Police warning to beware of potential fuel and jewellery scam being tried on in Rother

Traffic on North Trade Road, Battle. File photo
Traffic on North Trade Road, Battle. File photo

Suspicious incidents in Rother in which people have been offered gold jewellery in exchange for money to buy fuel have this week prompted a warning from police.

People approached by a man claiming to be stranded have both refused the proposal, although one fetched some fuel, and it is thought to be a scam.

Sussex Police said the jewellery may well be worthless, and officers are keen to hear from anyone else who has been offered an exchange for cash, on the basis it is to buy fuel.

On Tuesday (August 9) at 3.30pm the driver of a dark green car stopped outside a property in North Trade Road, Battle, and appeared to be in difficulty.

He claimed to have run out of fuel and offered jewellery in exchange for cash to buy some, but was actually given some fuel by a local resident and drove off.

At 4pm the same day a motorist was flagged down at Staplecross and again offered jewellery in exchange for cash.

Police said the motorist refused and drove away.

Inspector Dan Russell, of Rother’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “If you spot anyone acting suspiciously by the roadside, please ring us immediately.

“If possible take down the registration number and any other details that might help identify the vehicle or the person driving it.

“If you suspect a request for help isn’t genuine, don’t be afraid to refuse. And if you’ve been a victim, please come forward with any information you may have.”

Ongoing incidents should be reported by dialling 999. Otherwise people are asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101 with details of any similar incidents.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.