PCSO Daryl Holter, one of the lead officers in Sussex for Heritage Crime spoke to community members at this week at Cliffe Church Hall in Lewes, updating them on the work Sussex Police are doing as well as offering advice to community members who play a part in looking after heritage sites.
Daryl said; ‘Sadly we still see a number of heritage crimes across the county, so spreading the prevention, engagement and education messages is really important’.
What is Heritage Crime?
Heritage crime is defined as ‘any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations’.
That can include offences like lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.
You can find out more about this work, advice and support on reporting Heritage Crimes here.
Anti-social behaviour in Seahavens
Following youth related ASB in Newhaven, and Peacehaven, a number of dispersal orders and increased ASB patrols have already been authorised and put in place over the last few weeks, aimed at deterring and curbing youth related ASB, and ongoing work is still in place to prevent further occurrences.
A dispersal order, known as a section 35, provides police officers and PCSOs with the powers to dispense those who are causing significant and persistent anti-social behaviour. It also requires them to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours; in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming “harassed, alarmed or distressed” or “the occurrence of crime or disorder” in a particular area.
In addition to dispersal orders, increased high visibility Police patrols have been put in place across the towns over the last few weeks.
Lewes Police Sergeant Mason said, ‘Additional officers have been brought into the Newhaven and Peacehaven areas to patrol the hotspot areas of youth related ASB, and crime and disorder reported by members of the public.’
‘Work is ongoing and these patrols will be extended into this weekend and continue to do so over the coming weeks’.
As well as these additional patrols, police also have a designated ASB patrol; named Operation Blitz, which takes place each Friday and Saturday evening from the hours of 6pm until midnight.
You can call the team on 07989188960 within the hours above to speak directly to the ASB team out and about in your town; having designated ASB officers already in the town, and a contact number that can easily be used to report issues, means officers are in a better position to respond promptly and effectively to your calls.