Enforcement action against youths involved in persistent anti-social behaviour around Uckfield is starting to have a positive effect, according to police.
Officers dealing with problems over the past few months have collated evidence and information from within the community to identify frequent troublemakers and to take punitive action against them.
Inspector Jon Gross, of the Wealden policing team, said: “We recognise the community is still experiencing some issues but the level of reporting has reduced in recent weeks, and certainly from its height during the February half-term.”
Insp Gross has recently met business and community representatives from the town to discuss youth provision in Uckfield and ways in which larger businesses can minimise youth-related problems at their premises. A further meeting is planned later this month.
Solving Uckfield’s anti-social behaviour issues remains a priority for the Wealden policing team, which continues to monitor reporting of incidents and information on a daily basis.
Insp Gross said: “It is therefore important that people in the community continue to report things to us so that we can maintain momentum over coming weeks.”
Officers have been deployed to patrol troublespots and told to take positive action to remove young people from any area where they are causing harassment, alarm or distress.
Insp Gross added: “As I’ve said before, the majority of young people in Uckfield are a credit to the town. It is the behaviour of just a few individuals that has been causing issues and they will continue to be dealt with robustly each time they come to notice.”
Anyone with information for officers is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting Operation Asteroid.