Stone Cross, Westham and Hankham

THE N EXT MEETING: OF the Eastbourne Organ and Keyboard Club will be held in Wesdtham Village Hall on Tuesday February 2 starting at 7.30 pm when Chris Stanbury will be in the chair. Doors will open at 6.30 pm and all are welcome.

SUSSEX POLICE: AND LOCAL partners are fully committed to protecting vulnerable people and dealing with youth crime in all the county’s seaside towns. There is no evidence that Sussex has a gang culture where young people become involved in crime through their allegiance to a gang, however we know that youth violence - often drink or drug fuelled - can occur. We also know that vulnerable people locally can be at risk of being exploited by county lines, where drug gangs from London seek to move into provincial towns, and it was to this end Sussex Police and our partners welcome this offer of additional advice and guidance from experts who are able to share good practice. This enables us to build on the strong partnership work already going on across Sussex to protect vulnerable people. Already officers in Hastings, working with our partners, have done an enormous amount in tackling drug-related criminality, including violence, through initiatives like Operation Ball, which last autumn saw more than 30 arrests made. We have been tackling “county lines” and we deal with this whenever we have evidence or intelligence to indicate it may be happening. We work closely with our partners to reduce the harm caused and help those who are vulnerable. This operation was based on co-operation with other forces and partner agencies to amass intelligence allowing robust action to be taken against suspects. Eastbourne was not part of the focus and currently Hastings is the only area in Sussex that will become one of the 52 areas nationally offered this additional support from the Home Office. Superintendent Nick May said: “While we do not have the gang violence perhaps associated with inner city areas, it can sometimes manifest itself in drug trafficking between the coast and the capital, which we have been dealing with robustly. We are committed with partners to reducing the harm caused by all violence in our towns and protecting those who are most vulnerable in our communities.” Meetings, events and local officer details. For your local officer’s contact details, information about local events and meetings and actions being taken regarding your priorities contact Want to comment on our updates? Email: EastbournePublic. This message was sent by Eastbourne Police’s Public Engagement Officer. Contact us online or call 101 when it’s less urgent than 999

THE EAST SUSSEX MOVIEMAKERS: meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Stone Cross, at n7.45pm. New members are always welcome: for more information contact their Secretary, Harry Lederman on -1323 301997 and/or visit their

THE PEVENSEY COUrT HOUSE and Gaol: is in urgent need of volunteers to help during the coming summer season. If you would like to find out more about how you can help please contact the Clerk on 01323 483470.

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