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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

Police take action on 'bogus beggars'

People pretending to be homeless and begging for money are being targeted by police in Sussex.

The force believes three recent cases in Uckfield and one in Hailsham are connected to organised crime.

Sgt Kara Tombling said there were no modern slavery concerns, and added: "All those encountered so far have been of Romanian origin.

"It would seem they do not live locally but are dropped off and picked up, using hand-written notices asking for money.”

Translators ensure suspects are fully aware of help available in genuine cases, while issuing Community Protection Warnings to those who do not meet that criteria, she added.

The order prevents recipients from asking for money or other donations in Sussex. They must not sit or loiter at the entrance or exit of any commercial or business premises, hold out their hands to beg, or return to Wealden district with the intention of begging.

Failure to comply risks a fixed penalty of £100 or arrest.

Body found in hunt for missing woman

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Officers searching for a woman reported missing from Tunbridge Wells have found a body.

The family of Sabrina Goacher were alerted, after a woman was found deceased Church Road at 20:47 BST on Monday.

Detectives are now working to establish the cause of her death.

Severe accident: A267 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A267 East Sussex both ways severe accident, from A272 to B2102 Mayfield Flat.

A267 East Sussex - A267 Heathfield Road in Five Ashes closed and queues in both directions from the A272 junction to the B2102 Mayfield Flat junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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
Linden Homes
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
East Sussex County Council

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.

Property worth thousands stolen in garage and shed raids

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Property worth thousands of pounds has been stolen by intruders, including high-value bicycles and power tools.

Between 5 and 7 August a garage was broken into and more than £2,000 worth of items were taken in the Bluebell Lane area at Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead.

They included two Milwaukee electric drills, each worth £500; four caravan batteries, £320; a Karcher pressure washer, £350; a Halfords socket set, £200; a Husqvarna chainsaw, £60 and a Makita angle grinder, £150.

At another property nearby, a blue Five Pro mountain bike with white suspension forks, a Fox rear shock absorber, carbon fibre handlebars and Hop Tech 2 hydraulic brakes worth £4,000, was stolen from a garden shed.

With it went a Trek Hardtail ladies' mountain bike painted silver and gold, and valued at £500.

At around the time of the thefts two men were also seen in the area acting suspiciously and trying doors on parked cars.

Witnesses are urged to contact Sussex Police.

Man attacked with glass

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's been treated in hospital after being hit with a glass in Tunbridge Wells.

It happened on 2 August at about 18:20 BST in the Pantiles area.

The victim was in his 60s and police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

Pantiles glass attack suspect
Kent Police

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The Argus: Burglars chased by heroic neighbour at hairdressers in Brighton

Kent Online: Man stabbed in his car

Get Surrey: Legal and General House in Kingswood may be redeveloped as retirement village

Chichester Observer: Haystack catches fire in Tangmere

Eastbourne Herald: ‘An accident waiting to happen’: Eastbourne residents fume over new bus lane

Crawley and Horley Observer: 'Several thousands of pounds' worth of property stolen in burglaries near East Grinstead

Worthing Herald: Worthing charity run returns in aid of rare cancer research

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill care home rated ‘inadequate’ for third time

Brighton and Hove News: King Alfred is dead! Crest Nicholson pulls out of Hove seafront project

Hastings Observer: Father’s bike ride from Battle to Bruges for hospital, which saved son’s life

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton man jailed for sex offences against small children

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The Argus: Man accused of sexual assaults in Tesco

Kent Online: Pensioner dies after crash

Get Surrey: Video emerges proving protesters were thrown out by security at Pride in Surrey

Chichester Observer: Extinction Rebellion hold protest in Chichester

Eastbourne Herald: Woman dies on Eastbourne seafront

Crawley and Horley Observer: Brexit Party selects Crawley election candidate

Worthing Herald: Work on new centre for Worthing Museum’s costume collection set to begin

