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'Responsibility should be taken' - father's dismay after tree destroys family home

A family of five from Crawley in Sussex has been left homeless after a ten tonne tree toppled onto the roof destroying much of their house.

The mature oak, in full leaf, collapsed without warning despite regular inspections by the council. No-one was injured but as Andy Dickenson reports it could have been a very different story.

He speaks to the householder Imkiaz Najam and his neighbours Vera King and Mahomad Ibrahim.

Polytunnels in area of outstanding natural beauty

One of the South East's biggest fruit farmers has won planning permission for permanent polytunnels - covering an area the size of 28 football pitches - in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Sevenoaks Council has approved the development at Penshurst near Tunbridge Wells - despite hundreds of objections. Environmentalists fear it's a test-case decision that could lead to large-scale polytunnel farming on some of Kent's most cherished landscapes. Derek Johnson reports.


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.

Drivers urged to switch off car engines

The campaign is aimed at reducing pollution Credit: PA

New signs encouraging drivers to switch off their car engines are being installed across Brighton and Hove.

It's all part of a new campaign, aimed at reducing pollution. The 'Cut Engine - Cut Pollution' signs will be put up in the city centre and outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital.


Why is the sun red & why is the sky a strange colour?

A red sun at Mudeford Dorset Credit: Emma Duguid

According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.

This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset.

Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.

Wilton Windmill, Just South Of Hungerford. Credit: Ken Rayner

Smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia has also been pulled up high up into the atmosphere by ex hurricane Ophelia.

Some aircraft flying at altitude have reported a smell of burning in the cabin which reinforces this theory.

The sun over the New Forest Credit: Greg Parker

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.

More people in Brighton are recycling

Residents are being encouraged to take part in the scheme Credit: ITV

More people in Brighton and Hove are recycling. That's according to new figures by released by the council who say rates have gone up to 29%. They say the increase is down to initiatives such as new wheelie bins for recycling, garden waste collections and recycling street sweepings.

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