‘Majority in Mid Sussex respecting covid rules’ says police inspector

Police were out in force in Mid Sussex over the weekend to make sure people were abiding by covid rules.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 3:51 pm

And despite the warm weather, the majority of people respected the regulations, Mid Sussex Prevention Inspector Darren Taylor said.

“Very few people were asked to leave areas across the district over the weekend,” he told the Middy.

“Of course the warm weather saw more people out but they were fine and were really engaging with the team.”

Police patrolling Balcombe Viaduct. Picture: Mid Sussex Police
Police patrolling Balcombe Viaduct. Picture: Mid Sussex Police

Sussex Police has stepped up its response to the pandemic.

It has taken on 16 PCSO apprentices – with three deployed in Mid Sussex.

The new officers were deployed a few weeks early in January to help support the force’s effort to protect the NHS and save lives.

They include PCSO Sophie Mamoany, based in Haywards Heath. She and the two other PCSOs have been tackling anti-social behaviour at Clair Hall which is currently being used as a vaccination site.

Mid Sussex Prevention Inspector Darren Taylor

In response to complaints from volunteers at the hall about a large group of young people, aged 14 to 17, regularly harassing them, the PCSOs undertook daily patrols and helped accompany the young people home, informing their parents and warning them of fines.

NHS partners at the vaccine centre have now reported a significant decrease in anti-social behaviour and thanked the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

PCSO Sophie Mamoany near Clair Hall in Haywards Heath. Picture: Sussex Police