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Shock closure of 100-year-old firm means 130 jobs gone

More than 130 staff face a grim Christmas after the shock closure of a 100-year-old laundry business with hundreds of clients across the South East.

Employees broke down in tears as they were told that White Knight Laundry Services, based in Eastbourne, was going into administration.

And shock turned to anger as employees learned that the owner of the business - who took over less than a year ago - had watched the announcement via CCTV from his London office. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are: June Turner, a former employee; Darren Fuller, a former employee and Judith Blincow, Hotelier.

Laundry firm in administration - 130 people lose jobs

The firm is based at Eastbourne in Sussex

More than 130 people have lost their jobs with the sudden closure of a 100-year-old laundry business based in Eastbourne.

White Knight Laundry Services which provided services for hotels and care homes across the south-east has gone into administration less than a year after coming under new ownership.

A former employee, June Turner, told us of her shock. Some people broke into tears when they found out about the closure, which comes just before Christmas.

The message on the firm's website confirming that it has gone into administration Credit: Company website


Appeal for owners after dog found in the back of a van in Eastbourne

Jack Russell found in the back of a van Credit: Sussex Police

Police officers are trying to find the owners of a Jack Russell terrier which was found in the back of a van in Eastbourne.

The Jack Russell is a female and aged about 7. She has not been microchipped and there was nothing else to identify her. She is currently safely in kennels.

Sussex Police also recovered a microchipped Yorkshire Terrier which had been stolen in a burglary in Dorset.

The Yorkshire Terrier has been re-united with its owners, but they have not linked the Jack Russell with any recent offences.

Police are anyone who thinks she may belong to them to get in contact.

Wheelchair basketball champ set to appear in record breaking seventh Paralympic Games

With the Olympics finishing in just over a week's time, it's the turn of the Paralympians to head to Rio - and excitement is already building, especially in one Sussex home.

Wheelchair basketball champ Simon Munn is set to be the first UK competitor to appear in his SEVENTH consecutive Games. It's the most ever by an athlete in a single sport.

Andy Dickenson went to watch him train and also spoke to sports scientist Alex Bliss.

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Extra security at this year's Eastbourne airshow

Extra security measures have been put into place for this year's Eastbourne air show. Concrete barriers have been installed at the main entrance and more police are patrolling the site. It comes after a series of recent terror attacks across Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the four day event. Tom Savvides talks to the leader of Eastbourne Council David Tutt, flying director Ian Sheeley and spitfire pilot John Romain.


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Ex-soldier goes days without food

A former British Army soldier who fought in Afghanistan has spoken of his struggle to survive since returning to civilian life. Nick Underdown, from Eastbourne, has been unable to get a permanent job, sleeps on friends' sofas and has had to go days without food. His case, far from breing unique, is being highlighted by the military charity SSAFA, who say we need to do so much more to help our former servicemen and women. Tom Savvides has our report.

Cannabis seized from yacht in Eastbourne

Police have seized a quantity of herbal cannabis after raiding a yacht in Eastbourne.

The drugs, with a street value of almost £300,000, were on the boat in Sovereign Harbour shortly after midnight last night.

Two men were arrested and were due to appear before Brighton magistrates on Friday morning.

Anthony Keiran Poyser, 28, and Harrison Law, 21, both of no fixed address, are each charged with being jointly concerned in the improper importation of cannabis to the United Kingdom.

I am aware of the concern about the security of smaller ports and harbours around Britain's coastline.

I would like to reassure people that police are alert to the situation and will respond whenever circumstances demand.

– Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne district police commander,

Man arrested over pornographic postings relating to child

A 36-year-old man from Eastbourne has been arrested in relation to his postings on a pornographic website.

Officers arrested the man at lunchtime and he is to be questioned for encouraging a sexual offence against a child under 18 and malicious communications, after police made a detailed search of a website. His computer has been seized as part of this investigation. This is an ongoing inquiry.

– Superintendent Nick May

'We feel crushed' American wife and mother told to leave UK under new immigration rules

They're being affected by a law that "wasn't meant for them". That's the view of Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell after strict new immigration rules look to force a family apart.

Dominic and Katy James have been married for ten years and have a two-year-old baby - but Katy is American and was told on Saturday she could be deported. Andy Dickenson reports.

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