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Alternatively, click here to contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity, or, call anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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If you have the vehicle registration number and manufacturer, this website will tell you if the vehicle is taxed and MOTd Note a vehicle with no MOT that is parked on the public highway but not been driven is not illegal providing it is taxed. Whether an insurance company would pay out if it was involved in an accident e.g. if another vehicle was to drive  into it is a grey area as it is technically not roadworthy.


Report abandoned vehicles or anti social driving to this website. You will need the registration, manufacturer, model and colour. You will be asked a small number of questions (simple yes / no / don't know answers) and then will be asked for details of location. For a vehicle to be considered abandoned, it must have no tax and been left over two weeks. For anti-social driving (using mobile phone, no seatbelt, tailgating, running red lights etc.) you will be asked for time of offence, location and description of driver. I think for both types of report you will be given a reference which you can use to follow progress. You will be asked for some personal details but these will not be disclosed to any other party.


1st December 2021

Lidl recalls Deluxe Stuffed Dates

Lidl is recalling Deluxe Stuffed Dates because salmonella has been found in the product.


27th November 2021

2022-23 Policing Priorities and Funding Survey

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is asking Sussex residents about the crime and community safety issues that matter to them, their experience of contacting police, and about police funding.

She said: "I want to know which issues matter most to people, and ask what can be done to address them by all our local partners working in collaboration with the police. This helps me set the local policing priorities for the Chief Constable to address as set out in my Police and Crime Plan.

"As the elected Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner I am also responsible for securing the annual budget for Sussex Police, which consists of an annual Government Grant and the police precept element of your council tax (which makes up 41% of the total).

"All of us, including our public services, face rising costs from inflation, so if we want to sustain levels of neighbourhood policing in Sussex, take more offenders off the streets and protect communities, we will need to consider increasing the precept next year. I know that any increase next year will be challenging on top of other costs, but households still pay less for policing in Sussex than most counties, where the precept remains one of the lowest in the country at 31 out of 37."

Click this link to have your say at: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/precept-priorities.

We appreciate that some people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. If you prefer, you can find the survey link on the PCC's website www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk.

The closing date for this survey is 9th January 2022.

Thank you for your continued support.


25th November 2021

Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams

What is lottery fraud?

Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information.

Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports.

Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money.

How to protect yourself

Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


22nd November 2021

The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

What is 2FA?

Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?

Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps:

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware


9th November 2021

Drivers miss out on more than £2 million of savings
by not renewing photocard driving licences online

New figures released by DVLA show that drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence online.


8th November 2021

November Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The November issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


30th October 2021

Cyber Crime Survey 2020

Fraud and cyber crime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis of Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing - most of it can be prevented. By following just a few practical steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts.

In order to better understand what steps you are already taking to stay secure online, we would be grateful if you would please complete the short survey we have created. Your answers will help us to determine what areas of online security we need to focus on over the coming months.

Please note:

Survey link
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cybercrimesurvey2021/

28th October 2021

Marks & Spencer is recalling Cocktail Sausage Rolls

Marks & Spencer is recalling M&S 20 Cocktail Sausage Rolls due to incorrect date labelling. A small number of packs have been incorrectly labelled with a ‘use by’ date of 10 January 2022.


26th October 2021

Keep Your Home Safe and Secure This Autumn

This week we launched our autumn burglary campaign, sharing crime prevention advice on how to protect your homes and outbuildings as we approach the clocks going back this weekend.

With longer nights drawing in, we want residents to think about the hidden security risks around their homes, and make it more difficult for opportunist burglary.

Sussex remains a safe place to live and work. Our burglary solved rate has increased over the last few months and we continue to concentrate our efforts to catch criminals and protect our communities from this crime type.

Sussex Police is committed to reducing burglary in Sussex and catch those response. Recently, officers stopped a cloned white Citroen van on suspicion of being linked to multiple burglaries across Sussex. Officers found number of stolen tools, power tools and assorted gardening equipment. Two men were subsequently arrested.

Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, said: “Having your property burgled can be one of the most upsetting and destructive crimes to occur and we are committed to do all we can to reduce this crime and catch those responsible.

“Sussex is a safe county and suffers from relatively low levels of burglary and we intend to work to continue to make our county an inhospitable place for burglars to operate.”

To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips on the Sussex Police website to:

Find burglary crime prevention advice here.

There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking. Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen. Find out more on their website here.


21st October 2021

Neighbourhood Watch 2021
Crime and Community Survey Launched

For the second year running, Neighbourhood Watch wants to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CL72YGJ

The survey, launched on Wednesday 20th October 2021, is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not.

The results will enable Neighbourhood Watch to better understand, on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.

Last year the survey received just over 30,000 responses from across England and Wales providing a rich and useful set of data.


14th October 2021

Neighbour of the Year Award

THE SEARCH TO FIND THE UK’S BEST NEIGHBOURS CONTINUES!

With just under two weeks left to nominate, people across the UK are invited to participate in our annual hunt for the UK’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARD – a nationwide search undertaken in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance. 

Now in its fourth year running, we have introduced a new category: COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. This Award will celebrate the nation’s most outstanding community and the lengths they’ve gone to support others and make a difference. The ‘community’ can either be in person or virtual, such as over Teams, Facebook or WhatsApp.

To nominate your NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR, YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR (for people aged 21 years and under) or COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR, and to find out more about these incredibly special awards, visit coop.co.uk/noty.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO at Neighbourhood Watch Network, said: ‘If you have always thought you have good neighbours, why not nominate them? They could be crowned Neighbour of the Year 2021 or Young Neighbour of the Year 2021 if they are 21 or younger. Or nominate a whole community to recognise a group of people who collectively have gone above and beyond to make others smile.’

Nominations close on the 26th of October.


13th October 2021

Streetsafe Online Tool

Have you seen the new StreetSafe tool? It’s an online tool where you can tell us anonymously about locations in your neighbourhood that make you feel or have made you feel unsafe. This could be due to environmental issues such as street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism or because of behaviours you’ve experienced that could include being followed or verbally abused.

We’ll use the information to share with local authorities and other partner agencies to gain a better understanding of how people feel in an area and what measures, activities or initiatives can be put in place to help people feel safer. You can find out more about how your data will be used here.

To use the StreetSafe tool visit our website here and plot on the map where you have felt or feel unsafe. You will be given the option answer additional questions on your personal characteristics (gender, age, sex) but will not ask for your name or date of birth.  

The murder of Sarah Everard and the conviction Wayne Couzens has sent shock waves through policing across the UK, Sussex included and we fully recognise that the case will have a profound impact on public trust and confidence in the police, particularly that of women.

StreetSafe is one way to help us rebuild public trust by people in our communities completing the online tool to enable improvements to be made in areas where people do not feel safe.

Please note StreetSafe is not an alternative to reporting crime to us, please use our normal reporting methods.


7th October 2021

Morrisons recalls Morrisons Amour Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Morrisons is recalling Morrisons Amour Classic Vanilla Ice Cream because the product may contain small pieces of plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


4th October 2021

September Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The September issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


1st October 2021

Waitrose recalls Waitrose & Partners
Plantlife Pulled Oyster Mushroom Burgers

Waitrose is recalling Waitrose & Partners Plantlife Pulled Oyster Mushroom Burgers because the product may contain small pieces of blue plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


28th September 2021

Sussex Police Launches Latest Officer Recruitment Drive

Sussex Police has opened applications for new police officers as part of its commitment to bolster officer numbers across the county.

The force’s latest recruitment window opened yesterday (Mon 27th September), welcoming applications over the following two weeks and encouraging members of the community to consider a career in policing.

The campaign urges potential applicants to ‘Change your life. Change lives’, highlighting the incredible impact police officers have in their communities, alongside the wealth of career opportunities on offer.

This financial year, Sussex Police will grow by 117 officers, building on the additional 129 constables welcomed to the force in 2020/21.  The growth in workforce comes as a result of the government’s Police Uplift Campaign, strengthened through a rise in the local council tax precept.

Now, applications are sought for recruits to join the force from June 2022 onwards as part of the three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme, during which they will study for a degree in professional policing practice while undertaking their training. Applicants need 2 A levels comprising of one A level grade A* - C or Level 3 equivalent and one A Level Grade A*-E, or AS Level in a different subject, or Level 3 equivalent. You must have a minimum overall of 48 UCAS points.

With opportunities to specialise in a wide range of policing specialisms, a career as a police officer opens doors to roles in areas such as safeguarding, community engagement, investigations and anti-terrorism. 

With this vast range of career opportunities to explore and diverse demands each day, police leaders are urging people from communities across Sussex and further afield to consider a career dedicated to making a difference.

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

Recruitment will close on Monday 11 October and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now and help make a real difference to your community.

Visit our website here to find out more and to apply.


21st September 2021

Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Consultation

Gatwick Airport is now consulting on proposals to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside their Main Runway. Departures would be shared between both runways. The Northern Runway would be used for smaller aircraft. All arrivals would continue to use their Main Runway.

Their plans also include the development of supporting infrastructure and facilities. These include road improvements, the realignment of the existing Northern Runway, a new Pier (aircraft stands), additional parking and hotels and improvements to the existing terminal buildings. You can find out more about these plans at
https://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/future-plans/northern-runway/

Gatwick are inviting comments from anyone with an interest in their proposals. Your feedback will play an important part in the development of their plans. You can give your feedback at the above web address.

The consultation began on 9 September 2021 and runs for 12 weeks until 11:59pm on 1 December 2021.


14th September 2021

The Search is on For The UK's Best Neighbour

People across the UK are being invited to take part in our annual hunt for the UK’s ‘Neighbour of the Year’ – a nationwide search undertaken in partnership by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch.

Now in its fourth year, 2021 sees the introduction of a new category: Community of the Year. This award will celebrate the nation’s most outstanding community (could be a street, a sports club, a faith collective, or anything in between, either in person or virtual, such as a WhatsApp, Facebook, or Slack group) and the lengths its members have gone to to support others and make a real difference. 

To nominate your Neighbour of the Year, Young Neighbour of the Year (for people aged 21 years and under) or Community of the Year, and to find out more about these very special awards please visit coop.co.uk/noty.

If you have any questions get in touch with us via enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

We can’t wait to see the nominations!


14th September 2021

 

Changes to the Highway Code

From today there are changes to the rules on using motorways, so it’s as important as ever that you “check the Code” – and continue to do so on a regular basis. 

For life, not just learners

The rules in the Highway Code are updated when there are changes in the law.   

New rules may be added while you are preparing for your practical test, or after you have passed. There have been 15 changes since 2015 alone. 

That means it’s really important to stay up to date, whether you’ve only had one lesson or held a licence for years. 

Most recent changes 

The changes made as of today refer to guidance on smart motorways. A total of 33 existing rules will be amended and two new rules introduced, with a number of amendments made to the additional information annexes. 

These include:  

How to stay updated 

It’s easy to keep up to date with the Highway Code, and any other future changes, online. 

GOV.UK includes a list of the latest updates that have been made, so it’s quick and easy to see what has changed. You can also sign up for email alerts whenever the Highway Code is updated.  

The Highway Code on GOV.UK allows you to: 

There’s also an official Highway Code app.

11th September 2021

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

New designed ASB patrols each Friday and Saturday - call 07785 372050 between 1800-0000 to report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.

Sergeant Faulkner said: 'Last weekend saw some changes to the way we are completing our Operation Blitz patrols; with patrols now led by current intelligence and information from local residents around anti-social behaviour and criminality.

Local officers will target two or three location identified via this information and complete high visibility in these areas, specifically working to resolve issues, identify persons involved in the problems, and finding solutions.

Last Friday evening, efforts were focused on Elms Avenue & Seaside Road following a number of persons in the area being abusive and drunk in the past.

During the two hours officers were present no significant issues were seen but a number of residents and visitors were spoken with. Very often we find officers being present is enough to deter crime and disorder and so this location is one we will be returning too in the near future.

Elsewhere we spent some time around Etchingham Road, Biddenden Close and elsewhere in the Langney Village area, looking at drug use and associated harm. Many local residents have raised concerns with us and on Friday, Police spoke with the users of the community centre, and many local youths and residents explaining what activities we were undertaking, and how we can help.

Various intelligence was gathered from these patrols which will feed more into the wider work of the neighbourhood teams, as well as two abandoned vehicles being reported to Operation Crackdown.

On Saturday out attention turned to Shinewater Park, and patrols were aimed at looking at youth disorder and the issues being experienced by park users. We have managed to identify some youths locally that may be involved in these incidents and will be making some follow up visits with parents and families.

This weekend we will be using information from local residents and others to target further areas that communities are reporting, and so please ensure you let us know about anything that is happening where you are'.

This number does not change each week, keep a note of it if you need to contact us.

Outside of these times please continue to report anti-social behaviour to us online, or by calling 101, or remember always call 999 in an emergency.


6th September 2021

September Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The September issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


31st August 2021

Appeal After Man is Found With Serious Head Injury In Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with a serious head injury in Eastbourne.

Officers were called to Moatcroft Road, at the junction with Upperton Road, at 00.01am on Monday (August 30) after a 42-year-old man was found unconscious in the street.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police investigating the matter believe the man was involved in an altercation, potentially with three other men, earlier in the night.

The victim had been at the Prince Albert pub in High Street, and is thought to have left to head to The Rainbow pub in Moatcroft Road.

Anyone who witnessed an altercation in either of these locations, or the surrounding streets, is asked to contact police. Those with information can report online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Liquorice.

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

Police Are Investigating A Burglary
At A Jewellery Shop In Eastbourne

Police are investigating a burglary at a jewellery shop in Eastbourne.

Officers were called around 8.45pm on Sunday (August 29) after the alarm had sounded at Special Things in Terminus Road.

Upon attendance, it was established that the premises had been broken into and a quantity of gold and diamond rings stolen from inside.

It is believed the suspect entered the building via an alleyway that runs between Bolton Road and Cornfield Road.

Officers investigating the matter are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around that time, and may have seen any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1254 of 29/08. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


27th August 2021

Warning to dog owners after lamb is attacked in Eastbourne

Police are warning dog owners to control their pets near livestock after a lamb was killed in a field in Eastbourne.

It happened near Butts Brow on Tuesday morning (August 24) when an unknown dog got into a field containing newly-weaned lambs, injuring one so badly it had to be euthanised.

Sergeant Fiona Munro said: "It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that they control their dog on agricultural land.

“The problem is that many people believe their dog isn’t capable of such acts of violence and often dog attacks initially start as fun.

“Dogs that are unfamiliar with livestock get excited and noisy, causing sheep to become frightened and panicked with catastrophic outcomes.

“In addition to the human distress and animal suffering that is caused, a landowner can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don't take the risk and keep your dog on a lead if in doubt.”

The matter remains under investigation and police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any other information.

Members of the public can report online or by calling 101 quoting serial 47210145553.

The advice to dog owners is to make sure you know where your dog is at all times. If you’re letting your dog off the lead, be confident there is no livestock nearby. Be sure that your dog will return to you promptly on command and if in doubt, keep them on a lead.

Dogs caught chasing or attacking livestock may be shot by farmers and owners may be prosecuted.


21st August 2021

Tayto Group recalls some Mr Porky, Jay’s
and The Real Pork Crackling Company products

Tayto Group Ltd is taking the precautionary step of recalling some Mr Porky, Jay’s and The Real Pork Crackling Company products because they might be contaminated with salmonella.


20th August 2021

Do I need to self-isolate?

As of 16th August, guidance on when to self-isolate due to Covid-19 has changed.

If you are fully vaccinated (with more than 14 days since your second jab) you no longer need to self-isolate when identified as a close contact. You just need to have a PCR test to check you aren’t unknowingly carrying the virus and as long as you get a negative result, you can carry on as normal. 

