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Community Safety Monthly Update - Issue 27

Welcome from the team

We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful.  This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.

Coming up in this Issue........................

Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams

Badvent calendar 

Road Safety

Police Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

Community Development and Substance Misuse

Cafe North opening

Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls

16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls

News from the MARAC

Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family event
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Cyber Crime News Bulletin

W/C 21st – 25th November 2016

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter  

In Focus - Preventing Violent Extremism

Other Useful Resources

Modern Slavery Training Resources
Elderly and vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to… ‘Take a Stand Against Scams.’

East Sussex Trading Standards is calling on residents to bring along their scam mail and dispose of it – confidentially – in their scam mail box which will be in the following libraries on the week commencement dates below:

  • Eastbourne – w/c Monday 5 December
  • Lewes – w/c Monday 12 December
  • Hastings – w/c Monday 19 December
  • Peacehaven – w/c Tuesday 10 January
  • Bexhill – w/c Monday 16 January
  • Seaford – w/c Monday 23 January
  • Newhaven – w/c Monday 30 January
  • Hailsham – w/c Monday 6 February

On the first day in each library, there will also be an opportunity to join a free one hour Friends Against Scams awareness session.  Visit the Friends Against Scams website to find out more details and book your place. 

Badvent Calendar – the frauds of Christmas

Over 30 days from Black Friday to Boxing Day, the ‘Advent Calendar of Christmas Fraud’ will offer advice and tips on how to beat the fraudsters this Christmas.

So don't be tempted to buy fake goods for somebody else this Christmas. It's the thought that counts... You wouldn't want to get a counterfeit for a present, would you? 

Find out how damaging counterfeit goods can be at  #BadventCalendar
Road Safety
Police launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

Sussex Police has made a significant investment in its ongoing campaign to tackle drink and drug-driving this Christmas. Approximately 300 officers across the force are now fully qualified to test motorists for drugs at the roadside. This is in addition to the hundreds more officers already able to test for drink-driving.

The Christmas campaign will see Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Units carry out dedicated patrols across the two counties to put the brakes on motorists who take to the road while under the influence of intoxicating substances. The initiative is supported by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, DriveSmart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or report it via Operation Crackdown.You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit through drink or drugs, call 999.

Community Development and Substance Misuse

The official opening of Café North 

Friday 18th November saw the grand opening of Café North. We were pleased to be joined by customers, service users from many projects, partners, the MP and Mayor of Eastbourne.  

All present were entertained by the Seaview choir, were able to sample a wide range of food from the menu and learn more about the support available for those in recovery in East Sussex. Cascade Creative Recovery told all present about their role developing the community outreach side of the project.

Café North is looking for volunteers to work in all aspects of the project.  For more information, please contact: 

Caz Evans (Community Development Officer, Safer East Sussex Team) on or

Heidi White (Peer Mentor and Volunteer Co-ordinator, STAR) on
Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls

16 Days of Action
The 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women runs from the 25th November 2016 (the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) to the 10th December 2016 (Human Rights Day).

Over 16 days, across East Sussex, a range of agencies, groups and individuals – as well as the Boroughs and Districts – are coming together to work to end all forms of violence against women. This includes awareness raising and making sure people know where to go for help and support.

Click here to find out about what's been happening.

News from the MARAC

Following feedback from practitioners some of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) documents have been updated. To access these updated supported documents, and other resources including the MARAC referral form, victim information leaflet and a template MARAC research form  click here.

The Safe East Sussex Team can also provide a 90 minute briefing sessions on the DASH RIC or the MARAC process. For further information click here.

Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family event

The East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and Safer Communities Partnership, are inviting you to attend this free event ‘Coercive control and domestic abuse: Impact within the family’.

It is on Tuesday 14th February from 9:30am to 3.30pm at The East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22 5ES

Click here to book your place

Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships

Safer Hastings Partnership

Street community issues  remain the number one issue in Hastings. Senior managers form across East Sussex continue to work out how to address the antisocial behaviour aspects  of street drinking, youth-related ASB, rough sleepers and the  detritus left from  the drug using community across the Borough.

Consultation is likely after Christmas to gain support for the gating of a small number of footpaths/alley ways that are experiencing ASB related nuisance, especially fly-tipping and drug related litter. One alley has had ongoing ASB for more than five years. Consultation on a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is also planned for the introduction of a  range of prohibitions associated with ASB relating to street community issues

The White Ribbon Day (25th November) campaign went well. HBC has been re-accredited as a White Ribbon Council  to address domestic abuse in all its forms 

If you wish to raise any local community safety issues please do not hesitate to contact the Safer Hastings Partnership on or visit its website

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter and the Cyber Crime News Bulletin

Click on the images below to see the latest Safe in East Sussex Newsletter - In Focus - Preventing Violent Extremism and 

Surrey and Sussex Cyber Crime Unit weekly news bulletin. 
Other Useful Resources

The Modern Slavery Training Resources 

To help authorities respond to the duty, the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM),  South East England Councils (SEEC) and the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner have produced a 2-minute film aimed at South East local authorities and national versions for local authorities, emergency services and the NHS.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 gives public authorities a duty to notify the Home Secretary about suspected victims of Modern Slavery. This came into force on 1 November 2015. Public sector staff are a huge resource and can play an important role in identifying signs of slavery. Consistent, effective reporting of potential slavery is vital to help the police clamp down on criminals who are making immense profits from exploiting their victims

The film and accompanying guidance notes encourage local authorities to introduce staff to the legal duty and create a starting point for more in-depth training using existing materials that detail the reporting process and impacts of slavery.

More information can be found on the website here

Our current priorities for 2016-17

Domestic Violence & Abuse, and Stalking
Prevent and Hate Crime
Road Safety
Rape & Sexual violence, and abuse
Street Communities

Serious Organised Crime
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