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The Argus: Anger as Coppa Club builds glass wall without planning permission

Kent Online: Brothers' heads cracked open in attack at Vivid in Herne Bay

Get Surrey: Son buys mum £250 birthday watch but left 'fuming' as Amazon send shower gel instead

Chichester Observer: Most shocking crimes on railways in Sussex revealed

Eastbourne Herald: Man taken to hospital after car flips over in Eastbourne street

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex graveyard theft: Reward offered in hunt for thieves

Worthing Herald: Guild Care reveals total raised at Walk for Worthing, the charity’s new flagship event

Mid Sussex Times: Downlands Community School celebrate 'best ever' results

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students celebrate GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings park voted as best in the region

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fight is on to save one of the strangest landmarks in Sussex

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The Argus: Police officers attacked in Hove told to wait two hours for an ambulance

Kent Online: Toddler Mia Atkins from Greenhithe died at Darent Valley Hospital after choking on snack

Get Surrey: Five reasons Surrey's Youth Offending Service is inadequate, according to damning inspection report

Chichester Observer: Twenty-nine shotguns surrendered to Sussex Police

Eastbourne Herald: GCSE results day: Roedean Moira House students break Eastbourne school’s records

Crawley and Horley Observer: Major supermarket to close Crawley town centre store

Worthing Herald: New listening post helps move Steyning Museum into 21st century

Mid Sussex Times: Blue-green algae warning for Mid Sussex dog owners

Brighton and Hove News: Blatchington Mill head shares his pride in his pupils' GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings drink driver was more than three times over limit on busy shopping street

Brighton and Hove Independent: Sussex mum’s fear as five-day-old baby stops breathing six times

Extra housing added to development

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Wealden planners have agreed an application to build extra homes at a site in Hailsham.

On 15 August Wealden District Council’s planning committee south approved an application to build 52 houses on lan off Mill Road.

Revised plans for Mill Road
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The revised plans for Mill Road

These 52 homes replace the previously consented 34 dwellings on this part of the development site, an increase of 18.

This parcel is part of a larger development for 175 homes already granted outline approval.

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The Argus: East Grinstead pervert used phone to spy on women in toilet

Kent Online: Driver arrested after vehicle driven the wrong way on the A2

Get Surrey: Nurse traumatised after rocks thrown at car twice while driving on M3

Chichester Observer: Man wanted in connection with serious assault could be in Selsey

Eastbourne Herald: Long-awaited Eastbourne community centre is opening soon

Crawley and Horley Observer: Wasp warning for Sussex with huge numbers of the insects active in late summer

Worthing Herald: Georgina Gharsallah: police treat Worthing mother's disappearance as homicide

Mid Sussex Times: Deliveroo set to launch in Haywards Heath

Brighton and Hove News: Ambulance services comes out of special measures

Hastings Observer: Hastings hero is honoured with blue plaque unveiling

Brighton and Hove Independent: Call for road safety measures on busy Brighton road

Go-ahead for specialist school in Hailsham

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Proposals to build a new special school in Hailsham have been given the go-ahead by council planners.

East Sussex County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved an application to build a specialist school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs at Reef Way in Hailsham.

While the application had been put forward by the county council itself, the school is expected to be run as an academy free school by The Beckmead Trust.

Anthony Julian of the East Sussex Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team said: “In January 2016, out of 2,756 children with special educational needs, 420 had SEMH. But by January 2019 there were 605 pupils with SEMH.

“While many of these children are placed within mainstream schools, that isn’t always satisfactory. It is not always a good provision and cannot always meet their needs."

He said the site had been set aside for a school for some time.

Plans for new school
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While the application was approved unanimously, some concerns were raised over the potential disruption to residents of Reef Way from school traffic.

Councillors heard the authority would be seeking a traffic regulation order to prevent parking there and any other measures considered to be appropriate by the highways department.

The school would also be expected to operate staggered timings for drop-off and pick-up times, which is intended to avoid overspill of parking into Reef Way.

It will provide places for about 80 pupils between the ages of four and 16.

