Yesterday (4th June), police received two reports of anti-social behavior.
In the first incident, police received a report that a man had seen some youths sheltering from the rain and smoking in a relative’s garage that had been left open in Tower Ride, Uckfield.
He told them to leave and as they did so one of them grabbed his jacket and pushed him, causing no injury. Officers searched the area but the youths were not found.
In the second incident, police received a report that a Sainsbury’s delivery driver had been approached by two youths whilst he was loading crates into his van in Tower Ride. They abused him and tried to hit him. A passer-by chased them away into some woods. Officers saw and chased a youth seen nearby but he was not identified, and two girls who had been seen with him also left the area before officers had a opportunity to speak to them. The motive for this incident has not yet been established.
Inspector Jon Gross, Wealden District commander, said:
“We are these incidents this week and we know this has caused concern for those who were victims and witnesses. We recognise too, the strength of feeling echoed in local social media forums and the frustration that these problems persist.
“Our recent message about our commitment to identify and pursue those responsible for such behaviour, remains true. Be assured that where evidence exists that offences have occurred, and we can identify those responsible and hold them to account, we won’t hesitate to do so.
“Not every police response will immediately lead to arrests, but often, as more information is gathered, incidents become capable of further progression and are subject of further police action. We are reviewing the latest incidents with this purpose.
“We remain committed to focusing resources on resolving these issues, and ask for the continued support of the community as we do so.”
No connection has yet been established between the two incidents but police are investigating and anyone with information can contact Sussex Police online at https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or call 101, quoting serial 0486 of 04/06.