- Policing Lewes District
The UK’s new Serious Organized Crime Agency
(SOCA) has centralized the work of tackling terrorism, espionage,
secret WMD programmes, major arms and drug trafficking. This
is good news for Lewes District Police force, who have been
relieved of a massive workload, and can now focus on more serious
local issues: low-level anti-social behaviour, burglary and
vehicle crime. On the 12th of April Sussex Police Authority
are holding a public meeting to discuss crime, policing strategy
and current issues in Lewes. The line-up includes Chief Inspector
Bob Gough (Lewes District Commander), Carina Hinkley (Community
Safety Officer), and Margery Turner (representing Lewes District
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership). They will each be
giving a short presentation of their work in the past year.
The figures are looking good: vehicle crime and burglary are
both down by a quarter compared to last year; shoplifting is
down 9% and robbery, a massive 70%. After the presentation Lewes
residents are invited to ask questions. Pressing concerns they
might want to address include the possible merger of Sussex
and Surrey police forces, an event that may have a significant
impact on Council Tax.
With its forbidding Gothic prison, Crown Court, Magistrates
Court, CCTV, and active police force, it’s no wonder that
Lewes’ youth keep their spray cans on the art studio shelf.
In Chief Inspector Gough’s words, “criminals and
yobs will continue to have a tough time in Lewes District”.
Dial M for (less) Murder: crime
figures have gone down this year