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Business leaders to protest over Southern rail row

Industrial action to take place again this week

Business leaders in the Sussex town of Eastbourne are expected to hold a protest today over the disruption being caused to the area's transport network by the ongoing dispute between Southern Railways and the unions over changes to the role of train guards.

Members of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and the south coast chambers claim that problems on Southern Railways have cost the local economy more than three hundred million pounds.

The business leaders say the rail operator, the RMT and ASLEF unions, and the Transport minister all bear responsibility for the continuing row.

On Friday rail passengers protested against the ongoing dispute

Man rescued after plunging into sea from Eastbourne pier

A man is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the English Channel, after he jumped off Eastbourne pier.

RNLI volunteers scrambled to help rescue the 27-year-old who went into cold water shock after jumping from the Grade II listed structure on Saturday night.

Witnesses saw the man struggle in the cold sea conditions, before he clambered up the pier supports screaming for help.

Several 999 calls were made to the Coastguard before the Eastbourne RNLI inshore lifeboat launched.

Credit: RNLI

An RNLI spokesman said its crew arrived quickly, hoisted the man on board its lifeboat and transferred him to the beach where police and ambulance crews were waiting.

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Life sentence for robbers for a series of violent raids

Two men have been jailed for life for a series of violent armed robberies including in Kent, Essex and Sussex.

Nicholas Wordsworth and Mustafa Murteza, both from London, carried out seven attacks on cash-in transit vans.

Nicholas Wordsworth jailed for life Credit: Metropolitan Police

In February last year they threatened a security guard with a sawn-off shot-gun and made off with a cash box outside the NatWest bank in Eastbourne.

Mustafa Murteza jailed for life Credit: Metropolitan Police
Shotgun used in armed raid Credit: Essex Police

These sentences mean that two extremely violent and dangerous criminals are now behind bars for a considerable time. These were well-planned, violent armed robberies during which both Wordsworth and Murteza terrorised security guards, as well as members of the public going about their daily business, and left them fearing for their lives. In my view, it was only through luck and good fortune that nobody was seriously injured or worse. This has been a lengthy and complex investigation spanning the south-east of England. It was only through the meticulous work of officers from the Flying Squad supported by colleagues from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, TVP and Sussex police forces which ensured these individuals are no longer free to continue committing these violent offences.

– Detective Inspector Mark Bedford
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Hospitals on the mend but still in special measures

One of the south-east's biggest NHS Trusts will remain in special measures despite making significant improvements. East Sussex Healthcare Trust runs various sites, including Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest in Hastings. Inspectors say real progress has been made in surgery but low staffing levels in Accident and Emergency need to be addressed. Tom Savvides talks to Director of Nursing, Jayne Cannon, Chief Executive Dr Adrian Bull, patient campaigner Liz Walke and Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission.

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

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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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