TIM DREW: Good news and lots of meetings to start the year

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IT’S a pleasure to start 2015 with good news – the crooks mostly seem to have been kept at bay in Worthing with only nine crimes recorded over the Christmas period (December 22-28) of which six were connected with vehicles; in addition, two burglaries (during one of which, nothing was stolen) and the theft of cash from a safe at a commercial property were recorded.

In four cases, access to the vehicles was gained overnight by breaking the side windows and, in all of these cases, sat navs were stolen, one laptop being the other item taken. In another, a hole was punched through under the driver’s side door handle and Christmas presents were stolen.

The West Downs Search Team ended 2014 in assisting the police by participating in a letter- drop in Bosham as part of Operation Ensign on the anniversary of the murder of Valerie Graves. The task was originally scheduled to be held over two days, but was completed in one.

• And the New Year has begun in busy fashion. The Offington Neighbourhood Panel will meet today (Thursday) 10am-11am at the Thomas A’ Becket pub in Rectory Road, with the Marine Neighbourhood Panel meeting tomorrow evening between 7pm-8pm in the Shaftesbury Room, Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue. The Durrington and Northbrook Neighbourhood panel meets on Monday, January 12, 7.30pm-8.30pm at the Durrington Community Centre, Tesco Complex, the Tarring Community Forum meeting is the next evening between 7pm-8pm at the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring.

Two surgeries will be held on Thursday, January 15, hosted respectively by PCSO Shauna Bowen at Findon Valley Library, Lime Tree Avenue, between 11.30am-12.30pm, and by PCSO Carol Fulcher at the Goring Library, Mulberry Lane, between noon and 12.45pm; and, the following afternoon, PCSO Ros Tite’s will be held between 1pm-2pm at the Maybridge Keystone Centre, Raleigh Way.