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Rolls Royce workers strike in pensions row

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Car workers at Rolls Royce in West Sussex have walked out on strike for the first time in living memory.

They held an angry protest outside the site in Westhampnett near Chichester in a row over changes to the pension scheme.

The company says it is disappointed by the action and is trying to protect future pension provision.

But the union says the 24 hour stoppage is just the start of their campaign.

The closure of the pension scheme is scheduled for 31st May.

The union says it could see some workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.

David Elson, UNITE

A further six 24 hour strikes are planned on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3 May - workers at Hams Hall strike
  • Friday 5 May - workers at Rolls-Royce at Goodwood strike
  • Tuesday 16 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Thursday 18 May - workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Sunday 21 May - workers at Cowley and Swindon strike
  • Wednesday 24 May - workers at Goodwood and Hams Hall strike
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Have you seen Simon? He's missing from Chichester

Simon Dalwood has been missing for more than 24 hours Credit: Sussex Police

Concern is growing for the welfare of a man who went missing on Good Friday. Simon Dalwood, aged 36, was last seen at his mother's home in Cornflower Close at lunchtime on Friday 14th April.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who sees him to contact the force by either emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk ; or by telephoning 101 and quoting serial number 1225 of 14/04.

If Simon is in danger or in need of urgent medical help please dial 999.

"We are concerned about Simon as he has left without his wallet and car and this is out of character for him. If anyone has seen him please let us know."

– Inspector Jim Collen, Sussex Police
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Grieving Kurds pay tribute to Sussex man who died fighting Islamic extremists

Dozens of Kurdish mourners have gathered at Heathrow Airport as the body of Sussex chef Ryan Lock arrived back in the UK.

Mr Lock, 20, from Chichester went to Syria to fight against so-called Islamic State.

He died on 21 December while fighting with the Kurdish forces.

It's believed he turned the gun on himself rather than risk being taken hostage.

Dozens of people, including members of the Kurdish community, held roses and framed pictures of him, as his coffin arrived at Heathrow Airport.

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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.

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
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