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Lewes ASB Op Blitz Update Ringmer Seaford Peacehaven Newhaven

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Thursday 5th September 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

Last weekend’s (Friday and Saturday evening) Operation Blitz was carried out by, PC Hall, PC Holt, PCSO Collins, PCSO Turvey, and PCSO Willson.

Following issues in Lewes late last week, where a certain amount of disruption from a group of mixed youths, in and around The Subway Sandwich bar adjacent to the bus station area; on Thursday 29th 2019 a Section 35 had been issued to deal with the problem.

A dispersal order, known as a section 35 order, has been authorised following reports of fighting and anti-social behaviour in the town centre area.

Under the order, police officers and PCSOs can tell individuals or groups, who are causing significant and persistent anti-social behaviour to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours.

As a result the team elected to split into two groups, in two vehicles, with PC Ross crewed with PCSO’s Marchant and Nicholson heading for the coast and PC Goudie and PCSO Cassie Brown staying around Lewes town centre.

As the team head out shortly after six, everything changed with both units asked being called on the radio to attended Morrison’s food shop in Seaford, to help back up an officer that had a person detained for shop lifting, along with a large group unruly teens outside the shop that needed dispersing.

On our arrival the team assisted other units in dispersing the group, and the decision was made for half to the team to remain in Seaford and focus on coastal towns and the other head back to Lewes as originally planned.

The coastal team headed to two known areas of youth related ASB and disorder, to check both the Salts recreation ground and Crouch Gardens.

On arrival to Crouch gardens, a group of around 5 teenagers, under 16 were seen to be acting in a disruptive manner, officers used powers to conduct searches on the teens, and revealed they were in possession of tobacco, a litre bottle of vodka and a cannabis grinder.

These were subsequently seized and booked into the system by PCSO Brown, and the youths sent home.

Shortly afterwards the team had a call from the control room, for a vulnerable missing person that may or may not have been on Seaford Head Cliffs. This was attended by PC Ross and PCSO Marchant, who walked from Splash point to the Barn, whilst PCSO Nicholson supplied vehicle support.

En route back to Lewes, PC Goudie and PCSO Brown headed north to deal with a drunk male on the Offam Road, just North of Lewes.

Once dealt with and male handed to a Response team, Blitz got back in Lewes around 2200, the town was circled continuously and the hotspots were frequented, these being the parks around the town, and the areas where youths had been causing issues previous in the week.

A group of young adults were given stern words of advice for wheeling at cars in the Lewes Tesco Car Park. Words of advice were listened to and the group made their way to a more suitable area to cycle.

Whilst patrolling the town centre, the team were called to an alarm sounding in the High street where our problems were late last week. Fortunately it seemed as though a false alarm had triggered and the residents above were happy to hear the end of it.

The team headed into the Landport area following concerns from residents earlier in the week whereby groups were causing issues in the local park, officers are pleased to report no issues were seen or reported via the blitz mobile or control centre during the shift.

After patrols around Ringmer the team returned to Tesco in Lewes after being flagged down by security guards to a male who was escorted out of the shop and under the influence of something.

Officers located the male around the back of the store, with grounds to search, he was subsequently searched and a large bundle of cash and small ‘deal’ bags, with what was thought to be cannabis in were found on the male. He was arrested and taken to custody.

Further calls of alarms were received later in the evening, one at the top of Spital Road in Lewes, and one at the old Ambulance station. Fortunately again both were false alarms and residents in the nearby area were given details of the Blitz team should they see any youths in the areas.

The team had lots of paperwork as a result of the earlier seizures and headed back to the police station around 2330 to complete their office duties, and signed off shortly after 0030.

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