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Aquarium sees unexpected breeding boom of pipefish

Baby pipefish at aquarium Credit: Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium

Keepers at Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium are looking after dozens of baby pipefish following an unexpected breeding boom.

More than 100 tiny five-centimetre-long broadnose pipefish babies have already been born with potentially hundreds more due imminently.

The newborns are being looked after in one of the aquarium’s nursery displays where they all appear to be in excellent condition.

Pipefish are closely related to seahorses and, like them, it is the male that incubates the eggs and gives birth to the young. Rows of eggs are laid by the female onto a special pad on the male’s belly, and here the eggs develop.

The young are born free swimming with relatively little or no yolk sac, and begin feeding immediately. From the time they hatch they are totally independent.

Pipefish feed on small crustaceans such as mysid shrimps and tiny creatures called copepods. An adult greater pipefish needs to eat several hundred tiny shrimps in one day.

Reports of man approaching children

Police are asking the public to help identify a man who has twice been reported for approaching children in Hastings.

"The children did the right thing by reporting their concerns. We don't know the man's intentions and we would like to talk to him. In the first incident on 16 March he approached a 15- year-old girl walking her dog in Montgomery Road, Hastings, and made an inappropriate comment. Local schoolchildren were advised and on 24 March a 12-year-old girl reported a man, fitting the same description, approached her in Rye Road, Hastings. This time it was reported he grabbed her arm and she ran away. He's described as white, about 50, with shoulder-length grey hair, blue jeans and wearing a beanie hat. She said he got into a silver car. I would ask people to be vigilant and those who witnessed these incidents or can identify the man to contact us on 101 or email quoting serial 0644 24/3."

– Detective Inspector Rob Morland

Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to speak to him about a burglary in White Rock, Hastings, in which a burglar entered a family's apartment and stole a Kindle, an iPad and a purse.

At about 4pm on Sunday 1 March the 17-year-old daughter of the owners left her home briefly. When she returned just a few minutes later the front door was slightly open.

She went into her home and saw a man in the corridor who quickly moved past her and out of the door to escape.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1326 of 01/03, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

"We need to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the efit in White Rock or who recognises him. If you know anything at all, please contact us immediately."

– Detective Constable Mark Waughman

'Fake' advert for 100 flats pulled after it was spotted by council worker

An advert for a non-existent 100 unit apartment block in Hastings has been pulled after it was spotted by an eagle-eyed council officer.

He saw the advert for a building he did not recognise and then found out planning permission had not even been granted.

The advert has now been withdrawn.

“I thought it was odd, as I simply didn’t recognise the building shown on their advertising, which also referred to a development of 100 apartments!

"I am obviously pleased that the advert has now been withdrawn.”

– Cllr Lee Clark

“We know that Hastings is becoming really popular, but it is a bit rich to advertise properties which not only haven’t been built yet, but which haven’t even got planning permission!"

– Cllr Peter Chowney
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