Operation Neptune hits Lewes troublemakers

POLICE have launched a major crackdown on young troublemakers in Lewes.

Operation Neptune came in the wake of complaints about anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking.

The aim of the three-day operation was to “robustly address such disruptive and impactive behaviour”, said a spokesman, but also to check on the welfare of young people in the town.

The multi-phased crackdown, running from Thursday last week to Saturday, involved Lewes officers and Police Community Support Officers together with colleagues from the coastal towns of Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.

A visible police presence was seen at several key locations in the town, together with checks being made up at the Offham chalk pits and the open land surrounding the Nevill Estate.

Groups of youths were positively engaged with by officers, and instances of possession of alcohol, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour were dealt with appropriately.

On Friday alone, 37 young people were spoken to by police over the course of the day, with quantities of alcohol seized from 17 of them.

Acting Sergeant Daran Goudie of Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team, who planned the operation, said: “We are very pleased with the results of Operation Neptune.

“Our officers have experienced very positive interaction with the vast majority of young people spoken to, and the message regarding under-age drinking was well received.

“During the evening phases, young people’s parents were contacted by officers if found in possession of alcohol, to find out whether parents knew of their children’s whereabouts. It was heartening to see that very little actual enforcement was required - such as issuing direction to leave notices or taking young people home.”