Updates from Rother/Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

This page is to give residents key information about how to contact your local PCSO and also keeping up to date with the most current operations, initiatives and arrests happening in Rother and Hastings. Please note the updates come directly from the police not from Ewhurst Parish Council. Any queries or comments about certain operations should be made directly to the police on the details below.

Who are the PCSOs in My Area

  • Bexhill – (Central, Collington, Kewhurst, Old Town & Worsham, Pebsham & St Michaels, Sackville, Sidley, St Marks and St Stephens): 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): 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): PCSO Rebekah Unicombe, PCSO Orla Lindsay, PCSO Demetrius Georghiou and PCSO Zoe Burden.

How do I connect with the PCSOs and Police

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 line) and the impact on the local community. Including partnership work with drug treatment and support agencies.
  • Acquisitive Crime – within retail, links to community reassurance and addiction which will include working with business sector, residents, and support enforcement.
February 2022 Update

Monthly Round-Up

  • Arrests: 45

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.

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.

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.

January 2022 Update

Monthly Round-Up:

  • Arrests: 56
  • Burglaries: 13

Jail term and driving ban for convicted of multiple offences – A man had been jailed for three years after being convicted of multiple offences in Hastings, Bexhill and London. Che Isaacs-Neville, 22, of Colfe Road, Lewisham, London, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, December 16, for a total of 13 offences. He had initially been sought by police in relation to six crimes that took place in East Sussex between December 2019 and March 2020. For these, he was charged and convicted in his absence of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm; two counts of assault by beating; criminal damage; and theft of a motor vehicle. Please click here for further details.

Out in the Community

Operation Dragonfly – In addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year, from December 1 to January 1 officers were out across Sussex as part of a month-long campaign to crackdown on drink and drug drivers. In total, 257 arrests were made in Sussex, up from 212 arrests in the same period last year – more than a 20 per cent rise. There were 137 arrests for drug-driving, 111 for drink-driving, and nine arrests for both drink and drunk driving.

Multi-agency operation targeting illegal waste carriers – On Monday the 13th of December, officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team were joined by our colleagues in the Rural Crime Team, Commercial Vehicle Unit and Roads Policing Unit and partners from Rother District Council and Trading Standards on an operation to target illegal waste carriers on our roads. Over 30 vehicles were stopped, and a number of offences were detected and dealt with including; overweight vehicles, insecure loads, no MOT and no insurance.

December 2021 Update

Monthly Round-Up

  • Arrests: 49
  • Burglaries: 22

Former Rye Estate Agent imprisoned for defrauding client – A woman working as an estate agent in Rye, who defrauded an elderly client out of £160,000, is now starting a five-year prison sentence. Her victim, Joan Cannon from St Leonards, had been in court to see Elizabeth Smith admit the offence earlier this year, but sadly died soon afterwards. She was 82. Smith, now 52, previously of Winchelsea Beach but now of Wilton Road, Bexhill, was sentenced at Hover Crown Court on Tuesday 2 November. For more information, please visit the Sussex Police website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/former-rye-estate-agent-imprisoned-for-defrauding-client/

Out in the Community

Op Sceptre – This month work to tackle knife crime intensified with a week of action under Operation Sceptre. Across Sussex the campaign, which ran from November 15th to November 21st provided an opportunity to highlight and enhance the proactive work going on all year round. In Rother officers worked with partners to engage with members of the community and increase awareness around knife safety. This included a visit to Roberstbridge Community College with the KnowKnives team to talk with young people and Knife sweeps carried out alongside the Sussex Community Search Team in Egerton Park and the Polegrove Bexhill.

November 2021 Update

Monthly Round-Up

  • Arrests: 75
  • Burglaries: 17

Five arrests made as officers execute drug warrants in Rother district

  • Specialist officers made five arrests after executing search warrants at addresses in rural East Sussex. Police searched properties and made the arrests on Tuesday (October 5). The arrests were made by the joint efforts of officers in the East Sussex division alongside officers from the Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) and the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU). Hastings and Rother district commander Chief Inspector Sarah Godley said: “This activity demonstrated out intention to support rural communities and to ensure that those causing harm are brought to justice.”
  • A 57-year-old man from Flimwell was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug. He was released on police bail until November 1, pending further enquiries.
  • A 35-year-old man from Cranbrook, Kent, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug. He was released on police bail until November 2, pending further enquiries.
  • A 30-year-old woman from Roberstbridge, a 48-year-old woman from Hurst Green, and a 60-year-old woman from Hurst Green were also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug. The 30-year-old woman was released under investigation, pending further enquiries, and the other two women released on bail until October 29, pending further enquiries.

Out in the Community                     

  • Operation Templar – Under Operation Templar, our response to burglaries to sheds and outbuildings in Rural Rother, Officers have been continuing proactive patrols, and we have been providing the community with crime prevention advice on keeping their property safe and secure.
  • Operation Makesafe – Officers have been out engaging with teams within the hospitality industry for Operation Makesafe. Operation Makesafe is an initiative to raise awareness around child sexual exploitation within the hospitality industry and what the warning signs are. Starting on the 18th October PCSOs have begun a programme of engagement with local hotels and B&Bs, visiting locations and interacting with staff and management, and distributing briefing material that explains what they should be alert for and how to report it.