Wealden District Police Commander’s message to residents

HERE is a monthly message to residents from Chief Inspector Dick Coates, the new Wealden District Commander for Sussex Police.

He said: “As we enter February I have to reflect on my first two weeks as Wealden District Commander. The time has flown by as I meet new people and look at the issues that will need to be looked at in the coming months.

“I attended the crime and disorder reduction partnership and with my trusted partners we discussed the priorities for the coming months. It was clear that speeding cars and serious road crashes were a key issue for Wealden residents. We agreed that we need to look at this issue even closer and I aim to do all I can with my partners to address the concerns of the community.

“I also attended the strategic partnership meeting and listened to a very interesting presentation regarding the issues across Wealden. This highlighted that residents have a fear of crime. I want to address that issue. Crime across Wealden has fallen yet again this year by over 11 per cent and it is one of the safest places to live in the country.

“I need to get this across to the communities as well as continue to make sure crime falls further. To make this happen I need your help. I need champions within our communities to help me get the message out. Trusted people who can work with me to inform and update our residents of the good work we are doing and to keep them updated on current issues within Wealden. If you would like to help please send me an email.

“I am pleased that in my first few weeks we have been able to assist a number of organisations across the District with the donation of money from the Police Property Act Fund. The police come across a lot of property which, if we cannot return to its owners for numerous reasons, we sell and use the money to assist local needy causes.

“In the last few weeks we have donated the following: Eridge Village Hall (£400 for oven extractor), Uckfield Holy Cross Choral Society (£400 for musician and singers costs), Pevensey and Westham Disability Association (£400 to help transport elderly and disabled residents) and Mayfield Cricket Club (£1,000 for refurbishment of the cricket pavilion).

“Your local police team are now using Twitter to keep in touch. If you want to know what the local team are doing or when your next local meeting is then follow us on Wealdenpol. If you want to see what I am up to then follow me on WealdenDistComm. The best bet is to follow us both.

“An excellent court result to report this month. Patrick Lemmon was sentenced to three and a half years for headbutting a 50 year old man at a pub in Willingdon last year. This sentence sends out a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to make sure our public are protected from such offenders.

“I look forward to meeting as many people as possible in the coming weeks. I want to make sure that Wealden police deliver a first class service to the communities we serve. If not, I want to hear about it. You can contact me on 0845 60 70 999 or via e mail on richard.coates@sussex.pnn.police.uk

“Looking forward to the warmer weather and to providing a first class service to the communities of Wealden.”