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February 26, 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)

Officers have spent numerous hours this week patrolling your local areas and keeping you safe.

As we head into the weekend these patrols will continue; a reminder that each Friday and Saturday night additional patrols set out across the district, aimed at deterring, disrupting and identifying those involved in any anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Local residents can call 07770 700642 each Friday and Saturday between 3pm - Midnight to report any anti-social behaviour, including ASB driving they witness across the district. Outside of these times, please continue to report either by calling 101 or reporting online.

All community reports help to direct additional weekend patrols in areas that have seen an increase in both ASB, and youth related crime and disorder.

We understand the impact and distress that ASB can cause, and would like you to know that there is more support out there than you might think!

• Victim Support


A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime to cope with and recover from their experience.

• ASB Help


A charity in England and Wales providing online advice and support to victims of antisocial behaviour.

• Supportline


A confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to anyone on any issue, but particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.

Cyber Crime Webinars

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Due to high demand, we’re expanding our monthly webinars about Cyber Security and Online Fraud.

Delivered by our Protect Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit to empower you with knowledge to navigate the digital world safely.

Our March sessions are almost fully booked but we have availability in April so please act fast if you would like to join us for the below sessions.

General Cyber Security and Online Fraud Awareness

– For those already somewhat comfortable using technology. This session will cover everything you need to know to massively reduce your chance of becoming a victim and also empower you with knowledge to help the ones you love and care for.

Gentle Learning Version

– This session covers the topics above but in a slower paced and more accessible format for people less confident with technology.

Safeguarding Humanity: The risks of AI (Artificial Intelligence)

– AI has taken the world by storm and introduces many benefits as well as highly sophisticated methods of Fraud and Cyber Crime. This shorter yet cutting edge talk will empower you to use AI tools safety whilst also making yourself and your family resilient to AI generated scams.

For more info and dates fo the webinars, see here 👉 spkl.io/7722

Raising awareness on Dementia - The Herbert Protocol

Yesterday, 22nd Feb, two of our officers had the pleasure of joining the 'The Big Dementia Conversation' at a Care UK home in Crowborough. There was tonnes of useful advice and facts given around Dementia, and how to deal with it as a friend/family member of something with Dementia. We were also able to give an input on The Herbert Protocol; a national scheme adopted by several police forces, including Sussex Police.

We were able to raise awareness to friends, family and carers of vulnerable people around what the Herbert Protocol is and how it could assist them if the worst were the happen.

The form contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing, including:

  • medication required
  • mobile numbers
  • places previously located
  • a recent photograph

Keeping a completed form saves the worry of trying to recall the information during the stressful time of someone going missing. It also saves time for the police, allowing the search to start sooner.

If someone you know suffers from Dementia please visit Herbert Protocol | Sussex Police where further information is provided. This link will also lead you to a downloadable PDF copy of the form.

Public act of kindness!

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Officers responded to an incident on the A22 Southbound at Hailsham this week, following a report of two vehicles stuck in the mud, and a broken-down vehicle all within 50 meters of each other.

We anticipated long delays and a road closure, as our only option was to call out recovery for each vehicle, and wait.

Thankfully ‘DrainHero’ came to the rescue, taking time out of his busy day to pull both vehicles out of the mud allowing officers to re-open the road and allow the flow of traffic to resume a lot sooner than we initially predicted.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Grant for such a selfless act of kindness!

Want to be part of the team?

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Careers don't come more rewarding than this.

PCSO43267 decided to join the force in Wealden as he wanted a role that could positively impact his community, and to regularly feel a sense of achievement in his day-to-day work.

Since joining in October last year, he has assisted the team tackling incidents such as fraud, road traffic collisions and seizure of vehicles.

For this PSCO, this is only "the start of a long and exciting career".

Sound like something you could see yourself doing? Head over to our career pages to find out more 👉 spkl.io/1051

We want to hear from YOU!

