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Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

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 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

As part of our Blitz taskings we endeavour to patrol locations that have been brought to our attention from members of the public at least twice throughout the evening. These areas are constantly reviewed to maintain a good presence where needed in order to reduce anti-social behaviour and make people feel safer in their community.

Blitz this Friday focused around Gildredge Park where a large number of youths were found in various areas, especially around the skate park. Although our PCSO’s could smell cannabis they could not determine where it was coming from. We engaged with a few dog walkers who all reported the smoking of cannabis being a problem within Gildredge Park. We gave them contact cards and advised them to report it online. We discovered two tents situated in the corner of the parks playing field but no one was found there. We found an empty gin bottle and used syringe within the ladies toilets which were both disposed of. All other hotspots were quiet and there were no calls received on the Blitz phone.

On Saturday 29th September we started our patrols in the town centre paying attention to McDonalds, Terminus Road where we have had complaints about large groups of young people causing issues with international students. All was very calm and no groups were seen in the area. We then moved on to Gildredge Park. It was a lovely autumnal evening and only a few pleasant young persons were in the skate park and the usual dog walkers enjoying the area. We then moved to Grange gardens and the promenade particularly between the pier and wish tower. There was an event on at the bandstand so everyone seemed to be in good spirits and enjoying their evening.

After this we moved our attention to the old town area, starting with Parsonage Road where we have had a number of reports relating to anti-social behaviour in Motcombe gardens. After hi-visibility patrols we made our way to Palesgate Way and then onto Victoria Gardens Bowls club. At the time of our patrols everything was in order as it should be on such a beautiful evening. The team then made their way to Sevenoaks Road recreation ground, Etchingham Road and then the Veritek building in Hampden Park.

We have recently had a number of complaints about a group of young people causing issues in and around Hampden Park, in light of this information we conducted extra patrols around the park and Tesco, Brassey parade.

It was then that we received a call on the operation Blitz phone to the Foyer, they had a resident and a guest who were causing issues in the property. We made our way to the location and were confronted by two intoxicated young males. After a long discussion with both males it was decided that staff wanted the guest to leave and the resident to calm down to prevent any further issues. We took the guest home and called our response colleagues to assist with the resident.


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