Police have launched a series of early morning raids in the Hampden Park area, arresting seven people on a range of drugs and burglary charges.
Officers carried out a total of ten drugs warrants yesterday morning (Friday) on the Hydneye Estate, as well as the Willingdon Trees and Shinewater districts of Eastbourne in the aftermath of the investigation into the murder of Chris Poole.
Last month, two teenagers were found guilty of murdering 46-year-old Mr Poole when he was attacking outside the Premier store in the Hydneye area of Eastbourne last August. Mr Poole was punched and kicked in the head, and died of his injuries the next day.
Following the murder trial at Lewes Crown Court, Sussex Police vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour on the estate, and yesterday’s raids marked the start of this campaign.
District Commander Chief Inspector Steve Biglands said: “Officers have been gathering information about drugs in the Hydneye Estate in the Hampden Park area of the town following concerns from residents about crime in the area especially after the death of Chris Poole in August last year.
“This is also something residents have been bringing to the attention of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”
The arrests received the support of Eastbourne Borough Council. Cllr Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for communities, said: “This operation was the result of a collaboration between the police, Eastbourne Borough Council and other organisations and clearly demonstrates that if we suspect people are breaking the law we will take appropriate action in partnership with other key agencies.”
Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd MP also welcomed the news, pointing out that he had been contacted by a number of residents on the estate who were growing increasingly concerned by the levels of anti-social behaviour.
He commented: “I’m extremely glad the police have launched this robust initiative in Hampden Park.
“I had been contacted by a number of residents over the last few weeks over the issue of anti-social behaviour and the possible dealing and using of class A drugs from certain households in the area, and passed this information to the police.
“The action taken by Sussex Police of targeted raids and arrests of a number of people will be very reassuring to local residents. I would urge everyone to continue to keep the police informed of any illegal behaviour in their area.”
After the raids, police arrested the following:
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of class B drugs from Carisbrooke Close
A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and a large amount of cannabis has been seized from an address in Percival Road.
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and cannabis seized from Penhurst Close.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs and drugs seized from Linden Close.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods after a stolen motorbike was found in Fountains Close.
A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A and B drugs after drugs were found at an address in Fountains Close.
A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences following a seizure of a large amount of class B drugs were found in an address in Chyngton Close.
A warrant was also conducted at Golden Gate Way in Sovereign Harbour where a quantity of drugs were seized.