Operation Blitz – Tackling ASB in your towns and villages.

This weekend’s Operation Blitz times have changed from 1600-2200 to 1800-0000, the contact number remains the same 07989188960 – This change is only for this weekend (28th-29th Feb) and will return to 1600-2200 from the 6th March.

Last week the team took to hotspot areas of the coast and Lewes town centre, keeping an eye out for known youths and issues within the locations, with team A taking to Lewes and surrounds, and team B making their way to the coast.

Various calls were received on the Operation Blitz mobile from residents reporting a large group of youths causing a nuisance and being abusive in the centre of Lewes. Officers attended the area and located various known youths; having been the third time this week similar groups and issues have been faced by residents, PCs and PCSOs put in an a request for a dispersal order.

This was authorised by the duty Inspector, which saw the town be dispersed of trouble makers for 48 hours, with the notice being issued to the ones causing trouble, and a the consequences of returning explained to them.

(A dispersal order enable officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has engaged/likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, to leave a specified area and not to return for a period of 48 hours)

A securing a hopefully problem free Lewes for the weekend, the team headed down to the coast, while team A headed up into Ringmer and Wivelsfield.

Team A were called to Wivelsfield Green following reports of youths using a catapult on passing vehicles. On attendance an area search was conducted and residents spoken to for further descriptions, regrettably the group was not found, and to keep an eye for any further offences the team remained in the area for the next few hours.

After leaving Wivelsfield the team received a call to Newick, following a call a recent reports of drug use and ASB in the King George V playing fields. Patrols of the park were given, with officer speaking to those in the park to see if they have seen or heard anything that would help with their enquiries.

Team B continued to patrol the coast, from Telscombe to Newhaven, stopping in a Seaford on the way following reports of anti-social behaviour and problem youths hanging around the Downs Leisure Centre. Regular hotspots were given a good going over, with officers dropping into late night businesses in the town to collect CCTV from previous incidents, and pass on details and updates.

The remainder of the event continued without trouble, giving officers the opportunity to revisit problem areas and speak to residents that were out and about offering updates and gaining valuable information to assist with ongoing enquiries around hotspot areas on the district.

Please continue to use the Blitz mobile number at the weekends, and report any incidents to 101 or online outside of the Blitz patrol times.

Remember always dial 999 in an emergency.