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Eastbourne Operation Blitz

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07785372050

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 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

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity
Operation Blitz Friday 13th March.

The Blitz patrols on Friday were led by PS Wells who was accompanied on the carrier by PCSO’s Slow, Crouch, Cotterill and Brian-Davis.

The evening started with patrols around Mill Road, Selwyn Road, The Goff’s and Upperton area due to a number of recently reported burglaries. The area was quiet with no suspicious activity or persons seen.

Having been fuelled by Haribo starmix the team then moved on to look at areas having been highlighted for anti-social behaviour. Morrison’s was visited as there had been reports of damage being caused to bus stops near to the shop as well as issues being caused within the store itself. Two visits were made over the course of the evening, one earlier in the evening with a second around 9pm, on both occasions the area was all quiet. The Marshall Road industrial estate received attention at the same time.

Following this the bus moved on to Rodmill and Old Town, there were a few youths seen however, they were not causing any issues and were happy to engage with officers.

A visit was then made to Shalfleet Close re groups of youths being rowdy under the covered way at the end of the cul-de-sac. On entering the Close a group of five youths were seen to be standing under the covered area, on seeing police they have left the scene. PCSO’s Crouch and Cotterill have exited the van to try to speak with the youths but unfortunately were unable to locate them. The location was re attended later in the evening but the group had not returned.

On route to our next location the team were diverted to deal with a call to youths damaging property in Seaford as all other units were committed with calls. On arriving at the location the youths had made off from the scene. The security team were spoken to and advised that there had been no damage caused as the youths concerned had entered a partially demolished building and had in fact broken some glass in a window that had already been smashed by the demolition team whilst removing it. Suitable advice was provided in relation to making the site more secure to prevent further problems with youths gaining access to the location.

Having returned to Eastbourne visits were then made to The Crumbles due to previous reports of anti-social driving, there were no cars in the car park and all was quiet.

There were no calls to the Blitz phone however as the shift was drawing to an end a call was made to police in relation to a group of juveniles running in the road in Sevenoaks Road. On arrival the youths were back on the pavement and having been spoken to disperse making their way home. They had been in high spirits and had been messing around but understood that their actions may have caused people to think that they may have been up to no good as they were being quite raucous.

The shift ended as it had begun with another patrol around the Goff’s and Upperton area.

                                   Operation Blitz Saturday 14th March.

Saturday nights Blitz patrols were again led by PS Wells accompanied by PCSO’s Brian-Davis, Cotterill, Crouch and, Slow.

The evening started with patrols around the town centre including the Beacon, there were small groups of youths within the centre but none of these were causing any issues. This was followed by an early evening visit to Shalfleet Close. No signs of anyone this evening with the Close being very quiet.

The shops and alleyway at Queens Parade was the next port of call due to reports of groups drinking and causing a general nuisance to shop owners and residents. The alleyway was clear with no signs of anyone having been there drinking or causing any damage or nuisance.
Patrols were also conducted in the Upperton area, around Morrison’s, Marshall Road Industrial Estate, as well as Rodmill and Old Town all of which have been subject to ASB recently. Again there were no groups of youths found to be loitering and no issues reported to police.

During the course of the evening checks there were no calls to the Blitz phone and no ASB or other issues to report.

The evening concluded with another sweep of Shalfleet Close, Hampden Park and the area surrounding Morrison’s with nothing further to report. 


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