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Supermarket first in the country to introduce 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers

More and more of our children are being diagnosed as autistic. Thirty years ago, it was considered a relatively rare condition affecting around one in 500, but now that figure stands at one in every 100.

Much of that could be down to better awareness - but its cause is still a mystery. However, it leaves a generation of children and their parents struggling with the sensory overload of modern life.

Now some respite is now being offered in perhaps the most unlikely of places - a supermarket in Crawley is going out of its way to help.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma Castle, who's son Oliver has autism, Abi Smith, Emma Holdsworth and Raj Sivalingam, as well as supermarket manager Gary Powis and Jo-Ann D'Costa Manuel of Autism Parent Power.

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Concern for missing 14-year-old Crawley girl

Alice Lastra- Wescomb was last seen on Tuesday night Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing 14-year-old girl Alice Lastra- Wescombe from Crawley.

Alice was last seen at her home in Oxford Road at 10pm on Tuesday. She left a note saying she would be home at 8pm on 30 November but has not been seen since.

"We are concerned for Alice due to her age. We believe she is in the Crawley area. Please let us know if you see her."

– PC Mark Green

No going back - Chagos Islanders stay exiled in Sussex

They've been living in exile in Sussex, but today the Chagos Islanders were told they cannot return to their home in the Indian Ocean.

The British government cleared the remote archipelago to let the Americans build a giant military base on Diego Garcia.

Many of the islanders eventually settled around Crawley, but they've continued their fight to return home ever since.

Today, the Foreign Office said resettlement is too difficult and costly, and offered the islanders compensation.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Sabrina Jean, Chagos Refugees Group, Allen Vincatassin, President of the Provisional Government of Diego Garcia & the Chagos Islands, and Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley.

Government rules out Chagos Islands resettlement

Exiled islanders will not be allowed to resettle on the British-controlled Chagos Islands, the Government has announced.

Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns said around £40 million will instead be offered to support existing Chagossian communities elsewhere in the world, which include Crawley in West Sussex.

Lady Anelay added that agreement has been reached with the US to ensure it can maintain its major military base on Diego Garcia, the largest of the islands, until 2036.

Chagossians were forced to leave the territory in the central Indian Ocean by 1973 to make way for the air base. The expulsions are regarded as one of the most shameful parts of Britain's modern colonial history.

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Extra time for police to question 2 men & 2 women arrested on suspicion of 20-year-old's murder

Police are continuing to question four people

Sussex Police have been granted extra time to continue questioning four people arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 20-year-old man.

The victim, from Mayfield, was found with a stab wound at a property in Spencers Road in Crawley in the early hours of Saturday morning. He later died in hospital. A post mortem examination is underway.

Two men aged 20, and two women aged 22 and 24 - all from Crawley - were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday. They remain in police custody, after detectives were granted a 36-hour warrant of further detention to continue their enquiries.

Crawley murder inquiry continues after fatal stabbing

Police have spent the day making enquiries in the Spencer Road area of Crawley Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Sussex Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after the death of a man who was stabbed in Crawley. The 20-year-old man from Mayfield was found at a house in Spencer Road in the town in the early hours of this morning.

Sussex Police have been guarding the scene in Spencer Road

Anyone with information can telephone 101 quoting Operation Venture; email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk also quoting Operation Vulture; or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

Murder investigation launched in Sussex

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 20-year-old man was found with serious injuries at a house in Crawley this morning. Officers were called by paramedics to Spencers Road at around 3am. The victim was treated at the scene for what is believed to be a stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A 24-year-old woman, a 22-year-old woman and a two 20-year-old men, who are all from Crawley, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald from the Sussex and Surrey Major Crime Team said: "This has been a fast moving investigation and we are still making enquiries. We have arrested four people who are being questioned. Officers remain in the Spencers Road area to speak to residents about their concerns."

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