If you get a positive result you must self-isolate even if you have been fully vaccinated.
You now only need to self-isolate if you:

Or, if you’ve come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and:

You also no longer need to isolate as a close contact if you are aged under 18 years and 6 months. As with those who are fully vaccinated you just need to book a PCR test to check your current status. 


20th August 2021

Neighbourhood Watch Launch Impact Report 2021

Following the success of last year’s first-ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Report, we are delighted to share this year’s Impact Report for 2020/21.

This report builds on last year with data and case studies demonstrating the continued hard work and dedication, and impact of our 90,000 volunteers and 2.3 million household members.

The report demonstrates how we are achieving each of our three ambitions within our 5-year strategy, which we embarked upon last year, namely being:

In addition to preventing crime and the fear of crime, we have made a significant impact in supporting communities, especially through the Covid-19 challenges. 

As many charities have experienced, we have adapted the way we work and learned new ways to improve our services to serve our communities better. Whilst the restrictions have been relaxed over the Summer, we know we are not yet through these difficult times, and our role within communities is still just as much in demand as it was at the start of the pandemic.

None of the work we do would have been possible without people like you who support the work we do and the values we stand for. We want to thank you for your ongoing, unwavering support.

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/impact to download the report.


16th August 2021

The latest National Police Chiefs’ Council road safety campaign has launched, as does Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s support to reduce drug driving and make Sussex roads safer for all users.

Over the next fortnight, Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are focusing on making sure that road users don’t take unnecessary risks by driving behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

Sharing important road safety messaging and advice, SSRP will be engaging with the public on the risks of driving whilst under the influence, along with reminding road users of the penalties if caught doing so. 

Drink and drug-driving is one of the five most common contributing factors to collisions resulting in people being killed or serious injured (KSIs) on our roads. SSRP along with colleagues at Sussex Police are committed to reducing casualties through education, engagement, engineering, and enforcement.

It’s illegal to drive if you’re unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs, or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they have not affected your driving).

There is no one way that drugs, either illegal or medicinal, affect the body. The exact effect they will have depends on the substance, but can include impairment of awareness, judgement, and reaction times, putting the user and other road users in danger. If you’re taking prescribed medication and are not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional.

SSRP’s message is simple: we want the public to be aware and informed of the risks to driving under the influence, and to make the right choice; have #NoneForTheRoad and travel responsibly this summer.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

To find out more about the campaign, visit:
www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/news

14th August 2021

168 Express Ltd recalls various Jelly products 

168 Express Ltd is recalling multiple Jelly cup products because they contain Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate and Konjac gelling agents that are not permitted as an ingredient in jelly confectionery as they present a choking hazard. This product recall information notice has been amended to include an additional product.


12th August 2021

Violence Reduction Partnership Survey

Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership brings together the police, local authorities, judicial bodies, health providers and community organisations to tackle the root causes of serious violent crime in Sussex, to protect young people and make our communities safer.

They are currently conducting a survey try to gain a broad spread of public views in respect of serious violence and knife crime, to inform the community confidence baseline, which is a key success measure for the Home Office.

Neighbourhood Watch would like to invite you to participate in this survey, which is being hosted by Sussex Police. To take the survey please visit https://sussexpolice.researchfeedback.net/s/OpSafety . If you are hesitant to click this link then please search online for "Op Safety/Violence Reduction Partnership survey"

Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep Sussex safe.


9th August 2021

Alert - Vaccine Passport Scams

Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS.

The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

How to report scams:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


5th August 2021

Jumbo Importers recalls various KOO canned products

Jumbo Importers Ltd is recalling various KOO canned products on a precautionary basis because of a defective side seam weld in a small number of cans. This defect may cause the cans to leak and impact the safety of the product.

Highland Spring Ltd recalls 750ml sparkling spring water

Highland Spring Ltd is recalling their 750ml glass bottle of sparkling spring water on a precautionary basis because there have been a small number of reports that the bottles have exploded..


4th August 2021

Fraud Prevention Volunteers Sought

Sussex Police are looking to recruit Fraud Prevention Volunteers based in one of three areas. Details are given below.

Vacancy Information

The role of Fraud Prevention Volunteer will give the individual the opportunity to:

The Role

The purpose of the Fraud Prevention Volunteer role is to provide protective messaging to victims of fraud (individuals and businesses) who have reported their crime to Action Fraud and not received a police response. This will include victims who were not identified as vulnerable at first point of contact or treated as a ‘call for service’ for the purpose of Action Fraud reporting guidelines.

Volunteering locations:

One of the below:

Key Responsibilities

The key tasks carried out by Fraud Prevention Volunteers will include:

Skills & Experience

Fraud Prevention Volunteers need to have:

Previous experience of volunteering and/or working within a police environment or having knowledge of key fraud types and prevention advice would be advantageous but is not essential. Training will be given on key fraud types and prevention advice and on-going training will be available.

Contact Details for additional information
georgia.mansell@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Application process

Applications will only be accepted by clicking this link. CVs are not accepted as part of Sussex Police’s recruitment process.

Following submission of your application you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application attached. Occasionally emails from this address can fall into spam/junk folders so please ensure this is checked regularly. You may wish to consider adding noreply@surreysussexpolice.as.recruitmail.com
to your address/contact list to ensure you receive all communications.


4th August 2021

August Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The August issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


28th July 2021

Cahill’s Farm Cheese recalls several cheese products

Cahill’s Farm Cheese is recalling a number of cheese products because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product. The product recall information notice, (PRIN) has been updated to include additional products and batches and replaces the original PRIN.


21st July 2021

Yellow rain warning as heatwave dissipates

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued as the current heatwave for much of the UK breaks up into more unsettled weather over the weekend.


21st July 2021

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Team

The Met Office Level 3 Heat Health Alert is remaining in place until 0900hrs on Thursday 22nd July. There is a 90% probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 1600 on Monday and 0900 on Thursday in parts of England.

Level 3 - Heatwave Action Follow link HERE. View also view the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell. Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

 Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by visiting the RSPCA website for advice on seasonal help for the summer.

For more information please see:
Public Health England - COVID Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and Covid-19
Met Office Heat-health watch
NHS Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Heatwave - View latest updates to the weather situation in West Sussex
WSCC Preparing for emergencies

Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth

RSPCA Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather


21st July 2021

No Need For Speed

This is the message Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are reminding the public of as they continue work to educate road users of the dangers of travelling at speeds unsuitable for the roads.

As Covid restrictions continue to ease across the UK, roads can be expected to get much busier as many people return to the office, set off for summer holidays and travel freely across the country. The changes to Covid guidance will undoubtedly have an effect on road use and traffic flow across Sussex with many people travelling to picturesque beaches and public spaces across the county.

Supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s latest campaign, SSRP will carry out a number of educational and enforcement activities to tackle speeding and anti-social vehicle use across the county with the purpose of reducing those Killed or Seriously Injured across the Sussex road networks. The vital work undertaken by Community Speed Watch volunteers will be amplified throughout the campaign, with support from officers within SSRP conducting speed checks at high priority sites across the county. The SSRP Safety Camera team will be using both fixed and mobile cameras to enforce speed limits and provide high visibility enforcement. Alongside speed, the Safety Camera team technology captures mobile phone and seat belt offences.

Sergeant Richard Hornsey, Casualty Reduction Sergeant for the SSRP, notes the importance of this campaign: ‘Speed continues to be a major contributory factor with regards to road collisions, and this campaign reinforces the need to combat inappropriate speed and dangerous driving on our roads. We will continue to educate road users about the importance of driving at speeds that are appropriate for the road conditions, and remind drivers and riders that the speed limit is a limit, and not a target.

As lockdown continues to ease, we can expect to see a continued rise in road use; a timely reminder for everyone to share the roads responsibly and consider the impact their behaviour has on others on the road. Sadly, we have seen an increase in instances of verbal abuse being directed at Community Speed Watch volunteers who are volunteering their time to try and make their communities safer.

We will continue to support the volunteers and Casualty Reduction Officers will be visiting Community Speed Watch sites and will take positive action against the small number of motorists who commit these offences.’

To keep up to date with the NPCC speed campaign, visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk or follow on social media @SussexSRP.Email tracking gif


6th July 2021

July Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The July issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


3rd July 2021

Helen Browning’s recalls Helen Browning’s Organic Corned Beef 

Helen Browning’s is recalling Helen Browning’s Organic Corned Beef because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product.

Natural Instinct recalls several dog food products

Natural Instinct recalls several products containing duck because salmonella has been found in the products | Food Standards Agency


2nd July 2021

Get Safe Online Safe Job Searching Campaign

With so many people looking for work – and so much being advertised – you need to be sure you’re applying for a genuine job. Don’t fall victim to an employment scam.

Like many other aspects of life, the job market has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a succession of business closures, redundancies and migrant workers returning home.

Now, with restrictions easing and life returning to normal, the employment market is becoming busier, with many more jobs being advertised – mainly online – and huge numbers of applications for each role.

Employment scams have always been commonplace, ranging from being charged for non-existent DBS or CV checks to money laundering. But the current situation is being heavily exploited by cybercriminals, with 74% of job seekers applying for jobs that weren’t genuine during the pandemic*. Fall for one, and you could become a victim of financial or identity fraud, or even unwittingly pick up a criminal record. Read our expert tips, and don’t let this happen to you.

Your top tips for safe job searching

If you’ve been the victim of a recruitment scam, report it to SAFERjobs at www.safer-jobs.com.

If you’ve been defrauded as a result of applying for a job, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe job searching online visit www.getsafeonline.org/personal/articles/job-searching.


2nd July 2021

Do You Know What A Ghost Broker is?

Just 15% of people have heard of a ‘ghost broker’.* Do you know what one is?
Have you ever heard of a ‘ghost broker’? No, we are not talking about things that go bump in the night – this is a lot scarier. ‘Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium.

How do ‘ghost brokers’ operate?
Fraudsters lure victims in with the offer of cheaper insurance premiums, usually via social media or by word-of-mouth. These individuals or groups pose as middlemen for well-known insurance companies, claiming they can offer you legitimate car insurance at a significantly cheaper price.

This type of fraud is typically carried out either by forging insurance documents, falsifying your details to bring the price down, or by taking out a genuine policy for you but cancelling it soon after.

Often, the victim is not aware that they have been scammed until they are involved in an accident and try to claim on the policy.

Who do ‘ghost brokers’ target?
‘Ghost brokers’ tend to target vulnerable communities, including members of non-English speaking communities who may not have full knowledge of UK insurance and laws, as well as young people looking for cheaper insurance deals.

Last year, Action Fraud received 694 reports of ‘ghost broking’, with almost a third (29%) coming from victims aged 17-29. The reported losses for these victims alone totalled £113,500, with each individual losing an average of £559.

Figures also indicate that over half (58%) of all reports in 2020 were submitted by men.

What could happen if I drive without valid insurance?
As policies sold by ‘ghost brokers’ are either invalid, non-existent or fraudulent, this means that the driver is technically uninsured, meaning that you could face:

How can I protect myself from ‘ghost brokers’?
There are simple steps that you can take to spot the signs of these scams and avoid being taking for a ride by ‘ghost brokers’:

You can also contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau via its confidential Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 or on the IFB website.

1st July 2021

Motorists warned of websites charging a premium
for DVLA services free on GOV.UK

DVLA is urging motorists to beware of websites that charge a premium for DVLA online services that are cheaper or free on GOV.UK.

This comes as new figures show DVLA has been contacted more than 1,200 times since January 2020 by customers who have paid more for services than they need to by using unaffiliated websites.


16th June 2021

Fold Hill Foods recall several cat food products
because of safety concerns

Fold Hill Foods recall several cat food products because of safety concerns


16th June 2021

Has The Pandemic Made Us More Or Less Aware of Online Risks?

Along with our Cyberhood Watch partner, Avast, we have launched a new survey to understand whether the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our attitudes towards certain aspects of cybersecurity and privacy since the first lockdown in March 2020.

The findings from the survey will be used to inform ongoing Cyberhood Watch awareness initiatives for the Neighbourhood Watch community and draw attention to important cybersecurity and privacy topics though the media to help UK citizens improve their knowledge of, and protection from, cyberthreats.

The survey of 16 questions will take you less than 5 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. It is open from today and will close on Sunday 27th June 2021. If you’d like to take part, please follow the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XSYQQTD

Thank you very much in advance for your support in the fight against cybercrime in the UK.


12th June 2021

Tesco recalls Tesco Cottage Pie Baby Food

Tesco is recalling Tesco Cottage Pie Baby Food 190g because it may contain small pieces of blue plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


12th June 2021

Home Office Safer Street Funding Consultation

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking your views as part of an application to the Home Office Safer Street Fund. They would like to hear your real and lived experiences on what would make you feel safer in your community, and your concerns. Everyone’s views are welcome.

Share your experiences here: The survey closes Sunday 20 June 2021.

The Home Office recently announced it was committing up to £25 million to a ensure that women and girls feel safer in public places.

They announced a Safer Streets fund that Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities can bid into that aims to:

SPCC are seeking your input to help make sure that the bid accurately reflects the concerns of Sussex residents and identifies appropriate ways to tackle them.


12th June 2021

Summer Drink and Drug-Driving Crackdown
Kicks Off Alongside Euro 2020

A summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug-drivers kicks off today (Friday 11 June), in conjunction with the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police will deploy increased resources to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads. The goal is to keep all road users safe, and to take robust action against those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.

Working with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart Surrey, the forces are urging motorists to stay onside of the law – or face the penalties.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our aim is to reduce the possibility of people being injured or killed through collisions whereby the driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs.

“However, we cannot do this on our own. I need your help to take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of others – do not drive if you are going to drink or use drugs, as the consequences can be fatal for yourself or an innocent member of the public.

“And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, report it to us immediately – you could save a life.

“We all know that drinking or using drugs whilst driving is not only dangerous, but socially unacceptable, and my plea is that we work together to protect everyone on the roads from harm.

“There are a lot of miles to cover across Surrey and Sussex, and while we may not be everywhere all the time, we could be anywhere.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I know that road safety continues to be a top priority for Sussex residents. I’ve held 32 focus groups over the last month and nearly all in attendance have told me that one of their biggest concern is antisocial and dangerous driving.

“I am always dismayed by the number of people who choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is not just inconsiderate, it’s totally irresponsible. Those who kill or seriously injure others when over the limit should be in no doubt that they will face the legal and social consequences of their actions.

“With football season in full swing and sunny summer weather to enjoy, we must make sure that we are taking responsibility for our actions when out socialising. The message is clear: drink or drive; don’t take the risk and do both, even if you have had ‘only one drink’.”

The dedicated campaign runs from Friday 11 June to Sunday 11 July, and is in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year.

In keeping with previous campaigns, the identities of anyone arrested for drink or drug-driving during this period and subsequently convicted, will be published on our website and social media channels.

Chief Insp Hodder added: “We hope that by maximising publication of this campaign, people will think twice about their actions. We appreciate that the vast majority of motorists are safe and competent road users, but there is always a minority who ignore our advice and risk lives.

“Our advice to everyone – whether you’re watching the football or socialising with friends or family this summer – is to drink or drive; never both. Alcohol affects different people in different ways, and the only way to guarantee you are safe to drive is to have no alcohol at all. Even one pint of beer, or one glass of wine, can be enough to put you over the limit and significantly impair your ability to drive safely.

“Think about it before you get behind the wheel. Don’t let your next journey be your last.”

Between April 2020 and March 2021, 291 people casualties were involved in a drink or drug-driving related collision in Sussex; three of these were fatal.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, 212 people casualties were involved in a drink or drug-driving related collision in Surrey; two of these were fatal.

During the same period, a total of 1,185 arrests were made for drink-driving in Sussex, and a further 1,135 for drug-driving.

