About Us

Welcome to Artifex Investigations Ltd


Artifex Investigations Ltd

We are a professional, discreet and ethical private investigation company based in Newhaven, East Sussex. Our team is highly experienced and drawn from many sectors of UK law enforcement agencies.

We aim to provide all our clients with a premium, bespoke service that will meet their individual needs and conclude in a satisfactory outcome.

We provide a wide range of services which are detailed on our services page. Please explore further, we can help!

You can call us on 01273 921914 or by way of the contact form on this website.

Simon Bates, Managing Director

About our Managing Director

We are offer an effective service and are run by highly experienced professionals.



I am Simon Bates, the Managing Director of Artifex Investigations Limited. I retired from Sussex Police in 2016 and subsequently formed this company.

During my time in the force, I was a detective for 27 years working in CID, intelligence, serious and organised crime teams, training, cold case review and murder and major crime investigation.

I have been involved in many major investigations including the murder of Sarah Payne and the largest robbery in British history at the Securitas depot in Tonbridge.

As a trainer, I led courses training detectives in investigations, disclosure and particularly interviewing witnesses and suspects to an advanced level.

Following retirement, I supervised a unit set up to investigate historical sex abuse cases. I was also a member of the team who successfully prosecuted Peter Ball, Bishop of Lewes.

I have since concentrated on private work which has included a great deal of appeal cases, crime investigation and training.

You can read more about me by clicking here to go to my LinkedIn account.

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We are always willing to discuss your matter and any information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Call us on 01273 921914 or from our contact form on this website.