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Police chase driver caught at 118 mph

Dramatic footage of a driver reaching speeds of 118 miles an hour and driving on the wrong side of the road has been released by Sussex Police. The car narrowly avoided hitting other vehicles as it was pursued by a patrol car. The driver has been jailed for a year. Police say his actions could have killed someone. Tom Savvides has this report which includes an interview with Paul Watters from the AA.

Further remains in forest believed to be of missing man

A police-led search in Tilgate Forest, Pease Pottage, has found further human remains believed to be those of missing 42-year old Jean Leveque from Crawley.

The further search, found the remains, consisting of a skull, torso, arms and right leg, together with some scraps of clothing, at 2pm at a point deeper in the forest from where the first two bones, both from a left leg, were found last month.

Police say the whole body has now been recovered after two bones were found last month.

Jean Leveque went missing in 2014 Credit: Sussex Police

Although DNA analysis has still to take place to formally confirm the identity, and this may take some days, it is believed that they are from Jean, and his next of kin have been told of the further sad news.

Police were informed on Wednesday (28 January) that the first two bones had been found near a pond in Parish Lane, Pease Pottage.

The death continues to be treated as unexplained rather than suspicious, and the Coroner has been informed.


Man jailed for child sex offences

Oliver Sturman has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

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."

– Detective Constable Chris Smith of POLIT

Firefighters tackling fire that engulfed four homes

The blaze in the early hours of the morning Credit: Eddie Howland

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.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has been tackling the fire Credit: Eddie Howland


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

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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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