Insp Ed Ripley has written to Karen Bedwell from the Ridgewood Village Hall committee after she contacted him when a defibrillator at the village hall was vandalised and property damaged in New Road.
Karen asked for an increased police presence at the hall, at the recreation ground and in New Road and said she was very pleased with Insp Ripley’s response.
She told Uckfield News: “I am reassured that the police team tackling youth disorder in Operation Blitz will be patrolling these areas in Ridgewood as well as general areas in Uckfield.”
She was waiting to see whether the minority of trouble-causing teenagers would be held to account if vandalism and disruptive behaviour continues, not just in Ridgewood but throughout Uckfield.
She said the police seemed to be aware of who they were and their behaviour must not be allowed to continue.
Karen added: “Meanwhile the fund-raising group at Ridgewood Village Hall will continue to put on events throughout 2018 for young, old, and families, to encourage people to come together as a community, get to know their neighbours, improve community cohesion, and bring people together which is the best way to solve this problem in the long term.”
Insp Ripley’s full response to Karen said:
“Thank you for contacting me.
“Further to your email I have extended our dispersal map to include Ridgewood. My teams will continue to patrol Uckfield and Ridgewood to address youth disorder.
“Operation Blitz is designed to tackle youth-related anti-social behaviour on a Friday and Saturday evening and I have instructed the team to patrol the general area, but also the specific areas that you have mentioned in your email.”
• The defibrillator was pulled from its box at the village hall overnight on December 28/29, thrown into the mud on the recreation field and left in the rain overnight.