THIS Easter weekend sees a police crackdown to tackle youth anti-social behaviour and violence in our communities.

Police have launched dedicated police operations in Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hailsham following a recent increase in reports of crime and disorder involving young people.

Chief Inspector Di Lewis, district commander for Eastbourne and Lewes, said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable, and by launching separate operations in those three towns, we are intensifying our ongoing efforts to tackle this issue and hold those responsible to account.

“We live in a beautiful part of the country and we want people, both residents and visitors, to feel safe and welcome. Our dedicated police operations will see an increased police presence in hot-spot locations such as town centres and parks, and close partnership working with local councils, youth groups and other emergency services to find ways we can engage with those involved in crime.

“We ask the public to continue reporting incidents to us – we can’t effectively respond to a problem if we don’t know about it. We’re also looking to parents and carers to support the work we’re doing, by asking questions or raising concerns if they believe their child is involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.”