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Eastbourne Op Blitz

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Thursday, 7 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

On Friday, 2 February two of our PCSO’s conducted Op. Blitz around Eastbourne Town Centre. It must have been the pro-active actions of Eastbourne Police that kept any troubled youths from coming to our attention as we did not receive any calls throughout the evening.

We spent a fair share of our time in the area of Old Town, where reports of anti-social youths have been regularly coming to our attention, over the last few weeks. However, with the help of local residents we managed to identify some youths who were recently invited to the Police Station, where they were spoken to in the company of their parents.

We are continuing to monitor the Crumbles in which we were made aware of two teenagers involved in anti – social behaviour at the location in which they moved on, of their own accord. Another area that we are still monitoring on regular patrols is the derelict Veritek at Hampden Park, this is being patrolled not only on Op. Blitz but also throughout the week.

On 3 February, we paid particular attention to the Eastbourne Band Stand where recently there was a third party report of confrontations between the street community and youths gathering in the location. We made several visits and engaged with both groups. Youths were gathered socially listening to music and having a good time. They were conscientious when spoken to and agreed to keep the music volume down and clean up any rubbish that they created. They told us that they had been joined by a couple of people who were not usually in their friendship group last night and they were the ones who caused the issues. Strong words of advice were given regarding any further disputes with the street community and we will closely monitor this location in the coming weeks to identify any potential trouble makers. 

The street community had a quiet evening and were tucked up asleep by our second visit at 9pm. Again they were prompted to clean up any mess which they agreed to without question.

All of the other local anti-social behaviour hot spots were checked and we are happy to report no issues. Though at one stage PCSO Read did show off his questionable skateboarding skills whilst engaging with a group at the crumbles retail park.   

There were no calls on the direct Operation BLITZ telephone so to all of our members please don’t forget to utilise this service if you are a witness or victim to any anti-social behaviour.   

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