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THIS FACILITY IS BEING DISCONTINUED
At the end of May the plug is being pulled on this Mid Sussex Crime Alert Blog. Started in 2006 by Hassocks Neighbourhood Watch and using RSS technology it's highlighted current crimes, wanted persons, crime warnings and missing persons. In recent years visitor numbers have been dropping, partly due to a lack of promotion by local NHW, but mainly due to users migrating to more modern social media such as Twitter. As a result it's no longer considered necessary to continue with the blog as it now largely duplicates what's tweeted by Sussex Police - @sussex_police - which can be accessed by clicking this item. [10-05-17]
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Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017 10:28:27 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

May Bank Holiday Raves
With the May Day Holiday approaching, once again please keep alert to any suspicious activity associated with illegal raves being set up. Over the recent Easter Holiday a large rave took place near Brighton and the police were unable to close it down safely as it was well established by the time police were alerted. Be suspicious of large vehicles travelling in convey, equipment being assembled in remote locations / beauty spots and large gatherings of people at dusk. Intelligence may also be gathered from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Early police intervention is vital as raves are very difficult to stop once established. Call on 101 immediately with any suspicions. Be aware of, or advise your younger vulnerable members, of sharing social media posts relating to illegal events, eg. re-tweeting, liking or following such could be interpreted as involvement and result in attention from the authorities. [28-04-17]
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Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:33:34 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Cycle Hire Shop Theft
Overnight 22-23/4 thieves used a crowbar on the platform window and took three black Saracen Mantra cycles and cash from Hassocks Community Cycle Hire at Hassocks train station. If offered such bikes or have any info please call the BTP on 0800 40 50 40, serial [] refers. [25-04-17]
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Posted: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:02:59 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Workshop Break-in Hassocks
On 18/4 a workshop at a farm in Reeds Lane was entered and tools taken, including a socket set, four screwdrivers, ring spanners and other small hand tools valued at 1k. Any info please to 101, serial 722 refers. [21-04-17]
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Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:41:41 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Easter Raves
People out and about in Mid Sussex this bank holiday weekend are asked to keep alert to any suspicious activity associated with illegal raves or traveller encampments being set up. This could be large vehicles travelling in convey, equipment being assembled in remote locations and beauty spots, large gatherings of people at dusk, and intelligence you may happen across on social networking sites such as Facebook. Raves cause a lot of nuisance to local residents and are very difficult to stop once established so early police intervention is vital. Call on 101 immediately with any suspicions. Be aware of, or advise your younger vulnerable members, of sharing social media info relating to illegal events, eg. liking or following such could be interpreted as involvement and result in attention from the authorities. [13-04-17]
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Posted: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:55:38 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Bolnore Armed Robbery
On 9/4 at 9.44pm a robbery took place at the Co-op store in Middle Village, Bolnore when a man showing what appeared to be a firearm entered and demanded the manager open the safe and hand over cash. The offender was white, early 20s, wearing a dark hooded top with hood up, blue trousers and Nike trainers and while in the shop he pulled something over his face. A CCTV grab can be viewed by clicking this item Four members of the public were in the shop at the time and are asked to get in touch, contact on 101 serial 1523 refers. [11-04-17]
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Posted: Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:19:25 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Illegal Waste Dumping Hassocks
On 22/3 the council had to attend to remove a trailer loaded with rubbish which was dumped in the centre of Pookbourne Lane. If you saw it being dumped or have any information please contact on 101, serial 1367 refers. [04-04-17]
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Posted: Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:47:06 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

