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Ex-soldier goes days without food

A former British Army soldier who fought in Afghanistan has spoken of his struggle to survive since returning to civilian life. Nick Underdown, from Eastbourne, has been unable to get a permanent job, sleeps on friends' sofas and has had to go days without food. His case, far from breing unique, is being highlighted by the military charity SSAFA, who say we need to do so much more to help our former servicemen and women. Tom Savvides has our report.


Cannabis seized from yacht in Eastbourne

Police have seized a quantity of herbal cannabis after raiding a yacht in Eastbourne.

The drugs, with a street value of almost £300,000, were on the boat in Sovereign Harbour shortly after midnight last night.

Two men were arrested and were due to appear before Brighton magistrates on Friday morning.

Anthony Keiran Poyser, 28, and Harrison Law, 21, both of no fixed address, are each charged with being jointly concerned in the improper importation of cannabis to the United Kingdom.

I am aware of the concern about the security of smaller ports and harbours around Britain's coastline.

I would like to reassure people that police are alert to the situation and will respond whenever circumstances demand.

– Chief Inspector Emma Brice, Eastbourne district police commander,

Man arrested over pornographic postings relating to child

A 36-year-old man from Eastbourne has been arrested in relation to his postings on a pornographic website.

Officers arrested the man at lunchtime and he is to be questioned for encouraging a sexual offence against a child under 18 and malicious communications, after police made a detailed search of a website. His computer has been seized as part of this investigation. This is an ongoing inquiry.

– Superintendent Nick May

'We feel crushed' American wife and mother told to leave UK under new immigration rules

They're being affected by a law that "wasn't meant for them". That's the view of Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell after strict new immigration rules look to force a family apart.

Dominic and Katy James have been married for ten years and have a two-year-old baby - but Katy is American and was told on Saturday she could be deported. Andy Dickenson reports.

New play explores the highs and lows of living with autism

This week is Autism Awareness Week, and a young playwright from Sussex has drawn on the experiences of his own family to explore the condition.

Tom Page, who's 19 and from Eastbourne, has an older brother Ben who's autistic.

Now, the teenager has written a powerful drama which will be performed at this year's Brighton Fringe.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Tom, and to Tim Marriott, Director of Drama at Eastbourne College.


New pals for Clover - Guide dogs at work & play

Guide dogs are helping staff & students to de-stress

A college in Sussex has found an interesting new way to use guide dogs. The animals already do a remarkable for blind and visually-impaired people, but now the dogs are also helping staff and students at Sussex Downs College reduce their stress and increase their well-being.

The unique scheme also helps the guide dogs to become accustomed to dealing with unfamiliar situations and get used to different people. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are students Natasha Duursma and Toby Bett; and Marion Williams from the Eastbourne & Pevensey Bay Guide Dog Group.

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