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Ambulance crew's photos of Hastings fire

The fire broke out just after midnight last night Credit: Nigel Hammond / Twitter

Here are some of the first photos taken from a major fire in Hastings last night. They were taken by Nigel Hammond from the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Around 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze in Marine Parade. One person has been taken to hospital. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The roof, first and second floors of the building were badly damaged Credit: Nigel Hammond / Twitter
Around 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze Credit: Nigel Hammond / Twitter

Person taken to hospital after major Hastings fire

One person has been taken to hospital after a major fire in the Old Town area of Hastings last night. At it height, 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze at property on Marine Parade which broke out just after midnight. The fire badly damaged the roof, the first and second floors of the building.

The building - which is in a row of seven terraced properties including homes and shops - is unsafe and a structural survey is being arranged. Crews remain at the scene. Traffic disruption is expected.

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'Urgent action' needed to protect our crumbling coast

Urgent action is needed to protect our crumbling coastline before it's too late. That's the warning tonight after large stretches of cliff have collapsed in the past few months.

Extreme weather and rising sea levels have caused the problem, but the National Trust says we now have to take action - before the coastline we love is lost forever. Sarah Cooper reports.

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Clear strategy to protect coastal areas is "urgent"

Planning to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather is urgently needed according to the National Trust.

Birling Gap in East Sussex experienced the equivalent of seven years of erosion this winter, leaving buildings teetering on the edge of the cliff.

Birling Gap experienced the equivalent of seven years of erosion this winter Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The National Trust say many of its sites have been 'battered' by storms and 'hit hard' by high tides this winter.

One building has been demolished as it came very close to the cliff edge Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Simon Pryor, natural environment director at the Trust said, "Hard defences will always have their place, but the winter storms that hit many coastal places hard have provided a valuable reminder that they have a limited life.

"Where we can we need to give natural processes that have formed our coast the space to work, and create areas where the coastline can realign as the sea levels rise."

Remains could be those of missing Sussex backpacker

by Malcolm Shaw

There is speculation that human remains discovered in the Far East be those of a Sussex student who went missing ten years ago. Eddie Gibson from Hove vanished while travelling in Cambodia. His family fear the 19-year-old was murdered for money.

Human bones have been found at Poipet near the border with Thailand. Malcolm Shaw has the latest on the search for Eddie.

Bones found in Cambodia could be missing Sussex teen

The family of backpacker Eddie Gibson, who went missing 10 years ago, have been told that human remains have been found in Cambodia.

It's emerged that human remains have been found near a lake in Poipet near the Cambodian border with Thailand.

Mike Gibson, Eddie's father, from Hove has said the site has been secured as bones, including a skull have been discovered.

A pair of underpants, possibly Calvin Klein ones which Eddie wore, were found in the area and it is suspected the body found had a broken arm, which Eddie had.

Dental records are also being sent out to help in the identification process.

Nineteen-year-old Eddie from East Sussex went missing in October 2004.

He last made contact with his mother to say he was looking forward to coming home, but when his parents went to meet him off a flight which left Thailand on November 1st, he was not there.

Mr Gibson said, "We do hope it is Eddie so we can bring him home and bring an end to all this not knowing what happened to him."

Eddie Gibson has been missing for nearly 10 years Credit: PA

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern - replacement buses between Wadhurst and Battle

Replacement bus service running on Southeastern between Wadhurst and Battle due to landslide between Robertsbridge and Battle, and at Stonegate.

Tickets being accepted on Southern services and via Ashford International on Southeastern High Speed services. Owing to the two landslides, the line will be closed until at least Monday 17th February. Some buses may be extended to run to/ from Hastings.

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