Did you know you can reply to our Sussex Alerts below? We would love to hear from our community in regard to how we communicate our updates to you. We want to know what you enjoy, what is useful to you, what you'd like to see more of, and if there are any other methods of communicating that you think may be beneficial.

Click, Call, Connect

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 don’t require an urgent response.

In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

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.

February 9, 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police

Friday 9th February 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police


Emergency services responded to welfare concerns at an address in Uckfield on Thursday morning (February 8th)

A 38-year-old woman and two children, aged 9 and 13, were located inside the property and taken to hospital for treatment. While their conditions remain serious, they are currently in a stable state.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of administering a noxious substance / poison to cause injury. We are not searching for anyone else in relation to this investigation.

Our enquiries are ongoing and a heightened police presence is anticipated in the area at this time. This is being treated as an isolated incident with no threat to the wider community.

Burglary reports

We have received a number of reported burglaries across Wealden this past week, with homes being targeted through back doors and windows.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue patrols over the coming weeks, deterring crime and taking action against those affecting the safety and welfare of our local communities.

A determined burglar can be difficult to discourage. Good-quality doors, windows and locks are excellent deterrents, but there’s even more you can do to stop burglars in their tracks.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock any door
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • set your burglar alarm
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Rural burglary patrols

High visibility Police patrols to deter and stop criminals targeting rural locations continue this week.

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Over the last few weeks, over 30 hours have been given to targeted patrols in areas of Ticehurst, Wadhurst, Stonegate, Groombridge and Withyham; to name a few.

In addition to offering reassurances to local residents through these patrols; we aim to deter and catch those committing crime and burglary by conducting random vehicle stop checks, as well as identifying vulnerable areas and roads which could be used by criminals.

Whilst we continue to conduct these patrols both late evening and into the small hours, we also continue to encourage homeowners to review their security to help prevent becoming a victim of burglary.

A number of top tips, and crime prevention advice on how to secure both your property, any outbuildings and vehicles can be found on our Sussex Police website.

Visits to schools around the community

The neighbourhood policing team have visited several schools this week and engaged with children from the ages of 4 up to 15.

It's important to us that students of all ages know who we are, what we do and that they can always come to us for help!

There is always a great atmosphere from these visits, especially after experiencing first hand what it's like to sit in a police car and try on the uniform!

Convictions made in large drug OCG

An organised crime group (OCG) disguised class A and B drugs as bath salts and beauty products for export from Sussex.

Police discovered two holdalls containing nearly £1 million worth of MDMA (ecstasy) at a farm near Shoreham, West Sussex, prompting an investigation.

The group had tried to send packages to the USA and Australia via a courier service using false packaging, but most of the deliveries were intercepted. Now, all eight defendants, including a male from Polegate involved have been convicted for their roles in the criminality.

Read more about the case online Group sentenced for organised drugs supply from Sussex | Sussex Police

The Herbert Protocol

If you have a family member or someone you care for who has dementia, please consider using the Herbert Protocol.

The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in which contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing, including:

• medication required

• mobile numbers

• places that are special to them / where they’ve been located if they have gone missing before

• a recent photograph

Keeping a completed form saves you the worry of trying to recall vital information during the stressful time of reporting someone missing. It also saves time for the police, allowing our search to start sooner.

We only need the form at the point the person is reported missing. There is no need to hand it to us before then and the form will be returned to you once the person is found.

The initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. He sadly died whilst missing, trying to find his childhood home.

You can read more about the #HerbertProtocol and download the form here Herbert Protocol | Sussex Police


Click, Call, Connect

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 don’t require an urgent response.

In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.

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.

January 2, 2024

Sussex Alerts - Wealden Police

Friday 22nd December 2023

(This will be the last alert until the New Year)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Wealden Police

Wishing all of our residents and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We're here for you over the Christmas period if you need to contact us:

💻 www.sussex.police.uk for all non-urgent crime reporting, advice and support.

☎️ 101 or 999.

