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Clock tower in Crowborough struck by lightning

The clock tower in Crowborough following lightning strike Credit: Crowborough Cookery School
The clock tower in Crowborough following lightning strike Credit: Crowborough Cookery School
The damage after the clock tower in Crowborough is struck by lightning Credit: Crowborough Cookery School
The clock tower in Crowborough following lightning strike Credit: Crowborough Cookery School


Lightning strikes clock tower in Crowborough

The clock tower in Crowborough struck by lightning Credit: Joseph Murphy

Firefighters have been called to Crowborough in Sussex after lightning struck the clock tower.

Roads are closed while crews attend the incident which happened this afternoon.

The strike has damaged the roof of the clock tower and ripped off several tiles.

Firefighters at the scene in Crowborough Credit: Joseph Murphy
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UKIP candidate denies making anti-Semitic remarks

UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton, who has been suspended by her party for allegedly posting anti-Semitic remarks online, said she was hacked and not responsible for the comments.

She tweeted last night: "Im (sic) NOT antisemitic. I NEVER said i do not believe in the holocaust. I've clearly been trolled. I do post on Zionism as a political movement."

She later added: "Further, my great grandmother was jewish on my mother's side."

Ms Crampton later deleted her Twitter account.

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UKIP candidate suspended for 'anti-Semitic comments'

UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton has been suspended from the party after allegedly posting anti-Semitic comments on a website.

A UKIP candidate has been suspended. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Ms Crampton, who was due to stand in next week's county council elections in East Sussex, denied the claims and said she was not responsible for the attacks because her account had been hacked.

A UKIP spokesman told ITV News: "We are investigating this matter, if she was hacked we will apologise for suspending her."


Man seriously injured

Around 1.50am on 22nd December 2012, police were called to a collision involving a 37-year-old man and a vehicle on Harlequin Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex.

The vehicle left before police reached the scene. The man, who was on foot, was seriously injured and is being treated in hospital.

Police are urgently appealing for the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision to make contact with them.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, seen the man before the collision or who may have any information that could assist the Police is also asked to contact Sussex Police.

Man in critical condition

A 57-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after a collision with a car in Crowborough on 6th December 2012. Emergency services were called to Crowborough Hill at 5.48pm after the man was hit by a burgundy-coloured Ford Fiesta, driven by a 52-year-old woman.

She was uninjured, but was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving. She has been bailed until 7th February 2012. The man was taken to Kings College Hospital in London where his condition on Thursday evening was described as critical.

Sussex road policing officers are investigating and have appealed for witnesses. They are keen to speak to the driver of a silver car travelling west who stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross shortly before the incident.

Woman killed in road crash

A 75-year-old woman was pronounced dead after a collision on the A26, Eridge Road, Crowborough.

Emergency services were called to an area north of the Boars Head Inn at around 5.50pm yesterday, 12th November, after reports that a grey Mercedes travelling north had hit a pedestrian.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet come forward to please do so. We would also like to hear from you if you saw the Mercedes prior to the collision. Please dial 101 quoting Op Edgeley if you can assist with our enquiries."

– PC Matthew Harman, East Sussex Roads Policing Unit

The Mercedes driver, a 72-year-old man from Wadhurst was uninjured.

Piers Hopson remembered

Piers Hopson Credit: ITV Meridian

A thanksgiving service is being held today in memory of a man who went missing from a care home in East Sussex two years ago.

Piers Hopson, who was originally from Crowborough and suffered from Aspergers, went missing from his home in St Leonards in January 2010.

His boby was finally discovered in France last month. His family believe he may have gone for a walk but got caught be an incoming tide.

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