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Woman arrested after Hastings seafront crash

A woman has been arrested after her car crashed into a lampost and a parked car on Hastings seafront.

The collision happened on Monday night at 11.10pm on the A259 Carlisle Parade - near Robertson Terrace.

The 28-year-old woman who was driving the car was left with minor injuries and the 44-year-old man in the car was unhurt.

Both cars were badly damaged.

Witnesses are being asked to contact Sussex Police on 101.

Suspected chemical incident in Hastings

The emergency services have been dealing with a reports of a suspected chemical incident on Brook Way in Hastings.

A shipping container from China had been delivered to an address. As staff unloaded the container, they disturbed some dust, believed to be either a fumigant or a stowaway deterrent. The substance irritated their eyes, skin and throats.

Staff went into the open air and their symptoms subsided.

Two fire engines from Bohemia Road and The Ridge in Hastings were sent to the scene along with two officers. Around 30 people including two firefighters were undergoing decontamination as a precautionary measure. The building is secured and will be cleaned.

– East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service



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
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