Police in Sussex to lead the way over new Stalking Protection law

“In Sussex we are already recording the second highest number of stalking reports anywhere in the UK after the Met…” Police in Sussex are leading the way to enforce a new law aimed to helping victims of stalking. New Stalking Protection Orders (SPO’s) come into effect tomorrow (Monday January 20th) as an additional tool for […]

Enforcement checks find illegal tobacco in Hastings’ shops

Officers from Hastings Borough Council Licensing team joined Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council Trading Standards on a multi-agency enforcement check. Off-licences and convenience stores across the borough were visited to make sure they were complying with their licences. And that they were operating within the law. As a result, a large quantity of […]

Hastings custody centre reopens after £1.6m refurbishment

Hastings custody centre is re-opening, fully modernised and fit for the future after an investment of £1.6m. The centre becomes operational again on Monday having undergone significant refurbishment since it was closed in October 2017. The improvements that bring it up to Home Office standards, include a new air conditioning system and state-of-the-art CCTV as […]

Suspects are in ‘reflective’ mood

These two suspected burglars might be thinking ‘on reflection’ that they made a mistake. This CCTV image captures them and their reflections outside the Ocean Spice bar at White Rock, Hastings, just before 7am on Tuesday July 16th. They are suspected of then breaking in and stealing bottles of alcohol valued at about £150, and […]

Man dies after ‘incident’ outside Sainsbury’s – can you help police?

A 40-year-old man has died following an incident outside Sainsbury’s supermarket in John McAdam Way, off Sedlescombe Road North in St Leonards. Police were called to the store at 9.45pm on Tuesday and despite attempts by police and paramedics to resuscitate the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Three men, aged 28, 24 […]

Ten-year sentence for sex offences against a young girl

A St Leonards man is starting a ten-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl he knew. Michael Surman 73, of Conqueror Road, St Leonards, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on yesterday after a five-day trial, for gross indecency and indecent assault on the girl, then aged between four and six, […]

Drug dealer jailed for six years

Convicted drug dealer Allan Finn from Westfield has started a six-year sentence for his crimes following a two-day trial at Lewes Crown Court. Finn, 32, a window cleaner, had denied being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and cannabis but on Wednesday June 12th he was found guilty. He was sentenced to six years […]

‘Prolific’ thief goes to jail

A prolific thief who stole items including face masks, clothing and an Easter egg has been jailed. Scott Starr has been convicted of three separate incidents which occurred in Hastings since the beginning of the year. On January 7th, he was captured on CCTV stealing four grey coats from Debenhams in Robertson Street. On April 17th, […]