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Schoolboy meets helicopter crew who saved his life

A schoolboy who hit his head in a playground accident in Crawley and had to be airlifted to hospital has met the helicopter crew that saved his life.

Harvey Tagorti was placed in an induced coma and became the first paediatric patient to use the new helipad at St George's Hospital in London.

Dr Matt Davenport from the Air Ambulance, thanked the people of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, for their part:

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Concerns for missing teenager from Crawley

Rebecca Mitchel-Pitcher hasn't been seen since yesterday afternoon Credit: Sussex Police

Have you seen missing 15-year-old Rebecca Mitchel-Pitcher?

She has gone missing from a care home in Crawley and officers are concerned for her safety.

Rebecca left the home without telling anyone where she was going at 3pm yesterday. She is described as white, 5' 6” and slim with blue eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She was wearing a grey top, blue jeans and red trainers.

"Rebecca has gone missing before but we are concerned for her safety as she could be taken advantage of by older people. In the past she has gone to Kent but we need to speak to anyone who might have seen her so that we can make sure she is ok. If you see Rebecca, please contact us."

– PC Dan Johnson

Anyone who thinks they have seen Rebecca or knows where she is should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 922 of 10/09 or call 101. If you see Rebecca and think she is in danger call 999 immediately.

Crawley man missing for more than three months

Jean Leveque hasn't been seen since 8th May Credit: Sussex Police

A youtube video has been produced in a bid to help find a missing man from Crawley, three months after he first disappeared. Jean Leveque who's 42 was last seen on the 8th of May.

He lives in Hawth Close in Crawley but is often seen in the town centre and the Three Bridges area. However three months on from his disappearance Sussex Police have worked with his sister Marie to produce a plea to him on You Tube.

"Jean and I are very close. We grew up in Mauritius and after I moved to Crawley he joined me in 2008. Before he disappeared we spoke several times a week. If I didn't call him for a couple of days he would come and see me. Jean is very shy. He wouldn't approach people for help if he didn't know them."

– Jean's sister Marie

Jean is black with short black hair and a pierced right ear. When he was last seen he was wearing a fleece jacket and jeans.

"We are very concerned for Jean as he has never been out of touch with Marie for so long. If you know where Jean is or have any information about where he is, please get in contact with us and share the plea from Marie on You Tube. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1251 of 22/5, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

– PC Mike Harvey

Major water main bursts in Crawley flooding homes

The fire service are working to clear up after the burst water main

A major water main in Crawley has burst today, causing chaos for residents in the area.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of the burst water main in Regents Close at around 10am this morning.

The pathway has flooded after the burst water main

15 homes have been affected and two houses have been flooded.

The fire service pumped flood water away from the properties.

The water main has now been isolated and the fire service has left the scene.

The overflowing water has covered the road and pavement
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Thug jailed for killing Portuguese man in Crawley

He'd been in the country for only a few days when he was attacked and killed on the streets of Crawley.

Today a 24-year-old man was jailed for life for murdering Joao Esteves, a Portuguese national who had travelled to England for a job interview.

Daniel Palmer filmed the attack on his mobile phone and sent pictures boasting of what he'd done. A friend who saw them alerted the police.

Tom Savvides has our report with an interview with Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor of Sussex Police.

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Joao Esteves travelled to Crawley for a job interview

Joao Esteves had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview Credit: Sussex Police

Joao Esteves, 45, from Lisbon in Portugal, had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview but did not have anywhere to stay and was preparing to sleep rough for the night before catching a return flight home from Gatwick.

His body was found at 3.25am on 19 January.

Portuguese man killed in 'unprovoked' attack

"Palmer carried out a cowardly and vicious attack on Joao Esteves, who had done nothing to provoke him.

He refused to answer questions about the attack but we were able to prove with CCTV, DNA evidence and witnesses that he caused Mr Esteves terrible injuries.

Palmer later claimed that he had only acted in self defence, despite the fact that he assaulted Mr Esteves at two different locations.

He even took photographs and filmed his victim after he had carried out the attack that he sent to friends almost as a trophy, as if to brag about what he had done.

Mr Esteves was an innocent visitor to Sussex who had the misfortune to come across a violent thug who took his life."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor, Sussex Police

Guilty of murder - The man who took photos of his dying victim.

Daniel Palmer will serve a minimum of 15 years. Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of battering to death a Portuguese man he found wandering the streets in Crawley.

Daniel Palmer repeatedly punched Joao Esteves, 45, on the forecourt of Kwik Fit, off Haslett Avenue East, on Saturday 18 January before leading his victim to a nearby alleyway where he continued with the assault.

He filmed the injured Mr Esteves using his mobile phone after the attack.

The body of Mr Esteves, from the Lisbon area of Portugal, was found on 19 January. He was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries but died later.

Mr Esteves had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview but did not have anywhere to stay and was preparing to sleep rough for the night before catching a return flight home from Gatwick.

Palmer was jailed for life and told he would serve a minimum of 15 years.

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