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Hunt for sexual offender who absconded from court in Sussex

Police hunt convicted rapist Credit: Sussex Police

28 year old Sarbaz Najmadeen Ali went on the run after standing trial for a serious of sexual offences against a 23-year-old man in Hastings last year.

Ali had been granted bail by Hove Crown Court that allowed him to leave the dock during the lunch break in his trial as long as he did not leave the building. However on Thursday (4 September), part way through the judge's summing up during the trial, Ali fled from the court and disappeared. Officers have so far been unable to trace him.

The jury convicted Ali in his absence of rape, attempted rape and three counts of sexual assault. All of the offences were against the same victim.

A warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Ali, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, who previously worked as a barber in the town. Ali is 5' 7" and when he fled court he had black hair and heavy growth around his chin.

Detective Constable Julian Stokes said: "There is no evidence to suggest that Ali will commit further offences while he is at large but we need to find and arrest him as quickly as possible. The jury has found him guilty of these nasty offences but his victim does not have justice yet as Ali has not been punished".

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

65 years under the Big Top

Now, have you ever wanted to join the circus? Well, if so, Norman Barrett could probably give you some advice. He's spent practically his entire life under the Big Top. Awarded an MBE in 2010, he is now celebrating his 65th year in the business! Andy Dickenson caught up with the legendary ringmaster in Hove.

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Teachers will strike against turning school into academy

Parents went on strike last weekend against plans to turn Hove Park into an academy Credit: ITV News Meridian

Teachers at a school in Hove have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action next Wednesday against plans to turn it into an academy.

Last weekend, parents joined a march against the proposals which take Hove Park out of local authority control.

Dozens march in protest against school Academy plans

Parents have taken to the streets to protest against plans to turn a school into an Academy. They want to stop Hove Park School in Brighton being independently run, outside the control of the local authority.

John Ryall talks to Mark Steel, Comedian; Caroline Lucas MP; Natasha Steel, Campaigner; and Adam Powley, Parent, in his report.

Parents protest against school Academy plans

Parents and children at the march Credit: ITV News Meridian

Parents have taken to the streets to protest against plans to turn a school into an Academy. They want to stop Hove Park School in Brighton being independently run, outside the control of the local authority.

Campaigners gathered this morning Credit: ITV News Meridian

E-fit released of man accused of rape in Hove

Police have released this e-fit of a man suspected of rape in Hove Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are hoping this e-fit of a man, suspected of a rape in Hove, will jog people's memories and help find him.

At around 10:30pm on Tuesday 29th April, the 51-year-old victim was walking home from a pub on Brunswick Street West when he met a man at the junction of Western Road and Lansdowne Street.

They got chatting and went back to the man's flat where he was raped.

Detective Sergeant Alex Evans said, "The victim was subject to an extremely nasty attack where a weapon was used. He is extremely distressed by what happened and he is being supported by specially trained officers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1417 of 30/4.

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Four-year-old boy bitten by dog in Hove

The woman is described as being in her fifties, of large build, with short wavy ginger brown hair Credit: Sussex Police

Police are seeking a woman whose dog bit a small boy in Hove. At about 3.15pm on Saturday 28 June the four-year old boy and his parents, who live locally, were walking down George Street, Hove.

As they passed Marina's Cafe a woman was sitting at a table outside with two terrier style dogs on leads under the table.

One of the dogs shot out, apparently without any provocation, and bit the boy in the upper right thigh causing two slight puncture wounds. Paremedics treated the boy at the scene, and referred the family to out-patents for further assessment.

Swimmer dies after struggling in the sea near Hove

A swimmer has died after he got into difficulty whilst swimming in the sea near Hove.

The man in his mid 60s, was swimming out at sea near the Hove bowling lawns.

Brighton RNLI launched boats to rescue him at 2:20pm yesterday afternoon after reports came in of a man struggling in the water.

Lifeguards pulled him ashore and started CPR.

Ambulance crews arrived a short time after but sadly, the man was pronounced dead.

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Bernard's back!

He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.

This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.

"I'll do it again next year" D-Day veteran plans for another great escape after Normandy return

Bernard Jordan, 90, served in the Royal Navy Credit: Press Association Images

A 90-year-old veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his Sussex care home said he intends to return next year. Bernard Jordan was reported missing on Thursday by staff at The Pines care home in Hove after embarking on his cross-channel trip for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Arriving at Portsmouth on the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie on his return home, he said when asked if he had enjoyed his trip: 'I had a great time. I'm really pleased I did it. It was good, it gets even better as it goes on.'

The former Royal Navy officer said that his wife knew about his trip and when asked if he would go back next year, he said: 'Yes, I expect so, if I am still here definitely.'

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