REPORTS of antisocial behaviour have risen by seven per cent in a year.

Sussex Police have seen 1,623 more crimes reported between September last year and August in comparison with the previous year.

Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne will be quizzing chief constable Giles York on the figures in a meeting on Friday.

She will ask how the changes to the force’s neighbourhood policing teams have affected its ability to tackle crime after receiving several concerns from residents and businesses about antisocial behaviour.

She will also be asking how the force is coping with the 11 per cent rise in the total of reported crimes for the same period – some 11,293 more than the year before – and how it is ensuring people phoning 101 will not be kept waiting too long.

In the last year to August 24, 75 per cent of 101 calls were answered in four minutes with an average waiting time of three minutes and 13 seconds for all non-emergency calls. Some 89 per cent of 999 calls were answered within 10 seconds.

The meeting is broadcast live online on Friday at 1pm. To watch, visit