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Lewes ASB Op Blitz Update Ringmer Seaford Peacehaven Newhaven

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Thursday 30th August 2019


Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number: 07989 188960 

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 and Saturday night’s Operation Blitz was conducted by PC Hall, PC Holt and PCSO Willson.

Op Blitz was assigned to Lewes town and the surrounding Northern villages Friday evening, staffed by PC Hall and PC Holt from Lewes Prevention Team. They were later joined by PCSO Willson, and the team are pleased to report that no calls were received from residents on the Blitz phone during the course of the evening.

Saturday evening saw the team work their way across our coastal towns heading to know areas of youth related ASB and disorder, as well as responding to a number of calls from the control room and the Blitz mobile.

Friday’s shift started in Ringmer, with visits to the Anchor Field skate park, Springett Avenue and Broyleside areas. No unruliness was encountered and attention then moved on to Cooksbridge, Plumpton, Wivelsfield Green and Newick. All our villages proved just as calm and trouble free.

The team then focused attention on Lewes, with visits to the Landport, Friars Walk, Tesco and Railway land. On entering the railway land, the team were warmly greeted by residents enjoying a glass of something on their balcony across the river; with the warm weather the team were all slightly envious to say the least.



Blitz then attended an emergency call to the Newhaven swing bridge, where someone had been seen climbing over the bridge and clambering down onto the lower levels. The team arrived quickly in the area and conducted a search but did not locate the individual concerned.

Officers presence was then required back in Lewes, where anti-social individuals had been banging on resident’s windows in Friar’s Walk. Unfortunately, no description of the individuals was given but Blitz remained in the area for a short while afterwards to deter further issues.

Before heading back to base the team revisited areas from earlier in the evening paying attention to rural locations, and are pleased to report that no issues were identified.

As a result of patrols over the weekend, the team review results, and findings to assist them in planning for the following weekends patrols, should you witness any ASB or youth related crime and disorder outside of the Blitz patrol times (Friday and Saturday 6pm-Midnight, please contact us on 101, 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online at sussex.police.uk)

Saturday evening’s patrols began around 6pm with visits to ‘hotspot’ areas, including the Pumptrack in Newhaven, and surrounding areas, as well as the BigPark Peacehaven; owing to ongoing and recent youth related ASB and disorder.



Regrettably owing to the warm weather and alcohol there were a number of incidents which the team were called to assist outside of their Blitz patrols to individuals out enjoying themselves a bit too much.

A drunken disturbance at a pub in Lewes was the first call, with the team assisting other units to diffuse a situation that had escalated rather quickly. The team managed to diffuse the situation and both parties were separated and got on with their evenings, the Blitz team remained behind to check in with other establishments in and around Lewes to ensure the same individuals had gone home rather than heading elsewhere to continue their disagreement.

Whilst heading back to duties, the team were alerted to several times to a large group of youths climbing on the scaffolding of the Bell Lane development. They dispersed quickly upon arrival.

The team returned to the coast for one last going over before heading back to base, and met up with the new multi-agency team deployed in Newhaven. This new team set up by Lewes district Inspector Ed Ripley has already seen some positive results with a number of individuals known to Police already engaging with other agencies and services to assist them in finding alternative activities around the town to help in deterring them continuing to, or committing further crime and disorder offences.

Work and results from the team were published last week, and have been reposted here for those who may not have yet seen:

Concerns over crime and anti-social behaviour in Newhaven have prompted the launch of a multi-agency team to tackle the issues involved.

Set up by Lewes district Police Inspector Ed Ripley, and supported by other professionals, the problem-solving pilot scheme went live during the first weekend of August.



The team, made up of Police Community Support Officers, Neighbourhood First and Housing Team members from Lewes District Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the Sussex Community Development Association and Target Youth Support youth outreach team and the domestic abuse Rita Project, will work out of Saxon House, Newhaven, and work together at designated patrols around hot-spot areas across Newhaven.

Insp Ripley said: "How we operate together and the team dynamics will evolve as we go along, but I hope that by the end of the school summer holidays we will have a better understanding of how this will work.

"Officers will identify hot-spots around Newhaven and problem-solve those locations where the presence and behaviour of young people impacts on the community. The team can also be deployed to deal with other issues in the town, acting spontaneously if required."

UPDATE:

The team met on Monday (19th August) to review their work over the last week, and to discuss their findings, share outcomes, and to agree their aims for the coming weeks.

Last week teams patrolled from Saxon House paying attention to the Quayside, through the Pump Track and along Fort Road; fewer reports of anti-social behaviour in the area we received this week, and we have had some positive engagement with some individuals who are known to cause some of the problems in Newhaven.

Working closely with Neighbourhood First has already yielded some positive results and we have developed information received from the local community regarding offending in the area. Just this week August 15th) we have made 9 referrals to housing authorities after confirming the involvement of their tenants in anti-social behaviour and crime.

Part of this new approach, is to not only tackle crime and disorder, but also to look at underlying influences such as housing, environment and domestic stability, each of which are factors that may contribute to an individual’s behaviour.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) and Targeted Youth Support (TYS) are working closer together in our hot-spot locations to engage with young people who could benefit from diversionary schemes and local activities. A new Youth centre is already under construction, with building works beginning the first week of September and a completion date of early October.

Members of the newly formed Multi-Agency Problem Solving Team attended Newhaven Youth Group on Friday evening (16th August). They were accompanied by our CrimeStoppers ‘Anti-Knife Crime’ van, to raise awareness around knife crime and to explain the dangers and consequences around carrying knives. The important message was that not only does it impact on them but it also impacts on their families, friends and their future.

Young people and adults told us about the challenges they face around talking about knives; peer pressure was a big issue. Officers gained valuable intelligence too which used to assist the teams to direct their future patrols, as well as building a picture around where knife related incidents may occur.



We rely on you to let us know what’s going on in your area. Your information enables us to direct our patrols and activity in the right areas within your communities. So, we would like to hear from you; in particular, your thoughts on our newly introduced Multi-Agency Problem Solving Team, information around upcoming events in the Newhaven area, or groups you run locally.

Please get in touch via email: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk

(Please only use this email to discuss the above request, crime reports cannot be taken via this email address, please redirect your report/other concerns to 101, 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or online at sussex.police.uk – thank you)

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Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)

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