Spate of burglaries in Piltdown.

Please ensure that you lock up your sheds and garages as there have been three burglaries in Piltdown this week. One in Little Shortbridge and two in Golf Club Lane. Please keep your eyes open for any strangers, take vehicle reg. numbers if in doubt. The Police will mark all garden equipment if required, this makes it easier to trace.

Local Crime Update - November 2015

 If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please email, call 101 when it’s less urgent than 999 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

  • The shed of a property in Pound Lane, Framfield, was broken into sometime between 5.30pm on Wednesday 4 November and 8.30am the following day. Two petrol/oil powered leaf blowers and a long handled petrol/oil hedge trimmer – all in white and made by Stihl – were taken.   

  • A house in Rookwood Close, Uckfield was broken into sometime between 5.30pm and 9.10pm on Sunday 8 November. Antique mirrors, watches and jewellery were taken – a wheelbarrow is also missing, which may have been used to remove the items. 

  • A barn off Spithurst Road, Piltdown was broken into sometime between 8pm on Monday 9 November and 4pm the following day. A pressure washer, leaf blower, chain saw and hedge cutter were stolen. 

  • The garden shed of a house off the High Street in Fletching was broken into sometime between 4pm on Tuesday 10 November and 8am the following morning. A hedge cutter, leaf blower and strimmer – all made by Stihl – were stolen.  

  • An attempt was made to break into some outbuildings in Pump Lane, Framfield sometime between 2.45pm-3.15pm on Thursday 12 November.  

Council Tax Scam

Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60–£350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas. 
Protect Yourself:

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Beware - Wine Investment Fraud


Subject: Wine Investment Fraud

This is a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales). This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)



Message sent by

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) wishes to remind investors that fraudsters are still active and are using various methods to dupe victims into investing in fine wine.
Whilst it might be easy to identify a fraudulent investment in non-existent fine wine, there is another tactic which is much harder to detect that relies on limited knowledge of the investor in this specific area. 
In many cases, the fraud relates to the value of the wine as opposed to the existence of the wine. Therefore, fraudsters will be able to prove to the victims that they have the wine in stock, however the wine in stock will be significantly cheaper than the inflated price the fraudsters ask the victims to pay.
Whilst it may look like a ‘real deal’, the dramatically inflated prices make the promise of any returns unrealistic.
Assessments of reports show that fraudsters charge victims an average of 47% more than the comparative market values at the time of sale.
The brokers who typically cold call victims boast that an increasing market in China will guarantee tax free profits. When questioned about risk, fraudsters will convincingly say that it is “extremely low”.
How to protect yourself against investment fraud:

  • If you’re considering any type of investment, always remember: if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. High returns can only be achieved with high risk.If you get a call out of the blue, be wary; if in doubt don’t be polite, just hang up.
  • Take the time to seek independent legal or financial advice before making a decision.
  • Always check the credentials of the company you’re dealing with. Check for known fraudulent organisations at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

2015 Neighbourhood Watch reports

Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch up-dates will be posted on this page if anything within the Fletching Parish should come to your attention.

The Police have warned us of fraudulent scams taking place in various forms, P.C.S.O. Cooley was at the public meeting on Saturday 31st January and answered questions.

News Update

Jul. 28, 2014

EDF Bogus meter reader

Recently Newick Parish Council warned residents about an incident of a man who called at a house claiming to be from EDF and wanting to read the meters. The home owner let him in but thought it odd he didn't have her details and although he held a gadget in his hand didn't appear to go close enough to read the meter. She recently contacted EDF on another matter and was told there had been no meter readings in the area at that time. The police stress residents must ask for I.D. before letting people claiming to be from a utility company into their home.


Neighbourhood Watch forms are available at 

Piltdown does have criminal activity and we are aiming at lowering the current figures. 

People join Neighbourhood Watch to make areas they live safe, friendly and pleasant places to be - and it works.

All that is involved is keeping your eyes open for anything unusual and informing your Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators should you spot anything.

Peter Roundell -

Sam Sainsbury -         or Bob White -

Anyone living in Down Street Mr Andrew Wright is your co-ordinator (Nutley) 

The old stereotype Neighbourhood Watch 'Curtain twitchers' is wrong for one very simple reason: It implies fear. Neighbourhood Watch is about the opposite: Making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vunerable or isolated in the place where they live. It's about people looking out for each other,crossing barriers of age, race and class to create real communities and meeting them with innovative and creating thinking.


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