Multi-agency team created to address community issues in Newhaven

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

Organised by Lewes district police commander Inspector Ed Ripley and supported by other professionals, the problem-solving pilot scheme went live this week.

Working out of Saxon House, Newhaven, the six to eight strong team comprises 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.

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.


Warning over dangerous batch of drugs circulating in East Sussex

People are asked to be aware that a dangerous batch of pills is currently circulating within East Sussex and has been linked to several suspected drugs overdoses.

The pills are being offered as Xanax, also known as Alprazolam and used medicinally to treat anxiety, but it is thought they may have been mixed with chemicals that could make them potentially lethal.

In Hastings already, emergency services have responded to at least three incidents involving “Zannies” in the past 24 hours (Wednesday 7/8/19), and officers are also investigating a drugs-related death that may be connected to these.

Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: “We would strongly advise anyone who has consumed such tablets to seek urgent medical attention and to safely dispose of any of these tablets they may have.”

Anyone with information about who supplying the pills is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 413 of 05/08.