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Boost for campaign to restore maternity services

The hospital at Eastbourne Credit: Meridian

From the point of the view of her mother, Amelia's timing could not have been worse. She was born at the roadside - on the way from Eastbourne to the nearest maternity unit more than 20 miles away at Hastings. But from the point of view of campaigners - fighting to restore full maternity services to Eastbourne - baby Amelia's timing could not have been better. Her dramatic arrival comes as health inspectors assess the impact of downgrading services, including maternity, in East Sussex. More later.


Concern growing for 12-year-old boy not seen for 3 days

Concerns are growing concerned for a 12-year-old boy from Hastings who has not been seen for three days.

Joseph Charlotte, from Hurrell Road in Hastings has been living with friends in the Hastings area for the last few weeks but has been in daily contact with his family.

He is described as white, being 5', with a shaven head. He was last seen wearing cut off jeans and a dark body warmer.

Police are growing concerned for 12-year-old Joseph Charlotte Credit: Sussex Police

At around 4pm on Thursday 4th September his dad saw him in Hastings town centre and was later seen in Bembrook Road fields with a friend, but has not been seen since.

We are growing concerned for Joseph as he's not been in contact with his family since Thursday. We believe he is still in the Hastings area and are asking anyone who has seen him to please get in touch."

– Inspector Keith Ellis, Sussex Police
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Fury over "favouritism" for Eastbourne

A Government minister came to the south coast today, after accusations that Eastbourne Pier was getting vital cash for a rebuild - at the expense of its neighbour, Hastings.

Both piers suffered devastating fires - Eastbourne last week, Hastings in 2010. But within days, the Prime Minister announced he was giving two million pounds for Eastbourne's rebuild.

Hastings had to go through the long process of a lottery application before public momey was forthcoming, leading to accusations from the Labour Party that the Tories were playing politics.

David Johns reports, speaking to Penny Mordaunt MP, and the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch.

Police concern after three siblings go missing

Pictured (left to right): James, Ben, Jemima Reade Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for three siblings who have gone missing in Sussex.

Ben and James Reade, who are 15 and 14, left their home address in North Lane, Guestling near Hastings during the evening on Thursday.

At around 8.30am on Friday their sister Jemima, 16, was being taken to school by her foster mum, when they saw her two brothers in a field near Butcher's Lane.

Jemima got out the car but didn't return.

Sergeant Simon Barden said: "These three teenagers have now been missing since Thursday night and Friday morning and we are becoming increasingly worried about their welfare.

"They were last seen together at about 4pm in the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre on Friday."

Anyone with information can call on 101 or email quoting 1547 of 11/7.


Sussex father admits killing his baby daughter

A father from Sussex who claimed he suffered an epileptic seizure when his baby daughter was fatally injured has admitted killing the five-week-old. Mark Sandland, 28, from Hastings, admitted the manslaughter of his child Aimee-Rose on the grounds of lack of intent at Southwark Crown Court.

He was originally charged with her murder, but prosecutor Sally Howes QC confirmed that his plea to manslaughter was accepted.

Appeal to track down robber carrying syringe

A man wielding a syringe stole hundreds of pounds from a terrified shop assistant in Hastings. The man, described as white and slim, went into West Hill Stores in Plynlimmon Road on Saturday morning.

The man walked into West Hill Stores in Plynlimmon Road at 7.40am on Saturday (31 May) brandishing a capped hypodermic syringe, reached over the counter and took cash.

He escaped with hundreds of pounds in cash and fled on foot towards Whitefriars Road.

Two men from Hastings aged 35 and 48 have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and questioned before being released on bail until 4 August.

Free micro-chipping for dogs in Hastings

From April 6th 2016 all dogs will need to be micro-chipped Credit: Press Association Images

Dog owners in Hastings and St Leonards are being given the opportunity to have their dogs micro-chipped for free.

The events, by Hastings Police, Hastings Council, Amicus Horizon and the Dogs Trust, will be held across the towns in the next few months.

It comes as the law changes from the 6th April 2016, meaning all dogs must be micro-chipped.

Owners can turn up with their dogs at the following places to get their dogs a free micro-chip:

Monday 16th June at Downs Farm Community Centre, Brightling Avenue, 11am-3pm

Friday 18th July at Hastings Town Centre, Harold Place, 11am-3pm

Monday 11th August at the Scout Hut, Oxford Road, 11am-3pm

Saturday 16th August at Hastings Town and County Show, Alexandra Park, 10am-5pm

Witness appeal to fight in Hastings

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fight between two men in CambridgeGardens, Hastings, at 2pm on Thursday.

Both men are described as Asian, one wearing a camouflage jacket and the other wearing a grey hooded top.

A 27-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of affray and released with no further action.

A 34-year-old man from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of affray. He was questioned and bailed until Wednesday 2 July.

We would be grateful to receive any information which may shed light on this incident and help this investigation."

– PC Ian Riches
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