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THE PEVENSEY AND WESTHAM Historical Society: start their 2016 season with a talk by Jo Seaman who will be telling The Real Eastbourne Story on Monday February 1 in Westham Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm. Membership fees are very reasonable costing just £3.50 per person or only £6 for two or more people living at the same address. Entry charges for the meeting is 25p for members and £1 for non members who will be made very welcome.

A CRIME GROUP: HAS been sentenced to more than 18 years for door-step frauds in the South East This release is issued on behalf of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. A network of organised criminals committing fraud offences in excess of £310,000, which was unravelled following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), have been sentenced to over 18 years in jail. The fraud offences involved a total of 34 victims. Ten people pleaded to, or were found guilty of, a variety of fraud and money laundering offences and were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (8/1)*. Operation Knock investigated incidents between October 2013 and September 2014 whereby victims had been told that their neighbours’ property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property. The victims were told that they needed to hire specialist equipment to resolve the issue and to pay a deposit which would then be refunded. Lead investigator DC Matt Wilson, from SEROCU’s Regional Fraud Team said: “These sentences reflect the nature of the offences this sophisticated network took part in by intentionally targeting the most vulnerable people. This should act as a deterrent to anyone else tempted to earn some extra money by turning a blind eye to these crimes, we will investigate and bring them before the court.” The incidents took place across the following locations: Surrey: Epsom; Leatherhead; Oxted; Guildford Sussex: Cooksbridge; Southwick; Burgess Hill; Brighton; Upper Beeding; Crawley; Pevensey; Eastbourne; Uckfield; Sompting; Steyning Hertfordshire: St Albans; Stevenage Devon: Plymouth London: Camberwell; South Woodford; Wimbledon; Morden. For more information please visit the SEROCU website: http://bit.ly/1RGInR0

THE WEEKLY MEETINGS: OF Slimming World which take place in the Scout |Hut in Priory Road have changed slightly. There will now be two meetings on Thursday mornings at 9.30 and 11.30 am, whilst the afternoon ones remain the same i.e. 5.15 and 7.30 pm.

I KNOW ThAT THE following seems a long way ahead:, but this will give people time to organise themselves. There will be a Relay for Life Eastbourne at the Eastbourne Sports Park (BN22 2UF) on July 2/3 with the aim of raising funds for Cancer Research with the motto of Let’s beat cancer sooner. Fundraise – Walk – Celebrate. Team up with friends, family or colleagues for Relay For Life and join the fight to beat cancer. What is Relay for |Life? It is an overnight community event that celebrated cancer survivors and remembers those lost to cancer with a moving Candle of Hope ceremony and rallies everyone to fight back. Anybody can join in, regardless of age or fitness level. Relays are fun for all the family and everyone is welcome. In the lead up to the relay, teams get together and raise as much money as they can. You can do anything you like to raise vital pounds for our ground breaking research. From Coffee Mornings to Concerts, Challenges and Car washing every pound donated brings forward the day when all cancers can be cured. For more information please call Janet Geering on 07983 672332 or e.mail eastbournerelay@gmail.com

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