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Snow falls across parts of Kent and Sussex

Snow falling this morning in Tunbridge Wells Credit: Grey2Black Photography

Parts of the UK have seen a flurry of snow as Britain prepares for a "bitterly cold" weekend.

Snow started to fall as far south as Eastbourne in East Sussex, with Beachy Head seeing a light dusting this morning. Parts of Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, and Essex have also seen snowfall.

Snow is largely unexpected for tonight, but there is an ice risk for Sunday morning as a result of the night's frosty conditions. The Met Office said Sunday will be another cold but sunny day and added that there will be further showers on the coastal areas throughout the day.

"It will still be cold tomorrow but perhaps not as cold as it feels today because the winds will be just that little bit lighter."

"There will be a return of milder air from the Atlantic next week, which will cut off this weekend's Arctic chill but will bring showers across the country."

– Spokesman for the Met Office

Fox rescued after being caught in a goalie's net

Wildlife rescuer tackles netting to rescue fox Credit: WRAS

Wildlife rescue workers are calling for sports clubs to put away their netting when not in use, after another callout to rescue an animal caught in a football net in Eastbourne. The animal was twisting itself around trying to get free - instead, only further entangling its neck.

The team from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) responded to an emergency call at 8am on Sunday morning by a passer-by with their son.

“When we arrived on site, we could see the fox straight away, and it was well and truly entangled. Luckily it was not able to move far, as it was easier than I was expecting to secure it”

“I was able to cover the fox’s head and cut the netting to stop it pulling on the fox’s neck. At one point the fox appeared to stop breathing but luckily I was able to respond quickly enough and encourage it to breathe again.”

“It was clear the fox had been caught for some time. This is one lucky fox not to have been attacked by a passing dog.”

– Chris Riddington, WRAS Duty Rescue Co-ordinator, Eastbourne

“We would advise people to cable tie off the ground netting or to even remove the netting completely when not in use. Even by raising netting just 12 inches off the ground is enough to stop most casualties except deer. If deer regularly visit sports fields we would advise netting is removed completely when not in use”

– Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS founder

In this case the rescued fox is responding well to emergency treatment at the WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.

The WRAS team say they are called to deal with around a dozen wildlife casualties a year. The animals have been caught in netting on sports fields, such as cricket tunnels, football goals and discarded netting left on the sides of sports fields. Hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and deer are some of the animals that have become entangled.


Hedgehog rescued from plastic beer can ring

The trapped hedgehog was found in Hampden Park, Eastbourne Credit: WRAS

A young hedgehog has been rescued after being found with a plastic beer can ring stuck round its body.

He was spotted by a dog walker in Eastbourne's Hampden Park. Wildlife experts managed to remove the plastic ring and the hedgehog is now being cared for at a rescue centre.

"The hedgehog was young, had flies buzzing round him, and had a plastic beer can ring tightly round its body digging into the skin. You could smell the infection so clearly the ring had been stuck there for quite a while. We were able to give emergency medication out on site with veterinary authorisation, and cut the ring off the hedgehog whilst trying to keep the flies away".

– Trevor Weeks, WRAS
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Heart patient gets the latest internal device

Heart disease and strokes are two of the most common health conditions that can cause serious problems and even death. Now, a patient at Eastbourne District General Hospital has become the first in the country to have the next generation of internal defibrillator fitted. The device uses the latest technology to kick start the heart and correct irregular heart beats. This report by Tom Savvides contains footage obtained in surgery. It includes interviews with patient Marco Bushnell and Dr Nikhil Patel.

8 year old girl bitten in the face by a dog

An eight-year-old girl has been left with a broken nose and wounds to her face after being bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier in East Sussex. She was walking with her mother in Colwood Crescent in Eastbourne, on Saturday night when she was attacked by the black and white dog. She was taken to hospital for treatment

"The child was bitten in the face by the terrier when it leapt at her while being walked by a white girl, 16-18 years old, 5ft 10in, wearing a grey hoodie.

– Sussex Police
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