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Seal rescued after being spotted in distress

A seal has been rescued after being spotted in distress near a harbour.

Teams from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service were called to reports of an emaciated seal near the Boardwalk at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. Members of the public reported seeing a small thin seal on the beach and were worried about it being washed out to sea.

Rescued Seal Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue

After spending some time walking the shore, rescuers spotted the seal. It was being tossed in the surf and trying to come ashore. Rescuers attempted to contain the seal and at one point even ended up in the sea but sadly the seal disappeared.

It was very frustrating as the seal clearly was too weak to climb up the shingle out of the surf, and kept returning to the water. We just couldn’t get close enough quickly enough to catch the seal.

– Trevor Weeks, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue

After monitoring the shore for a while, rescuers left disheartened fearing the worse. After returning to WRAS's Casualty Centre the rescue phone rang again and the seal had been spotted just inside the harbour on the shingle.

Rescuers returned and were able to track down the seal. It was then examined on the beach and found to be very underweight and very cold. The seal was then transported to RSPCA Mallydams Wood in Hastings, where it is being given specialist care.

Concern for two missing 15-year-olds

Debbie Sales and Charlie Saunter were last seen together on Monday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for two teenagers who they believe could be together.

Debbie Sales, 15 from Seaford and Charlie Saunter, 15, from Eastbourne have been friends for many years and were last seen together on Monday outside McDonald's in Eastbourne.

Debbie was last seen at her home at 7pm on July 12 and Charlie left at 9am on Monday 13.

Debbie is described as 5', long blonde hair with blue eyes and Charlie is 5'8" slim build with blonde hair. He was wearing skinny black jeans, a grey hooded top with Duffer written on the front and carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1226 12/07.

"We are appealing to them to please get in touch and let us know they are ok. We think they might be together and could be in the Eastbourne or Hastings area, though Debbie does have connections to Brighton."

– Shannon Marchesani from the missing person team

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Eastbourne gets underway but No.1 seed forced out

Petra Kvitova forced to pull out of the tournament with a bug

The women's number one seed and reigning Wimbledon Champion had to pull out of Eastbourne today after suffering from a bug. Petra Kvitova said she couldn't jeopardise her chances at Wimbledon by playing at this week's tournament. But the British number two, Johanna Konta, who has won a wild card at Wimbledon, said the tournament was vital preparation and couldn't wait to play in the town she now calls home.

"I wanted to play some matches here but it doesn't really make sense to play and not be ready for Wimbledon."

– Petra Kvitova, No 1 seed
Ground workers clear the rain to allow play to start

Johanna had to wait for the rain to clear but after a damp start, play did get underway - much to the delight of the crowd. The ground staff at Devonshire Park did their best to dry out the courts as quickly as possible so that the club could host five of the world's top ten women.

British no. 2 Johanna Konta calls Eastbourne 'home'

"We're fortunate enough to get one extra week in the preparation for Wimbledon so I'm very happy people are out here despite the rain and hopefully I can give them some good tennis."

– Johanna Konta, British No.2

Man jailed for breaking female police officer's leg

Ryan Smart has been sentenced to 22 months in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been given almost two years in prison for breaking a police officers leg in Eastbourne.

Ryan Smart, 34, of Elgar Way, Eastbourne was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on June 4. He pleaded guilty to GBH, caused when he was resisting arrest, and was sent to prison for 22 months. He was also given a three year driving ban for failing to provide a sample of blood.

The officer, PC Katie Price, was called to a violent man attacking a woman and found a car, being driven by Smart, driving erratically in the Langney area on September 14 last year. The car was stopped and Smart was suspected of drink driving and assault. When PC Price was trying to arrest him, he viciously kicked her breaking her leg. He then kicked her again when she was on the floor.

"I think this case highlights the risks police officers face everyday as this was a routine job this officer was attending. It also shows that the courts are willing to punish those that injure officers in the line of their duties, which is totally unacceptable. The police are here to protect the public, which was what this officer was trying to do in stopping someone suspected of drink driving and assault. She should be able to carry out her job of protecting the public and not expect to be attacked, thankfully the judge agreed and Smart has been sent to prison."

– DC Steve Shimmons

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Fox cub released after plastic pot cut from its head

A fox cub that was found running around with a plastic pot stuck on its head has been released back into the wild by its rescuers after the object was cut free from its face.

Volunteers from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) took care of the cub after it was spotted in Eastbourne on Wednesday 27th May. People living near its home kept a watch to make sure the cub's family were still in the area when it was time for the fox to be released. The cub was set free after a few days of treatment and care.

WRAS is calling on the public to make sure they pick up their rubbish and take it home rather than leaving the litter somewhere where wildlife could become caught or entangled in it.

"This is one of the key reason for doing wildlife rescue work, to see a recovered animal return back to where it belongs. Brilliant to see and so worth all our hard work"

– Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS

Fresh appeal after woman dies

Detectives investigating the death of an Eastbourne woman have made a fresh appeal for information, four weeks after she was discovered injured.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, Eastbourne at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April. She'd suffered head injuries.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital. She died on May 11 and a post mortem examination found she died from the head injury.

Uniform officers PCSOs have been in Seaside, Firle Road, Havelock Road and Chawbrook Road. They have talking to passers-by to ask if they were in the area at a similar time exactly four weeks previously, and if they saw anything suspicious.

Near disaster for lone yachtsman

The fishing vessel 'Beachy Head' Credit: Jeff Morgan

A lone yachtsman in his German registered yacht got into difficulties whilst leaving Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne yesterday morning when he struck the sunken wreck of the Barn Hill and holed his vessel.

The yacht began taking on water at such a rate that the bilge pumps were unable to cope with the ingress.

Hull damage to yacht Credit: Eastbourne Lifeboat

The yachtsman called for help, first to the marina and then by a ‘Pan Pan’ distress call on VHF radio. Fortunately local fishing vessel Beachy Head was close by and went to the assistance of the stricken yacht. One of the fishermen transferred to the yacht to assist with bailing out the water whilst the vessel was taken under tow back the short distance to harbour.

Meanwhile Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was preparing to launch. The lifeboat’s powerful salvage pump was put aboard the yacht and was able to remove sufficient water to keep the yacht afloat whilst it was taken to the hoist bay for an emergency lift out.

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