ATMs Blown Up inc. at Hurstpierpoint - Reward
At around 3.30am on 23/3 the cash machine at the Post Office was blown up and a large quantity of cash taken after intruders broke in. They escaped in a dark coloured vehicle, possibly a BMW. This incident follows similar ones in recent months in Shoreham and Brighton, the burglars methodology is to use gas forced into the front of the ATM then a sledgehammer to effect entry. A reward of up to 25k is being offered by Crimestoppers and Post Office Ltd for information. Any info please to 101, serial 105 refers. [27-03-17]
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Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:46:36 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Burial Ground Damage
On 17/3 the oak building used for funeral services in Brighton Road, Clayton was broken into by smashing the windows, then entry was made to a compound behind. Here they connected a water hose to the engine of both a tractor and digger and damage was caused to the headlights and cab windows of the digger. Any info please to 101, serial 441 refers. [24-03-17]
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Posted: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:28:15 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hurstpierpoint Farm Theft
A Stihl hedge cutter and strimmer were stolen from a farm in Brighton Road on 14/3 by two males in their late twenties/early thirties driving a white Transit van. Any info please to 101, serial 711 refers. [20-03-17]
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Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:56:16 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Haywards Heath Van Break-ins
On 14/3 two Ford Transit vans parked on a site in London Road were entered, possibly by using an 'electric key' as no visible damage was apparent. Among the numerous tools taken were two Dewalt toolboxes and multi-tool, a Bosch 36v SDS drill and multi-tool, a Mikita combi impact drill, jig saws, a sander, a planer, an angle grinder, and an impact wrench and more. If offered such tool on the cheap be suspicious and report on 101, serial 525 refers. Take every precaution to unload your works vehicle at night and park securely. [17-03-17]
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Posted: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:16:43 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Vehicle Crime
Overnight 22-23/2 three vehicles were broken into. In Keymer Road an iPod and Samsung S5 phone were stolen (serial 145); in Silverdale a vehicle was entered but nothing taken (serial 307), and in Chancellors Park a failed attempt to break-in was made, serial 669. It's probable all three are linked, any info or suspicious activity noted contact on 101. Please remove valuables and secure your vehicle, and park in a well-lit area if possible. [03-03-17]
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Posted: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:08:54 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Burgess Hill Van Break-ins
On 28/2-0/3 overnight tools including an impact driver, a battery and a site radio were taken from a van in Northway, serial 682 refers. Between 4.15pm & 6.30am 1-2/3 in The Vineries a work phone was stolen (serial 242) while in Gerald Close overnight 1-2/3 cash was taken from a vehicle, serial 475 refers. Any info on these to 101 please. As always please remove phones and tools from parked vehicles, particularly overnight. [03-03-17]
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Posted: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:08:17 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Shop Break-in Hassocks
Overnight 13-14/1 Orion News in Keymer Road was broken into, extensive damage was caused and money was taken from the till before the offenders made off when they were disturbed. Any info please to 101, serial [] refers. [10-02-17]
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Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:39:04 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Theft
On 31/1 a yard in Church Lane was broken into and a brand-new stump grinder worth over 4k was stolen. Any info please via 101, serial 425 refers. [10-02-17]
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Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:36:54 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Vehicles Damaged Burgess Hill
Two instances of criminal vehicle damage have occurred. In the first, between 7.30pm 26/1 and 5.30pm 28/1 the rear and nearside windows were smashed on a car parked on a driveway in Mill Road, while on 29/1 a vehicle parked in South Close was ‘keyed’. Any info please via 101, serials 1071 and 239 refer respectively. [06-02-17]
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Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:27:52 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Haywards Heath Stabbing
On 20/1 at 1.50pm a 36-year-old man at a flat in Burchetts Close sustained significant stab wounds to his legs and was taken to hospital where he was detained. Two men in late 20s/early 30s and of mixed race or black are sought in connection with the attack. It appears those involved were known to each other rather than being a random attack. If you saw the suspects in the vicinity, or a silver car being driven away, please call on 101, Op. Richmond refers. [24-01-17]
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Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:54:31 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Car Key Thefts Across West Sussex
Thieves breaking into houses in West Sussex and Hove have been stealing car keys (as well as jewellery and cash) and driving away in the owner's vehicle. Ten such incidents are being linked, including one in Haywards Heath. Here in Hurstwood Lane on 11/1 evening a grey Audi S4 Quattro was stolen along with a Honda CBR motorcycle, later recovered in Saltdean. Please secure your vehicle keys when not at home. Additionally, promptly report thefts of registration plates as these are often used on stolen vehicles to disguise identity. Contact on 101, Op Apricot refers. [23-01-17]
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Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:51:51 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Mid Sussex Wanted Man
Danny Hannan, 26, is sought in connection with an assault on a woman known to him in Burgess Hill on 14/1 who required hospital treatment. Mr Hannan is white, 5' 10'', of proportionate built with short brown hair and has links to the Mid Sussex area. Please call on 101 with any information, serial 349 refers. [20-01-17]