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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


11th June 2021

"Nextdoor" Letters

We understand that some residents have received letters which infer that a neighbour has invited them to join Nextdoor, a US based social networking app, which appears to be building a database to use advertising to connect neighbours with businesses. These letters may quote a code expiring in 7 days. Some residents may find these approaches to be unwanted or distressing. We would like to remind you that you are under no obligation to respond to any such approaches.

The Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation, Registered Charity no. 1059756, takes the security and privacy of your data very seriously, in accordance with UK Data Protection legislation. Your data available to us is kept very securely within the UK, and is not used for profit-making purposes. It is only shared with the Information Providers that you have agreed to receive messages from, most commonly Sussex Police, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online. You can change your preferences at any time.


11th June 2021

Cheese On The Wey recalls Blue Millie

Cheese On The Wey is recalling Blue Millie cheese because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product.


7th June 2021

Over Five Million Suspicious E-mails Reported

Phishing remains the most successful attack vector for cyber criminals targeting individuals and businesses. 

Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed.

What are the most common phishing scams?

The most commonly spoofed organisation reported in phishing emails was TV Licensing, with victims of these emails reporting losses totalling £5.3m. The majority of losses occurred as a result of victims following malicious links in the emails and inputting their personal information into what they thought was the legitimate TV Licensing website. Shortly after, they would receive a call from criminals impersonating bank staff who was able to convince them that their bank accounts were compromised and persuaded them to transfer all of their money to a new ‘safe’ account. Some of the other most commonly impersonated organisations included HMRC and DVLA. We also received more than 40,000 suspicious email reports relating to COVID-19.

How you can protect yourself from phishing messages.

Fake emails and text messages can sometimes be difficult to spot and criminals are constantly getting better at finding ways to make them seem more authentic. Email address spoofing, for example, is just one of the tactics criminals will use to try and make their fake emails look real. Here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself, and others, from scam emails and text messages:

1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill.

2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites.

3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit: actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime


2nd June 2021

Aldi recalls Roosters Breaded Chicken Goujons

Aldi is recalling Roosters Breaded Chicken Goujons because salmonella has been detected in the product.


1st June 2021

June Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The June issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


25th May 2021

National Seat Belt Campaign

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are raising awareness and providing road safety information on the importance of wearing a seatbelt, no matter how long or short the journey. As lockdown eases further SSRP are reminding the public of maintaining correct road safety practice to ensure the safety of themselves and others when travelling across the county.

Whilst the majority of road users wear their seatbelts, the consequences however, should they not be worn, can be severe.

In 2019, 23% of car occupants killed were not wearing a seatbelt. This is only a 3% decrease since 2018 where the proportion of car occupants killed while not wearing a seatbelt was 26%. Whether a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, in a crash a seatbelt greatly improves your chance of avoiding serious injury of death.

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


25th May 2021

Asda recalls Vegetable Cous Cous 500g 

Asda has recalled its Vegetable Cous Cous 500g because it may be contaminated with salmonella..


24th May 2021

Keep Your Home Safe This Summer

Over the last year reports of burglary have dropped dramatically across Sussex. The lockdown measures that have been in place across the UK have undoubtedly contributed to this reduction. As lockdown measures continue to ease and with summer approaching, we want to keep it this way.

Monday 17 May marked a milestone in the Government road map out of lockdown with people beginning to return to their place of work, the hospitality sector opening up their services fully, taking a ‘staycation’ and enjoy social activities more fully across the UK. What this also means is while people can enjoy more freedom away from their homes, they will be empty for longer periods of time.

In order to keep burglary rates low, we need to ensure that as the nation continues to move out of lockdown home security is a top priority. We want to remind residents of the crime prevention advice available to protect their homes against burglary. This could be as simple as ensuring that all windows are closed and double checking that doors are locked when leaving the home.

All week we are sharing crime prevention advice on the Sussex Police social media accounts and will continue to publicise when burglars are convicted at court. Burglary is a priority that we continue to tackle.

To protect your property, you can find practical prevention tips to:

There are also other ways to protect your personal belongings by using property marking. Register your belongings on the free Immobilise national property register. It only takes a few minutes and increases the chances of being reunited with your property if it is stolen. Find out more on their website here.

17th May 2021

Protect Your Pooch
A New Dog Theft Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 


15th May 2021

Marks and Spencer recalls Stuffed Medjool Date Selection 

Marks and Spencer is taking the precautionary action of recalling M&S Stuffed Medjool Date Selection (350g) because they might be contaminated with Hepatitis A.


12th May 2021

May Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The May issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


6th May 2021

Greggs recalls Vegetable Bakes 

Greggs is recalling Vegetable Bakes (2 pack) because the product may contain small pieces of green glass. The possible presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat. This product is exclusively sold in Iceland Stores and does not affect the products sold in Greggs.


2nd May 2021

Franco’s Ices recalls Mr Bubble Ice Lollies

Franco’s Ices is recalling Mr Bubble (Bubble Gum Flavour Ice Lolly) because the product has been found to contain small pieces of metal. The presence of metal makes this product unsafe to eat.


2nd May 2021

Avoid Falling Victim To Travel Fraud

Following a year of travel bans, quarantine, uncertainty and missed holidays, many of us are desperate to get away for a break, whether it’s a holiday in the sun or a weekend by the sea in the UK. You may be taking the plunge and booking right now, or waiting cautiously until the travel situation becomes clearer.

Or you may be booking travel and accommodation for that face-to-face meeting you’ve yearned for every time you go on a video call.

But cybercriminals are busy thinking about holidays and travel too ... not taking them but exploiting your desperation for a break, with fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts and phone calls for holidays, flights, accommodation or pilgrimages that don’t exist.

Avoid disappointment and financial losses: start by reading Get Safe Online's expert tips on searching and booking holidays, and travel safely and securely.

Top tips to ensure your holiday or travel booking is safe

For the full story, visit www.getsafeonline.org, select ‘Protecting Yourself’ and then ‘Holiday & Travel Booking’.

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

If you think you’ve been a victim of online fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre on 0300 123 20 40 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.


26th April 2021

Police Forces Unite To Crack Down on Knife Crime

Sussex Police is intensifying its ongoing activities in tackling knife crime and violence as part of the national week of action launching today (26th April).

Operation Sceptre bolsters the work undertaken by Sussex police all year round to help keep residents safe from knife-related harm in their local communities. The campaign will focus on key themes such as prevention and education and officers will carry out targeted operations alongside partner agencies. 

Sussex is a safe place to live, however, putting aside significant falls in violence during lockdown periods, offences involving knives have been rising in recent years in line with the national picture. 

Superintendent Stu Hale said: "Reducing knife crime and knife possession is a key priority for Sussex Police and we are determined to take harmful items off our streets. 

"Operation Sceptre is an opportunity to have vital conversations with the public around knife crime. Our message is clear: carrying a knife is dangerous and does not make you safer, it puts you at more risk of coming to harm.

"As part of our week of action we're carrying out educational activities, amnesty and targeted operations to raise awareness among at-risk groups and disrupt crime in action. 

"This week intensifies our year-round tactics to address knife crime by engaging with young people in schools, using our knife crime engagement van and our work with partners to ensure people are signposted to help at an early opportunity.

"We also work hard to target disrupt prolific offenders, through teams such as the Special Enforcement Unit, Tactical Enforcement Unit through days of action."

This week, police will work closely with Border Force to monitor attempts to import weapons and will also work locally with schools and community members offering engagement and prevention advice to young people.

Officers will continue to work closely with retailers and Trading Standards, including retailers that operate online, to ensure weapons are kept off our streets.

Other tactics during the week of action will include targeted high visibility and plain-clothes patrols across the county. Activity also includes target stop and search against habitual knife carriers and previous offenders and weapon sweeps by police officers.

As always, knife amnesty bins where people can safely dispose of dangerous or unwanted knives and blades at police stations across Sussex, no questions asked.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for knife crime, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, said: "Coronavirus has been a huge part of everyone’s lives for over a year now but we want to remind people that our normal policing role hasn’t stopped during this time.

"Forces are determined to tackle violent crime and with the restrictions easing, taking knives off our streets and helping people understand the dangers of carrying a knife remains a top priority.

"Our work with Border Force, Trading Standards, the Violence Reduction Units and many other partners means we are able to tackle some of the significant underlying causes of knife related violence.

"Operation Sceptre brings forces together and highlights that we will be united in doing everything possible to stop those intent on causing serious violence."

To tell Sussex Police about knife crime please report online or call 101, we will treat information you give us sensitively. In an emergency always dial 999.

If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.

To report knife crime anonymously, visit Crimestoppers.Email tracking gif


19th April 2021

Catalytic Converter Theft and Free Offer

The National Police Chief Council and British Transport Police are running a targeted week of action to raise awareness of catalytic converter theft and offering crime prevention advice to help car owners protect their cars from theft. And we’re taking part along with our partners.

Across Sussex the number of catalytic converter thefts has increased. Criminals are stealing the catalytic converters for the precious metals contained within them, some of which can be worth more than gold.

We are encouraging car owners to:

For more information about protecting your car against crime visit our website here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Criminals can remove a catalytic converter within minutes and will probably use a jack to raise the car off the ground to do so. They will not be alone and may have a vehicle nearby to make their getaway. Sometimes they will wear high visibility vests to give the false impression that they are carrying out a repair such as changing a tyre.

We’re asking members of the public to take a second look, what may appear to be an innocent act, may be criminals at work. Please do not approach anyone you think may be in the act of stealing a catalytic converter, but to call 999 immediately.

Also if you have any information about catalytic converter thefts, please report this to us either online on our website here using the ‘Report’ button on the front page or by calling 101.

This week our officers will be at garages across Sussex offering free catalytic converter forensic marking with SmartWater. SmartWater is a liquid with a unique forensic code which is detectable under a UV light and can lead to the detection of crime and reunite people with their stolen property. All you need to do is go one of the garages listed below and your car’s catalytic converter will be marked. You will need to register, these details will be available on your visit.

To allow for social distancing and for garages to manage this effectively some are requesting you make a pre-booked appointment or they are allowing 15 minute time slots on arrival without an appointment.  Please see the details of the garages and who to contact if booking is required here on our webpage.


14th April 2021

Sainsbury's recalls Taste the Difference Medjool Dates

Sainsbury’s is taking the precautionary action of recalling Taste the Difference Medjool dates because they might be contaminated with Hepatitis A.


12th April 2021

East Sussex County Council has issue its latest update on the Coronavirus pandemic.


10th April 2021

Nutricia recalls Cow & Gate and Aptamil Muesli 10+ months

Nutricia is recalling Cow & Gate and Aptamil Muesli products because some packs have been found to contain pieces of apple stalks. The presence of the apple stalks presents a choking hazard to babies making these products unsafe to eat. This is an update to the recall of the same products on 15/01/2021 as two of the products were re-released in error.


8th April 2021

Aldi GB recalls Harvest Morn Crisp Rice 

Aldi GB is recalling Harvest Morn Crisp Rice because it has been found to contain pieces of plastic, making this product unsafe to eat.


7th April 2021

April Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The April issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


4th April 2021

Morrisons recalls Morrisons Choco Crackles breakfast cereal

Morrisons is recalling Morrisons Choco Crackles because some packs have been found to contain pieces of plastic.

Asda recall Asda 2 Original Chicken Chargrills

Asda is recalling Asda 2 Original Chicken Chargrills because salmonella has been found in the product.


3rd April 2021

Remember to fill in your census this Easter

There has been a great response to Census 2021, but to avoid getting a knock at the door from a field officer – get on and fill in your census this Easter weekend. 

Millions of households across England and Wales have already made sure they count when it comes to planning and provision of the key services we all rely upon, like GP surgeries, school places and hospital beds, by filling out their online census form.  However, it is vital everyone who hasn’t yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, March 21, has been and gone. 

Field officers are already out and about and will visit households who have not submitted their census this Easter weekend. The operation will reach its peak next week so more officers will be knocking at doors where our records show there has been no response. 

“Census 2021 has gone brilliantly so far,” Office for National Statistics director of operations Pete Benton said. “The overwhelming majority of people across England and Wales have already taken part and we’ve heard some great stories: from those completing their 10th census to those completing their first. 

“But, for us to have the most accurate picture of the whole population, we need everyone to fill in their questionnaire. By doing so you will be helping shape the local services in your community – the bus routes, school places, the hospital beds. You can do it easily online, but for those who want help, we have a range of census support centres open across England and Wales, and paper forms are available for those who need them. 

“Everyone is required by law to respond to the census and if you do so now you won’t be fined.” 

The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a household. 

The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper after Census Day and direct them to the support services they need. 

Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance. 

They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census.
The census is a unique survey of all households in England and Wales. To be truly representative, it needs everyone to be counted. 

“That includes people with second homes,” Benton said. “If you’ve not been to your caravan, holiday let or city commuter pad because of lockdown, you still need to complete a census for all your properties – even if there’s no-one there – so that we get an accurate picture of the entire housing stock. 

“And if you’ve moved out of a home in London or another city and into a second home in a more rural location during the pandemic, you need to complete a census for both properties. 

“All students need to be included in the census too. They should complete it for their usual term-time address. If they’re currently living at their home address, they will need to be included in the census for that household too.” 

All households will have been sent a letter in the post in early March with instructions for taking part. If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message. You’ll find all the help you need online, or you can visit one of our local census support centres where you can get help to fill out your form. 

Website, webchat and guidance documents Census 2021

Telephone:
0800 141 2021 (general enquiries(
0800 876 6276 (to request a paper copy).

Free Language Helpline:
0800 587 2021 (to make an appointment)

Census Support Centres - to find your nearest centre,
NGT Text Support - (18001) 0800 141 2021

Find your nearest support centre: Find Your Nearest Census Support Centre

2nd April 2021

East Sussex County Council has issue its latest update on the Coronavirus pandemic.


31st March 2021

Nestle UK recalls SMA Wysoy Infant Formula - Update

Nestle UK is recalling SMA Wysoy Infant Formula because some cans have been found to contain pieces of blue plastic. The presence of blue plastic makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a potential choking hazard to babies.

This product recall information notice has been updated to include additional batches of the product and updated Best Before Dates.


29th March 2021

We Want Safer Roads For All Road Users

View shocking footage that shows the significant risks associated with antisocial riding here

It has been re-released as we remind motorcyclists: we welcome careful and considerate riding, but we will deal robustly with anyone who compromises road safety.

Police provide education, engagement and enforcement to all motorists 365 days a year, and the vast majority of road users travel safely and competently.

But with the warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions likely to lead to more traffic on our roads, officers are urging bikers in particular to stay safe.

Motorcyclists represent almost a quarter of all fatal and serious injury collisions – despite making up only five per cent of vehicles on our roads.

Our message also follows concerns raised by communities across Surrey and Sussex of speeding, excess noise, and antisocial riding and driving, with some residents so fed up they are considering selling their homes.

We are continuing to address these issues by working with communities, and partners including local authorities, charities and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It would appear a number of riders have no regard not only for their own safety, but for those they endanger too.

“They also seem to have left their common sense at home whilst forgetting how their loved ones would feel if they hurt themselves or someone else by the stupidity of their selfish riding.”

We’re also urging the public to share our social media messaging over the next three weeks, which will encourage motorcyclists to enjoy the ride responsibly, considerately and safely.

One experienced rider from Sussex, who did not wish to be identified, has pleaded with his fellow riders to work with the police; not against them.

“If you continue to do what you’re doing, speeding through towns and villages and taking unnecessary risks, it will result in more and more police intervention,” he said. “You could also kill yourself or someone else. It only takes a minor lapse in concentration or something unavoidable, like a cat running out in the road, for a serious incident to happen.

“Speed kills, and while we don’t want to tar all riders with the same brush, it is important for everyone to understand the risks. We are far more vulnerable than most road users, and the stats prove that.

“It’s also important for communities to recognise that not all bikers ride dangerously or antisocially.

“Ultimately, we all need to work together. Stick to the speed limits, and drive or ride safely and responsibly. Don’t give your loved ones a reason to attend another funeral.”

