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Police issue safety message after driver seen playing guitar behind the wheel

A photograph of a person apparently playing a guitar while driving on the A27 near Chichester has been circulating on social media.

No formal complaint has been made to Sussex Police.

"I have seen the photograph. Unfortunately there is no vehicle registration number, nor is it clear if the person with the guitar is actually the driver. However, it is perhaps an opportunity to underline the message that motorists should never do anything that distracts them from driving while on the move or in traffic."

– Inspector Stewart Goodwin, of the Arun road policing unit


Motorist spotted driving while playing guitar

Motorist spotted driving while playing guitar Credit: M and Y

A motorist has been spotted strumming away on a guitar while driving down a busy dual carriageway.

The motorist, who has not been named, was snapped by bus passenger Nichola Carr on the A27 near Chichester, West Sussex.

The driver was wearing a suit as he slapped a tune on what appeared to be a five-string Warwick bass guitar worth approximately £500.

Nichola said: “I did not know you could drive and play the guitar.”

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “You cannot drive and play the guitar at the same time.

“We always say you cannot do two things at once if one of them is driving – this is the first time I have heard of someone playing guitar at the wheel.”

Police search for wanted man in Sussex

Daniel Benjamin White wanted for recall to prison Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are searching for Daniel Benjamin White, who is being recalled to prison.

He has connections with the Selsey and Chichester areas in West Sussex.

He's 31 years old and is known as Danny. He's 5' 9" tall, of medium build with short spikey brown hair and a scar on his right cheek.

Anyone who sees Danny or knows where he might be is asked to email or phone 101.

Hotel guests moved after fire breaks out

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a fire at a hotel in Chichester through the early hours of this morning.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to Chapel Street in Chichester at 01.14 this morning after a fire was reported at the rear of the Belle Isle restaurant. Thankfully, all the hotel's guests were safely moved and relocated to the Travelodge in Fontwell, near Arundel.

The first fire crew arrived within 4 minutes of the 999 call and found the blaze had spread externally up the three storey building.

The blaze was extinguished at around 4.00am but one crew still remains at the scene carrying out a watching brief.

Unfortunately, one firefighter sustained an injury from a falling roof tile. He was taken to hospital and x-rayed but his injuries are thought to be minor.

Fire Investigation Officers are currently at the scene working alongside the Police to establish the cause of the fire. Early indications are that it may have started in a rear storage/utility area of the restaurant. Chapel Street, which was closed during the firefighting operation, has now reopened.

"The attending firefighters did an excellent job. This was a protracted incident and crews had to fight the fire from a number of sectors to successfully surround and extinguish it, including a service ventilation shaft with difficult access. I would also like to thank the team at the Dolphin & Anchor in Chichester who helped to look after the evacuated hotel guests until they could be taken on to their replacement hotel."

– Group Manager Gary Locker

Improved services promised for hospital patients in West Sussex

New targets set for hospitals in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

New targets have been set by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - in a draft strategy launched today. Over the next three years the trust says it will focus on reducing death rates, providing more reliable services and improving experiences for patients and staff. The Trust runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard's in Chichester and Southlands in Shoreham.

People in West Sussex are also being encouraged to have their say on the future of hospital services and the trust will be accepting feedback on the draft strategy until 5 March.

The draft Quality Strategy identifies areas the Trust will focus on over the next three years to 2018. Western Sussex Hospitals have already received top marks from the Care Quality Commission, who put the Trust in the category of "providing the best and safest care", but managers say they are committed to continuing to drive improvements in the quality of care available at all three hospitals.

The four goals identified in the draft strategy are:

? Reducing patient mortality and improving outcomes, ? Making care safer, ? Providing more reliable services, and ? Improving the experience of patients and staff.

Each goal features a set of priorities that explain how progress will be measured.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director for the Trust said: "We run the Trust for the benefit of our patients; present and future. Everyone who lives, works or visits West Sussex is potentially a patient - or visitor - and therefore has a vested interest in making sure we're doing everything we can to offer safe care and meet their needs. Getting involved doesn't have to be onerous or time consuming. We have developed a simple survey so people can give their views quickly and easily."

The draft Quality Strategy and the feedback survey are available online at


Chichester couple celebrate after hitting the jackpot

A couple from Chichester are thanking their lucky stars after a life-changing Thunderball win on Wednesday 10 December - making them £500,000 better off.

The lucky couple, David, 56, and Karen Ainger, 57, are still reeling from their good fortune and have hailed it the perfect way to round off the year.

Karen bought the Lucky Dip ticket at Sainsbury on Westhampnett Road in Chichester Credit: UK Lottery

Karen discovered she had won when she checked her ticket just before she went off to bed.

With David, who was on an early shift the next day, already in the land of nod, it took her a while to realise what she was seeing.

David took it all in his stride and went to work the next morning, whereas Karen spent a sleepless night planning how she would make the claim the next day.

een theatre goer Karen will now be able to attend even more performances at the Chichester Festival Theatre Credit: UK Lottery

We are a quiet couple who enjoy the quiet life. We will be using the winnings to pay off a small car loan and credit cards, and then the rest is going into investments for our retirement.

I’m a Friend of Chichester Festival Theatre and I love going, I try to attend at least one or two shows each season. Now that we can pay off all our debts, I will have more disposable income for tickets."

– Karen Ainger

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.

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 or phone 101, quoting serial 1156 of 24/11. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for police.

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