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Concern's growing for missing teenager Shannon Ward

Shannon Ward hasn't been seen since Thursday 19th June Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of 17-year-old Shannon Ward, who hasn't been seen since Thursday 19th June.

Shannon is described as as white, 5'4", with long straight dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She lives in Eastbourne and sometimes used a family name Quilligan.

She was last seen at the roundabout outside Eastbourne railway station, apparently waiting to meet a friend or relative.

PC Caroline Edmond said, "There is no evidence at this stage to suggest that Shannon has come to any harm, but with every day that passes we are becoming more concerned."

Anyone who knows where Shannon may be is asked to contact 101, quoting serial 1141 of 20/6.


Result of post-mortem into divers deaths expected

The results of the post-mortem examinations of two divers are expected today.

Peter Stanning who was 44-years-old of Highbury Hill, North London and Christopher Mehegan, 45, of Brentwood, Essex got into difficulties off the coast at Eastbourne at the weekend.

They were taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital on Saturday but were sadly pronounced dead.

Sussex Police confirm deaths of divers in trouble at sea

Sussex Police have confirmed that two divers found to be in trouble in the Channel off Eastbourne have died. Dover Coastguard had contacted officers with news of the divers' difficulties in the water at about 1.40pm on Saturday afternoon.

The two men, in their forties and from outside Sussex, were airlifted by Coastguard helicopter to the Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were pronounced dead. They had been on a trip with a group of other divers.

"Tragically two divers have died after getting into difficulty while diving in the Channel. We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances."

– Detective Mark Ling, Sussex Police


Convicted killer and rapist recaptured in Eastbourne

Samuel Lee had absconded from a mental health unit
Samuel Lee had absconded from a mental health unit Credit: Sussex Police

A convicted killer and rapist who absconded from a mental health centre has been arrested in Sussex.

Officers launched a search after Samuel Lee, 44, failed to return from an authorised trip from the John Howard Centre, Kenworthy Road, Hackney, east London, last Thursday afternoon.

He was found in the Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne yesterday evening. Lee is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2006 of snatching a 31-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer in Finsbury Park, north London and raping her in 2000.

In 1989, he was jailed for manslaughter, after he stabbed a man to death. Police officers thanked the public for their help in tracking him down.

Yacht crew rescued off Sussex coast

Crew had to be rescued by the RNLI Credit: ITV News

Three people had to be rescued from a 28ft yacht which had suffered engine failure while it was attempting to cross the busy shipping lanes fifteen miles from Eastbourne shore.

The yacht was part of a flotilla which had set sail for Fecamp in Northern France but just 18 miles from the French coast the vessel suffered a mechanical failure. The crew decided to return to Eastbourne under sail for repairs but during the course of the evening, communications were lost.

Fortunately the cruise liner Azura was in the area and was able to relay radio transmissions from the yacht. The yacht was located by Eastbourne RNLI at 22.40 about 15 miles off Beachy Head and taken under tow for the long trip back to the harbour.

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