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Body found in Headcorn

The body of a man was found this morning at a church in Church Walk in Headcorn. Police are treating the death as suspicious and remain on the scene at Church Walk. It was found at about 9 o'clock this morning by a member of the public.

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Teenagers tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images via social media

Teenagers in East Sussex are reportedly being tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images through social media, police have said.<

The victims, mainly boys aged 13 to 17, living in the Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven areas of the county, have been asked for the images by someone calling themselves Jenny Lane or jennylane1994, according to Sussex Police.

The person claims to be a woman, aged 19 or 20, from Essex, who is moving to Brighton, and then asks the teenagers to share inappropriate images, a force spokeswoman said.

Detective Constable Steve Shimmons said: "This person has used an array of social media, including Facebook and Skype, to contact teenagers and has sent out more than 100 friend requests.

"So far 10 young people have come forward to say they have been contacted, two of them reporting that they were threatened with having images posted online if they did not send further inappropriate images.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who has been contacted on social media by someone purporting to be Jenny Lane.

"If you have been approached but haven't yet spoken to us, please contact us.

"We understand that it may be difficult to come forward but we can assure you that you will be supported and your report will be treated sensitively.

"This is a serious offence that we believe has impacted on a large number of people."

Police are working with schools in the area which are supporting the investigation.

Anyone who has been contacted by this person or who has information should talk to a teacher or call police on 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting Operation Insight or serial 1218 09/08.

A 29-year-old man from Newhaven arrested earlier this month on suspicion of possessing indecent images and blackmail has been bailed until April 5 while investigations continue, police said.

Berkshire-based DJ apologises for UKIP calypso song

DJ Mike Read Credit: ITV

DJ Mike Read today apologised for 'unintentionally causing offence' with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

A Ukip party spokesman said the BBC Radio Berkshire DJ said the song was 'just a bit of fun'.

'Apologies of course if anyone has taken offence, but I have worked and sung in Jamaica for the tourist board and often have fun with the guys out there doing the accent,' Read said.

The track has had mixed reactions, with one Amazon reviewer calling it 'the musical equivalent of the Ebola virus", while another called it 'brilliant and so true'.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, tweeted urging supporters to buy the single, which is 50-1 with Paddy Power to chart at number 1.

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Jury continues deliberations in murder trial

A jury is continuing its deliberations in the trial of an elderly dog breeder charged with murdering his partner and her daughter in Surrey.

John Lowe, 82, is accused of deliberately shooting 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a legally-held shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham in February.

Farmer Lowe told the jury that Christine was shot accidentally in a struggle over the double-barrelled weapon when she tried to stop him going to put down some dogs, and that Lucy was accidentally shot twice a short time afterwards.

Lowe denies two counts of murder and one of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Great South Run is fantastic boost for families

Twenty five thousand people will running past Portsmouth's famous landmarks this Sunday - competing in the 25th Great South Run. Joining the amateurs - a very special young man, raising money for the charity that kept his family together. Sean Gonzalez-Lambert is on the autistic spectrum, his identical twin brothers have Downs Syndrome and the charity has helped them all. Kerry Swain takes up the story.

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