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."
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.
"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."
A nurse from Eastbourne is one of five people charged with conspiracy charges after prescription drugs and three mobile phones were seized at Lewes Prison.
The offences are alleged to have taken place on various dates between September and November 2014.
Two women and three man are due in Brighton Magistrates Court later this month.
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."
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"
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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.
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.
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.
The mother of a woman who died after being attacked in the street in Eastbourne has paid tribute to her.
Emma Crowhurst who was 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, having sustained a head injury.
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 a head injury.
"Emma was a lovely girl, loved by her family and friends who had a heart of gold. This is a massive, irreplaceable loss and we want the person responsible for this brought to justice. We have every faith in Sussex Police and fully support their investigation."
"We have had a good response from members of the community who have contacted the investigation team already, but are hoping to hear from more people who could help. It is vitally important to establish Emma's movements before she was assaulted and I'm appealing to anyone that has any information, however small they may think it is, to get in contact with us. Several people have described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight. This argument may have lead to Emma being found in the road with the, ultimately, fatal injuries. I am making a specific appeal to anyone who went to Emma's assistance before the police and ambulance teams arrived in Chawbrook Road. Anyone who was in the area of Chawbrook Road, Whitley Road, Dudley Road, Havelock Road who may have seen or heard an argument, please contact us. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Shortgate. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Supporters of former MP Stephen Lloyd have offered to pay off his mortgage to keep him in the running for the next general election.
The Lib Dem was defeated by the Tories in last week's battle for Eastbourne and says he now needs to find a job to keep his home. He's declined the money, saying it would be better to donate it to the local hospital campaign.
Police have launched a murder investigation after a 36-year-old woman died two weeks after she was the victim of a street attack in Eastbourne.
The woman was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before 11pm on Sunday April 26, having sustained a head injury.
She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath suffering from a fractured skull.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Police inquiries were carried out and it is believed that she may have become involved in an altercation with an unknown man in the street where she was found.
"On Monday (May 11) we were informed that the woman's condition had worsened and very sadly she died late that evening."
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who have now taken over the investigation, said: "This is a tragic incident. At first the victim appeared to be making progress but her condition suddenly worsened over last weekend.
"This has now become a murder investigation, We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Dudley Road, Chawbrook Road area on the late evening of Monday 26 April, and who saw anything suspicious, perhaps an argument, or a man walking away from the scene."