Chris Poole murder: police vow to crack anti-social behaviour in Hampden Park

Chris Poole. (Copy of supplied photo made January 2nd 2013) E01012P
Chris Poole. (Copy of supplied photo made January 2nd 2013) E01012P

EastbournePolice have said they will be working with the community in Hampden Park to tackle anti-social behaviour in the wake of the murder last summer of Chris Poole.

Shane Noble, 19, of no fixed address, and Joe Chapman, 15, formerly of Iden Street, Eastbourne, were found guilty on Wednesday of murdering the 46-year-old following a three-week trial at Lewes Crown Court. Both teenagers have been remanded in custody for sentencing on March 15.

Following their conviction the judge lifted the Section 39 order under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 allowing Chapman to be named but not photographed.

The court had heard that Mr Poole, 46, had gone to the Premier convenience store in The Hydneye on the evening of August 16. When he left the shop he became involved in an altercation with a group of teenage boys.

Mr Poole was viciously punched and kicked in the head and died the following day in hospital.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Eastbourne district commander, said that police were looking to deal with anti-social behaviour in Hampden Park, working closely with residents. A community event was planned to tackle the issue, he revealed.

He said: “This was a tragic incident that shocked the community and our thoughts are with Mr Poole’s family.

“We are working closely with partners to swiftly and effectively deal with any anti-social behaviour.

“There are many ways in which communities can report incidents which impact upon them - through the police, council, their neighbourhood panels and local neighbourhood teams. Our response may be to simply increase patrols or take direct action.

“Working with the community and encouraging them to report any antisocial behaviour has led a number of successful actions and prosecutions, anti social behaviour orders and injunctions. Together, working with the appropriate agencies, we aim to tackle issues where people are suffering in the community.”

“There will be a consultation event in Hampden Park in the near future, in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council, to address any concerns the community may have following this tragic incident.”