Police were waiting outside Worthing pubs when they were vandalized

POLICE waited outside for hours while pubs were vandalized before evicting travelers from their supermarket car park camp.

Sussex Police have ‘locked up’ venues vandalized with food wrappers, beer cans not bought in the pubs and tables in Worthing town center with permanent markers on them.

The force were faced with an “unprecedented” level of anti-social behavior not seen “on such a scale as this in Worthing”.

Officers responded just before 8pm on Thursday and stayed until the group wreaking havoc in pubs left just after midnight.

The Argus: Trash strewn on the bar floorGarbage strewn on the floor of the bar

A man who wished to remain anonymous said: “The public is absolutely shocked and appalled, they felt like they had no help.

“Nothing was mentioned to them, they stood outside waiting for them to leave while these people were inside trashing the store. They bought their own alcohol while the bar stopped serving.

“There was painting on tables, urinating on the floor in the bar area, excrement in the sinks, rubbish on the floor.

“People are sad about it. They didn’t have the support, nothing was said that I’m aware of.”

The Argus: On Thursday 1st September a table was vandalized in a pub leaving rubbish on the floorOn Thursday September 1st a table was vandalized in a pub leaving rubbish on the floor

Sussex Police said they must consider the safety of everyone, including their officers, when responding to incidents.

The force also thanked the pub owners for their “resilience” on the night of chaos.

The pubs believed to have been affected were Three Fishes Wetherspoons, Slug and Lettuce, O’Connors and Thieves Kitchen.

No arrests were made but a group of travelers were evicted from Morrisons car park in Newland Street, Worthing on Friday morning. Police linked that eviction when they issued statements on Friday.

Inspector Sharon Sawyer, of the Adur and Worthing Neighborhood Policing Team, said: “The level of disorder and antisocial behavior caused during this incident – on an evening of significant demand in the area – was unprecedented and it goes without saying that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable.

“Our officers reacted quickly and locked down the venue and we approved a Section 34 dispersal order within minutes to prevent further rioting. Our PCSOs have also made other venues around the city aware of the situation to minimize the impact.

The Argus: Beer cans scattered on the floor in one of the pubsIn one of the pubs, beer cans are scattered on the floor

“The incident was escalated to Force Command, which ensured we had the support of additional resources. At this point the crowds began to disperse, however we maintained a visible police presence in the city until the early hours of the morning.

“When responding to an incident, we must consider the safety of everyone involved, including our law enforcement officers. We must ensure that the actions we take do not expose them – or others – to further harm.

“I recognize the impact this incident will have had on both the staff and customers of the pub and I would like to commend them for their resilience during what has been a hugely challenging evening for all involved.

The Argus: Police responded just before 8pm last ThursdayPolice responded just before 8 p.m. Thursday

“In my many years as a police officer I am not aware of an incident of the magnitude of this one at Worthing.

“The PCSOs and police officers who were originally present did everything within their power to minimize the impact of this group while ensuring enough officers were able to attend to handle this safely and further businesses were not affected by disruption.

“Our investigation is ongoing and if anyone can assist us with our investigation please contact us quoting serial number 1302 dated 09/01. to Sussex Police.”

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