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Hunt for man over fires in Eastbourne

Police in Eastbourne are searching for a man in Hailsham, suspected of setting fire to the front door of a flat with intent to endanger life.

Thomas White is wanted by police Credit: Sussex Police

23-year old Thomas White is also suspected of setting fire to a wheelie bin outside the same address in Acacia Road, ten days before, on September 19.

On September 29, a man and a woman were rescued by the fire service and treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

White is also wanted for breaching a court-issued restraining order and on suspicion of harassment, all of which relate to domestic abuse incidents which are currently under investigation.


Rescue operation to free a deer trapped in child's football goal

Volunteer rescuers attended a deer rescue with a difference. Trained members of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to a report of a deer with its antlers entangled in a child's football goal.

The risky rescue took place at the edge of Abbotts Wood close to Robin Post Lane in Hailsham. Two ambulances attended on site and rescuers searched for the deer before discovering it at the edge of the wood in tall vegetation.

"As we approached the deer it dragged the netting and metal poles from the damaged frame with it" said Trevor Weeks from WRAS. Trevor had to tackle the deer and pin it to the floor. The netting was the removed** before Trevor jumped away allowing the deer to get up and run off back to the wild.


Badger booked in for vets

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

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.

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Woman says killer lilies caused cat deaths

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.

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