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A man who drowned trying to rescue a young girl as she was swept out to sea has been awarded with a bravery award from the Queen.
Plamen Petkov has received the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is given for acts of bravery of a high order.
Petkov rescued 5-year-old Darleen Myint from the water of West Wittering beach in West Sussex on 26th May 2012.
She was being swept out to sea in very strong winds and a strong undercurrent, but Petkov leapt into the water and saved her.
Tragically, he was overcome with exhaustion and was swept away.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have written to the Bulgarian government to make them aware of the award.
Mr Petkov's mother will receive the award on his behalf at Buckingham Palace.
Two footballers who used to play for a Brighton-based club have appeared in court with alleged match-fixing charges.
Hakeem Adelakun and Michael Boateng, who have now been sacked by Whitehawk FC, are accused of planning to influence football matches with two other men.
The players, who are both 22-years-old and from South London, were granted unconditional bail at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
The two other men, Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, both originally from Singapore, are due before a judge later this week.
Police have arrested two people on the Isle of Wight as part of the Operation Elveden investigation.
In a statement the Met Police said confirmed that a 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.
A retired 55-year-old woman was arrested on the Isle of Wight on suspicion of misconduct in public Office contrary to Common Law and Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct in a Public Office contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.
Both are currently being questioned at a Newport police station.
Searches are being carried out at their home address.
On this day 25 years ago, commuters involved in the crash from the region gave reactions to what happened.
These were some of the first pictures and interviews.
Multi-million pound plans to re-develop a rundown area outside Reading railway station have been approved.
The £500 million deal will see a number of buildings demolished and replaced with new shops, offices and up to 300 homes.
The first elements of the redevelopment will start in 2014.
A temporary public event space is expected by the end of 2014 or early 2015, along with new landscaping which will be undertaken by the council.
The joint venture between Benson Elliot and Stanhope is for a mixed-use space including office space as well as retail, leisure and residential developments.
The multi-use leisure facility is expected to include a five-a-side football pitch and running track.
Commenting on the government decision to rule out Swanscombe as an option Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said:
“We were promised that there would be a quick turnaround on the decision for a third Thames crossing and I am disappointed that no decision has been made.
“It is a massively important project to unlock significant growth in the Thames gateway and we will be asking ministers for a rapid decision on the two options that remain. It is too vital a project to be allowed to drift any longer.
“Option C represents the best long-term logical solution to the transport challenges we face in Kent and the South East – by combining the greatest economic benefits for the residents of Kent, with a route that alleviates pressure on the M25 and our network.
The Government will drop one of the options for a new Lower Thames crossing and will carry out further work on the remaining two options, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced today.
The original proposals for a new crossing in the Lower Thames included:
• Option A at the site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing;
• Option B which would connect the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula with the A1089;
• Option C connecting the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30; and a variant to Option C that would additionally widen the A229 between the M2 and M20.
It 's been decided that ‘Option B’ will be discarded and further work will be done to choose between options A and C.
– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
We had over 5,700 responses to the consultation and we have carefully considered each of them. Ruling out the least attractive option now gives some clarity for local residents and businesses.
“We are committed to making a decision on the location of the new crossing as soon as possible, but we recognise that whatever crossing location is chosen it will have significant impact for people in the area and the economy. These are tough decisions to be made and must not be taken lightly.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after firefighters discovered a cannabis factory while they were searching for people trapped in a house fire.
The fire started in a property in Salisbury Road, Worthing at 8:30pm last night.
There were reports that people could have still been trapped in the house, which firefighters attended.
When searching the property, they didn't find any one but instead found a cannabis factory set up on the top floor.
Detective Sergeant Colin O'Hare of West Sussex CID said, "We would like to know who has been visiting the address over the last few weeks and months and hope residents can help us."
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1414 of 11/12.