ESF News

15th December 2017

News and appeals

Don't fall victim to a Christmas burglary this year

Winter is now well underway and Christmas is just around the corner! Christmas time can be a very busy time for burglars with lots of expensive Christmas presents left under the tree, people visiting family and friends or going on holiday. The nights are longer at this time of year, and shorter days mean that there are more opportunities for burglaries to take place. It is very important to remain vigilant and make sure that your home is secure and protected.

We would like to take this opportunity to give out some tips on how to prevent your home being burgled over this Christmas period. Firstly, it is always lovely to see Christmas presents displayed beautifully under the Christmas tree, but this poses a problem if your tree is positioned underneath your window.  Try and position your Christmas tree so that it cannot easily be seen by passers-by, leaving lots of lovely presents for all to see gives a new meaning to ‘window shopping’.

Secondly, make sure that when you leave your house whether it’s just popping down the supermarket to get that last minute Christmas present or visiting family for a few days, that you do not make your house look vulnerable. Keep lights switched on in the house, make sure all doors and windows are locked and set up alarms, this includes any outbuildings such as sheds or garages, most people keep tools in these places that are perfect for burglars to get into your house!

More and more people are buying their Christmas presents online. However, if you are not going to be home to collect your delivery, please make sure that you have them delivered somewhere that will be safe, whether that be with a family member, a neighbour or in a concealed place. When deliveries are left in obvious places not only can it give away what you are adding to your home contents but it also gives a good indication that you are not home.

Don’t let your house become a target of burglary and ruin your Christmas this year, keep your home safe and secure!

Crime summary

On 9 December an attempted burglary occurred overnight on Branston Road (Ref: 0045 09/12)

On 10 December a high value burglary occurred overnight on Arlington Road where expensive jewellery and electronics were stolen (Ref: 0045 10/12)

On 12 December a burglary occurred overnight on Elsted Close in which a wallet with credit cards and a mobile phone was stolen (Ref: 140 12/12)

On 12 December a garage was broken into between 10pm and 6.30am on Bridgemere Road in which a set of golf clubs and a drill was stolen (Ref: 195 12/12)

15th December 2017

Advertising hoarding popular with street drinkers is dismantled

Eastbourne Borough Council has taken action to tackle the problems with the street drinkers who gather at the advertising hoarding in Terminus Road.

The hoarding, which has a concrete seat running around the bottom of it, was put in place many years ago.  It is no longer used for advertising purposes and has become a place for the street community to congregate.  As a consequence, it also attracted litter.

The council has been working in partnership with various organisations to face the problem head on, and the hoarding is being removed in conjunction with Sussex Police.

The electricity to the site has been disconnected and although the concrete stump is still in place, it will be taken out in the New Year.  The equipment needed to remove it cannot be manoeuvred into position while the Christmas market is taking place. 
In the meantime, the area has been fenced off and once all the works have been carried out, the section will be re-paved.

14th December 2017

Anti-social behaviour and street community top priorities for safety plan

Eastbourne’s Community Safety Partnership Plan will put anti-social behaviour and the street community at the top of its priorities for the coming year.

Cabinet councillors agreed last night to adopt the plan for 2018-19 that was put together in consultation with key partners including Sussex Police.

In the past year, the Eastbourne Joint Action Group Street Community sub group has been co-ordinating a multi-agency response to anti-social behaviour relating to the street community and working closely alongside drop-in service the Eastbourne HUB.

Progress in the past year includes running diversionary sports in the summer holidays to help reduce anti-social behaviour and giving Business Wardens new powers.

Councillors also agreed the formal merger of the Eastbourne and Lewes Community Safety Partnerships.

14th December 2017

Recycling to be reviewed in Eastbourne

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to look at introducing a new recycling system that could mean residents use one bin to recycle everything.

The new system would mean residents could put glass in their wheelie bin. At present, separate box containers are used for glass and a wheelie bin for paper, cans, cardboard and plastics. The change would bring Eastbourne in line with other councils in East Sussex.

If councillors decide to adopt a new, simpler system, it would come into place in June 2019.

Charge for garden waste to be introduced in Eastbourne

On Wednesday 13th December, cabinet councillors agreed to introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste in Eastbourne from April 2018. Many councils already charge for this service and this brings Eastbourne in line with them.

The annual charge of £52 is expected to bring in around £300,000 every year that will allow the council to maintain essential front-line services in a financial climate of severe cuts in government funding.

For those who would prefer to compost at home, a free compost bin will be offered as an alternative. This offer will be available for the first six months of the scheme.

Lewes District Council already charges for collection of garden waste and Wealden District Council is set to introduce a charge from April.

Other Council News

The latest issue of Eastbourne Borough Council News is now available to download. In this issue:

  • New council flats ready in time for Christmas
  • Last weekend of Neon Noel
  • Hampden Retail Park transformation
  • Action on stillbirths
  • Skate Park update

Download the newsletter > >

14th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

his weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz on Friday 8 December commenced at 6pm and focused on the Langney and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne. ‘Hot spot’ areas Pevensey road, The Crumbles Retail Park, Etchingham Road, Horning Close, Shalfleet Close, Rotherfield Avenue, Lavender Close (The Hub), Jay Close Underpass were all searched and monitored twice throughout the evening.

Patrols were also conducted around the Hampden Park and Kingsmere area. The cold weather was likely a reason for the areas being all in order and quiet. There were no calls received on the Blitz phone on Friday evening and no jobs sent to our control room.

However, we did visit the Winter wonderland located in Kingsmere which was preparing to have its Christmas lights turned on for the Saturday evening charity event. We even got a sneak peak of the light show which was truly spectacular and all for a good cause.

On Saturday evening PCSO’s were joined by two of our specialist Prevention Police Constables and the Sergeant! The team were keen to patrol and show a strong presence at Sovereign Harbour and The Crumbles following several reports of rowdy youths drinking and causing anti-social behaviour. The reports were made through the direct Operation Blitz telephone number and via the 9’s and all calls were met with a prompt and effective response.

The team caught up and engaged with young people, details were taken and have been added to a problem solving file aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the area. If the names from today continue to crop up then further action can be taken. One rather intoxicated (though very apologetic) young man was even escorted home, it’s unlikely that his parent will be letting him out in the evening for a little while.

In between challenging young people reported as causing problems, the team were driven safely by one of our PC's to an immediate response call to West Rise School in Shinewater following reports of three males trespassing on the property. On this occasion, on arrival the males had already left. A search was conducted of the school and officers ensured that the premises was left safe and secure.
Thank you to those who continue to use and support the Operation Blitz system to report and tackle Anti-Social Behaviour in your areas

14th December 2017

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   

Pre-paid credit cards

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.

How to protect yourself:

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

The information contained within this alert is based on information from gathered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of fraud. The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

11th December 2017

The Met Office has predicted severe cold weather across the country until Thursday 14 December. Widespread frosts and icy conditions will persist throughout the week. Snow has also been forecast over central and southeastern areas and due to the low temperature, it will be slow to melt.

Are you prepared?

This cold weather could increase the risk of life-threatening illnesses, especially among older people. The ideal temperature for a bedroom is 18°C (64°F) and 21°C (70°F) for a living room.

Read our practical winter wrapped up guide for some useful tips on heating your home, eating well and other resources to keep warm. Please share this information with older friends and relatives. 

Please stay safe and warm.

11th December 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 335

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

8th December 2017

News and appeals
 
Jail for persistent Eastbourne burglar

An Eastbourne man appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (4 December) and was sentenced to three years' imprisonment after admitting five burglaries and one count of interfering with a vehicle.

Jamie Vincent Campbell, 32, of Broom Close, Eastbourne, was told by Judge Guy Anthony that three-year terms were being imposed for each burglary and two months for the vehicle offence. All would run concurrently. Campbell was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

He was arrested on 19 August after being seen entering a Toyota Avensis car parked in a car port at the rear of private premises in Key West, Eastbourne Harbour. An investigation linked him to four break-ins committed earlier the same day, and one on June 27. It appeared Campbell had targeted insecure properties and victims had not at first realised their property had been stolen until it was found in his possession.

Detective Constable Christopher Mills, who was closely involved in the investigation, said: "With Christmas fast approaching, it's a timely reminder to everyone to be mindful of their security measures."

Crime summary

  • During lunchtime on Saturday (2 December), a mountain bike was taken from the Ardnale Centre, Eastbourne. (Ref: 0693:02/12)
  • In the early hours of Tuesday morning (5 December), a house broken into on Fountains Close, Eastbourne but nothing was taken. (Ref: 0139:05/12)
  • Between 10:00pm and 7:00am on Wednesday/Thursday (6/7 December), a bicycle was taken from a shed on Lakelands Close, Eastbourne. (Ref: 0897:07/12)

7th December 2017

Community Speedwatch wins The Lord Ferrers Award for Technical Innovation

Neighbourhood Watch is delighted that Community Speedwatch Online Sussex (CSW) has been announced as the first Technical Innovation Award winner of The Lord Ferrers Award. The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing. Awarded annually, the Lord Ferrers Awards are open to a wide range of policing volunteers across nine individual and team categories. From 2017 there is a new award for Technical Innovation, to recognise those volunteers who have used technology creatively.

Read more > >

7th December 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend Operation Blitz was in full swing with officers patrolling Eastbourne focusing on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

This weekend saw Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) attending McDonald’s in Eastbourne, as there were reports of anti-social behaviour.

There was a section 35 dispersal order in place in Eastbourne town centre due to ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour. This gave us the power to move on people who are acting in an anti-social manner.

From this, we attended an incident were a woman was feeling suicidal. We were able to calm her down and assisted her in travelling to her mother’s house safely.

We then travelled to the Crumbles, as we had received a report that there were some youths congregating at the rear of the Asda store. We had a discussion with the youths in which some words of advice were given and they were moved on. However, we had further reports later on that evening that another group of youths were gathering at the rear of Asda so we returned. This group were less cooperative but with some persuasion, they moved on.

Back in Eastbourne town centre, there were reports of some arguments between street drinkers. We attended the scene, took their details and sent them on their way in different directions.

5th December 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 334

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

1st December 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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1st December 2017

News and appeals

Police to increase patrols as part of Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

A quick drive under the influence of drink or drugs could lead to a life behind bars. This is the message being issued by us as we launch our Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Under new Government proposals, motorists who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The current maximum term is 14 years.

Our officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to target offenders across Sussex, between 1st December 2017 and 1st January 2018, and will deal robustly with anyone caught driving under the influence.

Patrols will include static stop checks at various locations, which will be in addition to responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers all year round. Our priority is to educate people of the clear risks associated with drink and drug-driving, and to keep road users safe.

During the same campaign last year (1st December 2016 to 1st January 2017), a total of 187 arrests were made in Sussex, of which 143 have since led to convictions.

For those caught and convicted, it will have dire consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

Christmas is a time for friends and family, don’t risk drinking and driving. 

Crime summary

Between 9am Saturday and 8am Monday a number of garages were broken into in St Anne’s Rd, Eastbourne. (Ref: 321:27/11)

On Monday a break into a garage was reported, but nothing was stolen, in Park Close, Eastbourne (Ref: 322: 27/11)

Eastbourne Railway Café was broken into early Sunday morning at around 1.40am (Ref: 0114: 27/11)

1st December 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Hands -on coding in the library
  • Dyslexic readers - what can your library do for you?
  • Who do you think you are?
  • Diary of events
  • A book I have loved - Envious Casca

Download the newsletter > >

30th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend Operation Blitz officers patrolled Eastbourne with a main focus on identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour.

On Friday, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) started with ASDA at the Crumbles. They came across large group of youths at the rear car park area. Although they were’t causing any problems, they were congregating in a dark secluded area, with several broken bottles on the ground, so they were given words of advice and dispersed without issue.
Patrols also visited Sevenoaks car park and MEADOWS Nursery but no vehicles or youths were found at either of the locations, as previously identified as a problem at both locations.

The Youth Club on Lavender Close in Shinewater have reported problems with groups and anti-social behaviour, officers found it rowdy but under control. One young person, who is banned from the Club entered and so the Leader made a decision to close the club as an example to him and the others present.

Further to this, there were reports of youths banging on a door on Sevenoaks Road. On attendance, the two males had moved on and an area search was carried out but nothing was found.

On Saturday, an early patrol of the Crumbles retail park and surrounding area proved busy with shoppers but not with groups of youths, as none were present.

Shortly after, we became aware of a broken down vehicle in a dangerous position on Friston Hill blocking one side of the road. There is no street lighting in the area and with the frost rapidly approaching, we attended the scene directing traffic safely past whilst arranging for recovery of the vehicle to a safe location.

Op Blitz was resumed and the cold appeared too much for anyone (other than us) to be in Gildredge Park.

