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82-year-old farmer mauled by dogs while trying to protect his sheep

Police are trying to track down the owner of two dogs that savaged an elderly Sussex farmer who was trying to protect his sheep from attack.

82 year old Henry Osborne needed urgent hospital treatment when his face was mauled in the attack in the Ashdown Forest.

Neither dog was wearing a collar or tag - and police are appealing for witnesses. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Mr Osborne, conservation officer Steve Alton and Sgt Tom Carter.

Cat shot more than eight times

A cat in West Malling , Kent, has been shot more than eight times. The cat, called KC, is now recovering. A group of people with air rifles may have been involved. The RSCPA is trying to trace the offenders.


Storm Ophelia has a nasty sting

Storm Ophelia is blowing thousands of poisonous Portuguese-man-of-War jellyfish, which can be fatal, on to beaches across the south from Dorset to Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, and the Isle of Wight.

The jellyfish are known as floating terrors because their sting is so painful. UK Coastguard are warning beachgoers and dog walkers not to touch the them because they can in rare cases, cause a fatal allergic reaction in animals and humans.

Portuguese-man-of-war are about 20 cm long Credit: NOS

We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members of the public yesterday and today. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to their local council.

– Aimee Rampton UK Coastguard
Portuguese-man-of-war Credit: @shorehamport

First aid advice would be to remove the sting by scraping it away with a credit card or stick then soak any affected area in warm sea water and seek medical advice if symptoms become concerning by calling 111

Do not use urine to treat a jellyfish sting. Do not use vinegar to treat a Portuguese man of war sting as it will make the pain worse. Use paracetamol or Ibuprofen to numb the pain. If the sting is to the eyes or ingested you must go to your nearest A&E immediately. Pets should be taken to an emergency vet practice.

– RNLI spokesman

Pollution kills hundreds of fish in stream

It's feared a stream near Gatwick Airport could take years to recover after pollution killed up hundreds of fish. High levels of ammonia were detected in a tributary of the River Mole at Horley. Investigations are underway to find the source. Malcolm Shaw reports.


Builder used squirrel to trick householders about pest infestation

George Johnston, 34, from Tunbridge Wells, pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation Credit: Kent Police

A builder who police said used a dead squirrel to trick householders into thinking they needed to do repair work has been sentenced to 360 days.

George Johnston, 34, of Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells, appeared in custody at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court in Kent where he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation.

He was sentenced to 90 days for each offence which is to run consecutively.

He was arrested after reports a man had been knocking on doors in Tunbridge Wells offering unnecessary roof repairs, producing a dead squirrel and demanding money to clear a pest infestation, according to Kent Police.

The incidents happened between 19 February and 20 May 2017 in areas including Sandhurst Road and Ferndale, police said.

Defence lawyer Andrew Main said Johnston made £2,130 from the scheme which involved him cold-calling in neighbourhoods and offering to do roofing work.

Johnston said pest infestations needed to be cleared Credit: ITV

He described Johnston as "an over-enthusiastic jobbing builder who has taken his chances and fallen foul of the law".

Mr Main said: "There was an element of genuine work that needed to be done but he acknowledges there was an element of exaggeration and he pleads guilty to the frauds."

Chairman of the magistrate's bench Beverley Charman said he had targeted "older" victims and failed to respond to warnings from Trading Standards.

He was ordered to pay a total of £2,330 in compensation to three of his victims, £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Johnston is serving a prison sentence for assault and the sentence was imposed concurrently on that.

Video: whale, 25 feet long, found stuck to bow of car transporter

A boat crew has recovered the body of a whale in Sheerness docks in Kent. The 25-foot fin whale had been stuck to the bow of a 49,000 ton car transporter. It took an hour to tow the mammal before it was landed in the docks. An autopsy will now be carried out. Medway Marine worker Jack Smedley - who took the video - said it is the biggest whale ever to be recovered in the area.

Injured baby seal rescued from beach

A baby seal has been rescued from a beach in Hastings after being found with a severe open head wound. Medics from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue came to the aid of the young pup, after it was discovered by a member of the public.

The public had used a life buoy rope to prevent the seal going back into the sea as it has begun to get restless, while they contacted emergency animal rescue services. On arrival the rescuers, who are trained in capturing seals, secured the injured mammal and placed it into a large cage.

Currently in the care of the RSPCA at Mallydams Wood, Hastings, they have said it’s touch and go whether or not the seal will survive.

Pigs and sheep kept in horrific conditions

The animals were kept in horrific conditions Credit: ESCC

A couple who kept pigs and sheep in ‘horrific’ conditions at their East Sussex farm have been handed suspended jail terms.

Dr John Penn, 76, and wife Teresa Penn, 77, were also banned from keeping farm animals for 10 years in a hearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

Conditions at Court House Farm, in Lewes Road, Piddinghoe, near Newhaven, were so bad, pigs were found feeding on the flesh of dead pigs which had been left amid debris-strewn areas of the farm.

More than 20 pigs had to be culled after being left without adequate food, water and shelter, living among debris, bricks, barbed wire and planks of wood.

Richard Strawson, East Sussex County Council Trading Standards team manager, said: “These were some of the most horrific conditions we’ve ever experienced."

The couple were issued with improvement notices giving them the opportunity to remedy the issues raised, but failed to do so.

They admitted 12 offences under animal welfare legislation and were each handed three 18-month jail sentences, suspended for 12 months and to be served concurrently.

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