Sussex Police has arrested eight people after reports of anti-social behaviour and drug issues at an empty business premises in St James’s Street, Brighton.
Officers were called at 7.40am on Friday (1 May) to a verbal altercation in St James Street, Brighton. Officers attended the property and discovered a quantity of class A drugs and arrested:
- An 18, 21, 37 and 54-year-old man and a 42 and 44-year-old woman on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.
- A 51-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in supply of and possession of a class A drug.
- A 25-year-old woman on suspicion of criminal damage and affray.
All eight remain in custody while the investigation is ongoing.
Rachel Swinney, Superintendent for Brighton and Hove, said: “We would like to thank the public for reporting this matter today and for their patience whilst the road was closed.
“I am aware that anti-social behaviour by a small group of people in this particular area has been causing some community concern. This intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated.
“I hope the arrests we have made today provide reassurance to those businesses and local residents that we take these matters very seriously. We are in contact with the property owner in order to ensure that that this premises is properly secured.
“If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your community please report it to us so we can work closely with partner agencies to put a stop to it.”