On 28 Aug 2017 at 9:54pm jessrae wrote:
Cannot something be done about the amount of dossers in town.Outside Boots front door today was a full blown bed,pillows ,the lot.Another vagrant was drunk and shouting abuse at anyone walking across the bridge,
On 28 Aug 2017 at 10:39pm lewes man wrote:
my wife came home to night on the train about 4 pissed up dossers out side the station .One pissing up the wall. it time to sort this out
On 28 Aug 2017 at 11:36pm Teddybear wrote:
They are there because there is not enough police to get them out it will only get worse
On 29 Aug 2017 at 12:56am boo boo wrote:
what have they done to you nothing..... your just scarring yourself . Try talking to them be nice they ill !
On 29 Aug 2017 at 7:03am Vunerable wrote:
Why there , if I was in that position I would look for somewher quieter ,safer , warmer , and out of the way for my own protection , there are so many places around town
On 29 Aug 2017 at 8:35am all the above wrote:
are clearly written by the same ignorant person.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 8:56am Aloe wrote:
You need to phone the 101 police number and report it when you see it. The police aren't here because it doesn't flag up on their system as a problem, as NO ONE IS TELLING THEM. If police get call after call regarding these issues, they will do something.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 9:03am LouOfLewes wrote:
I'm sorry, but the homeless guy referred to above who verbally abuses passers-by, also shouts and staggers around Cliffe High Street at night and it ain't pleasant! The fact that there is no police presence means this situation is not kept in check and I personally would not want to bump into him coming home late at night. I'm all for live and let live, but when someone is acting menacingly within the community I live, it's fair enough to want som e form of action to be taken. The lack of a police presence within Lewes is a frickin joke by the way.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 9:50am Dixie Nromus wrote:
Let's meet tomorrow 9pm at the war memorial, bring pitch forks and burning torches, I will bring the hounds and we can run them right outta town
On 29 Aug 2017 at 10:38am bobobob wrote:
We could increase the police budget to stop the antisocial unpleasant behaviour and maybe the social services budget to prevent as many people ending up in this situation.
There is no quick fix. Move them on and they would be replaced by similar or they would return.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 10:54am LouOfLewes wrote:
Spot on. The homeless folk of Lewes are a symptom of exactly what you've mentioned above.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 12:38pm CurriedFavour wrote:
I live on the high street and notice a few around, on the whole they're inoffensive, though I have been asked for money literally as I have been going in, and out of my front door before. What is far more antisocial are the regular hordes of shouting drunken idiots (presumably some of whom have jobs and are therefore 'respectable') who leave cups, cans, bottles and unfinished drinks scattered around the streets at the weekends.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 12:41pm Deja Vu wrote:
The homeless in Lewes are a symptom of a complete lack of beat police officers, I use the word "homeless" as an umbrella term a lot of them aren't homeless, they are already supported by the welfare state (they just beg for alcohol money).
If the police regularly rounded them up and moved them on it wouldn't of become the issue it has (the aggressive one needs banning from Lewes, he's been banned in Brighton which is why we're stuck with him).
It doesn't need the police budget to be increased to deal with it, it needs the Police to get out of their luxury BMW police cars and do some old fashioned police work.
On 29 Aug 2017 at 7:34pm Jess wrote:
The only police I see in Lewes are in the BP garage eating Doughnuts
On 30 Aug 2017 at 6:44am ghost wrote:
stop the selfservatives cuts to the poor .you bunch of toffs
On 30 Aug 2017 at 8:43am of Maggie wrote:
Just rejoice and be thankful that you've got 3 councils, Sussex police HQ and London prices for your houses.
On 30 Aug 2017 at 1:05pm bobobob wrote:
@ Deja Vu
The homeless in Lewes are not caused by a lack of beat police. Moving them to another town doesn't stop them existing.
If you lend them your bootstraps maybe they could pull themselves up by them with some old fashioned graft and toil eh.
On 30 Aug 2017 at 1:49pm @Bobobob wrote:
Both of us are assuming we know the reason Bobobob, but the beggars have been there several years, they're in the same place everyday and the act of begging is illegal.
