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CCTV footage of Bognor Regis burglary suspect released

Detectives have released CCTV footage to help a trace a man they want to speak to following a burglary in Den Avenue, Bognor Regis, on September 2.

Between 1pm and 4pm the house was broken into while the owners were out and a large amount of jewellery was taken.

CCTV recorded at the address shows a man leaving the house during that time. He appears to be aged 30 to 40, is about 5' 10" and was carrying a grey shoulder bag and a JD Sports carrier bag.

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1045 of 02/09, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Stretch of A29 closed after fatal crash

A person has died following a two vehicle collision on the A29 Lidsey Road between Shripney and Westergate, north of Bognor Regis.

It happened at 12.55pm north of the Robin Hood public house, close to Lidsey Caravan Park.

The A29 has been closed between the Shripney roundabout and the Westergate level crossing while emergency services are at the scene.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was called in but one driver died after suffering what is believed to have been a heart attack.

Parents of children attending Aldingbourne Primary School have been warned to expect delays and diversions. Local bus services have also been affected and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

The road closure is expected to remain force until at least 5pm.

Concerns for missing Bognor woman

Debbie Ward hasn't been seen since Sunday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare and safety of a woman missing from Bognor Regis.

41-year old Debbie Ward, of Priestley Way, Bognor, left home in her T-reg Toyota Landcruiser at lunchtime on Sunday 13 July.

Her family, who reported her missing to police later that afternoon, have not heard from her since, and her car was found parked, with keys still in the ignition and windows open, at a quay at Langstone, between Havant and Hayling Island in Hampshire, at lunchtime on Monday 14 July.

Debbie had been depressed recently and her husband and children are desperately worried for her.

She is described as white, 5'9", with green eyes and long blonde straight hair.

Sussex officers investigating her disappearance have been working with colleagues in Hampshire, who are searching the mud flats and other open areas around Langstone Harbour.

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Woman raped in Bognor whilst walking home

Police are investigating after a woman was raped in Bognor in the early hours of Saturday morning. A 23-year-old woman was walking home after getting money out at Tesco Express on Station Road when she was approached by a man on a bike.

He offered to walk her home as she was upset because her plans with friends had not happened. They walked along Royal Norfolk News towards Swansea Gardens. The man pushed the woman against a van by a garage block at Norfolk Square and raped her. The woman ran towards West Street.

She was collected by a friend. Detective Inspector Mark Cullimore said:

"This man offered to walk this woman home before raping her and we are appealing to anyone who might have seen a woman walking with a man with a bike between Station Road and West Street. The victim is obviously very distressed by what happened and we are giving her support by specially trained officers.

"The suspect is described as having a Birmingham accent and being in his 20s. He is slim, around 5' 8" with short brown hair and stubble and was wearing a grey hooded tracksuit and bagging trousers.

– Detective Inspector Mark Cullimore

Beach lifeguards on patrol at Bognor Regis for first time

The new lifeguards at Bognor have been fully trained in the use of lifesaving equipment Credit: RNLI/James Oxley

Lifeguards will be patrolling the beach in Bognor Regis this summer for the first time. The new service from the RNLI, on behalf of Arun District Council, is being launched this weekend.

The lifeguards will be on patrol from 10am - 6pm every day from Saturday 5th July until the 7th September.

The lifeguards will also be offering swimming safety tips to holidaymakers Credit: RNLI

Teams will be equipped with the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue tubes, defibrillators and spinal boards.

The lifeguards will operate from two lifeguard hubs on the beach Credit: RNLI

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Rory Smith said: "We're delighted to team up with Arun District Council to help keep visitors to Bognor Regis's beach safe during the summer.

"Building on the expertise we have developed through 13 years of providing beach patrols elsewhere on the coast, our new lifeguards have been training hard in preparation for the season's opening on Saturday 5 July.

"Bognor is a busy seaside resort which attracts lots of tourists and locals to its beaches and our lifeguards will be keeping them safe throughout the summer months."

England fan has close shave with Steven Gerrard

Stevie G makes a special appearance Credit: Daren Terry

Footy fan Kai Ward has shown how he is backing England in the World Cup by having an image of Steven Gerrard shaved into the back of his head.

Let's hope we can beat Uruguay!! Credit: Daren Terry

Kai Ward, from Bognor Regis, had his close shave with the England captain after he visited stylist Daren Terry.

England fan Kai Ward Credit: Daren Terry

After the defeat against Italy the taxi driver will be hoping that that the team are a cut above the rest when they face Uruguay.

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