Townspeople have been asked not to take the law into their own hands and tackle youths who have been running riot at times through Uckfield.
The plea for no vigilante action came from the Town Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, last night (February 26).
Yesterday morning this website reported on residents calling for action against the thugs terrorising the town.
Later, yesterday, following our inquiries, UckfieldNews was told by Sussex Police that it was using a range of measures to tackle the anti-social behaviour and criminal damage being caused by the youths.
Leave it to the police
At a meeting of the full Uckfield Town Council, Cllr Eastwood, Trust Independent, Uckfield, said residents should leave the matter in the hands of the police.
She told fellow councillors: “We have had some concerns raised with anti-social behaviour within the town.
“Our town clerk has been working long with the police. She is getting as much information as possible but I would like to urge residents not to organise their own vigilante group [hear, hear from other councillors].
Officers are in Uckfield
“It is not the done thing. The police are there and despite concerns that police are not being seen in the town, they are there.
“In fact, there was one in the town who pulled somebody over this morning; so they are working within the town.
“And, just to offer some reassurance, police are aware of these youths. They are working on a plan of action but at this moment we just have to watch this space.
“I think most importantly, please don’t become a vigilante. Let the police deal with it.”
Action being taken
The town clerk, Holly Goring, said police were on the scene of incidents reported at the weekend and “action is being taken”.
The council is waiting for a response from the district commander to a letter asking for a meeting with councillors to discuss policing in Uckfield. The request was made by councillors last their meeting in January.