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Police News and Appeals - 4th August 2020

Sussex Police and Surrey Police recognised in this year’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women
Sussex Police and Surrey Police are leading the way as employers of women, according to The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020 list, published 30th July.

The Times’ list is the UK’s most highly profiled and well established selection of organisations at the forefront of tackling gender inequality in the workplace and society and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  Sussex and Surrey police forces have been jointly presented with the award in recognition of their commitment to achieving gender equality within their workforce and the communities they serve.

Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Jo Shiner said: “I am delighted that Sussex and Surrey, working in collaboration, have been recognised in this year’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women.


To inspire women to join, Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter says: “I would say just do it! It’s one of the best jobs in the world and there is so much job satisfaction. We want difference, we want diversity within our organisation, so please just apply.”

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am really delighted that Sussex Police has been given this prestigious recognition.  Over the years, they have consistently championed the positive impact women have in policing and strongly encouraged them to progress their careers.  They continue to work hard to diversify the force so they can better serve and represent Sussex communities.  I recently appointed our first female Chief Constable, which was pivotal in the history of the force and proves that there is no glass ceiling for any woman in Sussex Police."

Hear from some inspirational women about how they feel about their jobs with Sussex Police and Surrey Police in this video:

Sussex Police offers many career options and its next PC recruitment campaign opens on the 5 August 2020.  To find out more, please visit the force's website.

To see the full story please click on the link or go to our website.

Police warn of Amazon scam in Sussex

Sussex Police is issuing a warning about scam callers purporting to be from Amazon Prime, after a recent, sudden spike in reports.

Since 1 July, the force has received 68 reports of this type of fraud resulting in losses of over £64,000.  This crime typically involves a phone call from someone claiming to from Amazon and stating that an amount will be taken from their account to renew an Amazon Prime subscription or that the account has been compromised.

Many victims are advised to press a number on their phone as an option to not pay for the subscription. The scammer will then talk them through installing an app on their phone or tablet, and confirming their personal and banking details in order to stop the payment. Of course this is all an attempt to get the victim to transfer money to the caller’s bank account.

PC Bernadette Lawrie BEM, the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey Police said:  "The evil perpetrators of this time of crime prey on the most vulnerable in our communities and often target a generation who aren’t as familiar with technology.  People have lost devastating sums of money to calls like these so urge residents to be wary of any calls about subscription payments.  Remember – don’t give or confirm your personal or banking details with an unexpected caller. If you’re unsure if the call is legitimate, hang up and verify the number with a trusted source, such as the company’s official website, or call a good friend or family member for advice.”

Sussex Police’s top tips to help stop this type of fraud are:


  • Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call

  • Never transfer funds into another account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name

  • Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait five minutes or use a different landline or mobile

  • Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone


For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see Sussex Police website here.

Police Crime Summary - 4th August 2020

Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 1260 30th July
Location: Wimland Road, Faygate
Date and time: Between 1200hrs 25th July and 1000hrs 26th July
Details: Multiple items including a Kawasaki Mule and power tools were stolen from a shed.

Reference: 0634 01/08/2020
Location: Lower Barn Close, Horsham
Date and time: On 31st July
Details:  An attempt was made to access a garage.  

Reference: 0881 01/08/2020
Location: Rusper Road, Horsham
Date and time: On the 31st July between 2am and 2:20am
Details: Access was gained to a garage and a pedal cycle was stolen

Reference: 1170 01/08/2020
Location: Lower Barn Close, Horsham
Date and time: On 31st July
Details:  A lock was forced on a garage. Nothing was stolen.

Did you know that you can get weekly Country Watch updates that are sent out on a Wednesday?  Log in to the system that you first registered with i.e. In The Know and have a look at community interests, go to Rural & Animal Issues you will see the country watch tab, tick this and you’re in. There is a lot of information about your area.  Also, have you recently installed CCTV or a ring doorbell? Don’t forget to go into Other Community Roles and click the tab ‘Do you have CCTV’.

