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Cinque Ports Way search in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out today (21st May) to reports of two people stuck in water in a culvert at Cinque Ports Way in Hastings.

An emergency call was received at 14.10, leading to a multi-agency response.

Crews from Bohemia Road and The Ridge fire stations attended the scene, with the aerial ladder platform being requested to assist.

Firefighters worked alongside Sussex Police, the Coastguard and Southern Water to search the area. As of 18.30 nothing had been found.It is expected that a further search will be made at low tide around midnight.


Thousands of motorcyclists descend on Hastings

Tens of thousands of bikers are descending on Hastings for a festival that now rivals the famous Isle of Man TT races.

Motorcyclists line up their bikes in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of bikers taking part in bike1066 has rocketed from 6,000 in 2010 to 32,000 in 2013 - that's only 2,000 less than the TT. And it's doing wonders for tourism.

Motorcyclists line up their bikes in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Gang jailed after gagging and torturing student

Sam Simon, 21, and Alex Simon, 21, from Hastings were jailed after traumatising the victim Credit: Sussex Police

A gang of men have been jailed for tying up a student and torturing him in Hastings to make him hand over money.

Sam Simon lured the 21-year-old victim, who was his friend, to a house in Hastings before they tied him up and gagged, kicked and beat him with a hammer.

Yalcin, 20, from St Leonards and Oganesyan, 23, from Hastings were convicted of false imprisonment Credit: Sussex Police

They then stuffed him into a body bag and threw him into a car where they discussed burying him before they assaulted him.

The victim suffered broken teeth, cuts and severe bruises and had to be treated at Conquest Hospital.

Jowad Ghemati, 27, was convicted of witness intimidation and jailed for 12 months Credit: Sussex Police

Jowad Ghemati then approached the victim and offered him thousands of pounds to drop the case.

Detective Sergeant Michael Burnage said: "Sam Simon lured his friend to his home with the sole intention of torturing and robbing him.

"The victim was both assaulted and left terrified that he was going to be murdered - a level of cruelty that seems inexplicable at the hands of someone he believed was his friend. A later attempt by one of the group to intimidate the victim into dropping the case thankfully was unsuccessful."


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.

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."

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