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Lewes District ASB Op Blitz Weekly Update and Number

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Thursday 1st August 2019

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number is 07989 88960 (this remains unchanged and will not look to change in the future, should there be need to change a notification will be sent, thank you)

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.

For more information about the different types of ASB, and who best to contact, please our ASB pages on our website.

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 night’s Operation Blitz was carried out by: PC Hall, PCSO Collins and PCSO Willson

The Blitz team started with an early call down to Tesco in Lewes for some problem youths being mouthy and throwing fruit. Upon arrival the team were directed to the youths who were already leaving.

After catching up with them officers took details and gave them suitable advice which they complied with. Passing attention was given to the area throughout the remaining time in Lewes to ensure the group did not return to cause further issues.

The team then moved onto the Landport estate following local groups congregating and causing park users issues, fortunately this evening all was well, and the team had nothing to report. A few residents were out walking around the estate whilst the team were who stopped to have a chat about local issues, all of which were noted and can help to form part of the teams plans for future Op Blitz patrols.

Other areas in Lewes that were given eyes to were, Friars Walk, following community concerns about problem youths during the week, and the station area, both of which the team were pleased to report had no issues this evening, and contact details were given to passing residents.

The team then completed some bail checks following a few young adults who were recently given curfews following their arrests, all was in order.

Before leaving Lewes the team were called back to Tesco for a different group that were being disruptive in the loading area, on arrival the group had already gone, quite possibly thanks to the rain that was setting in.

The rain continued as officers took the van out to Ringmer to conduct further bail checks and give the park area and town a good going over for ASB, the play areas were all empty and fortunately no groups seen to be out causing issues, again likely owing to the rain.

Whilst driving back down to Lewes the team were flagged down by an off duty PCSO who was with a distressed male who had taken a fall down a bank. An ambulance was called and the gent was taken to Hospital to make sure he was ok, owing to this The Blitz team took an hour or so out of their duties to ensure the male was ok and got the treatment he needed.

Saturday evening saw Sergeant Reynolds, PCSO Collins, PCSO Turvey and PCSO Willson head out for Op Blitz, this evening targeting problem areas across our costal towns.

The team got to the coast and stopped at Mcdonalds and KFC in Newhaven which are usually hot spot areas for youth related ASB, the managers were all checked in with and contact details passed for the team should there be anything of concern ASB wise during the course of the evening.

From McDonalds the team moved on to Shakespeare Hall by the Pump track, where there had previously been reports of older teens causing younger track users unwanted distress. The team spoke to a couple of groups who were out in the park all of who were fine and just out enjoying time on their bikes.

The team spoke to them about a possible bike marking registration event they are looking to set up and explained how registering and marking their bikes would be beneficial should anything happen to them, some of which had already marked their bikes which was great to see. Details of this upcoming event will be sent out via social media and In The Know in due course.

Moving on Blitz visited the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven which has history of problems youths and then onto the big park which has had issues with vehicle damage over the last week. Concerns from residents were noted and they were pleased to see the team taking a proactive approach to dealing with their concerns.

At around 22:30 the Blitz phone rang and the team were tasked to head Newick to look for a group of kids playing loud music at King George V playing fields.

Generally noise issues are something that needs reporting to the local councils and is not something the team would normally respond to, on this occasion though the caller had said not only were they playing loud music, but they had also witnessed underage drinking and causing issues to others in the playing fields.

Upon arrival the team noticed a handful of youngsters in the park but could not hear the music. The group were asked about the complaint however did not have any musical equipment or alcohol on them and said that there was a group that had left before we arrived. With no alcohol or ASB to log, the team were satisfied they were not the group they had been looking for and continued on their way.

The shift concluded with the team making their way back along the coast, stopping in Seaford again in Newhaven to conduct bail checks and pick up where the left off prior to heading to Newick.

Officers were pleased to report no issues along the coast this evening.


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