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Disabled hitting the target at firing range

Firing a crossbow, rifle or a bow and arrow may not be everyone's cup of tea but a new business in Hastings is desperate to change the image of target sports.

And with our recent successes in the Olympics, as well as equal opportunities for those with disabilities, and pensioners, it already seems like a sure-fire hit.

Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from John Lawler, Claude Sinden and Lynn Kipling, as well as Jason Byrne, managing director of 1066 Target Sports, Amber Rudder MP and Parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen.

And our next lesson in school is... wine making

Many schools have business classes nowadays but how about their own vineyard?

Well, pupils at Buckswood School outside Hastings are learning the science, production and art of wine making - and they've got their own vintage to prove it.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to head teacher Mark Redsell, pupils Tom Milne and Alexandria Roberts, and local winemaker Alex Carr-Taylor.

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Missing Kent woman believed to be in Hastings

Credit: Sussex Police

A missing woman from Kent is thought to be in Hastings.

Anna Wysocka, also known as Anna Lapis, went missing from Maidstone on Wednesday, August 27. There have been reported sightings the 37-year-old in Hastings, where she has connections.

She is described as white, 5' 6", of slim build with short, straight blonde hair. She was last seen wearing blue demin cut off shorts, pink top, blue and white trainers with a yellow rucksack.

Anyone who sees her is being asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 902 of 11/9.

Birth at roadside renews calls for maternity unit

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse.

She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings.

But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better.

Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. Andy Dickenson has the story.

Boost for campaign to restore maternity services

The hospital at Eastbourne Credit: Meridian

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse. She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings. But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better. Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. More later.

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Concern growing for 12-year-old boy not seen for 3 days

Concerns are growing concerned for a 12-year-old boy from Hastings who has not been seen for three days.

Joseph Charlotte, from Hurrell Road in Hastings has been living with friends in the Hastings area for the last few weeks but has been in daily contact with his family.

He is described as white, being 5', with a shaven head. He was last seen wearing cut off jeans and a dark body warmer.

Police are growing concerned for 12-year-old Joseph Charlotte Credit: Sussex Police

At around 4pm on Thursday 4th September his dad saw him in Hastings town centre and was later seen in Bembrook Road fields with a friend, but has not been seen since.

We are growing concerned for Joseph as he's not been in contact with his family since Thursday. We believe he is still in the Hastings area and are asking anyone who has seen him to please get in touch."

– Inspector Keith Ellis, Sussex Police
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Fury over "favouritism" for Eastbourne

A Government minister came to the south coast today, after accusations that Eastbourne Pier was getting vital cash for a rebuild - at the expense of its neighbour, Hastings.

Both piers suffered devastating fires - Eastbourne last week, Hastings in 2010. But within days, the Prime Minister announced he was giving two million pounds for Eastbourne's rebuild.

Hastings had to go through the long process of a lottery application before public momey was forthcoming, leading to accusations from the Labour Party that the Tories were playing politics.

David Johns reports, speaking to Penny Mordaunt MP, and the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch.

Police concern after three siblings go missing

Pictured (left to right): James, Ben, Jemima Reade Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for three siblings who have gone missing in Sussex.

Ben and James Reade, who are 15 and 14, left their home address in North Lane, Guestling near Hastings during the evening on Thursday.

At around 8.30am on Friday their sister Jemima, 16, was being taken to school by her foster mum, when they saw her two brothers in a field near Butcher's Lane.

Jemima got out the car but didn't return.

Sergeant Simon Barden said: "These three teenagers have now been missing since Thursday night and Friday morning and we are becoming increasingly worried about their welfare.

"They were last seen together at about 4pm in the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre on Friday."

Anyone with information can call on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting 1547 of 11/7.

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