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Government scheme to create 1,700 jobs in East Sussex

More than than 1,700 jobs are expected to be created thanks to a £5.7m funding boost for East Sussex.

Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hailsham will benefit from the expansion of the Government’s Growth Deal scheme.

The latest round of funding includes £2.6 million to improve road links to the new business park being created in North East Bexhill, close to the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road site, which will also open up land for the development of 400 new homes.

The cash boost, to be delivered between 2016 and 2021, is part of a £46.1 million investment resulting from a successful bid for Growth Deal funding by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Huge increase in applications for University of Reading

Applications rise for undergraduate courses Credit: University of Reading

The University of Reading has bucked the national trend by seeing a 21 per cent increase in applications. That's 10 times the national figure. Applications are up by more than 4,000 compared to this time last year. Just over 23,000 students have applied to the University - which represents six applications for every place. Some courses, such as Economics, Geography and Environmental Sciences, are seeing 10 applications for every place available.

There has also been a strong rise in the number of overseas applications with 3,756 applications being received to date, compared to 2,753 at the same point last year

Fake police officer cons hundreds of pounds out of pensioner

A man pretending to be a police officer conned his way into an 86-year-old man's home making off with hundreds of pounds in cash.

The conman asked the man if he had any cash in the house as he suspected that it could be counterfeit as the post office had allegedly issued some in error.

The offender said that he would search the pensioner's home to check any money he had there.

He then made off with £200.

The incident happened yesterday in Mildenhall Drive in Hastings.

Police are appealing for information about conman described as 5ft 8ins, in his late 20s with short cropped brown hair.

He was wearing blue suit style trousers paired with a grey v-neck jumper.

The man who pretended to be a police officer assumed the role of someone in a position of trust and abused pensioner's good nature.

Please tell your friends and family members about this incident as I'd like as many people to be aware of what happened.

I'm also keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have seen the man matching the description.

Also if you live in the area and had a call at your door, I'd be interested to hear from you too."

– Det Sgt Tony Webb

Anyone with information about this incident should call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 480 of 28/1.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Remembering war veteran Bernard Jordan

Bernard Jordan Credit: ITV news

The funeral takes place today of war veteran Bernard Jordan. The 90 year-old captured the world's attention when he went missing from his care home in Sussex to attend the D Day memorial events in France.

His disappearance in June 2014 sparked a police hunt and made headlines across the world.

Shortly before his death he was honoured by Brighton and Hove City Council - where he served as a councillor for more than 20 years

Bernard died earlier this month and his wife Irene died just seven days later. This week it was announced that the couple had left their entire estate to the RNLI.

Bernard's funeral will be held at St Michaels and All Angels Church in Brighton.

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Images of new Gatwick rail station released

Images of the new design for Gatwick rail station have been released Credit: Gatwick Airport

New images have been released of what Gatwick rail station will look like once redeveloped.

Airport owners say the £120.5 million redesign will transform the station and passenger experience.

Construction is due to start in 2017 and will take three years to complete.

Work will start in 2017 Credit: Gatwick Airport

New scheme launched in Surrey to help victims of domestic abuse

New help at hand for victims of domestic abuse Credit: ITV news

Young men and women are being encouraged to come forward and speak out against domestic abuse as part of the Talk to Us campaign organised by Surrey Against Domestic Abuse and Sussex Police. The campaign specifically targets 16 - 22 year olds who may be experiencing or witnessing Domestic Abuse, to help increase confidence in reporting to police and other support services.

Research shows 16 to 22 year olds experience abuse in relationships but may not recognise the signs and do not seek help. By encouraging young people to recognise an unhealthy relationship, the campaign hopes to break the cycle of domestic abuse, and repair some of the damage caused.

It is estimated that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their adult life. Domestic abuse affects all social groups regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race or religion and is more than just physical violence; it can involve threatening behaviour, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse.

Detective Chief Inspector Bex Smith, from Surrey Police's Safeguarding and Investigations Unit, said: "We tend to see an increase in domestic abuse reports in January, which may be associated with the financial pressures post-Christmas, but there is no justifiable excuse for committing abuse. We understand the strength it takes to report domestic abuse, and will take your report seriously and work with specialist outreach services to help break the cycle of abuse."

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond, said: "Victims of abuse lose their self-esteem and confidence, becoming isolated and even more vulnerable so it is vital that people, whatever their background and age, know they can access the information they need to make safe decisions about their futures."

The TalkToUs campaign aims to advise those affected that domestic abuse is not their fault and that no one should have to face it alone. They can talk to police or specialist local services. A range of different support and outreach services are available to those experiencing domestic abuse, both nationally and across Surrey.

People experiencing domestic abuse or concerned friends, neighbours or family members can ring the 24 hour yourSanctuary helpline on 01483 776822 or visit www.surreyagainstda.info for more information.

Local Outreach services are available during office hours 9am - 4pm and provide free and confidential services. They can be contacted as follows:
East Surrey Outreach: 01737771350. North Surrey Outreach: 01932 260690 South West Surrey Outreach: 01483 577392

Concern for missing man from Bournemouth

James Hilton Credit: DORSET POLICE

Police are concerned for the welfare of 39-year-old James Hilton, who was last seen in Milton Road in Bournemouth at around 7:30am on Thursday.

He was in contact with family at around 1:30pm however he did not attend work when expected or return home this evening. His family believe he was in a distressed state of mind.

James is described as a white man, of slight build and roughly 5-feet 11-inches in height. He has very short, dark grey and light brown hair. It is not known what he is wearing.

James has connections with the Charminster and Dean Park areas of Bournemouth, Sandbanks in Poole and Corfe Mullen. Police are focusing their searches on these areas, with the National Police Air Service and search dogs also assisting.

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