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Man jailed for stealing charity box

A man who stole a charity box from a store in Brighton has been jailed.

Sussex Police issued an appeal for information following the theft from Sainsbury's, in North Road, on 21 September.

The box, which was never recovered, was the property of Rockinghorse, a Brighton-based children's charity.

Bavan Ravindra was arrested by the Met Police for an unrelated offence, and identified as the suspect involved in the theft in Brighton.

The 37-year-old, previously of Tichbourne Street, Brighton, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to 12 weeks' imprisonment.


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.

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