Crime pays for Peacehaven club

Posted On 22 May 2017 at 7:09 pm

A seniors club has been handed a donation by Sussex Police from the proceeds of crime.

Two police community support officers handed over £200 to the Deans Seniors Tea Club and gave a talk about rogue traders and scams.

Sussex Police said: “The Deans Seniors Tea Club received a donation of £200 from Lewes police on Friday 12 May when Police Community Support Officers Julie Nicholson and Chris Marchant attended the club, which serves Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford.

“A charity, it works to bring together elderly and often vulnerable residents from the three coastal towns who might otherwise remain isolated.

“The donation was presented to one of the club’s organisers, Heather Sayers, and came from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

“Coinciding with national Rogue Traders Awareness running from Monday 8 May to Friday 12 May, club members also listened to a talk from the PCSOs on rogue traders and scams.

“Reports on all types of scams are on the rise and the elderly in particular remain the highest targets.”

PCSO Nicholson said: “The club provides the chance for more vulnerable people, often living alone, to get out of the house and be part of the community again and we were pleased to be involved in arranging this donation for them.

“Their gatherings are also a perfect chance to engage with them and talk to them about keeping safe and what sort of things to watch out for.

“We are concerned about the number of people taken in by door knockers, often persuading them to have work done they don’t need or for which they are then overcharged and we will be giving more talks like this at the charity’s other events.”

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