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Do you have the purr-fect cat? Entries open for feline of the year

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Do you have a remarkable cat? A Sussex-based charity is launching a competition to find the nation's bravest, caring and friendliest felines.

Finalists will go whisker-to-whisker with cats from the rest of the country to compete for the title of National Cat of the Year.

The title was won in 2014 by Cleo who helped raise the alarm and provide comfort when owner Richard Jenkins suffered a heart attack.

Owners have until noon on Friday 29 April to nominate their cat for one of the following categories:

  • Hero Cat - Cats that save the day
  • Most Caring Cat - Cats that have a positive impact on an owner's health or wellbeing
  • Furr-ever Friends - Tales of friendship between children and cats
  • Outstanding Rescue Cat - Felines adopted from animal welfare organisations


Call for 'rough sleepers' to raise funds for the homeless

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Volunteers are being sought to sleep on the streets of Brighton.

Housing charity YMCA Downslink is organising a mass sleep out to raise funds on Friday, March 18.

Last year the organisation housed more than 500 people who had nowhere to go.The charity works to help young people rebuild their lives, but funding is a constant challenge.

A single night outside cannot compare with being homeless, but lying awake under the stars at 2am is surprisingly impactful. If you have never done this before I strongly recommend giving it a go. You only live once and you will help raise thousands of pounds in support of the YMCA's fantastic work with homeless young people.

– Pete Brayne, Sleep Easy veteran

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Have you seen missing Jason Deegan?


Police are concerned for the welfare of missing Jason Deegan from Camber.

The 45-year-old was last seen at 3pm at Camber Sands, near Rye, on Thursday 4th February.

He is white, 5' 8", and of slim build with short, spiky hair. He was last seen wearing a polo shirt and a black Barbour style jacket with blue jeans and blue Nike trainers. He was also carrying a black Adidas holdall bag.

Missing persons co-ordinator Shannon Marchesani said: "We are concerned for Jason as his disappearance is out of character. He does have links to Croydon."

Rental prices rise highest in South East

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The cost of renting a home in the South East has increased more than anywhere else in the UK over the last year.

Renting in the region is now more expensive than any other area outside London.

New figures from the HomeLet index show the average rent paid in the South East is more than £900.


Dog days at Sussex Police

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Harper, just 11 weeks old, has started work at Sussex Police. In about 12 months' time she'll become a key asset to officers across both Sussex and Surrey.

The sable German shepherd has been introduced as a general purpose dog, designed to track, chase and detain suspects, search for stolen property and missing people, and assist public order units with crowd control.

Harper was among a litter of four puppies, all of which will go through the same process as her in a bid to become general purpose police dogs.

Harper is still very young and she's certainly keeping her foster family on their toes. But all going to plan, she will be issued to a handler in December, before going on a full training course in January.

– Emma Coles, Sussex Police

Thief runs up £3,250 on stolen debit card

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Police are searching for a man who went on a £3,000 spending spree with a vulnerable man's debit card.

The victim lost his wallet on the 24 bus in Bournemouth on Thursday.

Over a 24-hour period, £3,250 was spent in 21 shops from Poole to Boscombe. His card has since been cancelled.

It is essential that if you do lose your wallet or bank cards that you ensure you contact your bank and cancel them immediately. While it may be difficult to remember a pin number it is very important to change it to something more memorable and memorise it. Never write it down or keep it alongside your card.

– PC Chris Rawlings, Bournemouth police
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