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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.


Police appeal after man stabbed in Hastings

Police were called to Cornwallis Gardens on Saturday night Credit: Google Images

Sussex Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Hastings in the early hours of Saturday.

At around 1.30am emergency services were called to Cornwallis Gardens at the junction with Cambridge Road where a 33-year-old man was found with stab wounds.

He was taken to Conquest Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

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We believe a large group of people were involved and there would have been lots of shouting and noise in the area. If anyone saw anything or has any information about this incident please contact us."

– Det Con Chloe Barden

'It's completely unrecognisable'. Four years on what's become of the site of the Second Battle of Hastings?

They called it the 'second Battle of Hastings' - when environmental campaigners descended on a small corner of Sussex in a bid to stop a link road from being built.

For seven weeks the resulting protests caught national attention, but four years on what has been the fate of Combe Valley?

A year ago the road between Bexhill and Hastings was finally opened at a cost of some £127million but how has the landscape adapted as more developments are planned?

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to environmental campaigners Andrea Needham and Anthony Bradnum, as well as John Shaw, chief executive of Sea Change Sussex.

RNLI begins recruiting to put lifeguards on the beaches in Hastings for first time

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the RNLI, is putting a lifeguard service on the beaches in Hastings this summer, for the first time.

The lifeguards will be in place throughout the summer season with three lifeguard units on two of the area's most popular beaches - Pelham and Marina St Leonards. They'll be in place by July 8th at the latest.

The RNLI is recruiting for lifeguards in Hastings and also at two other beaches in East Sussex - at Bexhill and Camber Sands, where seven young men died last summer.

Rother District Council has now approved £50,000 for lifeguards, but has been criticised for previously rejecting an offer of a discounted service. The inquests into the deaths will take place at a later date.

Lifeguards will be places at beaches in Hastings, East Sussex Credit: PA Images

Successful lifeguard applicants will receive training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques. They'll also be training in using the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue boards, rescue tubes and defibrillators.

"I think working as a lifeguard has got to be one of the most rewarding jobs. Of course it’s incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public enjoy it in the safest possible way.

"But make no mistake. This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head. We want people with the courage, determination and the ability to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger."

– Alison Head, RNLI
RNLI recruit for new lifeguards for Sussex beaches Credit: PA Images

Lifeguards have previously operated on beaches in the area, but that service was run by Hastings Borough Council and supported by Hastings and St Leonards Voluntary Lifeguard Club. The RNLI says it's hoping to continue to work closely with the Hastings and St Leonards Voluntary Lifeguard Club in the future.

"I am delighted that we agreed unanimously to work in partnership with the RNLI, who will provide our beach life guarding operation for this summer. The RNLI have an excellent reputation, and, I am sure, will do a fantastic job keeping our beaches safe."

– Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, Hastings Borough Council

In 2016 RNLI lifeguards on some 240 beaches dealt with 17,414 incidents and saved 127 lives.

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