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Thieves use gas device to blow up cashpoint

A gas explosion blew up the cashpoint Credit: Sussex Police

Police are investigating an attack on a cashpoint outside the Iceland store in Blatchington Road, Hove, during the early hours of Thursday morning.

It took place at around 3.40am and it is thought a gas explosion was caused to blow apart the stand-alone Cashzone machine. Firefighters attended to ensure the scene was safe.

A vehicle, possibly a saloon car, was seen nearby before it travelled south the wrong way along Belfast Street.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who noticed anything suspicious in the area during the early hours.

Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme, of Brighton CID, said: "“As well as seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed this raid, we’d also welcome calls from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the area prior to it being carried out.'


Appeal to find missing teenager Bonnie Clarke

Police have made a renewed appeal for help to find a missing teenager from Sussex.

16-year-old Bonnie Rose May Clarke has now been missing for 11 days.

She was last seen at her home in Whitelot Way, Southwick, at about 10.30pm on Monday 26 September. It is believed she is in the Brighton area.

Bonnie is described as white, about 5' 10", of medium build, with shoulder length blonde hair. She wears glasses and speaks with a Welsh accent.

Bonnie was last seen at her home in Southwick on 26th September Credit: Sussex Police

"We are extremely worried about Bonnie Rose because she is only 16 and she is vulnerable. We believe she maybe within the street community in Brighton.

"Her family are desperate to hear from her, and I would urge anyone who has seen her or has any information about her to let us know.

"Bonnie, I want to stress that you are in no trouble with the police whatsoever. We are keen to hear from you so we can help and support you, however we understand that you may not wish to speak to us. If this is the case, you can call, text or email the independent missing persons charity free of charge on 116 000 to let us know you are safe and well.”

– Inspector Roy Hodder

Meet the man having a 'costume drama' every day of the year

Aaron Lawrence from Brighton has been wearing nothing but fancy dress for a whole year.

He said: 'Sounds simple, right? I thought so too, but think of everything you do in a year: work, shopping, a holiday, perhaps even a wedding or a job interview? Still sound easy?'

He's raised over £12,000 for the mental health organisation MindOut and will complete his challenge on Friday. You can find out more here.

Kate Tempest named as Brighton Guest Director

Kate Tempest is 'one of 'the Brightest British talents around' Credit: Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival has announced that the Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist, Kate Tempest..

Described by the Guardian as ‘one of the brightest British talents around', her prolific output across multiple disciplines has attracted considerable acclaim and a unique range of audiences.

Having made her live debut as a spoken-word artist at just 16, Tempest initially described herself as a rapper. However she is now equally at home as a poet, novelist, musician and playwright - garnering extraordinary success in each field.


Appeal for help after double stabbing in Brighton

Credit: Sussex Police

Police have issued photos of two men who they wish to speak to in connection with a stabbing incident in Brighton. The assault happened just after 8pm on Thursday, September 1 and followed an argument between a group of men outside the Metro Bank in Churchill Square. Two of the men produced knives and two others were stabbed. One of the victims, a 22-year-old Brighton man, ran from the scene, but was chased by the attackers and assaulted again. He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he was treated for stab wounds to his groin and back. A second victim, a 24-year-old man also from Brighton, required stitches to a small wound to his back.

The suspects fled from the scene down Duke Street. Police describe the first as black, around 5', 20-25, wearing black clothing. The second is of mixed race, 6', of skinny build with gold teeth and wearing a grey tracksuit. It is believed that both men may be from the South London area. Anyone with information is asked to email or call 101

Apologies and promises from i360 chairman as tourist attraction re-opens

The designer of the south coast's newest and tallest visitor attraction said the i360 was back in business today - and promised no repetition of what he called 'the teething troubles' of the past week.

David Marks admitted the problems, which saw hundreds of people trapped in the observation tower, were unfortunate and apologised to customers whose trips had to be cancelled. Andy Dickenson reports.

Brighton's i360 tower is open today

The i360 is open today Credit: ITV

The British Airways i360 tower, beset with technical problems, is open today.

Hundreds of passengers were trapped for hours when it broke down on Thursday and twice on Sunday

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