Help us keep Sussex safe


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


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

Police News and Appeals - 28th July 2020

Appeal to find victim following report of Horsham robbery

Police are investigating a report of a robbery in Horsham.  Officers received a third-party report of a man being robbed in the underpass which runs from New Street to North Parade, around 10pm on Sunday (July 19).  Police are keen to make contact with the victim, to ensure his welfare and to establish the full circumstances of the matter.

The two suspects are described as white, approximately 5' 4" and 5' 6", and both with dark short hair. They left the scene carrying a navy rucksack with grey straps.

Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information relating to the incident is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 50 of 20/07.  Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought to garage break-ins in Horsham


Police are investigating a series of garage break-ins in Horsham.  A number of bikes have been stolen during the burglaries in Hurst Court, between 9pm on Thursday (July 23) and 8am on Friday (July 24).

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the burglaries, or who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time. They would also like to hear from anyone who may have any CCTV or dash cam footage from the vicinity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 303 of 24/07. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New scheme gives further help to domestic abuse victims in Sussex

Police tackling domestic abuse across Sussex can now give further help to victims by also enabling them to quickly access a locally-based charity.

The Daisy Chain Project (TDCP) specialises in advice and assistance in seeking civil court Protective Injunctions against domestic abuse perpetrators, including Non-Molestation Orders. It has its own legal team consisting of experienced, qualified, and fully regulated barristers and solicitors who offer free legal support to men and women experiencing, or fleeing, domestic abuse. They are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority respectively.

To read the full story, please click on the link or see our website.  For more information on dealing with domestic abuse and how to report it see the force website

Sussex Police leading the way on Stalking Protection Orders

Police in Sussex have been leading the way in enforcing a new law aimed at helping victims of stalking.

Stalking Protection Orders (SPO’s) came into effect on 20 January and Sussex, which was the first force the country to obtain an order that day, has now secured 23 in the first six months, as an additional tool in responding to reports of stalking.

The response from victims has been positive. One has told the police; "Getting an SPO has help me hugely to make sense of what is going on for me and has given me hope that the system will work, thank you to all those supporting me, a burden shared has certainly being a burden halved. It is really reassuring that something is in place that protects me and my family."

To see the full story, please click on the link or go to our website.
Further information and advice is also available on the Sussex Police website.

Police Crime Summary - 28th July 2020

Burglary – There are no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling

Reference: 1419 23rd July
Location: Cotswold Court, Horsham
Date and time: 2200hrs 22nd July to 1800hrs 23rd July
Details: A garage door was forced open and 2 mountain bikes were stolen

Reference: 0498 24th July
Location: Cotswold Court, Horsham
Date and time: Between 17th and 23rd July
Details: A garage was entered and two pedal cycles were stolen

Reference: 0303 24th July
Location: Hurst Court, Horsham
Date and time: Between 2100hrs 23rd July and 0800hrs 24th July
Details: A garage was entered and two pedal cycles were stolen, plus around 9 other garages in this location have been entered.

Reference: 0291 24th July
Location: Ayshe Court Drive, Horsham
Date and time: Between 22nd and 23rd July
Details: A garage was entered and three pedal cycles were stolen.

Reference: 0545 26th July
Location: Sycamore Avenue, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1800hrs 25th July and 0545hrs 26th July
Details: Nothing was stolen from this garage, however, several other garages in this location have been entered.

Reference: 0421 26th July
Location: The Pines, Horsham
Date and time: Between 1100hrs 25th July and 0730hrs 26th July
Details: A garage was entered and a pedal cycle was stolen

As you can see from above there have been numerous thefts from garages and we are urging everyone who has a garage to ensure they are locked with a strong padlock. At this time it appears pedal cycles are being targeted.

Help us keep Sussex safe


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


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

Are You Shopping Online? - 18th July 2020

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive. 

Top tips for shopping online securely:

Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use 
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Payment method:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

Fake Emails Asking To Renew Your TV Licence - 3rd July 2020

We have been alerted to the fact that scam emails requesting people to renew their TV licence are doing the rounds. Please be alert to these and check VERY CAREFULLY before clicking on any link - if the email looks in any way suspicious (e.g. poor language, request to "click here for details" or "click here to pay") then delete the email immediately.

