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Youth council demands better mental health services

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The Hastings Youth Council has submitted a petition to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to appoint a mental health minister to overlook and monitor mental health and ensure an adequate response to a growing mental health crisis in Britain.

They presented the petition with over 280 signatures to the Hastings and Rye MP at her local constituency office in St Leonards.

Mental health is very important to the young people in Hastings and this is why it's been a campaign of ours.

– Huda Caglayan, chair Hastings Youth Council

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One person rescued after fire at Sussex hospital

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One person was rescued and other patients evacuated from their beds after fire broke out at the Conquest hospital in Hastings.

Fire crews were called at 12.30am on Sunday morning after the blaze started at the mental health centre.

There are no reports of any injuries.

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said four pumps were called, and the fire was put out by 2am.

He added that crews returned to the scene this morning to check for damage.

Investigations are under way to establish how it started.

Reward offered for man on the run

Grant Searle is wanted by police Credit: Sussex Police

A reward has been offered for locating a man who is on the run from police.

Grant Searle, who is 25-years old, was originally jailed for four-and-a-half years for burglary in April 2014.

Following his release on licence, he is suspected of continuing to offend and he has now been recalled to prison.

Searle has links to the Hastings and St Leonards area and it is thought that he is still in the area.

He has been wanted since the end of September and a £300 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.

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Hastings Pier fight taken to court

Hastings Pier is at the centre of a row between the local council and businesses

Hastings Council has taken a fight to the highest court in the land. The local authority is mounting a last ditch bid to avoid paying compensation for closing part of the pier ten years ago.

The dispute is between the council which said part of the structure wasn't safe, and the companies that were based on the pier, which were affected by having no customers. The judges at The Supreme Court have been hearing the argument from both sides. From Middlesex Guildhall, Andrea Thomas reports.

Compensation battle over Hastings Pier goes to High Court

Hastings Pier officially reopened in May after a devastating fire Credit: ITV Meridian

A battle over compensation for the closure of Hastings Pier reaches the Supreme Court today.

Hastings Council is making a last attempt to avoid paying businesses for shutting part of the pier in 2006 for health and safety reasons.

Lawyers are trying to secure the money for creditors of one of the traders.

Two charged with murder of missing man

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings on 17 December Credit: ITV

Two people have been charged with the murder of a man whose body has never been found.

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings last December. He hasn't been seen since. Ben Walton and Stacey McClymont from Exeter, have been charged by officers.

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