The Multi-Agency Street Community Operations Team known as MASCOT is an operational team who help homeless people to access the help they need in today’s society. It also investigates known hotspots in the town for anti-social behaviour and tackles problems before they escalate.
Recently, representatives of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce and Edeal Enterprise Agency attended a meeting with Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council for an update on the activity being undertaken by MASCOT.
Christina Ewbank said “We are an active partner of the Business Crime Group, working with Adam Godden and his team to engage with the street community, support them into housing and manage instances of anti-social behaviour.
“Last summer several street drinkers were congregating at the advertising hoarding outside the Halifax Building Society and we received complaints from tourists and Chamber members whose businesses were affected by their boisterous behaviour. To resolve the problem we requested the removal of the advertising board which had acted as a magnet for the street community.
However, rather than simply move them on, Edeal and the Chamber of Commerce are keen to support the street community and are helping to fund an outreach worker who will help them to access the support they need.”
Last year The Herald newspaper reported that some of the beggars in Eastbourne were travelling to our town from Brighton and Hastings to earn hundreds of pounds each day before returning to their homes on the train.
To avoid this kind of economic begging we recommend that the generous folk of Eastbourne give their money to the Matthew 25 Mission in Seaside or the Salvation Army in Langney Road. Alternatively, to help a homeless person directly please give them a sandwich or a hot drink rather than money.
Eastbourne town centre streets are a designated alcohol free zone so, if you witness any street drinking please call 101.
If you witness any anti-social behaviour in our town centre, particularly if a homeless person is intimidated by any member of the public, please report it to the Police. If you witness any form of aggression, either physical or verbal, call 999 immediately.
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