A gang of men have been convicted of tying up a student and torturing him to try to make him hand over money.
Campaigners against plans to build a link road between Hastings and Bexhill say they will take "direct action" if the scheme continue.
The owner of two dogs has pleaded guilty after they attacked 10 people in Hastings.
A gang of men have been jailed for tying up a student and torturing him in Hastings to make him hand over money.
Sam Simon lured the 21-year-old victim, who was his friend, to a house in Hastings before they tied him up and gagged, kicked and beat him with a hammer.
They then stuffed him into a body bag and threw him into a car where they discussed burying him before they assaulted him.
The victim suffered broken teeth, cuts and severe bruises and had to be treated at Conquest Hospital.
Jowad Ghemati then approached the victim and offered him thousands of pounds to drop the case.
Detective Sergeant Michael Burnage said: "Sam Simon lured his friend to his home with the sole intention of torturing and robbing him.
"The victim was both assaulted and left terrified that he was going to be murdered - a level of cruelty that seems inexplicable at the hands of someone he believed was his friend. A later attempt by one of the group to intimidate the victim into dropping the case thankfully was unsuccessful."
The Hastings railway line has reopened after a series of landslips but there are still delays. Tom Savvides has reaction from passengers, Southeastern, MP Amber Rudd and Network Rail.
After almost two months of round-the-clock work, Network Rail engineers will reopen the Hastings to Tonbridge railway line to passengers tomorrow morning.
Three serious landslips in late March and early February caused considerable disruption to passengers’ journeys.
Network Rail had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again, despite considerable work having taken place to fix it.
Buses have replaced trains between Battle and Robertsbridge since January 30.
Test trains were run over the repaired section of line for the first time on Sunday (March 30), before the start of passenger service this morning.
Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience.
After weeks of disruption to passengers, Network Rail engineers are on track to re-open the full length of the Hastings to Tonbridge railway line to passengers next week.
Three landslips seriously damaged the rail line in early February and earlier this month.
Network Rail had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again.
Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “We are confident the line will re-open next week and I would encourage passengers to check before they travel. As soon as it has been proved safe to run trains, we will get things going and we and Southeastern will let you know.”
Police are concerned for a missing teenager from Hastings.
William Lelliott, 14, failed to turn up to school last Friday and hasn't returned to his Ravine Close home since.
PC Rob Megit said: "William has made contact with his family and has been seen around Hastings but obviously his family want him to return home. He is described as being 5' 3", white with curly brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.
"It is believed he was last wearing his William Parker Academy uniform and is often seen with a skateboard. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 1190 of 14/3."
A pedestrian who died after a collision with a police car at Havelock Road in Hastings last night has been named locally as James Sutton.
A man who was being treated by paramedics after taking anti-freeze in Hastings ran off and is now being sought as concern increases for his health.
Paul Blaikie, 36, ran off from St Helen's Road soon after 8am on Thursday.
It is thought he may have been heading for Alexander Park and a police helicopter is being used in the search for him.
Sergeant Paul Elrick from Hastings police said: "We are very concerned about Paul as we are advised that the amount of anti-freeze that he is believed to have ingested could prove extremely harmful and if not treated promptly, could be fatal.
Indeed, we have been informed that his eyesight was already affected when he was being treated and it could well appear that he is very drunk or comatose.
"He is of stocky build with dark, greying hair and was wearing blue jeans, a red hooded top and a dark coat.
"If you see him, it is essential that he gets medical treatment immediately, so please call 999 for an ambulance straight away."
A man has died after a collision with a police car in Hastings at around 7.20pm last night. He was on foot near the A259 in the White Rock area of the town, at its junction with the A21 Havelock Road, when the incident happened.
The pedestrian is believed to be a local man in his forties. He died at the scene. Paramedics and officers had tried to save him. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Work is underway to restore the historic pier at Hastings that was destroyed by fire several years ago.
The pier, which opened in August 1872, was finally closed to the public in 2006 after storm damage and was then bought by the council.
The repair work to the pier's frame is due to be completed by Easter 2015.