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Friday 6th March 2020
Operation Blitz - Tackling ASB on your district.
This weekend’s Operation Blitz times return to 1800-0000, the contact number remains the same 07989188960
Your Lewes Prevention Team covers all areas of Lewes, Ringmer, right up to Wivelsfield and surrounds; as well as down through the coast, including Telscombe Cliffe, Peacehaven, Seaford and Newhaven.
Outside of Operation Blitz times, please continue to report ASB to us on 101, or report online, and always dial 999 in an emergency.
Operation Blitz is a designated ASB patrol, and an on-going drive, each Friday and Saturday night between 6pm-midnight (during the Spring months, and in addition to our weekly patrols across the district).
Designated officers from the Lewes District Prevention team take to the streets in areas which have seen an increase in ASB crimes, or youth related ASB, along with areas which have come to attention from your reports over the week.
Update on last weekend's patrols.
On Friday 28th, we patrolled Lewes hotspot areas. We also received a call from the local NHS car park informing us that some youths we sitting on one of the car park walls causing a bit of a disturbance. On arrival, the youths has already moved on prior to us attending. We stayed in the area whilst two of the team took the van into Lewes town centre offering the high street a Police visibility around closing time for a few of the local businesses, following reports few weeks back of youths refusing to leave shops at closing time. Fortunately this evening all was quiet and gave us the opportunity to continue patrols up into the Nevill estate and over to Ringmer.
Later on in the evening we received a call to attend Seaford town with reports of a group of youths that had been kicking bins over, we went on an area search and unfortunately no youths were found, but officers spoke to residents and description were obtained, some that match some of our regular groups which the team can now put together to speak to those involved.
About 2100hrs we were flagged down when patrolling to a shop that had an incident occur, when an order for food was not received and a dispute occurred. Until back up arrived we needed our focus to be on de – escalating the situation, this took time from the Blitz team, however the mobile phone was kept on loud and only one call was received which was an update on an earlier issue this week so fortunately allowed for us to continue enquiries at the shop prior to carrying on through the coastal towns, stopping in to both Peacehaven and Newhaven problem areas..
Due to the incident described above we needed to return back to the area to acquire multiple statements. Due to this, Blitz started a little later as advertised at 1800hrs. Nethertheless we still had time to give all areas of concern a good patrol, with the van being taken to the coast and officers on foot in both Seaford and Newhaven. Saturday night no calls or texts messages were received to the Op Blitz mobile number, and allowed officers to carry out bail checks on youths in both locations, all of which were in order, and the chance to collect CCTV from the retail park in Newhaven following an incident involving anti-social groups earlier this week.
Please continue to report any ASB at the time on the mobile given should it be on a Friday and Saturday evening, outside of these times please continue to report online or to 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency or crime in action.
Thank you – Op Blitz Team.
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