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Man is killed after crashing car into a wall

A young man has been killed today after crashing his car into a wall.

The 23-year-old, who will be formally identified tomorrow, was driving a black Toyota Celica when it left the road and smashed into the wall.

The driver, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, died at the scene on Wall Hill Road in Ashurst Wood - about a mile from the man's home.

Sergeant Tony Crisp, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the crash happen or who saw the Toyota being driven in the minutes beforehand.

"An investigation has been launched to determine exactly what happened.

"If you have any information at all, please contact us."

Despite no formal identification, officers from Sussex Police are confident they know who the driver is and the coroner's office has been informed.


Three year old boy injured in explosion on private boat

A three-year-old boy was among those injured following an explosion on a private boat this afternoon.

Police were called to the boat - which was carrying a number of adults and children at the time of the explosion - at 12:40pm today.

The vessel, which is believed to be privately owned, had been sailing along the River Thames and reached Bray Lock in Taplow near Maidenhead, Berks, when it exploded.

A man and a woman aged in their forties and a teenage girl who were on the boat have been taken to St George's Hospital in London for treatment.

Another man aged in his forties, a woman aged in her thirties and a three-year-old boy, who were also thought to have been on the boat, have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Another man received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

A spokesman from Thames Valley police said the incident is not believed to be suspicious, but officers remained at the scene as investigations continued to establish the circumstances of the explosion.

Appeal for information after an incident of exposure in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after an incident of exposure in Oxford.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was in Bury Knowle Park, Headington, at about 5.15pm yesterday (31/7) when a man exposed himself to her.

The offender was lying in the grass during the incident.

The offender is white, in his is forties to mid-fifties, under 6ft, of average build, with fair and greying hair.

He was wearing dark coloured shorts, a polo neck T-shirt and a dark coloured jacket.

Investigating officer, PC David Scott, part of the response team in Oxford, said:

“The park was busy at the time with a number of young children and families enjoying an afternoon out.

“I am appalled by the offence and would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious or recognises the description of the offender to call police on 101.

“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Thames Valley Police

Iconic TV star and singer Cilla Black has died aged 72 in Spain, according to reports

Blind Date and Surprise Surprise star Cilla Black has died at her home in Marbella, according to reports. She was 72.

Cilla Black was well known in the South, and for her friendship's Kent's Paul O'Grady, and Reading FC's Chairman John Madejski.

Cilla Black and John Madejski Credit: PA Images

They were interviewed at Henley Festival in 2011, where Cilla Black was looking forward to the evening entertainment:

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