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Hospital launches new bandage for burns patients

The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has played a vital role in the treatment and recovery of burns patients across our region for decades.

But the risk of infection with burns injuries is high.

Now the hospital has teamed up with the University of Brighton to develop a bandage that will tell doctors when a wound has become infected, as Tony Green explains.

The smart bandage that detects infections

From the pilots of the Second World war to some of the casualties of the Shoreham air show, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has played a vital role in the treatment and recovery of burns patients across the South East. Now they've developed a new bandage that will make treatment ever better. It changes colour if the wounds gets infected - meaning doctors can act quickly to prevent the spread. It's a collaboration between the University of Brighton, the hospital and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation. We spoke to Brian Jones, Director of research development, Tania Cubison Consultant burns & plastic surgeon and Tony Metcalfe Professor of Burns and Wounding, University of Brighton.


Police hunt thieves in 'ultimate smash and grab' - full report

It took less than a minute to break-in, steal thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and leave. Tonight, the hunt is on for a gang of thieves captured on CCTV ransacking a shop in Sussex.

The gang of four used a crowbar to smash display cabinets at 'Decorus' in East Grinstead, as others stuffed jewellery into duffle bags.

And now local businesses say there just aren't enough police patrolling their streets.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Sgt Jim Collen and Stuart Scholes of the the East Grinstead Business Association.


Woman banned from two areas ahead of stabbing trial

A 42-year-old woman has been ordered not to go to two areas of East Grinstead while she waits to stand trial accused of stabbing a man.

Sylvia Davies is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 29 June charged with assault.

The charge relates to an incident on 22 June 2013 in St Leonards Park, East Grinstead, when Davies is accused of stabbing a man in a block of flats.

She must not go to St Leonards Park and Woodlands Road in East Grinstead.

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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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