Rother Police Monthly Update – February

Safer Rother Partnership Priorities –

  • Anti-social behaviour and youth crime – working in partnership to reduce the occurrence and impact of young people involved in crime and ASB and as victims.
  • Rural Crime – including specific types of crime, for example; theft of farm and large plant machines and cross border crime.
  • Drug Related Harm – including drug supply (local and county lines) and the impact on the local community. Including partnership work with drug treatment and support agencies.

Monthly Round-Up:

              Arrests:  45

Incidents of note:

 Man charged in connection with series of burglaries in Rye

Police investigating a series of burglaries at businesses and allotments in the Rye area have charged a man with 17 offences.

Reuben Nelson, 18, a builder, of Chiltern Drive, Hastings, has been charged with two counts of burglary – business; three counts of attempted burglary – business; four counts of burglary – other than dwelling; aggravated theft of a motor vehicle; perverting the course of justice; dangerous driving; driving without insurance; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; two counts of making off without payment (fuel); and possession of a bladed article.

The burglary charges relate to break-ins at two shops in High Street, Rye, and allotments at Love Lane, Rye. The attempted burglary charges relate to attempted break-ins at two businesses in Main Street, Northiam, and a third business in Cinque Ports Street, Rye.

Nelson was arrested and searched, and a knife was recovered from the vehicle he had been driving. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised 17 charges and Nelson appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on February 24. He has been remanded in custody to next appear before the court on March 24.

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 Two burglars who targeted properties in East Sussex sentenced

Two burglars who broke into properties in Wealden and Rother and hit a police car while trying to avoid being arrested have been jailed.

They burgled properties in Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, and Eridge Road, Groombridge.

Justin Collins, 44, of no fixed abode and James Dunnett, 29, of Franklin Road, Penge, both pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, criminal damage, possession of a bladed weapon and driving while disqualified.

Collins was given a six-year sentence at Brighton Crown Court for two counts of burglary, one count of criminal damage and driving while disqualified.

Dunnett was sentenced to 32-months imprisonment at Brighton Magistrates Court for two counts of burglary and one count of possession of a bladed weapon.

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 Out in the Community:

 Youth officer’s activity in schools across Rother

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week officers visited students at St Richards to discuss various topics including violence against women and girls and answer any questions they had. Officers also visited Bexhill Academy alongside one of our Police search dogs, as part of their community liaison, careers, and drugs awareness programme.

 Action taken on E Scooters in Sussex

As part of our work around the use of Electric Scooters officers have been out this month conducting patrols and engaging with members of the public about the law surrounding e-scooters – particularly in areas where we know there have been concerns raised. Anyone stopped by police while riding an e-scooters in public, may see their e-scooter seized.

 On the Team:

  • Bexhill – (Central, Collington, Kewhurst, Old Town & Worsham, Pebsham & St Michaels, Sackville, Sidley, St Marks and St Stephens):

Sgt Lauren Buck

PCSO Darren Owen, PCSO Neil Holden, PCSO Roy Collins, PCSO Joe Winchester, PCSO Mollie Booth, PCSO Sarah Hunt.

  • Battle – (Ashburnham and Penhurst, Battle, Netherfield and Telham, Bodiam, Brightling, Burwash, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Dallington, Etchingham, Ewhurst Green, Staplecross and Cripps Corner, Hooe, Hurst Green, Mountfield, Ninfield, Roberstbridge and Salehurst, Sedlescombe, Ticehurst, Stonegate and Flimwell and Whatlington):

Sgt Mark Tansley

PCSO Laura Harrison, PCSO Rachel Scott, PCSO Sam Kemp, PCSO Emma Phillips, PCSO Daryl Holter.

  • Rye – (Westfield, Three Oaks, Fairlight, Guestling, Broad Oak, Brede, Rye, Rye Foreign, Camber, Playden, Iden, Udimore, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach, Pett, Northiam, Peasmarsh and Beckley):

Sgt Matt Chapman

PCSO Rebekah Unicombe, PCSO Orla Lindsay, PCSO Demetrius Georghiou and PCSO Zoe Burden.

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