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Thursday September 18


District Commander Chief Inspector Warren Franklin

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor


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  • Dear Rother Residents,

    It has been a terrific start to the year and we are now well on our way to the summer months. As the season’s change, so does crime. Please remember, particularly as the weather gets warmer, that criminals will look to prey on vulnerabilities in home security such as windows and doors being left open. Our Crime Prevention Officer has provided some advice around this kind of crime at the bottom of this message.

    I would like to draw your attention to Operation Signature which was launched by Sussex Police on Monday 17 March to publicise the recognition that victims of scam mail are victims of crime, and to encourage reporting on 101 to protect vulnerable victims who can be drawn into these scams and become convinced to give away thousands of pounds. We have sadly had instances of the much publicised telephone scam calls operating in Rother whereby fraudsters will telephone a victim and pose as either police officers or bank staff in order to get hold of the victims bank details. Our warning to elderly resident’s and people living alone is not to fall into this trap and never give your bank details over the telephone or arrange a courier to come to your home and collect money or your bank cards.

    Unfortunately criminals will target vulnerable people in our community and the emphasis to my officers is to be cautious and alert in identifying vulnerable people in our communities who may be susceptible to these kinds of crimes. I would ask the same of all of you as resident’s of the Rother community to take on this responsibility as well, as we are so much more effective and vigilant to crime if we continue to work together. On that note, I would like to thank all the people who do get in contact with us to report incident’s which they deem to be suspicious and I would ask you all to continue doing so.

    I would also like to highlight our fantastic partners and volunteers who put their own time and effort into helping keep Rother a safe place to live:

    Neighbourhood Watch are a great asset to my Rother teams – their passion and commitment in supporting local residents and circulating our key messages is of huge benefit to us. If you are interested in setting up a neighbourhood watch in your area please visit: for the local Rother website or visit the Sussex federation website at:

    We have a terrific set of street pastors in Bexhill who patrol our streets at night and into the early hours of the morning looking out for and offering care and support to vulnerable people in the community. I am very pleased to say that Bexhill Police Station have been able to donate £6000 to the street pastors which will be put towards training and uniforms for new recruits and the running costs for their vehicle.

    I would also like to praise our Special Constables who have the same powers as Police Officers. These officers are men and women, aged 18 upwards, who generously volunteer their own time to work alongside regular police personnel while often employed full or part-time in other careers. There are currently 375 special constables serving throughout Sussex. They commit to spending a minimum of 16 unpaid hours a month helping to keep Sussex safe and free from crime, supporting the force in a variety of roles and often bringing their own expertise and life experience to bear as they go about these duties. Last year they volunteered 82,000 hours across the county. More information about specials can be found by logging on to the Sussex Police website or calling 101. To register interest in becoming a special constable - email your full name, postal and email addresses and contact telephone numbers to:

    As local residents, I would like to encourage you all to have your say in what your local priorities and issues are. We have recently conducted an online Rother Neighbourhood Priorities Survey to ascertain your local priorities. We also hold Neighbourhood Panel Meetings to establish local priorities. These priorities are published on this website under the relevant Rother ward. Your local PCSO also regularly holds Sussex Police ‘Talk to us’ meeting opportunities in your local area, where you can discuss any local issues or concerns which you may have.

    One thing I would like to communicate in relation to local priorities is the fact that parking will not be recorded as a local priority by my teams, as identified priorities should be issues which can be resolved within a three month time span: Parking is a historical and ongoing Multi-Partnership issue. Rother is one of only 17 Area's without De-Criminalised parking within the UK and only one of two areas in the South East. Police officers and PCSO’s will continue to deal with parking issues where either there is dangerous obstruction, parking on double yellow lines or improper use of Disabled badges. The Police and partners are looking into long term solutions to Parking and enforcement.

    I would like to assure you all that we will always react to issues that arise in Rother. Bexhill police have responded to a recent increase in shoplifting offences in the town centre with a dedicated operation called Operation Papio. The operation consists of dedicated police patrols which have been deployed in the affected areas to provide a high visibility police presence, help to deter crimes being committed and to also be able to react to any offences which take place in the town. The operation was implemented in mid-February and has been a great success with 35 arrests so far. We are committed to working with partner agencies and local traders to tackle crime and we are dedicated to working to identify and track down those who do commit crime in Rother.

    Policing is constantly changing and adapting and we have recently seen a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - known as Clare’s Law – introduced in England and Wales. The scheme allows the police to disclose information on request about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. Applicants can contact police at any time via 101, 01273 470101 or Police will then arrange to meet to discuss and establish the full circumstances and then refer the request. Sussex Police and partners have an ongoing campaign, including advertising and local events, aimed at encouraging all victims of domestic abuse to report incidents earlier before the abuse escalates, and at raising awareness of White Ribbon UK, an international organisation working to involve men in opposing violence and abuse against women. If you don't want to talk to the police, talk to someone. These organisations can also help:

    The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247

    East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service on 0844 225 0657

    Broken Rainbow - LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline on 0300 999 5426

    Men's Action Line on 0808 801 0327

    Staff on district:

    Your local Crime Prevention Officer is Hilary Warden who can be contacted on 101 ext. 564305 or via email at: Our current crime prevention advice in anticipation of the warmer weather is around keeping your home secure. Although the number of burglaries across Sussex is falling, there is always a rise during the summer because of insecure doors and windows.

    • If you leave your house empty – even when you are in the back garden – lock all the doors and windows and make sure fanlight windows are closed. Be especially careful about those on the ground floor and above flat roof areas.

    • When you leave a room unattended, close the windows and doors – especially on the ground floor.

    • Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight.

    • If you want to leave your windows open while you are asleep, have window restrictors fitted to stop people climbing in.

    • Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out.

    • Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break in to your or a neighbours home.

    • Consider laying gravel on your footpaths or driveway, which can deter burglars from approaching your property.

    • Fit outside security lighting and a visible

    Your local ASB Co-ordinator is PC Alison Puddefoot who can be contacted on 101 ext. 564242 or via email at: If you experience anti-social behaviour in your local area, contact PC Puddefoot who will be able to assist you.

    If you would like to receive weekly e-mail updates from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, contact us at:

    Also consider following us on our various social media sites:

    Facebook: BexhillPoliceUK, BattlePoliceUK, RyePoliceUK.

    Twitter:@Bexhill_Police, @Battle_Police, @Rye_Police.

    Finally I hope that you enjoy the improving weather and let’s keep Rother safe together.

    Kind Regards,
    Warren Franklin

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