Unemployment at 2.9%

Unemployment in the South East was 2.9% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49328855

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Double blow for crematorium plans

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Crematorium plans
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Plans for a crematorium south of the A259 in Climping have been rejected while a second for nearby Yapton will be looked at again following a road safety audit.

The applications, for sites within yards of each other, were considered by members of Arun District Council’s development control committee on Wednesday 7 August.

The Yapton site, a 10-acre field off of Grevatts Lane West, was considered first, with concerns raised about the safety of the junction leading on to the A259.

If the application was allowed, the main road would be widened to create a "ghost lane" for traffic waiting to turn into the lane.

Members were told that West Sussex County Council’s highways team had no objections to the plan. But it was pointed out by councillor Hugh Coster that the road safety audit had been carried out at 09:30 on 28 December – hardly peak time.

There was even less support for the Climping application, which included a new junction directly on to the A259.

Members were split over the safety of the junction, with some preferring it to the Yapton plan, but many felt the site was simply the wrong place for a crematorium.

The application was refused.

Appeal to trace man who breached restraining order

A police head shot of Robert William Mansfield
Sussex Police

A man from Hastings wanted in connection with two domestic abuse incidents is being sought by police.

Robert William Mansfield, 28, of Milward Road, has also breached a restraining order, Sussex Police said.

He is described as white, of medium build, around six foot tall with short dark hair.

He has tattoos on both sides of his neck, one of three feathers and the word "mum".

Hungry red pandas cause bamboo shortage

Guy Bell

Red panda
Drusillas Park

Hungry red pandas at a zoo have eaten all of their food prompting an urgent appeal for more bamboo.

Drusillas Park's Mulan and Maja have left their keepers desperate to find more supplies.

The two red pandas at the 10-acre East Sussex zoo are known to eat up to 2kg each per day.

Sophie Leadbitter, head zookeeper, said: "Our own plantation has been struggling to keep up with the pandas' enormous appetite."

Miss Leadbitter and her colleagues are keen to hear from anybody with any bamboo as long as it is tall, fresh and healthy.

Weather warnings in place for rain and wind across the South East

Met Office warnings are in place for rain and wind for the next couple of days in the South East of England.

A yellow warning for rain is in force all day today.

The band of heavy rain followed by heavy showers or thunderstorms has the potential to bring disruption.

A yellow warning for strong winds is in force from 15:00 BST today and will continue all day on Saturday, with gusts up to 60mph.

Some disruption is expected, including delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with fallen trees possible.

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The Argus: Met Office warns winds could hit 60mph in parts of Sussex

Kent Online: Kingsdown Toilets cleaned up by volunteers

Get Surrey: 'I found him hanging': Surrey Police's response to someone who said cannabis was not harmful

Chichester Observer: Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in Bognor

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne dealers jailed for ‘one stop’ drug shop in seafront hotel

Crawley and Horley Observer: Crawley nightclub Moka could be demolished and replaced with flat

Worthing Herald: Shoreham residents demand to be heard over beach café plans

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath church housed charity fundraiser to help eradicate baby infection

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton supermarket branch to double in size

Hastings Observer: Man had offensive weapon in Hastings at Queens Road

Brighton and Hove Independent: Police eliminate man from enquiries over sudden death in Hove

Man punched by teenager near Eastbourne Pier

A man was left with a cut lip after he was punched in the face by a teenager near Eastbourne Pier.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened on Wednesday 24 July at about 18.40 BST.

The 20-year-old victim was on the lower promenade on the west side of the pier when he was approached by four youths aged between 14 and 17.

They got into an altercation with him and one of them assaulted him, before running off.

The first suspect is described as about 5ft 5 with tanned skin, black curly hair and a goatee board.

He was wearing a red T-shirt, khaki coloured trousers and a Nike bag.

The second suspect had short brown hair, and a third one had short blond hair and was wearing a white T-shirt.

PC Ian Williams said: "There were lots of people around at the time of the incident and we are sure someone may have seen this happen."

