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Police appeal after woman raped at Bexhill bus stop

Sussex police are appealing for witnesses after a woman reported being raped at a bus stop in Ninfield Road, Bexley, in the early hours of Sunday morning, November 2.

The 17-year-old victim said a man, described as black, who she recognised as seeing before in the area, approached her and raped her at the bus stop shelter.

We have given the woman all the support we can as we investigate the circumstances. We received the report at 1.50am but the attack could have happened between 11.30pm and 12.30am.

We have made a forensic search and carried out house to house enquiries. Officers are conducting patrols in the area and would welcome anyone who has any concerns to talk to them.

– DC Julian Stokes

Anyone with any information are urged to contact police on 101, email quoting serial 160 2/11, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Soldier's rape appeal rejected

A soldier who was jailed for six years for strangling a woman in East Sussex with the intention of raping her as she walked away from a railway station has had his appeal against his conviction and sentence rejected.

Trevor Clark, 22, was staying in Bexhill when he attacked the 18-year-old woman, who was a stranger to him, in New Park Avenue at 3.40am on August 19 2012, Sussex Police said.

He was arrested six days later and found guilty of strangulation with intent to rape following a two-week trial at Lewes Crown Court in August last year.

Clark was also told he would be on licence for four years after his release and was placed on the sex offenders register for life, a police spokesman said.

He appealed unsuccessfully against his conviction and was refused leave to further appeal against that decision, police said.

Clark also appealed against the period of his extended licence, which was also rejected by the Court of Appeal.


New stamps celebrate seasides in the south east

Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.

The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day.

Among six special stamps are images of Eastbourne's blue-domed seafront bandstand, along with a modern shelter further east on the East Sussex coast in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Eastbourne's seafront bandstand is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Meanwhile, a miniature sheet of four stamps has been produced, paying tribute to the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing, with Southend Pier as the background image.

This shelter in Bexhill-on-Sea is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

"This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."

– Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond

All ten stamps can be bought in a presentation pack for £10.05. The miniature sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.

Police appeal after knifepoint robbery at newsagents

We have now managed to enhance the image and from this it is clear that he was also wearing dark jacket with a distinctive logo on the back. Do you know someone who has such a jacket, and who suddenly seemed to have a lot of cash that day? If you recognise the suspect's description or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at this time please get in contact. It was a very hot day and the jacket would have seemed out of place.

– Detective Constable Paul Wren, Sussex Police

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 or email quoting serial 1028 of 14/6. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman held at knifepoint in robbery at newsagents

Police investigating a robbery at a Bexhill Newsagents have published a CCTV image of the suspect. The robbery happened at the Marina News newsagents, in Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea, on Saturday 14th June at 3.39pm.

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Sussex Police

A 20-year-old woman, who was working behind the shop's counter, was threatened and grabbed by a man with a large kitchen knife who demanded money from the till and stole £450.

The suspect was described as a white man, aged 25 to 40, 5' 8" to 5' 11" and of skinny build. He was wearing black all-in-one overalls with white trainers, and an army green beanie hat. The man disguised his face with dark sunglasses and a false ginger beard.

Woman fined £45k for turning home into cannabis factory

A 50-year-old woman had to pay £45,000 after she turned her Bexhill home into a cannabis factory.

Sally Peake was found growing the drug at her home in Seabourne Road in 2011.

She was charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

She pleaded guilty when she appeared in court and was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence.

Now, she has been told she must hand over £45,000 she made by producing cannabis at her home and has six months to repay the money or she could be jailed.

Lewes Crown Court was told the cannabis factory was discovered by uniformed officers on patrol who noticed the distinctive smell as they walked in the area.

The woman was found growing more than 50 cannabis plants Credit: PA

Officers found cannabis worth more than £5,000 that had been cut, ready to be sold and its thought the plants could produce £40,000 of cannabis a year.

Police also found more than £7,000 in her home, cannabis seeds and a large quantity of cannabis in the freezer. Peake also had £55,000 in the bank.

She denied ever selling it and insisted she grew it for her own use, smoking a joint a day. However, the plants were producing more cannabis each month than Peake would use at that rate in a year.

The cannabis farm was using more than £220 a month of electricity to grow the drugs.


Woman wakes to find burglar in bedroom

A 68-year-old woman awoke to find a burglar in her Bexhill bedroom.

In the early hours of Sunday morning a person broke into a house in Bexhill and the 68-year-old woman woke up to find the person in her room.

They stole distinct antique rings, one with a pink diamond and the other with rubies as well as a string of freshwater pearls.

This was obviously a terrifying experience for the woman and we are working closely with her to establish the full facts of the incident.

We are keen to speak with anyone who may have been in the area around 1.35am or have information that could assist the investigation. The suspect is described as slim and dressed all in black except their hands, which were small, and they had a well spoken voice.

The victim said they were young but is unsure if they were a man or a woman."

– Detective Sergeant Paul Graham

Man arrested over offensive James Bulger tweets

A man has been arrested for allegedly sending offensive tweets about murdered toddler James Bulger.

Sussex detectives arrested a 62-year old man in Bexhill on Thursday 22 May, on suspicion of sending offensive Twitter messages, contrary to the Malicious Communications Act 1993.

He was interviewed and bailed until 28 August while enquiries continue.

Officers are co-ordinating their enquiries with Merseyside Police as the Twitter messages were initially reported to that force, but the investigation in Bexhill is being carried out by Sussex Police.

Appeal to help find missing teenager

Jake Gillespie failed to show up at school on Tuesday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are asking for the public's help to find a missing teenager from Bexhill. Jake Gillespie, who's 15, failed to turn up for school on Tuesday morning. Police believe Jake may be staying with friends in Hastings.

Sgt Dave Gill said: "Jake has in fact been missing since Saturday but he arrived home in Elderwood Close, Bexhill, for a short time on Monday morning and has not returned. We are asking Jake to get in touch to say he is OK.

We know Jake frequents skate parks in Hastings and it's possible that he may be staying with friends in the town. Local officers are aware that he has been reported missing." Anyone who knows where he is is asked to contact police. Jake is white, 5' 4'', pale with a teddy boy-style blonde haircut.

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