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Lewes Op Blitz

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Thursday 27 September


Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number is: 07989188960

Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This phone number 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:

Friday night’s Op Blitz was carried out by PCSOs Hart and Disney. The officers were tasked with patrolling identified anti-social behaviour hotspots in Lewes as well as Springett Avenue in Ringmer. They started at Landport, where there have been issues with youths on mopeds. The officers identified one of the reported offending mopeds parked outside one of the residences and took details. Moving on from Landport, they completed a foot patrol around Houndean Rise in Lewes, where there was a report of a suspicious male had been seen earlier in the week. There have been no sightings since and the residents took note that the officers were in the area. They then patrolled the areas of Winterbourne Park and St Pancras Gardens due to reports of drug dealing and using in the park area. There was nothing to seen but they paid St Pancras Stores a visit and had a chat with the shop owner who was about to shut for the evening. Moving onto Tesco, they patrolled the area and skate park behind. But again, all was in order here and it was nice to see the skate park busy with youths using it and having fun. There were no issues in Springett Avenue in Ringmer, the officers dropped into speak with McColls staff to make them aware they were in the area and to call our Blitz number if necessary. They have made a note of this for future Friday and Saturday nights. Back to Lewes to complete a foot patrol of Lewes town centre including the Linklater, South Downs College, Mountfield Road, train station and Aqua. They were joined by colleague PC Holt here but all was in order.

On starting their second round of visits, all was still quiet in Ringmer.  On returning to Tesco, the officers heard rumours of a large gathering of youths in Southover High Street, Lewes. They were there a few minutes later to be confronted with a large amount of youths spilling out into the High Street near St Anne of Cleave’s. Along with several police units, the party was dispersed and then monitored as various groups then congregated in Winterbourne Park. Gradually the crowd got less and less as groups left to go home, either locally or eventually taking trains back to Brighton. 

 

Saturday:

Saturday night’s Op Blitz started off pretty wet with heavy rain pouring down until 10:30pm. Due to the wet weather, the number of youths seen and spoken to by officers totalled zero. The officers started off their patrol in Peacehaven, focussing on The Big Park. They drove around the park on two occasions during the course of the evening but nothing was seen or heard. Staying in Peacehaven, the officers then moved over to The Meridian Centre at 7:30pm and returned again at 10:00pm. All was in order on both occasions, probably owing to the bad weather. The officers then moved over to Newhaven, starting off at the Dacre Road Car Park. The officers visited here twice, first at 7:25pm and again at 9:55pm but everything was in order on both visits. From here, the officers stayed in Newhaven but moved to West Quay. The officers visited twice, at 7:20pm and 9:50pm. Everything was fine on both occasions and so the officers moved over to Seaford. The officers visited Claremont Road Car Park at 7:10pm and again at 9:45pm, and everything was all in order. The officers then moved from here to Crouch Gardens, and again was visited twice. The officers arrived for their first visit at 7:05pm and returned for their second visit at 9:40pm. Again, everything was all in order. Finally, the officers moved over to The Salt Recreation Ground at 7:00pm and again at 9:30pm, with everything being all in order.

 

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