Witness appeal after unexplained death

Police investigating the unexplained death of a man in Hove have issued a photo of another man who they believe may have vital information.

Emergency services were called to a block of flats in Cambridge Road at 03:45 BST on Sunday, where a 39-year-old man from Haywards Heath had been found with injuries in the communal hallway.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

His death is being treated as unexplained, though not suspicious.

The CCTV image shows a man leaving the AmPM store in London Road, Brighton, just after 01:05 BST on that Sunday morning.

The man who died had been with him in the store.

Det Sgt Gavin Arnold said: "We emphasise that the man in the photo is sought solely as a witness at this time."

CCTV image of a man in a white, blue and red Nike t-shirt
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Police find crystal meth in crashed car

Guy Bell

Two men have been arrested after a police chase and crash in East Sussex.

At 20:00 BST yesterday police were drawn to a car being driven south down the M23 and A23 towards Brighton.

As it approached the Patcham interchange it accelerated away from officers and went into Old London Road, where it collided with a car being driven by a member of the public, and with two parked cars, before being abandoned.

The two men in the car ran off but were pursued and quickly arrested by officers on foot.

In the car police found a quantity of drugs, including cannabis and crystal meth.

Two men aged 19 and 24 from south east London, were arrested and are in custody.

The 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of drugs with intent to supply, and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle. The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and drug driving.

Biker killed in crash with Range Rover

A259 and Millbank Lane junction
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A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash with a Range Rover and another motorbike on a Kent road, police say.

The 55-year-old man from East Sussex died at the scene in Old Romney at about 11:50 BST on Sunday.

A Kawasaki, a Yamaha R1 and a Range Rover crashed on the A259 near the junction of Millbank Lane. Kent Police said.

Another biker was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

Bus and van drivers trapped in crash

Guy Bell

Crash
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A bus and van driver were trapped and several people injured in a crash in Crawley, West Sussex.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the junction of Hawth Avenue and Furnace Drive at 11:22 BST.

The drivers of both vehicles were released and treated by paramedics. Nobody suffered serious injuries. The road was shut while police dealt with the incident but it has since been reopened.

'Blip' see accounts documents delayed

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Delays to the publication of a key financial document have been described as "a blip" by the leader of Wealden District Council.

Speaking at a meeting of Wealden’s audit, finance and governance committee, Conservative council leader Bob Standley addressed the publication of the 2018/19 Statement of Accounts.

While the committee was due to approve the full document, it was only able to consider a draft version as the figures have yet to be externally audited following delays in the process.

Mr Standley said: “I think we should treat this as a bit of a blip".

Christmas lights display could be saved

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Rother District Council is looking to work with a community group which it hopes will step in to organise Bexhill’s Christmas lights display.

Earlier this month the council's cabinet agreed to terminate a funding agreement with Shining Lights (Bexhill) Limited, due to concerns around its "lack of transparency and engagement".

At the same time, cabinet members agreed to enter into an alternative funding agreement with the Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (BCCT), which had expressed interest in taking over the annual Christmas lights display.

Since then however, BCCT says it is no longer in the position to take on the task due to changes in its executive membership and a lack of capacity and time as a result.

Council leader Doug Oliver said: “I am aware there are a group coming together. It is a bit early to announce that at this moment in time.

“But there are some genuine community groups out there that want to support this and I am sure we will have something quite soon, in the next few weeks, which we will have to present to officers.”

Builders merchants evacuated in chemical incident

Guy Bell

Emergency services in Uckfield
Eddie Mitchell

A builders merchants was placed in lockdown following a burglary and the discovery of a mystery substance.

Parker Building Supplies, at Bellbrook Industrial Estate, in Uckfield, was broken into at 01:30 BST and insulation sheeting worth thousands of pounds was stolen.

Workers were evacuated from the building after a grey substance, left behind by the suspects, was found at the scene. Several people reported to be suffering from sore throats and headaches.

They were checked over by paramedics and Sussex Police has since confirmed the substance was non-corrosive and is believed to be from a fire extinguisher.