Crime Wednesday - Hastings, Sussex
You think of Hastings and you automatically think the Battle of Hastings, where in 1066 the normans decide to pop over the English Channel and give us Saxons off the day a good slapping and you would be right.
But there is more to Hastings than the Norman Conquest. In fact they’re fishing industry is still one of the finest and is considered the best sustainable fishing methods in Europe today. The benefits of such, is testament to the use of fishing boats that are still pulled up onto the beach every day, this obviously means, I would consider the fishing boats are small and as such don’t end up raping the sea bed that you will find common from trawlers and purse trawling fishing systems.
One of the benefits of Hastings for this shore type fishing is the gravel beached they have, I can only suggest that the pebbles become a bit of a rolling road for the fishing vessels that are pulled up onto the beach every time they come back with their catch.
Hastings plays host to a half marathon each year and also a famous motorbike trip that fills the town with thousands of bikers from all over the UK.
The population seems to hold steady at around 85’000 this may be because of the restrictive problems for expansion that Hastings has, with heritage land to the north, natural hills on both sides off the valley and of course the sea to the south that has for many years been eroding the lime cliffs.
Burglary in Hastings seems to hit around the 30 reported incidents a month, March saw a little increase but in April St Leonards and the London road area saw most of these.
Sadly in March Hastings saw around 10 Robberies mostly dotted around the town some of these were on the Grand Parade and Alexandra Park.
Hastings has its own fair share of anti social behaviour with well over 200 reported incident’s a month The town seems to be split in two sections, St Leonards and around the Priory Square area are the most prolific.
Surprisingly drugs seem to be high on the agenda for Hastings. The town seeing over 25 incidents of drug offences a month.
Harold Place seems to be related to Drug and Violent crime within the town there was 7 reports of violent crime in the area around Harold Place in July this year (2012)
This so far seems quite high compared to Tiverton that I reported on last month, I recall the town being of relatively the same size.
In the new year there is a big meeting in the town hall on the 14th January 2013 to discuss issues relating to policing and council representation, the meeting starts at 18:00 Hrs. all the public are welcome to attend. The local police has a big presence with Neighbourhood watch schemes, should you want more information give your local station a quick call on 101 and have a chat with PC Nick Marriott, or pop in to the station on Bohemia Road.
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