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Air crash victims remembered at Shoreham silence

Thousands of people observed a minute's silence today just after 1.20pm, exactly a week after a Hawker Hunter jet performing at the Shoreham Airshow crashed on the A27 in Sussex - causing the deaths of 11 people.

Local residents joined the families and friends of the victims, along with members of the emergency services, on the wooden bridge which has become a shrine of floral tributes to those who died. Richard Slee reports.

Other tributes have taken place today to remember all the victims of the air crash, including a balloon release by the friends of personal trainer Matt Jones at Littlehampton.

There was also a minute's silence at Shoreham FC ahead of a match, in memory of Worthing United FC players Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt and the other people who lost their lives.


Growing concern for missing teenager

Jayleigh White was last seen on Tuesday Credit: Sussex Police

Police and social services are concerned for the welfare of a 15-year old girl who has not been seen since she left her address in Lancing on Tuesday (21 April).

Jayleigh White is described as white, 5'1" and of medium build with very long blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black blazer, black leggings, and orange/white/black trainers, and was carrying a beige bag containing a green parka jacket.

She is currently believed to be in the Brighton area.

Anyone who sees Jayleigh or knows where she may be is asked contact police via or call 101, quoting 1729 of 21/4.

Two rabbits 'cruelly abandoned' in a Lancing park

Rabbits were dumped in a park Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two rabbits were dumped at a popular dog-walking spot in Lancing, West Sussex.

The animal welfare charity says the two rabbits were cruelly abandoned in Mill Road, in torrential weather and freezing cold.

A member of the public saw the rabbits being left in the car park at around 10.15am on the morning of January 12th.

A man and a woman were seen getting out of a silver Mercedes with a box containing the rabbits.

They then released the rabbits from the box and the pair got back in their car and drove away, leaving the animals to fend for themselves.

The rabbits were traumatised by their ordeal and very dirty and wet but luckily they were spotted by kind and vigilant people who helped. They are now being cared for and are recovering from their ordeal.


Man guilty of historic sex offences against young child

A man has been found guilty of sexual offences against a child in Brighton during the 1970s.

Bruce Ernest Geoffery Schooley, 62, from Lancing stood trial at Lewes Crown Court charged with five counts of raping a child between 5 and 12-years-old and five counts of indecent assault on a child between 5 and 12-years-old during the 1970s. The victim is known to him and occurred at his then home address in Whitehawk.

He was found guilty of all ten the offences and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He will be on the sex offenders register for life and has been given a sexual offences prevention order.

The victim came forward to report these offences last year, more than 30 years after they happened and we worked with her to secure the conviction of Schooley. The victim, who is now an adult, was extremely brave in coming forward and we were able to offer her support throughout the investigation and during the trial. We would assure any victim of any sexual offence to make contact with us, no matter how long ago the offences occurred. You will be treated sensitively and given help and support.

– Detective constable Andrew Beaumont

Rail guard threatened with shovel

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an attack on a rail guard Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are looking for a man who threatened a ticket collector at Lancing railway station with violence.

The employee asked to see the man’s ticket around 6pm on Monday, 21 July, after which, the man became aggressive.

“When the man was asked to produce his ticket, he told the guard he didn’t have one, and said he would use the shovel he was holding if the ticket collector didn’t get out of his way. We have released two CCTV images of a man we think can help us with this investigation. Rail staff should not be subjected to abuse, merely for doing their job. Do you know the man in the picture? If so, please contact British Transport Police.”

– Inspector Gary Ancell

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or by text, to 61016, quoting B5/SSUB of 8 October 2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.


Missing Sussex man: Police statement

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft said: "Although we can't categorically prove that Mark is dead at this time, we are treating this as seriously as we can.

"His sudden disappearance is completely out of character. He is close to his family but they have not heard from him at all.

"He hasn't used his mobile phone, or carried out any financial transactions, hasn't turned up for pre-arranged appointments and meetings and there has no been no reported sightings of him.

"There were no signs that he was depressed or may wish to harm himself. He seems to have vanished."

Mark is described as white, 5' 9", clean shaven, with a tanned complexion and of stocky build. He has blue eyes and is bald.

Ring police on 101 or email quoting Operation Light or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Brother makes heartfelt appeal to find missing man

Mark Manning has been misisng since April 22 Credit: Sussex Police

The brother of missing Sussex Mark Manning has made a heartfelt plea to him to get in touch.

Russell Manning appeared at police press conference in Worthing today where he read a statement which appealed for information about his missing brother.

Police have launched a murder investigation into the disappearance of Mark who lives in Lancing.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are now investigating after Mark, 54, of Brighton Road, was reported missing on April 22.

Police statement after betting shop robbed

DC Andy Hobden said: "The man who came into the shop is described as around 6', stocky or muscular build, about 30 with a local accent. He was wearing a woolly hat pulled down over his eyes with holes cut in it for his eyes. He wearing dark clothes and black gloves.

"This was still a fairly busy time of the day and we are sure someone must have seen this man as he went into the shop. If you have any information or saw anything suspicious in the area please contact us on 101 quoting serial 1463 of 18/2."

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