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Driver jailed for knocking down and killing cyclist in Sussex

Zisi Lushi Credit: Sussex Police

A man who knocked down and killed a cyclist in Horsham has been jailed after admitting he had never had a driving licence. Zisi Lushi struck cyclist Michael Dixon in Kerves Lane, Horsham, after taking his brother's silver Citroen C2 despite having no licence or insurance.

65-year-old Mr Dixon, of Trundle Mead, Horsham, died at the scene. The victim was cycling south in Kerves Lane shortly before 11am on 8 December when Lushi, who was heading north, lost control of the Citroen and swerved across the carriageway, hitting Mr Dixon and crashing the car into a hedge.

Lushi, who is originally from Albania, was carrying fake ID that claimed his name was Luigi Dannile. The 27-year-old had bought the ID after entering the country illegally on the back of a lorry.

He pleaded guilty to causing death while driving without a licence and without insurance. He was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted of causing death by careless driving. He's been jailed for 14 months and told he would be deported to Albania after he had served his sentence.

Sergeant Alan Spicer, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: "Lushi had no good reason to be behind the wheel. It is not clear why he lost control of the Citroen but the combination of the vehicles' tyres being in a dangerous condition and Lushi being an unqualified driver contributed to what happened. Lushi's decision to drive that day cost Mr Dixon his life. His disregard for the law means that he is now in prison. Driving without a licence is a serious offence that puts not just unqualified drivers but other road users in danger. If you see someone driving who you know does not have a licence please contact us so we can take action before someone else is seriously hurt or even killed."

After the sentencing Mr Dixon's family released a statement.

They said: "There are no winners in this case and Mr Lushi will have to live with the knowledge that his actions on the morning of 8 December 2014 ultimately took away the innocent life of a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many. Dad lived life to the full and he had achieved so much but we all know he had so much more to give. As a family we would like to thank the police for all their ongoing support and assistance since the incident happened. We will now have to come to terms with our loss and the sentence given, before moving forward in the knowledge that Dad's life, achievements and exceptional spirit will live strong in our memories forever."

Have you seen teen Celso Dias? Missing from Horsham

Teenager Celso Dias has been missing from Sussex since Thursday 28th May Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old boy who has gone missing from Horsham. Celso Dias had been staying in the Sussex town, and was on his way to Brighton when he was last seen on the morning of Thursday 28th May. He was travelling by train and told the person he was with that he was going to use the toilet, but failed to return.

The teenager is originally from London. Police say he may have got off the train at Haywards Heath and travelled to the Capital.

"Celso has connections on the South London area and we believe he might have returned there. He is 16 but acts much younger and we need to check he is safe.

"He was last seen around 9.30am on a train from Three Bridges to Brighton. He is described as black with a shaved head and is 5' 6". He was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and carrying an Adidas bag."

– PC Heather MacKay, Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who has seen a teenager matching Celso's description or with information about Celso's whereabouts to get on touch. The police can be contacted via email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or telephone by calling 101 quoting serial 369 of 28/5.

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Police hunt driver after girl is hurt in collision in Sussex

Police are searching for a driver after a young girl was knocked down in a hit and run collision in Sussex. Emergency services were called to Horsham this afternoon following reports of a collision between a car and a four-year-old girl at the junction of Gilligan Close and Blackbridge Lane.

Guildford Road and Bishopric were closed while emergency services dealt with the incident. The car involved had left the scene and officers are trying to trace it.

The girl was taken to East Surrey Hospital by ambulance. Initial reports suggest that she is not seriously injured.

Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101.

WATCH: Man so drunk he's unable to stand after car crash

Police footage shows how a man who crashed his car could not even stand when he was arrested.

Robert Hutchinson was spotted by a member of the public driving his Nissan Almera erratically on the A281 heading towards Horsham at 5.45pm on Friday 30 January.

Hutchinson veered off the road crashed head on into a Ford Ka heading south on the road at Mannings Heath.

He was so drunk that an officer had to help him to his feet and hold him up to stop him falling down again. Hutchinson was found to have 169 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millitres of his breath - almost five times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes

Police issue CCTV of man who tried to rob Sussex bank

£500 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction Credit: Sussex Police

Police have published a CCTV image of a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank in Horsham.

Just before 11.50am on Tuesday 9 October a man entered the HSBC bank in West Street, Horsham, and pushed a plastic bag and note through the cash scoop underneath the counter security glass.

The note told the cashier to fill the bag with cash in order to avoid being shot.

