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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.


Sussex murder victim's family pay tribute to 'free spirit'

Valerie Graves' family have paid tribute to her Credit: Sussex Police

The family of Valerie Graves who was found dead at a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30th December have paid tribute to her. Her family said: "Val was a much loved daughter, sister, mum and nan, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.

"Val was a free spirit who enjoyed her life and was a talented artist, about to embark on a new path involving ceramics.

"She was an eternal student, who was always hungry for a new challenge.

"She had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to be closer to her family and we were lucky enough to spend a family Christmas together.

"This has been a complete shock to the family and we appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how trivial, to contact Sussex Police."

Bosham murder: cause of death revealed

A woman who was found dead in West Sussex died from "significant head and facial injuries" according to a post mortem examination. Valerie Graves, who was 55, had been house sitting in the property on Smugglers Lane in Bosham when she was killed.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The post mortem has revealed the cause of death but we are still keeping an open mind as to the motive. We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anything unusual in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 10am on Monday 30 December. Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner

Police identify murder victim

Police say they believe the dead 55 year old woman who was found dead in a Sussex home yesterday is Valerie Graves from Bracklesham Bay.

She along with 3 members of her family was house sitting the property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham.

Formal identificaton and post mortem will take place tomorrow.The owners of the house have been informed as they are abroad.

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