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Lewes Op Blitz

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Friday 9 March & Saturday 10 March

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

On Friday night, PCSO Keeton and PCSO Gilling were on the Op Blitz patrol.

At 5.30pm we ventured out into the poor weather conditions: wet, windy, misty and fairly awful. In the Lewes Town centre, there was nobody around, including no street community members and no youths. We made our way to Seaford for a patrol in and around the Bodiam Close / Warmer Road areas which was all quiet so we went over to Newhaven.

In Dacre Road car park we came across four teenage girls. We discussed better and nicer places to hang out in the evening but they admitted that there were no facilities for teenage girls in the Newhaven area and so this is why they found themselves in the multi-story car park. On the walls in the immediate area was a range of fresh graffiti painted using red spray paint. The girls said that it was about three weeks old but were unable to provide any names.

We stayed a while chatting and then made our way into Newhaven High Street to assist a Traffic Unit who had been left with a large dog and a van full of tools after the driver had ran away. When the driver returned some minutes later, we made our way to McDonalds and KFC (both in Newhaven). Although there were a few ‘boy racers’ in the car park, everything was in order. Then on to Fullwood Avenue, Newhaven where we had received intelligence that youths hang about in the alleyways known locally as ‘Top Alleyway’ and ‘Bottom Alleyway’ but all was in order.

Back in Seaford, we continued with the patrol in Ringmer Road, Esplanade, College Road and Martello Road whilst watching the ferry arrive, all was in order. Finally, we made our way back to Lewes Town – a thrive of activity with lots of people coming out of bars and pubs but no youths present in any of the usual ‘Hot Spots’

We received no calls to the Op Blitz mobile telephone.

On Saturday, the Op Blitz patrols were conducted by PCSO Keeton and PCSO Gilling.

The evening started early with reports of a group of youths involved in an altercation at The Meridian Centre, Peacehaven. It turned out not to have been at the Meridian Centre but at the basketball nets by The Bricky. An hour was spent initially looking for the offender and then another hour looking for a female who then ran off when her phone was confiscated by her parents.

We were eventually able to resume Op Blitz at around 7.20pm but a report came in and yet again we were off to look for a missing child – this time a 10 year old who had run off from his father. A short time later we found him with a small group of his friends in Dacre Road car park, Newhaven and safely returned him home.

Finally back to Op Blitz at 8.30pm, were we patrolled around Bodiam Close, Walmer Road, Esplanade, Ringer Road, College Road and Martello Road. All was in order and there were no youth present. A spin around the usual ‘Hot Spots’ of Newhaven – Dacre Road car park, West Quay and Huggets Green was also conducted with all being in order and again with no youths present.


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