How ‘county lines’ issues play a part in Uckfield crime

Sussex Police and British Transport Police are  working closely together to investigate ‘county lines’ issues in Uckfield, according to a town councillor who spoke at a meeting this week. police-jacket-sign

Cllr Duncan Bennett told the annual town meeting on Tuesday night the two forces were looking at transport hubs to see why young people were hanging around and what they could be doing.

He was speaking after a question was asked about progress on policing of the town.

Cllr Bennett said the town was ripe for county lines issues caused by people who were not part of our community coming from other cities or larger conurbations.

Intelligence

He said “direct intelligence from us” had led to the involvement of British Transport Police investigating a number of perpetrators coming from outside the town using the railway.

Both he and town clerk Holly Goring said Uckfield was in a far better place now than it was a year ago in relation to crime.

Ms Goring said a lot of work had gone on behind the scenes to set up operations in the town.

Monthly meetings were held with Tesco, smaller businesses and McDonald’s, and one of the initiatives to come out of that was the re-opening of a youth club in Downsview Crescent.

Hot spots

She said profile areas were created and when issues were raised she made sure a PCSO was made aware of what had been reported and of any hot spots.

Police and the town council were working a lot closer together and she found response times to be good, though she did know, having attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting, that some people were still having difficulty with response times to criminal and anti-social behaviour.

She said it was unfortunate that a “core group of individuals” were causing problems and a number of operations were undertaken where a lot of focus was placed on those individuals and their families.

Excellent CCTV

In addition the town now had an “excellent” CCTV system for its size.

There were six new HD cameras and the Chamber of Commerce had funded one closest to the industrial estate.

The system was fully operating 24/7 and connected directly to Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.

Ms Goring said: “You can’t get better than that. If something is reported it can be brought up on screens. You can’t always guarantee the camera is looking in the right place, there isn’t a 100% success rate, but it is an excellent system for a town the size of Uckfield and a much better CCTV system than we had a year ago.”

Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew said the quality of pictures produced was “amazing”.

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