Community unites for Wealden street meeting

Chief Inspector Dick Coates
Chief Inspector Dick Coates

THE BIG Street meeting took place with 64 separate meetings in one day across the whole Wealden district.

The odd shower did not dampen the enthusiasm of the public to come and tell us the issues across the area. We are now looking at all the matters raised and are working with our partners to find sustainable long term solutions.

Thank you to all those who took part in what I believe to be a great success.

Don’t forget that street meetings are happening on a daily basis. Check out the Sussex Police website for your local area to see when your next one is being held at

A slight rise in burglary dwelling was noticed in the last few weeks which prompted a frantic few days of hard work by your local team.

This hard work paid dividends with the arrest of a number of people for four separate burglaries.

I am pleased to say that 45-year-old Shane St Pierre was charged and remanded into custody for a burglary at Polegate and Oleg Ohotins, 28, was charged and given bail by the courts to reside in Scotland before his court hearing for a burglary at Forest Row.

Criminals are always on the look out for opportunities to commit crime. They do like an easy target and we all must play our part to make it as hard as possible for them to commit crime. I ask for your help in this matter. I review every crime that happens in Wealden at a morning meeting and have noticed that at times we do not look after our property as well as we could do.

I can give you some good examples of this: wallets left on the front seat of an unlocked car, mobiles left on display in unlocked cars, outbuildings left insecure with expensive garden equipment within and doors of houses left unlocked while at work. Wealden is a very low crime area but we all need to do our bit to make sure it remains that way. Can I ask you all to look at your home and personal security and make sure we do not tempt the opportunist criminal by making ourselves an easy target?

We will shortly be delivering a leaflet to every household across Wealden with the details of your local officers and how you can keep in contact with us.

Please keep this in a safe place. It also has messages from our local partners and has been kindly funded by the Safer Wealden Partnership. If you want to get regular updates on what we are doing then please follow us on Facebook at Sussex Police Wealden District and also on Twitter at @wealdenpol or WealdenDistComm

To join Operation Blitz, our crackdown on anti social behaviour, please contact

Road safety is an issue that is raised at nearly every local panel meeting. I am pleased to say that we have now reformed the Safer Wealden Roads Group under the strong leadership of Mark Matthews, the Wealden Fire Commander. The group decided that we wanted to drive action and not be a talking shop and in the coming months a whole host of activities will be taking place. Look out for more information on this in the coming weeks.

Remember Wealden is a safe place to live, work and visit. We will be doing all we can to keep it that way.