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Man jailed for 12 years after hit and run

Walter Brazil Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been found guilty of manslaughter after he hit a man with his car following a dispute in Rowan Way, Bognor, last year.

Walter Brazil, 42, of Collyer Avenue, Bognor, had denied murdering 20-year-old Charlie Hancock on 13 May.

The jury found him not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. He has been jailed for 12 years.

A trial at Lewes Crown Court heard the two were travelling in a Chrysler Voyager vehicle being driven by Brazil. There was an argument and Mr Hancock got out of the car. Brazil then hit him with the car and drove off.

Mr Hancock, of Nyetimber Lane, Pagham was taken to St Richards Hospital, Chichester, at 10pm but sadly died from a severe head injury in the early hours the following day.

Brazil was arrested and charged with murder.

After the case Detective Inspector Wendy Burton from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We are pleased that Charlie's family have got justice for his death. This has been a difficult time for them and our thoughts and sympathies are with them."


Local man who was hit and injured by bus dies

A pedestrian, who was injured when he was in a collision with a bus in Bognor, has died.

The 35-year-old local man received serious injuries when he collided with the Stagecoach bus in the road at Canada Grove, Bognor just before 4:30pm yesterday.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance, but sadly died there that evening.

An 83-year-old woman who was a passenger on the bus was treated for minor injuries at St Richards Hospital in Chichester.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Langham.


Tributes made to 'amazing person' following his death

A family from Bognor have paid tribute to Robert 'Jacko' Giacopazzi who died following a motorcycle collision.

They said, "Jacko was a loving husband, son, brother, father and friend. He was an amazing person who everybody loved and who loved life and loved sharing his life with his family and friends.'

'A special person who will leave a huge hole not only in our hearts but in the whole of Bognor and beyond.'

Mr Giacopazzi died on August 25th at Climping whilst riding his motorcycle. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Op Monroe.

Concern for missing Sussex cyclist

Sussex Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Aelfred 'Aelfi' Morris, 27, who has not been seen since he set off for a cycle ride to Felpham on Saturday, 15 June. His disappearance is out of character and his family are very concerned.

He set off from Worthing to cycle to his grandmother's in Felpham but he never arrived and has not made any contact with his family. Insp Steve Rayland said: "We and his family are increasingly concerned as Aelfred suffers from depression and has not been out of touch with his family for so long."

Aelfred, who lives in Bognor, is described as slim, about 6' 3", he has short dark hair, a beard, and was wearing a cream hoodie and jeans. He is riding a blue mountain bike and is wearing a blue rucksack. Please call Sussex Police on 101 if you have any information.