Appeal and a Warning from Sussex Police: 28 May

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A cyclist has sadly died following a collision on the A2690 Combe Valley Way, near Bexhill.
The collision, involving a pedal cycle and a blue Vauxhall Astra, occurred about 6.20am on Sunday 26 May.
The cyclist – a 53-year-old local man – was sadly declared dead at the scene.
The driver – 34-year-old local man – sustained minor injuries.
A 34-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drink/drugs. He has been released on conditional bail until 23 June.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw either of the vehicles in the area shortly before the collision, is urged to email call 101, quoting Operation Newell.
Witnesses sought following two car crash near Camber
Police are seeking witnesses to a head-on collision on Jury’s Gap Road between Camber, near Rye, and Lydd, Kent, which left three people seriously injured.
It happened just before 8pm on Friday (24 May) and involved a black Porsche Boxster cabriolet travelling east, and a white Skoda Yeti travelling west.
A 36-year-old man driving the Porsche was flown by air ambulance to King’s College Hospital, London, with serious abdominal injuries.
A passenger in the Porsche, a 21-year-old woman of no fixed address, sustained serious injuries to her right ankle and was taken to the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent.
Also taken to the William Harvey Hospital was the Skoda driver, a 65-year-old man from Camber, who suffered serious pelvic injuries.
The road was closed between Camber and Lydd for eight hours while the incident was being dealt with. Police would like to thank any motorists whose journeys were disrupted for their patience and understanding.
Anyone who saw either vehicle being driven shortly before 8pm, who witnessed the crash or who may have dash-cam footage or other relevant information, is asked call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Redhall.
Operation Signature – protecting vulnerable victims of Fraud
Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details.
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of ‘courier fraud’ or attempts so far in May including six on one day.
But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded.
In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a ‘Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison’. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is
an investigation ongoing.
The caller says that the resident must either supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.
However thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff , only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 – the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old.
18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton
The bank staff interventions saved losses totalling £63,500.
Local officers have responded to every report and have been providing support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; “Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!
“Six of the attempts failed due to the good work of bank staff, using the nationally agreed police/banking protocol which has trained bank staff in how to spot the signs of this type of crime.”
So far in 2019, there have been 198 such incidents across Sussex, of which less than a third (59) succeeded, involving a loss totalling £458,209.
See these top tips to help stop this type of fraud;
– Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call.
– Never transfer funds into a new 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 5 minutes or use a different phone.
– Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone.
– Never withdraw money and hand it to a courier or a police officer.
– Never give your bank cards to a courier or anyone who comes to your door.

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