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Concern for missing woman, 72, in Sussex

Jill is described as white, 5' 4", of large build, with short grey hair, green eyes and a ruddy complexion. Credit: Sussex Police

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a woman who has gone missing from Sompting.

Jill Barnes, who is 72-years-old, was last seen at 10pm yesterday at her home in Western Road.

Inspector Allan Lowe said: "This is out of character for Jill as she tends to have the same routine and she hasn't gone missing before. Officers are checking the area and ask that if anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts to contact police."

Hydro-electric community schemes scrapped in Thames Valley

Three hydro-electric power schemes on the River Thames have been shelved - and renewable energy supporters say Government policy is to blame.

Backers of a community scheme at Abingdon had announced they were scrapping the scheme because in their words "the incentives that were designed to encourage groups like ours have been cut drastically."

Now it has emerged that two more hydro-electric generating projects at Maidenhead in Berkshire and at Marlow in Buckinghamshire will not now go ahead.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd indicated moves to favour gas power stations and the phasing out of coal-fired plants as small-scale solar projects are said to be too costly for taxpayers.


Worrying rise in homeless numbers in Kent

With little more than a month until Christmas, a huge rise in figures for homelessness in Kent is causing concern.

The charity Porchlight says the figures are worrying. They're based in Canterbury, which has its own homeless problem. Fewer than 150 people were homeless in the county in 2012 .

That figure went up the following year. And in the most recent figures available - went up again - this time much more sharply.

Mike Barrett from Porchlight spoke to Sangeeta from our Maidstone newsroom and told her why the figures were rising.

Head-to-head on Europe - Farage v Barroso at the Oxford Union

What's the definition of chocolate?

Not a difficult question you'd think - but it took the European Union 15 years to come up with an answer.

That was just one revelation during a special debate at the Oxford Union on whether we should stay in the EU - or leave.

And centre stage was southeast MEP Nigel Farage - taking on the former President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

Another familiar face was there too - the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby was watching.

New hope in the battle against Parkinsons and Alzheimers

Scientists in Oxfordshire say they are closer than ever to finding new drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Researchers at the Diamond Light Source in Harwell believe a new technique could help them speed up the process of drug development.

Kate Bunkall has been speaking with Professor Andrew Harrion, the CEO of Diamond Light Source and Professor Dave Stuart of the University of Oxford.


Owner of historic mill badly damaged by fire says staff battled to save the building

The owner of the historic Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Farnham has spoken of his devastation at the damage caused by a fire that broke out in the roof.

David Myers told ITV Meridian that every room in the mill had been damaged and spoke about the frantic efforts of staff to extinguish the blaze before it took hold.

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