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Efit released following sexual assault on 11-year-old boy

Police have released an efit of a man following a sexual assault on an 11-year-old boy in Eastbourne.

The victim had been on the beach at the end of Macquarie Quay on October 22 at around 6.30pm, when he was approached by a man who tried to put his hand down the boy's trousers.

The suspect is described as white, about 30-years-old, with blond hair.

The suspect was wearing a black Nike top, grey joggers and Nike Air trainers when the incident happened. Credit: SussexPolice

DC Claire Linsell said: "Whilst serious, this is an isolated incident and enquiries are continuing. The victim did exactly the right thing by telling his parents what happened."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1605 of 23/10, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Drunk driver jailed after crashing into car four times

A woman has been jailed after she repeatedly crashed her vehicle into a parked car while more than five times the drink-drive limit.

Phillipa Jutton

Police were called after residents saw Phillipa Jutton's Toyota Aygo roll forward and hit a car in Glebe Close, Eastbourne, shortly before 10pm on 15 October.

Jutton appeared to be asleep at the wheel and when one of the residents spoke to her she tried to drive away, hitting the same car three more times with her Toyota before she could get past it.

When officers arrived they breathalysed the 33-year-old and recorded a reading of 188 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of her breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Jutton, of Greys Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care and attention when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

The reading on her breath test was so high that it was off the sentencing scale that magistrates are given to help them decide on punishments.

Jutton was jailed for six weeks, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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11-year-old boy indecently assaulted

Detectives are currently investigating an indecent assault on on 11-year-old boy in Eastbourne.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Wednesday (22 October) at the north-eastern side of the Harbour Peninsula, Eastbourne.

The boy was assaulted by a man described as white, about 30, with blond hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms.

"Whilst serious, this is an isolated incident and enquiries are continuing. "Neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area to offer reassurance to visitors and residents."

– Detective Sergeant Bonnie Cowley, of Eastbourne CID

Anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area or who may have other information that could help officers is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1605 of 23/10.

Man in CCTV could be key witness in rape investigation

Police are hoping to trace a man caught on CCTV who could be a key witness to a rape in Eastbourne in the early hours of Sunday.

The man seen in this image was in the area when a woman was raped on the lower promenade around 2am.

The victim, a 21-year-old woman, had been out with friends on Saturday evening but left by herself. She was walking on the upper promenade at around 2am, towards the pier, when a man she had not met before pulled her onto the lower promenade, just to the east side of the pier, where he raped her.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Williams said: "This man could hold key information about what happened and could help us trace the suspect.

The man who raped her is described as Asian or mixed race, medium build with a bald head or shaved head, no taller than 5' 6" with a round face and clean shaven. He was wearing a thick dark coloured jumper with a round neck with buttons or a zip to half way down his chest, he had a blue T-shirt on underneath.

New stamps celebrate seasides in the south east

Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.

The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day.

Among six special stamps are images of Eastbourne's blue-domed seafront bandstand, along with a modern shelter further east on the East Sussex coast in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Eastbourne's seafront bandstand is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Meanwhile, a miniature sheet of four stamps has been produced, paying tribute to the piers of Llandudno, Dunoon, Brighton and Worthing, with Southend Pier as the background image.

This shelter in Bexhill-on-Sea is featured on one of the stamps Credit: Royal Mail

"This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."

– Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond

All ten stamps can be bought in a presentation pack for £10.05. The miniature sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.

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Birth at roadside renews calls for maternity unit

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse.

She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings.

But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better.

Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. Andy Dickenson has the story.

Boost for campaign to restore maternity services

The hospital at Eastbourne Credit: Meridian

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse. She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings. But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better. Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. More later.

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