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Friday 12th January 2024 Sussex Alerts - Lewes and Seahaven Police

Hundreds of motorists were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences during a Sussex Police campaign during December


Officers from across the force made 261 arrests in Sussex during Operation Limit, a national campaign to tackle drink and drug driving, which ran from December 1 to January 1, including 17 arrests made in the Lewes district including five in Newhaven.


They also carried out nearly 6,000 vehicle checks during the campaign, providing a visible deterrent to offenders and raising awareness of the dangers of driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.


Policing patrols on the roads continue 24/7, all year round to catch offenders and prevent them causing serious harm to themselves and other road users.


Drink and drug-driving is one of the main causes of why people are killed or seriously injured on our roads.


The number of arrests made last month was a 12 per cent increase on the number of arrests made during the campaign recorded a year before, when 233 arrests were made.


It included a rise in the number of arrests following collisions on our roads, and also as a result of the public reporting drivers to police in order to stop a serious collision in the first place.


Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “Our campaign highlighted the dangers of drink-driving as well as the very easy steps people can take to prevent it from happening.


“We continue to urge people to make the right choice by taking steps such as pre-booking a taxi, walking to a venue, or having a designated driver.


“The public can also do their part to persuade a drink-driver not to get behind the wheel, such as by offering to call a taxi, offering them a place to stay instead of drink-driving, and if necessary and safe to do so, by taking the car keys away from them.


“We are pleased that the public have shown support for our campaign, including where they have reported intoxicated drivers to us to help prevent a tragic collision.


“The fact that there were more than 50 collisions goes to show just how dangerous driving after consuming drink or drugs can be.”

In keeping with previous campaigns, Sussex Police will be publishing the names of some of those convicted to raise awareness and to act as a deterrent to others from committing the same offence, these can be found on our website on release.


Community concerns in Newick


Following reports and concerns from residents in Newick around HGV's using the A272 Golden bridge between Piltdown and Newick in breach of the temporary weight limit order, our commercial vehicle unit (CVU) spent time stopping vehicles at the bridge.


During the course of our stay at in the area (Tuesday 10th January), a total of 26 HGV's were stopped, advised and reminded of the restrictions as well as preventing potential damage to the bridge.


Whilst local teams are working with the Highways Agency to address this issue, should you have further concerns please report them to your local council or Highways Agency at the time.


 A man has sadly died in a single-vehicle collision on the A27


A grey BMW 320i was travelling eastbound between Falmer and Lewes when the incident occurred just before 3am on Tuesday 9 January.

 The driver, a 24-year-old man from Seaford, was tragically pronounced deceased.

 Emergency services responded to the scene and the road was closed in both directions for several hours to allow for recovery and forensics investigations. The public are thanked for their patience and understanding on the day.

 Two male passengers in the vehicle, aged 24 and 19, and both from Seaford, were taken to hospital with serious and minor injuries respectively.

 The cause of the collision is under investigation and anyone with any information is urged to email quoting Op Romsley.

 Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the area around that time, or anyone who captured any relevant mobile, dash cam or CCTV footage.


New year - New career


Volunteering doesn’t come more rewarding than this, we are now recruiting Special Constables!


Join our recruitment experts who will be hosting a webinar on the 23 January at 6:30pm.


The webinar offers you the chance to ask any questions you may have about becoming a Special Constable, where you can also listen to our experts talk about the role in more detail before applying.


More information on becoming a Special Constable and the application process as well as FAQs can be found online here.


We are also recruiting for our contact centre 101/999 call takers.


Contact Handlers respond to incoming reports from members of the public and make quick decisions to determine the best course of action.


The role is fast-paced, fulfilling and diverse - no two days will ever be the same, to help you figure out if it's the right fit for you, our recruitment experts will be hosting webinars where you can ask any questions and gain advice, or you can visit our Contact Centre and be taken on a tour!


Interested and want to find out more, booking details for our webinars and tours can be found here.



Violence against women and girls


Understanding your experiences - your voice matters.


We are dedicated to tackling violence against women and girls. To continue our efforts, we’re running a survey so we can hear your experiences, to complete click here.


Sussex Police relies on your feedback to improve our services. The results will be used to further improve what we do with the aim of making Sussex safer for everyone. They will influence how we make decisions on where we prioritise our policing services and help us to provide better information to victims of crime about the services we provide.


The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous, unless you have identified yourself within the responses you give.


Sussex Police will be sharing your responses with SMSR Market Research and Analysis. Please be assured that even if there is identifiable information you have entered, only anonymised information will be shared and you will not be contacted by SMSR. By submitting the survey responses, you confirm your consent to participate in this survey.


Further information on how Sussex Police processes your information can also be found on our website.


Click, Call, Connect


For non-emergency incidents or crime prevention advice, click,  (If you report a crime online, we will assess it in the same way as a 101 call).


Call 101 when you don’t require an urgent response. 


In an emergency when life is threatened or there is immediate danger always call 999.


If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us using TypeTalk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999.

Message Sent By Jeremy Glew-Deval (Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden, Sussex Police District Engagement Officer, Eastbourne Police Hammonds Drive)

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