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Fire service update from Birling Gap incident

The investigation continues into what caused a gas cloud to affect hundreds of people on the Sussex coast. The fire service has released a statement:

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has now been officially stood down from the Birling Gap incident.

The Service is thanking the public for the way they responded, following instructions given by the emergency services and other agencies who were working together at the scene and along the coast.

Members of the public who were affected are reminded that they can call 111 if they continue to suffer persistent symptoms or symptoms worsen.

For further information please go to:

– East Sussex Fire and Rescue statement

REPORT: Toy stories on display in Sussex town

From the Magic Roundabout to Dangermouse and Thunderbirds - a unique collection of children's TV memorabilia has been brought together in Eastbourne - and its looking for a permanent home.

Andy Dickenson reports.

Andy spoke to Paul Young, the creator of Animazing.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, July 2017

Her first twelve months. Anniversaries are supposed to be happy events. But Theresa May admitted today that as she neared the end of her first year as PM, she shed a tear or two. It wasn't the election result she expected - and to be fair to the Maidenhead MP - it wasn't the election result the pollsters, or anyone else, predicted either.

Theresa May Credit: ITV

So will there be another anniversary to celebrate ? Or, as we enter the dog days of high summer, will these next few weeks see the end of her premiership? To debate that, and the never-ending troubles on Southern Rail, three Sussex MPs :-

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown
  • Gillian Keegan, the new Tory MP for Chichester, and
  • Stephen Lloyd, the new (and old) MP for Eastbourne

We ask voters in central Brighton to score her out of ten. And one MP who lost her seat tells us where the "nightmare" of last month's election began.

And would this cause Mrs May to shed a few more tears? We look at the increasingly vicious way cartoonists are depicting the latest inhabitant of No 10. One expert who has surveyed the satirists for the last fifty years and more, tells us why the Prime Minister is drawn the way she is.


General Election 2017: Eastbourne

The LibDems pulled off a big win in Sussex. Eastbourne has bounced to and fro between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives for more than 25 years.

Last night it was the turn of Stephen Lloyd. He lost the seat 2 years ago. Last night he turned the tables. Derek Johnson reports on a political comeback.

Ballot boxes have arrived for Eastbourne count

Ballot boxes from around the town are arriving at Eastbourne Town Hall.

The Conservative Party is defending a majority of just over 733, hoping to keep a hold of the seat over the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green Party.

Eastbourne is historically a Tory stronghold.

Police release CCTV of violent service station robbery

Police investigating the violent robbery of a service station in Cross-in-Hand in East Sussex have released dramatic CCTV of the incident.

At around 3.10am on Saturday 25th March, two men entered the Esso Service Station in Mayfield Road, one armed with a large knife and the other carrying a Samurai sword.

The attack lasted approximately two minutes during which time one shop worker was hit over the head and the other was pushed to the ground and dragged along the floor.

The two suspects then made off empty-handed in a vehicle that may have been parked in a nearby car park. The vehicle headed off at high speed towards Heathfield.

The victims, both local men, aged 30 and 49, were taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital to be checked over and discharged later the same day.

Nashreen Issa's report shows scenes of the assault that some viewers may find distressing.

Those responsible are both described as white men, wearing black or dark clothing and had local accents.

While their faces are not particularly visible in the CCTV footage, police are hoping that someone might recognise them from their build or perhaps the way they move.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw something or may have information regarding the incident is asked to report online at or call 101 quoting serial 200 of 25/03.

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