We will also be supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s annual two-wheeled campaign – aimed to reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists through education and enforcement – from Tuesday 6 April to Sunday 18 April.

For advice on riding safely, visit the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website here.

To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving or riding, visit the Operation Crackdown website here.

The above footage was captured as a group of motorcyclists travelled between Kent and Sussex in April 2019. It led to three individuals being convicted of dangerous driving.Email tracking gif


27th March 2021

Nestle UK recalls SMA Wysoy Infant Formula

Nestle UK is recalling SMA Wysoy Infant Formula because some cans have been found to contain pieces of blue plastic. The presence of blue plastic makes this product unsafe to eat and presents a potential choking hazard to babies.

PepsiCo recalls Smith’s Snaps Spicy Tomato Flavour

PepsiCo is recalling Smith’s Snaps Spicy Tomato Flavour 8 x 13g multi-pack bags because some batches may be under-cooked and the crisp noticeably harder than usual. The product may present a choking hazard and is unsafe to eat.


24th March 2021

Dealicious Mealz recalls Meat Seekh Kebab and Chicken Seekh Kebab 

Dealicious Mealz recalls Meat Seekh Kebab and Chicken Seekh Kebab because the products have been produced in an unapproved establishment


23rd March 2021

East Sussex County Council has issue its latest update on the Coronavirus pandemic.


23rd March 2021

Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts
reported in one year.

If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those.

Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals.

Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking.

The majority of reports (88%) were made by individuals, with 12% of reports being made by businesses. Analysis of the crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts, with phishing messages being the most common tactic used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims.

The motivation behind the hacks are varied and can range from financial gain, to revenge or personal amusement. Some victims are extorted for money, whilst others have their accounts used to send malicious links to their contacts. One victim who had multiple email and social media accounts hacked paid over £2,000 to regain access to them. Another victim reported that her hacked Facebook account was used to trick her friends into sending money into a PayPal account they thought belonged to her.

Secure your email and social media accounts in just a few minutes. Here's what you need to do:

1: Use a strong and separate password for your email, as well as other important accounts, such as  your banking or social media accounts.

2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). It will help to stop hackers from getting into your online accounts, even if they have your password.

3: If you can't access your account, search the company's online support or help pages. You'll find information about how to recover your account.

For detailed instructions on how to reset your password or enable 2FA on your accounts, visit:
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/secureyouraccounts


19th March 2021

Birds Eye recalls 4 Chicken Burgers with Golden Wholegrain

Birds Eye is recalling Birds Eye 4 Chicken Burgers with Golden Wholegrain 200g, as some packs may contain pieces of red plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


15th March 2021

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Commercial Vehicle Campaign

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Insecure Loads Campaign to raise awareness of the importance of proper fleet and vehicle management. The campaign will educate road users on the importance of road safety legislation compliance, particularly amongst the commercial vehicle community. 
 
The campaign is part of SSRP’s continued work to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county’s road networks. Casualty Reduction Officers from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership will be supporting colleagues across Sussex Police to engage with the public and educate road users on the importance of securing vehicle loads. 
 
Throughout the week long campaign, beginning Monday 15 March 2021, SSRP will focus on different aspects of road safety, including vehicle loads, vehicle checks and documentation, along with collaborating with partner agencies across the county.


15th March 2021

Census day is nearly here

With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in England and Wales. The letters, with your unique access codes, have all gone out and responses are already coming in.

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. “It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers. “It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it. The questionnaire includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.


13th March 2021

SFC recalls SFC Chicken products
because of the presence of Salmonella

SFC are recalling an extended range of SFC products because Salmonella has been found in some of their product ranges. This update extends the recall to all SFC products for certain dates, listed in the table below and adds an additional product, Little Hill Farm Chicken Breast Fillets. All batch codes are affected with best before dates up to and including 30 of June 2022. Products after this best before date are not affected.
The business put additional food safety controls in place in November 2020 to improve the safety of their products. They have now taken the precautionary step of recalling all products manufactured before the new and additional controls were put in place.

Asda recalls Little Kids Pasta Bolognese
and Little Kids Spaghetti Bolognese

Asda is recalling Asda Little Kids Pasta Bolognese and Little Kids Spaghetti Bolognese because some packs have been found to contain pieces of blue rubber. The presence of the blue rubber presents a choking hazard making these products unsafe to eat. These products have passed their use by dates but are suitable for home freezing, and customers may have these products and date codes in their freezers.


11th March 2021

East Sussex County Council has issue its latest update on the Coronavirus pandemic.


11th March 2021

SFC recalls SFC Chicken products
because of the presence of Salmonella

SFC are recalling SFC Chicken Poppets and Take-Home Boneless Bucket because Salmonella has been found in the products. Batch codes starting with an L are displayed on the inner packaging inside the box. This update extends the recall of SFC Chicken Poppets to include all batch codes for the products with best before dates of 24 September and 31 October 2021.

Further investigations are ongoing for this brand, should more product be identified, a further update will be provided. We have also issued advice to consumers on cooking and good hygiene to avoid cross contamination and reduce the risk of food poisoning. If followed correctly, the cooking instruction on the label is enough to kill any salmonella present.


9th March 2021

Danone recalls three yogurt products 

Danone has taken the precautionary step of recalling three batches of yogurt products because they may contain pieces of metal. The possible presence of metal makes these products unsafe to eat.

The products are:


6th March 2021

Survey - Your Views on Dog Theft - Reminder

This is a reminder that Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC), has launched a national survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders.

The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft, and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.

The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally, and allow police forces to better understand the public's views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.

Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals. 

According to Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.

PCC Bourne says: "I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents' views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets."

"I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators."

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March. If you have not already done so, please have your say today: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft


5th March 2021

Eastbourne Police Weekly News and Alerts

ASB Patrols this weekend

Each week, targeted ASB patrols head out across the district to known areas, and areas of ASB, behaviour or driving, reported by your communities.

Call 07785-372050 between 1800-0000 each Friday and Saturday if you witness, or are victim to anti-social behaviour (ASB), and report directly to officers on the ground, out targeting areas of known and reported ASB.
This number does not change each week, keep a note of it if you need to contact us. Outside of these times please continue to report anti-social behaviour to us online, or by calling 101, or remember always call 999 in an emergency.

Burglary Summary
Police are urging Eastbourne residents to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries in which door locks have been drilled out.

Officers have been alerted to three recent break-ins in the Willingdon and Ratton area where similar methods of entry have been found.

A quantity of jewellery was taken during two of the burglaries, in Friston Avenue and Broad Road. Nothing appears to have been taken during the third burglary.

Officers are investigating the three incidents and additional patrols are being carried out in the area to identify and deter any further criminal behaviour.

Members of the public are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click here.

If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.

Action Fraud scam watch

Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?

Action Fraud’s top tips

Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud here.


5th March 2021

Co-op recalls Irresistible Carrot Cake
and Irresistible Coffee and Walnut Cake

Co-op is recalling Irresistible Carrot Cake and Irresistible Coffee and Walnut Cake because the products may contain pieces of glass. The possible presence of glass makes this product unsafe to eat.

SFC recalls SFC Chicken products

SFC are recalling SFC Chicken Poppets and Take-Home Boneless Bucket because Salmonella has been found in the products. Batch codes starting with an L are displayed on the inner packaging inside the box.


3rd March 2021

Have you got your census letter?

Households across England and Wales are being asked to take part in Census 2021.

Census day is on March 21, but households will now be receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. If you don’t get one in the next couple of weeks, please get in touch with the census contact centre. You can also request a paper questionnaire if you’d prefer to complete your census that way. Local census support centres will be open while the census is happening. Staff will offer help for people not confident online, who don’t have a computer or need help completing on paper.

Census Q & A

What is the census?
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

When is it happening?
Census day is March 21. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?
The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

How long will it take?
The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

What if I don't speak English or Welsh?
Translation booklets are available to download. If your language is not represented, please contact the customer contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?
The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh). You can also phone the contact centre 0800 141 2021, or visit one of our support centres offering assistance.

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?
You could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.
Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.

For more information, and to find out how to get help, visit census.gov.uk or call the contact centre on  0800 141 2021.


3rd March 2021

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership Cycle Safety Campaign

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is providing advice and information on how to travel safely when cycling across Sussex. From 1st March, SSRP have released helpful road safety guidance on travelling this spring, and what to expect when out on the roads during lockdown.

As the weather continues to improve, it is important to raise awareness of important road safety practices for cyclists and other road users on how to share the roads responsibly.

Cycling and walking are popular alternatives to driving or public transport, and often an enjoyable way to take daily exercise. However, it is important for all road users to make sure they are prepared for their journey, give themselves plenty of time, and to be mindful of other road users. At this time, when the NHS continues to operate under extreme pressure, it is important to plan journeys ahead and be mindful of other road users. 

Resources are to be shared with the public to ensure cyclists are provided with information and resources, and the steps all road users can take to ensure they travel safely. 

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


2nd March 2021

March Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The March issue of the Neighbourhood Watch - 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


2nd March 2021

Give your views on changes to the Highway Code

 

Highways England has launched a review of the Highway Code to improve road safety on motorways and high-speed roads.

The consultation will run for four weeks and closes at 23:59 on 29 March 2021.

What’s happening?

The Highway Code is regularly updated to improve safety for all road users.

Highways England is asking for your views on updated safety information for high-speed dual carriageways and motorways.

Proposed changes include updating information on the use of variable speed limits to manage congestion, the use of red X signs to close lanes, and what to do in the event of a breakdown.

Give your views

You can read full details of the proposed updates, and give your views, on GOV.UK

1st March 2021

Don't Get Caught Out By A Covid-19 Vaccination Scam

As if we haven’t all had enough to deal with and worry about since the outset of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the situation has unfortunately been exploited by fraudsters with fake offers of vaccinations. At times of disasters and other crises, there is invariably an increase in fraudulent activity, for example, bogus charity donation requests. The current pandemic, unprecedented in its effects and global reach – is no exception. A massive increase in reliance on the internet and people’s concerns about their and loved ones’ health, wellbeing and finances have combined to create ideal conditions for fraud.

Over the last year, commonplace COVID-19-related scams have included fake advertisements for PPE to priority online shopping slots, HMRC monetary grants to travel refund services, and fake NHS Test & Trace messages informing recipients that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and need to buy a home testing kit. A more complete list can be found at
www.getsafeonline.org/news/coronavirus-scams-you-should-be-aware-of

With the UK vaccination programme in full swing, the most recent wave of scams has focused on fraudulent offers of vaccinations, attempting to persuade recipients that they can ‘jump the queue’.

The scams, which are perpetrated via email, text or telephone call, either request payment for a vaccination, or link to authentic looking but fake websites which harvest your confidential information. Those who fall for such scams fall victim to financial fraud, identity theft or both.

Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccination Scams – Top Tips:

Remember that COVID-19 vaccines in the UK are available only via the NHS of England, Wales and Scotland, or from Health & Social Care Northern Ireland.

Remember that the NHS will never:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.

How you will be contacted to get your COVID-19 vaccination

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have the vaccination, by letter, text or email, with information on how to book your appointment. The vaccination is free of charge without exception. The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, don’t be embarrassed but report it immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040 (if you’re in Scotland, Police Scotland on 101). Report any assaults to the police.

If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded free of charge to 7726.


28th February 2021

Lidl GB recalls Birchwood Beef and Pork Mince

Lidl GB is recalling Birchwood Beef and Pork Mince (23% Fat) as it may contain pieces of plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


19th February 2021

Survey - Your Views on Dog Theft

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC), has launched today (19 February) a national survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders.

The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft, and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.

The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally, and allow police forces to better understand the public's views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.

Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals. 

According to Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.

PCC Bourne says: “I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets."

"I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators."

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March.

Make sure to have your say today:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft


19th February 2021

SFC recalls SFC Chicken products
because of the presence of Salmonella


SFC are recalling SFC Chicken Poppets and Take Home Boneless Bucket because Salmonella has been found in the products. Batch codes starting PKW are displayed on the outside of the box. Batch codes starting with an L are displayed on the inner packaging inside the box.

SFC are recalling SFC Chicken Poppets and Take Home Boneless Bucket because Salmonella has been found in the products. Batch codes starting PKW are displayed on the outside of the box. Batch codes starting with an L are displayed on the inner packaging inside the box.

Co-op recalls Irresistible Ginger and Dark Chocolate Cookies 

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

Boots recalls Multivitamins

Boots has recalled Boots Multivitamins supplements because they have been incorrectly packed with multivitamins containing iron. This resulted in vitamin K not being present within the supplement and iron incorrectly added to the supplements instead. Iron has not been mentioned on the label.

This means the product is a possible health risk to individuals who may also be consuming iron supplements in addition to these multivitamins. This affects multivitamins sold between 12 and 19 January 2021 only.


16th February 2021

National ANPR Survey Have Your Say

The National ANPR Portfolio Office are looking to get your thoughts around the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) in Sussex.

ANPR technology is used by police forces across the UK –including Sussex to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists. The registration plate cameras are governed by strict codes of practice. They are most commonly used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles that have been involved in crime or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations.

You’ve probably seen how ANPR works from TV programmes or you may even use a petrol station or car park which uses the system to keep you safe. Just in case you haven’t, we’ve made a short film to show how ANPR Is used. The video shows the use of ANPR in West Midlands Police in locating a missing person. To watch it, click here ANPR Video.

ANPR is a vital tool to help policing stay one step ahead of criminals and better protect people. Your views play an important part in how we do this. The anonymous survey will only take a few minutes of your time to complete.

Click here to complete the survey ANPR Survey Live Link.


15th February 2021

The Census Is Coming on 21st March 2021

An advertising campaign is just starting to inform the public that the Census is coming on Sunday 21st March 2021. By taking part in the national Census you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

Ahead of Census Day the Office for National Statistics will send every household a letter in the post with an access code and instructions. It is mandatory for every household to respond, and this year it is going to be largely digital.

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch been contacted by the Authorities with a view to assisting. The Authorities will have their own field officers who will be assisting those with problems, but never inside their homes. 

From the Neighbourhood Watch perspective, our main concern is with crime prevention, such as countering any attempted thefts or scams. We did this very successfully a few years ago in partnership with Sussex Police and Southern Water when water meters were being compulsorily installed in or near homes.

The purpose of this message is simply to inform you that we are in contact with the appropriate Authorities, we will be working with them to help prevent crime, and additional information will be provided at a later date.

Information about the Census can be found at census.gov.uk, or you can search the web for the Census 2021 website.


13th February 2021

Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails

The public is warned to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. We’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.

How you can protect yourself

To see examples of the Bitcoin-related phishing emails that have been reported, follow Action Fraud on Twitter or Facebook.


12th February 2021

Lidl GB recalls Birchwood XXL Pork Mince

Lidl GB is recalling Birchwood XXL Pork Mince (12% Fat) as it may contain pieces of plastic. The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.


11th February 2021

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Team

The Met Office has extended the Level 3 Cold Weather Alert. There is a 95% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Wednesday 10 Feb and 0000 on Saturday 13 Feb in parts of England.

View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.

Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

For more information:


11th February 2021

Covid 19 NHS Organised Home Visits

This message is sent on behalf of our partners at the Sussex Health and Care Partnership

The NHS in Sussex is committed to the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination and ensuring that all those in the first priority groups are offered the vaccination by mid-February.

Home visits for people who are eligible and considered housebound across Sussex are underway, and people who are registered housebound with their GP will be contacted.

Home visit appointments are being coordinated by the GP led vaccination services in each area, which could be your GP practice, a neighbouring GP practice as in many places they are working in groups, or a team supporting your GP practice.

They will always contact you before a visit is made to confirm the appointment and ensure you are in when they come. They will know your name, address and NHS number, and will only be contacting you to confirm an appointment and not ask for any personal details – and definitely not payment.

