Man Arrested Following Police Pursuit

A man has been arrested following a police pursuit near Uckfield.

Officers on patrol became aware of a van travelling at excess speed on the A272 at Hadlow Down around 1.49am on Friday (20 November).
A pursuit ensued, before the suspect decamped in Uckfield. Police carried out a search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter, but there was no trace.
However, enquiries led to the arrest of a 34-year-old local man at an address in the town shortly afterwards.
He has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in police custody at this time.
During the pursuit, damage was sustained to the subject vehicle and two police vehicles. Two police officers suffered injuries – both remain in hospital at this time and are likely to be released later today.
No other vehicles or people were involved.

Fake PayPal Emails

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

  • Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.
  • Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.
  • Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.
  • Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

Important Changes in Planning Application Notification

From Wealden District Council:
Update on how we notify on Planning Applications
Following a six week public Consultation, the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted on 22nd July 2020.
The SCI sets out what consultation will take place when we are developing and reviewing our planning documents and determining planning applications. It also provides information as to how the Council will work with our partners and communities to facilitate proposals for neighbourhood plans or orders.
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Maroon Alert

Maroons will be fired from St. Mark’s church at 11am on Wednesday 11th November to mark Remembrance Day.   Please make sure all pets in the vicinity are kept calm.

Police Warn of Courier Fraud Rise in Sussex

Police are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls after seeing a rise in reports of courier fraud across Sussex.
Courier fraud is where fraudsters call victims pretending to be from police, a bank, or another trusted organisation and request money or information. Typically, the caller persuades the victim to withdraw a sum of money or disclose personal details such as a PIN number. A courier is then sent to collect it. Continue reading “Police Warn of Courier Fraud Rise in Sussex”

New Team Launched To Tackle Countryside Crime In Sussex


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.
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Drones over Village Properties


The Parish Council were recently made aware that sightings and reports of a drone flying over properties in the village were causing concern to some residents.  The PC has looked into the legislation surrounding drones and have issued the following message:

DRONES

There have been a couple of incidents recently of a drone being flown around the centre of the village which is causing residents concern about both privacy and intent.  If you are the owner of that or any other drone, please be aware of the Civil Aviation Air Navigation Act which governs the use of drones and follow these guidelines:

  • Do not to fly your drone over a congested area, and,
  • Never fly the drone within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under your control or ownership.