POLICE have conducted high-visibility patrols in a town centre amid a rise in antisocial behaviour.

Officers from Adur and Worthing Police have stepped up their presence in and around Buckingham Park in Shoreham, following reports of antisocial behaviour or criminal damage.

Police said foot patrols have increased to combat the issue.

“The neighbourhood officers conducted visible patrols of Buckingham Park in Shoreham,” a police spokesman said.

“To report any antisocial behaviour or criminal damage please visit the Sussex Police website to report it. Alternatively call 101.”

Last week, officers increased their presence in and around Ferry Road, Shoreham, following reports of concern from members of the public about a rise in antisocial behaviour.

Meanwhile, police carried out patrols in antisocial behaviour “hot spots” in Arundel town centre across bank holiday weekend.

Police said they carried out high-visibility patrols and engaged with the local community and businesses.

“Patrols were conducted late into the evenings around antisocial behaviour hotspots, including Hotham Park, the train station and the town centre, where we engaged with multiple members of the public and local businesses,” a police spokesman said.

“During the shift, officers dealt with youth antisocial behaviour around Station Road with the circumstances resulting in stop searches being carried out in relation to offences of criminal damage and suspected theft.

“However, no unlawful or prohibited articles were located.”

Police also conducted patrols on the beach following a spate of beach hut break-ins in Shoreham and patrols in the grounds of St John's Parish Church in Copthorne after reports of antisocial behaviour.