If you have a loved one or a neighbour that you know should be expecting a home visit, check whether they have been contacted by the NHS.

When the person arrives to do the vaccination they will either be from a GP service locally or Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Either way they will carry NHS ID, please ask to see it before you let them into your home.

The NHS will:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Some people who may be housebound are also receiving a letter from the national booking service inviting them to go online or call the national phone line to book an appointment at one of the vaccination services or pharmacy led services. We know this is causing some confusion but currently the national system cannot distinguish that someone is housebound and so these letters are being sent to all those who are eligible.

If you are housebound and are not able to attend a local vaccination service or centre, please ignore this letter. You are on the list with your GP led vaccination service team and they will contact you in the next two weeks – you do not need to call your GP practice or any other team to make an appointment. As soon as an appointment is available you will be contacted directly.

If you would like to know more about the vaccination programme or have a question please visit www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/get-my-jab for the latest information including a Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the vaccination programme team on sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net


10th February 2021

Covid-19 Update

The NHS has already vaccinated 350,000 people across Sussex. If you are aged over 70 or you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group, you should have either been offered an appointment already or be able to arrange one now.

If you’re over 70 or medically very vulnerable and haven’t been vaccinated you can arrange it with the NHS. Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

If you are not in either of these groups please wait - the NHS will contact you when it's your turn.  

Read complete update > >


5th February 2021

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Team

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between 0900 on Saturday 06 Feb and 2100 on Wednesday 10 Feb for the south-east of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan.

View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.

In addition, please be aware of Amber and Yellow warnings of snow affecting London & South East England.

Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

For more information:


2nd February 2021

February Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The February 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


2nd February 2021

Is It Worth the Risk?

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) and DriveSmart, Surrey are launching ‘Is it worth the risk?’ road safety campaign from today (Monday 1 February) which coincides with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s month of action against using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Using a mobile phone while driving is one of the Fatal Five offences that contribute to incidents of those killed and seriously injured (KSI) on our roads. In order to reduce the number of KSIs and improve road safety for all road users, the campaign seeks to highlight the dangers and consequences of being distracted at the wheel when using a mobile phone. 

The Casualty Reduction Officers, working with the Safety Camera Team will be out across Surrey and Sussex deploying the camera van at locations to spot those flouting the law, giving out advice and enforcement activity where appropriate.

The SSRP and DriveSmart are urging the public to be aware that using a handheld mobile phone while driving or riding is both dangerous and illegal yet we continue to see people risking their life and the lives of others on a daily basis. 

Distractions whilst driving can have serious and potentially fatal consequences for the individual and other road users, which we unfortunately continue to see on roads across Surrey and Sussex.

This campaign seeks to educate the public on the risks of using a mobile phone across a multitude of everyday scenarios. Encouraging people to ask themselves that before they get in their car, what is likely to be so important that they need to use their phone whilst driving? The message is clear, don’t risk a near miss, being stopped by police, or causing a collision. Do the right thing and pull over to use the phone.

If you are a social media user please support the SSRP and DriveSmart by sharing or retweeting their social media posts from Monday through to Sunday 21 February. They are using #ItCanWait, help share their message.

If you’re interested to find out more about the SSRP road safety initiatives, visit their website here.


2nd February 2021

Soaring Prices For Pets During Lockdown
Has Seen A Rise In Theft Nationally

Operation Collar:
Sussex Police are taking action to prevent dog theft as soaring prices for pets during lockdown has seen a rise in theft nationally.

Their dedicated Rural Crime Team (RCT) is tackling this devastating crime by working closely with partner agencies, gathering intelligence and highlighting crime prevention among the dog owning community. Reports of dog theft are thankfully relatively low in Sussex but police do ask dog owners to take necessary steps to keep them safe.

Sussex Police recorded 31 dog thefts in 2020, but at least 12 of those were disputes over dog ownership between known parties. The 19 remaining cases include:

You can protect your dog from being stolen or getting lost by:

If you believe your dog has been stolen or you have concerns about suspicious behaviour, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

You also need to notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise your local dog warden.

If you have information about dog theft or puppy farming and don't feel comfortable talking to police, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


29th January 2021

Keeping You Safe and Warm During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As we find ourselves in another national lockdown, and while things are far from normal, we hope you’re continuing to stay safe and well at home.

During the unprecedented weeks and months ahead, your safety and the safety of our employees will remain our number one priority. Making sure that all of the gas appliances in your home are regularly checked by a gas safe registered engineer, and having an audible CO alarm in your property will help to ensure you and your family stay safe and warm.

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

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

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

To find our education materials, please visit our website:
https://bit.ly/3eYp1aA

Take care and stay well.


29th January 2021

Criminals Continue To Take Advantage of Coronavirus
Vaccine Roll-Out As Phishing Email Reports Soar

E-mails now in circulation, which attempt to trick people into handing over their bank details, were reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours. It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details.

The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has previously warned about coronavirus vaccine scams, with many people reporting receiving fake text messages purporting to be from the NHS.

Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, is warning the public to remain vigilant as fraudsters continue to act:

"It's despicable that fraudsters will take advantage of such an important tool in the fight against this evil and deadly disease. Not only are the people being targeted with this email at risk of losing money, or having their identity stolen, but they are also at risk of not receiving the real vaccine.

"The public have been fantastic at reporting these scams to us and raising awareness in their local community as well. But unfortunately, as this latest phishing campaign shows, we still have to remain cautious and alert. Remember: anything purporting to be from the NHS asking you to pay for the vaccine, or provide your bank account or card details, is a scam."

How to protect yourself

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

The NHS will never:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


27th January 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across England and Wales will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed”, Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.

Census day will be on March 21st, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within twelve months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk.


27th January 2021

New Police Enforcement Unit Target Criminals Using Sussex Roads

A new police unit has been launched to track and catch dangerous and wanted criminals using the Sussex roads network.

The Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) will carry out disruption and enforcement operations on roads across the county, targeting those involved in serious, organised and violent crime. It's a mix of highly-trained police officers and detectives is equipped to be a one-stop-shop for road crime – with the ability to identify, intercept and apprehend offenders, as they travel, seize drugs and stolen goods, and to investigate the crimes through to conviction.

So far the unit has clocked up more than 750 officer hours on visible proactive work across Sussex, made 17 arrests for supply of class A drugs, money laundering, drug relating motoring offences, seized six vehicles, made 93 seizures of class A drugs including crack and heroin and during one job alone they seized £10,000 worth of cocaine, £20,000 cash and safeguarded a 16-year-old involved in county lines drug dealing.

The unit is the latest in a series of police enforcement teams to be launched across Sussex in the past year funded by the Government’s Uplift programme and local precept investment.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “The launch of the Specialist Enforcement Unit is providing extra, visible and robust policing on Sussex’s roads, with the ability to deter, detect and disrupt those intent on travelling to commit crime. They use both marked and unmarked vehicles and are equipped with the latest technology to identify and intercept known offenders, target hot spots, and support colleagues in making the roads safer for everyone – one of our key priorities.

“From drugs and violent crime, to people trafficking, child exploitation and theft, most criminals have to use the roads which are therefore prime hunting ground for the police. The SEU is charged with relentlessly pursuing and catching some of our most dangerous and prolific criminals by denying them use of the roads."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The public will be delighted to see Sussex Police fulfilling their commitment to proactively target and disrupt prolific criminals who are using our road networks.

“Specially trained officers will be using smarter policing and tougher enforcement to make our roads safer which I know is one of the top priorities for local residents.

“I look forward to seeing this team in action in the near future once it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, I will be receiving regular updates, including details of the criminals they catch on our roads.”

The team is made up of experienced police officers and detectives with a blend of specialist skills and who can use a range of tactics to tackle criminals using the road network, including advanced driving skills and the use of a police dog unit to track offenders and search vehicles.

Covering hundreds of miles of road network across Sussex, the team will carry out operations and proactive patrols, working closely with colleagues and supporting the work of regional and national agencies, targeting some of Sussex’s most wanted and prolific criminals.

The team forms part of wider investment to support local policing priorities, to strengthen local policing, tackle crime and prevent harm, disrupt serious and organised crime and to support victims and safeguard the vulnerable.Email tracking gif


20th January 2021


19th January 2021

Consumers advised about meat products supplied by
Wiltshire fresh meat vendor via Facebook sites

Meat products (predominantly lamb, goat, veal, beef), of all meat species, supplied by an unregistered and unapproved Wiltshire based vendor have not been produced in accordance with food safety and hygiene legislative requirements.

These products are not compliant with food hygiene, safety, labelling and traceability requirements and are deemed unsafe. They should not be consumed.


15th January 2021

Tesco recalls Tesco Finest Taleggio

Tesco is recalling Tesco Finest Taleggio 200g because it contains Listeria monocytogenes.


9th January 2021

Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


8th January 2021

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Team

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 0900 on Friday 08 Jan and 0900 on Monday 11 Jan for the South East of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Very cold and frosty nights, with areas of freezing fog developing, which may persist all day in places during the weekend. Becoming less cold into next week.

View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.

Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others please alert the emergency services.

8th January 2021

Sainsbury’s recalls Plant Pioneers Caramelised Onion Shroomdogs

Sainsbury’s is recalling Plant Pioneers Six Caramelised Onion Shroomdogs because some packs of the affected date codes contain pieces of metal. The presence of metal makes this product unsafe to eat.

Read the notice > >


5th January 2021

New lockdown sends teaching online

Schools in East Sussex will close and move teaching online until at least February half-term under a new national Covid lockdown announced by the Prime Minister this evening .

From tonight, the new national restrictions mean there are extra rules in place, in addition to the Tier 4 regulations which already apply across East Sussex. 

Read more > >


24th December 2020

A Shocking 141 Arrests in Christmas Crackdown on
Drink and Drug Drivers

Sussex Police has issue the following message.

We’ve made a shocking 141 arrests since our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launched on 1st December. We will continue to carry out checks across the county, any time of day, with two main aims:

This is a dedicated campaign which is run in addition to our routine roads policing duties 365 days.

We’d also like to clarify that these checks will be specifically for this purpose; these are not covid-related checks.

Stay safe and remember, don’t ever get behind the wheel if you’ve consumed drink or drugs. The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

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

Alternatively, people in Sussex can text police on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.  You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.


24th December 2020

Scam Warning - Fake DPD Emails and Texts

Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.

Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit:
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june

How you can protect yourself:

For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

23rd December 2020

New Covid restrictions extended across East Sussex

New Tier 4 Covid restrictions are to be extended across the whole of East Sussex from Boxing Day (Saturday), the Government has announced.

After months of low infection rates across our county, Covid-19 cases in every district and borough have more than doubled, and in some cases trebled, over a seven day period.

This worrying increase is putting considerable pressure on all public services and, while we know the concern stricter restrictions will cause among residents and businesses, action needs to be taken now to slow the spread and ease the burden on the NHS. 

We all need to act now as if we carry the virus: keep social contact to an absolute minimum and at the first sign of symptoms, no matter how mild, self-isolate and book a test.

While households currently in tier 2 can continue to form a three household bubble on Christmas day, we need to carefully consider who we meet and take every possible precaution to keep ourselves and others safe.

The new restrictions mean:

We know this is tough, and although the vaccination offers a light at the end of the tunnel, it will be some months before it can alter the overall path of the virus. In the meantime we all have a role to play in helping to reduce the infection rate and, in doing so, protect our communities and our NHS.

Find out about the full restrictions in tier 4

For more information on how the new restrictions will impact on County Council services please visit Disruption to ESCC services


20th December 2020

New Covid restrictions start today

New Covid restrictions which affect all of us in East Sussex from today (Sunday) have been announced by the Government. 

In Hastings and Rother

Hastings and Rother have been placed in a new tier (tier 4 - stay at home) because of the very rapid spread of the virus.

The new restrictions mean:

Find out about the full restrictions in tier 4

In Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

Eastbourne. Lewes and Wealden remain in tier 2 (high alert) but the rules for Christmas have changed.

Find out about the full restrictions in these areas

You are strongly advised to 'stay local' whenever possible and act as if you carried the infection. You should not leave the country except for urgent work reasons. 

The government will continue to review health and infection data and will decide on any new changes to tiers by 30 December at the latest. 

We will keep our website updated with more help and information about coronavirus in East Sussex


19th December 2020

Cybercrime 2020 Survey For NWN and Avast

We want to invite you to take part in our latest survey about cybercrime. Your answers will be very helpful in enabling us to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales today. It will also help us with the ongoing development of the Cyberhood Watch initiative, and our general response to cybercrime prevention. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your time and support is greatly appreciated
Link to survey - click HERE

Some of you may recall that we ran this survey previously in November last year. We would like to get a sense of how things have changed since then, and how the impact of Covid-19 has had an effect on your online experiences.

There is an optional prize draw of a £50 M&S voucher you can enter at the end, as a thank you for your cooperation.

Please feel free to share the survey will your schemes, social media followers and communities.


17th December 2020

Parts of East Sussex go to highest alert

Two parts of East Sussex - Hastings and Rother - have been moved to the highest level of alert (Tier 3) in response to rapidly rising cases of Covid.

The rest of the county - Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden - remain under the current tier 2 restrictions

All of us, wherever we live and work, should do everything we can to stay safe and avoid spreading the virus. 

Click here to read the full list of restrictions > >


17th December 2020

Lidl GB recalls Red Hen Breaded Chicken Nuggets and
Red Hen Southern Fried Chicken Pops

Lidl GB is recalling Red Hen Breaded Chicken Nuggets and Red Hen Southern Fried Chicken Pops because salmonella contamination has been found in some of the products in the batch.

Read the notice > >


10th December 2020

December Our News eNewsletter Is Here

The December 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

In this issue:


10th December 2020

Sussex PCC Policing Priorities and Funding Survey

The pandemic has made life difficult for many people and it is also having an impact on public services including our police.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, would like to hear what is important to you to help inform her Police and Crime Plan for Sussex and spending plans for the next four years.

Please click this link to have your say: OSPCC Consultation


10th December 2020

A message from Darrell Gale
Director of Public Health for East Sussex

“We’re seeing a worrying rise in Covid infections in parts of East Sussex. We must act now to change this trend, or our lives will get much more difficult.

“The number of people with new cases of Covid has doubled in the Hastings area in recent days and is climbing sharply in Rother. We aren’t seeing the same rises in other parts of the county yet, but that could change quickly.

More information > >


8th December 2020

Your local Police

Eastbourne district is best known as being a seaside resort. It covers an area of 17.05 square miles, including four miles of shingle beach stretching from Sovereign Harbour in the east to Beachy Head in the west.

The district is divided into the nine police beat areas which mirror the local council ward boundaries.

Click here for details of your area > >


7th December 2020

Be Aware of Lottery and Prize Draw Scams

For week one of their #Scamnestycampaign, Friends Against Scams will be looking at lottery/prize draw scams. The info-graphic above explains the signs that a letter might be a scam. Check out the Friends website for more information on the campaign.

Lottery/prize draw scams will claim you have won a large sum of money. However, you must pay a small fee in order to access the funds. See the link for details on how to send your scam mail to the team this Christmas.

Have you received post telling you you’ve won a lottery and all you need to do to claim the prize is send a small administration fee? This is a sign of a lottery scam. Take a stand against scams and send your scam mail to the Friends team! Find out more here.

If you have received a suspicious E-mail then you can forward it to the National Cyber Security Centre at report@phishing.gov.uk. They will investigate it and take action where possible. Timely alerts from people like you help them to act quickly and protect many more people from being affected.

Please note… You should not report a crime to the NCSC in this way. If you think you may have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should report this to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2020. If you live in Scotland, you should report this to Police Scotland by calling 101.


5th December 2020

Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK recalls
Nescafé Shakissimo Espresso Latte

Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK recalls a batch of Nescafé Shakissimo Espresso Latte 190ml because of contamination with residues of a cleaning solution.

