Lewes District Police Weekly News and Alerts

Knifepoint Robbery Peacehaven

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at Ashington Stores in Ashington Gardens, Peacehaven, are appealing for any witnesses or people with information to come forward.

The incident happened at 7pm on Monday 25 November when a man wearing a black padded jacket with the hood drawn up and a scarf or balaclava covering most of his face walked into the shop and threatened a woman assistant with a knife.

He demanded that she open the till and then grabbed a quantity of cash before running off. There is a possibility he may have joined an accomplice waiting outside.

The suspect’s clothing also included dark jogging bottoms with a reflective stripe on each outer edge, dark-coloured trainers and latex, surgical-style gloves.

Detective Constable David Hawes said: “We would like to hear from anyone who saw a man or men acting suspiciously in the vicinity around the relevant time, or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist our enquiries.”

Anyone able to help is asked to report details online or to phone 101, quoting serial 1168 of 25/11.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Meet your local PCSO

Following the recent change (4th November 2019) to the PCSO model and allocations, Lewes Prevention PCSOs are each holding a ‘meet and greet’ day in their allocated area, the last few dates are below.

Plumpton, Plumpton Village Hall, Saturday 7th December from 11am – 1pm, with PCSO Willson

Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and surrounds, Monday 9th December from 11am – 1pm, with PCSO Kent

This is a chance to meet your local PCSO and ask any questions you have in relation to your local area, and speak directly to the officer responsible for your towns.

Crime prevention advice, scam and fraud support, winter burglary advice and more will also be available at each venue.

If you haven’t already, please visit: www.police.uk and enter your town/village or postcode into the ‘find your neighbourhood’ search bar, to find out who your local PCSO is.

Winter Burglary Advice

With 5 reported burglaries this week across the Lewes district, we are reminding people to keep a light on as it gets dark, and take steps to protect their homes from burglars.

In addition to a light, smart device users can set up their smart device to play music in their homes, as well as sounds that create the impression someone is home, check your smart device’s settings or manual to find out more.

Well be out across the district this weekend delivering ‘leave a light on’ leaflets to areas which have seen a rise in burglary these last few weeks, as well as patrolling areas affected.

Even though Sussex enjoys one of the lowest burglary rates, placing it seventh highest among counties where break-ins are least likely, 7700 burglaries were reported throughout Sussex from October 2018-September 2019.

Please take the time to review your home security, and follow our top tips to keep your home safe from burglary this Winter here

Christmas is a time for giving…but sadly for taking, too!

We’re working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home, presents and loved ones this festive season.

When you are out shopping please remember:

  • Keep valuables in inside coat pockets or internal zips in bags to prevent pickpockets
  • Only carry the cash you need, do not carry large amounts with you
  • Avoid going back to your car to drop off presents part way through your trip, if you do keep presents in the car ensure they are well out of sight and the car/boot is locked

When you’re out in the evening:                                                                                                                

  • Never leave your valuables unattended in public area
  • Avoid walking home alone in the dark, and never with someone that you do not know
  • Drink responsibly, never drink and drive, arrange for a taxi or a designated driver for the evening

When you are at home:

  • Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home
  • Check you have adequate home insurance to cover high value items
  • Make sure your home looks occupied, leave a light on or a timer light or radio playing

After Christmas:

  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin; break down boxes, and remove labels before putting inside a wheelie bin
  • Register your newly gifted items with your home insurance provider and with property registering websites such as www.immobilise.com – if your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.