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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

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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.

Double win for training partners at Reading half-marathon

Winner Andy Vernon crosses the finish line

Congratulations to the first finishers at the Reading half marathon.

Andy Vernon crossed the finish line first in an unofficial record time of 1:03:08.

Charlotte Purdue

His team mate and training partner from the Aldershot, Farnham and District athletics club, Charlotte Purdue, won the women's race.


REPORT: Hitting Reading streets to raise millions for charity

On Sunday around fifteen and a half thousand runners will take to the streets for the 34th Reading Half Marathon.

The 13 point one mile race starts at the Green Park business complex, and goes through the town centre with passing spots including the university campus, the main train station, three Hospitals - including the Royal Berkshire - and ending at the Madejski Stadium.

Cary Johnston met some competitors ahead of the race.

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