Read the notice > >


3rd December 2020

Scam Mail Amnesty
Forward Your Scam Mail To Where It Will Do Some Good

Throughout December 2020, the National Trading Standards Friends Against Scams Team are running a Scamnesty (a scam mail amnesty) campaign, aiming to encourage everyone in the UK to send in any unwanted scam and nuisance mail that they receive into the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team completely free of charge.

In line with Government guidance, we ask that you do not make a trip outside just to post the mail, but please include it in any daily exercise that you may do, or simply wait until Government restrictions have been eased, and then send into the Team then. You can check your local COVID-19 tier level and current restrictions here.

If you, or someone you know is in receipt of scam or nuisance mail, the NTS Scams Teams Investigators want to see it! They already use the mail that they receive from Scam Marshals to great effect through their disruption techniques, but the Team would like to see more and put a stop to these mailings landing on consumers' door steps. The NTS Scams Team estimate that only 5% of these crimes are reported. This can be due to a number of reasons like shame or embarrassment, or even that they don't know who to report them to. Victims of these crimes shouldn't feel ashamed at all, these criminals are experts at what they do and know exactly how to commit their fraud.

Send mail (no need for a stamp) to: NTSST, FREEPOST, MAIL MARSHALS

Scamnesty is designed to encourage everyone in the UK to have a chat with their loved ones about scams and to send in any scam or unwanted mail into the team free of charge. Your support with Scamnesty is key to making this project a success. Postal scams are largely forgotten about, and thus so are the victims of them. The Team needs large social media reach to get the message to the children, grandchildren or even great grandchildren of those forgotten victims so they can then have that conversation. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated – we understand December is a very busy month for us all!


3rd December 2020

Help Us Understand How Covid-19
Has Impacted Crime and Other Activities

We are delighted to be working with University College London to understand how COVID-19 has impacted upon people's routine and online activities, crime and their perceptions of it.

To help with this work, we are encouraging our supporters to participate in a short survey (surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9LGPHDL) which closes on 23rd December.

As well as understanding how the pandemic has affected things to date, the aim of the survey is to understand how it might do so in the future. Your participation will be really valuable and help us understand things that other data cannot.

We estimate that it will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Your responses will be stored securely and you will not be asked for any information that would identify you as an individual.

If you are willing to take part, please complete this survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9LGPHDL

Please support this work - with your help I am sure we can gain real insight into the effects of COVID-19 on crime.

Yours faithfully,

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network


1st December 2020

Police Set To Launch Christmas Crackdown
on Drink and Drug-Drivers

If you’re prepared to drive while over the limit, prepare to face the consequences.

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers launches today (1 December), as police strive to protect the public and deal robustly with offenders.

Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury.

While the vast majority of people are safe and competent motorists, there is a small minority who still seem prepared to take the risk – more than 6,000 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in Sussex since the beginning of 2018.

From 1 December to 1 January, Surrey Police and Sussex Police will have resources dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “The consequences of drink and drug-driving are far reaching. Even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely, and you increase the risk of seriously injuring or even killing yourself or someone else.

“Imagine being responsible for something like that. Not only have you destroyed the life of that person and their loved ones, you’ve also destroyed your own life.

“This is not just a warning; this is the reality. In the past three years (October 2017 – September 2020), there have been 296 collisions in Sussex and 214 collisions in Surrey which have resulted in death or serious injury, and where drink or drugs has been the main contributory factor.

“Working with our divisional colleagues and partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey, we are committed to improving the safety of all road users and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads.

“Our approach to reducing KSIs will target those at greatest risk on our roads, including motorcyclists, young drivers and vulnerable road users, and we will make the road network an inhospitable place for those intent on criminality by denying them use of the roads.

“We will achieve this through a combination of measures including education, engineering and enforcement, and we will continue to improve the safety of the road network with special emphasis on reducing casualty rates of vulnerable users.”

In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels.

Chief Insp. Hodder added: “By raising awareness of this very serious issue, we hope to discourage people from getting behind the wheel having consumed drink or drugs. Those who do break the law will be dealt with robustly.

“It’s also important to add that drink and drug intake affects different people in different ways. This can depend on your gender, height, weight, and even stress levels, for example.

“You could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.”

You can use our ‘under the influence calculator’ online here: https://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/info/safer-for-motorcyclists/under-the-influence-calculator

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“I’m pleased to see Sussex Police cracking down once again on this selfish and reckless behaviour.

“This Christmas please remember the serious and life-threatening consequences of driving whilst under the influence.

“You will be caught; you will face the consequences. Ask yourself, is it worth it?”

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

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

Alternatively, people in Sussex can text police on 65999* with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. www.operationcrackdown.org

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.


27th November 2020

Surge In Online Shopping Fraud

Reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions.

Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,407 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to the same period in 2018.

Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online, ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as shoppers search for bargains and gifts for loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

Top tips to shop online securely this festive season:

Where to shop:
Making a purchase from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.

Your information:
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.

Payments:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, ensure that the webpage where you enter your payment details is secure (website address starts with “https”). Using a credit card to pay online also means that should the worst happen and your payment details are compromised, your main bank account won’t be directly affected.

Phishing:
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure, don’t use the link – go separately to the website. Report any suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk You can also report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.


27th November 2020

New Covid rules coming: what you can and can't do

East Sussex has been classed as at ‘high risk’ from Covid which means that new rules will be in force in our county when the current national restrictions come to an end on Wednesday (December 2).

The government’s ‘high risk’ assessment, announced today, puts East Sussex in the middle of three tiers of alert for coronavirus. It recognises that virus rates are rising here, although still lower than in many parts of England.

More information > >


24th November 2020

Winding Up of Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel

Earlier this month, after much consideration, the chair of the Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel, Joan Brady, informed the members that she was standing down as Chair.   She requested a volunteer to replace her and when nobody came forward she asked the members to vote on whether the Panel should be wound up, in accordance with the panel's constitution.

Regrettably no one felt they could take on the Chairmanship and, in the circumstances, the Members voted unanimously in favour of winding up the Panel.

Consequently, on behalf of the Panel, Joan said, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank our councillors and Eastbourne Borough Council for their continued support since the formation of the panel in 2008 which has been invaluable to us, and the Police for helping us to troubleshoot so many ASB problems etc in the Neighbourhood.  I also thank our Associate Members for liaising with us and attending our meetings to ensure we have all been ‘on the same page’ so to speak."


18th November 2020

Tesco recalls Tesco 16 Spicy Chorizo Slices

Tesco has recalled its 16 Spicy Chorizo Slices 80g because the product contains Listeria monocytogenes.

Read the notice > >


13th November 2020

The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital is the charity that raises money to support the Eastbourne DGH and the wonderful NHS staff that work there.  This year their popular Art Exhibition has gone virtual and they would like to invite you to have a look at the 196 original paintings by 42 artists on display and for sale at
www.friendsdgh.org.uk/events/virtual-art-exhibition 

20% of the sale price of all pictures sold will be donated to the charity and will go towards supporting the Eastbourne DGH and to the Friends 2020-21 special project which is to raise £430,000 to Make Radiology Digital at the hospital.  The exhibition is online until Sunday 22 November.

Local professional artist, Christopher Osborne, has donated a gorgeous oil painting entitled Low Tide Walk Eastbourne for a silent auction.  View this stunning picture at: www.friendsdgh.org.uk/events/silent-auction


12th November 2020

Spate of Catalytic Converter Thefts In East Sussex

Police are urging people to be vigilant after a spate of catalytic converter thefts in East Sussex.

Officers have seen an increase in reports of the thefts during the past month, including in Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill. Toyota and Honda vehicles have been targeted in particular.

Chief Inspector DI Lewis, district commander for Eastbourne and Lewes, said: “We are urging people to take extra precautions around their vehicles following a rise in thefts of catalytic converters across East Sussex.

“There are a number of measures people can take to deter thieves, including parking in a secure or well-lit area and considering locks or guards.

“We also encourage people to continue reporting any thefts to us, so we can build a picture of the crimes and respond effectively.”

Steps to protect your vehicle include parking in a garage overnight or in a secure compound. If this is not possible, people are urged to park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked.

Drivers are also encouraged to park so that the converter can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

Car owners can ask their car dealer for any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer to keep catalytic converters safe. People are also urged to register their converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.

More information can be found on the Secured by Design website. Further measures on how to protect your car from thieves can also be found on the Sussex Police website.

Anyone who has been a victim of a catalytic converter theft, or who may have any other information including relevant CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage, is asked to contact police. This can be done either online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency


12th November 2020

Road Safety Campaign Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

Sussex Police and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are encouraging road users to share the roads responsibly in the latest campaign to reduce death and injury on roads across the county.

Operation VRU (Vulnerable Road Users) is taking place throughout November with a view to educate and advise on road safety behaviours that can improve the safety and enjoyment of all journeys taking place across the county.

With a particular focus on Cyclists, Bikers and Pedestrians, information will be shared across social media on how to keep ourselves and others safe this winter.

From Monday this week the roads policing officers are providing high-visibility patrols across the county. Across the week, there will be road safety educational messaging being delivered, with engagement and enforcement carried out by dedicated patrols throughout the road networks of Sussex. Sussex Police will also be supporting Brake’s ‘Road Safety Week’ – taking part in dedicated patrols to combat speeding in communities.

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


12th November 2020

Diageo Great Britain recalls Guinness Draught 0.0%

Diageo Great Britain recalls Guinness Draught 0.0% because of possible presence of mould.

Read the notice > >


10th November 2020

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with three quick and easy steps

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.
If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign

Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.
*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK" report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members:

For more information contact Deborah Waller on:
deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team


6th November 2020

Scam Warning - Fake Paypal Emails

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.


6th November 2020

Could You or Someone You Know be Eligible for
a Free Gas Connection and Central Heating?

Heating a home with electricity is three times more expensive than it would be with a gas central heating system, forcing many people this winter to make the difficult choice between heating or eating to survive.

SGN's Help to Heat scheme can support people struggling to make ends meet by providing funding to connect some households to our gas network for free.

In some cases, we can also fully or partially fund a gas central heating system.

We’ve already helped thousands of people to receive free connections and installations and we’re determined to help hundreds more homes save money on their energy bills this winter.

You, or someone you know, would qualify for support if you receive certain income-related benefits:

Grant funding is also available to organisations who can show they are able to help us reach households in our network so that we can work in partnership to maximise the benefits of both our Help to Heat scheme and Central Heating Grant Fund.

To find out more about our Help to Heat scheme, visit sgn.co.uk/HelptoHeat or call YES Energy Solutions on 0800 015 5174 to speak to a Help to Heat advisor. You can also email our team at HelptoHeat@sgn.co.uk with your name and contact details.

We’d also like to hear from local authorities, housing associations, large private landlords, and support and advice organisations who may be able to partner with us to keep even more people warm and well this winter. Visit sgn.co.uk/HelptoHeat to find out more.

How Help to Heat transformed Mr R’s home

Mr R from Winchester received funding for a gas connection and A-rated central heating system from SGN’s Help to Heat Scheme. He was using an unreliable oil boiler for heating, a cause for concern for him and his wife with two children aged 11 and 12.

Mr R said: “I found the scheme while my heating was being temperamental. When we found out we could get the funding me and my wife were very happy, it was a huge relief. The heating system install was actually rushed through because eventually our old oil boiler just broke.”

Mr R had his brand new energy efficient heating system installed during the coronavirus pandemic, with emergency work continuing to ensure the household wasn’t left without heating. He said: “The contractors were great, I was really happy with the installation, it all ran very smoothly. I was really happy with Felicity on the phone, she took control of my install and I’m thrilled with the outcome, it worked out brilliantly!”


2nd November 2020

How to shop online safely this Christmas and Black Friday

As if 2020 hasn’t been an unusual enough year, many of us are now thinking about Christmas. With the pandemic still very much with us, it’s anybody’s guess what the festive season will bring … not least when it comes to getting together, going away and how we celebrate.

Two things are certain before and over Christmas. Most of us will be buying presents and other seasonal goods online, more than ever before. And it will still be a favourite time of year for scammers, who always regard Christmas and Black Friday shoppers as perfect targets for fraud.

We always have a lot on our minds at this time of year, but right now we have the added consideration of our own and loved ones’ health and well-being, as well as possible work and money uncertainties. And a host of other distractions brought about by the current situation. That’s why it’s especially important to safeguard yourself, your family and finances when you’re online.

Get Safe Online has come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.

At this time of year, with the increase in internet shopping, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links, as are emails and other messages featuring ‘special offers’ and ‘prizes’. Don’t click on links in emails, texts or posts that you’re not expecting, and don’t open unexpected email attachments.

28th October 2020

Hallowe'en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

This year we’re asking members of the public to be responsible and continue to take precautions in doing things that will likely increase contact with others outside of your household. That means observing social distancing guidelines whilst interacting with people outside your household.

There are still ways to celebrate Hallowe’en while still staying safe:

Take part in the Sussex Police Hallowe’en competition - take photos of your Hallowe’en decorations or pumpkins for a chance to win a visit to meet one of our police dogs. Find full details on your local police Facebook page.

Take part in The Pumpkin Trail - similar to the Rainbow Trail for the NHS, trick or treaters take part in 'pumpkin spotting'. Every time your child spots a pumpkin, you reward them with a treat.

Spooky Hallowe’en hunt - hide Hallowe’en sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

Hallowe’en at home - watch spooky films, carve pumpkins, or bake Hallowe’en treats.

Be virtual - consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, or tell spooky stories.

Decorate - dress up your house with Hallowe’en decorations for you and your family to enjoy.

If you do decide to go trick or treating, please be respectful and remember the following:

No cold-calling houses and pre-specify which houses to visit by checking with the occupants first.

Avoid houses where there are people shielding and where there are people who could be vulnerable such as the elderly.

Continue to observe social distancing.

Respect the privacy and wishes of those who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the ‘No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows. 

Safety tips for Hallowe’en:

Assess the current Covid-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit your activities.

Consider alternative activities to celebrate Hallowe’en to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Remember the rule of six and avoid gatherings of more than six people.

Trick or treating is not recommended as it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors.

Avoid sweets from communal bowls and buckets.

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms please self-isolate at home in accordance with government legislation.

Remember Hands, Face, Space.

For residents:

Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display our 'no trick or treaters' poster.

If you feel unsafe:

Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.

Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.

If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Hallowe’en. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.

There will be increased patrols this Hallowe’en to deter any anti-social behaviour; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

Hallowe’en is not an acceptable time for mass gatherings and officers will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the Government guidance.
Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour please report online here.

If you feel threatened, in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Feel free to download, print and display our 'No Trick or Treaters' poster here 


27th October 2020

National Uninsured Drivers Week

Know your policy. Surrey Police and Sussex Police are clamping down on uninsured drivers during week of action.

Motorists across Surrey and Sussex are being urged to check their insurance policies as police officers clamp down on uninsured drivers during a national week of action.

Operation Drive Insured is running during the week Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November with the aim of educating motorists on the consequences of uninsured driving or riding. 

The week of action is part of a nationwide operation in partnership with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder from Surrey Police and Sussex Police said: ‘Unfortunately there are a small number of people who believe it is acceptable to drive without vehicle insurance, or fail to maintain up-to-date documentation.”

Driving without insurance is a serious offence which can result in disqualification from driving, a minimum of six penalty points on your licence and a fine of up to £5,000.

Drivers who are caught driving without insurance may face the prospect of having their vehicle seized at the roadside.

“We want to send out a clear message to everyone that there is simply no excuse for driving without insurance. We have a variety of tools which allow us to quickly identify whether a vehicle is insured or not, and will ensure those who do not have insurance are kept off the roads.”

To find out more about the campaign led by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk.

