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Lewes Weekly News - 17 February 2017

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17 February 2017

News and appeals

New plan to support officers assaulted doing their job

Working for the police can often be dangerous and unpredictable but being assaulted must never be seen as "part of the job”.

This is the robust message being strongly sent out by Sussex Police as it puts a spotlight on how officers are dealt with after being assaulted while trying to do their job. A seven point plan is being adopted by the force to get a better picture of how many officers are being assaulted as many do not make official reports.

Sussex Police donation to Forest Row pre-school
Hailsham Police has donated £500 to Forest Row Community Pre-School to help them fund the fitting of CCTV cameras to the school premises. This will help them deter anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Man, 24, stabbed during fight in Sutton Park Road, Seaford
Shortly after midnight in the early hours of Sunday (12 February) police were called to Sutton Park Road, Seaford, following reports of a large group of people fighting in the street outside the Tesco supermarket.

Mayfield pair sentenced for fraudulent activity involving elderly victims

A crooked couple from Mayfield who defrauded elderly women in East Sussex of cash and possessions were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (13 February)

Ding-dong - Seaford burglar caught on doorbell TV
A video doorbell captured this man apparently breaking into a house in Seaford.

Footage shows the man entering the porch area of the house in Valley Drive at 10.51pm on Sunday (February 12). A minute later, the internet router located in the porch was unplugged, but not before the video captured the images, sending them to cloud storage. 
Anyone who recognises him or has any information about the burglary or the item stolen is asked to report online here quoting serial 46 of 13/02.

Alternatively, you can call 101, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Operation Blitz
Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday.
Please call Sergeant Parfitt on 07912 896422 to report Anti-Social Behaviour on Friday and PC Tourell on 07912 895931 on Saturday. Thank you.

Fraud Alert
House purchase money transfers

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, is continuing to receive reports where parties involved in house purchases are targeted to transfer money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters, resulting in large losses for house buyers or solicitors.
“Conveyancing fraud” is committed by criminals who hack into the email chains between sellers and buyers and their solicitors and estate agents.

Waiting for the right time (usually on the day of sale completion) fraudsters send a spoofed or mimicked email informing the parties that bank account details have changed at the last minute and that money should be put into a different account. Sometimes they have hacked into the genuine email account of one of the parties, therefore sending an email from the genuine account to request the change.

The purchaser then transfers the sum of money into the new bank account, which is controlled by the fraudster, leaving the solicitor or client at a substantial financial loss.

As fraudsters have monitored previous communications, they can make emails appear identical to genuine ones, and they can delete real emails from accounts. 

Protection advice 

This social engineering trick can be difficult to spot, but there are ways to protect it from happening to you:
  • Review internal processes regarding how clients are permitted to amend bank details held for them.
  • Do not feel pressured into changing any bank details. If you receive an email requesting a change to the bank details, don’t be afraid to question its authenticity. If in doubt phone the sender to confirm.
  • At the start of the conveyancing process, agree the terms to which any changes in bank details will occur, such as in person.
  • Buyers and sellers should avoid using public Wi-Fi systems to check emails when house purchases are being made. Fraudsters can easily hack into vulnerable Wi-Fi systems.
  • Avoid posting statuses on social media about buying/selling your house or getting a mortgage. Fraudsters may get hold of this information and know the next step is a large financial transaction. 
  • Make sure you have strong passwords for your accounts and have anti-virus installed on your devices. To create a strong password, use at least 8 characters, a mix of letters and numbers, not dictionary words or names.  You could choose a phrase or lyric meaningful to you and initialise it.
  • Ensure that both your email and banking passwords are strong and unique.  Remember that your email, if hacked, could be used to re-set passwords on many of your other accounts.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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