THE Home Secretary visited Hastings Police Station to speak with officers and crime-fighting organisations.
Theresa May came to town to find out how drug and drink-related crime is being tackled in Hastings and St Leonards.
The town’s MP Amber Rudd, who hosted the Home Secretary’s visit, said: “It was a pleasure to show the Home Secretary around our local police force and to give her an insight into the hard work that is going on within many organisations to try and find solutions to some of the long-term problems in our town. I was particularly keen to focus the visit on the work being done to tackle the issues caused by street drinking and drug use as there has recently been a concerted effort to resolve these concerns.”
The Home Secretary was given a tour of the police station by Chief inspector Paul Phelps and then introduced to local organisations for a Q&A session. One of these organisations was Bar Watch, which works at the coal-face dealing with nuisance caused by excessive drinking.
After her visit, the Home Secretary said: “I was extremely impressed with the hard work and dedication being undertaken by all local groups and agencies, including Sussex Police, to deal with the entrenched issues caused by drink and drugs.
“I was inspired by the leadership shown by the police in Hastings, and the commitment that runs from top to bottom of the organisation to see crime come down even further and a better environment created across the town for all residents. I was particularly impressed with the work of the Bar Watch team and the initiatives they have put in place to deal with excessive drinking, and helping the night-time economy.”