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Crackdown on crime in Wealden hailed a success

Police in Wealden joined forces with partner agencies in a day of action aimed at tackling rural crime and burglary in the district.

The multi-agency event on Monday (August 3) saw officers stop dozens of vehicles on the A22 near Nutley to conduct licence and insurance checks, in an effort to identify criminals using the road network.

This was the latest in a series of steps taken by police in Wealden to address a rise in reported burglaries at the start of the year.

Other measures include a high-visible presence in rural areas, with officers carrying out more than 400 hours of dedicated patrol activity so far this year, leading to 11 arrests.

Officers are also ensuring all local victims of burglary receive a follow-up visit by police, to offer support and provide prevention advice.

Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando, who joined the day of action in Wealden, said: “We have really listened and taken on board the community’s concerns around burglary and rural crime. 

“Our response has been focused on keeping a visible police presence in rural areas through dedicated patrols and days of action like this, to act as a deterrent to those intending to commit crime and to reassure the public that we are taking the issue very seriously and we are here if they need us.

“We have already seen some success in terms of arrests and a drop in recorded burglaries, and we will continue working closely with partners, local authorities and our communities to keep this going.”

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