We attended a call regarding a group of youths throwing stones at cars travelling on Pevensey Bay Road. We quickly located a group of youths at the side of the road and logged all of their details. It could not establish if they were the group throwing the stones and so strong words of advice were given on this occasion and they were all sent home. Officers will be writing to their parents to explain the concerns in this area.

As the evening got later and colder, High Vis patrols continued through and around the Langley and Shinewater areas, where all was quiet.

29th November 2017

Free services for East Sussex businesses

Locate East Sussex supports businesses in East Sussex to grow and to attract new business investment to support the growth of the local economy of East Sussex. 

Locate East Sussex provide clear, impartial advice and a practical business support package to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and because they are publicly funded by the county, district and borough councils of East Sussex, and since June 2017, the European Regional Development Fund, they make no charge to businesses seeking support.  

The dedicated team can provide access to a wealth of knowledge and support about locations and industry sectors in East Sussex, as well as access to funding, including the highly successful East Sussex Invest 5 growth funding program and South East Business Boost grants. They also provide information ranging from property to infrastructure and how best to access a trained workforce.

Whatever stage your business is at, Locate East Sussex can provide you with the right information, access to networks and support.

Get in touch by emailing enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk or phone 0300 3435749.

More information > >

21st November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 333

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

25th November 2017

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing
Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers

65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

24th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 37205

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend we patrolled Eastbourne concentrating on current ASB hotspots areas  looking to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour.

The first visit was Gildredge Park where everything was quiet and in order.

We then passed our attention to the Langley and Shinewater areas of Eastbourne, this included Rotherfield Avenue, Shalfleet Close and Horning Close. These areas have recently been subject to high volumes of Anti-social behaviour from youths. We came across a small group of youths who were hanging out by the bus stops, whilst they were not causing any issues but we stopped to say hello and they then moved on, of their own accord.

Our next stop was Etchingham Road which was all was quiet with no sign of any problems. Following this we headed to Pevensey Bay Road and The Crumbles Retail Park as recently as we have received complaints of stones being thrown at passing vehicles from these locations. There was a small group of youths in the area and again we stopped to engage with them, some chose to run off on our arrival however we spoke to the remaining few who were very pleasant and didn’t understand why the rest had run away.

We repeated the above patrols before receiving several calls to disturbances from youths in the Priory Road and Springfield Close area of Langney.  There had been a local house party and many of those leaving were causing issues. Several youths were chased away discarding alcohol bottles which were seized and disposed of. A follow up daytime call has been made to the occupier of the house party with strong words of advice given.

23rd November 2017

Will you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex. Can you please spare a few moments to complete a very short survey?

The PCC has opened an online survey via her website to seek residents’ views on supporting policing in the county. She explains: “I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cybercrime, but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.”
 
“In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public. Now we need your help to sustain this service.”
 
Last year Mrs Bourne carried out her biggest consultation to date: almost 4,500 people responded with nearly 80% supporting an increase in the police precept part of their council tax bill.
 
Sussex Police has already saved £76m since 2010, and the Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.
 
“The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform, and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology,” added Mrs Bourne.
 
“I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I’ve done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.
 
“I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I – and other Police & Crime Commissioners – continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current cap on the police precept.”
 
Click here to visit the consultation website. If you feel uncomfortable about following this link you can also search online for the PCC’s website, where you will find the link to the survey clearly displayed on the home page, and also there is a short video explaining why the increase is being proposed.

Do you support this proposal? Please give your views by taking part in this short survey by 5th January 2018. We would encourage you to forward this message to all your neighbours and friends in Sussex.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit:
www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E mail
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk 

or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk

21st November 2017

The White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon campaign calls on men to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence and abuse. It is a means for men to speak out and to safely challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.

On Friday 24th November, as part of the Sixteen Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Eastbourne Borough Council is holding a stand at 1 Grove Road for our staff to learn more about the White Ribbon Campaign, to raise awareness and recognise the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

Find out more about 16 Days of Action and the White Ribbon Campaign, as well as the events running across East Sussex, at the East Sussex Safer Communities website

21st November 2017

Town Hall turns red to mark World AIDS Day

The clock face of Eastbourne Town Hall will be illuminated in red on Friday, 1st December, to mark World AIDS Day.

The day will also be marked by a march from the Town Hall to the seafront at 4.20pm when supporters will wear red ribbons to raise awareness of HIV and remember those who have died from the disease.

Joining the march will be members of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the BourneOut LGBT group, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council David Tutt and Stephen Lloyd MP.

Cllr Tutt said: "World AIDS Day is about showing support for those who are living with HIV and remembering those who have lost their battle against the disease.

"Lighting the Town Hall clock face in red and wearing a red ribbon are small, but significant ways in which we can show our support and we hope as many people as possible will come and join us.”

Sarah Smith, from The Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of the Council this 1 December, in helping people to all see red by lighting up the Town Hall. We need everyone to join our movement, stay passionate and keep fighting until HIV stigma is a thing of the past. With your help we can raise vital funds to tackle stigma, and support people living with HIV.’

More than 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 36 million people who have the virus, and since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS.
Red ribbons will be available from the Town Hall reception desk on World AIDS Day.

For more information visit www.worldaidsday.org

21st November 2017

November 2017 edition of Council News
formerly known as Communiqué

Eastbourne Borough Council has published the November 2017 issue of Council News.

In this edition:

  • Neon Noel to light up Eastbourne
  • Town Hall turns red to mark World Aids Day
  • Construction of new community centre gets underway
  • EBC to grant Hippodrome lease to local couple.

Download the newsletter > >

21st November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 332

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

17th November 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is:
07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Friday returns below from PCSO Knowles.

Checks were conducted at all locations on Blitz this evening.

During the check of the youth group at Lavender Close we engaged with several youths in attendance at the group. Staff at the youth group confirmed that they were attending and not causing any issues.

No issues were reported from the staff and they appreciated the visit.

We had a call on the blitz phone at 20:10 from Etchingham road stating that there was a loud vehicle driving up and down the road but could not see what it was. We attended and conducted an area search and no trace.

We were assigned to CAD 1358 from comms at 21:20 which was a report of ASB on Victoria Drive by the library. We attended and conducted an area search. This was also an area search and no trace.

At 22:00 when conducting our 2nd check of the Crumbles were observed a small group of youths run away as we approached. There did not seem to be any issues present other than an abandoned trolley upside down in the road. The youths could not be identified and did not return.

At 22:15 we were asked to attend Enys road from comms in relation to CAD 1448 which was a distressed dog in a car. We located the car and the owner returned shortly after. No issues.

All other checks were all in order.

Saturday returns from PCSO Clare Gell

Op Blitz account all in all a good night must have known it was Todd’s first Blitz. Particularly youths in Shinewater as nothing seen tonight.

On the 11th November 2017 we patrolled areas within Eastbourne which are becoming more recent for anti-social behaviour.

We started in Gildredge Park with a high vis foot patrol. During this we met around eight youths in the skate park, they were very polite and friendly towards us and were causing no anti-social behaviour.

17th November 2017

Newsletter from Sussex PCC

In her latest newsletter, Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne says,"This year, we have seen police officers and other emergency services demonstrate bravery and professionalism in response to terror attacks in the UK. The Government has quite rightly increased the funding for counter-terrorism, including an amount for policing.

I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cyber crime but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.

In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response.

Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through the police element of your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public.

Now we need your help to sustain this service."

Read the complete newsletter > >

17th November 2017

East Sussex Highways New Quarterly Newsletter

East Sussex Highways has published Issue One of its new quarterly newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Apprentices
  • Winter is coming
  • A day in the life of Highway Stewards

Download the newsletter > >

16th November 2017

Bourne to Recycle

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

Putting the right stuff in the right bin is really important.  When the wrong items are put in with recycling it is called contamination.  Nationally around half of us regularly include items for collection which cannot be recycled, and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent to landfill.  

Around 25% of waste in the rubbish bins in Eastbourne could have been recycled; and the recycling we collect is often contaminated.  Knowing what you can and can’t recycle really helps to reduce contamination and also increase our recycling rate.  The most common items contaminating our recycling are black plastic bags and sacks; food waste; and nappies.  

If you're unsure whether you can recycle an item, it's better to keep it out and put it in your waste bin!

More information > >

15th November 2017

Have you installed the latest software updates?

Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices.  These updates often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers.

Do you want to know more?

CyberProtect now has pages on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow now for more advice and support.

www.Facebook.com/cyberprotectuk  

www.twitter.com/cyberprotectuk

14th November 2017

Get an MOT Reminder

Sign-up to get free reminders by text message or email when your MOT is due.

You’ll get a reminder one month before your MOT is due. You’ll get another reminder if you still haven’t had your vehicle tested 2 weeks before your MOT is due.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Sign-up here > >

14th November 2017

Fraudsters Target Job Seekers

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

14th November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 331

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

13th November 2017

New rules come into force for Sovereign Harbour dog walkers

Dog walkers using walkways around Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne must now keep their pets on a lead or risk receiving a fine.

Following consultation, Eastbourne Borough Council is implementing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Residents were consulted over the changes and breaching an order could result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000.

PSPOs are measures that councils use to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/pspo for more information.

12th November 2017

RNLI Newhaven Christmas Fayre

Arrangements are well underway for the Lifeboat Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 25th November at the Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH from 10am to 12.30pm.  It's the perfect time to start enjoying that festive spirit whilst proudly supporting your local lifeboat.  Haven Harmonies Choir are performing at 11am and Father Christmas is making a flying visit!  There will be a variety of stalls for the enjoyment of all the family, as well as a Winter Raffle.  Entry fee of 25p with all profits to be used for the benefit of RNLI Newhaven.  Come along - Enjoy some festive fun!   

If anyone is able to help on the day with setting up (Father Christmas always likes to see a groovy grotto!), manning a stall or clearing away afterwards - the joys, the joys! - please do get in touch with us.  Many hands really do make light work and we could always do with a few more of Lifeboats Little Helpers to make the day extra special.

Get ready - its tinsel time!

More information > >

10th November 2017

Operation Blitz - notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. An RTC involving a taxi and three vehicles in Seaside resulted in directing traffic in both directions whilst awaiting recovery for the vehicles. Through turbulent conditions the road was cleared and access resumed. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening, after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park. 

8th November 2017

Recent Trend in Burglaries

Eastbourne Police are making residents aware of a trend in burglaries which has been identified recently.  Burglars are now targeting properties with expensive vehicles outside them, these could be luxury cars or work vehicles, and breaking in simply to steal the car vehicle key. They then drive the vehicles away, often outside of the county.  These tend to happen overnight and the vehicle has been driven far away before anyone has realised. 

Most recently there was two linked offences in the South Harbour area of Eastbourne on the same night, however thankfully the vehicles were quickly found and two persons arrested.  Eastbourne Police Prevention teams are making local residents aware, and giving some relatively simple tips on how to themselves, and their vehicles safe.

  1. Always check that your vehicle is locked, and all windows closed.  If you have an alarm or immobiliser then ensure it is activated
  2. Keep your car key away from the front door, and back door.  These are often the most obvious places people keep keys and will always be the first place burglars check.
  3. Report any suspicious behaviour, including odd knocks on the door, to ensure that local officers can check callers are genuine.

Simple steps can stop simple crimes, and minimise the impact on victims.

8th November 2017

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars.

Following a spate of burglaries in your area by applying a few prevention methods you can make your home less attractive to burglars.

  • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
  • If you leave your house empty, even if you are in the back garden, lock all the doors and windows.
  • An intruder alarm can be an effective deterrent against burglars, seek advice to ensure it is the most suitable for your needs.
  • Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name.
  • Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler.
  • Register your property at immobolise.com, it is free and helps police identify the owners of recovered property thousands of times a day.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred.

Let’s make it difficult for would be offenders to target your home by thinking of implementing some of the crime prevention ideas.

8th November 2017

Consultation on council equality objectives

We are inviting feedback on the proposed equality objectives of Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council. These objectives outline the ways in which the councils will meet their Public Sector Equality Duty.
The three proposed high-level objectives are:

  1. To ensure that equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do and that good practice is embedded in the councils’ culture and work.
  2. To build respect and understanding across our communities by working with them to tackle prejudice, discrimination and hate crime.
  3. To promote fairness and accessibility.

To find out more and to have your say please visit our website - Consultation on councils' equality objectives

The closing date of this consultation is Friday 15 December at 5pm.

6th November 2017

New Local Policing Model

Sussex Police has now launched its new Local Policing Model which sees teams working closely together to provide a flexible and resilient service within your community:

Prevention Teams

  • are accessible.
  • aim to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour by working with partners and targeting their patrols in areas where they can make a difference.
  • include PCSOs with enhanced skills, police officers and staff, including specialists working with young people in schools and colleges.
  • identify the best ways to solve problems, tackle repeat issues and reduce crime.
  • cover every neighbourhood in Sussex and can be contacted directly.

Response Teams

  • are there when needed in an emergency, available 24/7.
  • Work proactively in vulnerable areas.
  • also attend non-emergency calls where a policing presence is needed.

