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February 22nd 2019
News and Appeals
Increased Police patrols in rural Wealden areas:

Wealden residents, we are aware of a recent increase in commercial and rural burglaries involving suspicious vehicles and activities.

Police have been made aware of numerous reports involving suspicious vehicle sightings in and around Wealden, we thank you for continuing to report suspect vehicle registrations, all of your reports help to build a map of where offences are occurring, and allows us to take action in those areas.

As part of our ongoing investigations, working closely with victims, and receiving your reports; we will be increasing visible patrols in your local areas, and using a range of methods to remind offenders we are watching them.

We thank you for continuing to report vehicles and suspicious activities within your communities, and encourage you to continue to do so via 101, on email at or online at
Crime prevention advice:

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your homes and businesses safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)

Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures - a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)

Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

Commercial properties can also benefit from the following:
Identify areas that may be vulnerable to forced entry and have them made more secure.

Try not to keep cash on the premises and always use a bolted-down safe with a time lock and anti-tamper sensors that trigger an alarm.

Make sure your keys are not left on the premises and that only designated staff have access. In case of emergency, make sure there’s a list of key holders who can be contacted.fenders beware - we're watching you 👀
We thank you for continuing to report suspect vehicle registrations; please note we do not have the means to view all Facebook crime groups that you are part of, as a result please continue to report any suspicious vehicles, or persons you see directly to us on 101, or by emailing, always dial 999 in an emergency/crime in action.Thank you! Wealden Police.
Dangerous driver jailed after stealing and crashing his dad’s car:

A car thief accelerated towards police before making off at speeds of up to 95mph in a 30mph zone on New Year’s Day.

Chris Hillman then crashed the stolen Ford Focus down a bank off Hartfield Road, Forest Row and escaped on foot.

He was later located following enquiries at an address in Horam two days later and taken into custody, where he was arrested for multiple offences.
Following his arrest, he was remanded in custody and charged with the following offences:

•Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving;
•Driving while disqualified;
•Driving without insurance;
•Breach of a restraining order;
•Breach of a non-molestation order.

The 29-year-old, unemployed, of Tallwood Road, Horam, pleaded guilty to all five offences and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 8 February to a total of 18 months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for 33 months.
Community SpeedWatch seeks volunteers to help save lives in Sussex:

Is speeding an issue in your area? Can you help us prevent it?
Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is seeking more volunteers in a bid to continue to address its four main aims:
•To reduce death and injuries on the roads;
•To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit;
•To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed;
•To improve the quality of life for local communities.

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
To find out more and to sign up, visit or email
To report an incident of dangerous or antisocial driving, visit
Crowborough man convicted of possessing a 'paedophile manual'

More information on this story:

Crime summary

A large amount of jewellery, including sentimental items were taken from a jewellery box after someone broke into a house in Court Lane, Uckfield on the morning of the 15th February. The victim only left the house for a few hours in the morning, and unfortunately returned home to find the items had been taken. Police investigations continue. (0435 of 15/02/19)
A cycle shop in Pevensey was broken into on the evening of the 17th February where a number of high value cycles were stolen. Suspects have used an unknown van to load the bikes into and then drive away. Police are working closely with the victim but if anyone has any information please get in touch quoting (1152 of 17/02/19)
Around lunchtime on the 19th February a suspect male was seen knocking on doors asking residents if they had any gold to sell. The male managed to gain entry to one property but was warned off by residents. Any information to assist our enquiries please call in or email quoting (0629 of 19/02/19)


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