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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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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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‘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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Business Crime Survey 2018

Our short survey will help us improve the Hastings Shopwatch and Barwatch schemes. The schemes are only as strong as their membership, so we need to know what you want from them, plus what you think is great and what needs fixing. The questions in THIS SURVEY relate to the impact crime has on your business, your membership of the BCRP (if relevant) and your opinions about the radio network, data and intelligence sharing, and partnership meetings. We also need to know whether you see the scheme as value for money and what you believe a fair membership fee would […]

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Shoplifting in Hastings below average in comparision to similar areas in the UK

In the year ending June 2018, the shoplifting rate in Hastings was lower than the average shoplifting rate across similar areas. The red and green lines show how far the shoplifting rate would normally vary from the average. Hastings lies below the green line, so its shoplifting rate is lower than normal for the group. How to interpret this chart This chart compares the crime rate in your local area to the average crime rate across similar areas. It shows the total number of crimes over a twelve month period per thousand residents, for the crime type selected. Where your […]

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