Also, please note that the date for the end of free TV licences** for the over 75s has been delayed - no new date has yet been announced.

** free TV licences will still be available for anyone over 75 who receives a pension credit; more information can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

New Team Launched To Tackle Countryside Crime In Sussex - 4th June 2020

Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.

This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.

The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues, and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.

The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years, and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs, and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recently, Sussex Police have arrested a trio near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said: “We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”

Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police Jo Shiner said: “It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it, and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.

“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.  Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county: together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.  Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid lockdown, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft.  I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.


“This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.  I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex".

Do You Know How To Spot A Phishing Email? - 30th April 2020

Email has always been the most commonplace method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money, their identity… or both.

It still is. And currently, they’re exploiting the current Coronavirus pandemic with persuasive messages ranging from vaccines and cures to tax refunds and fake charity appeals.

Fraudsters send emails containing links which seem authentic, but actually lead to websites designed to capture your confidential details.

Top tips for using email safely and securely

If you receive an email you haven’t requested or it seems suspicious in any way, make sure it’s actually from the person or organisation who claims to have sent it. Do this by calling the actual person or organisation on a number you know to be the right one.

  • Don't click on links in emails from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.

  • Never open attachments from unknown sources, or if it seems strange that the email would come from that source.

  • Check for poor design, grammar and spelling, and whether the email addresses you by your name.

However, even if an email passes these tests, it may still be from a fraudster.

  • Don't make purchases, payments or charity donations in response to spurious emails.

  • Beware of emails which suggest that you need to transfer money, provide personal details or perform some other critical action urgently to 'resolve a problem'. Banks, government departments, the police and other trusted organisations would never communicate with you in this way.

  • Don't reply to an email which you suspect is fraudulent, and don’t forward it unless you’re reporting it.

  • Don't click on 'remove' or reply to unwanted email – this simply tells senders that your account is live, and may result in you getting a flood of unwanted scam or spam emails.

  • Make sure spam filters are switched on and set up appropriately to avoid unwanted emails getting through, but permitting authentic ones from trusted sources. Check junk mail folders regularly in case a legitimate email is filtered there in error.

  • Use strong passwords to prevent your email accounts from being hacked. Keep passwords to yourself, and don’t use the same or a similar one for more than one online account.

  • When sending emails to multiple people, list their addresses in the 'BCC' (blind copy) box instead of in the 'To' box. In this way, no recipient will see the names of the others, and if their addresses fall into the wrong hands there will be less chance of you or anybody else receiving phishing or spam emails.

  • Delete everyone in the email trail before forwarding or replying.

  • Think twice before you click on anything.


During this pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the number of fraudulent emails being sent by cybercriminals. For comprehensive, practical, impartial advice on safe and secure email, visit

Get Safe Online Campaign - Coronavirus and Keeping Safe Online - 1st April 2020

Right now, safeguarding ourselves, our loved ones, friends and colleagues from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is uppermost in people's minds in the UK and around the world. After all, this is an unprecedented situation which warrants unprecedented precautions.

Also of great importance, however, is making sure we also remain safe in the virtual world during restrictions on travel, socialising, office life and other things we normally take for granted.

Why is online safety even more important than usual?

Invariably, a crisis affecting large numbers of people triggers a huge volume of fraudulent activity. With Coronavirus, expect fake ads for anything from vaccines to face masks, links to sensational news and video, bogus charity appeals, and phishing emails claiming to be from travel, compensation and insurance companies or event/tournament organisers. Fraudsters know that at times like these, we may be too concerned or preoccupied to spot that something isn't right.

Business owners with employees not accustomed to working from home also need to take simple precautions additional to those we normally exercise in regular workplaces. And if we're using the extra time on our hands to relax, there's also more chance that we could be letting our online guard down, whether we're social networking, gaming, dating, downloading or the many other things we take for granted.

However Coronavirus is affecting your online life, please read our top tips to help you protect yourself, your family, finances, devices and organisation. And as always, make sure you check out our advice including passwords, payments, safe buying and updating your software and apps.