Use 101 in a non-emergency situation, if a crime has already taken place.

Call 999 in an emergency situation where a crime is taking place, there is threat to life/property or you or someone else are in immediate danger.

Further support over Christmas.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 📞 0808 2000 247

Samaritans 📞 116 123

Child Line 📞 0800 1111

NHS non-emergency 📞 111

Crime Stoppers 📞 0800 555 111

Business crime awareness week

During business crime awareness week 2023 officers have been giving extra patrols to your high streets, retail parks and shopping areas to raise awareness of all things business crime related.

In Uckfield yesterday Officers were on patrol to speak to Christmas shoppers about keeping themselves and their shopping safe from theft, and stopping in on our local business owners to share with them the latest crimes going around, as well as what actions we are taking, and what they can do to safeguard against business crime this Christmas.

Today our business crime awareness week patrols will be heading to Crowborough – in addition to crime updates and prevention tools/advice, officers will be looking for new businesses to join the Wealden DISC App available to all businesses in the area.

If you are a business in the area and wish to find out more about DISC please visit: Business crime | Sussex Police

Local Officer awarded with Chief’s Commendation

Meet Police Constable Ben Barnatt, who was given a Chief’s Commendation earlier this month.

PC Barnatt carried out a brave and tenacious act in arresting two masked men who broke into a property in Hailsham.

They held a knife to the victim's throat and made threats of violence, demanding to know where the safe and cash were. They also threatened to kill the victim's dog.

The men made off on foot, but were quickly apprehended by PC Barnatt and PD Skye, who has sadly since passed away.

PC Barnatt recovered the knife from a jacket inside the stolen vehicle, which was on false plates and had been linked to other knife-related offences in the days leading up to the incident.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, possession of a bladed article, and theft of a motor vehicle.

After receiving his award, PC Barnatt said: “It was an honour to receive this commendation from the Chief.

“To me, I was just doing my job, so to be recognised for it is lovely – and for Skye!”

The commendations marked the outstanding achievements of people from across policing, as well as members of the public who had stepped in to do the right thing.

Action Fraud Christmas fraud and scams

The 12 online frauds of Christmas campaign launched this Christmas by Action Fraud delivers key crime prevention messages, raise awareness of online fraud and ultimately allow people to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud.

For anyone who has missed our shares in the lead up to Christmas, or would like a round-up of the scams and frauds being highlighted, residents can view an online PDF version of the top 12 frauds online here.

Drink/drug drive campaign - Operation Limit

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Over 130 arrests already made following our crackdown on drink/drug driving which launched on the 1st December.

Op Limit sees officers across the district take to the roads of your towns and villages to conduct roadside checks to target drink and drug drivers this Christmas.

Find out more about these arrests, our campaign, and how we are asking the public to support us in reporting those who they know or believe to be getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs online here.

The Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers is a campaign which runs from December 1 to January 1.

This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.

In keeping with previous campaigns, some of those convicted of drink and drug-driving will be identified on our website and social media channels as a deterrent.

If you believe someone to be about to take to the roads after consuming alcohol or drugs, call 999.

Operation Hope - Domestic abuse at Christmas

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Domestic abuse can and does affect anyone, nationally, nearly half of male victims (49%) of domestic abuse don't tell anyone.

No one should suffer from domestic abuse - If you report to us, we will support you.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in any form you can contact us online or by calling 101.

If you don't wish to speak with us, there are lots of agencies and support services for all victims, who can help.

You can find contact details online here.

In an emergency or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.

November 2, 2023

Sussex and Surrey Police Fraud Newsletter October 2023

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Sussex and Surrey Police Fraud Newsletter October 2023

Dear residents,

Please find attached the latest Fraud Newsletter from your Sussex and Surrey Police Police Economic Crime Unit.

In this month’s edition, we focus on the digital switchover, online selling scams and sexual blackmail phishing.

Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams.  

By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

T/Detective Chief Inspector Simon Doyle, Surrey Police & Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit