Hailsham man sentenced for child abduction

A 53-year-old man from East Sussex who abducted a three-year-old child has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Stephen Howlett, of The Diplocks, Hailsham, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment suspended for two years after pleading guilty.

He was also given a nine-month supervision order at Hove Crown Court in connection with the incident on 1 October last year.

Sussex Police said it accepted there was no malicious intent involved.

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