1st February - Sussex PCC - article on tackling elder exploitation

Tackling elder exploitation in our communities

Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has made tackling elder exploitation one of her top priorities in a bid to protect older people in the county from financial abuse.

She says: “We know that fraud against our older and more vulnerable residents is a growing issue as our population ages and criminals see that fraud is more profitable and less risky than other crimes. In Sussex, fraud has robbed some older people of their entire life savings and left others destitute.

“I have been lobbying the Government to take account of demographics when calculating the amount of funding that is allocated to each police force and to acknowledge the rise in crimes against our elderly.

“The operational response from Sussex Police has also been excellent. They have developed Operation Signature to help protect and support those most at risk of fraud, and the model has been nationally recognised and is being adopted by other police forces.

“The problem is that many people don’t realise that they’ve been a victim of fraud – they think it’s just a scam, or they feel foolish and don’t want to tell anyone. But scams are fraud and fraud is a crime so I really would urge anyone who’s affected by doorstep crime, postal fraud or nuisance calls to report it.”

You can call the police on 101 or report fraud by speaking directly to the advisers at Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre, by phoning 0300 123 2040. They will also be able to give you help and advice about fraud and you can remain anonymous if you prefer.

UK-wide charity Action on Elder Abuse operates a confidential helpline on 080 8808 8141 which offers advice and support on all aspects of elder abuse.

Trading Standards also want to know about online fraud or mobile phone scams; any information you share may help them shut down fraudsters before others fall victim to them. You can report incidents, whether you’re a victim or have just been targeted, via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 404 05 06.

You can sign up for Katy Bourne’s weekly newsletter at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/spcc-newsletter/

For more information please see the Sussex PCC website – www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk

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Official Launch of the WheelyBoat - Burton Mill Pond

Official Launch—Wheelyboat on Burton Mill Pond

As a boy I enjoyed messing about in boats where I grew up on the Thames. I did a bit of (coarse) fishing there too. With these fond memories in mind I made my way to Burton Mill Pond on the 27th July having been invited to the official launch of the new ramp and Wheelyboat which is located at the western end of the Pond. The ramp and boat are to provide disabled access to the Pond for fishing and nature watching. The Wheelyboat is a boat specially
designed for use and operation by disabled people, such as those in wheelchairs, and is owned and operated by the Wheelyboat Trust, a registered charity. Details of the boat and of the Trust are described in an excellent article in the August issue of the Village Magazine (page 15).

The launch was an informal occasion, but provided an excellent opportunity to see the access ramp, a really sound and splendid structure with a non-slip
surface, and the Wheelyboat, named Harriet. The project was managed by Neil Vigar, from West Sussex County Council Countryside Services Team, and he has done an excellent job in bringing this project to fruition. Neil gave a short welcoming address, mentioning that the Wheelyboat ramp was entirely Lottery funded, and was the result of WSCC working in partnership with the Wheelyboat Trust and various local organisations. Andy Beadsley, a local
resident and Director of the Trust also gave a short welcoming address, and invited those present for a trip on Harriet. A splendid opportunity! Although I have lived here for some years now, I had never been on the Pond before. I was not disappointed, the views from the water are splendid as can perhaps be
imagined. In my view, a really valuable asset for disabled people to enjoy the location, whether for fishing or nature watching.

I should mention that among those present at the launch were Andy Ekinsmyth, Head of Transport and Countryside Services at WSCC, Jo Dixon, Countryside Services Manager at WSCC, Lucy Lloyd, Andy Beadsley’s assistant at the Trust, and Sebastian Anstruther.

Also, WSCC have installed a very informative notice board about the Pond and Trust at the entrance to the ramp. The WSCC and the Trust deserve full credit for providing these amenities. I hope that Harriet is kept busy!
Terry Johnson