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Lewes Operation Blitz

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

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’s Operation Blitz kicked off with officers being joined for the first part of Op Blitz by our media relations team and a camera crew to see what we do and how we deal with anti-social behaviour.

After patrolling a number of hotspot areas in Lewes and Ringmer, we received a call to Newhaven regarding a group of youths that had been causing issues most of the afternoon but this call was the first report that we had received. Before we were able to go down to Newhaven, we received a call on our Blitz phone about a group of young teenagers smoking cannabis near the Bowling Green near Lewes castle. On attending we spoke with three young teenagers but no cannabis was smelt or seen. After this we attended Newhaven where we completed an area search but no youths were found upon our arrival.

Our next call was to Seaford to two incidents that seemed connected but on arrival they were not. One was to a group of youths punching cars, the group had starburst before we were able to speak with them. The next incident seemed to be more time pressing as it was reported as youths throwing branches into 60 miles per hour traffic. We located the branches but not the youths.

After this we returned into the Lewes and Ringmer hot spots areas where there appeared to be no issues. Due to the bad weather and a number of RTCs being reported already, we decided to patrol the back lanes of our villages.

Saturday night’s Blitz started with a few patrols around some of our youth anti-social behaviour hotspots in Lewes before heading to the coast.

We were called on the Blitz phone and headed towards Peacehaven as there were reports of youths driving dirt bikes in the Big Park, causing alarm and distress to members of the community.

After dealing with the bikes we headed towards the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven as they have been reporting youths gathering in the area and finding drug paraphernalia.

Newhaven patrols were next on our list, however, we were asked to assist in looking for a high risk missing person. The search for our missing person was in the Newhaven/Peacehaven area so Police high visibility was present through the Coast.

We were then called to a male climbing on some scaffolding in West Quay, Newhaven so we headed towards Newhaven Port.

It was a very busy shift and we are pleased to say that we got to most of our usual anti-social behaviour hotspots for patrols.


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