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Thursday 1 February

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07989188960

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

The PCSOs started the Op Blitz tasking on Friday night with a visit to the Tennis Courts in Plumpton due to reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB). However, on attendance there was no sign of any youths causing issues. From there, the team went to Lewes Priory, again with no trace of anyone causing issues. The only person seen was a dog walker who was spoken to and told officers that they had not witnessed anything untoward.

Due to numerous reports of youths on bikes on the Dacre Road in Newhaven area, Blitz officers were asked to attend the location and engage with anyone seen in the vicinity. On arrival, there were three youths that were seen. Although they declined to engage with the officers, they did leave when asked to do so. A further visit was made later in the evening at 21:40 and all was quiet. Buckle car park in Seaford, which is another problem area, was also quiet.

At 19:45, a visit was made to Crouch Gardens in Seaford which is a known hotspot for ASB and drunken behaviour. As PCSO’s arrived on scene, three males were seen running off into an alleyway. An area search was conducted for these youths but they were not located, however bottles of beer were recovered from near to the football club. A further visit later on in the evening was completed but there was no trace for any youths.

During the course of the evening, officers were called to Tesco in Lewes regarding some ASB. A number of youths were stopped and spoken to with their details being taken. A quantity of alcohol was also seized and follow up enquires are being made as to how these young persons were able to obtain this. They were also called to College Road in Seaford due to occupants of a residence being subject to non-permanent damage being caused by having eggs thrown at their house. Having attended during the specified time period of the offences occurring there was no trace of anything untoward.

During the course of the Saturday’s Op Blitz taskings, the PCSOs visited all the known hotspots with no trace of any youths causing ASB. They were however limited to the time they were able to spend conducting patrols as they were diverted to assist with a high risk missing person in Newhaven.

Foot patrols were conducted around the highlighted hotspot areas during the course of the shifts with details of youths spoken to being obtained. The identified hotspots included on Op Blitz are under regular review and are tasked having conducted research into calls that are made to police or have been highlighted by staff who deal with incidents direct. Residents are encouraged to call the dedicated Blitz phone during the hours of 18:00 – 23:30.


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