dan Cloake, Operations Co-ordinator for Eastbourne District, said: "Our Neighbourhood Policing Team is investigating numerous thefts from vehicles as part of an ongoing enforcement operation (Operation Sandy).

"Following an arrest, further information has come to light to suggest that several people who have been victims of this type of crime have not reported it to police."

"We are keen to hear from anyone who has been a victim of car crime, and specifically anyone who has had their vehicles tampered with or stolen from in the Langney Point area of the town between the middle and end of September."

Sussex Police continue to remind motorists of the importance of checking their vehicles are left secure when unattended to help prevent these opportunistic crimes.

People living in the Langney Point area who believe that they may have been victim of car crime over the specified period are asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1090 of 8/10.

2nd October 2014

Junior Neighbourhood Watch comes to Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police, Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch and Ocklynge School are working in partnership to bring Junior Neighbourhood Watch to Eastbourne.  The scheme will be piloted at Ocklynge School with 16 children aged between 10 and 11 years.  

The children will take part in six weeks of training that takes place after school, to encourage them to take a proactive approach in reducing crime at home and in the community.  Volunteers from Neighbourhood Watch will take an active classroom approach to the teaching, in order for the the children to work together in solving problems and puzzles.

Eastbourne District Commander, Chief Inspector Steve Biglands says "Junior Neighbourhood Watch is a significant enhancement for Neighbourhood watch in Eastbourne, I have seen one of the inputs to children and was hugely impressed. It was more like a pantomime than a lesson- hugely enjoyable with a series of good safety messages communicated".  

PC Richard Anderson, Neighbourhood Schools Officer says  "I am really excited to be involved with the launch of Junior Neighbourhood Watch at Ocklynge School and am certain that the children lucky enough to be selected will benefit immensely from taking part" 

2nd October 2014

Residents warned to take care over "Green Deal" installer

We would like to alert Residents to a company called Tivium Ltd. which are cold-calling, offering to help people obtain "Government Backed" home improvements such as new boilers. Names are obtained through utility companies (or so they say).

A representative will call to discuss the Green Deal scheme, but they then ask for £299 up front for an Assessment Report and Management Package "to arrange the funding and home improvement installations for you." 

This firm formerly operated under a slightly different company name (still Tivium) but was, according to the Energy Saving Advice Service, suspended in July, and so they are not Green Deal certified.

This new company claims it doesn't need to be registered as it is a sales/marketing company, yet it is offering Green Deal Assessments through its own Assessors, and in-house Government Approved Installers."    

4th September 2014

What can you do to protect your car?

There has been a spate of thefts from motor vehicles in the Shinewater area of Eastbourne over the last few days.  

Care owners are asked to ensure:

Vehicles are locked and secure when unattended.

And, remember the three "C"s.

CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it.

CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle.

CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.

12th August 2014

Operation Magpie

Residents living near burglary victims are to be visited by police to help them avoid becoming a target.  From August, officers and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across the county will visit people living close to the scenes of break-ins within days of the crime to warn them about what has happened, show them how they can make sure their home is secure and gather information that could help catch offenders.

The tactic has been trialled in Hove where a dramatic reduction in burglaries in the area has followed and is now being rolled out across the force. It is part of Operation Magpie, Sussex Police's crackdown on burglary across the county.

Read more > >

9th August 2014

Scam Mail and Scam Calls

Operation Signature is the force scam mail campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of postal scam within Sussex.

Criminals worldwide are sending millions of scam letters into the UK, targeting elderly, vulnerable members of our communities. An estimated 3.5 billion pounds was sent out of the UK in response to scams last year alone. At present very little is being done to identify and support these victims - Operation Signature is Sussex Police's response to this.

For many vulnerable people, the bombardment of scam mail results in fear, severe financial difficulties and ultimately a decline in both physical and mental health. Chronic victims of scam mail are hounded by numerous criminal organisations - after replying to the first 'tempter' letter, victim's names and addresses are put on a target list - these lists are then sold to other criminals all over the world.

The key signs of scam mail victims are:

If you recognise these signs and have concerns about anyone you know, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

7th August 2014

Remember the 3 Cs

There has recently been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked in the Eastbourne area. The vehicles targeted have either been left insecure or had personal items left on display.

Don't become a victim of crime. When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs;

CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it.

CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle.

CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.

26th July 2014

RingGo Cashless Parking – How it Works

RingGo allows you to pay for your parking without having to visit a parking meter - you just need a mobile phone and payment card.

You can register for RingGo either on the Internet at www.MyRingGo.co.uk, on a smart phone, or during your first RingGo call.

More information > >

25th July 2014

Report online terrorist material

You can now report online any illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. It only takes about three minutes and your report will be treated anonymously.

Terrorist material could include:

Visit the "Report Terrorism" website > >

22nd July 2014

Summer Burglary Prevention Tips

We have received seven burglary reports from the weekend in regards to peoples homes and out buildings, within the Town Centre, Saffrons and The Hydneye areas of Eastbourne.  To avoid becoming a victim of crime, please follow the summer crime prevention tips below:

22nd July 2014

Don't be a victim of crime - lock all garages and sheds at all times.

There have been many reports about garages being broken into around the Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees area of Eastbourne. In order for you to avoid being a victim make sure your garages and sheds are secured at all times. Even when you are in the house or garden - an opportunist can be away with your property in a very short time.

Garage and shed alarms are widely available and not expensive and can be an excellent deterrent to thieves. If you are using a padlock, ensure it is a close shackle padlock and be sure to fix the hasp and staple with coach bolts to prevent them being levered off. Also chain items together and ideally to a fixed anchor point. You should also consider installing a lockable steel cabinet within the garden/shed to store valuable tools in.

