A woman whose three cats died after coming into contact with the pollen from a bouquet of lilies is urging florists to put warnings on their flowers. Sonia Barnett from Hailsham said she did not realise that the blooms could be toxic to her pets. Iain McBride reports.
Beth Skillings, the Clinical Veterinary Officer for 'Cats Protection' the national welfare charity for cats told ITV Meridian:
"We urge owners to be aware of the risks from lilies as they are extremely toxic to cats. Cats can be affected by eating any parts of the plant, and it is thought cats can also be affected by simply brushing past the flower and then grooming the pollen from their fur.
"Cats Protection has been approaching leading supermarkets and florists to ensure that prominent warnings appear on all bouquets containing lilies. We are disappointed that not all supermarkets have yet adopted this practice."
The family of Darren Croxton said they are pleased with the manslaughter conviction but disappointed that a second man was cleared.
They said in a statement released through Sussex Police: "Darren did not deserve this tragic ending to his young life, he leaves behind a child who has to grow up without her father. We are all devastated and feel that the huge whole left in our lives by his death will never be filled."
Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old boy was assaulted by two strangers in Hawthylands Road in Hailsham. He was targeted at about 9.30pm on Monday 4th February.
Two men attacked the victim, leaving him with bruising and cuts to his face.
Detectives say the suspects are two white men, both clean shaven and of medium build. One is about 6'2" with dark spiky hair, he was wearing a puffa jacket and a mini rucksack; while the other is described as 5'7" with shoulder length brown hair, he was wearing a black leather jacket
Sussex Police have confirmed that two men who allegedly threatened staff at a petrol station in East Sussex with an axe, stole £1,000 worth of cigarettes and cash from the till.
The member of staff was on his own and was verbally threatened but fortunately not physically injured. Detectives are in the process of viewing CCTV and continuing with forensic examinations. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this robbery or has any information that could help us with our enquiries to please come forward. Your call will be dealt with in the utmost confidence.
Over the past two months South East Water has been installing a new £300,000 section of pipeline, along the A22, just south of the Diplocks Roundabout to Hempstead Lane.
The work to connect the pipeline to the existing network took longer than usual as special techniques were used to minimise water use due to the current drought.
We know this work took place on an extremely busy road and I would like to take this opportunity to thank local residents and motorists for their patience and co-operation while construction was carried out.”