THERE have been several incidents of violence and disorder reported in Eastbourne town centre in and around the Beacon Shopping Centre and Terminus Road over the past week – and police are taking steps to address it.

A Section 60 Authority will be in place for 12 hours from midday today (Saturday) until midnight.

This authorises officers to be able to stop and search any pedestrians or vehicles, drivers and passengers in the area who may be believed to be in possession of offensive weapons.

The public can expect to see a heightened presence during this time.