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Hooded handgun robber caught on CCTV holding-up convenience store

A hooded robber wielding what appears to be a 9mm handgun has been caught on CCTV holding up a convenience store in Hove.

The footage shows the man calmly walking into the Elm Stores in Hangleton on September 16.

He walks up to the counter and demands that a female assistant fills up a bag with cash from the till.

He managed to escape with £500, heading towards Hove Cemetery. Police say they later found discarded clothing.


Brighton College student achieves "best GCSE results in country"

A teenager from Hove has achieved one of the best set of GCSE results in the country.

Polly Milsom who is 16 and attends Brighton College, gained 13 A* grades, with an additional top grade A in advanced maths.

Polly said she was keen to continue training for her favourite sports of cricket, hockey and running at the same time as studying.

Polly Milsom achieved 13 A* grades at GCSE Credit: ITV Meridian

She added she was proud of her results and hoped to either enter the army or become a stockbroker after university.

She said: "I hope to go to university, probably Oxbridge and I have spent six weeks in the summer with the cadets in Canada so I am thinking of doing something with the army or working with banking, I really like maths so possibly a stockbroker, I am going to see how my A-Levels go and what I like doing."

She said that she planned to study maths, further maths, economics and chemistry at A-Level.

"Polly's scores were exceptionally high in each A*. For instance, in English she was 297 out of 300, in design and technology she got 299 out of 300, in biology she got 391 out of 400, and in French she got 293 out of 300. Then she got advanced maths A which is the highest you can get. This qualification is harder than a GCSE."

– Brighton College spokeswoman

Driver fined for pretending a thief had crashed his car

A driver from Sussex who crashed his car and then lied that it had been stolen was caught when his DNA was found on the airbag.

27-year-old Ciaran Fitzgerald, of Ruskin Road, Hove, crashed into two cars on Norton Road, before he fled the scene. Later that day he called the police to report that his car had been stolen.

When his DNA was found to be on the airbag, he admitted he had lied and accepted a police caution for perverting the course of justice.

He was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 March and was given eight points on his licence, fined £183 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

"Fitzgerald thought he could get away with crashing his car by claiming his vehicle had been stolen but good work by our CSIs meant we could prove he was behind the wheel when the impact happened. "Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offence in itself. If you are involved in a crash, stay put and call us so that we can investigate."

– Police Constable Dan Patterson


3D printer provides woman with artificial knees

An opera singer has become the first person in the country to be given two artificial knees - thanks to revolutionary 3D printing technology. Paula Anglin from Hove, in Sussex, was forced to stop performing on stage when her arthritis became severe. But she now has new knees, modelled on her own. Detailed x-rays were sent to the United States where 3D printers created an exact copy.

Rapist jailed for historic offences

A man from Hove has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape. Patrick Foley, who's 83 years old, was convicted of seven counts of rape against a girl, when she was aged between 11 and 18. The jury at Lewes Crown Court unanimously found him guilty of all seven counts between 1968 and 1975.

Rapist Patrick Foley jailed Credit: Sussex Police

The victim has had to live with this for the last forty years and this is a fantastic result for her. She has shown enormous courage in coming forward and talking to us about what she endured and now she has the justice she deserves. I would urge anyone who has suffered any form of historic abuse to also have the courage to come forward.

– Detective Constable Holly Hallahan
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