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World's biggest underground skatepark opens

The Source Park has taken almost a year to complete Credit: ITV Meridian

The world's biggest underground skatepark is opening in Hastings.

The Source Park is on the site of the old White Rock Baths and has taken almost a year to complete.

The development's created thirty new jobs and it's hoped it will attract riders and skateboarders from across the region.

The Source Park has taken almost a year to complete Credit: ITV Meridian

"After months of refurbishment we're really excited to finally be opening The Source Park. We're so pleased that our vision for the dilapidated site has at last come to fruition and will offer riders and skaters a state of the art, world class facility here in our home town Hastings.

"Our thanks must go to all our partners for their support and commitment especially over the last year to help us make it happen."

– Source Park director, Richard Moore

Murder investigation launched into disappearance of Hastings man

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings on December 17th

Police investigating the disappearance of Hastings man, Karl Bunster, have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A 48-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested and are currently in custody.

The last confirmed sighting of Karl was in Hastings on December 17th.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has any information that can help this investigation. Karl's family and friends are extremely concerned and I fear he has come to harm. If anyone knows anything that will help us find out what has happened to Karl, please get in touch."

– DCI Jason Taylor

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First look at BMX and skateboard pros testing out the world's biggest underground skatepark

It will be a unique attraction unlike any other in the world.

This weekend the doors of Hastings underground skatepark will open first the time - allowing children as well as professional skateboarders and BMX riders to get to grips with the region's newest thrills.

In time, it's hoped the former Turkish baths will hold international events. Andy Dickenson has been given a sneak peek of the ramps and speaks to BMX rider Dan Lacey, Cllr Dawn Poole and Richard Moore of The Source.

Man charged with rape of woman in Hastings

A man has been charged with the rape of a woman in Hastings

Sepano Derevianko, 31, of Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on February 3 charged with the rape of a 25-year-old woman at a flat in Cornwallis Gardens.

He was remanded in custody to appear on March 2 at a venue to be fixed.

Derevianko is accused of meeting his victim in a bar in Hastings and taking her to a flat and raping her.

Concern grows for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Sussex say they're very worried about a young girl who's gone missing.

Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex say they're worried about Grace Power who has gone missing from Hastings. She's 14. She was last seen at her home on Monday. She is white, 5' 2", has long wavy dark brown hair and has her nose pierced. She was wearing a black long-sleeved top, black leggings, black trainers and was carrying a black handbag.

We are concerned for the welfare of Grace as she is 14 and she left without a coat in the bad weather on Monday.

– Shannon Marchesani, missing persons co-ordinator

Mother jailed for killing daughter pleads guilty to murder of son 13 years ago

A mother from East Sussex jailed for killing her three-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to the earlier murder of her baby son 13 years ago.

Lesley Dunford, 37, was charged in October last year with the murder of seven-month-old Harley Dunford on August 27 2003. He was found dead in his cot at the family's former seaside home in Pelwood Road, Camber, near Hastings.

Dunford's three-year-old daughter Lucy died six months later, on February 2 2004. In June 2012, Dunford was jailed for seven years for Lucy's manslaughter after Lewes Crown Court heard the child died from asphyxia caused by forced blockage of her airways.

On Friday, Dunford, appeared at the same court to plead guilty to Harley's murder.

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Renewed appeal to find missing man

Karl Bunster failed to show up at court on 30th December Credit: Sussex Police

Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find a missing man from Hastings.

Karl Bunster who's 37, was due to appear before Hastings magistrates on December 30th to face two charges of assault by beating.

However, he failed to show up and police are concerned as he has not been seen since before Christmas.

"This is a little unusual, but the circumstances of his non-appearance in court and that he has not been seen by family and friends since before Christmas have raised worries and we are concerned for his welfare."

– Detective Inspector Gavin Patch

£50,000 secured for Bottle Alley restoration

Zeroh point of decay Credit: Hastings Borough Council

Fifty thousand pounds has been awarded for the restoration of Bottle Alley in Hastings.

The £3 million Revival Fund received 222 bids, totalling £9 million.

With the funding three times oversubscribed, the Hasting Borough Council’s project for Bottle Alley demonstrated that it was one of the very best and secured the £50,000 grant.

Glass panels at Bottle Alley Credit: Hastings Borough Council

“This is really excellent news for Hastings, especially as the Revival Fund was so oversubscribed.

“The alley was designed in the early 1930s by Sidney Little, the borough engineer, and is located on the lower deck of the two-tier promenade. It was built to provide an undercover walkway in inclement weather and it features pieces of recycled glass embedded in panels of concrete that make up the wall.

“Owned by the council, Bottle Alley is an area of architectural importance so securing this grant funding will enable us to start restoration.

“We anticipate works will start on 18 January and this will include concrete repairs, installation of new lighting, cleaning the bottle panels and redecorating.”

– Cllr Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for regeneration

Proceeds of crime go towards rebuilding fire-ravaged hospice

St Michael's Hospice was damaged by fire Credit: PA

Hastings Police have donated £350 from the proceeds of crime to a hospice in Sussex that was badly damaged in an arson attack.

A large part of St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea was destroyed in the fire last July.

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.

Since the fire the hospice has been closed, with in-patient services temporarily relocated to a local nursing home.

A 67-year-old man who had been charged with arson with intent to endanger life after the fire broke out at the hospice, and who was due to appear at court in October, died prior to the hearing.

Police Community Support Officer Chi Yau hands over a cheque Credit: Sussex Police
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