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Late-night police patrols in Brighton to beat antisocial behaviour
Special late-night antisocial behaviour patrols are being put on after complaints from city centre neighbourhoods.
Sussex Police officers will be walking the streets in areas including North Laine, London Road and Queen’s Park in Brighton until 3am on weekend nights this autumn.
Community groups have welcomed the plan.
A sergeant and up to three officers will be patrolling for three extra hours.
They are targeting low-level crime which falls outside the job of Operation Marble, which is aimed at reducing violence.
While that scheme’s heavy police presence is mainly limited to the areas between St James’s Street and West Street in the city centre, the surrounding residential areas have raised concerns about problems in their midst.
While Halloween and Bonfire Night routinely lead to a rise in calls to police, senior officers say the new patrols will be taking place throughout the run-up to Christmas.
Inspector Gareth Davies, of Sussex Police, said: “We’d encourage people to report things so we know what our hotspots are, so as a neighbourhood policing team we can focus on those areas.
“These are areas on the periphery of the city centre violent crime operation, where we are getting reports of antisocial behaviour not just associated with crime and violent crime but which are to the detriment of the community.”
Philip Wells, the chairman of the London Road local action team, a community group formed to set police priorities in the area, said: “It seems as though it has the potential to address some of the problems that people want addressing in terms of late-night noise and disturbance.”
Lyn Turpin, secretary of North Laine Community Association, said: “I am sure we would welcome it. The abiding problem is people walking home at 2am and cutting through the North Laine and just being very noisy.
“It is antisocial behaviour, it is very much a quality of life thing.”
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