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Police release details of jewellery stolen in burglary

Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives investigating a burglary at a house in Haywards Heath last month have released photos of some of the jewellery that was stolen.

The break-in at the house in Wells Croft on October 13 happened at around 11.30am.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area in the time, maybe a few days, leading up to it and are also interested to hear from anyone who may have been offered any of the items in the photos.

Cot warning after seven-week-old baby dies in Sussex

7-week-old Grace Roseman died in Bednest crib

A coroner has expressed concern over a bedside cot after a newborn baby from Haywards Heath was killed while she slept.

Seven-week-old Grace Roseman died while using a crib which could be joined onto her parents' bed.

She had manoeuvred herself over the edge of the Bednest - cutting off the supply of oxygen to her brain.

Grace Roseman was sleeping in a Bednest like this when she died. Credit: Bednest

‘We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace’s parents.

We are doubly upset to hear this news, since the concept behind Bednest’s design is first and foremost about baby health and safety and came originally from highly experienced neo-natal nurses.

It is not the case that the coroner has called the cot “dangerous” and asked for it to be withdrawn.

The coroner has highlighted that all safety guidelines for the correct use of the crib are laid out in the instruction manual, but due to a growing second-hand market for our Bednest cribs, these instruction manuals may not be passed on. This may be, sadly, what happened with Grace’s crib.

We are now considering displaying basic instructions on the side of the crib itself.'

– Spokesperson for Bednest


West Sussex man qualifies as one of youngest steam train drivers

A steam train driver has become the youngest to qualify on the mainline for almost half a century.

Jim Clarke pulled out of Victoria in London today in the Belmond British Pullman. He "passed out" as a qualified steam engine driver at the end of a journey to Guildford, Surrey.

It is believed he is the youngest person to achieve the feat since 1968. Before setting off, Mr Clarke, of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, said: "A good few years of work has gone into it. Before you have to be passed out as a fire man, work your time, be put forward for driving, go through the training and then hopefully today pass the driver's exam. I am confident as I can be."

He was following in the footsteps of his father Don Clarke, who started driving steam engines in the 1960s and spent 49 years working on the railways. Mr Clarke Snr said: "We are very proud of him. It's something he's always wanted to do. I think he'll find it very interesting. I did 49 years on the railway and enjoyed my time. You feel part of the machine and it's the sheer physical effort of what you put in to get the power out of the loco. It's quite satisfying if you've had a good run."

Dozens of passengers were on-board for the trip. The train, which made its first trip in 1982, features carriages dating back to 1925.

It is hauled by the Clan Line engine, which is owned by the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society.

Sussex officers served misconduct notices over death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served five Sussex Police officers with gross misconduct notices as part of the investigation into events prior to the death of a man in Haywards Heath in July 2014.

The 32-year-old man has been named as Duncan Tomlin, a Burgess Hill resident, formerly of Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Shortly before midnight on 26 July police attended Ryecroft in Haywards Heath following a call from a member of the public. They approached Mr Tomlin and during the course of their interaction with him, restrained him, and placed him in a police van with three officers where he became unresponsive.

Mr Tomlin was removed from the van on South Road in Haywards Heath at 00:10 on 27 July. He was not breathing, CPR was performed, and he was subsequently transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died on 29 July.

IPCC investigators have obtained statements from significant witnesses, obtained and viewed CCTV footage of the incident, and reviewed initial statements from officers involved which were made on the night of the incident.

The IPCC’s investigation is looking at potential gross misconduct matters and five officers, a police sergeant and four police constables, have been served with notices advising their conduct is subject to investigation. The officers will be interviewed in due course.

IPCC investigators are examining the actions of officers, including the restraint used on Mr Tomlin in the street and in the rear of the police van, and the medical treatment provided by them. We are also examining the referral of the incident to the IPCC and whether there was a significant delay in the police contacting Mr Tomlin’s family.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Due to an on-going Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation we are unable to comment on the specifics of the incident in Haywards Heath on July 26.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the man's family and friends and we are working closely with the IPCC in support of their investigation."

32-year-old man dies in police custody

An investigation has been launched after a man from Haywards Heath was arrested where he became unwell and later died in hospital.

Police attended an incident on Saturday 26th July and restrained a 32-year-old man leaving the area by putting him into a police van - where he became unwell.

He was removed from the van just after midnight on Sunday morning and CPR was performed.

He was subsequently transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died earlier today.

A post-mortem has yet to be conducted and HM Coroner has been notified.

Following this incident a 32 year old man tragically lost his life and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. The IPCC will carry out a robust and thorough investigation into the circumstances and nature of his contact with the police, the events leading up to his becoming unwell and his hospitalisation.

"I would urge anyone with any information about this incident or anyone who witnessed any part of the police contact with the man to come forward to the IPCC as soon as possible.”

– PCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor

Rare 'Dragon Leaf' plant blooms in Kew Gardens

The plant is a first for experts at the country estate in Kew's Botanic Gardens Credit: Kew Gardens

An extremely colourful plant that has flowered at Kew's Botanic Gardens is a first for experts.

Seeds of the rare plant were collected on a trip to Tasmania so the beautiful flower can be displayed at a Kent garden.

The plant is also known as the Pineapple Candleheath or Dragon Leaf Richea because of its blade shaped leaves and is so rare because it is hard to propagate in the UK.

Conservation Unit manager collecting seeds in Tasmania Credit: Kew Gardens

Jo Wenham, Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit manager at Wakehurst, said: "As far as our records show, the Richea dracophylla is a new species in cultivation for Kew and Wakehurst Place.

"Because the Richea has complex propagation needs, the success of the first germination and flowering at Wakehurst Place is something to celebrate and it is wonderful to see it flowering.”

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