Monday, 28 January 2013

Mini-riot at the Level.

By an eyewitness . . . .

I was walking the dogs around The Level perimeter on Friday evening when I reached a point near where the new 56 seater cafe is to be built, directly opposite the Bat 'n Ball. As I approached a mass brawl broke out involving about 20 Bat 'n Ball patrons. Two policemen already on the scene were in the thick of it, but hopelessly outnumbered, one of the poor chaps’s took a direct smash in the face before he went down under a pile of kicking and yelling bodies. It must have taken police back-up only about 5 mins to arrive and the next thing, the place was swarming with police, and Oxford St was cordoned off. It took a good further 15 mins for the police to get things under control during which time more of them had taken a beating. Meanwhile, small splinter groups of well-oiled, angry punters broke off from the main fracas, with some heading up Ditchling Rd, while others went toward London Rd.

Trouble must have started again in London Rd, because at one point, about 20 policemen with a couple of dogs all went charging off in that direction. As word spread round about the incident, more and more excitable teens started gathering to watch what was going on - some of them trying to get as close as possible to all the action... and there were some ugly scenes that no parent in their right mind would want their children to witness.

It is worrying that this type of incident is occurring only yards from the site of the new cafe and state-of-the-art skatepark both scheduled to stay open until 10pm.
~ Jackie Brown.


  1. Interesting !! If you happen to see anything like this again, or indeed anything of newsy photo interest - I'd be delighted if you could call/text and let me know (being a Brighton based photographer)

    Many thanks and regards
    Peter Webb

  2. It is such a shame to see the area I grew up in and where my daughter and grandchildren still live is becoming a no go area. The introduction of the drug and alcohol support services and needle exchange at Boots did nothing to help. I used to manage a well know store in London Road and in the end moved on, ( I was the only manager at that point who had not been assulated). There is open drug dealing going on and a kind of acceptance or tolerance of it. My grandsons are so excited about the new level ( as they call it) but it really needs to be policed effectively so it can be a safe place for children and the public to enjoy and not taken over by the street drinkers and dog on a string brigade. At the moment my daughter will not go the the level due to the drug dealing and anti social behaviour that goes on and the boys are not allowed to play there. Maybe whilst the Level is being dug up we could use the opportunity to drop these people in the hole and cover them over, as its going to take a bit more then some fancy landscaping to sort out the issues around there now.


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