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ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 19: Concentus will be singing Christmas, a medley of modern and traditional Seasonal Favourites in St Saviour’s Church, South St, Eastbourne at 4 pm. Tickets are £10 each (under 16’s £5) and can be obtained from Semantics, 33 Grove Rd, the Eastbourne Tourist Office or www.concentus. They will also be available on the door.

SUSSEX POLICE CHRISTMAS CRIME Prevention Advice: Sussex Police is working hard to keep you and your family safe this Christmas, and is delivering a series of crime prevention messages and guidance on social media in the run up to the festive period. The advice includes tips on personal safety, online safety, home security and protecting yourself from fraud. We can all do our bit to make it harder for criminals to operate and ensure Sussex is a safe place to celebrate this season. Seasonal trends show an increase in ‘crimes of opportunity’ at this time of year including the theft of wallets, purses and bags and other unattended property, as well as those gifts purchased for family and friends. Make sure Christmas presents are not left visible in your car, in unattended shopping bags or visible to passers-by in a window under your Christmas tree. Over the past few months Sussex Police Public Engagement Officers (PEOs) have worked hard and created some unique crime prevention visuals. Using their experience of engaging with the public, the PEOs have worked with colleagues, special constables, volunteers, partners, children and even Lego, achieving innovative results! Some videos are targeted for the festive season but many also act as a reminder to be vigilant all year round. From Tuesday 1 December, and every other day in the run up to Christmas, a key message and supporting video will be released on the Sussex Police Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on our district pages with the hashtag #SafeChristmas. Please share these important messages with your friends and family to help protect you, your home and your possessions. Anyone who witnesses a crime or any suspicious activity should call Sussex Police on 101 and in an emergency always dial 999.

THE CHARITY DEMELZA:(a charity providing hospice care for over 100 children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses in E Sussex) will be presenting a Celebration of Christmas in the Eastbourne College Chapel on Sunday December 13 at 3 pm featuring the Phoenix Choir, special Guest readers together with traditional Christmas Carols for all the family. Tickets £10 (child £5). To book, please telephone 01795 845288 or e.mail liane.brett@demelza.org.uk

POLICE DoNATION IN SUSSEX: Ups and Downs A support group for children with Down’s Syndrome and their families in the Crowborough and surrounding areas of Sussex has received a donation of £500 from Sussex Police. Sussex Ups and Downs aims to provide weekly speech and language therapy during term time for children with Down’s Syndrome. It also provides support and advice to parents/carers and their families on any aspect of raising a child with Down’s Syndrome. The group operates from Grove Park School in Crowborough. Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Chris Harrison said: “I am proud to have been able to donate this money to such a worthy local cause that provides valuable support and therapy services to children with Down’s Syndrome.” The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

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