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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 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 quoting Serial 840 of 16/06. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Fundraiser Tony rewarded for life saving donations

Fundraiser Tony Parris is honoured by SADS UK Credit: SADS UK

A fundraiser has been rewarded for donating 14 different defibrillators to his local community.

Tony Parris of the Burgess Hill Lions Club was inspired to raise the money after reading of a child who died of a cardiac arrest.

He's since given the life-saving devices to seven different schools and colleges.

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Confidence is high, says Foreign Secretary on Sussex tour

It was a flying visit but a welcome boost for businesses in Sussex today as the Foreign Secretary, William Hague - dropped in. In advance of the European elections next week - he was keen to bang the drum for Tory policy both on jobs - prosperity and on Europe itself.

We sent David Johns to hear what he had to say; he spoke to William Hague MP, Managing Director David Shore, and local MP Nicholas Soames.

Investigations underway into fire at West Sussex Industrial Estate

Firefighters called to Victoria Industrial Estate Credit: WSFRS

Six vehicles were alight when firefighters were called to the Victoria Industrial Estate in Burgess Hill. Two camper vans, one van and three cars have been completely destroyed

Four fire engines were on the scene Credit: WSFRS

More than 20 firefighters were called to the scene. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated although it is thought to be accidental at this stage.

Six vehicles were destroyed Credit: WSFRS


Witness appeal after fight outside off-licence

Sussex Police are asking witnesses to come forward following a fight between two men outside an off-licence in Burgess Hill on Thursday. The incident happened outside MK Food and Wines in London Road at about 10.15pm.

Police are keen to speak with a woman who stopped in her vehicle to assist one of the men. A 36-year-old Burgess Hill man was arrested for affray and has been released on bail until 27 May.

Vans crash road 'to remain closed'

A road in Burgess Hill, Sussex, where two vans collided this morning remains closed.

The crash occurred just before 6.45am when two vans travelling in opposite directions collided on the A273, London Road, outside New Close Farm.

The men driving the vans, one aged 60 from Scaynes Hill, the other aged 48 and from Yorkshire, were taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious leg and body injuries.

The passenger in the van driven by the 60 year old, a 19-year-old man from Hailsham, was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in South London with serious leg and arm injuries. None of the injuries are assessed as life threatening.

We are investigating the cause of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call us on 101 quoting serial 215 of 6/8. You can also email us at

Police investigations at scene finished by 11.30am but the road between Burgess Hill and Hassocks will remain closed until later this afternoon while the highways authority cleans the road and ensure it is safe to be opened.

Diversions are in place meanwhile and both organisations appreciate the patience of drivers who will have been delayed as a result of the collision.

– Sergeant Mark Baker

Three hurt in Sussex car crash

Three men have been hurt after two vans collided on the A273 between Burgess Hill and Hassocks.

The men driving the vans, aged 60 and 48, were taken by road ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious leg and body injuries.

The passenger in the van driven by the 60-year-old, a 19-year-old man was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in South London with serious leg and arm injuries.

None of the injuries were seen to be life threatening.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and ask anyone with information to call 101.

Mark Baker of the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Haywards Heath, said: "Diversions are in place and we appreciate the patience of drivers who will have been delayed as a result of the collision."

New town for Sussex?

Another 10,000 homes could be built in Sussex in a new town. Mayfield Market Towns Ltd is proposing that the town should be built under 10 miles from Brighton and Hove. Up to 30,000 people would live there.

The company says the development would ease the housing situation in Brighton - but local people and some councillors are likely to oppose the scheme. More later.

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