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16-year-old attacked and robbed in Hastings

The boy was attacked on Middle Street in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy aged 16 was attacked and robbed in East Sussex last Monday. Two men attacked the boy in Middle Street in Hastings and stole his money.

The victim was walking from the HMV store towards Hastings railway station at 5pm when he was approached by two men and punched repeatedly.

The victim was not injured but had the speakers he had just bought stolen along with his black Armani Jeans messenger bag with two vertical white stripes on, which contained some Armani Diamonds aftershave and £30 in cash in a black Nike wallet.

The first man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 10" and of muscular build with blonde or light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with a front zip, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 7" and of stocky build. He was wearing a, grey jacket and grey joggers with a black hat.

"This is an unprovoked attack that has resulted in items being stolen from a boy who was on his own, fortunately he was not injured. We would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident as there were several people seen in the area."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

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Danger warning to keep off cliffs as crack appears

Walkers at a beauty spot in Sussex have been warned by the coastguard to take extra care after a crack appeared in the side of a cliff at Seaford Head. It follows a series of chalk falls on that stretch of coastline earlier on in the year. ITV Meridian has been speaking to senior coastal operations manager Graham Easton.

Crack appears in beauty spot cliff

Walkers are being warned to take care around Seaford Head Credit: Newhaven Coastguard

Walkers at a beauty spot in Sussex have been warned to take extra care after a crack has appeared in the side of a cliff.

Newhaven Coastguard shared this picture of Seaford Head. It follows a series of chalk falls on this stretch of coastline earlier on in the year.

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History for free this weekend

They're normally closed to the public or charge admission but this weekend, venues across the south-east will be throwing open their doors to the public. The Heritage Open Days scheme is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with guided walks and tours throughout Kent, Sussex and Essex.

David Johns has been for a preview, speaking to historians Caroline Stanford and Chris Jones; heritage walks coordinator Fiona Woodfield and shop owner Sue Luck.

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Volunteers to capture badgers for innoculation

They are either seen as charming, nocturnal creatures who are a rare treat to spot - or as a bacteria-ridden pest bringing disease to our farmers - badgers polarise opinion like perhaps no other wildlife creature in this country.

Long linked with the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis, the animals have, in some parts of the country, been culled to stop the spread of the disease. But in East Sussex, a project's underway to vaccinate the creatures instead.

David Johns explains, talking to Kate Edmonds from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project; Annie Vernon from the National Farmers Union; and wildlife conservationist Trevor Weeks MBE.

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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."

New campaign to target illegal tobacco trade

Trade in illegal tobacco available at ‘pocket money prices’ is the target of a county-wide campaign.

The East Sussex Tobacco Partnership is launching the campaign to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco and target those involved in its supply.

Illegal tobacco is available in various places in the community including the workplace, private homes, pubs, markets, car boot sales and on the street. The distribution network is unregulated and tobacco is easily accessible to children and young people.

Work to protect young people is undermined by the wide availability and accessibility of illegal tobacco at pocket money prices. The illegal tobacco trade is not a victimless crime. Cheap, illegal tobacco makes it easier for our children to smoke and become addicted. I would urge anyone who is aware of where illegal tobacco is being sold to report this information. Reporting activity anonymously via Crimestoppers enables colleagues in Trading Standards to act on this intelligence, and contributes to improving the health of local people by disrupting trade.”

– Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex County Council
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