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PM 'determined' to help Eastbourne businesses recover

David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier - as it was announced that the resort is to be given up to £2 million.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor visited the East Sussex seaside town two days after part of the 144-year-old structure was left a scorched shell.

David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier Credit: John Ryall

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– David Cameron

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Downing Street give £2m to rebuild pier

Eastbourne will receive £2 million by the government to rebuild a pier that was destroyed by a fire.

David Cameron is due to make the official announcement today as he knows the fire on Eastbourne Pier will have 'hit the town hard', and pledged his support for local businesses.

Number 10 will invest in the future of the Sussex pier Credit: PA

"The Government is absolutely committed to supporting coastal towns, and through our long-term economic plan we are creating jobs and boosting tourism.

Schemes like our Coastal Communities Fund are helping them to reach their full potential.

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– – DAVID CAMERON MP, PRIME MINISTER

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.

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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
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