Mid Sussex Times: South of England Agricultural Society encouraging young and disabled people to get into agriculture

Brighton and Hove News: Four bailed over Brighton shooting

Hastings Observer: Arrest made after men fall ill from suspected contaminated drug in Hastings

Brighton and Hove Independent: Gatwick expansion branded a threat to ‘climate emergency’ progress

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

South east unemployment rate

Donkey treat for dementia patient

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Brenda Pierce (centre left) visiting East Clayton Farm
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Brenda Pierce visiting East Clayton Farm

A 71-year-old woman was given the opportunity to visit her favourite animals when she was treated to a donkey walk.

Care UK's Mill View home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, took Brenda Pearce, who lives with dementia, on a trip to East Clayton Farm.

She had wished to see some donkeys on the home's "wishing tree".

Ms Pearce, a life-long animal lover, kept a pair of donkeys, called Belinda and Pickles, for more than 10 years.

She also donated funds to her local sanctuary for decades, and took part in donkey gymkhanas.

Miriam Markham, lifestyle co-ordinator at Mill View, said: "It was incredible to see Brenda's face light up when she first walked into the farm and spotted the donkeys.

"It really showed how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially those living with dementia, by encouraging reminiscence."

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The Argus: Brighton thug hit neighbour with bicycle fork in parking

Kent Online: Homeless father jailed after attacking four officers at Chatham railway station

Get Surrey: 'I couldn't lift a pint of beer': Father now wheelchair-bound as terminal disease takes hold

Chichester Observer: 18-month child falls ill after trip to the beach

Eastbourne Herald: Hampden Park level crossing to close this bank holiday weekend

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sinkhole drama for Sussex motorist

Worthing Herald: Hundreds raised for charity as bowls captain hosts fundraiser

Mid Sussex Times: Celebrations for village school after Ofsted visit

Brighton and Hove News: Police ask Met to help identify anti-social youth mob filmed cycling through Asda

Hastings Observer: Python spotted loose at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Brighton and Hove Independent: Teenager suffers head injuries after attack by 'up to ten young people' in East Sussex

Double blow for crematorium plans

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Crematorium plans

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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Today's local news website headlines

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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

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The Argus: ‘Devastated’ man says Pride has broken the Equality Act

Kent Online: Olympic skier Madi Rowlands suffers rare blood clot

Get Surrey: Resident uses own hose to save garden from Reigate wildfire

Chichester Observer: Seven fire engines sent to combine harvester blaze in Partridge Green

Eastbourne Herald: Suspended prison sentence for driver involved in accident in which Hailsham pedestrian died

Crawley and Horley Observer: Bluebell Railway has been named England's best steam journey

Worthing Herald: New Shoreham office block could bring hundreds of jobs to the area

Mid Sussex Times: A23 horror crash: Dad told he will never walk properly again

Brighton and Hove News: Gunman hunted after shots fired near Brighton park

Hastings Observer: Hastings pensioner who assaulted woman banned from Old Town pub

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton & Hove Pride 2019: Policeman's dance moves go viral

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."

Village pub plans criticised by campaigners

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

A planning application to refurbish a village pub and build an extension to house nine flats has been criticised by campaigners.

The Royal Oak in Crawley Down closed down in 2015 despite the efforts of campaigners.

Now an application has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council to demolish the pub’s single-storey extensions and an outbuilding, and to replace them with three-storey side and rear extensions.

One flat will be used by the landlord, while the others will be made up of two one-bedroom and six two-bedroom homes.

There will be parking spaces for nine cars.

A spokesman from campaign group Save The Pub said: “It is not possible to say whether the pub will work with a smaller footprint, no beer garden, no parking and surrounded by eight flats whose residents may not appreciate live bands, quizzes and beer festivals, all of which help make a pub viable.”

A decision is expected by 9 September.

The exterior of the Royal Oak pub
The pub, which closed in 2015, would be refurbished under the plans

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
Sussex Police

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

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.