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Lewes Op Blitz Updates

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Friday 9 February & Saturday 10 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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Operation Blitz started on Friday night with PCSOs Hart & Turvey carrying out foot patrol in Lewes from North Street, around Pells pool, onto the skate park and around Tesco’s. At the skate park they came across 2 youths playing football, to which we obliged in joining in for a game of keepie uppies. From there, we headed over to Railway Land and patrolled that as best we can (owing to the ground being very boggy), there was no one playing stuck in the mud.

We were then joined by PCSO Nicholson as we headed coastal. The plan was to attend the Meridian Centre but we came across a medium risk missing person who needed to be taken into police custody. We duly obliged in taking them back to our response colleagues at Lewes Police station. Whilst dealing with them, both PCSO Nicholson and Turvey were called away to an incident at Lewes train station. Once all 3 of us were stood down from our respective jobs, we got back to Op Blitz but not before a much needed dinner break. Finally, making it down to the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven to engage in conversation with the security guards and it was music to the ears that no trouble has transpired today.

Onto the main area for our tasking’s, Seaford. Starting off at Buckle car park and then onto College Road, both of which were quiet with no one to be seen. Next on the list was the Crouch, which has a history of anti-social behaviour from youths. Unfortunately, they were too late as when they arrived they discovered some broken beer bottles and the smell of cannabis but no one there to help with tidying up the mess. Lastly, we headed over to Lexden Drive and surrounding roads, owing to recent theft from motor vehicles. Whilst there, they decided to check if any vehicles had been left insecure. To our dismay 1 car was unlocked and after carrying out checks, they found out who the owner is and they will be contacted and given words of advice on securing their vehicle.

Operation Blitz on Saturday night started slightly later than anticipated due to dealing with previous assigned incidents. Patrols tonight were conducted by PCSOs Utting & Gilling. The evening throughout was quieter than usual which we believe was due to the inclement weather conditions. Patrols started in the area of Newhaven Town Centre covering the identified problem areas of High Street, Dacre Road car park, Huggetts Green and Riverside Area. On conducting the patrols, there were no youths present. At approximately 19:30, they were diverted to assist with a missing person who had been found in Newhaven. Officers spent some time with this person, encouraging them to return to the family home, to which they did with the help of the officers.

Due to receiving information relating to youths smoking cannabis in the bin sheds behind Balcombe Road, Peacehaven a visit was made to the location. On attendance, there was no one present at the location but no sign of any drug use. The Meridian Centre, Peacehaven was attended at 20:55, which was very quiet with only the security staff present inside.

At 21:20, staff received a call on the Op Blitz phone from a member of the public advising that there were 4 youths in the bin sheds of Balcombe Road, Peacehaven and that they believed they were smoking cannabis. Officers arrived at 21:25 however the youths present saw the staff arriving and as a result ran away from the location. The bin shed smelt of cannabis but there was no sign of any drugs paraphernalia left at the venue. A thorough area search was conducted looking for the youths disturbed from the location with no trace. An update was provided to the informant prior to leaving the location.

Two calls were assigned to us following the Balcombe Road checks, these being 2 persons on a motorbike with no helmet in Avis Way, Newhaven and also a report of person(s) shining a green lazer onto the ferry at Newhaven. Area searches were conducted in both of these locations both of which were no trace. 

Over the last two weeks, the Lewes Prevention Team have issued twelve warning letters to youths involved in causing anti-social behaviour in Lewes District. These have been hand delivered to the home addresses of the individuals concerned and discussed with their respective parents/carers. Should these individuals continue to take part in any ASB having been issued with the letters then they will be invited in to the police station with their parents where they will be issued with an acceptable behaviour contract.


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