Ensure that all your property is marked with your postcode and house number. This can be done clearly with a permanent marker pen or with some paint and also additionally use an invisible UV marker pen. Make a note of all serial numbers of tools, bicycles etc. and consider using www.immobilise.com to record your property.

If you would like further crime prevention information and assistance with property marking, please contact your local PCSO by visiting the Sussex Police website

Anyone with information should call 101, e-mail Sussex Police, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

20th July 2014

Stronger Neighbourhoods reduce your chances of being burgled‏

The risk of becoming a victim of burglary is low, however during the summer that risk can increase because doors and windows left open make it easier for burglars to gain access.

Being part of the community and being neighbourly has proven to reduce the chance of being burgled, with stronger neighbourhoods helping to reduce crime overall. The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) for England and Wales states that by simply looking out for neighbours, reporting anything suspicious and adopting a few simple changes, helps to reduce the chance of being burgled. However, the advice from NHWN is that is always more which can be done and without new members and more communities looking out for each other, crime could start to increase.

Jim Maddan, Chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network said:  “Studies show that Neighbourhood and Home Watch schemes have a positive impact, typically reducing crime in neighbourhoods by around 16 – 26%, which is why it's vital society works together to continue to bring crime rates down. As we celebrate 50 years of Neighbourhood Watch, we’ve made the bold decision to rejuvenate our brand, changing our iconic logo for a limited edition logo by enlisting the help of comparethemarket.com’s popular meerkats to widen our appeal and ultimately drive down crime by bringing communities together.”

The Network has also been working with the Master Locksmith Association, Secured by Design and their Primary Security Sponsor Avocet Hardware, manufacture of the ABS high security door locks, in raising the awareness of the standards of locks and other security products.

For more information, please visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

21st May 2015

Appeal for Neighbourhood Watch ward co-ordinators

Could you help to reduce the fear of crime and foster good community spirit in your area?

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association (ENWA) is seeking volunteer co-ordinators in three of the town's nine wards - Ratton and Rodmill, Langney and Sovereign.

Acting ENWA chairman John Rollison said: "Co-ordinators are responsible for running their ward and are automatically elected onto the committee. ENWA officers and committee members work closely with the police and council officials, meeting quarterly to discuss the running and effectiveness of the association."

"Ward co-ordinator positions would suit a team player wanting to give something to the community, while at the same time meeting interesting people."

"This could be a younger person not in full-time employment, or somebody with spare time who would like an interesting challenge."

"You would not be alone as we give full support and training to become an active member of our team."

Anyone interested in becoming a ward co-ordinator is invited to contact John on 01323 507665 or email him.

13th May 2014

Scam Caller Alert

Please be aware that there has been a high volume of scam calls targeting vulnerable members of the local community. 

Since Saturday 10th May there have been 26 incidents reported by Eastbourne residents of would be fraudsters calling posing as police officers. The person  calls saying that the victim's card had been used to buy items and that the victim needs to call their bank or give them their bank details.

In other cases the caller has again pretended to be a police officer and said they have arrested people who have been found to be in possession of the victims bank account details. They have then tried to trick them by saying they will put them through to the bank for the victim to pass on their bank details.

These are the latest in a series of attempts to dupe people into parting with personal information by pretending to be someone official. The tricksters have also pretended to be a bank employee on some occasions. Fortunately those who received these latest calls became suspicious, did not give any details and immediately contacted Sussex Police. 

Please stay vigilant and never pass on bank or card details over the telephone. Legitimate organisations would never ask for this sort of information in this way.

If you receive such calls you should wait at least ten minutes for their line to clear and, if the opportunity arises, dial 1471 to obtain the caller's number. Once certain that the line is clear use your phone, mobile or alternative line, and phone Sussex Police on 101 to report your suspicions.

You can also email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote "Operation Edisto".

14th February 2014

Residents Warned of Telephone Scam

Sussex Police are issuing an urgent warning to residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a current wave of crime in which phone callers posing as police officers or bank staff ask for bank and card details.
Within a 36-hour period on Tuesday 11 February and the following day there were nine more cases in Sussex, in three of which money was obtained.
Late on Wednesday evening, 12 February, calls were made to two residents in Brighton. A woman living in Kimberley Road was defrauded of £600 cash, A similar call was made around the same time to a resident in Ainsworth Avenue, Ovingdean, but they became suspicious and did not part with any information or money.
Meanwhile a woman living in Harveys Lane, Ringmer, lost £1350 to just this scam on the same evening.
On the previous evening, Tuesday, phone calls were made to six addresses in Brighton. In five cases the residents became suspicious and did not part with anything but in the sixth case, in Lloyd Close, Hove, the thieves managed to obtain some £2500.
There has been a recent rise in this crime across the force area, and elsewhere in the country. In Sussex there have been 24 offences since last August, in which the fraudsters have got away with more than £150,000.
There was an upsurge in these incidents in December, when 55 incidents were reported although only in six cases was money obtained, and after a decrease in January there have so far been more than 30 such calls in February, with more than 10 of them relating to cash being taken.
The fraudsters call the intended victim claiming to be from either the Police or a Bank. They tell them that their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently to protect themselves. They suggest that they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine.
Don't be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They then tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number.
They will then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.
Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton from the Surrey and Sussex Police Specialist Crime Command said: "Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.
"Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited. If you have any suspicions please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank. If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, or to contact a friend to relative to alert them.
"I urge anyone reading or hearing this message to pass it on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.
"It is good that many people are already heeding our advice, because although there have been 24 cases in which cash has been stolen, there have been a further 107 incidents in which the thieves achieved nothing.
"We want to encourage everyone to continue to resist these callers, so if you have any information, whether you have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email Sussex Police quoting Operation Edisto. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Click here for on-line advice on fraud prevention.
The "Little Book Of Big Scams" also gives advice on how to prevent a wide range of scams.