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Sussex murder suspect dies in hospital

Police had been waiting to speak to Norman WIlliams Credit: Chloe Oliver

The man being treated as a suspect in the murder of the couple in Chidham has died in hospital.

A murder investigation began after a man and woman, who were found dead in their bungalow in Maybush Drive on Saturday morning , had died from head and neck injuries. The man has been identified as Dennis Jefferson, 76, and although the woman has not yet been formally identified, she is believed to be Sheila Jefferson, who was 73.

Detectives were waiting to speak to a man, Norman Williams, who attended an address in Rotherfield on Saturday lunchtime with severe burns. Norman, who was Sheila Jefferson's brother-in-law, was transferred to hospital where he died on Tuesday.

The information we have so far had led us to treat Norman as the suspect in our investigation. He has since passed away in hospital. We do not have any information that there is anyone else involved.

This is a tragic incident, and the families of all those involved has asked for privacy and time to grieve at this time.

We are continuing to appeal to anyone in the area who might have seen or heard anything suspicious in Maybush Drive between 9am on Friday and 8.35am, when the fire started on Saturday morning.

– DCI Tanya Jones


Scheme to keep people with mental health issues out of police cells

Almost 800 people with serious mental health issues are put in police cells in Sussex every year, even if they haven't committed a crime. That's more people than anywhere else in the country.

Now a new scheme between the police and the NHS means the majority of people experiencing mental health problems are being assessed and treated in specialist hospitals. Tom Savvides reports from Crawley.

Dream come true for amateur actors in RSC production

For many professional actors, starring in a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company is a high point in their career. So imagine what it's like for an amateur.

Up and down the country, members of 14 amateur dramatic groups are experiencing just that, as they take part in an ambitious co-production with the RSC.

Among them are 12 men and two women who are - alongside their day jobs - rehearsing to play the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Emma Wilkinson reports:

Interviewees: Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC, John Chapman, amateur actor playing 'Bottom' and Lucy Ellinson, professional actor, playing 'Puck'.


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