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Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:05:05 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hickstead Vehicle Break-ins
Overnight 17-18/1 three vehicles parked in the Travelodge at Hickstead were broken into and valuable tools and equipment stolen, any info please to 101, serial [] refers. If possible park overnight in a well-lit place, remove gear from your vehicles and set the alarm. [20-01-17]
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Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:04:28 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Suspicious Device
On 14/1 at 9.30am a suspicious device was found in a Belmont Close property and the area was evacuated; the EOD were called and the device was made safe. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making an explosive substance. An investigation was initiated and police would like to reassure people that they are treating this as an isolated incident and is not terrorist related. [16-01-17]
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Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:53:03 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Vehicle Drive-aways
During the current cold spell motorists are reminded not to leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running to clear the windows. Several incidents have occurred where vehicles have been driven off under these circumstances. Click this item for more... [06-01-17]
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Posted: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:39:37 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Burgess Hill Burglary
Between 16-18/12 a house set back from Leylands Road near the junction with Noel Rise was broken into by forcing a side gate and window, and jewellery including a unique gold Longines watch worth 600 was taken. If you noticed suspicious activity that weekend in the immediate area please contact via 101, serial 387 refers. [23-12-16]
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Posted: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:56:56 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Albourne Trailer Theft
Sometime on 14/12 an Ifor Williams horse trailer was stolen from premises in Henfield Road. Did you see or hear anything, or have any information? Call 101, serial 345 refers. Please property mark your farm machinery. [21-12-16]
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Posted: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:05:19 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Bolney Farm Outbuilding Break-in
On 6/12 two neighbouring farms in Colwood Lane were entered; a padlock was cut off a farm gate to possibly gain access to the farm next-door, which was also entered by intruders just a few weeks ago. Often intruders return in the hope that stolen items have been replaced. Any info to 101, serial 331 refers. Please review your outbuilding security. [16-12-16]
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Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:02:06 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Break-in Burgess Hill
On 5/12 between 3.30 - 6pm a house in Glendale Road was broken into via a first floor window and stole jewellery and cash. Any info to 101, serial 1183 refers. [08-12-16]
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Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:35:12 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks Home Break-in
Between 25-29/11 the back door to a house in Damian Way was broken through and silverware and cash were taken. Any info please to 101, serial 573 refers. [02-12-16]
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Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:34:34 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Vehicle Drive-aways
During the current cold spell motorists are reminded not to leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running to clear the windows. Several incidents have occurred where vehicles have been driven off under these circumstances. Click this item for more... [30-11-16]
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Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:03:24 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Hassocks House Burglary
Between 21-26/10 while the occupier was away a home in Wilmington Close was broken into and cash and jewellery stolen. This included a sword shaped clip on a tie pin with mother of pearl inlay, and an analogue Zenith watch with a black leather strap with either Bill or William O’Driscoll engraved on the rear. Any suspicious activity noticed of if offered such items please contact on 101, serial 190 refers. [01-11-16]
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Posted: Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:26:31 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

New Unofficial NHW Website Warning
Concerns have been raised about a new unofficial NHW website (nhwo.co.uk) which has been canvassing with the aim of getting coordinators to register their scheme and obtain membership resources. Many of the items sold are actually free from official sources. You should only register your scheme(s) on the Home Office approved portal for Neighbourhood Watch, NHWN (OurWatch) at:
https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/30/join  Then you will be able to pin your scheme on the local area map, publicise your scheme, post messages and freely use the publicity materials:
http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/your_local_area
http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre
For the NHWN website please click this item. [13-01-12]
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Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:10:01 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

Crimemapping Service
You can now get local crime figures for your street; including burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour, updated monthly. Just type in your postcode or town and zoom in to your road. The facility also has contact details and feedback channels for local NPTs and details about forthcoming local police events. Click this item to check it out. [01-02-11]
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Posted: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:58:57 GMT | Permanent Link Permalink Post comments Comments [Disabled]

 

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