Sussex Police are to address an increase of street drinking and alcohol-induced anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne town centre. Reports of such disturbances have seen a real spike during the recent warm weather.
As a part of its efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour Sussex Police are introducing extra patrol to increase their presence in drinking hotspots across the town. The new measures will also see the force in closer contact with businesses as well as sticking strictly to protocol that those found drinking alcohol and causing a nuisance will have such substances removed with the added potential punishment of being banned from the area of the disturbance and even arrested for anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Rachel Barrow, of the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “We recognise that whilst this is an issue and concern at any time of the year, the warmer months tend to see an increase in this type of complaint. We will be making use of our local officers and staff and, when needed, we have planned for support from neighbouring districts such as Lewes and Wealden to help police this operation.
“Enforcement is only part of the solution to a problem across the country, which is certainly not unique to Eastbourne as a bustling and vibrant seaside town. We continue to work closely with other services to try and tackle the root cause of alcohol related crime and disorder.”
This operation is part of what Sussex Police has been focusing on as a county-wide strategy to tackle street drinking. the force will be working with the local council as well as E
The operation is part of a wider strategy to tackle street drinking involving Sussex Police, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership, and includes the setting up of Eastbourne HUB to support the local street community.
Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said, “The Community Safety Partnership is totally committed to combatting anti-social behaviour across the town to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Eastbourne. It continues to work closely with the police and its other partners to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour.”
Inspector Barrow added, “We hope to do our very best in responding to calls and complaints from people about this type of behaviour and ask that if an incident is taking place it is reported, by phoning 101, or 999 in an emergency.”