Investigations teams

  • investigate professionally and effectively.
  • proactively pursue and manage offenders, using the latest technology and digital evidence techniques to catch criminals.
  • support communities and victims, with each crime type investigated and each case considered individually according to the threat and harm caused.
  • through the Investigation and Resolution Centre resolve less serious incidents, which do not require a face to face visit, over the phone.

View the complete model > >

6th November 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 330

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

5th November 2017

See Sovereign Harbour sparkle this Christmas – come and visit Sovereign Shines

This Christmas, The Waterfront businesses, local harbour residents, boat owners, the Yacht Club, the Berth Holders Association and Premier Marinas have all got together to make Sovereign Harbour REALLY shine in aid of the local lifeboat charity … why not book a table at one of our waterside bars, cafés or restaurants and come and see the impressive Christmas lights on show for Sovereign Shines from Saturday 2nd December AND join us for our family fun event on Friday 15th December from 5pm.

Visit the Sovereign Shines website > >

2nd November 2017

The UK’s gas and electricity supply is more reliable than ever before but severe winter weather can still cause damage and disruption.

Here are some steps you can take to be prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency:  

  • Know your free emergency numbers - In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999
  • Prepare your home - Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning 
  • Register as a vulnerable customer - Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Follow the link to find out more about the Priority Services Register or to sign up
  • Keep your eyes open - Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

1st November 2017

Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations

With Lewes bonfire happening this weekend, local agencies and emergency services are urging people outside the town to stay local rather than travelling to the event.

Due to serious concerns about dangerous over-crowding and public safety, parking suspensions, road closures and changes to the train services have been put in place by a multi-agency group. This means Lewes will not be accessible from midday on Saturday, 4th November until the next morning. Cars parked on the A27 or in other restricted areas will be towed away.

Full road closures and travel restrictions > >

1st November 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

31st October 2017

Coping With Arthritic Pain

ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

Robust evaluation shows that ESCAPE-pain:

  • reduces pain
  • improves physical function
  • improves the psychosocial consequences of pain
  • reduces healthcare and utilisation costs.

More information > >

Arthritis Action Group Meeting > >

31st October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 329

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

28th October 2017

27th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 37205

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, PCSO Maher and PCSO Parsons did hi vis foot and vehicle patrols around the Shinewater area. A lot of anti-social behaviour has been reported and occurred recently. Horning Close, The Co-Op and Shinewater Court on Milfoil Drive, Larkspur Drive  and surrounding area.

The Blitz team attended a report of criminal damage to a residents House in Shalfleet Close. This transpired to be a young youth who had been coaxed into throwing a drinks can. The Youth was picked up by a patrol unit, given a warning and taken home as  no actual damage had occurred.

Further activity in Shinewater was located at Lavender Close where reports of large gatherings of youths fighting amongst themselves. On arrival the large numbers were part of the Social club and participating in football on the grounds. Both youths, residents and club representatives were engaging and constructive in discussion. All departed at the end of the night with no further disturbances. Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road and the Archery Rec in Seaside which have recently had activity was quiet. Large groups were seen at the Wish tower, however it emerged that they were Pokemon players and had to “Catch them all”!

Saturday was PCSO Furlong and PCSO Maher who did hi vis foot and vehicle patrol. A report came in of three males who were in a van that had been seen parked up for several hours in Blackwater Road. The van and occupants were workmen who had just finished a job and departed shortly after making contact. Patrols resumed around Shinewater with key areas attended including of Horning Close and Shalfleet Close as they have recently encountered anti-social behaviour. Patrols of surrounding area in Milfoil Drive and Larkspur Drive were very quiet with the heavy rain being a factor. A visit to Wiltshire Court in Etchingham Road  with no activity seen. Late evening attendance of the ASDA/Crumbles  and Harbour Waterfront Car Parks was also quiet with no anti-social driving or large groups congregating. A call out to a suspicious car in South Cliff at the end of the evening,  after checks were done and all in order we were able to help the driver with local amenities and services whilst they are visiting Eastbourne. They Harbour was patrolled at the end of the evening and noticed a smell of drugs from the shelter adjacent to the toilets by the waterworks car park.

27th October 2017

Reaction to review of East Sussex Maternity Services

Eastbourne Borough Council has released the results of a survey into maternity services in East Sussex.

Conducted in partnership with the Office for National Statistics, almost 1,700 mothers who gave birth in East Sussex in 2016 took part. This accounts for 35% of the total number who gave birth in the county last year.

The full report, which has been made available to all health agencies across East Sussex, can be read on the Eastbourne Borough Council website.

24th October 2017

Early bird bookings now open for The BIG Futures Show

You can now book online to exhibit at the third BIG Futures Show, the largest employability and skills event in East Sussex on Tuesday 24 April 2018.  Book early and save 10% on exhibitor rates.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for BIGger space and more publicity.

The Show is aimed at students from across East Sussex as well as parents, and anyone looking for work or training.  With over 90 exhibitors, all visitors will experience an interactive and inspiring Show to help guide them toward their ‘BIG Future’. Over 1,500 visitors are expected.

Visit www.bigfuturesshow.org.uk to discover the benefits of exhibiting and sponsoring, plus more about the Show.

This annual event is organised by a local charity, the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.  Sussex Downs College, NHS Health Education England, The View Hotel and Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises have all come on board as early sponsors.

24th October 2017

Keep a Light On

The clocks go back next week and our message is simple, keep a light on and stay secure. 

In the early hours of Sunday 29th October the clocks change and at this is the time of year there is an increase in burglary as the nights lengthen and daylight hours shorten. 

On Sunday 22nd October Sussex Police began a social media campaign to show how residents can bolster their home security with some practical crime prevention advice and highlight the impact of burglary can have. 

The aim is to emphasise the dire, and sometimes heartbreaking, effect a burglary can have on a person who has experienced it, by sharing their personal story. These stories are complemented with helpful and practical tips to help safeguard your home against burglary. Everyone in the community can help prevent burglary by looking out for each other. 

Between September 2016 and September 2017 there were on average 680 burglary offences per month across Sussex. This total includes both residential and non-residential burglaries. 

The change of season not only brings longer evenings but the opportunity to be out celebrating bonfire events and Hallowe’en activities. Be mindful that your home could be vulnerable to burglary if it isn’t protected. The best defence against burglary is prevention. 

Burglary isn’t only about the physical act of someone breaking in and stealing material possessions. It can have a profound and lasting emotional effect on the victim.

To help protect yourself please read crime prevention advice here.

Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes and 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 thief. Find out more on their website here.

17th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 328

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

23rd October 2017

Modelling Jobs Advances Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot. The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
 
Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
  • Don't give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

22nd October 2017

October issue of Our News

The  October edition of the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, Our News is available to download.

Click here to download.

If you need to update your details on Neighbourhood Alert please login to Neighbourhood Alert and change them. If you have any queries regarding how to do this or need help with other technical Neighbourhood Alert queries contact:

support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk

Please note that the national Neighbourhood Watch office in Leicester cannot accept reports of crime or anti-social behaviour.

It is important that your local police force has an accurate picture of crime in your area so they can allocate policing resources accordingly. They can only do this if you report crimes that have occurred.

Call 999 if

  • you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress,
  • there is a likelihood of the offender being apprehended if police officers respond immediately. 
  • if someone is in immediate danger.

Call 101 to contact your local Police force for all non-emergency calls to your local police force.

To report crime completely anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Report all incidents of fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online.

19th October 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

From 24 July to 10 September 2017 we carried out a consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are measures that councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

The proposals we consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

You can now view the key findings, full consultation report and the decisions made following the Eastbourne Borough Council website.

19th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

On Friday, we started our patrol on foot in and around Gildredge Park, which has recently come to our attention for drug related incidents. Thankfully, on this occasion, we were met by three very polite young lads who were not involved in any type of anti-social activity.

Whilst at the park, we received a call on the Op Blitz phone reporting a group of noisy youths hanging around the beach area of Macquarie Quay. When we arrived, we were greeted by a group of about 20 teenagers near to the harbour arm, some of which ran off as soon as they saw us. Although they were very loud, they moved on quite swiftly after we explained they were causing a disturbance to local residents.

We caught up with some of the same youths whilst patrolling the rear of The Crumbles. A girl that had previously run away from us was bragging to her mates about not being caught with a bottle of Disaronno! Of course, she didn’t get away from us a second time. We seized the booze, which was found in her bag, and sent her home.

On Saturday we visited Gildredge Park again, and I’m happy to report it was nice and quiet. We also patrolled Motcombe Gardens, having previously received reports of nuisance behaviour around the allotments and bowls club, but there wasn’t anything untoward on this occasion.

As well as conducting high visibility patrols in Shinewater and Langney, we spent quite a bit of time around The Crumbles and North Harbour – having received complaints the previous night. Unlike Friday, it was very peaceful and there were no reports of anti-social behaviour.

18th October 2017

Crime prevention during Diwali

Diwali the 5 day Hindu festival of lights – commences on 19 October this year Diwali is the time of year that families remove jewellery from safe keeping to wear at the numerous celebrations.

Statistics have shown that during this time it is common practice for Asian properties to be targeted by criminal networks involved in lucrative ‘family gold’ thefts.

Gold is particularly tempting due to its high value and the speed and anonymity in which it can be exchanged for large sums of cash.
Consider the following advice:

Do not leave valuables out on display so they can be seen from outside
Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards. A Home Office website www.securedbydesign.com lists approved security products.

When wearing your jewellery in public, be cautious as to who is around you. Stick to well-lit streets and consider wearing a scarf to cover your neckline.

Theft of gold affects victims financially but also emotionally. Each piece is usually individual in nature and handed down from generation to generation so it has great sentimental value and often irreplaceable.

18th October 2017

October Issue of Council News

The October issue of the Eastbourne Borough Council newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Arndale development starts to take shape
  • Working in partnership
  • Devonshire Park transformation update

Download the newsletter > >

17th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 327

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

16th October 2017

Holiday activities for kids this October.

Looking for something to keep the kids active this October half term? We have a range of RYA sailing and windsurfing courses and activities available at our Eastbourne site. Stage 1 courses for £89, running Monday and Tuesday. Stage 2 and 3 courses for £129, running Wednesday to Friday. Multi activity taster sessions including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking running Friday for just £20. 

Also:

  • Winter first aid training dates
  • Kit for sale

More information > >

14th October 2017

Tackling Domestic Abuse

Tackling Domestic Abuse is a national priority for the Home Office, Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Watch is working with Crimestoppers to raise awareness about domestic abuse and what our supporters and volunteers can do to help prevent and report it. 

We would be grateful if you could spend just 3 minutes completing this survey, the results of which will help us to  signpost people to the right place to report their concerns. Your responses are completely anonymous.  

You can complete the survey by clicking on this link.

14th October 2017

Message From Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

"Tomorrow marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week, a national initiative which aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime and support those who need our ongoing support.

One of the four priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to protect our vulnerable and help victims cope and recover from crime and abuse.

As I mentioned in my newsletter on 22 September, I have made funding available for projects that specifically support vulnerable victims of crime, particularly hate crime. For the first time, grants of up to £20,000 are available from my Victims’ Services Fund for initiatives which aim to help victims of hate crime, including race, religion, gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, and those that have been persistently targeted."

Read the complete message > >

14th October 2017

A Free Service Brought to Eastbourne

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex.  The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests.

The mobile unit will be visiting Asda in Eastbourne on Thursday 16th November 2017, and will be outside the front of the store, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road BN23 6JH from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact:
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre,
Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

14th October 2017

All change – Universal Credit to replace benefit payment system

Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) is asking residents who claim benefits to take steps to ensure they are ready for major changes coming this month (October).

The new payment system, called Universal Credit, comes into force on Wednesday October 11.  It means the majority of claimants of working age MUST have a bank account that can set up Direct Debits and their own email address.  As Universal Credit applications can only be made online it is also important that potential claimants are able to access the internet regularly.

More information > >

14th October 2017

Lewes Speakers Festival

From the 24th to the 26th November 2017 at The All Saints Centre in Lewes, The Lewes Speakers Festival at: www.lewesspeakersfestival.com/ brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK.