However, staff immediately activated the alarm system, which prompted the man to turn around and run out, heading right along West Street. He is then believed to have made his way towards nearby Sainsburys.

Detective Constable Stuart Streeter of West Sussex CID said:

"Thankfully, this type of incident is rare in the area but there was a considerable impact on the staff and members of public present. We are also offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful arrest and conviction".

If you can help in any way please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk orcall 101 quoting serial 496 of 09/12. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Woman killed in road crash in Sussex

Accident on A281 Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A woman has been killed in a road crash on the A281 Guildford Road at Bucks Green, near Horsham. The incident happened between Hillhouse Lane and Cooks Hill when a white Vauxhall Vivaro van collided with a white Mini Cooper car. The 67-year-old woman driving the Mini was died at the scene. Her front seat passenger, a 75-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was flown to St George's Hospital, London, by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance. The van driver suffer minor injuries. A 17-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward

Man charged with knocking down and killing cyclist

A man is to appear in court charged with knocking down and killing a cyclist in Horsham.

Michael Dixon, 65, was cycling south in Kerves Lane, Horsham, when he was struck by a silver Citroen shortly before 11am on Monday 8th December. He died at the scene.

Police have now charged Luigi Dannile, 26, with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Three jailed over wife murder plot in Sussex

Three men have each been jailed for 30 years having been found guilty of conspiring to kill a woman in Horsham in February.

Killick had been having an affair with his groom Credit: Sussex Police

Bruce Killick, 63, Graham Martin, 39, and Karl Cruise, 55, were all found guilty after a five week trial at Hove Crown Court for planning to kill Bruce's wife, Susan, on February 18 at their home in Brooks Green.

The three men, Killick, who runs a horse and alpaca transport company, Martin, an alpaca farmer, and Cruise, a casual labourer, were arrested in the days and weeks after Susan was attacked. The latter two are British but were both living in France.

Detectives found evidence that Killick, who was having an affair with his groom, Angie Teear, had hired Cruise, through his work associate, Martin, to kill his wife.

On the afternoon of February 18, Susan had been home alone in Emms Lane when she had answered the door to Cruise, who claimed his car had broken down. He asked to use her phone to contact a garage but followed her into her kitchen where he then began his attack. He first hit her with a hammer and then punched her, knocking her to the ground and smashed her head repeatedly on the floor.

Cruise only stopped attack when he became short of breath Credit: Sussex Police

He then attacked her with a plant pot, screwdriver and tried to use a stun gun on her. The then 61-year-old victim still managed to fight him off and stopped him from hitting her over the head with a heavy step stall.

Cruise then dragged her across the kitchen before trying to stab her, first with a blunt bread knife and then with a paring knife. It was only when Cruise became very short of breath, having suffered a medical episode that she was able to get away from him, alerting her next door neighbours.

Her quick thinking neighbour was able to take down part of Cruise's French number plate and he was arrested in Portsmouth that evening. Cruise pleaded guilty to GBH with intent.

Killick had made arrangements to ensure he was not at the address when the attacked occurred and to provide him with a legitimate alibi. The jury heard how he had sent texts to Martin asking how much to get rid of someone but always maintained the £10,000 transferred to Martin just days before the attack was for an alpaca for his and Susan's 30th wedding anniversary.

The jury took just two days to find all three men guilty.

They were sentenced the same day, Killick and Martin for 30 years with a minimum of 20 and Cruise for 30 with a minimum of 15. Cruise was also sentenced for 11 years for GBH with intent to run concurrently.

Reports of man approaching boys in Horsham

Police have been made aware of two reports of a man either following boys or asking them to enter a vehicle in the last few weeks in the south of the Horsham district.

Sussex Police are investigating the incidents, which occurred in Link Lane, Pulborough, and in Church Street, West Chiltington, to establish whether they are linked and whether or not criminal offences have been committed.

Of particular interest is the description of a vehicle that has been given - an older, Land Rover-style green 4x4.

Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Sussex Police's Horsham district commander, said:

At this stage I would like to provide reassurance to the wider public of Horsham that we are taking these matters seriously and working with partners - including local schools - to understand them fully. There have been no further reports for more than two weeks but we will not be complacent.

There is no cause for alarm at this stage and I would like to ask the public to be vigilant and to report any concerns that they may have - or previously unreported incidents.

– Howard Hodges

People can contact Sussex Police either via 101, 999 in an emergency, online, or confidentially via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting Operation Block.

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