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TRAVEL - WEST SUSSEX: Accident A27 at Chichester

The A27 Chichester Bypass is closed westbound with queueing traffic due to an accident between A259 (Fishbourne Roundabout) and A259 (Emsworth Junction).

Police are directing traffic. The accident happened approximately 1.5 miles after the Fishbourne Roundabout, in the direction of Havant. Emergency services are at the scene. Motorists are using the A259 as an alternative route which is becoming congested.

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Concern for missing Chichester man

Tom was last seen on Monday afternoon leaving a health facility in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 28-year-old man who has failed to return to a health facility in Chichester where he was being treated.

Known as Tom, the man left the premises with permission at around 1.30pm on Monday but did not come back at 4.30pm as expected. He was last seen in Edward Street, Brighton, on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom is described as white, 5, 11", of heavy build with short or shaven hair and a fair complexion. He is thought to be wearing a grey t-shirt, green fleece, blue trousers and blue jeans. He smokes and is known to enjoy a drink.

It is not clear if Tom has access to medication that he needs and this could affect his personality.

Anyone seeing Tom or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1156 of 24/11. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for police.

Police appeal after dog stolen from yard

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog was taken from a home in Lower Street, Fittleworth, at 9.20pm on Monday 13 October.

18-month-old working cocker spaniel, Rowlf

The 18-month-old working cocker spaniel called Rowlf is described as a black dog with a white chest. He was in the yard when his owner, who was inside the house, heard a loud noise and a vehicle speeding away at the time of the theft. Rowlf was wearing a collar with a bone-shaped tag on.

PC Ben Poulter said: "The owner is distraught at the loss of his dog. Please get in contact if you have seen Rowlf or have any information as to his whereabouts so we can reunite them."

25-year-old raped in Chichester alleyway

A local man has been arrested after a 25-year-old was raped in a Chichester alleyway.

The woman was assaulted in an alleyway connecting East Street and the Little London car park.

Police want to speak to a man and woman walking along this route between those times.

A 32-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released on bail until 9 October while enquiries continue.

Tributes paid to windsurfer killed in crash

The brother of a 42-year-old cyclist who died after a collision in Chichester has paid tribute to him.

Howard Plumb died after his bike collided with a Honda Jazz in Knight's Hill, Charlton, on Saturday.

Mr Plumb was one of the world's top windsurfers who was famous around the globe.

Howard Plumb died following a collision in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

He had numerous national, world and European championship titles in windsurfing and represented Great Britain in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Mr Plumb, known to friends and family as Howie.

As an active member of the i-Team Cycling Club he competed at several national events including the Tour of Wessex and the End to End on the Isle of Man and numerous European races in France, Italy and Belgium.

Mr Plumb leaves a partner, Ania, parents Roger and Sue and brother Roland.

Roland Plumb said: "Howie has had a huge impact on our lives and had many great friends around the world.

"The number of messages of condolences we have received has been staggering and a testament to both his popularity and accomplishments.

"We need time to come to terms with this tragic event and would ask for privacy at this time."

A 54-year-old man from Sweden, arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention has been released on bail until 13 November.

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Female falcon is new arrival at Chichester Cathedral

The new female at Chichester Cathedral Credit: RSPB

A new pair of peregrines is breeding at Chichester Cathedral. The female which delighted observers over 13 breeding seasons by producing a record 45 chicks has not returned to the nest this spring.

The new female, identified by wildlife photographers and keen peregrine watchers David and Janet Shaw, who work closely with the RSPB, has had three males vying for her attention.

Six men arrested after being found in the back of lorry

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally after an Italian-registered lorry was stopped on the A27 near Chichester.

Police were called after the driver heard banging from inside the lorry yesterday.

The westbound carriageway was closed for around half an hour as a rolling road block was put in place, just in case any of the people attempted to run.

The men, aged between 23-29 have been arrested and remain in custody.

They will be interviewed by UK Border Agency staff later this morning.

Stanley Spencer's paintings on show in World War I centenary exhibition

He's regarded as one of the greatest war artists of all time. Stanley Spencer, who lived in Cookham in Berkshire, celebrated how people in our region contributed to the war effort during the First World War.

Now for only the second time in eighty years, his works are on show in Chichester in an exhibition called 'Heaven in a Hell of War', as Asana Greenstreet reports.

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