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:
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.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on 18-year-old man who was attacked in Bexhill-on-Sea, on Sunday 22 March.
The victim was part of a dispute that started in Reginald Road and continued on to Victoria Road and Windsor Road between 12.45am and 1am.
He was treated at Conquest Hospital, St Leonards, for bruising and was released later the same day.
"It is possible the victim was hit with a weapon but at this stage we do not know. Please get in contact with us if you saw anything or have any information that can help us establish what happened."
Three men, aged 23, 24 and 27, all from Bexhill-on-Sea were arrested on suspicion of attempting to wound with intent. All three were questioned and released on bail until Thursday 23 April.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 63 of 22/03. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Badgers whose setts were bulldozed to make way for a controversial road scheme in Sussex have occupied artificial homes built for them.
Officials say it proves that measures to lessen the environmental impact of the Bexhill to Hastings link road are working.
But protesters say the project is causing massive damage to the countryside. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Comedian Eddie Izzard will play a pre-Christmas fundraiser for the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
The town's most famous son is bringing his latest show Force Majeure to the De La Warr Pavilion to raise money for the planned auditorium works next year.
Tickets went on sale yesterday for Eddie Izzard’s intimate show, which takes place on Tuesday, December 23, from 8pm.
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.
Anyone with any information are urged to contact police on 101, email email@example.com quoting serial 160 2/11, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1028 of 14/6. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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.
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.
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.
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.