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Fox rescued after being caught in a goalie's net

Wildlife rescuer tackles netting to rescue fox Credit: WRAS

Wildlife rescue workers are calling for sports clubs to put away their netting when not in use, after another callout to rescue an animal caught in a football net in Eastbourne. The animal was twisting itself around trying to get free - instead, only further entangling its neck.

The team from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) responded to an emergency call at 8am on Sunday morning by a passer-by with their son.

“When we arrived on site, we could see the fox straight away, and it was well and truly entangled. Luckily it was not able to move far, as it was easier than I was expecting to secure it”

“I was able to cover the fox’s head and cut the netting to stop it pulling on the fox’s neck. At one point the fox appeared to stop breathing but luckily I was able to respond quickly enough and encourage it to breathe again.”

“It was clear the fox had been caught for some time. This is one lucky fox not to have been attacked by a passing dog.”

– Chris Riddington, WRAS Duty Rescue Co-ordinator, Eastbourne

“We would advise people to cable tie off the ground netting or to even remove the netting completely when not in use. Even by raising netting just 12 inches off the ground is enough to stop most casualties except deer. If deer regularly visit sports fields we would advise netting is removed completely when not in use”

– Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS founder

In this case the rescued fox is responding well to emergency treatment at the WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.

The WRAS team say they are called to deal with around a dozen wildlife casualties a year. The animals have been caught in netting on sports fields, such as cricket tunnels, football goals and discarded netting left on the sides of sports fields. Hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and deer are some of the animals that have become entangled.

Hedgehog rescued from plastic beer can ring

The trapped hedgehog was found in Hampden Park, Eastbourne Credit: WRAS

A young hedgehog has been rescued after being found with a plastic beer can ring stuck round its body.

He was spotted by a dog walker in Eastbourne's Hampden Park. Wildlife experts managed to remove the plastic ring and the hedgehog is now being cared for at a rescue centre.

"The hedgehog was young, had flies buzzing round him, and had a plastic beer can ring tightly round its body digging into the skin. You could smell the infection so clearly the ring had been stuck there for quite a while. We were able to give emergency medication out on site with veterinary authorisation, and cut the ring off the hedgehog whilst trying to keep the flies away".

– Trevor Weeks, WRAS


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Heart patient gets the latest internal device

Heart disease and strokes are two of the most common health conditions that can cause serious problems and even death. Now, a patient at Eastbourne District General Hospital has become the first in the country to have the next generation of internal defibrillator fitted. The device uses the latest technology to kick start the heart and correct irregular heart beats. This report by Tom Savvides contains footage obtained in surgery. It includes interviews with patient Marco Bushnell and Dr Nikhil Patel.

8 year old girl bitten in the face by a dog

An eight-year-old girl has been left with a broken nose and wounds to her face after being bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier in East Sussex. She was walking with her mother in Colwood Crescent in Eastbourne, on Saturday night when she was attacked by the black and white dog. She was taken to hospital for treatment

"The child was bitten in the face by the terrier when it leapt at her while being walked by a white girl, 16-18 years old, 5ft 10in, wearing a grey hoodie.

– Sussex Police

Cute seal comes to harbour's edge for help

The injured harbour seal was rescued from Sovereign Harbour Credit: WRAS

A cute, injured seal took itself to an RNLI launch ramp to alert people that it was hurt and in need of rescue. The mammal was spotted losing blood at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne yesterday and was rescued by the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.

“We checked the seal over and as first had been thought, the seal had numerous puncture wounds around its rear flippers and tail as well as on its chest. We contacted British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and informed them that we had caught the seal and they contacted RSPCA Mallydams Wood at Fairlight where we then drove the seal to receive expert treatment'.

– Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS


Hospital Trust rated inadequate

The trust that runs hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne has been placed in special measures.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals found problems with services, run by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including accident and emergency and maternity.

Managers say improvements are being made.

ITV Meridian spoke to Professor Edward Baker from the Care Quality Commission, and Medical Director, Dr David Hughes.

Crowds welcome the Springboks to Eastbourne

The crowd assembled ahead of the Springboks' welcoming ceremony in Eastbourne

Crowds have been arriving at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Eastbourne to welcome the South African Rugby World Cup team to the UK.

The Springboks are here t take part in the Rugby World Cup. Their first match will be against Japan at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday 19th September.

The kickoff is at 4.45pm. The match will be shown live on ITV.

Eastbourne welcomes team South Africa for Rugby World Cup

The Springboks arrive at Heathrow Airport ahead of the Rugby World Cup Credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015

The Sussex town of Eastbourne is preparing to welcome the South African Rugby team to the Uk and the Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks arrived at Heathrow Airport on 11th September ahead of the global contest which starts on Friday 18th September 2015. The team will be welcomed at a special ceremony in Eastbourne today.

Next stop - Eastbourne
Time for a selfie before the competition begins Credit: Getty Images

Dismay for campaigners as Assisted Dying bill thrown out by MPs

Steve Parlanti watched his mother die in agony from a highly agressive form of cancer. She - and he - desperately wished it was possible for doctors to end her life. Today, at his home in Eastbourne, he listened with intense interest as the Assisted Dying Bill was debated before a key House of Commons vote on the issue. Andrea Thomas reports, also speaking to MPs Caroline Ansell and Maria Caulfield.

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