Counter-terrorism advice in Eastbourne and Hailsham


Police will be visiting Eastbourne to talk about terrorism prevention, as part of a Sussex and Surrey-wide event.

On Friday (November 28) and Saturday (November 29), police officers will take part in a series of informal local ‘meet the public’ events to brief communities on the terrorist threat, as part of national Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week.

Officers will be at the Arndale Centre, Enterprise Shopping Centre, Eastbourne Railway Station, and The Quintins in Hailsham.

Police will be handing out leaflets and talking to the public across the county, to help promote the reporting of suspicious activity.

Officers and staff taking part include many who normally work in less visible areas of policing, such as such as staff training, professional standards, witness care, schools liaison and command teams, and they will be joining local frontline colleagues.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said, “The key message is that local communities play a vital role in preventing and identifying terrorism and by working together we can make people safer. We will be encouraging the public to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if they have seen or heard anything that could be terrorist-related.

“We are using the opportunity of this Awareness Week to hold these events as part of our continuing series of ‘All Out Days’ in which colleagues who usually work in essential but less visible areas of our work can support frontline colleagues giving the added benefit of enhanced visibility out on the streets of Sussex.

“We look forward to engaging proactively with the public at these crowded locations to promote the reporting of suspicious activity, to encourage dialogue on terrorism issues and reinforce reporting mechanisms and to encourage the public to be vigilant and alert but not alarmed.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “This is an important exercise given the current climate that we are living in. Sussex residents need to feel confident and reassured that their police force is committed to keeping them safe from national as well as local threats.”