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Harbour plans divide opinion

Plan for a new half-billion pound harbour scheme have been revealed for Sussex. Hastings seafront would be changed hugely by the scheme. The council will submit it for formal planning permission later this month, but as Derek Johnson says, not everyone is convinced.

His report contains interviews with Stuart Hamilton a fisherman, with Andrew Doyle from Hastings Harbour Quarter Ltd, and Cllr Peter Chowney the leader of Hastings council.

£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

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A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

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This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter


Farewell to a D-Day hero from Sussex

He was a hero in life and now Fred Milward has been given a hero's farewell.

Fred parachuted into France on D-Day and was the last survivor of a daring raid which probably saved the lives of thousands of soldiers - who were storming the Normandy beaches.

His funeral took place in Hastings.

We speak to his son Richard Milward and daughter Wendy Wells, and to historian Andy Saunders.

Teenage girl raped in Hastings park

A teenage girl has been raped in Sussex.

It happened in Alexandra Park in Hastings.

Police say a 13-year old met a man in the area and was later attacked.

It occurred on the evening of Saturday 22nd July.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was near the park or in the St Helen's Road area during Saturday evening. We are supporting victim and her family while we investigate and would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Ben Newman

Man stabbed to death in Hastings

Man stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A man has been stabbed to death in St Leonards.

A 37-year old was found with serious injuries on Wishing Tree Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation after man stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A section of the street has been cordoned off while forensics investigations are carried out.

A 21-year-old man from London was arrested in Clyde Road on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody at this stage.

Road sealed off after mans stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell


Story of fire at Hastings Pier - 100 years ago today - retold

One hundred years ago Hastings Pier was ravaged by fire, almost a century before the 2010 blaze which devastated the Victorian structure.

Today the story of the 1917 fire is being retold - while the new pier goes from strength to strength.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to historian Dr Chris Kempshall and Jo Stewart from the Hastings Pier Charity.

Singer faces eviction if she keeps parrot at home

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X Factor fans may remember Cori Burns' appearance on the show last September.

The 64-year-old songstress scooted on the stage in her cock-a-tooter.

But the bird lady's love of her feathered friends has led to her being threatened with eviction from her Hastings home.

All because of an African grey called Tommy.

As Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to singer-songwriter Cori Burns and 'Lord Brett Mc Lean', friend of Cori Burns.

Police release e-fit of distraction burglary suspect

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Police have released an e-fit of a man they're looking for in connection with a robbery in Hastings.

At around 4pm on Tuesday 20th June, a man claiming to be from the water board tricked his way into a house in Cambridge Road. He distracted the occupants – an elderly couple – and made off with cash.

The suspect is described as:

  • White man of European appearance
  • Aged between 40 and 50
  • Around 5’9” and of stocky build
  • Greying hair
  • Spoke with a local accent.

Officers are asking anyone with any information to report it online quoting serial 1012 of 20/06.

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