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Calls for fresh inquest into death of young soldier

Private Sean Benton was found dead at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 Credit: ITV News

Human rights organisation, Liberty, is calling for a fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton from Hastings.

The young soldier was found with gunshot wounds to the chest at Deepcut army barracks in 1995.

The Attorney General is due to decide whether to open a new inquest over the next few months.

Miniature railway reopened after falling into disrepair

Credit: Hastings Council

The miniature railway in Alexandra Park in Hastings has been reopened.

The railway was originally opened in 1980, with a second loop built in the late 1980s.

Originally mixed gauge, the line was operated on an occasional basis by local model engineers, but their use stopped early last year, and the track and buildings fell into disrepair.

The operation was taken over late in 2015 by Dan Radcliffe, who runs Hastings Miniature Railway on the town’s seafront who has completely overhauled the line.

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World's biggest underground skatepark opens

The Source Park has taken almost a year to complete Credit: ITV Meridian

The world's biggest underground skatepark is opening in Hastings.

The Source Park is on the site of the old White Rock Baths and has taken almost a year to complete.

The development's created thirty new jobs and it's hoped it will attract riders and skateboarders from across the region.

The Source Park has taken almost a year to complete Credit: ITV Meridian

"After months of refurbishment we're really excited to finally be opening The Source Park. We're so pleased that our vision for the dilapidated site has at last come to fruition and will offer riders and skaters a state of the art, world class facility here in our home town Hastings.

"Our thanks must go to all our partners for their support and commitment especially over the last year to help us make it happen."

– Source Park director, Richard Moore

Murder investigation launched into disappearance of Hastings man

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings on December 17th

Police investigating the disappearance of Hastings man, Karl Bunster, have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A 48-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested and are currently in custody.

The last confirmed sighting of Karl was in Hastings on December 17th.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has any information that can help this investigation. Karl's family and friends are extremely concerned and I fear he has come to harm. If anyone knows anything that will help us find out what has happened to Karl, please get in touch."

– DCI Jason Taylor

First look at BMX and skateboard pros testing out the world's biggest underground skatepark

It will be a unique attraction unlike any other in the world.

This weekend the doors of Hastings underground skatepark will open first the time - allowing children as well as professional skateboarders and BMX riders to get to grips with the region's newest thrills.

In time, it's hoped the former Turkish baths will hold international events. Andy Dickenson has been given a sneak peek of the ramps and speaks to BMX rider Dan Lacey, Cllr Dawn Poole and Richard Moore of The Source.

Man charged with rape of woman in Hastings

A man has been charged with the rape of a woman in Hastings

Sepano Derevianko, 31, of Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on February 3 charged with the rape of a 25-year-old woman at a flat in Cornwallis Gardens.

He was remanded in custody to appear on March 2 at a venue to be fixed.

Derevianko is accused of meeting his victim in a bar in Hastings and taking her to a flat and raping her.

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Concern grows for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Sussex say they're very worried about a young girl who's gone missing.

Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex say they're worried about Grace Power who has gone missing from Hastings. She's 14. She was last seen at her home on Monday. She is white, 5' 2", has long wavy dark brown hair and has her nose pierced. She was wearing a black long-sleeved top, black leggings, black trainers and was carrying a black handbag.

We are concerned for the welfare of Grace as she is 14 and she left without a coat in the bad weather on Monday.

– Shannon Marchesani, missing persons co-ordinator

Mother jailed for killing daughter pleads guilty to murder of son 13 years ago

A mother from East Sussex jailed for killing her three-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to the earlier murder of her baby son 13 years ago.

Lesley Dunford, 37, was charged in October last year with the murder of seven-month-old Harley Dunford on August 27 2003. He was found dead in his cot at the family's former seaside home in Pelwood Road, Camber, near Hastings.

Dunford's three-year-old daughter Lucy died six months later, on February 2 2004. In June 2012, Dunford was jailed for seven years for Lucy's manslaughter after Lewes Crown Court heard the child died from asphyxia caused by forced blockage of her airways.

On Friday, Dunford, appeared at the same court to plead guilty to Harley's murder.

Renewed appeal to find missing man

Karl Bunster failed to show up at court on 30th December Credit: Sussex Police

Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find a missing man from Hastings.

Karl Bunster who's 37, was due to appear before Hastings magistrates on December 30th to face two charges of assault by beating.

However, he failed to show up and police are concerned as he has not been seen since before Christmas.

"This is a little unusual, but the circumstances of his non-appearance in court and that he has not been seen by family and friends since before Christmas have raised worries and we are concerned for his welfare."

– Detective Inspector Gavin Patch
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