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Hastings Weekly Update 18/11/2016

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Friday, 18 November 2016

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Police in Hastings and St Leonards continue to tackle antisocial behaviour
Sussex Police has taken action against a number of youths as officers continue to tackle antisocial behaviour in St Leonards.

The force has dedicated a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, two Police Constables and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in a bid to curb criminal behaviour and improve the quality of life for residents in the area. Click here for more details.

Hastings man loses thousands in telephone scam
A Hastings man has fallen victim to a telephone scam and lost nearly £5,000.

The elderly, vulnerable victim ignored an unknown number three times before finally answering the phone, speaking to a woman who invited him to call back on a number to show that it was a legitimate contact.

Unfortunately, it wasn't and he was persuaded that there was a problem with his computer and that he was owed money by Microsoft as a result. He allowed them access to his computer and while they were remotely connected, he was encouraged to log into his bank account. When he did, it showed that they had paid in £3500, but they explained that there was a deficit that would need paying back into their account and he needed to do that through the Post Office.

He did this, but was contacted again to say there was a problem so he checked his bank account and that showed that nothing had been taken, so he paid another amount. This happened three times over a period of a couple of weeks at the end of October and beginning of November, resulting in the man being defrauded of £4,800.

PCSO Faye Spiers said: "Telephone fraudsters are getting cleverer and this was quite a complex scam. It was also completely believable for the victim and reinforces just how cautious we all need to be about dealing with any unexpected phone calls where the caller is seeking access to a computer or details about bank accounts."

For advice on scams please click here.

Advice on how to beat the Christmas crooks
Police have issued a warning to Christmas shoppers and revellers to keep a close watch on their personal property when out and about shopping and celebrating as the festive season approaches.
Here are some tips and handy reminders:

When you put your purse or phone back into your handbag make sure you secure your bag again. Many people leave their bag open, making it easy for a purse and other items to be taken while you’re distracted. If the handbag has a flap that goes over the top of the bag hold it so that the flap’s fastening is towards your body.  

If you do not use a handbag, make sure phones, wallets, purses and similar items go into an inside jacket pocket (ones with zips are especially good) or into a front pocket of your trousers; not the back pocket, especially when the top of the trousers or jeans are visible.

You could fit your purse with little purse bells, which are designed to be attached to your purse or handbag. They’re very useful where there’s a heightened risk of handbag theft, in places such as busy shops and cafés, street markets, other crowded places and on public transport.

If you can mark your phones, laptops or tablets and register them on it helps with identification.

If you take some simple steps you can reduce your chance of being targeted. Keep valuables out of sight in a secure place and on your person at all times and you significantly reduce the risk of losing them.

Look after your van - advice from Hastings police
Recent thefts from vans in the Hastings area have prompted police to remind owners of such vehicles to be vigilant.

Thieves have struck overnight 40 times since the start of October.

Inspector Anita Turner, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Van owners are reminded to look after their property, ensuring their vehicles are adequately secured”.

"This is particularly important if they contain tools or other valuable items."

"It is advisable to remove items of value when your vehicle is being left unattended. If you have been offered any power tools for sale in suspicious circumstances, please contact the police, as these are often stolen items and we need to gather information about the thieves involved so that we can stop these offences continuing."

Anybody who notices anything suspicious is asked to dial 999

You can also report online to

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

For more information on vehicle crime prevention and property marking please see the following links:

Crackdown on drivers using a mobile phone behind the wheel
Surrey and Sussex Police are cracking down on drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel in support of a week-long enforcement campaign starting today (Monday 14 November).

It is the second dedicated part of a campaign which aims to make motorists aware of the potentially fatal consequences of being distracted by a mobile phone and to highlight the serious penalties they will face if they are caught. Click here for more details.

HMRC Scam awareness.

We have had reports over the last week from Hastings residents that they are receiving Scam telephone calls from an 0161 number. When the phone is answered an automated message states the caller is from HMRC and that they are bringing a lawsuit against the person answering the phone. Please can we urge people to not engage with this should they be called, it is a scam. Please see below link from HMRC regards scams –…...

If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You should report these incidents on the Action Fraud

or you can call them on 0300 123 2050 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00.

Sussex Police recruiting new PCSOs
Sussex Police is currently recruiting for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Sussex Police is recruiting 32 PCSOs, 16 of whom will start in June 2017, and the further 16 in the autumn of 2017, who will work alongside frontline officers to keep Sussex safe.
Click here for more details.

 Help us keep Sussex safe

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