  • BBC Presenter Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give fascinating descriptions of 34 ordinary  men and women caught up in war across 3 centuries – from survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade to WW2 spies and saboteurs.
  • Katie Hopkins, the controversial columnist and broadcaster, gives an account of her epic life.
  • Denis McShane, former Minister for Europe, explains why ‘Brexit’ will not mean full rupture with Europe.
  • Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at Pembroke, Oxford, returns to Lewes to explain the Russian strategic agenda.
  • Theodore Dalrymple, a retired physician and celebrated writer who practiced his career in an inner-city hospital and prison, tells of his encounters with modern criminals which he believes is a parable of dysfunction within modern culture.
  • Alison Weir, Britain’s best-selling female historian, gives the inside story of Anne Boleyn’s life and the real reasons she married Henry VIII.
  • Shrabani Basu, who wrote the book behind the 2017 film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ starring Judy Dench, gives an account of what really happened.
  • Lieutenant General Sir "Barney" White-Spunner gives an inside story of the partition of India which would dictate the history of South Asia for the next 70 years.
  • John McHugo, the international lawyer and Arabist, gives a concise history of the Sunnis and Shi’is, the two main groups within Islam
  •  Damien Lewis, the best selling author and war journalist, explains the SAS’s most daring WW2 mission when they donned Nazi uniforms and went behind enemy lines in the longest mission ever taken by Allied Special Forces
  • Dr David Lewis, the popular psychologist, discusses his work as a photojournalist during the 60’s and 70’s
  • Anabel Inge, identifies what makes modern women in the UK don a ‘burqa’ and turns a spotlight on the growing phenomenon of women converting to Salafism, a fundamentalist, yet overwhelmingly non-violent version of Islam.
  • Donald MacIntyre, the Independent’s former Jerusalem bureau chief, explains the situation in Gaza.
  • Nicholas Rankin, who was Chief Producer for BBC World Service shows how Gibraltar was the pivotal place in WW2 and how if Hitler had taken it, he may well have won the war.

To book tickets and for more information, please go to www.lewesspeakersfestival.com or ring the Booking Line on 0333 666 3366

13th October 2017

Unregistered and unapproved ice-cream producer

Consumers should be aware that an unregistered and unapproved Food Business Operator (FBO), Zak Ices, Belle Vue Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7DD has been producing ice cream using an approval code of UK KM058 EEC which previously belonged to a another company and was withdrawn in 2007.

12th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend, the team spent some time having been flagged down by a member of the public on their patrols to a report of a man who appeared asleep and slumped over the wheel of his car. With support from colleagues from the road policing team this incident was resolved. They were also called to search for youths on motorcycles in Princes Park & Five Acre Field, but found no sign of any motorbikes; and towards the end of their shift spent some time at a property in the town centre, after reports of criminal damage inside the property.

This week we would like to focus some patrols to the Etchingham Road area in Langney, following reports of crime and anti-social behaviour. The team will be encouraged to check for any obvious insecurities in the area and to take details of any groups gathering and causing a nuisance or concern in the neighbourhood. This will help support work already being completed with Eastbourne Homes Limited, supporting their tenants who have complained of anti-social behaviour over recent months.

Parks and gardens such as Motcombe and Gildredge Park will continue to be a focus for patrols. Should anyone wish to contact the team about any particular issue to them or their community, I would urge them to call the telephone number for Operation Blitz on Friday and Saturday evening, between 6pm and midnight.

12th October 2017

ESF Open Meeting

The Eastbourne Seniors Forum will be holding an Open Meeting on Friday 20th October 2017 at 2pm in the St. Saviour's Church Hall in South Street.

More information > >

12th October 2017

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10th October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 326

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

6th October 2017

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Operation Blitz

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening). The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz. If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.communityGo to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last weekend several Hot Spots were checked throughout the evening including Gildredge Park, Manor Gardens, Sovereign Harbour and The Archery with no issues found.

PCSO Andy Wilkinson did respond to a call from a resident at Sovereign Harbour reporting youths riding a motorised scooter. Andy returned to the Harbour but found no sign of any riders.

PCSO Ania Racynska spent some of her evening on Friday night in the village at Hampden Park following reports of youths climbing up onto roofs and being rather rude when asked to climb down. One shopkeeper was spoken to having chased a group away, Ania spent some time searching for the young people and shared her experience with the rest of the team so they too can consider this on their patrols.

4th October 2017

Council targets weekend fly-tippers

Eastbourne Borough Council is urging anyone with any information on a spate of fly-tipping to come forward.

Over the weekend and Monday (September 30 – October 2), 16 fridges were left in four different locations - Cherry Garden Road in Old Town, Dudley Road near the town centre, Dallington Road in Hampden Park and Astaire Avenue in Roselands.

The Council’s Neighbourhood First team will be clearing the fridges but is keen to track the culprits down and prevent it happening again.

More information > >

2nd October 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 325

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

2nd October 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

29th September 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Have your Say
  • Begin to Code This Summer
  • Boost Your Wellbeing
  • Diary of Events
  • A Book I Have Loved
  • New DVDs

Download the newsletter > >

29th September 2017

A Blume Update

We gently launched blume in July, and I wanted to give the Eastbourne members an update.  We have been really pleased by the reaction so far – a big thank you to those who have joined and been supportive.

Our immediate priority in the next two months is to continue to build a group of blumers before we fully launch to buyers. Based on those who have already signed up, there is a lot of talent waiting to be unleashed and we are looking forward to unleashing it!

In the meantime we will be putting a small number of tasks that need doing up onto the site. The current crop involves fly fishing, websites and books. We are also looking for some help here at Blume. You can see them all on our new jobs board which we will be updating regularly.

As ever please send any comments or questions to me here: alexander@blume.life

29th September 2017

Operation Blitz notification

This weekend's phone number is: 07785 372050

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday. This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Police are trying to get more residents to sign-up to our Operation Blitz scheme in Eastbourne. Members receive a weekly email notifying them of extra police patrols in their area which are targeting antisocial behaviour (normally on a Friday and Saturday evening).

The message includes a mobile number of one of the officers on patrol, so the team can be contacted directly by yourself. So, if you’re getting fed up with rowdy behaviour, underage drinking or intimidating groups – consider joining Operation Blitz.

If you’d like to join Operation Blitz, sign in to your account www.Intheknow.community

Go to Community Interests, Bottom of the screen click "Switch to advanced mode", Tick "Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention" and Save.

If you know anyone that might be interested in becoming a new member to In the Know, or Operation Blitz please share the above link.

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday several Hot Spots were checked early on in the evening; including Meadows Nursery car park and the surrounding area where we have had several reports of ASB with groups of youths on a regular basis causing damage to property. Followed by Sevenoaks Road car park which we believe is being used by young motorcycle riders and drivers with reports of anti-social behaviour. No issues where found or reported.

PCSO’s went on foot patrol through Gildredge Park where they found 6 youths, some in possession of cannabis. Community Resolutions will be issued as a consequence to two 16 year old males. PCSO’s recovered a bike that was abandoned with the group at Gildredge Park which was booked into found property at Hammonds Drive for safe keeping.

Other areas checked during the evening were: Motcombe Gardens, Bowls Club, Allotments, and Archery Recreation Ground at Seaside, Asda/Crumbles and Waterfront Car parks. All quiet with no issues.

Last Saturday PCSO’s checked specific hotspot areas, on the 2nd visit to Asda Crumbles rear car park they came across several Asda trolleys that been dumped on the slip road which constituted a Road Safety Hazard, PCSO’s removed the trolleys.

Other areas included Sevenoaks Car Park, vehicles doing donuts and excessive noise, Meadows Nursery, youths gathering in car park. No vehicles or youths at either location.

PCSO’s had a couple of calls reporting youths causing criminal damage to the Café near Redoubt Fortress, upon attending no youths were present, no visible damage and the informant was updated.

29th September 2017

Eastbourne Business News

  • Association of British Mentors
  • Low Carbon Across South East
  • ProActions

This and more in the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News.

Download Business News > >

25th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 324

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

25th September 2017

Volunteers take part in national beach clean event

Eastbourne Borough Council's Neighbourhood First Team would like to thank all those who volunteered for the National Beach Clean Campaign.

More than 120 volunteers turned up for the two-hour event that covered the entire stretch of beaches from Holywell to the Lifeguard post at the Wish Tower.

Volunteers included the 1st Seaside Scout Group, 3rd Eastbourne Scout Group and those who travelled all the way from London braving the usual weekend engineering works.

Cllr Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Place Services, said: "We were really bowled over by the huge effort from so many volunteers so a big thank you to everyone. It was fantastic to see such a community spirit involved in the clean up."

25th September 2017

What goes around comes around:
Eastbourne Borough Council is encouraging Eastbourne to look and feel good this Recycle Week

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Eastbourne Borough Council is teaming up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom.  New research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom.  The research also found that over a third (38%) of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

This Recycle Week, we’re asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling these items for Eastbourne and demonstrating that what goes around comes around

Read Full Press Release > >

23rd September 2017

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Last Friday officers did Hi Vis patrols around the Asda/Crumbles area and Archery Rec area where previous anti social behaviour had been reported.

There was no activity present and both areas were very quiet. Due to ongoing reports of anti social behaviour and crime related incidents in Motcombe area patrols were done twice that evening, no activity was encountered, quite possibly due to the heavy rain. A group of eight youths were dispersed early evening from Langney Shopping Centre.

Last Saturday officers started their shifts with a report of a large group of young males congregating in the Langney area. The group did not appear to be involved in any anti social behaviour, however they were advised to move along. Officers received a further report of youths congregating in Old Town, they attended and did a thorough check of the areas and were happy to report no issues of concern.

22nd September 2017

HMRC Scam

We have been advised that more than twenty Patcham residents have within the last few days received telephone calls from callers, purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), telling them that they owe tax in the region of £3,000.  Their call is aggressive, threatening, urgent and sounds authentic. 

They suggest meeting at a Brighton location where the tax owed is handed over. Don't be fooled. These calls are from scammers.

If you receive one of these calls, please immediately telephone 101 or report it to the police through their website.

Please share this information.

21st September 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

19th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 323 - Update

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

18th September 2017

Distraction Burglary Warning

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the below incident please contact us online, email Sussex Police at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Reference: 346 08/09/2017  DC Karen Colbran


Location: Eastbourne and Hailsham


Date and time: 7th, 9th and 13th September 2017


Three elderly people have been targeted in Eastbourne and Hailsham recently by a man claiming to be from a water company.

The man knocked on their door stating he needed to check their water and waste pipes. He walked into the house without being invited in and left with the victim's handbags. The description of the man is white, about 50, clean shaven with a northern accent. He was wearing a quilted blue jacket and a black baseball cap.

Sussex Police are appealing to the public for help and for any information relating to these offences involving distraction and burglary. We would like to ask members of the community to keep an eye on their vulnerable neighbours and to report any activity which they consider may be out of the ordinary by phoning the police.

Please be alert to this suspicious behaviour which is a common method for thieves to gain entry into people's homes. They use all kind of reasons to be let in, only to steal from the unsuspecting residents when the resident's attention is elsewhere.

Anyone who knocks on the door should be able to show identification. If they can't, don't let them in. If you don't know the person outside answer with a chain on the door or speak to them through a letter box. Anyone genuine will wait outside while you make checks.

Visit the Sussex Police website for burglary prevention advice

18th September 2017

Parking on School Keep Clear Markings

Parking outside schools at drop off and pick up times is always very busy and drivers are often tempted to stop in places that they would not usually, sometimes this includes on the school keep clear markings. These markings are placed outside schools to improve safety for pedestrians and it is crucial that these are kept clear of vehicles.

To tackle this safety concern, from 5 September we will be changing the way we issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles that stop on the keep clear markings. If the vehicle is driven away before the PCN is placed on the vehicle or handed to the driver, it will be sent to the owner or keeper of the vehicle by post. A PCN that is issued in this way is called a Regulation 10 or postal PCN. Managing school keep clear markings in this way will allow civil enforcement officers to carry out enforcement of this restriction more efficiently.

Full details of changes > >

18th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 323

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

15th September 2017

Operation Blitz

The phone number is: 07785 372050 

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

15th September 2017

Get on your walking shoes for a three-day festival!

A three-day festival is being held in Eastbourne and Lewes to encourage people to get out and about and discover the joy of walking.

The Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest, from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 1, is a series of free walks designed for all ages and abilities, graded in ease and difficulty, with a guide to mileage and times they will take to complete.

The event has been organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to mark the launch of a new interactive website for residents and visitors to discover new walks, add some strolls of their own, or to find out about walking groups in the local community.

The aim of the walks is to act as a springboard to an ongoing promotion of walking for health, interest, fun and general well-being.

More information > >

11th September 2017

East Sussex Better Together September Newsletter

The East Sussex Better Together Newsletter is available to download.

In this issue:

  • Prevent falls with ESBT Strength and Balance Classes
  • Planning and Partnership Report
  • ESBT Welfare Benefits and Debt Project
  • New Treatment for Enlarged Prostate at DGH
  • East Sussex Full of Life
  • The Big Gig

Download the newsletter > >

11th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 322

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

11th September 2017

East Sussex Highways September Newsletter

The East Sussex Highways September newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Have you spotted . . . .?
  • Footway surfacing
  • Did you know . . . .?
  • Weed spraying
  • Fast and efficient pot-hole repairs
  • Eastbourne, Willingdon and Polgate Consultation Dates

Download the newsletter > >

9th September 2017

Video Enabled Justice (VEJ)

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne has announced that the video-enabled justice (VEJ) initiative in Sussex, London and the south east has been awarded £11m of funding from the Police Transformation Fund.

