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Eastbourne - Op Blitz

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

Please use the above number/s to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number/s should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Blitz for Friday 12th January 2018. This is the second Blitz of the year and our regular notorious hotspot areas were checked and all appeared quiet.

At around 8pm there was a small group congregating around the Co - op in Milfoil Drive. Some of the group decided not to engage and left before we could speak to them. The majority of the group stayed and engaged with us.

We then received a report of youths entering Haven School located in Atlantic Drive. The youths were seen on CCTV entering the school and appearing to smoke Cannabis in the shed. We visited the school on two separate occasions and nothing was found.

At around 8.30pm Police were called to Victoria drive at the rear of Kamsons pharmacy. On Police arrival there were three youths sitting on the shed roofs at the rear of the flats throwing stones at the windows. Due to the young age of the children they were taken home and words of advice given to the parents. All other areas around the town were checked and quiet.

On Saturday the regular hotspots were monitored. At 6pm the blitz team were called through our control room informing us the windows at Victoria Drive Church were being smashed. We arrived at the two churches located on Victoria Drive area and all was quiet with no evidence of smashed windows.

At around 6.30pm two youths were stopped at the rear of ASDA, one of the youths attempted to hide a bag out of sight from Police. The bag was found by Police and contained a 1ltr bottle of vodka and several decanted bottles of rum, this was then seized by us. Names and addresses were given and a letter will be sent to parents.

We revisited the Crumbles Retail Park and around 7.30pm we caught up with a large group of youths at the rear of ASDA and Boots. We seized alcohol of 15 youths which consisted of a collection of vodka, Rum, Beer and cider. Their names and addresses were taken, the youth prevention officer will be dealing and letters sent to the parents.

The next stop was at 8.30pm where we headed over to Langney. On our arrival we spotted a vehicle acting suspiciously. The vehicle had three occupants which were all searched and an amount of cannabis was seized from a male nearby, who appeared to be meeting with the vehicle occupants.

At 8.50pm the blitz bus arrived at Langney shopping centre, where a few youths were congregating around the bus stops. On our arrival one male decided to try and leave, but was caught up by us. The male was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found, along with a black rucksack which contained a bong.

At 9.45pm we were called back towards the harbour. On arrival a large group of youths could be heard and seen at the end of the harbour spit. We engaged with the group who were searched and more alcohol was seized. The group was told to split up and go home. A couple of the youths appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and due to their behaviour the parents were contacted and asked to pick them up from the harbour.

At 10.15pm a call reached the blitz team telling us there was criminal damage where a wing mirror was kicked off a car, this was located at the rear of ASDA.  On our arrival a large group of around 20 youths were seen, we managed to speak to most, but unfortunately due to the lack of description the group were informed a section 34/35 dispersal was due to be authorised and breach of this would lead to arrest.

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