POLICE have carried out foot patrols near the pier amid ongoing antisocial behaviour.

Officers from Brighton and Hove Police have stepped up their presence in the Regency ward in an attempt to combat the issue.

A police spokesman said the police community support officers focused on the upper and lower promenade, the squares in the ward and Brighton Palace Pier.

“PCSO Kartanos and PCSO Batchelor have been carrying out foot patrols in Regency ward this week,” a police spokesman said.

“They visited some known problem hot spots in the area, and all were found to be in order.

“They were able to meet and chat with the local community, and apart from speaking to some youths drinking, they were pleased to report that there were a lot of people out enjoying themselves safely and responsibly.”

Earlier this week, officers from Arun Police increased patrols in antisocial behaviour ”hotspots” in and around Felpham and Rustington.

A police spokesman said the “targeted patrols” were in response to concerns by members of the local community.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Team were out on targeted patrols to tackle antisocial behaviour issues reported in Felpham and Rustington,” he said.

“When you see us on patrol please come and say hello and speak with us about any concerns that you may have.”

Earlier this month, police also increased patrols in a park in Kipling Gardens, Brighton, following reports of antisocial behaviour.

Meanwhile, police increased patrols in and around Queens Park after reports of drug dealing at the start of June this year.