M/s Bourne says, "I want to improve access to justice for everyone and the criminal justice partners I have worked with on this bid all want to provide the best possible experience for victims and witnesses to give evidence.

We recognise that the conventional routes and processes into our courts are not as effective or user-friendly as they could be. This funding will allow us to embed video-enabled justice across the system and deliver greater flexibility, saving police officers and witnesses up to five hours waiting for court slots and not requiring police to drive some defendants across the county for a five-minute hearing."

Read More > >

8th September 2017

Become a blumer! - Let flexible work find you

Blume is a new enterprise which will find paid flexible work for older people.  The work will range from DIY tasks to dog walking and mystery shopping. and much more besides.  There will also be telephone and computer-based jobs that you can do from home.  In fact, if you have a skill that you think others will find useful then please tell Blume about it and we will do our best to promote it. 

You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.  You also decide how much you want to charge as long as it is above the national living wage – and if you don’t need the money the site allows you to donate what you earn to charities.

To find out more visit https://blume.life and enter the code ‘BOURNE’ or email contact@blume.life

8th September 2017

Former ESF Chairman recovering after illness.

I wanted to let you know that former ESF Chairman,Steve Thornett, has recently suffered a heart attack.

However, I am pleased to say that after an operation and a few days in hospital, he is now making a good recovery.

Our best wishes to Steve and Ursula.

Nadine Harris
Chair ESF

8th September 2017

The Volunteer Recruitment Open Day 

RNLI Newhaven Lifeboat is holding a Recruitment Open Day and Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday at the Newhaven Lifeboat Station.

Opportunities are available for crew, shore workers, fund raisers, shop workers are more.

More information > >

8th September 2017

Launch of “Pride in our Neighbourhood” campaign

Eastbourne Borough Council is urging residents to back its “Pride in our Neighbourhood” campaign.
The campaign wants residents to take ownership of where they live and work with the council to stop fly tipping, dog fouling and littering.

Local residents joined members of the Council’s Neighbourhood First team and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd to launch the campaign at an alleyway on the junction of Dudley Road and Albion Road - one of the town’s hot spots where fly tipping has been a problem.

Cllr Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Place Services, said: “When people dump rubbish in alleyways like this, the issue is that because the alleyway is unadopted it does not fall under the responsibility of the council.  We are urging residents if they see fly tipping to report it straight away to us.  It’s illegal and there’s no excuse for it.

“Everyone wants to live in a nice neighbourhood so we want to try and build a community spirit that means people will work with us to stop fly-tipping, dog-fouling and littering.”
The Neighbourhood First team covers three zones across Eastbourne, giving local people access to the council in their community.

Anyone wanting to report incidents of fly tipping can do so by downloading an app called “Report it Eastbourne” or call the Neighbourhood First team on 01323 410000.

5th September 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 321

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

1st September 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

31st August 2017

Eastbourne Business News

  • Free Business Start-up Workshops
  • Free Business Management Seminar
  • Growing Your Business Internationally
  • South East Business Boost

This and more in the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News.

Download Business News > >

31st August 2017

Congress Theatre transformation is underway

The transformation of the inside of Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre is underway as the auditorium becomes a temporary home for nearly 120 tonnes of scaffolding. The refurbishment of the Grade II listed theatre, that was built in 1963, is part of Eastbourne Borough Council’s £44 million investment to create a first-class cultural, conferencing and sporting destination known as Devonshire Quarter.

To date, all 1,660 seats have been removed from the auditorium to make way for nearly 34,000ft of scaffold tubes that will be held together by 6,577 fittings with nearly 3,200 scaffold boards.

Once the scaffolding is completed, work will begin to create an opening in the roof of the auditorium to make way for a state-of-the-art lighting bridge. This will be followed by the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, new seating, new toilets and a new café in the current foyer.

Read more > >

31st August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 320

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

23rd August 2017

Healthcare Funding Advice

Chanctonbury Healthcare, a group of homes across Sussex, holds events throughout the year for seniors, whether that be summer parties or seminars helping people understand the problems of funding long term care, or setting up power of attorneys.

If you would be interested in attending any of these events you are welcome. Details of two events scheduled for September can be found on the events page on this website.

Publication of this information does not constitute recommendation by Eastbourne Seniors Forum. You should, as always with financial matters, take independent advice before entering into a commitment.

21st August 2017

Low Vision Day

Professional Vision Services, British Wireless for The Blind Fund, Macular Group & Guide Dogs for the Blind, in Association with Eastbourne Blind Society invite you to a Low Vision Day on Thursday 7th September 2017 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at:

Eastbourne Blind Society,
124-142 Longstone Road,
Eastbourne - BN22 8DA

To see the latest products, video magnifiers, talking cctv, Braille, reading machines, handheld devices and specially made radios, for the blind and partially sighted people.

For further information please call: 01323 729511

18th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

15th August 2017

Harbour Residents Seek Protection for Leisure Areas

A consultation process initiated by Eastbourne Borough Council with regard to the potential implementation of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) has particular implications for residents of Sovereign Harbour.  However, as so often in the past, the areas proposed to be designated in Sovereign Harbour are limited, and many of the important public areas have not been included.

The most notable exclusions are the curved walkway on the Outer Harbour, the beach path and the Sovereign Harbour beach itself which, as stated above, is privately owned, although the public has free and unlimited access to it. Although responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the beach, the management companies of the five developments are unable to enforce any requirements with regard to anti-social behaviour, such as dog fouling and litter.

More information and to take part in the consultation > >

14th August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 319

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

11th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

11th August 2017

Do you measure your own blood pressure or BMI?

  • Do you ever measure your own blood pressure or your BMI?
  • Do you own a blood pressure monitor or a weighing scale that measures BMI?
  • Have you ever downloaded an app to help you track either of these things?

If you do this now or have done in the past, would you be willing to take part in an interview? 

Interviews can take place at a time and place convenient for you and people who take part will be offered a £20 voucher for their time and effort. 

The project has been reviewed by the Department of Sociological Studies Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please email Ros at r.g.williams@sheffield.ac.uk or call 0114 2226423. 

Dr Catherine Will,
School of Law, Politics and Sociology,
Freeman Building G44, 
University of Sussex, BN1 9QE.
Tel: 01273 678449. c.will@sussex.ac.uk

11th August 2017

Peter’s Food Service recalls various baked goods products

Peter’s Food Service Ltd has recalled several baked meat and vegetarian pasty products because they may contain glass fragments.

Products include ASDA, LIDL and Peter’s brand products.

More information > >

10th August 2017

Under Ground Theatre Autumn Programme

The Under Ground Theatre has published its programme of events from September to December 2017.

There is a wide variety of content, including:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Films
  • Jazz
  • Music
  • Variety

View the programme > >

Visit the Underground Theatre website > >

8th August 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

7th August 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 318

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

5th August 2017

Contacting Sussex Police

In her latest newsletter, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has given details of the new bespoke contact card that Sussex Police has produced-for for each district, with all the different ways you can get the right help from the right people in a timely manner.

Download the Newsletter > >

 

4th August 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

4th August 2017

East Sussex Highways February Newsletter

The East Sussex Highways August newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Did you know?
  • Cycleways
  • Save lives - Give blood
  • Awards
  • White Lining
  • Polegate and Eastbourne Consultation Event

Download the newsletter > >

4th August 2017

3rd August 2017

Have your say on town centre heritage

People in Eastbourne are being invited to express their views on the management of heritage buildings and historic attractions in the town centre. 

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a consultation on its draft Town Centre and Seafront Conservation Appraisal which covers a large part of the town centre, between the railway station and the seafront and from the Redoubt Fortress to the Wish Tower. 

The appraisal sets out proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the conservation area and historic buildings that lie within it. This includes extending the conservation area boundary to include Grove Road and Little Chelsea

More information > >

3rd August 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Become a secret agent at the library this summer
  • Do you use One-Click or Zinio
  • Can you help the library
  • A book I have loved

Download the newsletter > >

2nd August 2017

Fun Weekend at Sovereign Harbour

  • Car Show
  • Boat Show
  • Regatta
  • Family Fun

from 10am to 5pm at the Harbour Quay, Waterfront with FREE admission and FREE parking on Bank Holiday Weekend 26th-27th-28th August.

2nd August 2017

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

Eastbourne Borough Council would like to hear from residents and organisations about its proposals to establish new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are something councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. They put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists.

Existing orders have been reviewed and the Council is proposing to establish the following orders with slight changes to their boundaries:

  • 'Dog on lead' when in specified areas of Eastbourne, and
  • 'Dog ban' when in specified areas of Eastbourne.

Under the proposals, anyone found not to be in breach of the orders may face a fine of up to £1,000.

To take part in the consultation please visit:
Have your say on new Public Spaces Protection Orders

The closing date to respond is Sunday 10 September 2017.

1st August 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

31st July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 317

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

31st July 2017

Beat the Street

Join Beat the Street for a free taster session, with fully trained instructors, at the Green Gym on Seaside next Tuesday, 8th August.

Free goody bag for first 30 people.

More information > >

28th July 2017

Nominate a nurse for our East Sussex Better Together Above and Beyond Award (2017 nominations)

Do you know a nurse that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support a loved one or neighbour? Perhaps their caring nature has extended further to also help their family members and friends. If so, why not say thank you by nominating them for our special Above and Beyond Public Choice Award.

Our nurses in East Sussex do an amazing job, caring for local people in times of illness and injury whether they are at home, in hospital, or residential care. East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is celebrating the compassion and professionalism our nurses show every single day through our award scheme.

The winners will be announced at a special event held in Eastbourne in October 2017, and we’re asking members of the public to nominate a nurse that has made a difference to a local person’s life, or the wider community.

You can complete your nomination form online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCHLYM6

28th July 2017

Wanna Get Rich Quick?

ESF Chair, Nadine Harris, received the following e-mail.

“Thanks (Nadine) for your time on the phone. As I mentioned my name is Larissa and I am a Casting Assistant Producer at Little Gem, a TV production company in London. I am currently casting a new TV series for Channel 4 and I am looking for a couple of wonderful women in their golden years to appear on the programme and I'm hoping that some ladies in your network might be interested in appearing on the show, or might know someone who might be.

Our new show is a personal finance TV series for Channel 4 prime time. ‘Wanna To Get Rich Quick’ (working title) is presented by Burnley self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick, (Bafta award winner for Channel 4 series ‘Bank of Dave’). 

During the financial crash in 2007/8 Dave set up his own community bank to help local businesses and families when the big banks stopped lending. Dave is a man on a mission - to make everyday people wealthier and help them to achieve their financial goals and aspirations. He is going to be working with members of the public, setting them money making and money saving challenges. Throughout the show Dave is going to be disproving money making myths - his philosophy is that there are always ways for people to make a bit of extra cash, they just need the knowledge, encouragement and point in the right direction.

Each week Dave will be setting different families these challenges, and each episode will focus on a different family and challenge. There will then be a returning segment, which will be about potential ways to supplement a pension, so I am looking for pensioners who would like to take part.

Dave is looking for a couple of Golden Girls who would like to review a few of his money making strategies. He’s also going to give these ladies a taste of the millionaire lifestyle through a series of exciting luxury experiences. We are looking for a few ladies who are gregarious and up for a giggle – ideally a few ladies who are still active, and are comfortable using a smart phone or computer (this is not essential but a bonus). 

Filming over the summer, we would need someone for 5-8 days filming between now and October, there may be some travel involved thus why we need someone a bit active.  Dave is looking for a few ladies that would enjoy a bit of VIP treatment!  We would love pairs of friends to apply together.

We would love to find someone that worked in the public sector, such as a retired teacher or nurse - someone who's contribution to society was not reflected in her salary - someone that deserves a bit of spoiling! 

We are also looking to speak to other pensioners too, anyone and everyone aged 18+ is welcome to apply.

The tone of the show is fun and upbeat. The challenges will be relatable to the viewers at home - the idea is that the audience will take away financial knowledge and hopefully some ideas of they could earn some extra money themselves."

Casting Team Number: 0203 603 9794

Larissa Moran
Casting Assistant Producer
http://www.littlegem.tv/

28th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

26th July 2017

Celebrating Older People's Day 2017

Sunday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day 2017, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.

Once again, we have worked in partnership with seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations to put together and support a programme of fun activities and information fairs.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Older People’s Day in East Sussex, with events taking place across the county throughout September and October.

You can download a copy of the booklet here, or pick up a copy from your nearest library.

25th July 2017

New Parity Trust Website

Parity Trust has announced the launch of its brand new-look website at www.paritytrust.org.uk which profiles all its flexible low-cost loans and mortgages.  As a not-for-profit organisation, Parity Trust's goal is to enable customers to have the ability to readily access information about its range of flexible mortgage and loan products.