 


23rd October 2020

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

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

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

Read the notice > >


17th October 2020

Lidl Recalls Simply Mature White Cheddar

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

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

More information > >


16th October 2020

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

Read more > >


8th October 2020

Free Webinars about Staying Safe Online

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

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

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

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

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

2nd October 2020

October Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The October 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

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

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

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


2nd October 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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

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

Updates from last weekend's patrols

Friday 25th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Various calls came through on the mobile including:

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

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

Saturday 26th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


30th September 2020

Online duplicate log book service launched

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

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

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

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

Julie Lennard, DVLA Chief Executive, said:

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

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


30th September 2020

National Road Safety Survey

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

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

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


28th September 2020

Consultation on proposed fortnightly refuse collections

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

The aim of the changes would be to increase the amount of waste recycled in Eastbourne. The UK government has set a target for all local authorities to achieve a recycling rate of at least 50%. Eastbourne’s recycle rate currently stands at about 35% and there is clear evidence from the experience of other local authorities that moving to alternate weekly collections increases recycling. 

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

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

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

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

Click here to complete the survey > >

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

Frequently asked questions about waste collection > >


25th September 2020

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

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

Protect your loved ones. Download the app.

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

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

Download from Apple Store or Google Play Store


25th September 2020

Neighbour of the Year Award 2020

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

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

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

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

Nominations are now open

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

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

The deadline to nominate is 27th October.


25th September 2020

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

Read more > >


16th September 2020

M23 Fully Open

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

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

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


14th September 2020

Sussex Police is Supporting Project Edward

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

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

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

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

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


13th September 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound


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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

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

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


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

Friday 18 September 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound


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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

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

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

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020


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

Diversions:

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

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

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

A23 Bolney Flyover Deck Refurbishment - Please see dates below

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

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

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

Diversions:

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

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

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


11th September 2020

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

Read more > >


5th September 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound (Tuesday only)

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

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

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

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020

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

Diversions:

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Full Closure M25 Junction 5 clockwise

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


5th December 2020

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

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

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

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are to:

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

4th September 2020

September Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The September 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

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

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

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

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

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

2nd September 2020

Auto Fraud Advice

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

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

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

Buying Safely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selling Safely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


28th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

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

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


24th August 2020

Grove Road Front Office Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

​​​​Help us keep Sussex safe

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

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

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.


22nd August 2020

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

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

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

More information > >


21st August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Sunday 23rd August 2000-0600

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 of M23 and back southbound to J10.

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the M23 southbound at J8

Diversion via M25 J6 and return.

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

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

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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


14th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of J8 M23 Northbound

Diversion for Hooley/Croydon via J8 M25 and back.

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Road Eastbound

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


11th August 2020

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

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

More information > >


8th August 2020

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

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

More information > >


7th August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound

Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

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

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

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

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur into and out of the airport

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


7th August 2020

August Our News Enewsletter Is Here

The August 'Our News' eNewsletter is out!

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

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

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


6th August 2020

Sussex Police Launches Police Officer Recruitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2nd August 2020

Get Safe Online Safe Student Campaign

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

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

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

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

* Figures taken from a 2017 survey from CareerBuilders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1st August 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 3 August midnight to 06:00

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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

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

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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

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


1st August 2020

First Ever National Impact Survey Launched
By Neighbourhood Watch

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

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

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

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

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


28th July 2020

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

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

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

The main changes being proposed

The main changes being proposed are:

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


28th July 2020

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

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

More information > >


27th July 2020

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

A new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries

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

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

We need your help 

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

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

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

Help spread the word


25th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

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


18th July 2020

Are You Shopping Online?

Have you bought anything online recently?…

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

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

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

Top tips for shopping securely online:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


17th July 2020

Coping with the virus: what you told us

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

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

Click here for more information > >


17th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

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

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


14th July 2020

Social Media Scams

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

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

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

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

Download the Social Media Scams Leaflet > >


11th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

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

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 towards Caterham.

Full closure of the Godstone to Hooley Link

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

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

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

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


9th July 2020

Van Appeal In Eastbourne Murder Enquiry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information


9th July 2020

You Can Get Scammed on Social Media

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

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

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

TOP TIPS TO AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS

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

If you become a victim of a social media scam:


28th May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch July Our News Enewsletter Is Here

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

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

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

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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4th July 2020

Sussex Police encourage people to act responsibly over the weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


4th July 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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

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

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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


2nd June 2020

Jo Shiner Announced As Next Chief Constable of Sussex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


27th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

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

A23 Resurfacing works

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


20th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur both Eastbound and Westbound

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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


18th June 2020

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

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

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

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


18th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes - Update

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

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

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

More information > >


17th June 2020

Primula recalls all Primula Cheese tubes

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

More information > >


17th June 2020

Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

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

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

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

1 - Watch out for scam messages

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

2 - Shopping online

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

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

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

NHS Test and Trace scams:

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

What you need to know:

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

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

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

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

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


13th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.

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

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

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


7th June 2020

Starting This Sunday
Neighbourhood Watch Week Celebrates Our Neighbours

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

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

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

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

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


5th June 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure J10 to J8 Northbound

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound

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

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 M23 and follow the Gatwick Airport diversion.

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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


3rd June 2020

New Team Launched To Tackle Countryside Crime In Sussex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


30th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

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

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion to J10 and back northbound to J9.

Full closure of Reigate to Crawley link

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

M23 J8 to J9 Southbound closure with J9 to J10 open

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

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

Full closure J8 to J10 Southbound

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

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

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

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

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

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

Access to South Terminal:

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

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

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

Access to North Terminal:

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

Exit from North Terminal

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


30th May 2020

Eastbourne District ASB Report
and Contact Number For This Weekend

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

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

Update from last weekend

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

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

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

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

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

There were a few cars parked in the lay-bys however, they showed no concern.

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

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

A few calls were received over the weekend, including:

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

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

Help us keep Sussex safe

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

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

You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.

You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.

Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?

Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.


28th May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch June Our News Enewsletter Is Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy reading and thank you for your continued support.

Central Support Team, Neighbourhood Watch Network

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23rd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Access to South Terminal:

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

Exit from South Terminal and Diversion:

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

Access to North Terminal:

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

Exit from North Terminal

Follow the above diversion in reverse.


16th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Diversion to J9 and back Southbound to Junction 10.

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

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

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

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

Diversion to J10 and back Northbound to Junction 9 Gatwick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


15th May 2020

Sussex Police Focus Remains on Core Policing Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


11th May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of Northbound J10 exit slip

Diversion to J9 and back.

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of J10 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10a and back.


10th May 2020

Unilever recalls Wall’s Mini Calippo multi-packs

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

More information > >

Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs

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

More information > >


10th May 2020

Safe Space For Victims Re-Launched In Lockdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


7th May 2020

VE Day 75

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Home, Save Lives


7th May 2020

Keeping You Safe and Well During Covid-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care and stay well.


6th May 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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

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

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

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

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

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

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

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

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


2nd May 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Northbound J9

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

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


30th April 2020

Do you know how to spot a phishing email?

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

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

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

Top tips for using email safely and securely

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

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

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

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


29th April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many thanks and keep well,

Central Support Team, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK


24th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound

Diversion to J10, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Thursday 30 April 20:00 to 06:00

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

Friday 1 May 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of Gatwick spur Westbound

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


24th April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Items required:

Thank you again


23rd April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please provide the following information when contacting the service:


18th April 2020

Appeal For PPE To Protect Front Line Workers of Sussex Continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Items require are as follows:

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

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

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


18th April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19

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

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

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


16th April 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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

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

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

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

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

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

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

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

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

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


16th April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


15th April 2020

Co-op recalls Sliced Pepperoni

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

More information > >


15th April 2020

Businesses and Residents Urged to Check Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


11th April 2020

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

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

More information > >


10th April 2020

Bank Holiday Message from Neighbourhood Watch
Central Support Team

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

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

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

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

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

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


4th April 2020

Latest Edition Of Our News
National Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Dear supporters,

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

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

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

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

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

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


3rd April 2020

A message from Keith Glazier to all East Sussex residents

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you, and please stay safe.

Read the newsletter > >


3rd April 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

Opening of an extra lane

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

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

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


1st April 2020

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

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

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

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

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

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

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

You can protect yourself by:

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

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

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

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

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


31st March 2020

Coronavirus and Keeping Safe Online

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

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

Why is online safety even more important than usual?

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus-related scams

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

Working from home

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


29th March 2020

Coronavirus-related fraud reports increase by 400% in March

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

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

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

What scams are we seeing?

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

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

More information > >


27th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.


27th March 2020

Get Safe Online Advice Re Coronavirus

You, Coronavirus and staying safe online

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


27th March 2020

A Message from Chief Constable Giles York

Together We Can Save Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Together we can make a difference and save lives. 


25th March 2020

Scams Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to avoid being scammed:

Contact information:

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

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

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

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


22nd March 2020


22nd March 2020

Coop recalls Frozen Hash Browns

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

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

More information > >


20th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

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

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

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

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

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

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

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

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


18th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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

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

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz Friday 13th March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Blitz Saturday 14th March.

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

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

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

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

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


17th March 2020

Press Release from Eastbourne Theatres

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

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

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

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

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


14th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

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

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound

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

56 Hour Closure

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

Full closure from J10 to J8

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

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

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

Full closure of J8 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 and back.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and return.


12th March 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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

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

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

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

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

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

Full slip road closure at J7 M25 Reigate

Diversion to Brighton via J6 and back.

Full carriageway closure M23 Southbound from the A23 (Hooley)

Diversion to J6 and back to J7 on M25.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

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

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

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


6th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

56 Hour Closure

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

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

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


6th March 2020

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3rd March 2020

Health and Social Care News East Sussex

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

In this issue:

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3rd March 2020

Keep Warm and Well in East Sussex

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

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

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29th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

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

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

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

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

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

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

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10, for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Monday 2 March to Thursday 5 March (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Northbound 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23​​​​​​​.

Friday 6 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, B2028, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 Entry slip Southbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley link.

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Eastbound

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of Gatwick Spur Westbound

Diversion for Gatwick, continue on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.


27th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.


21st February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 February (incl) 21:00pm to 05:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via J10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Full closure of Spur Eastbound plus outer ring of south terminal roundabout plus Lane 3 on ring road north coming out of Gatwick

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue to J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur

Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Full closure of J9 Exit slip Southbound

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​

56 Hour Closure

Friday 28 February to Monday 2 March 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full entry slip closure at J10a Northbound

Diversion: B2036, A2220 Copthorne Road, A264, B2028, A22 and join at J6 M25.

Full closure of East and West Spur Road 21:00pm to 05:00am

Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way​​​​​​​.


17th February 2020

Nestlé recalls Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces

Nestlé UK Limited has taken the precautionary step of voluntary recalling Nestlé Ski Yogurt Variety Pack with Fruit Pieces because it may contain small pieces of black rubber due to an isolated incident in its fruit supplier manufacturing process.

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Co-op recalls Gro Sticky Toffee Puddings

Co-op is recalling Gro Sticky Toffee puddings because the glass ramekins may break when heated in the microwave. This is a potential safety risk.

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14th February 2020

DVLA hits the road with clear warning to tax it or lose it

DVLA is back on the road targeting motorists across the UK with a communications campaign that has a clear message for those who take a chance on not taxing their vehicle – tax it or lose it.

Read the DVLA Press Release > >


14th February 2020

Storm Dennis brings risk of floods this weekend

Storm Dennis will bring very heavy rain and strong winds to the UK this weekend, with a risk of flooding and travel disruption in some areas.

The Met Office has issued multiple National Severe Weather Warnings for wind and rain from Saturday through to Monday, including several amber rain warnings for parts of England and Wales.

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14th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 16 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. 1st Diversion via J10, Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. 2nd Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Monday 17 to Friday 21 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Please note that next week is half term and full closures have been suspended due to increased holiday traffic.

Advance notice - please also note that 56 hour weekend closures will be taking place starting Friday 28th February for 4 weeks. Further details will be provided next week.


14th February 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday evening’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Gell. Our patrols started at 18:00hrs where we attended the allotments near Filching Road. In recent weeks we have had a number of reports of drug use there, however on our patrols we found no one around, so we left and patrolled along Royal Sussex Crescent after a few recent disturbance calls in the area.

At approximately 18:20hrs we arrived in Hampden Park where we checked the areas around St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Dunelm Mill due to a number of reports of youths causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the area. A thorough check of the areas revealed there was no one around and we moved onto our next stop.

We arrived in the LangneyShinewater area at 18:40hrs where we conducted checks in Shinewater Park and Shalfleet Close. Apart from a couple of dog walkers in Shalfleet Close, the areas were quiet. After a few recent reports of motorbikes being used in an anti-social manner around the Shinewater Lane area, we paid extra attention to Milfoil Drive/ Sorrel Drive area of Shinewater. Our checks found a few members of the public walking around, but everything was in order.

Between 19:00hrs and 22:00hrs we were committed with a visit to an address along Cornfield Terrace in Eastbourne following reports of drug dealing. A number of officers attended an address where one was arrested for Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis.

During this time we received a call from a resident at Bylands Close reporting a congregation of youths in a stairwell. We attended the area at 22:00hrs and checked the stairwell in question.

Following this we patrolled along Chelworth Road and then onto Midhurst Road after police received a few calls from residents stating people were jumping on garage roofs and trying to access empty properties - both these areas were quiet.

Saturday’s Op Blitz patrols was conducted by PCSO’s Cotterill, Brian-Davis and Gell. We started our patrols a little early, at 17:30hrs after receiving reports of a large group of kids riding their bikes in the bus lane along Terminus Road. We attended the area and spoke to those in the there and advised them of where best to use their bikes and scooters. Following this report we remained in the area to conduct our visible patrols and deter any more Anti-Social Behaviour.

We continued our patrols at 20:55hrs where we checked on Bylands Close following a call there on the previous day. We then visited Midhurst Road following a few reports of youths climbing on top of garage roofs.

Our patrols continued to the areas surrounding Dunelm Mill at 21:10hrs and then onto Shalfleet Close and Shinewater park. Our patrols finished at 21:50hrs in the area of Tenpin.

From 21:50hrs onwards officers were committed with a search for a missing person. During the course of the evening, there were no calls to the Blitz phone and apart from our initial call at 17:30hrs, Eastbourne remained quiet.


11th February 2020

Storm Dennis to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK

Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday. A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales, further warnings are likely to be issued in the coming days. 

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8th February 2020

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

With Storm Ciara on the way, now is the time to act.

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

Click one of the links below, or if you are hesitant to click on links and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
SSEN Priority Services

Which of the two areas do you live in? You can check by visiting Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website. it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut.


8th February 2020

Met Office Severe Weather Warning
Amber Warning Wind For 9th February 2020

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Tea

The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning - Wind for Sunday 9th February 2020. Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday.  View the full warning at the Met Office Severe Weather Warning site.

The potential impacts of this are:

Please follow this advice to keep safe and well:

The Met Office website provides clear guidance on what to do before during and after storms
Please visit their website for more information.

For more information go to:
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Preparing for emergencies
Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates:
@WSCCNews and @WSCCResilience

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to most of Sussex.

Areas to the West may be covered by SSEN who have storm information available.; 

You may not be able to do this during a power cut, so please take note of the emergency phone numbers below.

Please treat electricity cables as live, stay away and call immediately, 24 hours a day on 0800 31 63 105 or 105 (free to call from a land line or a mobile phone). If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.

Customers can register for your distributor's Priority Services Register if they require extra assistance. Please contact UKPN or SSEN direct, as appropriate.


8th February 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to M25 J8 back to J7.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J9 exit slip on M23 Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way or via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 9 February 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Spur Eastbound + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Westbound Gatwick Spur. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion via J6 M25 and back to J9 on M23.

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.​​​​​​​

Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to J10 M23.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.​​​​​​​


6th February 2020

Storm Ciara named by Met Office

A low-pressure system that will impact the UK this weekend has been named as Storm Ciara by the Met Office.

