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Police appeal for wanted man

Craig Aldis Credit: Sussex Police

Craig Aldis, 29, is wanted by police after he was recalled to prison in April.

He is described as white, of stocky/muscular build, about 5' 10" tall, with short brown hair. He is believed to be a body builder and has a tattoo of a smoking skull on his left arm.

Detective Sergeant Dave Osland said: "Aldis has links to the Brighton and Lewes areas and was last known to work in the Hassocks and Bolney areas where he was employed as a roofer.

"Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101, quoting serial 0569 of 10 April. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

Barnes: Police cuts threaten safety

Anne Barnes Credit: PA

More cuts to the police budget will threaten the safety of people in Kent, according to the Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes.

She's begun a petition calling for any planned cuts to be abandoned. The Government's expected to make an announcement in June about future budgets.

Meanwhile, more than 600 people have applied for just 30 jobs as Police Community Support Officers with Sussex Police.

The force is also recruiting for 80 new constables in the first time the roles have been offered for four years.


Scuba instructor jailed over sex offences

Philip James Gaisford Credit: Sussex Police

A scuba-diving instructor has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a series of indecent assaults on children and young people that he taught during a 11-year period, police said.

Philip James Gaisford, 64, an educational instructor, of Old Lane, St Johns, Crowborough, East Sussex, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of 27 sexual offences, involving nine victims comprising of boys and girls aged between 13 and 18 between 1997 and 2008.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been ordered to serve 12 years minimum before being eligible to apply for parole.

Det Insp Rob Morland said: "Gaisford systematically and cynically abused trusting young people who had become involved with him in his capacity as a scuba diving instructor and the court clearly found his conduct to be a gross breach of trust.

"The investigation of this case was complex and I thank the witnesses for their courage in giving evidence.

"The verdict shows that if victims are willing to come forward, they will be supported to be able to give their evidence and justice can be achieved."

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Brighton: Excrement incident may not be vandalism

Brighton and Hove Albion say an incident in which excrement was found in the away dressing room may have been an accident rather than a "deliberate act of vandalism".

Earlier this month, Brighton had to formally apologise to Crystal Palace after excrement was found on the floor of the away dressing room ahead of the second leg of the play off final - which Palace went on to win 2-0.

Chief executive Paul Barber announced that they had found "no evidence" to link the dressing room incident to a member of staff but admitted they did not know who was responsible.

Paul Barber has admitted they do not know who was responsible for the dressing room incident Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

“There is no evidence that a member of the club's staff was responsible. Equally, we cannot be sure who was.

"Unfortunately, we are very unlikely to know exactly what happened, but access and security to the tunnel area have been reviewed and some changes will be implemented next season. It is now time to move on," he said in a statement on the club website.

Motorcyclist dies in Southampton crash

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist died following a collision in Shirley High Street, Southampton. At around 5.30pm today a blue Kawasaki motorcycle was in collision with a grey Vauxhall Astra in Shirley Road near the junction with Cawte Road.

The motorcyclist, a man in his 50s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The Astra driver, a 27-year-old man, was uninjured. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in custody.

Police appeal after road death

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic incident on the A2070 in Ashford in the early hours of this morning.

A red Audi A4 was travelling from Hamstreet to Ashford when, for unknown reasons, it left the road and hit a bridge stanchion.

The driver, a man in his 50s, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in the car.Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Kent Police Serious Collision Unit on 01622 798538.


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