Operation Blitz success in tackling crime and disorder in Eastbourne

Operation Blitz proved to be a success in tackling crime and disorder in Eastbourne after police were called to a group of young people who were causing problems in the street and seized around 30 bottles of alcoholic drinks.

Police officers and Police Community Support Officers attended Longland Road in Old Town after a call from a resident on Saturday May 11 and found a group of about 30 youths aged between 14 and 16.

Some of the youths fled but others were caught and had their details taken by officers.

Approximately 30 open and closed containers of alcohol were seized.

The group was ordered to pick up discarded cans and bottles from the street and put them in rubbish bags provided by officers, these were then disposed of and the youths sent home.

This week letters have been sent to their parents advising them that their children had been involved in the incident. There were no reports of damage or violence.

Operation Blitz was created specifically to target anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking.

Sergeant Julian Williams, who attended the scene, said, “This was an effective use of Operation Blitz for reducing crime and disorder at a local level without delay.

“I would encourage residents to contact their local PCSO via the Sussex Police website: www.sussex.police.uk or by calling 101 to find out more about this initiative.”