Police tackle shop lifters and street drinkers in Eastbourne town centre

Some of the personnel involved in the Eastbourne Business Crime Group's day of action
Some of the personnel involved in the Eastbourne Business Crime Group's day of action

A multi-agency operation worked to tackle shoplifters, street drinkers and anti social behaviour in Eastbourne town centre.

Sussex Police, British Transport Police, Railway Enforcement Officers, Neighbourhood First and The Beacon shopping centre security staff joined forces to target offences impacting town centre businesses on Friday (November 30).

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Organised by Eastbourne Business Crime Group, foot patrols in and around the town centre saw 10 police officers helping to boost public and traders’ confidence.

It came at a busy time of the year for shoppers and shopkeepers, and coincided with the opening of The Beacon centre and the start of the Christmas Market.

During the day Sussex Police said nine people were prevented from begging and seven others were dispersed from the town centre for various reasons, including a suspected shoplifter from Hastings.

One man whose behaviour had been impacting local businesses was detained under the Mental Health Act for further assessment and appropriate treatment, said police.

Towards the end of the operation a teenage girl was arrested at the railway station on suspicion of possessing a bladed article and threatening an 11-year-old schoolgirl.

The Neighbourhood First team also removed unattended bedding and personal belongings found around town for possible later collection.

Sussex Police said this was ‘to minimise security issues’.

Railway Enforcement Officers dealt with 11 penalty fares for people not having a valid ticket and two people were dealt with for fare evasion.

Eastbourne Business Crime Group manager Adam Godden said, “The day of action was a great example of partnership working.

“Pooling resources meant a greater presence within our town and showed local businesses that we’re there to support them.

“It also made the shopping experience for the public a better and safer one.”

Should any business wish to find out about being part of the Eastbourne Business Crime Group they can contact adam.godden@eastborune.gov.uk for more details.