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Badger booked in for vets

The badger in recovery after being rescued from a swimming pool
The badger in recovery after being rescued from a swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

A badger rescued from a disused swimming pool near Hailsham in Sussex will be monitored by vets after two swellings were noticed on its neck. Rescuers think they are possible bite marks from other badgers that have become infected.

Trevor Weeks from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service said: "We see minor injuries quite often and normally it is just where they have been play fighting with other badgers and not normally much to worry about. Here, the wounds were infected and in need of veterinary help."

The badger was taken to a casualty centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where it was bedded down and is now booked in to be seen by one of WRAS’s vets.

The badger will stay with WRAS until its wounds have healed up and will be released back close to where it was found.

Injured badger curled up in the corner of swimming pool

Badger curled up in disused swimming pool
The injured badger curls up in the corner of a disused swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service went to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool.

They were called just after 8.30am to help the trapped animal.

Trevor Weeks and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in quite an unusual position with its back to the corner of the swimming pool and its head tucked in to its belly and covered with its legs.

The position of the badger caused some problems and the rescue took longer than normal as it proved difficult to get the dog grasper on the badger while its head was tucked away. Eventually the badger was caught and placed into a special badger cage where it was then assessed and triaged.


Two men arrested for Hailsham burglary

Two men have been arrested for a distraction burglary in Hailsham, East Sussex.

One man distracted an 88-year-old woman at her front door in Oldfield Crescent while someone entered the house, stealing cash and cards.

The incident happened at 1.10pm on Thursday, August 15.

Police were called and an off duty PCSO spotted the suspects nearby and two were arrested.

A 50-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, both from Hailsham, were arrested for burglary and remain in custody.


Woman says killer lilies caused cat deaths

by Iain McBride

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."

You can find more information by visiting the Cats Protection website.

Family welcome manslaughter conviction

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Darren Croxton died from stab wounds in Hailsham Credit: Sussex Police

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."

Detectives appeal for information after attack on teen

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

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