The system currently developing in the North Atlantic will bring strong winds and heavy rain across the whole of the UK through the end of the weekend and into the start of next week. Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas. The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph. 

yellow National Severe Weather warning for wind has been issued which currently covers the entire UK and is in force from 6pm on Saturday evening and all day Sunday until midnight. Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.

More information > >


31st January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 February (inclusive) 20:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound on the M23. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J9 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22 , A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick J10 on the M23 to J9.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link J7 M25 clockwise. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 3 to Friday 7 February (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link J7 M25 anticlockwise. Diversion to M25 J6 and then follow A22 to M23 J10.


30th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz last weekend was conducted by PCSO Honey and PCSO Hopgood.

The evening started with patrols around Shinewater including areas such as the park, and the Skate Park. Whilst there we engaged with a group of youths who were happy just sitting there chatting and enjoying the evening. These checks were conducted at 18:05hrs and later on in the evening at around 20:30hrs.

We then moved on to the Industrial Estate around Hampden Park where we have received information of youths causing damage and anti – social behaviour in the area. These checks were carried out around the times of 18:30hrs and later at 20:45hrs.

This led us to patrol the area around Broadwater Way, where again, these were carried out to deter and detect anti – social behaviour caused by youths in the area, these patrols were conducted at 18:35hrs and 20:50hrs.

The next stop was to the Old Town area of Eastbourne, this was due to information being received that youths have been smoking cannabis in the area. We showed a presence at around 18:50hrs and again later at 21:00hrs.

At around the hours of 19:00 and 21:10 we patrolled the town centre, including The Beacon and Terminus Road areas where all was well.

We are pleased to say that we received no reports on the Blitz phone or via 101 with regards to anti–social behaviour during the Operation Blitz shift.


27th January 2020

Have Your Say on Sussex Police Funding

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade after the Government announced a £1.1billion increase. This means that Mrs Bourne is now in a position to consult with residents on how much they contribute locally to Sussex Police. She has launched a snap survey today to find out how the public would feel about a proposed average increase of 20p a week, equating to an extra £10 a year, per household.

Now is your chance to have your say. It takes just 30 seconds to complete:
https://sussexpolice.researchfeedback.net/SussexOSPCCPrecept

If this link does not work for you then can copy and paste it into your browser, or search online for the Sussex PCC's website https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/, where you find the link on the news feed. For additional information you can review the Frequently Asked Questions.

The survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020.

Mrs Bourne said: “The overall amount of funding available for policing could be as much as £15.2bn, if all PCCs take advantage of the £10 precept flexibility. We need to focus on bringing crime down, so this settlement means that PCCs can invest more into policing to tackle crime and keeping our communities safe."

“The Government quite clearly remains committed to its pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers - with funding for 6,000 officers by March next year included in this year’s grant."

Please give your views before the survey closes at midday on Thursday 30 January 2020


27th January 2020

Two Arrested In Connection To Robbery At Eastbourne Jewellers

Officers attended Buford's jewellers in The Beacon Shopping Centre, Eastbourne around 10.10am on Sunday (26 January) after 15 Rolex watches with an estimated value between £100,000 and £150,000 were stolen.

Four men, all wearing masks and one was reported to be carrying a small handheld pick axe or hammer, entered the premises around 10am.

A search of the area, assisted by armed police officers and the police helicopter, was conducted and two people were arrested on the Cuckoo trail near Station Road. A search for the outstanding two suspects is continuing.

Detective Inspector Ben Newman said: “We believe the suspects made off from the location in a silver coloured Range Rover Evoque which we later found abandoned in Orchard Grange, off Coldharbour Road, Lower Dicker."

"We would like to hear from anyone that has any information about the occupants of this vehicle or where the suspects may have gone when they fled the abandoned car."

"If you noticed anyone acting suspiciously in this area please report this information online or call 101 quoting reference 385 of 26/01."

Two men, 39 and 41, both from Sutton were both arrested on suspicion of robbery. They remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.


26th January 2020

Cow & Gate and Tesco recall 7+ months Cow & Gate baby food jars

Cow & Gate and Tesco are voluntarily recalling 15 varieties of 7+ month Cow & Gate baby food jars (200g) sold by Tesco stores in the UK, as a precautionary measure following concerns that some jars may have been tampered with.

The recall only involves these varieties sold in Tesco stores in the UK. No other Cow & Gate, Tesco or other branded baby products are affected.

More information > >


25th January 2020

Sussex Police Warns Of Danger Of Courier Fraud

Sussex Police warns of the dangers of courier fraud as it supports Operation Radium, a nationwide campaign to target fraudulent criminality and build up information on organised crime groups behind the scams.

In 2019 Sussex police received 550 reports of courier/impersonator fraud targeting vulnerable victims.  Out of those reports, 67% of victims lived alone and 78% were aged 75 and over. The recorded total loss to these victims is £1,057,136 with an average of £8,000 being lost in each case where there was a loss. 

An 83-year-old man from Pease Pottage, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he came close to being a victim of courier fraud in November 2019 when a conman called his home phone pretending to be from Essex Police.

He was told by the fraudster on the phone that there had been improper activity in his bank account that they suspected was part of a money laundering scheme.

The victim was asked to withdraw £5,000 to see if the bank notes were fraudulent. He was asked to read the bank note numbers and was told that they were a cause for concern. He was then told the money was to be taken to Essex Police station and that an officer would come and collect it.

A young man, not dressed in a police uniform, then arrived at the front door asking for money, at which point the victim refused and shut the door. The victim said: "The conman on the phone was very well-spoken and convincing – but that, of course, is his job."

"All the way through this process I was adamant I wasn’t going to give him any money, but it sounded convincing and I wanted to help so I went along with it."

"He had done his homework and I was surprised I didn’t spot something earlier in the conversation. He kept both of my phone lines occupied through the process, he gave me an insurance number and even a crime reference number."

"I did feel a bit shaky thinking that it was a close call. I felt annoyed I’d been talking to this so-called DC Wheeler from the police who even gave me a false badge number. I feel sorry for older folk, and there’s not much older than me, but I worry that older people may easily hand over the money."

"Sending someone not dressed in a police uniform was the weakest link in their game. I worry that it could easily have gone differently."

"The PCSO was very helpful, he drove me to the bank to return the money and left me feeling safe. He gave me a 'The Little Book of Scams' guide and offered lots of advice and told me things I should do to protect myself. He actually did phone just a month after it happened to make sure I’d done them all."

What is courier fraud?

Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. 

Common techniques include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash or go and buy high value items. Sometimes they instruct the victim to leave their bank cards in an envelope somewhere safe. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash, expensive item or envelope, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

What you need to know

To avoid becoming a courier fraud victim, always remember…

Your bank or the police will NEVER:

- call and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password
- ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them
- ask you to transfer money out of your account

PC Bernadette Lawrie, BEM, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police says: "Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud."

"It pays to stop and think anytime you receive a request for personal or financial information. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked to do, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider directly, using a number you trust, such as the one listed on your bank statements or on the back of your card."

"Alternatively, check your actions with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action relating to your finances.”

What is Sussex Police doing to tackle courier fraud?

Local officers across the county respond to every report of courier fraud and provide support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures, as part of Operation Signature, the force's ongoing campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud.

Support that officers can give includes;

- helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number
- contacting family to suggest power of attorney
- mail re-direction
- offering them advice on call blocking devices
- referring them to other support services

Op Signature is also supported by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who has funded two fraud Victim Support Case Workers over the past four years to provide further help for medium and high risk victims and prevent them from being re-targeted. Her Sussex Elder’s Commission members spoke to thousands of older residents to highlight the threat of telephone and cyber-enabled fraud, and they helped persuade many people to take extra precautions, including installing call blockers which she funds.

Law enforcement agencies are working with banks to fight back against this type of fraud through a rapid-response scheme called the ‘Banking Protocol’.

This industry-wide UK Finance initiative first launched in Sussex two years ago, trains bank branch staff on how to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and what they can do to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster. The staff can request an immediate police response to the branch to investigate the suspected fraud and catch those responsible. 

The ‘Banking Protocol’ is now operational across the UK and has already prevented customers nationally from losing £38 million to criminals. It also led to 231 arrests in 2018.

In Sussex it has so far prevented £5 million being lost and has led to 49 arrests. 

For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Sussex Police website here.

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.


25th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 25 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link. Diversion to J8 on the M25, back to J7 anticlockwise.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Westbound. Diversion for Gatwick traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 exit slip Southbound. Diversion via J10 Crawley Avenue A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 27 to Friday 31 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur east and westbound and associated slip roads at J9. There will be outer ring management on the south terminal roundabout. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.


23rd January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785-372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Op Blitz was conducted last weekend by PCSO Clarke and PCSO Raczynska.

The shift started with a reassurance visit to help address some issues residents had been experiencing with local youths in Hampden Park. As a result we will be paying regular passing attention in Hampden Park which will be conducted by the dedicated PCSO’s for that area.

Our next visit was to Shinewater Park where there have been reports by residents of ongoing issues. Whilst on patrols it was nice to see some teenager’s enjoying the park playing basketball. We engaged with a group by the Co-Op at Milfoil Drive, who were not causing any issues.

As the evening progressed we were joined by the rain as we continued our high visibility patrols across the Town.

We then received a phone call from a member of public reporting a group of around 14 – 15 youths congregating by the Enterprise Centre smoking cannabis.

We arrived at the location within 5 – 10 minutes and spoke to two independent groups of young people. One group was hanging around by the train station and the other at the back of the Enterprise Centre. Although the groups were considerably large in number, the teenagers were perfectly polite and no smell of cannabis was detected.

We then moved on and liaised with security and customers at McDonald’s in the town centre where there were no issues.

Finally, we visited several hotspots known for people and vehicles congregating and causing a nuisance, however, on this particular evening everyone seemed to be on their best behaviour.


18th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

Highways England has published details of the forthcoming 56 hour weekend closures of the M23 between junctions 8 and 10.


17th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of Gatwick Spur + outer ring management on South terminal roundabout + lane 3 ring road North coming out of Gatwick. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound. Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick - traffic continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of J9 entry slip. Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 January (inclusive) 21:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link. Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to J10 M23.


16th January 2020

Eastbourne Operation Blitz

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050. Please use this number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday 10/01/2020

Friday night’s patrols were conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis, Crouch and Gell. The first point of call was at 17:45pm when officers came across a female who had a flat tyre. The female had two young children with her and officers assisted and ensured their safety by taking the family home.

At 20:10pm, we attended the area of Byland Close to conduct checks on whether any drug use had been occurring in the area as there have been reports previously that this had been taking place, at this time there was no sign of any drug paraphernalia or drug use.

We moved on to the area of Dunelm Mill and the surrounding estates at 20:24pm again due to reports of previous youth anti – social behaviour. At this time there were no persons present in the area and we moved on.

At 20:40pm we attended Ten Pin and St Wilfrid’s. There was a small group of youths aged approx. 18yrs, who were spoken to. There were no issues and the group moved on shortly after our arrival.

Following a call via our radios to assist with an area search at the Bandstand and along the promenade we came across two young females in possession of cannabis and alcohol, both of which were seized and all relevant details of those concerned were taken and recorded appropriately so the matter can be dealt with at a later date. In addition, due to the girl’s ages they were taken home by officers to their respective parents/carers.

At 22:18 PC Elliott stopped a vehicle that had intelligence reports relating to it. As a result of the stop the driver having been spoken to was arrested for possessing a bladed article, no insurance and driving not in accordance with a license. The vehicle was recovered by police and taken off the roads due to there being no insurance relating to it.

Our final point of call was in the area of the Sovereign Centre where all was quiet.

Saturday 11/01/2020

Saturday’s Op Blitz was conducted by PCSOs Brian-Davis and Cotterill. No calls were received on the Blitz phone for the duration of the shift.

Due to other operational commitments relating to an insecure premises, a scene guard and assisting with a search for a high risk missing person we were unable to conduct our patrols as we normally would have.  Thankfully the missing person was located.

Whilst being committed on other incidents we continued to monitor the radio in case there were any reports of anti-social behaviour that were called in, however, there weren’t any.

Prior to going off shift and having been stood down from other commitments we had been tasked to cover, we conducted further patrols of the areas highlighted as having been subject to previous anti-social behaviour. On our attendance all was quiet in these locations with no groups of youths seen and no reports of anti-social behaviour being made. 


10th January 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Saturday 11 January 8:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure from J10 to J8 + slips at J10 and J9 Northbound. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 Godstone M25. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10 on the M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 January (inclusive) 9:00pm to 5:00am

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley link Southbound. Diversion to M25 J8, back to J7.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph north & south bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Please note: all works are weather dependant and may be postponed at short notice.

Heads up…..

56 hour weekend closures on the M23 between junction 8 Merstham and junction 10 Copthorne. The works will begin on Friday 28 February and continue for the next 4 weekends. Full details will be given next week​​​​​​​.


6th January 2020

Sussex Police Launches First Ever
Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

As crime and technology evolves, the need for investigative roles in Sussex is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result Sussex Police is investing in the attraction and development of detectives and investigators across the county and Monday (06 January 2020) saw the launch of its first degree holders' Fast-Track Detective Development Programme.

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth.

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation."

“Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.”

Being a detective is a critical role in our ability to keep communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protective vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm and, most importantly, getting justice for victims of crime. We’re looking for degree-holders with the compassion to help build trusting relationships; the tenacity to see a case through from start to finish; the desire to lock up the bad people and the emotional resilience to keep calm, yet confident.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great learning experiences, opportunity for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as Major Crime or Public Protection, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice and the sense of pride that comes from getting results for others.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I hope that this recruitment campaign will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to help contribute to this vital area of policing."

“Detectives ensure effective investigations, identifying and pursuing criminals using cutting edge technology and traditional skills. All police forces - including Sussex - need to improve their solved rates to increase community confidence and protect our most vulnerable residents. Increasing the number of specialist trained officers will do much to achieve this."

“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference and there is no limit to where this career can take you.”

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a detective, or know someone who has, then apply now.


4th January 2020

A Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers led to
110 arrests in Sussex in just 15 days.

The annual campaign aims to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence, and target those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk on our roads.

A total of 110 arrests were made by Sussex Police during the operation which ran from Wednesday 18 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive – 73 on suspicion of drink-driving and 37 on suspicion of drug-driving.

This dedicated campaign is run in conjunction with Surrey Police, and is in addition to our officers responding to reports of drink and drug-driving 365 days a year.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m surprised and hugely disappointed that drink and drug-driving is still considered by some people to be socially acceptable."

“While the vast majority of motorists abide by the law, it seems there will always be a number of ignorant and selfish road users who refuse to take our advice on board. Not only do you risk ruining Christmas, you also risk ruining your life, or someone else’s."

“It shouldn’t take a trip to police custody to give you the wake-up call; motorists need to wake up now and be alert to the extreme dangers associated with driving under the influence of drink or drugs."

“Every year we arrest drivers who say they “only had a couple” or they were “only around the corner”. We’ve heard every excuse in the book, but the bottom line is there is no excuse."

“Change your behaviour now, or it could change your life forever.”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.


1st January 2020

What Goes Online Stays Online

Every time you use social media, buy or sell something online, visit any kind of website, send or receive an email, find your way using a mapping app or save a photo to the cloud, you add to your digital footprint. The same goes for downloading music, making Skype calls and using a voice assistant. Every time you post a photo of your children or your friends, you add to their digital footprint too.

What happens when you have a digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people, or tracked and held in a database … or many databases. This is the case even if you are careful with your privacy settings. Here are just a few examples of what could, and does, happen as a result of your online history:

How to minimise your digital footprint, or make sure it’s a good one:

GET SAFE ONLINE

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.

For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you are in Scotland, contact Police Scotland on 101.