Policing plan pays off as crime figures fall in town

ONLY three people were arrested in Eastbourne on New Year’s Eve.

The three were arrested for drink-related offences and details were revealed as police in the town reported crime figures had dropped.

In comparison to 2009, public place violence was reduced by almost 44 per cent.

Extra officers had been deployed between December 10 and January 2 to meet the seasonal policing demands of the festive period.

Additional officers took to the streets over the weekends and bank holiday periods with support from the Safe Space project, Street Pastors, and Eastbourne Crime Reduction Partnership.

Local Neighbourhood Support Inspector Charlie Connaughton said, “I have no doubt that our close working relationships with our partners and licensees, combined with the dedicated work of all our district officers, has resulted in this significant reduction in public place violence.

“We were also very fortunate to have the support of the Safe Space project which gave vital support to the street pastors, and reduced the burden of calls and demands on the NHS emergency services.

“During these current financial times, it is always difficult to secure funding for such worthy projects as Safe Space.

“However, if possible, I would like to see the Safe Space project as a more permanent feature here in Eastbourne, for all our key weekends, and busier periods throughout the year.”