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Man jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences

Mostafa Al-Saidi jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Hailsham has been jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences over a two day period in May last year.

Mostafa Al-Saidi, 25, of Akehurst Close, Hellingly, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article after he stabbed a man in the leg with a knife in The Drive, Hellingly on 20 May 2014.

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court on 14 April, Al-Saidi also admitted possessing a bladed article and committing affray after he produced a knife and threatened two women in the churchyard in Hailsham town centre on 23 May.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and affray after he threatened staff with a knife in Simpsons Chicken takeaway in Hailsham High Street on the same day just 40 minutes after he had threatened the two women.

Later that evening, he threatened a food delivery driver in The Drive, Hellingly saying he had a gun. He admitted a charge of attempted robbery.

Al-Saidi stabbed a man and made three threats of violence while armed with a knife in one day on 23 May. His sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences and sends a message that violent crime will not be tolerated.

– Detective Constable Sean Stapley

Ross Kemp joins Labour candidate in Thanet South

The actor is on the campaign trail and will be meeting local residents Credit: Derek Johnson

Actor Ross Kemp has hit the Thanet South campaign trail, hoping to bolster

support for Labour as polling suggests the party is trailing well behind

front-runner Ukip for the Kent seat.

The former EastEnders star, who played hardman Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap, turned out to promote Labour's Will Scobie ahead of next month's General Election.

Will Scobie is standing in Thanet South for Labour Credit: Derek Johnson

Together they went on a walkabout down Broadstairs High Street, stopping to talk and pose for pictures with locals while pursued by a battery of cameramen and journalists.

Kemp, a long-time and active Labour supporter who has fronted party political broadcasts, said Mr Scobie is "a local man who will champion local causes".

Mr Scobie is involved in a three-way fight with Ukip leader Nigel Farage and the Conservatives' Craig Mackinlay to secure the Thanet South seat.


Police want to speak to man after missile was thrown during Reading’s FA Cup quarter final match

Thames Valley Police want to speak to this man following an offence during a Reading FC match Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man shown in the image, as officers believe he may have vital information about an offence that occurred during a Reading FC match.

An image of the same man was released by the Force yesterday.

The incident of throwing a missile occurred during Reading’s FA Cup quarter final match at home to Bradford AFC on Monday 16 March this year.

During the incident a broken piece of chair from the stadium was thrown towards the Bradford fans.

I would appeal to anyone who knows the man in these two images, or the man himself to contact police immediately via 101. We believe that this man may have vital information about an incident where a piece of chair from the stadium was thrown at Bradford supporters.

I know that some people don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, so alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppersanonymously 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.

– Investigating officer, PC Richard Hester, Football Intelligence Officer with Thames Valley Police

Plans to build 2,400 homes for eco-town approved

CGI of Louisburg Barracks Credit: East Hampshire District Council

Plans to build two thousand four hundred homes in Hampshire have been approved. It's the biggest planning application the council's ever considered. Developers want to transform Whitehill Bordon in the east of the county into an eco-town built on an army site - which will become vacant when personnel move to a new training college. Work could start as early as next year.

CGI of Quebec Park Credit: East Hampshire District Council


Display gives new perspective on the Duke of Wellington’s role in the Battle of Waterloo

The University of Southampton has launched a new exhibition which gives a unique perspective on the Duke of Wellington’s role in the Battle of Waterloo.

Wellington and Waterloo: ‘the tale is in every Englishman’s mouth’ draws from the Wellington Archives – a collection of papers belonging to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), which are now held and conserved by Special Collections at the University’s Hartley Library.

Commemorative Wellington Nautilus shell c. 1850s Credit: University of Southampton

The exhibition, which runs until 26 June and again from 13 to 24 July, at the library’s Special Collections Gallery, coincides with 200 year commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo. It gives the Duke’s perspective on the preparations for the battle, the engagement itself, and its aftermath. There are also sections on the Duke’s legacy and status as a national hero.

The papers give us a unique insight into despatches between Wellington, his commanders and his allies. They reveal a fascinating glimpse of the build-up to battle, the diplomacy before and after, and the rise of the Duke to the 19th-century equivalent of ‘celebrity status’ –dubbed ‘saviour of Europe’ following his victory.

– Head of Archives at Southampton, Karen Robson

Among the items on display are: a memorandum of troop numbers agreed ahead of the war by allied powers, with handwritten calculations added by Wellington; the Duke’s letters of appointment to assume command of an allied army; accounts of Waterloo sent to Wellington by his commanders in preparation for the Duke’s official despatches to the British government; and a commemorative nautilus (mollusc) shell depicting Wellington on one side and St George slaying a dragon on the other (c1850s).

Double amputee killed by rolling car in hospital car park after woman left handbrake off

A wheelchair-bound double amputee was knocked down and killed by runaway car in a hospital car park after the woman driver parked but left the handbrake off, an inquest has heard.

Pensioner Frederick Morton had arrived at the hospital and asked for directions to the wheelchair accessibility unit when he was struck down by the out-of-control silver Vauxhall Zafira which had rolled out of its parking bay and rumbled towards him.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors from an air ambulance, Mr Morton - who previously had had both legs amputated - was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses told the coroner how they had seen Mr Morton wheeling himself across the car park before spotting the rolling Zafira heading towards him.

In a statement read by the Berkshire coroner, nursing auxiliary Virginia Stalley described how she saw the 79-year-old try to get out of the way of the oncoming car after he noticed it rolling towards him, but it was too late.

Staff and patients at St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead, Berks., rushed to the aid of Mr Morton and two men held the car in place until police and paramedics arrived.

Sergeant Dean Franklin tried to open the car but after discovering it was locked used his baton to smash the window and pull on the handbrake, which he said had not been applied when he reached into the car.

"I saw there was a white elderly gentleman trapped underneath the vehicle," he said in a written statement to the inquest in Reading.

The air ambulance was scrambled but doctors could not save Mr Morton, who lived at Ploughlands in Bracknell, and he died from multiple injuries, including fractures to all his ribs and chest.

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