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

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Hastings to Tonbridge line to reopen this morning

After almost two months of round-the-clock work, Network Rail engineers will reopen the Hastings to Tonbridge railway line to passengers tomorrow morning.

Three serious landslips in late March and early February caused considerable disruption to passengers’ journeys.

Repair work has been on-going on the Hastings to Tonbridge line Credit: ITV Meridian

Network Rail had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again, despite considerable work having taken place to fix it.

Buses have replaced trains between Battle and Robertsbridge since January 30.

Test trains were run over the repaired section of line for the first time on Sunday (March 30), before the start of passenger service this morning.

Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience.


Hastings - Tonbridge rail line to reopen next week

Whatlington landslip on Hastings-Tonbridge line Credit: Network Rail

After weeks of disruption to passengers, Network Rail engineers are on track to re-open the full length of the Hastings to Tonbridge railway line to passengers next week.

Three landslips seriously damaged the rail line in early February and earlier this month.

Network Rail had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again.

Whatlington landslip on Hastings-Tonbridge line Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “We are confident the line will re-open next week and I would encourage passengers to check before they travel. As soon as it has been proved safe to run trains, we will get things going and we and Southeastern will let you know.”

Concerns for missing teenager

Police are concerned for a missing teenager from Hastings.

William Lelliott, 14, failed to turn up to school last Friday and hasn't returned to his Ravine Close home since.

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William Lelliott hasn't been seen since last Friday Credit: Sussex Police

PC Rob Megit said: "William has made contact with his family and has been seen around Hastings but obviously his family want him to return home. He is described as being 5' 3", white with curly brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

"It is believed he was last wearing his William Parker Academy uniform and is often seen with a skateboard. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police on 101 or email quoting 1190 of 14/3."


Man missing after taking anti-freeze

A man who was being treated by paramedics after taking anti-freeze in Hastings ran off and is now being sought as concern increases for his health.

Paul Blaikie, 36, ran off from St Helen's Road soon after 8am on Thursday.

Paul Blaikie is missing after taking anti-freeze Credit: Sussex Police

It is thought he may have been heading for Alexander Park and a police helicopter is being used in the search for him.

Sergeant Paul Elrick from Hastings police said: "We are very concerned about Paul as we are advised that the amount of anti-freeze that he is believed to have ingested could prove extremely harmful and if not treated promptly, could be fatal.

Indeed, we have been informed that his eyesight was already affected when he was being treated and it could well appear that he is very drunk or comatose.

"He is of stocky build with dark, greying hair and was wearing blue jeans, a red hooded top and a dark coat.

"If you see him, it is essential that he gets medical treatment immediately, so please call 999 for an ambulance straight away."

Pedestrian dies after collision with police car

The fatal collision happened on Havelock Road in Hastings Credit: Bing

A man has died after a collision with a police car in Hastings at around 7.20pm last night. He was on foot near the A259 in the White Rock area of the town, at its junction with the A21 Havelock Road, when the incident happened.

The pedestrian is believed to be a local man in his forties. He died at the scene. Paramedics and officers had tried to save him. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Schoolgirl with learning disabilities pushed into road

A 15-year-old girl from Hastings with mild learning difficulties was pushed in front of a car in Hastings.

The victim was walking in Rye Road near Hastings Academy at 3.05pm on Friday 28th February when she was shoved into the road by a girl.

A car had to swerve to avoid hitting the 15-year-old as a nearby group of 15 girls cheered.

Glue was also thrown in her hair as she walked away.

This must have been a terrifying incident for the victim. What began as nasty verbal abuse became a violent assault that on another day could have seen her being knocked down and seriously hurt. I need to speak to anyone who saw any part of the incident or the group of girls before or after the attack. I particularly need to trace the driver of the car who swerved to avoid the victim. He may not have realised that the victim was being attacked at the time."

– PC Jodie Walter
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