Police clampdown on unruly behaviour

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UNRULY youths are being targeted in a new police clampdown.

Officers from Hastings Police launched Operation Blitzed at the weekend, with the aim of stamping out anti-social behaviour.

The scheme involves stepping up a police presence in hotspots across Hastings and St Leonards where yobs are making people’s lives a misery.

All the public spaces in town, including its parks and gardens have been designated as No Alcohol areas.

Police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will also be working throughout the evenings and at weekends targeting areas where youths gather and drink alcohol.

PC Duncan Cleverley, of Hastings Police, said: “The operation was launched on Friday and was a big success with alcohol being taken from a number of youths, some of whom were taken home to their parents. We are now working with the licensing team to target those premises suspected of selling alcohol to children. Alcohol will be confiscated where appropriate and we will use the information received to target any premises suspected of selling it to youths.

“The message is that we will continue to target anti-social behaviour and disrupt unacceptable behaviour. It may be acceptable as parents to allow their children to consume alcohol at family events under adult supervision. However it is irresponsible to provide alcohol or money so they can then go into public areas and drink with their friends.

“They will be unsupervised in these situations and as they drink will become increasingly vulnerable to becoming victims of crime, and, due to reduced inhibitions, may also contribute to any anti-social behaviour committed by the group they are with.”

There is a dedicated phone number for residents to report anti-social behaviour which will be carried by officers on a Friday and Saturday night.

The number is 07717 490407. Any other calls should still be reported on 0845 6070999 or 999 if urgent.