I've never heard of the Police doing anything about it (ever), how hard is it to catch them when they're in the same place everyday?
Last time I saw an officer walking in Lewes was about 4 years ago.
But it's undeniable that the problem has gotten worse recently and whilst moving them on might not be a solution, when Brighton move them on (and they end up in Lewes) it's as good a solution as any.
If Brighton with all its resources can't cope how can Lewes?
On 30 Aug 2017 at 3:47pm Ex dosser wrote:
I actually saw 2 police community support officers strolling through the top of town yesterday.
What's wrong with dossing anyway? I used to love a bit of dossing I did. I can understand that some of the more feeble hearted amongst you may feel afraid of them, but I can't see how the rest of you are bothered if you're not giving them money. Perhaps there's an element of jealousy that they live for free? Or is it that you find them untidy in your nice little town?
On 30 Aug 2017 at 4:14pm Grungy wrote:
HOMELESS!! please dont make me laugh i have seen 3 of these so called homeless men with a full bag of waitrose shopping walking home to their flats...Desperate....mugging everyone off!!!
On 30 Aug 2017 at 4:36pm @Ex Dosser wrote:
"I can understand that some of the more feeble hearted amongst you may feel afraid of them" oh yes that's right it's because we're feeble...
Nothing to do with a certain dosser being extremely violent (to the point that he is banned from Brighton and Hove for beating homeless people up).
But yes it's down to us being feeble, you really are a tw@t.
On 30 Aug 2017 at 4:45pm bobobob wrote:
We pretty much know the general cause is credit crunch combined with austerity. Reduce the safety net in a time of need and you see increased numbers falling through the gaps.
Many places are trying to force beggars to leave with bans on loitering, fines etc. The one thing we know for sure is that this doesn't fix the problem. It will cost us and every other tax payer much more if we keep moving them on in a big circle until somebody actually gets to grips with the overall problem.
I'd rather not pay extra so let's sort it now with increased social service spending
On 30 Aug 2017 at 5:44pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Let's sort it out now with decreased social service spending. Cut their benefits and get them to work- there is plenty of fruit picking at this time of year. Save the handouts for those who are genuinely unable to work.
On 30 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm Clifford wrote:
Sussex Jim, has anyone ever told you that 'social security' and 'social service' are not the same thing?
On 30 Aug 2017 at 9:54pm wondering wrote:
Has anyone contacted Maria Caulfield about this?
On 30 Aug 2017 at 11:48pm Dexter wrote:
To all the comedians on this post who think that this is a policing problem. Why is homelessness in the UK such a massive problem every time there is a Conservative government? This constituency voted for this Tory created mess, live with the consequences or vote for an alternative!
On 31 Aug 2017 at 11:32am @Dexter wrote:
The reason for beggars is not a policing problem, you are correct.
But the increasing number of beggars congregating in Lewes is a "lack of policing" problem for sure, some even commute into Lewes.
It wouldn't be so bad if it hadn't been the same faces for years, the alcoholics from Landport for example, housed, clothed and fed by the welfare state (well housed until they burnt it down anyway).
I understand that we should all have a little compassion, but with one of the highest council tax rates in the UK already, Lewes residents shouldn't be expected to take care of beggars that are "commuting in" or downright violent, the Police should be dealing with this (that's what we pay them for, not to drive around in BMW's and Range Rovers all day)...
On 31 Aug 2017 at 1:07pm Hang On wrote:
There seems to be some people confusing homeless people, with people who have a home yet beg and threaten for extra money to buy drink/drugs because their benefits don't stretch to it. True homeless people don't tend to do this, and it is the latter that need sorting out. It is quite well known that some (maybe all) of the Lewes lot are in this category.
On 14 Nov 2017 at 4:19pm JohnBloke wrote:
You will find dossers in every country order the sun. In the ' old days ' the government used to pack all that lot off to Australia. Unfortunately now it's a bit more difficult to get admittance there, so we are stuck with them....