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Hospital Trust rated inadequate

The trust that runs hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne has been placed in special measures.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals found problems with services, run by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including accident and emergency and maternity.

Managers say improvements are being made.

ITV Meridian spoke to Professor Edward Baker from the Care Quality Commission, and Medical Director, Dr David Hughes.

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Concern over missing 13 year old boy

Police are concerned for a teenager, who has been missing from Hastings for two days.

Elliott Hedger, who's 13, hasn't been seen since Tuesday 1st September.

Missing teenager Elliott Hedger Credit: Sussex Police

The 13-year-old was last seen at 10am saying he was gong into town to meet his friends.

We are concerned for the welfare of Elliott due to his age. He has links to Eastbourne and Ashford in Kent and may have travelled there.

– Wai Lee, missing persons co-ordinator

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Concerns for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe Abigail Beach has travelled to south east London Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for a missing teenager from Hastings.

Abigail Beach, 15, went missing from the town on Saturday at around 4.30pm.

She is white, about 5' 3" and of slight build. She has blonde shoulder length hair and brown eyes.

"We believe Abigail travelled to south east London and could be in the Elephant and Castle or Thorton Heath area. We are urging anyone who has seen her to make contact with us as we are concerned for her welfare because of her age. Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukquoting serial 1151 of 08/08 or call 101."

– Sergeant Kendal Wells

Mongol Rally via Hastings

Pic shows Mikey and Pete Sellens on the Stade open space with their mini-moke Credit: Hastings Council

Part of the famous Mongol Rally comes to Hastings on Sunday.

The rally, specifically for older cars, sets out from the Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester heading to Ulan-Ude in Siberia, via Ulan Bator in Mongolia.

Brothers Mikey and Pete Sellens, from Hastings, are making the journey in a 1972 ‘mini moke’.

Meeting over new pier structure

Work on the new pier is due to be completed next year Credit: Hastings Pier Charity

The charity reconstructing Hastings pier are meeting today to discuss the importance of the structure to local heritage.

The rebuilding of the pier is well under way after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.

It is due to be completed next year.

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Heavy Horses Help in Hastings

When it comes to bashing the bracken - what you need are some hardy horses. And so visitors to a country park on the south coast, will see Exmoor ponies, some Ardennes horses, and wild cattle - all doing their bit for nature conservation.

As David Johns found out, it's all the idea of Hastings Council. Good for tourism, it told us and good for the environment too.

He spoke to horse owner Frankie Woodgate, Murray Davidson from Hastings Borough Council, and Anna Bogg from the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust.

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