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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.

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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.

Aiming high for the Rio Olympics

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Their target is the Olympic games. Their aim to bring back gold medals for Team GB - and there is no better rehearsal for Rio, and no better place to prepare for Britain's shooting best than a World Cup Series event in Brazil.

A tough tournament in its own right, for many it's seen as rehearsal for August. And whether it's rifle, pistol or shotgun, our athletes aren't taking anything for granted.

Matt Price caught up with East Sussex Double Trap shooter, Steve Scott, to find out about his hopes and expectations.

Council tax in East Sussex to rise by 3.99%

Councillors in East Sussex have voted to raise council tax by 3.99 per cent.

The increase, equivalent to 92p a week extra for a Band D property, includes a two per cent levy, the maximum authorised by the Government, to offset some of the savings the authority must make from adult social care services.

A full meeting of East Sussex County Council approved a budget which will see a £369 million net budget spent on services in the new financial year – including £228 million on adult social care and children’s services.

Interview with East Sussex County Council Leader, Councillor Keith Glazier

While some voluntary organisations will no longer receive funding, stroke services and a scheme which employs people with learning difficulties, will not lose their money.

Interviews with Kerry Joyce and Martin Fisher - Directors, Zest

Stroke survivors expect to be the latest victims in council cuts

Councils across the south east are again struggling to balance the books as they meet to set this year's council tax rate.

Many authorities expect hikes of well over 3% - substantially more than last year's increase. But even with that rise more cuts seem unavoidable.

In East Sussex, the council needs make savings of almost £20 million. Council chiefs in Lewes say if not their deficit could reach £70 million in two year's time.

Funding for projects ranging from supporting isolated people in rural areas to refuges for women and children fleeing domestic violence look set to be hit.

Another of the groups facing funding cuts helps stroke survivors and their carers.

Andy Dickenson has our report. He speaks to Anne Harrington-Lowe and Judy Walker, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association.

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Pack of snowdogs to descend on city streets

Snowdog sculpture Credit: Snowdogs by the Sea

A huge charity artwork project has been announced for Brighton and Hove next year.

'Snowdogs by the Sea' will bring a trail of 50 sculptures around the city, all individually designed by local celebrities and businesses. Fatboy Slim - DJ Norman Cook - is the first celebrity to back the scheme.

The sculptures, inspired by the Raymond Briggs book, will eventually be sold at auction to raise money for the Martlets Hospice in Hove.

Chair of failing hospital trust resigns

Stuart Welling Credit: LinkedIn

Stuart Welling, the chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, has resigned after more than four years in the role.

It follows news that last week that the trust was being put into special measures.

Mr Welling's four year tenure came to an end in July but he was asked to stay on to provide some stability and leadership continuity.

I feel enormously privileged to have worked with my 7,000 colleagues at the Trust, and those outside it, to improve healthcare for local people.

Yes, we still have improvements to make, but there is a strong determination within the Trust to focus with pace and purpose on delivering excellent care for our patients.

– Stuart Welling, the chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
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