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RYE’S crime-busting police team have got off to a flying start this year securing successful convictions for racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage and making an arrest for violent disorder.

Emma Wilson of Pett, and Katherine O’Donovan of London, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated charges of causing intentional harassment, alarm and distress when they appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on January 17.

This followed on from an incident in Allard’s in October where they racially abused another resident.

Both women were given twelve month conditional discharges and each were ordered to pay £60 in costs.

Sergeant Warren Downs of Rye Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Hopefully this case serves as testament to the fact that Sussex Police with vigorously pursue those who commit hate crimes.”

Lee Cleary, of Rye Harbour, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on the January 11 following an incident where he damaged several windows belonging to local businesses in Rye.

Cleary received a nine month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay compensation to the victims.

PC Paul Fielder of Rye Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Reducing Criminal damage is a top policing priority for the residents of Rye. Positive action will be taken against those who cause damage to other people’s property.”

Ivor Brinkley Jnr of Rye was charged on January 14 with possessing an offensive weapon and three counts of causing fear or provocation of violence. This follows an incident outside a licensed premises in Ferry Road on the 16th September 2012.

Brinkley has been bailed with conditions and is next appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court on the January 28.

PC Nigel Collins said: “Anti-social and violent behaviour is a top policing priority for the residents of Rye.

“Rye NPT is continuing to support local licensees and anyone coming to notice in and around licensed premises runs the risk of a Bar Watch ban in addition to any sentence handed down at Court.”