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Eastbourne Op Blitz 1st February

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Thursday, 1st February 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 26th January commenced with checks of the bus shelters on Pevensey Road and the rear of the Crumbles on numerous occasions for groups of youths and anti-social behaviour. There was no suspicious behaviour on any of the visits to the locations.

The Wish tower at the seafront was looked at twice as it is currently being redeveloped and most entrances are now fenced off. There was no activity from the fitness groups, dog walkers and there were no vehicles parked in the car park. In addition to this, Langney shopping centre and the adjacent underpasses were visited as there have been recent reports of youths gathering in these areas.  

The BLITZ Team were then stopped by a member of the public to deal with a young lady who was seen to be slightly disorientated in her movement near Langney Rise. Checks suggested this individual was a lady who was well known to us with substance misuse and mental health problems. Whilst attending to her well-being, a friend arrived and assisted in taking her to a safe place. This individual was on their way home but appreciated the welfare check that we carried out.  

The usual areas of Shinewater were also checked several times with Rotherfield Nursery, Shalfleet Close and Lavender Close Youth centre included. The Youth centre was shut and this is the second week now that it hasn’t been open, as such there were no youths in the area and no complaints from residents!

Horning Close had been visited earlier and The Blitz Team did a welfare visit after residents called in saying that a bottle had been thrown over the back fence of their house. Reassurance and words of advice were given along with the Blitz number. No persons were seen, no damage occurred and an area search was conducted.

Furthermore, The Veritek building in Hampden Park as well as St Wilfrids Hospice were both visited, these have been known locations for gatherings causing anti-social behaviour. Once checked all seemed quiet and there was no one to be seen.

On Saturday 27th January we started our patrols off by taking a look at Veritek House and Edgeland Terrace in Hampden Park. A group of youths have been causing damage to the building inside and out, however, again no one was found.

We then headed over to Victoria Drive to take a look at the Ladies Bowls Club where we found a shed that had been broken into with the glass smashed over the Bowls green, and evidence of a lot of drinking due to the amount of beer cans scattered everywhere. One of our PCSO’s have created a problem solving file for this occurrence. We then completed foot patrols around Victoria Gardens where all was extremely quiet.

The bus stop at Pevensey Bay Road was checked again with no sign of anyone and the Crumbles retail park was also very quiet - the awful weather must be keeping everyone at home. The Wish Tower was then checked with nothing to report other than the two cars that were parked up and on our arrival drove off swiftly when approached by us. Finally, we parked up at West Rise School for a foot patrol around the grounds and again there was no activity to report.

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