A nineteen year old man has been sentenced to five and half years in jail for child sex offences.
Oliver Sturman contacted young girls online while living in Crawley and Southampton. Many of his offences took place over webcam. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
"We received intelligence that Sturman was engaging in indecent live on-line video chat with one of the girls. When we arrested him and seized his computer we found evidence of all the other offending. It became clear that he had for some time been systematically approaching teenage girls on-line via websites, and coercing them into performing indecent acts for his enjoyment and sexual gratification, threatening to tell their friends if they refused to co-operate. However this behaviour came to our notice, and we moved swiftly to arrest him and put a stop to his vicious and unpleasant activities. This case serves as a further reminder to parents and teenage children that great care needs to be taken in making contacts on-line."
Six fire crews from Sussex were tackling the blaze in Crawley after the fire spread from two houses to four in total.
The fire broke out on the first floor of the home and spread to the roof in the early hours of the morning.
The affected houses were left with severe damage.
Firefighters are battling a fire that engulfed four homes in flames this morning.
The fire started in one house in Broadfield, in Crawley, where the flames spread to the other three houses that are joined.
Flames were seen spurting from the roof of the houses as fire crews worked to tackle the blaze.
A 30-year-old man has been jailed after he was caught drink-driving for the third time in two years.
Arunas Abromavicius was already a banned drink-driver when officers spotted him driving a silver Volkswagen Golf erratically in Hillsborough Road, Bognor Regis, at 2am on 2 December.
Now he has been sent to prison after magistrates were told he had already been convicted of drink-driving in both 2012 and 2013.
Abromavicius was first convicted in June 2012 after he was stopped by police on 8 May that year in an uninsured vehicle while driving drunk and without a licence.
He was disqualified from driving for 17 months but on 17 August 2013 he was caught drink-driving again after being pulled over by police on the A259 in Bosham while behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Touran.
Magistrates banned him from driving again - this time for four years - and gave him a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months when he appeared in court on 17 September 2013.
When he appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 3 December, Abromavicius admitted all the charges. He was jailed for 15 weeks, banned from driving for 45 months and ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge.
A christmas tree made out of 600 plastic bottles will be placed outside Crawley library, to raise awareness of plastic waste.
It's part of a national campaign, to encourage households to recycle more. one additional plastic bottle each week.
All primary schools in West Sussex have been invited to design the star which will crown the tree.
"The eco-tree is a visually striking way of drawing attention to the issue of plastic waste. We would like to encourage everyone to make a commitment to recycle at least one more plastic bottle every week - from soda bottles to shampoo bottles, they all count. I am very much looking forward to joining in the official tree-lighting and I'm delighted that children across West Sussex have been able to get involved. They really are our recycling stars."
To make your pledge please visit: www.wastebuster.co.uk/pledges or visit www.pledge4plastics.co.uk/westsussex to find out more about Pledge 4 Plastics.
An eight year old boy who suffered a serious head injury while playing in a Crawley park has thanked the helicopter crew that saved his life.
Harvey Tagorti had to be placed in a coma following the incident and spent four weeks in hospital. Andy Dickenson has the story.
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:
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."
Anyone who thinks they have seen Rebecca or knows where she is should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 922 of 10/09 or call 101. If you see Rebecca and think she is in danger call 999 immediately.
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 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 email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."
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.
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.