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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.

Tribute paid to woman found attacked in the street

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 Crowhurst was found on a pavement in Chawbrook Road Credit: ITV Meridian

"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."

– Marina Crowhurst, Emma's mother

"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."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft


Ousted MP Stephen Lloyd says he can't accept money from supporters to pay his mortgage

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.

Stephen Lloyd, ex MP, who says he's got a massive mortgage Credit: PA Images

36-year-old woman dies two weeks after attack

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.

Sussex Police appeal for information Credit: ITV Meridian

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."


Investigation underway following hotel fire

Crews from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 5am this morning to reports of a fire at a hotel in Eastbourne.

Four fire engines attended the scene at Royal Parade on the seafront where firefighters used breathing apparatus to put-out a small fire in the basement.

Police and ambulance also attended.

A fire investigation is underway.

Ballot papers stolen by thieves

More than 200,000 ballot papers destined for Eastbourne and Hastings in East Sussex have been stolen after a van containing them was taken by thieves.

It's believed the papers were not the target of the theft but measures were being put in place so that none of the stolen documents could be used in next week's election.

The papers were stolen in London.

Couple with combined age of 194 set to marry

A couple from Sussex will break a world record - as well as a few hearts - when they tie the knot this summer.

George Kirby and Doreen Luckie from Eastbourne are proving you're never too old to find love. They'll become the oldest bride and groom in history - with a combined age of 194 on the big day.

Andy Dickenson's been to find out how their wedding plans are coming along.

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