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Police increase patrols in Sussex village after body find

At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, but we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 9am 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. This is a rare incident for Bosham which is a safe area. We have increased our neighbourhood policing patrols in the village and if anyone has any information or concerns, I would urge them to speak to one of the officers there.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner, Sussex Police

Murder investigation launched after woman's body found

The body of a 55-year-old woman was found in a house on Smuggler's Lane Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in a house in West Sussex. The 55-year-old was discovered with a serious head injury on Smuggler's Lane in the Bosham area of Chichester yesterday morning.

A post mortem examination hasn't been carried out yet, but police are treating her death as suspicious.

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Fracking campaigners pitch outside council offices

Anti-fracking campaigners have pitched their tents outside West Sussex County Council after a roadside camp was repossessed. People have been protesting outside County Hall in Chichester today.

Earlier this week, the High Court granted the council a possession order for grass verges in Balcombe, where protestors had been camping. Campaigners say they will stay outside the council headquarters until tomorrow. Campaigner Kenny Lloyd spoke to Meridian.

Anti-fracking protest camp outside council offices

Anti-fracking protesters have pitched up outside the offices of a council which took legal action to evict activists from beside a former exploratory drilling site. Around 25 people with nine tents have gathered for a peaceful protest outside County Hall in Chichester, West Sussex.

This week the High Court granted West Sussex County Council a possession order for verges at Balcombe amid concerns protesters were causing a hazard by camping by the busy road. Balcombe was at the centre of anti-fracking protests during the summer as energy firm Cuadrilla conducted test drilling.

Police appeal after homophobic assault

Police are looking for witnesses to a homophobic assault which took place in Southgate, Chichester, in the early hours of Saturday 2nd November. It happened outside the Stavros Takeaway, opposite The Globe pub, at about 12.30am.

A 16-year-old boy was approached by an 18-year-old man who made homophobic remarks towards him, challenged him to fight and then punched him in the face.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting 0069 of 02/11, or to e-mail: contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively they can make a free, anonymous call to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for witnesses after rock thrown at car

This was an extremely dangerous thing to have done and it is fortunate no one was hurt or even killed. The bridge carries a farm track over the A27 between Woodmancote Lane and South Lane in Southbourne. It lies midway between the Stein Road and Broad Road bridges. Anybody who saw anyone loitering either on the bridge or in that area is asked to get in touch.

– PC Andy Rawlinson, Sussex Police

Anyone with information should phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting 1509 of 1/11, or e-mail:contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Woman uninjured after rock thrown at windscreen

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman driving west on the A27 between Chichester and Emsworth at about 6.20pm on Friday, November 1, had a rock thrown at her convertible car, smashing the windscreen.

The woman and her husband, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were showered in glass but escaped injury. The woman managed to safely stop the car in a nearby lay-by.

The rock was thrown from a bridge near Havant.

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Assisted suicide and the law

Assisted suicide remains a criminal offence in England and Wales, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, but individual decisions on prosecution are now made on the circumstances in each case.

Assisted suicide guidelines were issued in 2010 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Guidelines were issued in 2010 by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, QC which clarified the position on assisted suicide.

It was indicated that anyone acting with compassion to help end the life of someone who has decided they cannot go on would be unlikely to face criminal charges.

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Pair arrested over 'suicide plan' released on bail

A pensioner and her 25-year-old son have been released on bail after they were arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting a suicide.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "It is an offence to encourage or assist suicide under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and officers are investigating whether any crime has been committed or is likely to be committed if they do not take action."

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