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Lewes Op Blitz

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Friday 16 February & Saturday 17 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

Op Blitz Friday

PCSO’s Hart & Turvey were tasked with an evening of the ballroom BLITZ.

It all started so well for us as we firstly headed over to Peacehaven to the Meridian centre. Whilst there, we spoke to security who advised it had all been quiet in the centre, which is pleasing to hear considering the bad press the centre has received over recent months. In the town council building situated within the Meridian centre, there was bingo being played, so we decided to pop our heads in and make sure everyone was abiding by the rules. PCSO Turvey couldn’t resist himself and shouted bingo for a full house, this caused chaos and he had to hot toe it out of there before they lynched him. Following our mad dash out of the Meridian centre, we headed over to the Big Park in Peacehaven to check if any trials bikers were causing trouble on the grass, thankfully there was no one to be seen.

We started to make our way down to Newhaven and checked a few local hotspots, Denton Island and the West Quay / Huggets green area. It was quiet with no one out and about. Just as we were heading in to have some refreshments we were called to a Grade 1, fight in Peacehaven so we headed over to that. It wasn’t quite fisticuffs but more handbags at dawn. Having dinner didn’t come anytime soon for us as we were called to a further 2 jobs, this only slowed us down with our Operation Blitz tasking’s.

Finally after a vehicle change we got back to Blitzing at 22:50hrs when we attended the notorious Dacre Road car park. We couldn’t believe our eyes when all we could see in there was just cars for a change (we were in such shock). In our disbelief, we took a trip over to the West Quay again only to see a large group of youths run upon seeing us (these kids have too much energy). The same kids who scarpered were then causing issues outside a block of flats just around the corner from us, this led some off the residents to politely ask that they go away. As you would imagine they respectfully obliged in doing this along with a gentle nudge from ourselves.

Op Blitz Saturday

Saturday night’s Op Blitz was a lovely clear and crisp evening. While we strolled in Newhaven town centre and surrounding areas, we did not come across any groups of youths displaying anti-social behaviour. We then made our way to Denton Island (by the bed shop), where we found 3 males & 2 females with open alcoholic drinks. They willingly offered to empty their drinks before leaving the area.

We made our way over to the notorious Dacre road car park and, like Friday night, no one seen in the area. From here, we made our way to Balcombe Road & Road Avenue to check the areas but no one seen in the area. Cripps Avenue and Epinay Park were also checked, with no youths around. We spoke to member of the public walking their dog who lives in the close next to park and they advised not seeing any youths in the park when she walks her dog around 18:00-19:00hrs.

On our first visit to the Peacehaven Meridian Centre, we spoke to the security staff who advised us that they had few youths in but they haven't caused any trouble. So we moved on to Newhaven High Street and popped into Roys where there were no issues. The Premier Stores reported an issue with a group 4 males and females, who may have stolen some fruit from outside display but there was no one there when we arrived.

We then received a phone call on the Op Blitz phone from a resident in Seaford who advised he had just had eggs thrown at his house again. PCSO Hart attended and spoke to them, and carried out an area search with no trace. On our second visit to the Peacehaven Meridian Centre, there were no issues and the security guards stated that they had had an uneventful evening. The new measures to restrict access within the centre have been a positive move in reducing youth related anti-social behaviour.

We then went back to Cripps Avenue for another patrol but this time on foot. We did a check of the pathway at the rear of the properties and of the school fields, however no one was seen. We also checked a local hot spot which is a bin store and communal area in Balcombe which was all quite, including the car park. Finally, we visited the Christchurch Court area on a foot patrol, with no issues. The final venture continued on foot to Huggetts Green, West Quay and South Road where there were issues on Friday evening but all was quiet this evening.

 

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