Police investigate attack on delivery driver in Uckfield

Police are investigating an attack on a Sainsbury’s delivery driver, and another incident, which took place in Uckfield on Tuesday morning.wealden-police-insp-jon-gross

They received a report at 10.31am that a man had seen youths sheltering from the rain and smoking in a relative’s garage that was left open in Tower Ride.

He told them to leave, and as they did one grabbed his jacket and pushed him. No injury was caused.

Officers searched the area but the youths were not found.

Then, at 11.42am the same morning, they received a report that a Sainsbury’s delivery driver had been approached by two youths while loading crates into his van in Tower Ride.

They abused and tried to hit him. A passer-by chased them away into some woods.

Officers saw and chased a youth seen nearby but he was not identified, and two girls seen with him also left the area before officers had an opportunity to speak to them.


 The motive for this incident has not yet been established.

Police say no connection has yet been established between the two incidents but they are investigating and anyone with information can contact Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting serial 0486 of 04/06.

Inspector Jon Gross, Wealden District commander, said: “We are aware of further incidents of anti-social behaviour this week and we know this has caused concern for those who were victims and witnesses.


 “We recognise too, the strength of feeling echoed in local social media forums and the frustration that these problems persist.

“Our recent message about our commitment to identify and pursue those responsible for such behaviour, remains true. Be assured that where evidence exists that offences have occurred, and we can identify those responsible and hold them to account, we won’t hesitate to do so.

“Not every police response will immediately lead to arrests, but often, as more information is gathered, incidents become capable of further progression and are subject of further police action. We are reviewing the latest incidents with this purpose.


“We remain committed to focusing resources on resolving these issues, and ask for the continued support of the community as we do so.”

See a recent police message on tackling anti-social behaviour in Uckfield on the Sussex Police website here.

Insp Gross was one of three top police officers, with Assistant Chief Constable Nick May and District Commander Ch Insp Anita Turner, to give assurances at a public meeting in Uckfield last week that they were working hard to address issues of anti-social behaviour in town and that progress was being made.

Find an Uckfield News report of the meeting here: Police explain strategy for dealing with anti-social behaviour in Uckfield.

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