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Lewes Op Blitz

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Friday 20 & Saturday 21 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 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
 

Friday:

OP Blitz on Friday night was covered by PCSO’s Hart & Nicholson and PS Mullins. Unfortunately, it was a late start because the officers had to deal with 2 high risk missing persons.

They first headed to the skate park in Lewes, where there were between 25-30 youths enjoying the opportunity to play out in the sun. After leaving the skate park, they made their way to the Linklater building, in the Railway land. PCSO Hart and PS Mullins took a stroll through the area, and took the opportunity to wave at the local residents at chandlers wharf (who this week, had attended a joint meeting about anti-social behaviour in the area). It was very quiet, with just dog walkers around.

Next they headed to the convent field in Lewes which is situated behind Lewes football club. They had received information that a fight was due to take place there at some stage in the afternoon/evening. At roughly 7:10pm, the officers came across a small group of youths. One of them thought he could be sneaky and hide a bottle of COGNAC in the bushes. However, he underestimated how good the eyesight of PCSO Hart was and he subsequently had his COGNAC confiscated from him.

PCSO Nicholson got called away to an incident so this left the dynamic duo of PCSO Hart and PS Mullins to carry on with blitz. They decided to attend the skate park and Linklater building again later in the evening and there was no one to be seen. Following this they headed over to the Landport estate in Lewes due to recent reports of 2 Ford KA’s racing and driving in an anti-social manner. Again, it was all quiet and no cars were seen to be driving inappropriately.

PS Mullins had advised that Seaford will need to be patrolled over the weekend due to some recent reports of the beach huts being vandalised. They made their way over to Seaford and drove along the seafront. Although it was a warm evening it wasn’t very busy at all. All in all a very quiet night.

 

Saturday: 

Saturday night OP Blitz was carried out to start with by PCSO’s Hart, Nicholson & Marchant and they had the pleasure of PS Mullins joining them.

The patrol started with a drive around the Landport area due to recent reports of anti-social driving taking place. There was nothing taking place so they decided to head on over to the Linklater building and surrounding railway land. We utilised the chance to speak with local dog walkers who were pleased to see such a heavy presence of local police.

Next on the list was convent field in Lewes. We thought it would be best to patrol this area again as youths were there on Friday with alcohol. This time though all we came across was a few families and their children playing in the sun. As there were no issues, they headed over to castle precinct. We have received complaints about this area regarding loud drunks, especially when the sun is out, however on this occasion other than general passers-by it was all quiet.

After stopping for a lunch break, they decided to head over to Seaford. However, on the way their over, they received a call for some assistance regarding a shoplifter and assault in Peacehaven. They swiftly headed over to assist and once the situation had defused, they returned to their Op Blitz taskings.

In Seaford, they patrolled along the promenade close to splash point. This was due to having some recent damage to the beach huts and reports of smashed bottles being left around. However, during their patrol, they did not come across anyone, so they headed inland and popped over to Barn Rise. This was only a drive by of the area in which youths have been known to congregate but on this occasion it was all quiet. The last stop in Seaford was Homefield Road. The main reason for going along Homefield road was due to a recent spate of missing children from one of the local homes, so we wanted to show our presence.

After leaving Seaford, the officers headed back into Lewes where they patrolled the Castle Precinct which again was all quiet. Lastly they went around the Landport estate and spoke to the property guardians at the derelict school building who were enjoying a small party. All in all it was again another unusually quiet night.
 

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