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NEWS FROM ST MARY’S Church: in the High St,, Westham. In September last, they opened up a youth group at the Church, meeting Friday’s 7 to 9. They wanted to provide a safe and welcoming space for young people from year 7 upwards from the area to meet with each other. From Friday they would like to extend a welcome to year 6 young people. They have a varied programme.

EAST SUSSEX POLICE :RECEIVED a boost recently in their drive to deter burglars Close links between police and second-hand dealers across East Sussex recently paid dividends when, just before Christmas, a dealer alerted officers after being offered suspicious items which it was felt might be stolen property. Police obtained a warrant to search a house and arrested a suspect. A quantity of stolen property was recovered and the suspect was remanded into custody in connection with 14 burglary dwelling offences. During 2015 police in Sussex as a whole saw a 7.2 per cent drop in such crimes, equating to 51 fewer victims. Countywide, Sussex is in the top six safest counties so far as burglaries are concerned. Known offenders and criminals’ ways of working are analysed in order to deter or detect fresh crimes. A lot of burglary offenders have drug habits and there is invaluable work with partners to monitor and provide rehabilitation services to prevent further offending and work with Restorative Justice to give the victims of crime an opportunity to meet the offenders face-to-face. Burglary offences have a significant impact on victims and there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involving forensic examiners and witness care officers who are vital in identifying suspects and supporting victims.

THE WESTHAM ART GROUP: meets every Wednesday from 1 – 4 pm in Westham Village Hall and have vacancies for anybody interested in joining the Group. It costs £3 per afternoon session and all classes of art are encouraged. They have an experienced tutor who is able and willing to help any members. An exhibition of the members work is normally displayed locally during June each year. For further information, contact Brian on 013232 461433.

DON’T FORGET: THE FORTHCOMING pantomime being put on by the Haven Players. Dick Whittington and his Cat in sandals promises to be a fun packed family show. Performances are on Saturday January 23, Thursday to Saturday January 28 – 30 at 7.30 pm with matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30 pm. Tickets for all performances are Adult £8, Child/Student £6 and will include refreshments during the interval. The booking office is now open and can be obtained by going to www.havenplayers.com or by telephoning 01323 460174.

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