Sussex Police wishes local residents a happy New Year and thanks the vast majority of people for doing the right thing and staying at home to see in 2021 safely. 

As cases continue to rise in the South East, Sussex Police appealed to local communities to quietly mark New Year in their own home and/or support bubble in line with Tier 4 restrictions.

Officers were deployed across Sussex to use the 4E’s approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the public to do the right thing which was largely successful. In cases where this was not effective, or the rules were blatantly breached, enforcement action was taken.

Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones said: “We know that this remains a challenging time and we are pleased to report that the vast majority of people are doing the right thing and following the regulations. 

“We appreciate that on significant dates such as New Year, loved ones want to come together and we are hugely grateful to the vast majority who adhered to the restrictions and played their part in keeping loved ones safe and therefore supporting our frontline NHS workers.

“Our well-established policing approach of engaging, educating and explaining has been widely responded to in a positive manner by the public.

“However, as we demonstrated last night, where people show a blatant disregard for the rules or are not willing to engage with officers, we will take enforcement action.

“As always, we are hugely grateful to our colleagues who sacrificed seeing in the New Year with their own loved ones in order to help keep the public safe.”