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Council tax in East Sussex to rise by 3.99%

Councillors in East Sussex have voted to raise council tax by 3.99 per cent.

The increase, equivalent to 92p a week extra for a Band D property, includes a two per cent levy, the maximum authorised by the Government, to offset some of the savings the authority must make from adult social care services.

A full meeting of East Sussex County Council approved a budget which will see a £369 million net budget spent on services in the new financial year – including £228 million on adult social care and children’s services.

Interview with East Sussex County Council Leader, Councillor Keith Glazier

While some voluntary organisations will no longer receive funding, stroke services and a scheme which employs people with learning difficulties, will not lose their money.

Interviews with Kerry Joyce and Martin Fisher - Directors, Zest

Man charged with rape of woman in Hastings

A man has been charged with the rape of a woman in Hastings

Sepano Derevianko, 31, of Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on February 3 charged with the rape of a 25-year-old woman at a flat in Cornwallis Gardens.

He was remanded in custody to appear on March 2 at a venue to be fixed.

Derevianko is accused of meeting his victim in a bar in Hastings and taking her to a flat and raping her.

Police hunt for lost dog left in back of stolen van

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Police are hunting for a lost dog that was in in the back of a van stolen in Brighton.

Indie, a black and tan German Shepherd, was in the red Fiat Diablo stolen from Cumberland Road, near Queen's Park, while her owner was working nearby.

The vehicle was taken between 10.15am and 10.30am on February 9.

Indie is described as a very placid dog. She was wearing a black collar with no identity disc but is micro-chipped.

Police were told, searched the area and circulated the description of the van and Indie to all units but they have not yet been found.

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Concern grows for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Sussex say they're very worried about a young girl who's gone missing.

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Police in Sussex say they're worried about Grace Power who has gone missing from Hastings. She's 14. She was last seen at her home on Monday. She is white, 5' 2", has long wavy dark brown hair and has her nose pierced. She was wearing a black long-sleeved top, black leggings, black trainers and was carrying a black handbag.

We are concerned for the welfare of Grace as she is 14 and she left without a coat in the bad weather on Monday.

– Shannon Marchesani, missing persons co-ordinator
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