Police officers were attacked in Eastbourne Town Centre at 2.30pm yesterday.

Plain clothes officers stopped two youths behaving suspiciously in Eastbourne town centre.

When officers stopped the pair, both became aggressive and reportedly assaulted officers.

Wraps of a substance suspected to be cocaine were seized.

The two males – aged 17 – were arrested and charged with assaulting an emergency worker and being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

They are due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (1 March).

Sussex Police carried out a forcewide day of action on Saturday (27 February) to tackle knife crime, violence and wider criminality as part of Operation Safety.

Around 80 officers from Response, Investigations, Neighbourhood Policing,  the Tactical Enforcement Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit, the Dog Unit, new recruits from the Dedicated Coaching Unit and other teams took part in the operation.

A total of 15 arrests were made for offences including weapon possession, weapon importation, robbery, burglary and drug offences. 26 weapons were seized and 39 searches were carried out.

PS Elizabeth Reschwamm, co-ordinator for Operation Safety, said: “Dangerous items such as weapons and drugs have no place on our streets and we work tirelessly to remove them and keep local communities safe.

“Carrying weapons is extremely dangerous and although some people may carry them to feel safer – it actually puts you at more risk of coming to harm.

“Yesterday’s operation was a great success. Colleagues from across the Force, including new recruits, worked together to tackle the issues such as weapon possession, violence and wider criminal issues.

“We will continue to tackle and prevent crime through targeted action and by raising awareness.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne showed her support for this activity saying: “Sussex Police remain steadfast in their commitment to taking prolific offenders off our streets, preventing knife crime and tackling serious violence.

“This targeted activity has already had some successful, tangible results and the presence in those higher-harm areas is exactly the visible and proactive policing that I know residents want to see.

“A strong message was sent out – the police will respond swiftly and robustly to prevent serious violence and anyone thinking about carrying a knife should beware of the dangers and life-changing consequences of doing so.

“Please remember that all knives can kill and maim and, just by carrying one, you are putting yourself and others in grave danger. My message is clear – lose the knife not a life.”

If you have information or concerns about crime in your area, make the right call and report online or by calling 101.