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Sussex school investigation from 'late 1960s to 1980s'

Sussex Police have contacted 20 people who have reported sexual and physical offences against them by school staff at Ashdown House Preparatory School in Forest Row, East Sussex, police has said. In a statement, a spokesman said:

Arrangements are in hand to interview the others, some of whom live abroad. The investigation continues and now spans a period from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

– Sussex Police
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Ex-head of Boris school held over alleged sex assaults

The former headmaster of a prep school London mayor Boris Johnson attended has been arrested on suspicion of historic sex assaults.

London mayor Boris Johnson. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Clive Williams, 69, was also questioned by officers on Wednesday over allegations of child neglect, Press Association sources said. He was the headmaster at Ashdown House Preparatory School in Forest Row, East Sussex, for more than 25 years before leaving in 2003.

A computer and documents have been seized by police investigating the claims against Mr Williams, who was released on police bail and has not been charged.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers investigating allegations of historic sexual abuse at a school in East Sussex have arrested a local man. The 69-year old was arrested at an address in Barcombe on Wednesday July 9 on suspicion of sexual assaults and child neglect.

"A computer and documentation were seized for examination. After being interviewed, the man was released on police bail on the same day until November 11, while inquiries continue."

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A22 closed in East Grinstead after man falls from bridge

Police have closed a section of the A22 in East Grinstead after a man fell from a bridge. Officers were called at 11am today (Sunday 4 May) to the A22 at College Lane after the man fell.

Despite paramedics treating the man at the scene he died later.

The A22, Beeching Way, has been closed between the junction with London Road and the Lewes Road roundabout while officers investigate.

The victim is believed to be a man from Mid Sussex.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone who saw the man fall or who has any information should call 101 quoting serial 493 of 4/5 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Sussex travel company celebrates growth

A travel company based in Sussex has recruited almost a hundred new staff.

Tropical Sky in East Grinstead is thought to be one of the UK's fastest growing companies of it's kind. They specialise in long-haul flights. They started with just 5 employees. They also take on university placements.

Today they celebrated the opening of their new offices in the town.

Human rights victory for Scientology couple

Scientology Centre in East Grinstead Credit: ITV Meridian

A couple from Sussex are claiming a human rights victory after winning the right to wed in a Church of Scientology chapel.

Scientologists Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli, both 25 and from East Grinstead, had put the ceremony on hold after a High Court judge said services run by Scientologists were not "acts of worship".

But the Supreme Court today overturned that decision and ruled that the Scientology church was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

Judges said religion should not be confined to faiths involving a "supreme deity".

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Plane noise affecting health of East Grinstead man

With Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Bournemouth and Farnborough airports in our region - many of us are used to living under the flight path. Most people get used to the drone of aircraft noise - but one man from West Sussex - just can't.

Patrick Kiley from East Grinstead is unable to sleep at night because of planes flying over his home . And he's worried that changes to flight paths over Gatwick - could mean the noise will get worse. David Johns has been to meet him.

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