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A guide to dealing with business crime

National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) have produced a guide for the management of business crime. Download the guide here. The guide offers an overview of business crime reduction and highlights best practice. The aim is to drive national consistency in both investigations and the continuity of evidence for both criminal and civil actions. The guidance has chapters on crime incident management, managing and dealing with vulnerable offenders, reporting crime to police, civil investigations, civil recovery, working with Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS), and internal theft, fraud prevention and HR screening.

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Concealed drugs and weapons – what to look for

There are a large number of readily available items on the internet that people can use to disguise weapons or conceal drugs. Door staff are advised to make themselves aware of these products so they know what to look for. A number of examples are shown below.

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Guidance on identifying fake notes

It is worth investing time ensuring you and your staff can recognise fake money. Sussex police have recently notified us there may be new batch of forged £20s in circulation in the area. Their advice is: “Tilt the note from side to side, check the hologram flips between a £ symbol and the number 20. Hold the note up to the light, check for a bright ‘£20’ next to the Queen’s portrait. The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.” Sussex Police The Bank of England has created an online […]

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Guidance on witness statements

About this guidance This Home Office guidance [download PDF here] explains the different types of witness statements you might take and how to write them. The guidance includes: general information on the different types of witness statements legislation relating to witness statements writing a witness statement for a witness, or as an officer taking a witness statement in or outside the UK witness statements using an interpreter property and exhibits in a witness statement victim personal statements points you must include and things to avoid in a statement identification and recognition statements Download a witness statement template HERE.

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Kevin Kembry charged with shop thefts

Kevin Kembry, 48, of Queens Road, Hastings, pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of training shoes, from £49.50, from Marks and Spencers in Hastings on 2 January 2019. He was given a one year conditional discharge.

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Managing work-related violence in licensed premises

Managing work–related violence in licensed and retail premises Introduction Are you doing enough to prevent and manage violence or anti-social behaviour in your workplace? This leaflet contains information and practical advice on how to assess and tackle the risk of violence to your staff. The advice is based on what people who work in pubs, clubs and shops have told  us about their experience of tackling violence where they work, including measures that have helped combat the problem. More detailed information can be found in a toolkit on the HSE website at: www.hse.gov.uk/violence/toolkit/index.htm. Why should you be concerned? Impact on […]

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Sussex Police seeking help with spate of motorcycle thefts

The local police are repeating a call for information concerning thefts or attempted thefts of motorbikes and mopeds in Hastings and St Leonards. Anyone who sees anything suspicious, who recovers their stolen property or who may have mobile phone images, dash-cam or CCTV footage regarding such crimes is urged to contact police immediately. Sergeant Jo Seabridge, of the Hastings and Rother prevention team, said: “It’s vital that we are told as soon as possible in order to give us the best chance of intervening. “For instance, we’re keen to hear of any unusual or increased comings and goings at garages […]

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Police encourage licensees to report all incidents on their premises

The Hastings & Rother Police Licensing team would like to reassure all license holders that contacting the police to report incidents (including drug related & assaults) in their premises is welcomed and encouraged. It actually demonstrates responsibility in managing a licensed premises and that you are promoting the Licensing Objectives. “Failing to report matters to Police more often than not will demonstrate the opposite and often leads to hidden problems becoming far worse and beyond the point where we can work together with you successfully to a resolve a problem.” PC Richard Wilkes, PC Alan Simes & Ms Cathie Daniel […]

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Two Hastings shoplifters in court

Hastings Magistrates Court Jan 9 to Jan 15, 2019 Two offenders well known to Hastings ShopWatch members have recently appeared in court. Daniel Barber, 31, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to stealing four packs of Gilette razors worth £100 from Boots at Hastings on July 30. He was given a six-month conditional discharge. Patrick Reville (pictured), 53, of Hatherley Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to stealing a slow cooker worth £27 from Chef Ware at Queens Road, Hastings. He also admitted being in breach of a conditional discharge, made by an earlier court for an offence of theft from […]

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Shop and pub staff asked to report misuse of Vanilla credit cards

Police are keen to hear from shops or pubs in the area who may have been defrauded by the use of invalid Vanilla Mastercards. Officers know of four incidents so far. On 1 February two men used an invalid card for a meal worth over £100 at a pub in Chichester. Then on Wednesday 6 February similar cards were used at four shops in East Sussex – at Pontins and NISA in Camber, Salts Farm shop in Rye, where meat, tobacco and scratch cards were taken, and unsuccessfully at a Tesco shop in Little Common, Bexhill and again unsuccessfully at […]

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