There were calls on the Uckfield Talk Facebook page yesterday for a public meeting with police for information to be shared.
“It seems that among younger teenagers there is an unreasonable level of fear and this is stopping them going out.
“This seems unfair. Frustrations are running high and will only get worse. We need very real information as to how this is progressing as in a year all we have seen is this gang get bigger.
“Maybe some information sharing with the public is needed. If members of the public can quite clearly see crimes being committed I’m sure the police can too.”
On Monday a mother said on Uckfield Talk that an attack on her son in the Luxford Park had been reported to police. Others talked about youngsters hanging out by the train station and on Luxford smashing bottles and shouting.
Wealden Police said, also on Facebook, that they would be holding a community meeting in the next two weeks.
In the meantime they said their work tackling anti-social behaviour in Uckfield was continuing.
They were working with local partners, including the council, schools, youth groups, and businesses, and regularly attended community meetings listening to feedback from local residents.
“In an effort to tackle ASB (anti-social behaviour), we run Op Blitz in the evenings every weekend, which provides a dedicated team tasked with attending ASB incidents as reported by you.
“For Wealden the number to call is 07770 700642.”
The police asked that people continue to help them by reporting any incidents of ASB to them directly via:
- An online form http://socsi.in/j1snL
- Email email@example.com
- Calling 101
- Calling 999 in an emergency
- Anonymous report via Crimestoppers
They asked that incidents were not reported via social media.
More Uckfield News stories about anti-social behaviour:
• Two boys were arrested by police following an attack in Uckfield on May 12. Read more here: Uckfield attack – Two boys arrested
• One result of efforts to combat anti-social behaviour in town was the re-opening of Uckfield Youth Club. See: Uckfield Youth Club re-opens
• Police attended a public meeting in Uckfield in January. Here’s an Uckfield News report from the time: Police target drug dealing in Uckfield