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Family tribute to 20-year-old woman found stabbed in her flat

Lauren Masters died in her flat in Bexhill of a stab wound Credit: Sussex Police

The family of a 20-year-old woman who died from a stab wound in her flat in Bexhill in East Sussex have paid tribute to her.

Lauren Masters was found at the property on Sutherland Avenue on Friday 28th August.

They said: "Lauren was much loved by all who knew her. She was a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, best friend and a devoted mum to her two young boys.

"She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends, who she was always there for and supported."

Paul Withers, 21, from Bexhill, has been charged with murder and will appear at Lewes Crown Court on 18th of December.


Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder following reports of a disturbance in a flat in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill earlier today.

Emergency services were called at 1.35pm after receiving a report of a stabbing.

A 20-year-old woman died at the scene.

Police carried out a search of the area for the suspect, who is known to the victim, and arrested a 21-year-old Bexhill man on suspicion of murder.

He is currently in custody.

"We are in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing to anyone who heard any disturbance or saw anything suspicious around this time in Sutherland Avenue to contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Driver arrested after teenage girl killed in crash

A 16-year-old pedestrian has died after colliding with a car in Susans Road in Eastbourne.

The student, from Belgian, suffered fatal injuries and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The crash happened near to the junction with Pevensey Road

She died a short while later.

The driver, a 45-year-old man from Bexhill, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.

Schools must do more to help young diabetics

Schools must do more to support young people living with Type 1 Diabetes, according to a survey carried out by the charity Diabetes UK.

The illness is incurable and can have devastating effects if it's not effectively managed.

Now, to mark Diabetes Week, a helpline is being launched to advise parents how to make sure their children get the care they need while they're at school.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Archie Norris, who has the disease, his father Simon, and Libby Dowling of Diabetes UK.

Close shave ends up with prison sentence

A shoplifter from Bexhill-on-Sea has been sentenced to 28 weeks in prison for stealing a razor.

Tao Edward Baxter, aged 35, from Preston Road in Bexhill-on-Sea pleaded guilty to stealing an electric shaver worth £284.99 from Boots.

Baxter appeared before Hastings Magistrates on the 27th May Credit: Sussex Police

He also admitted stealing a second razor worth nearly £200 from Boots in Eastbourne.


Tories hang on to Bexhill and Battle with a new face

Huw Merriman secured the Bexhill and Battle seat in Sussex for the Conservatives after the departure of Greg Barker.

Mr Baker announced he would not be seeking re-election ahead of the General Election.

Mr Merriman picked up a 54% share with 30,245 votes.

UKIP came second and Labour third.

Bexhill and Battle: count gets underway

Staff at the Bexhill and Battle count have received the ballot boxes and are beginning to count votes for the South East constituency.

Progeria campaigner Hayley Okines has died aged 17

Hayley Okines from East Sussex has died at the age of 17 Credit: Accent Press, Hayley's autobiography promotional video

Hundreds of tributes have been paid online to Hayley Okines, a 17-year-old girl from Bexhill in East Sussex, who died on Thursday. Hayley had the rare genetic condition 'Progeria' - meaning that she aged about 8 times faster than usual for a human being.

Hayley and her family shared their lives with the media as they fundraised for her medical treatment and campaigned to raise awareness of progeria. She even published an autobiography at the age of 14 called 'Old Before My Time'.

The USA-based Progeria Research Foundation paid tribute to Hayley on its Facebook page saying:

Mother and daughter, Kerry and Hayley Okines Credit: Progeria Research Foundation & the Okines family

The entire Progeria family mourns together with many as we say goodbye to Hayley Okines, our smart, beautiful and spirited English Rose, who passed away today at age 17.

"Gone from our sight, but never our memories, gone from our touch but never our hearts..." We will miss you.

We share one of our favorite photos of Hayley and her mum, Kerry. Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

– Progeria Research Foundation
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