Temporary switch in the sergeants’ office

SERGEANT Paul Masterson has been seconded from his usual base at Battle police station to help out with neighbourhood policing duties in Bexhill.

His colleague, Sgt Dan Russell, who normally fulfils this role, has been assigned to community duties associated with the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road project.

Sgt Masterson, who expects to be in Bexhill for a few months, said: “I’ve come over to help out in Bexhill at a good time as the rate of crimes we had last week was lower than usual, and we’ve seen a drop in offending throughout the town.”

Yesterday morning Sgt Masterson was in charge of executing a drugs warrant at a flat in Sackville Road, Bexhill.

Vandals damaged shop windows in Western Road and adjacent Devonshire Square over the weekend of December 8 - 10.

The premises targeted were Wooste rs cafe and Fox and Sons estate agents. In a separate incident two windows were damaged in Station Road, Bexhill, last Saturday, December 15, at around 10.50pm.

Police searched the area for four people suspected of causing the damage, but were unable to find them.

Police have again warned shoppers to be on their guard against thieves during the busy Christmas period after a person using a cash machine in Devonshire Road, Bexhill, had a bag stolen. The theft occurred just before 6pm last Saturday, December 15.

Anyone with information about crimes is asked to telephone Sussex Poplice on 101and report the details as soon as possible. If a crime is thought to be in progress, dial 999.

Details can also be passed to officers via the free, anonymous Crimestoppers linkline on 0800 555111.