Home Improvement Loan

Parity Trust works in partnership with local authorities in West Sussex to offer subsided home improvement loans.  It is able to assist in most cases regardless of credit history and some of the loan products available do not require regular monthly payments. The loans can be used for works such as boiler replacement, double glazing and adaptations.

Mortgage Extension Product

This mortgage is designed specifically to help people who have a mortgage coming to the end of its term with no means to repay the capital outstanding. Parity Trust developed this product in response to data from the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which confirmed - ‘around a million people could have their homes repossessed because they have no way of paying off their interest-only mortgages’.

Download Parity Trust's New Product Leaflet > >

24th July 2017

Have your say on Eastbourne’s Cumulative Impact Area

Eastbourne’s Cumulative Impact Area was put in place in July 2007 to help prevent crime and disorder, increase public safety, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm in the centre of town.

The council's licensing policy and the Cumulative Impact Area element of it, seeks to balance the needs of businesses operating in town and the rights of residents living near them.

This policy is currently being reviewed and the council would like to hear from residents, businesses and local organisations about whether you think the area covered by this policy should:

  • Be reduced (by removing streets in the Little Chelsea area)
  • Be kept the same size
  • Be removed completely

To have your say please visit the council's website and complete the online survey

The closing date for responses is Sunday 3 September 2017 at 5pm.

24th July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 316

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

21st July 2017

Increase in HMRC frauds

Sussex, elderly people are receiving a high volume of phone calls purporting to be from HMRC. So far, none of them sent money, but it is vital that people are aware of the signs and act on them.

This is a recent case study:

A man of 87 living alone in East Sussex, received a call from a woman claiming to be from HMRC. He was transferred on the line and spoke to an unknown male saying that he owed them money and that he would be taken to court if he didn't pay up. The victim offered to pay and the caller told him to go to their office in Tunbridge Wells.

The victim said he could not get there, so the caller then told him to go to buy iTunes vouchers from Tesco, so he consequently went to Tesco in Bexhill-On-Sea and tried to obtain £1500 worth.

The manager at Tesco asked him lots of questions and became suspicious and told the victim this was a scam. The caller was still on his mobile phone while he was trying to buy the vouchers. The Tesco manager asked to talk to him and when he did the caller on the end of the phone swore at the manager. Luckily no money was parted with and the incident was reported to the Police.

These are some of the contact methods used to defraud people in Sussex:

  • Voicemails: saying you owe HMRC unpaid tax.
  • Text messages: fraudsters send you a text message requesting you to urgently call back on the number provided.

Protect yourself

  • HMRC will never use a text message to inform you about a tax rebate or penalty.
  •  HMRC will never ask for any payment in the form of iTunes Vouchers. As well as iTunes vouchers, HMRC would not ask for payment in the form of any other vouchers or any other payment methods. HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.

21st July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

19th July 2017

Good Life Show 2017

The 2017 Good Life Show, incorporating the Disability Road Show will be held on Thursday 28th September from 10am to 4pm.

Due to ongoing works at Devonshire Park, this year's show will be held at the International Tennis Centre.

More information > >

19th July 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

18th July 2017

Eastbourne Mardi Gras

Eastbourne Mardi Gras is taking place on Saturday 22nd July.  It is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate diversity and families.  The organiser, BourneOut LGBT, invites everyone to join in.

The parade will start at 1pm at Eastbourne Waterworks, Langney Point Car Park on Prince William Parade.  The parade will pass along the promenade to the car park at the side of Fort Fun where it will cross Royal Parade and continue into Princes Park.

The celebration will continue in Princes Park from 2pm until 9pm.  There are a range of acts and performers, LGBT celebrity Peter Tatchell will open the event, a dance tent will feature a range of local well known DJ’s, food stalls, information and awareness stalls, local produce stalls and children’s entertainers.   

At 9pm there is an 18 years plus late night party in Atlantis on Eastbourne Pier.  The entry cost is £2 per person.

Flying the flag

The Town Hall will be flying the rainbow flag over the weekend in support of the event and the LGBT community. 

For further information visit:

http://eastbournemardigras.weebly.com/the-paradeprocession.html

Contact

Email: prideevent@bourneout.com

17th July 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 315

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

17th July 2017

Open Air Movies at The Llama Park

Last year the Wych Cross Llama Park worked with Cinestock to bring you some evening entertainment in the form of some good family fun films in the Open Air on our playground lawn. This year they are bringing you two more films.

That all-time favourite Ghostbusters on Saturday 19th August and the Karate Kid on Friday 1st September.

A 15% discount is offered if you buy tickets before 20th July, using the discount code Llamapark15% 

Food and drink will be available but to make sure that you can get what you want when you come have a look at our on-line menu and order in advance. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be available. Click here for the menu

More information > >

14th July 2017

Love Parks Week

The Keep Britain Tidy "Love Parks Week" is here and they're anticipating over 100 million visits to parks around the country during the week.

All you have to do to get involved is visit your local park, take a photo and share why you love it using the hashtag #LoveParks

Keep Britain Tidy will be retweeting and sharing their favourite posts on their social media channels.

More information > >

14th July 2017

Newhaven Lifeboat Events

The Newhaven Lifeboat will be busy this weekend.

Saturday is the date for their 70th Summer fête.

More information > >

On Sunday, the boat will be displaying with the Coastguard helicopter.

More information > >

14th July 2017

New Council Powers to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to move forward on the implementation of four new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). 

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 gives councils new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that are more streamlined and victim focused, including the use of PSPOs. 

PSPOs will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order in the town that was introduced by Eastbourne Borough Council to tackle street drinking, and Dog Controls Orders that cover dog fouling, dogs on leads and banning dogs. 

Breaching an order can result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000. 
Councillor John Ungar, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 
“Dealing strongly with anti-social issues such as dog fouling and street drinking are top priorities for residents. 

“In regard to dog fouling, our Neighbourhood First Team takes a very proactive approach to the issue by engaging with dog owners, installing dog bag dispensers and organising targeted campaigns.” 

The new proposals include alterations to the existing boundaries of the Dog Ban and Dog Lead Control Orders that, subject to consultation, will be extended to cover certain areas of Sovereign Harbour and Meads. 
Councillor Ungar added:

“While council officers are authorised to enforce the order targeting street drinking, it has been agreed with Sussex Police that their officers are more specifically trained and resourced to take the lead on on-street enforcement.” 

The existing Designated Public Place Order and Dog Control Orders will continue to be in force until October 2017 and then convert to PSPOs.

14th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

14th July 2017

Free advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Free Electric Blanket Testing; click here for more information > >

13th July 2017

Tesco recalls Chicken Salad products due to possible presence of Campylobacter

Tesco is recalling two chicken salad products because Campylobacter has been found in:

  • Tesco Chicken Salad
  • Tesco Chicken, Broccoli, Almond & Cashew Nut Salad

More information > >

7th July 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

5th July 2017

Pet Sale Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Pet Sale Fraud" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

4th July 2017

Have your say on EBC Housing Allocations policy consultation

Eastbourne Borough Council is currently inviting comments on its updated Housing Allocations policy.

This policy explains who is eligible to join the Housing Register and how applications are [prioritised. The policy aims to benefit those with the most urgent housing needs.

This consultation is of potential interest to everyone with a local connection to Eastbourne who has a housing need and wishes to apply for social rented housing in or transfer to another home.

To find our more please visit: Housing Allocations policy consultation.

The closing date for responding is 5pm on Monday 14 August.

1st July 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

 

30th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

27th June 2017

Which Broadband Roadshow

The Which organisation is campaigning to Fix Bad Broadband and is making its way through Eastbourne. Its group of experts will be visiting Eastbourne in its van.

They'll be on hand to provide free tips on how to improve your slow broadband, and also want to hear about your broadband problems. They'll be around on Friday 30 June and want to see as many people as possible. 

They'll be around from 9:00-18:00 in Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3AP (outside Debenhams)

Please come and visit them, and tell your friends, family, or neighbours who might want to come too.

Click here for details of the roadshow.

27th June 2017

People's Voice Survey

In May 2017 Police invited People’s Voice to respond to a survey around Future Demand, Engagement and Expectations.

The survey results, as usual, were very helpful in terms of giving Sussex residents’ perceptions. As policing goes through continuous change, these invaluable insights inform Police plans to consider and reflect public expectations.

More information and survey results > >

27th June 2017

Sainsbury's Product Recall

Sainsbury's is recalling a number of its products because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in some of the products.

More information > >

27th June 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 312

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

23rd June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

22nd June 2017

Eat Safe This Summer

We all love it when the weather gets warmer. But did you know that you might need to think harder about food safety in the summer months? New research indicates that people in Eastbourne could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through lack of knowledge of the 4Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cooking, Cleaning and avoiding Cross-contamination. 

Read more > >

22nd June 2017

Regular recycler Irene scoops £250 in prize draw

A lucky resident has learned how rewarding recycling can be after winning £250 in a scheme run by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Irene Smithers, of Croxden Way, Eastbourne, scooped the bumper prize in a one-off Bourne to Recycle draw. Alongside her, five other households that recycle won £100 in the scheme’s regular monthly draw. 

Read more > >

20th June 2017

Eastbourne Business News

Do you have what it takes to mentor or advise the next generation of East Sussex entrepreneurs?

This and more in the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News.

Download Business News > >

20th June 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 311

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

18th June 2017

Latest issue of "Our News"

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, so to mark National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2017 Neighbourhood Watch is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team to help stop more people becoming victims of this deceitful crime.

Download "Our News" > >

15th June 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Plan your holidays with e-magazines
  • Visit the library to beat the street
  • Volunteer to help children to code
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs

Download the newsletter > >

15th June 2017

Proposed changes to Gildredge Road and bus stop locations

Have your say on the latest Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme (ETCIS) proposals for Gildredge Road and the placement of buses and bus stops.

Following the consultation exercises in 2013 and 2014, work commenced on the detailed design for the ETCIS. During the course of the Detailed Design process and through further liaison with Eastbourne bus operators in 2016 it was decided to propose the placement of west bound buses/stops in Gildredge Road not Cornfield Road as indicated in the initial design.

More information > >

Take Survey > >

14th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

13th June 2017

Vehicle Purchase Fraud

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "vehicle purchase" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

9th June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

7th June 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

6th June 2017

Wedding Services Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Wedding Services" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

5th June 2017

Sussex Fraud Newsletter

The April issue of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

This issue focusses on phishing emails, protecting pension pots and the data breach of a well-known payday loan company.

As ever, everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to any type of fraud .

Download the newsletter > >

2nd June 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

27th May 2017

SMS Messaging Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert on the subject of "Smishing" is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

26th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

24th May 2017

Bogus "Wannacry" Support Scam

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber-crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

23rd May 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • An easier night's sleep for little ones
  • Pirates take over Eastbourne libraries this half-term
  • Books I have loved
  • New DVDs this May

Download the newsletter > >

19th May 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

17th May 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The 2017 ESF Annual General Meeting will be held on 15th June in St Saviour's Church Hall in South Street.

More information > >

17th May 2017

Burglaries and Vehicle Thefts

There has been a recent increase in the number of vehicles that have been stolen in Eastbourne, as thieves are breaking into residents’ homes and taking the car keys.

A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience but to also steal your car can mess with your head.  Sussex Police has received reports from residents in the Sovereign Harbour and Langney Point area, where thieves are specifically targeting vehicle owners homes in order to steal cars.

Police Constable Ed Faulkner said “We are asking the public to be extra vigilant with regards to the security of their homes and vehicles by locking all downstairs windows and doors either when not at home or when they retire to bed.  Also to make sure that any car keys are well hidden to prevent the theft and subsequent risk that this could pose to the community.” 

The majority of burglars are opportunistic as they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and work undisturbed.  By following the crime prevention tips below you can deter this crime from happening to you.

  • Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home.
  • Close and lock all downstairs windows.
  • Never leave car keys, door keys or other valuables in view of a letterbox or window.
  • If possible keep your car and door keys in a secure place where thieves are unlikely to look.
  • Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a burglar.
  • If you can, install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave home.

15th May 2017

Global Cyber Attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12th May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

More information > >

15th May 2017

Fortnightly Digest

This is a round-up of the best bits of community action over on the website.

News, events and resources delivered directly to your in-box every other week.

More information > >

13th May 2017

PCC Warns of Telephone Scam

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has warned residents to be alert to scammers pretending to be police officers on the phone, following a fraud which saw an 85-year-old woman hand over £12,500.

More information > >

5th May 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

28th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

23rd April 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >


21st April 2017

Sussex Fraud Newsletter

The April issue of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available to download.

This issue focusses on phishing emails, protecting pension pots and the data breach of a well-known payday loan company.

As ever, everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and warn others who may be vulnerable to any type of fraud .

Download the newsletter > >

21st April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

18th April 2017

Eastbourne Business News

Do you have what it takes to mentor or advise the next generation of East Sussex entrepreneurs?

