Alley Clean-up Makes Town Centre Safer
Offenders on Community Payback cleared tonnes of rubbish from alleyways in Eastbourne Town Centre used by street drinkers.
Traders and residents complained that a network of alleyways in Eastbourne town centre were being used for street drinking and drug abuse. This was resulting in fear of crime and was reported to Community Payback by the police via the local community Neighbourhood Panel.
A group of eight offenders spent three days removing ruubbish from alleyways in Station Approach, Cornfield Road, Andwell Court and Ashford Road.
A large skip and more than 20 wheelie-bins of rubbish including hundreds of beer cans, shopping trolleys, drug paraphernalia and food packaging were removed.
Community Payback teams will return to the alleys every few weeks to ensure they stay clear.
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police Inspector Tony Wakefield: "This is another great example of how the community via it's Neighbourhood Panel can drive local priorities at a street level which realise the needs of the neighbourhood. I look forward to working with the probation services and Eastbourne Borough Council in similar future ventures."
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