The bank holiday weekend saw police in Bexhill and throughout East Sussex make arrests as part of Operation Safety in response to knife crime and serious violence.
On Saturday May 1st officers on patrol in Bexhill identified a suspicious vehicle. After failing to stop for police on De La Warr Parade a short pursuit ended in Broadoak Lane.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and driving a motor vehicle dangerously and further arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug following a search of the vehicle. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Elsewhere, police were on patrol near Seaside, Eastbourne, following concerns of drug dealing in the area. Officers witnessed suspicious behaviour from a man on an e-scooter and attempted to engage, leading to officers pursuing on foot.
The man was detained in Elms Avenue and a search of the area found a carrier bag containing heroin and cocaine. The drugs and the e-scooter were seized, and the man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug. He has since been released under investigation.
The same day, plain-clothed officers patrolling Eastbourne town centre witnessed suspicious activity involving a vehicle around Sydney Road and Belmore Road.
Following a search of the vehicle and its occupants, a rucksack containing a large amount of cash and cocaine, and a Stanley knife were found.
Police then conducted searches of the relevant addresses, seizing more cash and Class A drugs.
Labourer Fitim Medulaj, 39, of Hyde Road, Eastbourne was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug, possession of a knife in a public place, and acquiring/using/possessing criminal property.
He appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 4th and has been remanded in custody to appear before the court again on June 1st.
Chief Inspector Di Lewis said: “This was a really successful weekend in East Sussex, disrupting criminal activity and taking harmful objects off the streets.
“Tackling knife crime and serious violence is one of the top priorities for Sussex Police, and we will continue to respond to reports in our communities.
“A number of these stops and arrests were made by officers patrolling areas in response to concerns raised by the public of suspected drug dealing. This highlights the importance of people reporting information to us.
“We will listen, we will take your concerns seriously and we will act on community intelligence.”