Police Op Blitz strikes Wealden District

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BIG BLITZ was running last Thursday with five vans out across Wealden.

Early on in the evening the Polegate team attended a call in relation to nuisance youths in the High Street, and the Crowborough team spent time interacting with youths at Goldsmith Skate Park.

The Uckfield team patrolled Luxford Field where they interacted with a group of youths, as did the Hailsham team in Western Road rec. and the Polegate team in Stone Cross. Some alcohol was seized at McDonalds car park in Uckfield.

Later on in the evening, the Heathfield team engaged in a game of Tug of War with the local team who were busy training! Meanwhile, Hailsham were stop checking known persons of interest around the Common Pond and on the Cuckoo Trail.

Polegate were then called to Barons Way on the Blitz hotline number in relation to noisy youths. Shortly after, Heathfield were interacting with youths at St. Richards Church, completing a stop search on one male. They then arrested a person for an alcohol related offence.

In the last hour of the operation, the Hailsham team were called to The Cedars were youths had been reported to be throwing stones at a property. The team stopped and questioned youths matching the description in Hawks Road. They were then deployed to Swan Road after reports of anti-social vehicles racing up and down the road and a group of youths running in and out of peoples gardens. One person, who is known to police, was stop checked in the area.

Finally, a group of youths in vehicles were spoken to in the South Road car park in Hailsham. The vehicles were checked and words of advice given to the occupants.

On Friday, another Blitz team were deployed to the Uckfield and Crowborough area. They interacted with 40 people, 4 of which were stop checked. There were another 35 interactions with the Blitz team working Saturday night in the Hailsham and Heathfield area.

A police spokesman said: “It would seem we have had a successful weekend in Wealden, with very little anti-social behaviour being reported and lots of interactions with the local community.”