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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.



Police make arrest in rape investigation

Sussex Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape in Eastbourne.

A 26-year-old man, who is from Eastbourne and known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a 17-year-old girl in Macmillan Drive playground on Wednesday, December 9.

He has been bailed until February 10 while investigations continue.

Snow falls across parts of Kent and Sussex

Snow falling this morning in Tunbridge Wells Credit: Grey2Black Photography

Parts of the UK have seen a flurry of snow as Britain prepares for a "bitterly cold" weekend.

Snow started to fall as far south as Eastbourne in East Sussex, with Beachy Head seeing a light dusting this morning. Parts of Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, and Essex have also seen snowfall.

Snow is largely unexpected for tonight, but there is an ice risk for Sunday morning as a result of the night's frosty conditions. The Met Office said Sunday will be another cold but sunny day and added that there will be further showers on the coastal areas throughout the day.

"It will still be cold tomorrow but perhaps not as cold as it feels today because the winds will be just that little bit lighter."

"There will be a return of milder air from the Atlantic next week, which will cut off this weekend's Arctic chill but will bring showers across the country."

– Spokesman for the Met Office
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