Protester's banner against the link road

Direct action against road

Campaigners against plans to build a link road between Hastings and Bexhill say they will take "direct action" if the scheme continue.

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Man guilty of dog attacks

The owner of two dogs has pleaded guilty after they attacked 10 people in Hastings.

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Person taken to hospital after major Hastings fire

One person has been taken to hospital after a major fire in the Old Town area of Hastings last night. At it height, 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze at property on Marine Parade which broke out just after midnight. The fire badly damaged the roof, the first and second floors of the building.

The building - which is in a row of seven terraced properties including homes and shops - is unsafe and a structural survey is being arranged. Crews remain at the scene. Traffic disruption is expected.

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Cinque Ports Way search in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out today (21st May) to reports of two people stuck in water in a culvert at Cinque Ports Way in Hastings.

An emergency call was received at 14.10, leading to a multi-agency response.

Crews from Bohemia Road and The Ridge fire stations attended the scene, with the aerial ladder platform being requested to assist.

Firefighters worked alongside Sussex Police, the Coastguard and Southern Water to search the area. As of 18.30 nothing had been found.It is expected that a further search will be made at low tide around midnight.

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Thousands of motorcyclists descend on Hastings

Tens of thousands of bikers are descending on Hastings for a festival that now rivals the famous Isle of Man TT races.

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Motorcyclists line up their bikes in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of bikers taking part in bike1066 has rocketed from 6,000 in 2010 to 32,000 in 2013 - that's only 2,000 less than the TT. And it's doing wonders for tourism.

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Motorcyclists line up their bikes in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Gang jailed after gagging and torturing student

Sam Simon, 21, and Alex Simon, 21, from Hastings were jailed after traumatising the victim Credit: Sussex Police

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.

Yalcin, 20, from St Leonards and Oganesyan, 23, from Hastings were convicted of false imprisonment Credit: Sussex Police

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, 27, was convicted of witness intimidation and jailed for 12 months Credit: Sussex Police

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."

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