Dispersal order issued following recent anti-social behaviour in Newhaven
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A dispersal order is in place for Newhaven town centre this weekend following an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.
Police have seen a recent rise in reports of violent and disruptive incidents involving groups of young people, which is causing tension and distress among the local community.
Officers have increased patrols in targeted areas and are using preventative powers such as the dispersal order to proactively tackle any issues before they escalate.
The dispersal order will start on Friday evening (October 29) and last for 48 hours until Sunday evening (October 31). It will enable officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has committed, or is likely to commit, anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave a specified area and not return for a specified period of up to 48 hours.
Chief Inspector Di Lewis, district commander for Lewes, said: "We have seen a rise in reports of crime and anti-social behaviour in Newhaven, particularly involving groups of young people.
"This behaviour is unacceptable. It causes fear and harm to residents and businesses in our area, and it will not be tolerated.
"We are making full use of the policing powers available to us to address the issue. A dispersal order will allow officers on the ground to quickly identify and deal with anyone who plans on causing trouble in our community.
"We are also seeing a rise in reports of crime and disorder associated with the night-time economy and are working closely with our licensed premises to manage this.
"Our officers will be out and about this weekend, engaging with people and identifying and deterring any criminal and anti-social behaviour. We encourage you to speak with them if you have any concerns."
Anyone wishing to report a crime or anti-social behaviour can do so online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.