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'Don't be a Mug' school attendance campaign causes a stir

Is a council justified in telling parents 'not to be mugs' and make sure they don't take their children out of school in term time?

Many, including a mother of three, think East Sussex County Council is being patronising, to say the least.

The words are used in a high-profile campaign aimed at improving poor school attendance in the county. But critics say it's ill conceived and short-sighted.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been looking at both sides of the argument and speaks to mother Lara Stutchbury and Nathan Caine from the council.

Firefighters battle blaze at Hailsham industrial unit

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large blaze at an industrial unit in Hailsham.

The fire broke out at Diplocks Way just before 10pm yesterday after a number of repeated 999 calls.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking locals to keep doors and windows closed.

There are no reports of injuries.

The operation is expected to continue for some time.

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Burst main: water supplies returning to East Sussex

Water supplies are returning to customers in East Sussex after a burst main overnight.

Technicians have been working throughout the day to restore the burst water main although some areas may still be affected.

Burst main: statement from South East Water

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

South East Water is working to repair a serious burst on a large water main in South Chailey which has caused supplies to be affected in Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey.

The burst occurred on one of our 15 inch diameter water mains late last night. Our specialist technicians have now managed to change the flow of water around our network of underground pipes and supplies should be returning to customers in Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey."

“Customers in the Barcombe area may still be without water, although some supplies have returned, and our staff and contractors are on site carrying out repairs to the damaged main in order to restore supplies. Due to the complexity of the burst main, we expect the repair to take around four hours to complete.”

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this emergency has caused, but hope our customers understand that we are taking all necessary steps to restore supplies as soon as possible.”

– Andrew Ball, Incident Manager, South East Water

Burst main: bottled water at halls in affected areas

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South East Water is currently dealing with a burst water main affecting many areas in East Sussex.

Bottled water is available for those affected at the following locations:

  • Barcombe Village Hall, Barcombe Mills Road, BN8 5BH
  • Hassocks Parish Hall, BN6 8QH

Bottled water has also been delivered to vulnerable customers who have already registered with South East Water.

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Thousands of homes left without water after burst main

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

Around 3,600 homes in East Sussex have been left without water after a burst water main last night.

Some schools in Plumpton and Ditchling have been forced to close, although some supplies are now being restored.

South East Water have been handing out hundreds of bottles of water in villages around Lewes while they carry out repairs.

The incident happened just before midnight.

Teenager drowns at Camber Sands

A teenager has drowned and two other men are in hospital after getting into difficulty in the sea over the weekend.

It happened at Camber Sands on the Kent/Sussex border yesterday afternoon.

The beach was crowded at the time, there were beach patrol officers on duty but no lifeguards.

A 19 year old man from Brazil, who was visiting family in Croydon was discovered in the water by a group of kite surfers . Charlotte Wilkins reports.

Hastings Pier officially re-opens

Hastings Pier has been officially reopened - six years after a devastating fire. Over ninety thousand people have visited the restored pier over the last month. But today's official gala - ahead of tonight's concert by Madness - shows Hastings Pier is back in business. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Beatrice Rapley, Learning and Education Manager; Simon Opie, Chief Executive of Hastings Pier Charity and Sid Saunders, a resident of Hastings.

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