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Eastbourne 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: 07785372050

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 20th April as part of Operation Blitz we patrolled areas in Eastbourne that have come to our notice through reports of anti-social behaviour.

We started our evening in the old town area paying particular attention to Victoria Drive Bowls Club. Where we have had reports from members of the public that young people are entering the derelict bowls club. At this time there were no persons present, however, we did receive a call on the Operation Blitz telephone approximately 40 minutes later where it was reported to us that there were a few youths in the green area.

While in old town we were called to Lismore Road where we had reports of two females taking drugs. While on our way to this another call came to us to assist our colleagues in Gildredge park where it was reported a large fight was taking place. On our arrival we could see many people enjoying the pleasant weather. The group in question had since left and we were given descriptions in order to search the area.

We then received a call to Maquarie Quay to the beach area where a group of youths were seen removing a life buoy. On arrival we located a group who denied all knowledge however 1 young male did volunteer himself to pick the buoy up when asked. The group were very polite and were advised to keep the noise down and we would be patrolling the area throughout the evening. We did not receive any further calls to this area.

While in the area we patrolled the rear of Asda as many calls have been received about youths being a nuisance, at this time there were no persons present. We then made our way to Aylesbury Avenue where we have had previous reports of youths smoking cannabis in the garage area adjacent to Pevensey Bay Road.

It has recently come to our attention that a number of youths have been gaining access to Shinewater School and climbing on the roof. While in the area we had a look around the school and could not see any persons in the school.


On Saturday 21st April, we started our patrol in Hampden Park, Timberley Road, as we had a report of youths climbing on the garage roofs and smashing bottles. When we arrived the youths were no longer in the area.

A call was received to conduct a welfare check on an elderly male as he had made a call to police and seemed confused. The male was not home at the time, however, after speaking with neighbours and contacting his daughter this was deemed as usual behaviour. We later went back to his address and thankfully can say he was home safely.

We were contacted via the Operation Blitz telephone to Hamilton Quay where it was reported that 3 youths had climbed a fence and run through the private estate. A thorough check was made and no youths were seen.

While we conducted these patrols our colleagues dispersed 3 youths from Station parade, Town Centre. They were displaying anti-social behaviour so were all taken home and parents were spoken to.


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