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Thursday 29th October 2020

Eastbourne Police News and Alerts

Police in Eastbourne step up patrols during October half term

Police in Eastbourne have stepped up patrols during the October half term as part of the continued effort to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town.

Eastbourne’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, made up of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs), have been out and about in hotspot areas to identify and respond to any disorder.

Operation Blitz, which usually runs from 6pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday night, has been extended to cover the October half term and Halloween weekend.

The initiative allows members of the public to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour directly to officers on the ground via a dedicated mobile phone number – 07785 372050.

Sergeant Dave Sands led some of the foot patrols around the town. He said: “The weather has been awful over the past three evenings, which has had an impact on the levels of anti-social behaviour.

“Regardless we have had some good results, and our activity has been welcomed by residents and on our social media.”

On Friday (October 23), officers and PCSOs on patrol dispersed a large group of young people gathering at the Bandstand, disrupted a number of people suspected of being involved in drug offences and seized alcohol from people behaving in a disruptive manner in the town centre.

Officers deployed the Speed Indicator Device (SID) on the seafront from 5.30pm to educate and encourage drivers to slow down, and maintained a presence at Admiral Retail Park following complaints of anti-social driving. Other patrol areas included Gildredge Park, Hampden Park, Princes Park and Old Town Recreation Ground.

On Saturday (October 24), the team continued their activity, patrolling Shinewater Park, Princes Park, Helen Gardens, Gildredge Park, Roselands Park, Old Town Recreation Ground and Hampden Park. They made two arrests for burglary and issued a Section 59 warning to a motorist driving in an anti-social manner.

Officers also ensured a visible presence in areas that had recently seen a number of deliberate fires, and patrolled Beachy Head and Langney Shopping Centre following reports of noisy cars and motorbikes.

On Sunday (October 25), the focus was on safeguarding a victim of cuckooing. This is a term used when those involved in drug dealing take over and exploit the home of a local person, forcing or coercing them into allowing their accommodation to be used as a base to run the drugs supply from. Often, this activity also attracts reports of anti-social behaviour and environmental crime.

The team also stopped and spoke with a number of motorists about the manner of their driving. They seized two vehicles being driven with no insurance and reported the drivers involved.

Inspector Rachel Barrow of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We acknowledge and appreciate the distress anti-social behaviour can cause to people living and working in Eastbourne.

“Our officers have maintained a visible presence in areas where anti-social behaviour and disorder has been raised as an issue, and we’ve seen some really positive disruptions as a result.

“Our work to tackle this issue is ongoing all the time, not just during half term week, and we encourage people to report incidents of disorder to us so we can respond. As well as the dedicated Operation Blitz phone number, people can continue to report to us online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

Police donate £300 to girls' football team

Sussex Police has donated £300 to Pevensey & Westham Girls’ Under 10s football team.

The money came from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) – a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

Steve Hadfield, team coach, said: “Pevensey & Westham is a relatively new football team. We work hard to ensure the girls are central to everything.

“We are a family club and try really hard to keep the costs as low as possible. This money will help enormously to ensure the team can turn up on match day with a decent kit and then let their football do the talking.”

PCSO Jake Hopgood, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I was delighted to have been able to help, and to present the cheque to the team on a match day. They looked great in their new kit and it was lovely to see them enjoying their sport and having fun.”

For more information about PPAF, including how to apply, visit our website here.

Extra Officers On Op Blitz (ASB patrols) This Weekend.

At this time of year there is often an increase in anti-social behaviour, which can distress and worry many residents.

Additional Officers will be deployed this Friday and Saturday on our ASB targeting patrols, Op Blitz - call 07785372050 between 1800-0000 to report ASB directly to officers out on patrol.

We will also be reminding people that if they are getting involved in Halloween activities over this period that they be considerate to their neighbours and respectful of others’ property.

For the vast majority, Halloween is great fun and a time to celebrate with friends and family, but for some elderly and vulnerable people, or those living alone, some people’s behaviour can be intimidating.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: "This year we are urging people to celebrate Halloween in a responsible way and adhere to social distancing guidelines. "We are here to make sure that everyone can still enjoy Halloween by focussing our resources in the right places and working closely with our partners and communities.

"We will also be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly, reminding them to follow COVID-19 guidelines and following the rule of six. "There will be increased patrols to deter any anti-social behaviour and provide a reassuring presence; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance. "It is important to stress that the majority of people behave safely and responsibly, however, we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will take action where necessary."

Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year. Outside of these times report ASB online or to 101, and always call 999 in an emergency.

Crime Summary

In the small hours of the 28th October, a shop address on Terminus Road was broken into, an unknown male has taken various items. (0090 of 28/10 relates)

During the day time of the 26th October, a property off Ethelred Close was broken into. A known suspect has taken personal items belonging to the victim. (1441 of 27/10 relates)

There have been no further reports of burglaries on the Eastbourne district.

For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here.

If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.

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