Sussex Police Warns Of Danger Of Courier Fraud
Sussex Police warns of the dangers of courier fraud as it supports Operation Radium, a nationwide campaign to target fraudulent criminality and build up information on organised crime groups behind the scams.
In 2019 Sussex police received 550 reports of courier/impersonator fraud targeting vulnerable victims.
Out of those reports, 67% of victims lived alone and 78% were aged 75 and over. The recorded total loss to these victims is £1,057,136 with an average of £8000 being lost in each case where there was a loss. Continue reading “Courier Fraud”
The government issued Flood Warnings for the following areas overnight.
Freshfield Bridge to Sharpsbridge
and Flood Alerts for the River Ouse and the River Uck.
May be a good Idea to check the situation if considering travelling around these areas.
UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.
By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help. Continue reading “Register for Extra Help in the event of Power Cuts”
We are getting reports that Hastingford Lane that runs between Hadlow Down and Crowborough is closed due to a RTA and police say it may be closedc for the rest of the day.
Other reports suggest that going via Stonehurst Lane past KIt Wilson and then via Rotherfield may be an option.
Villagers are currently updating on the Village Facebook page
Many villagers may already be aware, that sadly some mindless individuals have intentionally set fire to St. Mark’s School ‘outdoor classroom’ area at SMILE Meadow. The school has informed the Police and the Fire Service and, at present, are thinking of how they can move forward to rebuild this area for the children. As this is a temporary structure, it is unfortunately not insured. Once the school has some ideas, they would like to call on all parents and the village community for any donations of materials and time to help us with its reconstruction.
Continue reading “Vandals Set Fire to School ‘Outdoor Classroom’”
Police Forces across England & Wales are using a new system called Single Online Home (SOH). This is a policing portal which allows the public to easily report crimes, incidents and information online.
The police non-emergency phone number 101 remains available if personal contact is required. However, using SOH significantly reduces wait times for those reporting crimes or incidents, or if you simply wish to provide some information to the police. Reporting online via SOH is easy and effective. It has been positively endorsed by a number of Neighbourhood Watch members who have had the opportunity to use it.
The new portal can be found on the home page of the recently updated Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk. In addition to the Report area, here you will find a new box “Tell us about …”. There is a drop down from which you can select, for example, “Something you’ve seen or heard”.
We have given you this information as we know that some people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. However, there are some shortcut links available as below, which we have tested for you.
If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred in Sussex, SOH is available directly viahttps://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/. You can scroll further down that page to see other options.
If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred outside of Sussex, SOH is available viahttps://report.police.uk.
If it’s something that you’ve seen or heard the link ishttps://www.sussex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/something-youve-seen-or-heard/.
SOH should not be used for an emergency – dialling 999 remains the means of contact if there is danger to a person or if a crime is being committed.
All reports submitted via SOH will receive an immediate acknowledgement message. Reports are reviewed in live time, and within 48 hours Sussex Police will provide a personal response from a named staff member.
A lady in the village has received a ‘phone call purporting to be from an officer at Charing Cross Police Station asking if they have a friend, or know of an acquaintance with a certain name.
The lady fearing the call may be a scam put the phone down on the caller before he had finished talking, then, having second thoughts that the call may be genuine rang the Metropolitan Police back asking if the call could possibly be from someone at Charing Cross Police Station only to be told that as the Charing Cross Police Centre was so large they were unable to confirm!
It’s not known of what form the scam may have been had the caller been allowed to finish what he was saying or if it was actually a scam?
Anyone who has received similar calls or may have any other information please contact Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch at nhw.hadlowdown.com
Frauds and scams come in many forms, and they do not discriminate; regardless of our age, financial situation or personal circumstances, anyone of us can fall victim to fraudsters.
We’ve got some great tools and tips to help arm you against fraud and scams in our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’.
You can download a digital copy of our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ from: http://socsi.in/4DCdK alternatively you can get one free from your local Police Station.