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Protesters "will take direct action"

Protesters angry at plans to build a £100 million pound link road between Hastings and Bexhill are holding a rally against the plans.

Local traders say the new road is vital to boost the economy.

But campaigners say that the route will endanger a site of special scientific interest and that there is no economic need for the new infrastructure.

Work on the scheme is due to start next January but opponents of the plans are hoping to win a judicial review.

"We are determined to stop this road and if necessary some of us are prepared to take direct action".

– Charlotte Potter-Powell, spokesperson for the Combe Haven Defenders

Soldier charged with assaulting teenager

A soldier has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager near to a railway station. The 18-year-old woman was allegedly attacked in New Park Avenue, Bexhill, East Sussex, as she walked away from the town's railway station at about 3.40am on August 19, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

The spokesman said: "As a result of intensive police inquiries since Sunday, the arrest was made on Saturday August 25."

Trevor Anthony Clark, 20, a serving soldier stationed at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, who has been staying in Buckhurst Road, Bexhill, has been charged with sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm. He will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Teenager attacked near railway station

An 18-year-old woman has been attacked near a railway station in the early hours of the morning. The teenager was walking down New Park Avenue from Bexhill railway station when she was grabbed and pushed to the ground. When the victim screamed it disturbed neighbours and the attacker ran away.

The man is described as white, in his 20s, of slim build and was wearing casual clothing. Detective Inspector Viv Johnson said: "This was an incredibly distressing incident for the woman and we would appeal for information from the public to assist us in tracing the offender."

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