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Lewes Op Blitz

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Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April

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 13 April PCSO Jules Nicholson and PCSO Chris Marchant set out on Operation Blitz to cover Lewes Town and the northern villages of Lewes District. They started their patrol at the skate park, behind Tesco’s in Lewes town at 6:00pm. Due to the warm weather, the skate park well attended. They spoke with a few youths who were enjoying the skating, although someone did say that they was fed up with amount of litter left by older youths. There were no issues at this time and they carried out a 20 minute patrol of the area.

At 7:00pm, they went to the Linklater building and the Railway land that is adjacent to the river Ouse. This area is a regular spot for youths and we have had recent reports of the youths throwing stones across the river and smoking of cannabis. We spent 40 minutes patrolling the area, speaking to several dog walkers but there were no sightings of any youths during the duration of our patrol.

Wallands Park Rise in Lewes was next on our list and this area comprises of private residential properties. There was a call regarding a youth causing anti-social behaviour in the area. These properties are adjacent to the Ousedale estate, where this youth potentially comes from but there were no issues. There was still ample daylight at this time, which may have been a contributory factor in the lack of persons or anti-social behaviour at this time.

There have been some recent reports of car crime in the Landport Estate, situated just to the north of Lewes. On arriving at 8:00pm, they proceeded to patrol the estate in our marked vehicle. Along with the car crime, there have been reports of two Ford KA’s racing each other on the narrow streets. During the patrol, they did not see the vehicles in question.

Finally, there have been reports of drug taking at Lewes Cemetery, which is situated opposite the Prison. At 8:20pm, they carried out a 15 minute walk through the Cemetery. There was no one present and all was in order.

On Saturday 14 April, Op Blitz was off to a late start as PCSO Willson and PCSO Gilling had a lengthy Operation Signature task to deal with. The crew was split into two groups, PCSO Willson and PCSO Gilling in one car, and PC Holt in another.

During their patrol, Martello Fields in Seaford, and Greys Abandoned School in Newhaven were checked at around 10:15pm. Martello Fields had a funfair on this evening but by the time the officers arrived, the fun was not there! It was closed, quiet and all had ended. Grey’s Abandoned School was still abandoned and there was no sign of recent activity.

PCSO Gilling and PCSO Willson made it to Barn Rise in Seaford and all was quiet. PC Holt checked Balcombe Road in Peacehaven at 10:35pm. The bin sheds around this area have been a hot spot for youths to smoke cannabis but there no youths present this time.

The officers were unable to complete their Op Blitz taskings this week as trhey were called to help search for two missing people. Both were found and returned to their parents.


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