Eastbourne police officers honoured

DI Paul Phelps with vice-lieutenant Sara Stonor
DI Paul Phelps with vice-lieutenant Sara Stonor

THREE police officers from Eastbourne have received top awards at a ceremony.

Detective Inspector Paul Phelps and police constables Elliott Lander and Becky Wood were presented with their awards at the East Sussex National Golf Club last week.

PCs Lander and Wood, both from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police Team, received an award for the courage and bravery they showed when they were called to a report of an assault in Terminus Road in July.

At the scene they found a man who was bleeding but it later turned out he was wanted for questioning in connection with assaulting a woman in Old Town’s Green Street and a 16-year-old girl on a bus.

When PC Lander, 27, and 28-year-old PC Wood arrested the man he punched out at the officers.

PC Wood was punched several times to her face and head and PC Lander was hit to the ground with such force he was knocked unconscious. A 57-year-old man is currently awaiting trial for the alleged offences.

An Outstanding Innovation Award was presented to Eastbourne CID chief Paul Phelps who formulated the very successful Bait Garage operations to tackle thefts from garages which resulted in several arrests and is now a blueprint for best practice.

DI Paul Phelps and his team worked closely with Eastbourne Homes and sourced a number of garages in and around the Hampden Park area based on offending patterns and intelligence.

They then staged these as ordinary garages and placed items within them along with covert cameras and other equipment to notify the officers that the garages had been broken into. The area has seen a significant drop in garage burglaries as a result of the operation.

East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Robin Smith said, “The awards recognise the dedication and bravery of officers and volunteers who strive to offer the communities of East Sussex the highest standards of public service.”