This and more in the latest issue of Eastbourne Business News.

Download Business News > >

14th April 2017

Wonga confirms data breach

Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised. The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Wonga has updated its website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.

Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to.
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

14th April 2017

District Commander's Easter Message

Dear Residents and Visitors of Eastbourne,

Spring has certainly sprung as the sun is shining, lambs are skipping in fields and many of us have been enjoying a hot cross bun or two. 

We are all looking forward to enjoying the long Easter weekend with our family and friends, however, we need to consider how safely kept are our personal items when we go on holiday or on days out.

Personal Safety

Be aware that thieves often operate in teams, one distracting in front whilst another attacks from behind - striking or snatching a bag.

  • Keep the contents in your handbag to a minimum, keep valuables in your pocket.
  • Keep your wallet in a deep pocket or a pocket that can button up.
  • Do not put address labels on keys. If you lose your keys, change your locks immediately.
  • Do not write your personal identification number (PIN) on any other piece of paper in your bag, purse or wallet. Neither the police nor the bank will contact you to ask for these details, so do not give details over the telephone to anyone. The bank will issue you with a new card and a new PIN.
  • Remember, if your debit or credit card is lost or stolen, let the bank/card company know immediately.

Shed and Garage Burglaries

Sadly Sussex Police receives an increase of reports involving shed and garage burglaries when the sun shines, so we still need to put in to action crime prevention.

  • Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure.
  • Trim overgrown plants – don’t give burglars a hiding place.
  • Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them from being used to break into your home.
  • Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.

In Sussex, Operation Magpie is our response to burglary. This operation sees us working with our partner agencies with the aim of preventing burglary and, when it does happen, finding those responsible and searching for your stolen property as quickly as possible. Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

Despite the warnings above Eastbourne and Sussex are safe places to visit. Please do enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and I wish you and your families a very Happy Easter.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
District Commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

13th April 2017

Have your say on our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy

Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes have been working with Lewes District Council to look at how we can provide a single housing service for both Lewes and Eastbourne.

As part of this we are looking at our policies to see if they can be streamlined and brought up to date.  This will enable our staff to work more effectively and efficiently across both areas.

Our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy outlines how we prevent, respond to and manage reports of anti-social behaviour from our residents and tenants.

We would like to hear your views on our draft shared policy.

The draft policy and a summary are available to download from our website and we have provided an Online survey to help you structure your feedback.

The closing date for responses is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

7th April 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

4th April 2017

Action Fraud Alert

The latest Action Fraud "Law Abiding Citizen" Alert is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

1st April 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

31st March 2017

Eastbourne Bowling Club Open Days

Ever wondered what it is like to play bowls? Then why not pop along to one of Eastbourne Bowling Club's  two open days  on Monday 1st May or Monday 29th May and  give it a go. The club greens will be open on the above days from 10am, no need to book, just go along.

Located in the heart of Eastbourne, close to the Town Hall this very friendly club is always looking for new members.

If you are new to bowls or an experienced player looking to join a successful club please come along. Free parking in the club car park adjacent to the club house.

Experience some free bowling tuition or simply have a look around and find out about all the activities the club has to offer, 12 months of the year. A great way to meet new friends, socialise, and have some fun .

Located at: 3 Saffrons Road, BN21 1DG 

Tel: 01323-501851 [Paul] 

Visit the Eastbourne Bowling Club website > >

31st March 2017

Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter

The Bourne to Recycle Spring Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Love Easter, but hate waste
  • Recycling done and dusted
  • Bin collections over Easter
  • Spring into action with Bourne to Recycle

Download the newsletter > >

28th March 2017

One of the most eagerly awaited milestones for the Rampion project was achieved in March, the installation of the first offshore wind turbine.

The turbine, located approximately 14 kilometres from shore and visible on the horizon, is the first of the 116 MHI Vestas V112-3.45 megawatt (MW) models that will together make up the south coast’s first wind farm.

Download the newsletter > >

24th March 2017

Statement of Community Involvement

Many people are interested in Eastbourne’s future. They want their children to have a decent home and job and they value Eastbourne’s environment. They have clear ideas as to the kind of place they would like Eastbourne to be but probably have not realised the important role that Planning has in helping to achieve these ideas.

It is important that local communities and interested parties are given the opportunity to get involved in helping to shape the priorities for the future of the area in which they live. 

Eastbourne Borough Council is consulting on a new Statement of Community Involvement which sets out the standards and approaches that the Council will use to involve the community and other interested parties in planning matters. 

The local community are being asked for their comments on the proposed approach in the Statement of Community Involvement. The full details of the consultation are available on the Council's Consultation Portal

The consultation commences on Friday 24 March, and concludes on Friday 19 May 2017. Residents are encouraged to use the Consultation Portal to review the information on the consultation, and submit comments either directly on the document or by downloading and completing a representation form. Comments can also be submitted by email to planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk, or by post to Regeneration & Planning Policy, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW.

For further information, please contact Regeneration & Planning Policy on planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk or 01323 410000. 

23rd March 2017

Take a Stand Against Scams

Free event in Eastbourne by the Trading Standards Scam Team on 19th April 2017.

More information > >

23rd March 2017

Caroline Ansell Statement on Westminster Attack

This is a fast-moving investigation and it’s clear the police and security services are working hard to get to the bottom of what happened, who was involved and if there is any evidence of a wider plot.

“Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only seconds from the attacker and I heard the gunshots. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured - they were innocent people going about their lives.

“But I am also very relieved this appears to be a rudimentary attack and not something more organised and similar in its scope as Mumbai or Paris where automatic weapons were used.

“The police and emergency services must take credit for their response and that our democracy remains unharmed.

“We must also in deeds echo the words of the Prime Minister that these attacks are doomed to failure. We cannot and we must not be cowed by these threats to our democracy and our way of life. We must continue our lives, our work or picking up our children from school; we must not allow these cowardly people to defeat what we hold dear.

“I will be walking across Westminster Bridge to pay my respects to those so sadly killed and injured, but to also make it clear we are not scared or defeated by those who seek to harm us.”

17th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

16th March 2017

County Council Elections

The deadline is approaching for Eastbourne residents who wish to vote in East Sussex County Council elections on 4th May but are not yet on the electoral register.

People have until Thursday 13th April to register to vote and this can be done online in less than five minutes by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone who fails to register will not be able to vote. Once registered, you will receive a poll card that includes details of where to go to cast your vote.

For voters unable to get to the polling station on 4th May, postal voting is an easy and convenient method.

To do this, you must submit a postal vote application form by 5pm on Tuesday, 18th April.

Another way to cast your vote if unable to attend a polling station is by proxy. These applications must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 25th April.

For more details about ways of voting visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote

14th March 2017

The Dropped Kerb Project

The dropped kerb project (please see photograph below) is to map out dropped kerbs in Eastbourne that enable motorists to park up to the edge of the kerb thus elimination any vision of oncoming traffic.

The charity "Possibility People" believes that by yellow lining correctly vehicles will have to park a distance away from the dropped kerb - enabling site of oncoming traffic for disabled, children and parents with buggies.

Additionally by having to park away from the kerb we think the incidences of vehicles parking on the dropped kerbs will reduce, thus reducing damage and potential maintenance.

Members of the public are asked to highlight dropped kerbs that need this change to be made, ie exact location with picture evidence, which will be compiled as evidence for a report for East Sussex Parking.

Possibility People is a Charity aiming to make more things possible for people in their life, no matter what their situation. It work with disabled people, older people and young people, or anyone with an impairment or long term health condition. It operate across Sussex and has a range of services and support available.

If you are living in East Sussex and have a question or query, whether you are a disabled or older person, a carer or someone working in the area of disability, there is a one stop shop information and advice line. Call: 01424 234460 to talk to a member of the experienced and friendly team. Alternatively, e-mail Possibility People.

For further information about the organisation visit the Possibility People website.

14th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

13th March 2017

3VA e-Newsletter Issue 297

The latest 3VA e-Newsletter is now available to download from the 3VA website.

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, or to download previous issues, visit www.3va.org.uk

10th March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >

9th March 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Interested in Reading Groups?
  • New Access to Oxford Dictionary of Family Names
  • Volunteer for our library rhymetimes
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs for March

Download the newsletter > >

9th March 2017

Unlimited Entry to Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne residents can enjoy as many visits as they like to the Redoubt Fortress this year, as Heritage Eastbourne launches plans to offer a special Residents Ticket.

Costing the same as a standard Redoubt Fortress ticket, residents need only pay once to return again and again and discover the many ‘Faces of the Fort’ in a brand new immersive exhibition, along with the chance to experience life as it was for recruits, staff, prisoners and families over 200 years ago!

The new look fortress interior reopens this month with ‘Faces of the Fort’ on 20th March featuring interactive displays, children’s play, fun puzzles, spooky cells, dressing up and twice daily tours. 

With fun trails taking place during school holidays and half term, families will have all the more reason to return on a regular basis.

Volunteering

Heritage Eastbourne are also offering volunteer opportunities for those looking to expand their interest in history, or even those looking to perfect their drama and tour guiding skills.

All standard tickets and Residents tickets to the Redoubt museum cost £4.50 per adult, £2.50 per child, £3.25 for concessions or £12 per family.  Residents Tickets can be obtained by presenting either an Eastbourne Residents Card or a copy of a valid Council Tax bill at the time of purchase.

The ticket entitles the bearer to entry to the museum as many times as they wish throughout 2017, but excludes special events and activities such as ghost tours, film screenings and children’s workshops.

For more information telephone 01323 410300 or visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.

7th March 2017

International Women's Day Celebration in Eastbourne - Wednesday 8th March

Celebrate International Women’s Day.  Join us in the sharing of solidarity, positivity, stories and strength.  There will be a free event in Eastbourne on Wednesday 8th March in the Alfriston Room at the Lansdowne Hotel from 9.30am to 2pm. 

The programme is packed full of great sessions such as free yoga and Zumba classes and inspirational talks.

This event is a result of a collaboration between Diversity Resource International, Bourne Out LGBT, Wayfinder Woman, Creative Force, the Lansdowne Hotel and Eastbourne Borough Council.

If you would like further information please contact equality@eastbourne.gov.uk or call 01323 415626

3rd March 2017

Neighbourhood Alert

The latest Neighbourhood Alert News and Update is now available on the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Panels website.

More information > >


3rd March 2017

1st March 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

27th February 2017

See below, February’s edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter, which gives Sussex residents the latest fraud updates.

This edition includes advice on:

  • Spotting the signs of dating fraud – we had eight reports of dating and romance fraud in January. The stakes for individuals affected are high, both financially and emotionally, so here we offer five simple dating tips to help avoid the pitfalls.
  • Apple gift card fraud – cold callers phone and text people to tell them they owe HMRC unpaid tax – and ask to pay through their Apple iTunes gift cards, which they then redeem and sell on.

Download the newsletter > >

24th February 2017

Sale of the Downlands Working Farms Freeholds

Eastbourne Borough Council has announced its intention of filling shortfalls in funding by selling off the freeholds of the Downlands Working Farms in its possession. The council is anxious to know you views.

Please download, print and complete this form and return it to the address shown.

17th February 2017

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.

More information > >

Police seek youths who kicked away disabled man's crutches in Eastbourne

A disabled newcomer to Eastbourne who needs crutches to walk suffered a cruel attack by a group of youths outside the town's Post Office in Terminus Road.

More information > >

Two jailed over armed robberies including one in Eastbourne

Two men have been jailed for life after they committed a series of violent armed robberies across the South East using sawn-off shotguns, including one in Eastbourne

The offences took place across London and the south-east of England between February 2016 and October 2016.

The Eastbourne offence took place on 24 February 2016.

See full details on the Metropolitan Police website.

Man sentenced in his absence to 11 years for raping woman in Eastbourne

A man has been convicted, after a trial in his absence, of raping a woman in Eastbourne after he gave her a 'date-rape' drug, and has been sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment.

More information > >

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.

View video > >

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

14th February 2017

ESF Digital Update

We would like to share the following items with you that have been sent to us by organisations wanting you to get involved with their surveys.

Volunteer Driver Schemes Survey - Deadline for responses: 10 March 2017

If you organise volunteer driver schemes in East Sussex, 3VA would like to hear from you. They are mapping Volunteer Driver Schemes in East Sussex, capturing the experience of organisations, drivers and passengers. The aim is to establish what currently exists, identify best practice and build capacity and resilience. They have three independent online surveys:

1.     If you are an organisation that provides a volunteer driver scheme, please share your knowledge by completing  Survey 1 > >

2.     If you are a volunteer driver, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 2 > > 

3.     If you use volunteer driver schemes as a passenger, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 3 > >

The plan is to share the results in a forum to discuss Voluntary Transport Solutions and plan next steps.
Please share these links with your contacts and encourage as many volunteer drivers and passengers to complete.

