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£250,000 awarded to Chichester Cathedral for roof repairs

Chichester Cathedral is awarded £250,000 to repair the historic building Credit: ITV News

Chichester Cathedral has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help restore its quire roof which dates back to the 13th Century.

The grant, provided by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, will go towards a renovation project. A total of £4.8 million is needed to carry out major repairs to the cathedral.

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Children join voices for the Southern Cathedrals Festival

Young choristers arrive at the 900-year-old cathedral Credit: Chichester Cathedral

Children from across the south launched this year's celebration of cathedral music.

More than eighty choristers and thirty lay clerks (adult singers) from Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals opened the three-day Southern Cathedrals Festival.

It is taking place at Chichester Cathedral until 24th July.

Visitors filled the cathedral for the choral launch Credit: Chichester Cathedral

Efit released after elderly woman targeted in distraction burglary

Police investigating a distraction burglary in Chichester have released an efit of the suspect.

An elderly woman reported that a man knocked at her address in Shopwhyke Road on the afternoon of Saturday 21st May and offered to carry out some gardening work. Once inside, he stole a wallet and cash before making off.

A small dark coloured car and a dark silver Ford Mondeo were both seen parked in the area around the time of the incident, and officers are appealing for the owners of these vehicles to come forward.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a distraction burglary in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

"This is one of the lowest forms of crime someone could commit, and one which no one can be proud of. If anyone recognises the suspect from the efit or has any information that may assist, we would be grateful to hear from them.

"In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who travelled along this road, east of the Oving traffic lights, around the time of the incident, and anyone who may have a dashboard camera fitted. This simple device may have evidence that court assist us in this enquiry.

"We are also appealing for the owners of either of the two cars seen parked in the street to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Gavin Percival

Tribute to murder victim

Luke Jeffrey died after being stabbed in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

The family of Luke Jeffrey, who died after he was stabbed in Chichester on Friday have paid tribute to him.

"Luke was a kind, caring and gentle young man. He was passionate about fitness and health and was studying at college to become a fitness instructor. Luke also had a lifelong love of music. He had his whole life ahead of him.

"He was utterly devoted to his five-year-old sister and she has lost not only her big brother, but also her best friend. He leaves behind loving parents, grandparents, a great-grandmother and many close friends.

"Luke was just 18-years-old when he was murdered in a brutal, senseless and cowardly attack.

"We cannot find the words to describe the loss and absolute grief that we are feeling. Please respect our need for privacy at this desperately difficult time."

– Luke's family

"Our thoughts are with Luke's family and friends at this sad time.

"We want to do all we can to reassure the local community and officers from the Chichester neighbourhood policing team will be available in the surrounding areas to speak to residents if they have any concerns."

– Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw

Samuel Morgan, 19, unemployed, of Adelaide Road, Chichester, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court this morning charged with Luke's murder.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court tomorrow.

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Images released after 116 sheep are killed in UK's worst attack

A devastating scene on the West Dean Estate Credit: Sussex Police
The sheep had been herded into a tight group against a fence Credit: Sussex Police

More than 100 sheep have died in what experts say was the UK's worst sheep attack in living memory.

The horrific discovery was made by farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate in West Dean, near Chichester.

The sheep, many of them pregnant, had been herded into a tight group against a fence and gate bordering woodland where they had panicked and had either died from shock or by being crushed in the flock.

A total of 116 sheep, worth an estimated £17,000, died in the field just north of the A286, near the old railway bridge at the eastern end of the village

Far,er Gordon Wyeth with his dead sheep Credit: Sussex Police

Farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate in West Dean, near Chichester.

Fears new by-pass could destroy ancient habitat

Opposition to building major new roads and by-passes is nothing new. As we reported earlier this month, it's been 20 years since work began on the Newbury by-pass, the most controversial road-building project ever seen.

Now residents in Sussex fear stunning sections of the South Downs could be carved-up to create a new northern by-pass around Chichester.

It's one of several options to ease congestion on the A27 being put to the council on Monday.

But campaigners say destroying ancient habitat is too heavy a price to pay.

Sally Simmonds reports.

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