41-year-old man detained after ‘harassing teenagers’ in Hastings

A 41-year-old man was detained for allegedly harassing a group of teenagers in Hastings town centre.

Police were called to the incident in Wellington Place at around 7pm on Saturday (January 15).

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“Once officers arrived, the man said that he would leave town but continued to harass members of the public and police. The 41-year-old was detained for breaching the peace and later released with no further action being taken,” a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.

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It came a day after police issued a dispersal order in Hastings town centre following reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Officers on patrol in the town centre on Friday (January 13) arrested a 33-year-old man who returned to the area after being dispersed by police.

A spokesperson for Hastings Police said: “Our officers will continue to patrol this area and will deal robustly with those causing anti-social behaviour within our town.”

Last month, it was revealed that Castle Ward - which includes the town centre - is the most violent place in the whole of Sussex. It has seen a 49% increase in violent crimes, according to police figures.