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Vulnerable teen viciously assaulted in Sussex

An 18-year-old man with learning difficulties was punched and spat on in an unprovoked attack in Sussex.

The victim was approached by a teenager outside the Sussex Coast College in Hastings at 5pm on Thursday 20th November.

The attacker was white, aged 16 or 17 and was slim with brown hair. He was also wearing a black jumper with writing on the front.

The victim was left with a swollen lip but did not need hospital treatment.

Police say it was an especially busy time of day and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101.

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Mother calls for CCTV cameras at cemetery after theft from daughter's grave

Katie Anne Cook's mother has launched a campaign for CCTV cameras to be installed at a cemetery

A woman whose daughter died six years ago is calling for CCTV cameras to be installed at a cemetery to stop tokens and mementos left on graves, being stolen.

Diane Cook from Hastings, says her daughter Katie's grave has been targeted more than once. She is now demanding the Borough Council take action. Hannah Costigan reports.

RSPCA appeal after cat shot in paw

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the paw in Hastings.

Loki, a young male tabby, not even a year old, was found bleeding at his home in Mare Bay Close, St Leonards on Sea.

X-rays revealed he had been shot in the leg by an air rifle. It is believed he was wandering in the woods near his house when he was attacked. Despite initial fears that he may not survive the attack, Loki is now on the road to recovery.

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

“What really scares us though is letting him out again, knowing that there is someone out there who shot him and might do this again.”

– Callum Mair, Loki's owner

“We urge anyone with any information about this callous act to come forward and let us know - it was such a pointlessly cruel thing to do.

Every year the RSPCA is bombarded with calls reporting animals being deliberately shot by an air gun. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal."

– Ali Edwards, RSPCA Inspector

Plans for A21 dual carriageway to go on show

Road users, business owners and local residents are being invited to find out more about a multi-million pound upgrade for the A21 in Kent.

A 2.5 mile section of A21 is to be widened

Under Highways Agency plans, a 2.5 mile section of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury will be upgraded from single to dual carriageway, adding a lane in each direction.

A public exhibition is being held where members of the project team will be available to explain what's happening and answer questions about the scheme.

Upgrading this missing link in the A21 will bring real benefits for drivers and will be a big boost for the economy too. It's a major undertaking, so I'd encourage anyone with an interest in the project to come along and find out more about why it's needed, how we'll be carrying it out and the care we'll be taking to protect and enhance the environment around the A21.

– Highways Agency Project Manager Anne Marie-Palme

The exhibition will be held at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel in Pembury today between 2pm and 8pm and tomorrow between 10am and 4pm.

Advanced work on the project has already begun, with main construction expected to start next spring.

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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.

Missing Kent woman believed to be in Hastings

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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.

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