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Young jogger pepper-sprayed in unprovoked attack

A woman in her 20s who was out jogging in Hastings was approached by an unknown man and pepper-sprayed.

Police want to find the man who assaulted the woman from Ashford in Alexandra Park and is asking dog walkers or other joggers if they saw it happen.

He's thought to be in his late 20s, about 6 ft 2 ins and possibly with fair hair.

He was wearing wearing a plain black hoody with the hood up and large, dark sunglasses and as the jogger approached he directed a pepper spray at her.

The man walked off between the trees after he sprayed the woman at around 7pm on Friday 24th July.


Three care homes in South need improvement, according to CQC

Three care homes in the Meridian region require improvement with one declared inadequate, according to a new report by the Care Quality Commission.

Woodcot Lodge care Home in Hampshire has been rated as inadequate.

Easterlea and Brendoncare in Hampshire and Hazelgrove Nursing Home in Brighton and Hove have been rated as needing improvement to their services in the latest batch of reports.

Cheverels Care Home with Nursing in Dorset and Oak Tree Lodge in Hampshire have both been judged as good by the inspectors.

For a full report on the inspections read it here.

Drink driver banned for fourth time after caught 3 times over limit

He was fined £550 and ordered to pay £235 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. Credit: Sussex Police

A drink driver from Sussex has been banned for the fourth time as he was stopped by police on his way to the pub.

Adrian Ing had been given two driving bans in 2000 and was midway through a three-year disqualification from 2013 when he was pulled over last month.

A police patrol car watched Mr Ing park in The Green Man in Ringmer at around midday.

Officers found the 48-year-old had 109 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, which is more than three times the legal limit.

He was given a two year suspended sentence and banned from driving for four years.

Major improvements completed at Dartford Crossing

Major roadworks have been completed Credit: Dart Charge

Work to improve the road layout around the Dartford Crossing has been substantially completed today.

Dart Charge was launched last November to speed up journeys at the Dartford Crossing and give drivers more flexibility about how and when they pay the crossing charge.

Since then, roadworks have been in place to remove the old payment booths and install a new safety system to manage oversized vehicles and dangerous loads on approach to the Dartford Tunnels.

Today that work is substantially complete and the road layout is in its final alignment. The temporary 30mph speed limit that has been in place has been removed, and replaced with a new 50mph limit.

Vandalism and air rifles to blame for swan decline, says Swan Marker

The number of swans in our waters have dropped in the past year because their eggs have been smashed and they've been the target of air rifles.

That's according to the Queen's Swan Marker. He says this year's they measured 83 cygnets across the South Coast, but rewind 100 years and 144 swans were counted just between Blackfriars and Henley.

The Swan Upping ceremony dates back to the twelfth century, when all unmarked swans were owned by the Crown.

ITV Meridian speaks to the Queen's Swan Marker, David Barber.


Breaking: Murder inquiry begins after human remains are found

Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation following the discovery of human remains in Bracknell.

Police were called to Hawthorn Lane in Warfield on Friday after workmen, who were clearing ditches in the area, uncovered remains.

The skeletal remains are thought to be at least two years old and are that of an adult man.

A post mortem took place on Sunday, but the results were inconclusive.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Supt Nora Holford, said: “Due to the fact that these skeletal remains are thought to be at least two years old, this is set to be a long and complex investigation.

“At this stage we believe the remains were placed in Hawthorn Hill a number of years ago. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the death and how the remains came to be left in Warfield.

“We are also working to identify the deceased but due to the length of time we believe the remains have been here, identification may take longer than usual.

“A scene watch and a forensic tent remain in place while officers continue enquiries today.”

Are you in the mood for Tommy Steele?

Now how many Glenn Miller tunes can you name? 'In the mood'... 'Chattanooga choo choo'..'Moonlight Serenade'...

Well if you're a fan of his music then you can listen to all his hits live - in a brand new musical.

The Glenn Miller Story is all about the iconic band leader who died when his plane crashed on his way to entertaining British troops in France during the Second World War.

The show is coming to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in September. Playing the part of Glenn Miller will be the equally iconic Tommy Steele. Fred met Tommy at the Mayflower.

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