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Head quits teaching and blames Government 'red tape'

A primary school head has quit teaching after more than 20 years - blaming Government red tape for leaving her feeling frustrated and unhappy.

Kit Messenger, Head of Manor Field Primary School at Burgess Hill in Sussex, has sent her resignation letter to parents. In the document, she says the pressure to turn schools into academies and the focus on some subjects is leaving children poorly prepared for the future.

The school's governors say they support her decision, and that she will leave this summer. Parents have said their children will miss her. In the video the headteacher explains her reasons.

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Paralysed man wins housing battle with council

A desperate year of stress and worry. That's how a paralysed man from Sussex has described his battle with a council that tried to force him out of specialist care and in to unsuitable accommodation. Simon Gray, from Burgess Hill, has now won the right to live in a fully adapted home after the local Government Ombudsman ruled in his favour. She said the council was at fault in the way it handled the case. Tom Savvides talks to Mr Gray and councillor Pru Moore.

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Dog reunited with owner after 6 months and 100 miles

He was kidnapped, rescued - then lost - then rescued again - and is now finally back with his rightful owner, after travelling over 100 miles from home.

Jasper the one-year-old whippet was traced by his microchip after he was brought into a Sussex vets - SIX MONTHS after he vanished.

David Johns reports, speaking to Jasper's owner Michael Ford; veterinary surgeon Emily Chadburn; and practice owner Sarah Solomon.

Arguing couple could help solve attack on teenager

Police are appealing for help to trace a man and a woman arguing near the scene of an attack that left a teenager with a fractured skull.

The victim, from Burgess Hill, had just left the Shoosh nightclub on Brighton seafront at about 3am on Saturday 31 January when he was assaulted from behind and knocked to the ground on the ramp leading up to Kings Road, opposite the Thistle Brighton hotel.

The 18-year-old, who had been out with friends to celebrate his birthday, suffered a fractured skull, bruising to the brain and a burst eardrum in the attack. He is currently recovering.

The victim had just passed a man and a woman who were arguing at the foot of the ramp and officers are keen to identify them to find out what they might have seen.

The man is believed to be white, about 5' 8" and muscular with short black hair. He was about 21 or 22 and was wearing a red long-sleeved chequered shirt.

"We believe they were the last people to see the victim before he was attacked so we urgently need to speak to them. If you know who they are, or you are the man or the woman, please contact us."

– Detective Sergeant Chris Lane

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 513 of 01/02, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Man wanted for burglaries could be using trains

Simon Peter Knights Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police believe a prolific burglar who they're trying to trace is using trains to travel along the south coast and on London to Brighton routes. Officers have offered a £1000 reward in a bid to find 38-year old Simon Peter Knights, wanted to interview about several house burglaries.

There were four burglaries and one attempted burglary, at addresses in Barnham, West Sussex, on 16 June, and a burglary in Park Road, Burgess Hill, on 19 June. Two addresses in Downview Road, one in Elm Grove and one in Barnham Road, Barnham, were broken into and jewellery was taken.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter another Barnham Road address. In the Burgess Hill burglary several hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery was taken. Knights is white, about 5'8", and has ginger hair and blue eyes.

Detective Inspector David Wardley-Wilkins said: 'We have information that Knights travels regularly by train and we are working with British Transport Police to see if we can trace him in that way too.' Officers are also making enquiries in East Sussex and in Southend and Basildon in Essex.

The reward is offered subject to arrest and conviction for one or more of the offences. Witnesses should contact Sussex Police via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Serial 840 of 16/06. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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