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Three arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

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Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man at a property in Horsham.

Officers were called to Park Way at 5.10pm yesterday.

Despite the efforts of police and paramedics, the 37-year-old victim sadly died at the scene from his injuries.

His family have been informed.

Two men aged 18 and 22 both from London and a woman aged 22 were arrested 40 minutes later at Littlehaven railway station in Horsham.

The men were detained on suspicion of murder and the woman was detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They are currently in custody.


Freeze! Burglar caught in walk-in freezer

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A burglar who hid in a walk-in freezer to avoid police has been jailed for more than 2 years.

Iqbal Miah was eventually found at the Golden Dragon chinese takeaway in Horsham following a break-in. The 38 year old was also jailed for possessing a knife.

Investigator Bethany Turner said: "PCs Alexander Brown and Jozef Dzwonnik weren't satisfied when they found the place empty and did a thorough search including the freezer where they found the suspect hiding.

"They arrested 38-year-old Iqbal Miah, who gave them a chilly reception."

The unemployed man of no fixed address was charged with three counts of burglary and possession of a knife.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (August 24) and pleaded guilty to all four offences and have been sentenced to 25 months in prison, 16 months concurrent for the burglaries and an additional nine months to run consecutively for the weapon.

Bullying victim's dad calls for safer school buses

It's almost ten years since Ben Vodden took his own life after being repeatedly bullied on the school bus. He was just 11 years old.

He'd told his parents about the bullying - and they'd spoken to his school in Sussex. But it didn't stop. His father has spent the last ten years campaigning to make school buses a safer place for children.

Abigail Bracken's been to Horsham to hear about his hopes for new research that could see all school bus bullies captured on camera.


Father of boy who took his own life campaigns for better safety on school buses

Ben Vodden took his own life after being bullied on the school bus Credit: ITV Meridian

A father whose son took his own life after being bullied - has spent the last ten years campaigning to make school buses a safer environment for children.

Paul Vodden is trying to ensure that no other child dies under the circumstances that his eleven year old son Ben did.

He says children need more supervision on school buses.

For anti-bullying week, he's launching a study on using security cameras on buses.

UPDATE: Horsham water main fixed

Southern Water says a burst water main in the Horsham area has now been fixed.

They say it might take some time for ALL properties to get running water.

They've apologised for the inconvenience.

Triplets Mum named 'top fundraiser'

Essie Cobbett

A mother of triplets who had to fight for extra support for her disabled baby daughter has been named 'top fundraiser' by a children's hospice.

Lorna Cobbett and her husband Steve, both from Horsham, joined the annual 10k run for Chestnut Tree House to say thank you for the support its given nine-month-old Essie.

Together the pair raised more than £1,600 and are now planning on taking part in the marathon every year as part of their daughter's legacy.

Lorna said: "Essie has stayed at the hospice quite a lot, where she's known as Princess Essie, and we also have a lot of support from them as a family.

"They come out and do babysitting for us, we get counselling from the chaplain, who is amazing, and they're really good at letting us use their hydrotherapy pool - we can't say thank you enough."

MP holds public meeting about Southern trains row

A Southern train in the tracks

The MP for Horsham, Jeremy Quin, has been holding a public meeting this morning about rail services in his constituency.

The Conservative politician raised the issue in the House of Commons at Prime Minister's Question Time on 29th June. His constituency is served by Southern trains, the firm at the centre of a row with the RMT union over planned changes to the role of guards. There have been a number of strikes by workers, and on Monday the rail operator is due to introduce an emergency timetable which includes cancelling 341 trains a day.

Ahead of today's meeting, the MP said:

For non-train users I cannot adequately convey the sheer frustration of those that are (and pay so much for the privilege). Southern’s new Emergency Timetable may be a reflection of reality but announcing the cancellation of hundreds of services – services which were advertised when commuters bought their season tickets - will not win “hearts and minds”, nor will the inevitable over-crowding.

– Jeremy Quin, MP for Horsham
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