Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

British Legion: THE PEVENSEY, WESTHAM AND Stone Cross Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a Fund Raising Coffee Morning on Saturday November 7 in Westham Village Hall from 10 am to noon. There will be an entry charge of 50p per person which includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. All proceeds will be passed to the Annual Poppy Appeal. All are welcome to attend.

WEALDEN NEIGHBOORHOOD POLICING TEAM:. NHW Update News, Advice and Appeals. Heating oil theft – don’t be a victim. Many people will be filling their heating oil tanks in preparation for the onset of winter now. These tanks can contain hundreds of pounds worth of oil, so it is sensible to take precautions to protect them. Padlocks Close: shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of burglar tools – the bolt cropper. Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip. Oil level gauges: Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen, or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. Security lights: Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. It’s not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users. Defensive planting: Defensive planting is nature’s way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not wish to force their way through or over a prickly hedge. These shrubs can, if planted around your tank, provide an effective and decorative barrier. Securing your oil tank A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank but it must be remembered that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible. CCTV (closed circuit television). The use of CCTV as a crime prevention and detection tool has grown massively in recent years. It could play a part in the protection of oil tanks but before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs. Ask yourself: • Is CCTV right for my property? Could other security methods work better as an alternative? • How much am I prepared to spend? Using CCTV can be quite an expensive option. • Is there a reasonable level of light where the cameras will be operating or do I need to think about using cameras with low light capability? (Most thefts take place at night). • If a crime takes place, how am I going to provide police with evidence? An officer will need to seize footage so you may prefer to keep it on a disc or USB flash drive. For further crime prevention advice contact your local PCSO

REME Association: The normal monthly meetings of the Eastbourne Branch of the REME Association will be held on Wednesday October 21 starting at 7.30 pm. However, due to circumstances out of the control of the Committee, this meeting will be held in the Junction Pub, Polegate (opposite the Old Polegate Railway Station). It is hoped that as many members as possible will attend.

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