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Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

The main aim of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is to create a partnership between the local community, the police and the local authority.

Neighbourhood Watch started in the UK in 1982. There are now some 150,000 schemes running throughout the UK covering nearly five million households, which makes Neighbourhood Watch the largest voluntary movement in the country.

What can Neighbourhood Watch schemes do?

They can target local crime problems and take action to prevent them. In consultation with the local police they can find out from local people what crimes most concern and affect them and focus on those specific problems.

Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watch activity has focused on the immediate vicinity of homes. However, more and more schemes are now broadening their range of work.

Local problems such as combating anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organised neighbourhood watch scheme. You can also take action such as fitting more secure door and window locks in vulnerable homes. You could also lobby the local authority, for example, to improve street lighting or step up the security of a communal entrance.

For more information contact Ray Ingram

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Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.


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July 1, 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police



Last week saw a total of 22 arrests made across the district, for a variety of offences.

- Officers made 7 separate arrests for common assault in Crowborough, Polegate, Uckfield, Hellingly, Hailsham and Heathfield.

- 5 arrests were made for criminal damage in Hailsham, Pevensey, Uckfield and Crowborough.

- We arrested 2 drivers in Uckfield - one for driving whilst over the drink limit, and one for driving whilst over the drug limit.

Other offences throughout the week included handling stolen goods, failing to appear at court and theft of a motor vehicle.

On top of this, we also arrested a prolific shoplifter, who was regularly offending in areas of South Wealden and Eastbourne.

Your policing teams in Wealden are consistently working hard around the clock, responding to reports received by the public in order to keep our communities safe.


We have charged a former housemaster at Tylehurst School in Forest Row with sex offences against children in the 1970s.

The offender faces 15 charges relating to incidents alleged to have taken place between 1977 and 1979.

The school has since closed.

This is an open investigation, so please refrain from speculation in the comments. But if you have any information relating to this case, please report it to us, quoting serial 472 of 23/09.

More details can be found here  Man charged with non-recent sexual offences at East Sussex school | Sussex Police


Tributes have been paid to an “adored dad, son, brother and partner” who tragically died in a collision in Hailsham.

Officers were called to the incident involving a motorbike on the A22, Hailsham Road shortly after 5am on Saturday, 15 June.

Sadly, the motorcyclist, 34-year-old Adam Standen from Hailsham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Adam's family has released the following tribute, click here Tributes paid to motorcyclist following Hailsham collision | Sussex Police

Road safety reminder

We have seen numerous road traffic accidents across the district, with the majority involving motorcycles. With the weather being warmer, we urge all road users to take extra precaution when out and about.

As a road user, you are responsible for keeping yourself safe and those around you too. Stay alert, so that everyone stays alive.

Local engagement

PCSO Thompson and PC Solla attended a road closure for a road traffic collision earlier this week. Whilst there, they came across a young person on a bike who couldn’t get home. Officers worked quickly to organise a safe return home by getting in touch with their family to arrange a lift. There was only one problem - they were unable to take the bike with them! Luckily, with more quick thinking, we offered to keep the bike safe in our own car, and return it once stood down from the road closure. It was a rewarding end to our shift returning the bike safe and sound, and we were pleased to have been there to help!

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Hundreds gathered at the weekend (Saturday 22nd) for Hailsham's first 'Stand Proud' event!

The sun was shining and there was a cheerful atmosphere from start to finish. It was great to be able to get involved in such a fun and successful event. We were able to engage with so many people throughout the community, providing support and offering advice on all sorts of topics - and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves whilst doing so!

This month we have taken part in the Safety In Action annual event run by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Over the course of three days, we engaged with 510 children from 22 local schools across East Sussex, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding of how to keep themselves safer in a range of different scenarios.The feedback received from a Year 6 teacher at Buxted school summarised the event perfectly:

"I think it is a fabulous event and so very worthwhile. An awful lot of information is taken in by the children in a fun and interactive way and they really enjoy it as well as learn from it. Some really useful life skills and knowledge that will help them keep safe. I think it is perfectly pitched for the age group. Thanks very much and I hope it can continue on for many more years.”

For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click  www.sussex.police.uk,  (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call). 

Call 101 when you do not require an urgent response. In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

Connect with us face-to-face at a police station or contact the local policing team at www.sussex.police.uk/area/your-area. 

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.

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