Friday, 13th April 2018
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New means of tackling street community issues in Eastbourne
Police and council officers are working together in a new way to tackle the issues associated with the Street Community in Eastbourne Town Centre. A Multi-Agency Street Community Operations Team (MASCOT) will focus their work around several hot-spot locations across the town where the presence and behaviour of the street community is impacting on local neighbourhoods.
Inspector Ed Ripley, from Sussex Police, said: “The focus is around problem solving hot-spot locations, identifying ways to prevent and deter crime and make it difficult for street drinkers to gather to engage in anti-social and disorderly behaviour.
"The MASCOT has made recommendations around improvements to hot-spot locations between Banker’s Corner, Terminus Road to the Post Office at Langney Road, and Eastbourne Pier to the Band Stand.
"Police and Council Neighbourhood First Officers have focused their patrols in hot-spot locations at key times to prevent and deter activity. Police are pursuing civil injunctions against the most persistent offenders of antisocial behaviour and disorder.
“It is extremely important that our enforcement activity is balanced so the intention of the injunction is to curb an individual’s behaviour and facilitate support with a view to diverting them away from a particular lifestyle.”
"Support for individuals is provided through the Eastbourne HUB. The HUB brings many agencies together who provide support and medical services to the most vulnerable members of the street community, including the homeless and rough sleepers.
“The MASCOT works closely with support agencies to ensure that enforcement and support is balanced. Housing may be sought, but this can be challenging as many people who are sleeping rough find it overwhelming and difficult to adapt to housing. Therefore, the service offered through the HUB is vital and the agencies involved provide an outstanding service.”
Councillor John Unger, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “This is yet more evidence of the success of our joint working arrangements with Sussex Police and other support agencies.
“Many of the street drinkers and those involved in other examples of anti-social behaviour lead complex and chaotic lives.
“Long-term solutions to these problems are best achieved through our joined up approach and by putting these people in touch with the support services they need.”
Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council thank local people for their continued support. You are our eyes and ears, so if you see or hear anything going on then please let us know by reporting it to 101 or in an emergency always dial 999.
On 7th April 2018, a burglary occurred on Wroxham Road, Eastbourne, nothing was stolen from the property (Ref: 47180049304)
On 10th April 2018 a burglary occurred on Brassey Avenue, Eastbourne, in which a number of items of plumbing equipment was stolen from the garden of the property (Ref: 47180051571)
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