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Has the Gelato stalled the ice cream van?

It's been a bumper year for ice cream sales across the region - thanks to the sunshine and our new appetite for gelato - the italian-style ice cream.

For many of us one cornetto will no longer do, we've got the taste for a scoop - or two - of the continental treat that comes in more flavours than you could ever get in your freezer.

Have lollies been licked and is it the end of the road for the ice cream van? Apparently not as Andrew Pate has been finding out.

Endangered monkey born at Sussex park

Lar gibbons are one of the most beautiful and graceful members of the ape family Credit: Drusillas Park

An animal park in Sussex is celebrating after an endangered monkey was born in the zoo.

The lar gibbon is said to be doing incredibly well under the guidance of his parents in their enclosure.

Dad, Ulu has less to do with the baby but is enjoying watching his new family Credit: Drusillas Park

The new arrival will be nursed for up to two years and will not reach full maturity until the age of eight.

Although not officially confirmed,the keepers believe the baby is also a boy, so the pair are likely to begetting up to all sorts of mischief over the coming months.

The little lar gibbon joins older brother, Sholo at Drusillas who will be four years old in October. Credit: Drusillas Park


Eastbourne MP says pier death is 'devastating'

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said Mr Penrice's death was "devastating" and he would be talking to the pier worker's family and colleagues to pass on the condolences of the town.

The Liberal Democrat said: "This is desperately sad news and I know I speak for the whole town when I say the thoughts of everyone from Eastbourne and beyond are with his family and friends. Words are often inadequate at being able to capture such awful events."

He added: "I am aware that Mr Penrice had worked on our pier for around seven years as part of the constant remedial work that the pier owners, Cuerden Leisure, carry out on all the piers they own across the UK. This means he knew Eastbourne well.

"I am sure the many friends he had locally are utterly distraught over the appalling accident. I will be meeting his work colleagues as soon as humanly possible to express the town's sorrow at the death of their friend."


Have-a-go heroes restrained robber who died

Have-a-go heroes acted lawfully and with reasonable force when they restrained an armed raider who died following a botched jewellery shop heist.

Robber Clint Townsend died when the shop's owner, manager and members of the public piled on top of him "in a big heap" to stop him running away.

The 33-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing after he tried to smash a display window outside the store and was bundled to the ground.

Oxford Covered Market
Clint Townsend died after he was held back at Oxford Covered Market Credit: ITV Meridian

Townsend, of Barton Road, Headington, Oxford, was found to have been left brain dead by oxygen starvation to the brain and was pronounced dead at 1.15pm the next day.

Witnesses described nearly eight men restraining the would-be thief on the floor for three to four minutes before police arrived at Oxford's Covered Market.

Officers started resuscitation attempts after realising Townsend was unconscious and not breathing. He was left in a coma and died in hospital the next day.

The three-day inquest in Oxford heard heavy-set Townsend had an underlying heart condition which had been undiagnosed before his death.

I am not satisfied to the required standard of proof that any of those men acted unreasonably and unlawfully...There has been a deliberate act but the consequences and the fatal outcome was not intended by those people.

I don't think there was any idea from anybody involved of what was going to happen because of his heart condition. He succumbed and gave up the struggle much more quickly than anybody realised because his heart was failing.

– Alison Thompson, assistant coroner for Oxfordshire

Rugby club pay tribute to pier worker

Netherhall RUFC in Maryport have paid tribute to Stephen Penrice, who had played rugby since he was a young boy and used to be Captain of the under-18s side.

The 44-year-old died in a fall while working on Eastbourne Pier.

Chairman John Shimmings said "Stephen never had a bad word to say about anyone and always had a smile on his face - the biggest smile you've ever seen."

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