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Lewes ASB Op Blitz Update and Contact Number

Alert message sent 30/05/2019 16:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday 30th May 2019. 

Operation Blitz notification of this weekend's phone number

Dear Members,

This weekend's phone number/s is: 07989 188960 (unchanged)

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 weekend (31/05 and 01/06) patrols will be focusing on our coastal towns on Friday night, and working our way through Lewes, Ringmer and rural villages Saturday night.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Update on last weekend's Operation Blitz activity

Owing to reports received in the week, blitz officers this week paid extra attention to the rural areas of Lewes and Ringmer.

PCSOs Ash and Turvey started their duty around 1800 hours, with their first call coming in around 1820 on the blitz mobile phone, an anonymous call in regards to potential Rave in Lewes.

Officers received similar calls early in the evening, and the areas given were driven past, fortunately either the group had moved on or had heard via our social media that we were out and about, and choose not to continue with their antics.

Moving out of Lewes, officers took themselves to Newick, Following a few reports in the week of youths causing a nuisance and being abusive to residents in the skate park, officers gave the park a good going over and are pleased to report other than a few skaters there were no issues this evening.

From Newick, officers headed out to Plumpton. The village hall had an event on and officers spent time patrolling the playing fields and playground, other than a few passing residents, no issues were reported. Residents were given officers contact details for blitz in the event they needed to call them back out during their shift. Officers are pleased to report they had no call out to Plumpton during the course of the evening.

An area that has been experiencing youth related ASB recently is the Landport park area and train station of Lewes. Last week officers teamed up with British transport Police for additional support around the train station area, which unfortunately has recently been an issue; especially with it being half term.

This week though, PCSOs Ash and Turvey reported no issues in the early hours around the station, however they did receive two calls later in the evening to groups of youths causing issues outside the train station. Officers attended and the group were spoken to regarding their behaviours, the group were asked to leave, which they did, and PCSOs Ash and Turvey later returned to the station to make sure they had not returned; which they hadn’t.

From intelligence officers had been made aware that there is a party scheduled via social media in the Lewes Area planned for the weekend. Officers paid passing attention the rugby club where potential party goers had seen heading. The duo kept an eye on them but did not witness anything untoward about their behaviour.

A later call was received on the blitz mobile phone to return to the Lewes rugby club, after a resident had sighted a couple of groups, 10 to 15 strong on the playing field. PCSOs Ash and Turvey made their way back through town, unfortunately on their arrival they have dispersed. A job log was created for further calls and the rest of the team out in Lewes made aware of this report should there be any further issues during the evening.

The rest of the blitz evening was spent in the Lewes and surrounding rural areas, providing a visible presence and engaging with young adults were appropriate.

It appears that most of teenagers had split into smaller groups, and no further calls in regards to issues around youth related ASB. Hopefully officers’ presence and interactions had played a positive part in terms of persuading the young adults not to cause issues in the area.  

Should you witness any ASB over the weekend (Friday and Saturday between 1800-0000) please report directly on the phone number included in this email. Officers on patrol designated to Blitz will answer and be able to assist.

Outside of these time please either report by calling 101, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or online https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/contact-us-to-discuss-something-else/ where ASB has been added to our online forms in a new format for ease of reporting.

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Jeremy Glew-Deval (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden)

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