Second man charged in Eastbourne anti-social behaviour crackdown

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A second man has been charged by police as part of a crackdown on removing people causing trouble on Eastbourne’s seafront.

Thirty three year-old Dean Hobbs, of no fixed address, will appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on August 9 accused of breaching the terms of a new order introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The section 30 dispersal zone came into force on Monday this week giving officers and Police Community Support Officerss the power to remove people from parts of the town, including the town centre, if they believe they are going to cause trouble.

A second man, Arden Lindo, 46, of no fixed address, will also appearing at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on August 9 facing a similar charge.

From Monday, anyone committing antisocial behaviour along the seafront on in a designated area around the town centre can be ordered to leave and told not to return for 24 hours.

If they refuse, or return within that period, they can be arrested.

On the first day of the crackdown on antisocial behaviour eight people were told to leave the area. One was later spotted in the area a few hours later and was arrested for ignoring the order.

The powers are available under section 30 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003.

The order last until October 27.