News from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE, is of particular interest to residents in Crowborough and north Wealden.
Strengthening local policing is a key focus of my role and I constantly hear in my consultations how important it is to Sussex residents.
So I'm pleased to announce that Crowborough’s new police station – which will house its own neighbourhood policing team – will open in early September, offering north Wealden communities a more visible policing presence and a more centralised location in the town. Look out for more news about this in a couple of weeks.
Sussex Police’s rural crime team, which I recently visited, continues to go from strength to strength with its reach across the county and I am delighted at its success in tackling criminal activity in the countryside.
The team is forging strong partnerships with other agencies and rural communities including farmers through sharing intelligence. This has massively enhanced police capacity to identify and map suspects and organised crime groups (OCGs), working closely with Kent Police to tackle criminality.
Current focuses for the rural crime team include OCG criminality linked to puppy farming and farm vehicle thefts in Wealden. Details of recent successes can be found in the team’s latest update.