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Constituency profile: Eastbourne

Now for the latest in our profiles of some of the key constituencies here in the south east. And today we visit one of only two Lib Dem seats won in the last election.

The constituency consists almost entirely of the Victorian seaside town. It was a safe Tory seat until the 1990 by-election, triggered by the murder of Ian Gow. In 2010, the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd, was elected as MP. He secured 24,658 votes a majority of 3,435. Turnout was 67%.

Andrea Thomas reports on the key marginal seaside resort of Eastbourne.

Man in court over student murder

A man is due in court charged with the murder of a Brighton student.

The body of Janet Muller - who was twenty one and from Eastbourne - was found in the boot of a burnt out car in Ifield in Sussex on Friday.

Janet Müller was a student at Brighton University Credit: Sussex Police

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, who's twenty six and from London - is due before magistrates.


Police investigate suspected acid attack

Sussex Police are investigating after a motorist had a corrosive liquid thrown over him after being flagged down by a pedestrian.

The incident happened on Langney Road in Eastbourne, close to Bonner's Music store.

The driver suffered minor injuries from the liquid and had to seek medical attention.

The pedestrian is described as:

  • a white male
  • 20 to 25 years of age
  • stocky build
  • between 5' 8" and 6'.
  • He was wearing a dark coloured bandana style hat and dark coloured jacket.

Hundreds of mourners gather for Andrea Gada funeral

200 mourners crowded into a church in Sussex to remember the life of a little girl, two months after she died.

Andrea Gada, who was 5, was killed when she was hit by a car in Eastbourne.

Her funeral was delayed while her family battled for their Zimbabwean relatives to be allowed visas to attend the service.

Eventually, it was the intervention of the Prime Minister that secured the visas, Malcolm Shaw reports:

Abandoned dog found crying at train station

This abandoned dog was found crying outside a train station after being left behind by its owner Credit: SWNS

An abandoned dog was left crying outside a train station after his owner tied him to a set of railings and walked away.

Photos of the unwanted pet, described as a black Staffie-type dog, were posted online after he was spotted crying his eyes out and whining while he loyally waited for his owner to return on Wednesday.

Nicknamed Gazza, because he's not too man enough to cry, the sad pooch was left tied to the railings outside Eastbourne Railway Station with nothing but a takeaway tray of water after the man who deserted him disappeared in a taxi.

About an hour after being left behind Gazza was heard crying and a member of the public reported him to station staff. He is now being temporarily housed in council-run kennels while wardens try to trace his owner.

Gazza's story comes just one month another dog, named Kai, was abandoned at a train station with nothing but a suitcase of belongings. Council workers hope that if Gazza's owner can not be traced then they will be lucky enough to find him a suitable new home like Ayr council did for Kai.


Efit released following sexual assault on 11-year-old boy

Police have released an efit of a man following a sexual assault on an 11-year-old boy in Eastbourne.

The victim had been on the beach at the end of Macquarie Quay on October 22 at around 6.30pm, when he was approached by a man who tried to put his hand down the boy's trousers.

The suspect is described as white, about 30-years-old, with blond hair.

The suspect was wearing a black Nike top, grey joggers and Nike Air trainers when the incident happened. Credit: SussexPolice

DC Claire Linsell said: "Whilst serious, this is an isolated incident and enquiries are continuing. The victim did exactly the right thing by telling his parents what happened."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, email quoting serial 1605 of 23/10, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Drunk driver jailed after crashing into car four times

A woman has been jailed after she repeatedly crashed her vehicle into a parked car while more than five times the drink-drive limit.

Phillipa Jutton

Police were called after residents saw Phillipa Jutton's Toyota Aygo roll forward and hit a car in Glebe Close, Eastbourne, shortly before 10pm on 15 October.

Jutton appeared to be asleep at the wheel and when one of the residents spoke to her she tried to drive away, hitting the same car three more times with her Toyota before she could get past it.

When officers arrived they breathalysed the 33-year-old and recorded a reading of 188 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of her breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Jutton, of Greys Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care and attention when she appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court.

The reading on her breath test was so high that it was off the sentencing scale that magistrates are given to help them decide on punishments.

Jutton was jailed for six weeks, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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