Young girl approached outside Lewes school

Police were made aware of a young girl (12) being approached by a man with a van in the Prince Edward Road area of Lewes, who was reported to have tried to pull her into his van but she ran off unhurt.

Police are aware the local schools had already circulated a message about this matter on Tuesday 15th but police were not informed until Wednesday morning.

Enquiries are being made in order to establish the full circumstances. There have been no other such reports in the area

In the meantime anyone with information can contact police online at or by calling 101, quoting serial 356 of 16/10.

Any sightings of suspicious activity can always be reported to police via 999.

Additional patrols have been set across the area to monitor any suspicious activities.

PCSO community patrols this week

PCSOs play a key part of your local policing service – working alongside and supporting police officer colleagues in solving local problems.

Not only by working closely with young people and local schools, speaking to community, religious and business leaders, providing crime prevention advice, and reassuring the public; but in also addressing local issues by getting out into towns and villages across the district on high visibility foot patrols, gathering intelligence, meeting people and offering advice and support to members of the public.

What follows is just a snapshot of where some of the team have been this week.

This week PCSOs Willson and Stainer continued to share advice and offer support to farmers and rural residents across the district, as well as popping into Macs Farm in Ditching following on from last week’s rural crime awareness week to share best practices and offer any support, the team travelled across Plumpton, Chailey and Wivesfield.

PCSO Willson headed out on foot and car across Plumpton, Newick and Barcombe this week as part of his rural patrols. Speaking to residents in areas that may not have access to a local police station to offer support and crime prevention advice following recent rural and farm break ins in other areas of Sussex.

There’s a variety of things you can do to protect your property, land and livestock, our advice and prevention techniques can be found here.

PCSO Marchant and Nicholson continued to patrol the coast, both working out of Saxon House in Newhaven, they headed out across Newhaven, Seaford and Peacheaven, supporting the Lewes District’s newly designed multi-agency approach to tackling issues reported by coastal residents. A number of youth groups and clubs have been visited this week by the team, as well as literature around knife crime, ASB, local groups and activities for teens passed to young adults in the community, as part of our early intervention approach to help deter youngsters from crime and disorder.