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Eastbourne pier fire now being treated as possible arson

"As a result of our investigation we have received information to suggest that the fire may have been started by someone, either deliberately or accidently, and our investigation is now focusing on that line of enquiry.

A temporary scaffold platform has been erected adjacent to where the fire is thought to have broken out in order to enable scenes of crime officers and fire investigators safe access to the area.

In the meantime, we are very keen to hear from anyone who has photographs or video taken at the entrance or actually on the pier in the hours before the fire started. If you have such material or indeed any other information about the incident, please email us at quoting Operation Barsham. Alternatively, you can call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Mark O'Brien, Sussex Police


'Measures put in place' following Gatwick baggage crisis

Holidaymakers flying from Gatwick this weekend are being urged to pack essential items in their hand luggage after another warning of possible delays.

The baggage handling firm, Swissport, have recruited extra staff to help deal with any problems.

Last weekend hundreds of passengers were left waiting hours for their luggage because of staff shortages.

We speak to Willie Walsh from the International Airlines Group.


Play explores plight of Saints' fans

A production surrounding the highs and lows of being a Saints fan will be unveiled in a specially built theatre in the city centre this month.

'The Saints' will include acting debuts from the ex-Saints players in pre-recorded film segments.

It will premiere at Nuffield Playing Field, a specially built pop-up theatre which combines outdoor stadium with Jacobean theatre

The purpose-built outdoor seating mixes theatre and football

As part of the play, two of Southampton FC's most famous ex-players will have cameo roles in the new production.

Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali are fondly remembered by fans and played from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.

The production explores the unequivocally theatrical experience of attending a football match, from the sense of spectacle and occasion to the intimacy and power of crowd behaviour and the sense of belonging and community this creates.

Nuffield is running a crowdfunding campaign alongside The Saints, called ‘Be a Saint’ - where audience members can donate amounts from £5 to £500 and will receive rewards including having a drink with Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali as well as football and theatre memorabilia.


Jack Laugher and Chris Mears take gold for England

England's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears have won Commonwealth gold in the men's synchronised 3m diving final.


Just won COMMONWEALTH GOLD with my best mate @jacklaugher! @werengland Thank you for all the incredible support!


The pair led from the second round to last, claiming victory ahead of Australian duo Grant Nel and Matthew Mitcham.

England's Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward claimed bronze.

This is the second Commonwealth gold for 19-year-old Jack Laugher, who won his first in the 1m springboard diving on Wednesday.

Read: 'Is this life?!?': England divers in shock at golden win

Read: Usain Bolt and Tom Daley in action at Games

Police officers to be investigated over Jayden case

Five police officers who dealt with the murder of a Folkestone teenager are to be investigated over how they handled the case.

Jayden Parkinson was just 17 years old when she was killed by her former boyfriend Ben Blakeley - who was jailed for life last week.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will examine how the officers responded during the period Jayden was reported missing.

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