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Lewes Op Blitz

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Friday 16 & Saturday 17 March

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number 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 16 March OP Blitz was carried out by PCSO’s Hart, Turvey and Nicholson. It started at the Linklater building which is situated on the Railway land in Lewes. There has been recent reports of youths gathering and throwing stones at the properties on the other side of the river. During the course of the night we visited this site twice, on the first occasion there were no youths present and a performing arts group were setting up for a production on washing up (a valuable life skill indeed). The second time we had to attend was around 9:30pm, when some youths had gathered and were throwing stones. PC Ross and PS Mullins attended and dispersed the group.

Next on the list was Lewes town and the surrounding area. During the time this area was patrolled, PCSO Hart had the chance to stop and engage with a few youths. None were causing trouble but words of advice were given around them ensuring they behave throughout the night, especially the ones who were going to a house party. Upon leaving Lewes and heading towards the coast, I took the opportunity to pop into Owlswick School, to check that all was quiet and everyone was well.

Onto Newhaven and the first stop was Fullwood Avenue, everything was quiet down here. Next on the list was the usual areas of Dacre Road car park to which there were no youths hanging around. This was followed up with a stroll along the West Quay, again no one was out and about, which was likely due to the fact it was extremely cold. A quick trip over to Peacehaven and the Meridian Centre, utilising the opportunity to engage with security who advised it had been quiet in the centre.

After finishing the Op Blitz patrol we decided to pop over to Seaford and were flagged down by a woman whose stepson hadn’t come home and was last seen at 4:30pm. PCSO’s Hart and Nicholson started carrying out an area search for the young person. We took the opportunity to engage with other small groups of youths and tasked them with assisting us with the search. Thankfully at 11:12pm we received a phone call from the step-mum to confirm that they were found safe and well.


Unfortunately on Saturday 17 March, PCSO Hart and PC Ross did not get the opportunity to complete the Op Blitz tasking’s, other than a walk around the Crouch and a drive down Broad Street, because of other incidents that required assistance.


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