Eastbourne Parking Review

Opened on the 27th Jan and closing on the 17th Feb you can review all the new parking restrictions coming to a road near you.

Take part > >

The Great British Spring Clean

You may have noticed how much more litter is around these days in your street? So why not join this initiative and sign up to clean up your street.
See how many of our residents share your desire to keep Eastbourne tidy.

More information > >

East Sussex Better Together (ESBT)
There is a whole systems transformation programme to improving health and lifestyles. East Sussex Better Together (ESBT), and as part of joint working in the west of the county through Connecting4You (C4Y) are working to transform how we support people to make changes to their lifestyles to improve their health and well-being.

A key part of this is enabling staff and volunteers across a wide range of organisations and sectors to incorporate prevention and health promotion advice and information into their roles. 

To support this crucial work they currently provide access to health promotion resources such as posters and leaflets, and loan equipment such as teaching aids, through the East Sussex Health Promotion Resource Service.

They want to make sure that health promotion resources continue to meet the needs of staff and organisations who currently, or could in future, use them.  To help them understand the health promotion resource needs of colleagues in East Sussex they have commissioned Delta Public Health Consulting to undertake this work. 

They’re asking everyone whose role includes promoting health to get involved, and help them make sure that they shape the service to meet the needs of you and your colleagues.

If you are a professional, practitioner or volunteer with promoting health as part of your role, they want to hear your views.

Participate in a focus group. They have arranged a focus group to gather more in-depth information.  
21st February 2017, Eastbourne, 12:00

More information > >

Your views matter - get involved in helping them evaluate the East Sussex health promotion resource service.

Thank you.

Please let your friends and neighbours know about us and get our message out there. Perhaps forward this email to all your friends in Eastbourne and spread our news. If you have any items you would like us to include in our messages please let us have them.

Notices of publications, events and services do not necessarily carry an endorsement by the editor or ESF, nor do they represent the views of ESF.

Thank you.
Eastbourne Seniors Forum
Digital-Team
Email:  esf.publicity@gmail.com

10th February 2017

Library Information Service Newsletter

The latest issue of the East Sussex Library Information Newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Volunteer and teach others IT skills
  • What was life like in East Sussex during WWI
  • World Book Day 2017
  • A book I have loved
  • New DVDs for February

Download the newsletter > >

4th February 2017

East Sussex Highways February Newsletter

The East Sussex Highways February newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue:

  • Potholes
  • Peacehaven Cycle Route
  • Work in February

Download the newsletter > >

4th February 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

Click here to download > >

3rd February 2017

News and appeals

App launched for staff and officers on “Time to Talk” day

Sussex Police has made great strides in addressing mental health, both for the public, and just as importantly with its own employees.
One in four people will suffer some form of mental health issue in their lifetime - and those who work for the police are no different.
An app has been built, and launches with week, to help employees find the right help for themselves and others if they are dealing with a mental health issue.

More information > >

Have you seen wanted man Luke Robertson?

Luke Robertson, 41, was last seen in Lascelles Terrace in Eastbourne on Wednesday, January 11. He is wanted about breaching the terms of his licence.

More information > >

Burglars steal large quantity of fireworks from Eastbourne storage unit

Thousands of pounds worth of fireworks have been stolen from an Eastbourne storage facility in what police believe may have been a carefully planned burglary.

Officers are now seeking witnesses or any information concerning the theft, which occurred at ESK in Courtlands Road, Eastbourne, between 9pm and midnight on Tuesday (24 January)

More information > >

Pedestrian dies in Eastbourne collision
Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision where a pedestrian died in Eastbourne.

More information > >

Suspect arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

More information > >

Witnesses sought to knife-point robbery in Eastbourne
Shortly before 9pm on Sunday (29 January) police received a report of a robbery at the Best One shop in Seaside, Eastbourne.

More information > >

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Join us in supporting Safer Internet Day on the 7th February 2017.

The 3 Cs

As we are currently experiencing heavy rain, many of us will be hurrying from our cars to the house to avoid getting any wetter. However, sometimes we are so focussed on not getting wet, we completely forget to lock our vehicles. When leaving your vehicle parked or unattended please remember to carry out the 3 Cs.

  • CLEAR valuables and personal belongings from vehicle ensuring nothing is in view that would encourage someone to break in and steal it.
  • CLICK your remote locking key fob to lock and secure the vehicle.
  • CHECK that you have followed these steps to make sure it is secure.

Following these simple guidelines will help you avoid becoming a target of vehicle crime.

1st February 2017

Bourne to Recycle Newsletter

The latest edition of Bourne to Recycle news, is focusing on glass.  Glass is perfect for recycling – it can be recycled into new bottles and jars again and again. And again!

The UK currently recycles around 50% of container glass (like bottles and jars) and while this figure has doubled over the last five years it still lags behind other countries.  For example, both Switzerland and Finland recycle more than 90% of their glass. (Source www.recyclenow.com)

Recycling glass in Eastbourne is easy.  It is collected from your green recycling box as part of your kerbside collection and there are bottle banks at bring sites across the town.  However, there is still more we can all do, such as remembering to recycle clear food jars which are often forgotten.

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29th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex drivers are urged to remember that “It Can Wait” when it comes to using a mobile phone while driving

Driving while distracted is an increasing problem on Sussex roads with mobile phones now used to make calls, send messages, play music and check road conditions, temptations to use devices while at the wheel are endless.
It Can Wait aims to remind drivers that nothing is more important than focussing on driving – and driving alone. The campaign is urging drivers to place their phone out of reach, or set it to silent, before setting off on a journey to ensure they are not distracted or tempted to pick it up while driving.

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Two people remanded in connection with Eastbourne burglary
Two local people have been charged in connection with a burglary at a couple’s home in Latimer Road, Eastbourne, on Wednesday (18 January).

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New neighbours' steal from elderly Eastbourne resident

Police in Eastbourne are searching for two women who stole from an elderly resident after pretending to be new neighbours

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Great work team!

Len Wright was arrested and charged with Shoplifting from Mankind in Eastbourne on 22nd January and Pandora in Hastings. Placed in front of Hastings Magistrates and received 12 weeks imprisonment.

Suspect has been arrested in connection with Motcombe tyre slashings

A 17 year old man from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed article in relation to the tyre slashings in the Motcombe area of Eastbourne, on Thursday (26 January).  He is currently in custody helping police with their enquires.

24th January 2017

Payment diversion alert

Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online on the action fraud website or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

21st January 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the latest edition of its electronic newsletter.

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20th January 2017

News and appeals

Sussex Police backs knife surrender campaign

The surrender is part of a national drive to raise awareness of people who have lost their lives to knife crime. The knifes will be given to the British Ironwork Centre and used in a 20 foot tall angel in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime.

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Sussex Police once again in the top 100 list of LGBT friendly employers in the UK

The former head of policing in Brighton has been named as the Senior Champion of the Year in an annual LGBT employer's list.

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Witness appeal following double assault in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a double assault in Eastbourne in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

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Operation Signature January 2017 newsletter

Please click here to view the latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

  • Details of fraudulent Amazon emails
  • New ways to stop nuisance and cold calls
  • How to avoid fraudulent charity appeals

Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. Recent weeks have seen a rise in reports of vans are being targeted while parked and unattended overnight within the Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother areas of Sussex.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “Police colleagues in Hastings and Rother have shared with the Eastbourne team a rise in this type of crime.  Whilst we have received a small number of incidents locally, we would like to take this opportunity to push out some key messages to try and prevent a bigger problem. Should you be a van owner, take the time to put in place some basic crime prevention steps, to reduce the opportunity for thieves.”
Sussex Police are urging van owners to pay extra attention to security. This means not keeping valuables or expensive tools in vehicles overnight and to consider fitting additional security, such as steering locks and alarms.  Vehicles should be fully secured, even if left for only a brief time, and any theft of number plates should be reported to police without delay.
Further tips to stop thieves include:

  • Not keeping the engine running while leaving a vehicle to defrost. Not only is this illegal but it offers a golden opportunity for thieves.
  • Don't leave coats and jackets on show.
  • Remove satnavs and camera suction marks from windscreens - they are an immediate give-away that such devices may be in the vehicle
  • Empty glove-boxes and leave them open to show that they don't contain anything valuable
  • As well as removing tools, display a sign indicating that they are not stored inside the vehicle

Anyone with information about thefts of or from vans is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101.

Alternatively details can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
If a crime is in progress or apparently about to take place, please don't hesitate to call 999 and ask for police.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

19th January 2017

Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

The latest edition of the Sussex Fraud Newsletter is now available on the Sussex Police website.

It includes:

  • Details of fraudulent Amazon emails
  • New ways to stop nuisance and cold calls
  • How to avoid fraudulent charity appeals

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13th January 2017

News and appeals

Eastbourne burglar jailed for five years

Blood spots lead detectives to making an arrest.

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Hundreds arrested during crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Surrey and Sussex Police’s campaign to target drink and drug drivers throughout the month of December resulted in the arrest of 208 individuals in Sussex.

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Operation Blitz

Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

12th January 2017

Winter Wrapped Up

Winter isn’t everyone’s favourite season and there’s no doubt that cold weather can be a worry for those in later life.

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold and this can leave us more vulnerable. But with a little preparation, and by following some simple suggestions, we can help ourselves stay healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible this winter.

AgeUK has issued "Winter Wrapped Up", a useful guide to staying warm and well this winter.

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12th January 2017

District Commander's New Year Message

Dear residents and visitors of Eastbourne,

Happy New Year to you! 

Some of us may still be recovering from the festive celebrations, I for one am as I have found my uniform to be a little tighter than normal! Others of us are looking to new storage solutions for the lovely presents we have received.

But remember, we need to be preventative savvy from opportunistic thieves in knowing what we have in our houses.  If you are disposing of boxes or packaging, try to disguise or amend the item shown as empty boxes left for the rubbish collection, shows thieves what is new
Daily we can carry out the following security checks;

  • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight and out of reach.
  • Implement an intruder alarm as this can be an effective deterrent against burglars.
  • Make it a habit to mark your valuables by using your postcode and house number or name.
  • Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them next to a ruler.
  • Register your property at immobilise.com, it's free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property.

Motcombe and Old Town

Many of you may be aware that we are currently investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.  The offences committed mainly consist of car tyres being damaged with a pointed or bladed article.

Please be reassured that officers, both in uniform and plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act.  Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

Local residents are being urged to call police on 999 if the see someone in the act of causing damage.  Anyone who subsequently identifies damage to their car should call 101 and quote Operation Bargate.

Despite the warnings above, as I have mentioned in previous messages Eastbourne and Sussex remain safe places to live.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice
Eastbourne District Commander

9th January 2017

e-Newsletter

The ESF Digital team has issued the January 2017 edition of its electronic newsletter.

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7th January 2017

Neighbourhood Watch
Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime Survey

Fraud, including scams and cybercrime, is on the increase. We are determined to fight back to help protect residents and their money. Together we have managed to reduce the level of many other types of crime, including burglary. Will you help us to fight fraud?

We are inviting all Sussex residents to help us by answering a few simple questions. This will only take about 5 minutes. None of these ask you for any personal financial information, nor will we contact you about any of your answers, nor will we publish anything which could lead to anybody being identified.

Our questions ask about your perception of fraud including scams, where reliable advice and information can be found, and how you might respond in a potential fraud situation. Helping us to understand how people really think will enable us to find the best solutions. We have some ideas about how things could be changed to protect people better against fraud, and we would welcome your feedback on these. A summary of our findings will be made available in due course.

Please be assured that this is a secure service, powered by Neighbourhood Alert which is accredited by the Cyber essentials plus service.

Click here to take part in this research.

For more information or to contact the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please e-mail:
enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit:
www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

6th January 2017

News and appeals

Police are investigating a number of incidents in which cars have been damaged in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Police would like to reassure the public that they are very aware of a series of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.

Extra officers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act. Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.

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Domestic Abuse
A New Year, a fresh start…without domestic abuse

Take the first steps to making 2017 a year without fear of violence, abuse, or controlling behaviour. Talk to us, we can help.

We have specially trained officers to support and advise anyone who may be experiencing abuse by a partner or family member.  If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is suffering domestic abuse, please report it to us on 101 or by completing the online form at www.sussex.police.uk

If you prefer, talk to one of the many confidential support organisations Click here

Operation Blitz
Operation Blitz will be running 6pm until Midnight Friday and Saturday, please call 07785 372050 to report Anti-Social Behaviour

#Brewfie Challenge
Join our Officers in supporting the #Brewfie challenge to help break the stigma around speaking out about mental health and suicide. Post your photos and show your support.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

6th January 2017

Scam Amazon e-mails

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “service@amazon.co.uk” claim recipients have made an order online, and mimic an automatic customer email notification.

The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.  Click here to read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon.

To report a fraud or cyber-crime, call Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040.