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450 homes in Sussex are without water

Up to 450 homes are without water in the village of Ninfield in East Sussex. South East Water say it's due to a series of power cuts in the Bexhill area which means the company's pumps are unable to operate and move water around the network.

Simon Robertson from South East Water, said: “Our Technicians have been working hard overnight and throughout today to pump water back into the reservoir, however levels remain low and consequently up to 450 properties in the Ninfield area are without water.

“Bottled water is available for local residents to collect in the car park of The Blacksmith’s Inn, High Street, Ninfield.”

Police hunt concrete hurling 'yobs'

Concrete thrown from bridge Credit: Sussex Police

Police are hunting yobs who hurled chunks of concrete from a footbridge in East Sussex onto motorists below in the middle of the night.

Two cars were damaged as they passed under the footbridge over King Offa Way in Bexhill-on-Sea at around 12.30am on Wednesday.

No-one was injured but a Renault Megane driven by a 27-year-old local woman sustained damage to its bonnet, windscreen and front bumper.

In the second incident, a Fiat Punto with a 48-year-old man behind the wheel and three passengers received damage to its windscreen and roof.

Sussex Police officers suspect the concrete came from a wrecked bird bath and have appealed to anyone who may have had one stolen recently to come forward.

A police spokesman said: "Thankfully no-one was injured but we have seen from similar cases elsewhere in the country the serious consequences which can occur as a result of incidents of this nature.

"We are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the area of the bridge when this incident took place to contact Sussex Police or anyone who knows who may have carried out this act."

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Tree protesters set up another camp

Protesters determined to stop the newest road project in the south east - have set up another camp near the route. They say that unless something is done, ancient hedgerows will be destroyed by the project.

But supporters of the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road say it's essential that work's completed as soon as possible, to give the local economy the kickstart it so desperately needs. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Do you recognise this man?

CCTV released after Bexhill incident Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police have released a cctv image of a man who may have vital information about a theft and shoplifting incident in Bexhill.

A mobile telephone was stolen between 11am - 12.30am on Tuesday 15th January 2015 from Lyall Willis and Co in Cooden Sea Road. A man who took food with out paying for it was seen in the store at around midday on the same day.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0179 of 15/1 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Hastings Direct insurance firm to create 200 new jobs

The Bexhill-based insurance broker 'Hastings Direct' is to create 200 jobs this year. The posts will range from entry level positions to senior management roles.

The firm said it will be able to expand because of growth from its car, van, bike and home insurance products.

“At Hastings we are single-minded in our ambition to build a UK business success story, which is a great place to work. In recent years the business has grown rapidly from 300,000 customers in February 2009 to over the one million we serve today. We are already one of the largest employers in East Sussex, but we have ambitious plans to serve three million customers by 2020 and these 200 extra staff will help us realise this goal.”

– Gary Hoffman, CEO, Hastings Direct

"I am absolutely delighted to congratulate Hastings Direct on its growing success. Their announcement of seeking to recruit an additional 200 staff is a tremendous sign of confidence in UK plc. With over a million new jobs created in the private sector since May 2010, it is clear that despite the difficult economic environment, there are real growth opportunities out there for quality companies like Hastings Direct.

"I will be working with them to do all I can to ensure Eastbourne and Willingdon residents take up as many of these posts as possible."

– Stephen Lloyd MP, Eastbourne (Lib Dem)


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