MP Amber Rudd lends support to PCC’s crime summit in Hastings


Home Secretary Amber Rudd has praised the decision to hold a public event in Hastings to look at the issue of anti-social behaviour.

Tickets are still available for Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s second crime summit in Hastings next week. The Listen Live: Partners Together event at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Wednesday, 27 September, will focus on the work being done behind-the-scenes to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Ms Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, said: “Anti-social behaviour continues to be a problem for residents and businesses. This is a priority for me as Hastings and Rye MP and I welcome the steps being taken by Katy Bourne and Sussex Police to partner with local organisations to tackle this problem.

“Events like the Hastings crime summit are vital to ensure that our community is engaged with the work being done to address anti-social behaviour and fully informed on the progress being made to keep our community safe.”

This is the second time the Sussex PCC has hosted a public crime summit after a successful event in Brighton earlier this year to examine the issue of elder fraud and exploitation.

“I hope that people will join me to learn more about community safety and how it reaches far beyond local policing,” says Mrs Bourne.

“I have funded a number of local organisations through my Community Safety Fund, as well as through the Hastings and Rother Community Safety Partnership, which are working hard to develop opportunities for young people.

“This is a chance for residents to find out about the huge amount of work being done by Sussex Police and other organisations to prevent young people from being criminalised while balancing that with the needs of the local community, particularly business owners in Hastings and St Leonards.”

The event, which takes place from 6pm until 8pm, will be chaired by Laura Green, BCRP Crime Manager.

“Hastings and St Leonards BCRP welcome this event to the heart of Hastings town centre, which offers the chance to learn about all the projects being done behind the scenes with innovative partnership working after our members, together with the local community, raised serious concerns about this issue last year,” she says.

When surveyed by the former Town Centre Management organisation in 2016 about the most noticeable forms of anti-social behaviour, local business owners reported that street drinking and drunken behaviour were among the most obvious concerns along with verbal intimidation and swearing.

Joining Mrs Bourne on the panel will be the District Commander, Chief Inspector Steve Curry from Sussex Police, Huda Caglayan, chair of Hastings Youth Council, Ben Wyatt from the Youth Offending Team and Hastings Voluntary Action's director Steve Manwaring.

To register for a free place at the event, please visit

The Listen Live summit will also be broadcast live on the Sussex PCC Facebook page at and viewers will be able to ask questions and vote on key issues.

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