SUSSEX Police have warned that repeat events of the mass gathering at Hove Lawns will not be tolerated.

No arrests were made after hundreds of young people congregated at the public green on Wednesday evening.

But Sussex Police said this will not be the case in future, saying they "will use police powers to tackle such irresponsible behaviour".

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Officers were called to the scene after reports of fighting, but said no violence was witnessed when officers arrived.

A dispersal order was issued and the huge group was sent packing, leaving behind piles of litter on the grass including vodka bottles and laughing gas canisters.

The Argus:

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Chief Inspector Dee Wells said: "Officers swiftly responded to reports of disorder involving a large group of young people on Hove Lawns. On arrival no violence was witnessed but we want to encourage anyone who has anything to report to come forward to us to ensure the relevant action is taken.

"We understand that teenagers will be wanting to get out and about but for people to gather in such numbers was irresponsible. This coupled with reports of antisocial behaviour led to us issuing a dispersal order.

"The order will be in place for 48 hours and will allow officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has committed, or is likely to commit, antisocial behaviour, crime or disorder to leave an area and not return for a specified period.

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"This order should be a warning. We will use police powers to tackle such irresponsible behaviour.

"We understand the impact this behaviour can have on the community and in particular during this health emergency, and people need to take personal responsibility for their actions.

"We must stress the importance of adhering to current Government guidance and this responsibility falls on everyone. Our officers will be out patrolling this area and will utilise all policing powers available to reduce antisocial behaviour.”