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Man jailed for drink-driving three times in two years

A 30-year-old man has been jailed after he was caught drink-driving for the third time in two years.

Arunas Abromavicius

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.

Eco Christmas tree raises awareness of plastic rubbish

This Christmas tree is made out of 600 plastic bottles Credit: ITV Meridian

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."

– Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services

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.

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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:

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

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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.

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
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