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Prolific shoplifter John Larkin jailed and issued with two-year criminal behaviour order

Prolific St Leonards-on-Sea shoplifter John Nicholas William Larkin has been jailed for 180 days – six months – and made the subject of a criminal behaviour order for two years. Larkin has been the subject of numerous Hastings BCRP Shopwatch exclusion notices following his activities in town and as a result is already banned from all member premises. Sentence was imposed by Hastings magistrates after Larkin, aged 32, unemployed, of Willingdon Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, appeared before them and they heard how he threatened shop staff with needles infected with Hepatitis B if they approached him. Larkin pleaded guilty to numerous […]

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Joel Elmslie pleads guilty to shoplifting charges

Joel Elmslie, 38, of Berlin Road, Hastings, indicated a plea of guilty to stealing a North Face gilet, worth £140 from Millets in Hastings on November 18 and a jacket, worth £140, from the same store on November 17 last year. He admitted the offences when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on December 19. The court made a community order with a requirement of 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £340 in compensation. Elmslie has a previous conviction for violence and received a five-year jail sentence in 2008 after he was found guily of attacking […]

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2019 Meeting dates

The dates for Barwatch meetings for 2019 are all listed below. These meetings ensure intelligence and best practice is shared across the whole partnership. Members are encouraged to attend as regularly as possible as this is a chance to ensure everone is up-to-date with information about current police operations and currently active offenders. MEETING DATE TIME Barwatch 2 Jul 11am Barwatch 6 Aug 11am Barwatch 3 Sep 11am Barwatch 1 Oct 11am Barwatch 5 Nov 11am Barwatch 3 Dec 11am Venue information and agendas will be available on the secure DISC website. Shopwatch dates will be posted once members agree […]

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Concern for missing Seaford boy Mekhi Smith

Police are concerned for missing 12-year-old Mex Luka Smith from Seaford. Known as Mekhi, he was last seen in the Seaford at 10am on Monday (21 January). It is believed he may in the Seaford, Hastings or Brighton areas. Mekhi is white, 5′ 2″, with short blond shaved hair and was last seen wearing his school uniform including a navy blue blazer, grey trousers, a black Puffa jacket, black shoes and a carrying a blue rucksack. PC Lisa Cousins said: “We are concerned for Mekhi due to his age and the freezing cold weather conditions. Please let us know if […]

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Court order prevents Ryan Etherton stealing from shops across Hastings and Rother

A Hastings man convicted of regular thefts from shops has been handed a court order banning him from entering shops across Hastings and Rother. At Brighton Magistrates Court on 4 January, Ryan Etherton, 42, of Willingdon Way, Hastings was given a sixteen week prison sentence, of which the magistrates have required him to serve four weeks in custody, having been found guilty of five shop lifting incidents at stores in which he stole goods, mostly meat and alcohol, worth almost £2,000. Local police officers also applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) and this was granted by magistrates upon his conviction, The […]

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£1,000 reward for wanted man Kane Watson

Police in Hastings have offered a £1,000 reward in the search for a wanted man. Officers are looking for 27-year old Kane Watson who they want to interview about allegations of several assaults, and of controlling and coercive behaviour, against a woman known to him. He could be in Hastings or Bexhill. They have now offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Watson is described as white, 6′ and of slim build, with short brown hair, and hazel coloured eyes. Anyone who sees him or knows where he is should email quoting serial 528 of 14/10. […]

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Legal Reminder: Refusing Entry to your Premises

The following reminder has been provided by Sussex Police licensing and can be downloaded as a PDF here. You already have a legal obligation to refuse the service of alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated or underage on your premises, and must adhere to any conditions on your licence regarding where and when children are allowed in your pub. But it is worth remembering that outside of this, you must not fall foul of discrimination laws when it comes to refusing entry. Here is a reminder of the basics from licensing law firm Poppleston Allen to keep you within the […]

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Understanding your radio and its battery

The radios used on Hastings Barwatch and Shopwatch are very simple to use – simply turn them on, ensure they are on the correct channel and push to talk. That said, we understand some people may be nervous about using them for the first time – so get in touch if you’d like a short training session to get you over any worries you might have. An instruction manual for the radios is available here:  motorola_cp040_instructions. To get the most out of your radio battery and make sure it lasts as long as possible don’t leave it in the charger […]

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‘Ask for Angela’ if you feel threatened on a night out

The ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme helps people get help from bar staff if they feel unsafe or threatened when on a date or after meeting someone they don’t know at a venue. The aim is to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a simple code-word they can use to get the attention of staff members who can help separate them from the company of someone who may not have the best intentions. Anyone who feels unsafe in such a situation can get help from bar staff by simply asking to speak to “Angela”. Staff will then assist […]

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