Find comprehensive information from keeping yourself protected online at

Coronavirus-related scams

Reported Coronavirus scams cost victims in the UK over £800,000 in a single month, according to Action Fraud. Here's how to help avoid them:

  • Be wary of approaches from supposed travel agents, tour operators, airlines, cruise companies, insurance companies or compensation firms promising to arrange travel, accommodation or event entry refunds: they may well be fraudulent. If in doubt, call the company you have been dealing with, on the phone number you know to be correct. These approaches can take the form of emails, texts, social media posts, direct messages, online advertisements and phone calls.

  • Be wary of ads for products such as face masks, hand sanitiser, vaccines, cures and hard-to-get goods, as they could be for non-existent products. Never pay by bank transfer, and where possible pay by credit card as doing so provides additional protection.

  • As always, don't click on unknown links in emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. They could link to websites that capture your passwords and other confidential details or cause a malware infection, both of which can result in financial or identity fraud. They could also link to adult, hate, extremist or other content.

Working from home

  • Ensure that cloud-based collaborative services such as file sharing and conferencing are secured with strong passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA).

  • Set strong passwords for new accounts or remote accesses and impose rules about password usage, such as not sharing, using a password manager and not using passwords for more than one account. For information about strong passwords, visit:

  • Consider whether it is safe and/or sensible to enable employees to use their own computers and mobile devices for work purposes ('bring your own device')

  • If employees need access to your company's network, files and email, set them up a virtual private network (VPN). Beforehand, read reviews for VPN security levels. Existing VPNs should be fully patched.

  • Emphasise the importance of protecting company-issued devices in case of loss, theft or damage. Ensure they can be locked down in the event of loss or theft. Devices should be kept out of harm's way, for example from family members and visitors to the home.

  • Employees should ensure that their broadband routers are secured to avoid unwanted intrusion, and if they are out and about, avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots whilst doing anything confidential.

  • If work conversations are confidential, make sure they are out of earshot of any smart speakers that may be in the home.

  • Maintain your normal checks and controls, including for data breaches, which could be more likely under the current conditions. It may also be worth notifying your insurance provider that staff are home working.

  • Report actual or attempted fraud immediately to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you're in Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

  • Report data breaches which may compromise individuals' rights and freedoms to the Information Commissioner's Office at

Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

Action Fraud have received reports of COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist.


What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud

Protection advice

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.
Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at or by calling  0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact

Scams Advice During The Coronavirus Outbreak

We are writing to you with regards to the coronavirus and how you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams.

We hope that you are well. As a reminder, we would like to re-iterate the Government and NHS guidelines about maintaining good hygiene; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, and stay two metres away from other people outside of your household.  It is particularly important for people who are over 70 and/or have an underlying health condition. Please take care to heed the latest warnings and guidelines issued by the Authorities. 

Social media such as Facebook Community Groups and WhatsApp Groups that send alerts can be great ways of staying in touch with those around you. However, it can be difficult to know who to trust. Such media are all online, and not everyone has access to the internet, so please help others, from a safe distance.

Please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy, and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation that our society is facing.

Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:

  • Be aware of people offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus - there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.

  • Home cleaning services.

  • People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering "home-testing" for coronavirus - this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy.

  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus, and they are just after your personal and bank details.

  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.

  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus, but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom.

  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.

  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing.


Tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don't be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.

  • Take your time; don't be rushed.

  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to persuade you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. If you are unsure, check with family and friends before accepting offers of help.

  • If you are online, be aware of fake news, and use trusted sources such as or websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don't click on links in emails.

  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers, and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.

  • Know who you're dealing with - if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local Council.

  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don't know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.


Contact information:

  • If you think you've been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.

  • Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.


To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit and complete the free online training.

Why not become a Scam Marshal? A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams, and sending any scam mail that they receive to the National Trading Standards Scams Team, so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work. Visit for more information and to sign up.

For additional useful sources of information please visit the Quick links page of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch website - the direct link to that is 

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