Home Secretary Theresa May was in Eastbourne on Monday lunchtime to meet local police officers, chamber of commerce officials and local neighbourhood watch volunteers.
The Conservative minister, who was born in Eastbourne, stopped off at Giorgio’s in Cornfield Road with the party’s MP hopeful Caroline Ansell.
Earlier she visited Number 1 Grove Road to see the shared offices of Eastbourne Police and the borough council, met with Chamber of Commerce boss Christina Ewbank and also spoke with John and Pam Rollison about their work with Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch.
Among the issues up for discussion were hate crime, online safety, phone scams and street drinking in the town.
The Home Secretary also described the scheme at Grove Road where council staff and police officers share space as an “invaluable example” of partnership working and “the way forward”.
For a videoof the visit and interview visit www.eastbourneherald.co.uk