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Birds on one of the ponds in Lime Park


IS THIS A CRIME IN PROGRESS SEPTEMBER 2020 - Developers Latimer purchased a field adjacent to this pond from Clarion Group for £3.5 million pounds including VAT. That's a lot of money and one heck of an incentive to ignore the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. The fact is that it is illegal to kill any bird by poisoning. The property developers intend washing pesticides from up to 70 houses through this pond, without adequate protections, or capacity. Inevitably the herons, mallard ducks, moorhens, frogs and newts will suffer as the pond stagnates. By which time the developers (whoever they may be) will more than likely be either bankrupt to avoid fines, or wound up to avoid prosecution. It is alleged that could be one reason for the recent transfer from Clarion Group.



Jo Shiner is the current Chief Constable of Sussex police. It is hoped that she will operate this force more honestly and transparently than her predecessors. It is hoped that she will investigate planning crimes, past and present.


Perhaps we are aiming high! Have you reported a crime and not had an investigation, if so the public need to know and Jo may need reminding? So far we know that Jo has failed to respond to at least one letter detailing what might be considered serious crime.


Time will tell, where actions speak louder than words and inaction is guilt by reason of failing to act with due diligence. Or put simply, just hoping the complainant will give up, a tactic thought to be favoured by both Wealden District Council and Sussex police.



Partners in crimes, Katy Bourne and Jo Shiner





A SENIOR officer says she feels humbled as she is set to become the first woman to lead the police force in the county’s history.

Jo Shiner has been chosen as the preferred candidate to succeed Giles York at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.

She has already served as the Deputy Chief Constable for the past 18 months, and has gone through the interview process to land the top job.

Sussex’s Police and Crime Panel will need to approve the appointment when it meets later this month.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said Ms Shiner has a “wealth of experience” and said the Deputy Chief Constable is committed to tough enforcement and more officers on the beat.

She has led the creation of the tactical enforcement units, and joined a dawn police raid in January this year. She also has a background in leading firearms teams, child and adult protection units, and being a critical incident commander.

Ms Shiner started her career in Norfolk in 1993, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent, before moving to Kent as Assistant Chief Constable in 2014. Then she joined Sussex Police in 2018.

She said: “I feel very humbled and privileged to be given the opportunity to be the preferred candidate for the Chief Constable of Sussex.

“This is a fantastic force and, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, I am committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the very best possible service to the public, through protecting our communities and making Sussex a hostile environment to criminals.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Police & Crime Commissioner, colleagues and partners to provide the best policing to the community.”

Katy Bourne said: “Jo Shiner has a wealth of operational policing experience at all levels and has already demonstrated a passion for Sussex, its people and police force, in her role as Deputy Chief Constable over the last 18 months.

“She believes in achieving this through proactive policing, tougher enforcement, successful community engagement and a greater policing presence in our towns and villages.

“These are all the things the public have told me they want.

“She has already demonstrated strong leadership within the force and a deep understanding of the complexities facing our communities, with a passion to protect the most vulnerable.

“I am confident that, going forwards, Jo will be an inspirational, hard-working and hands-on Chief Constable for Sussex Police.”   By Crime Reporter Aidan Barlow






Jo Shiner


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