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Police urge vigilance after woman is grabbed in Sussex

Police are investigating reports that a woman was grabbed by a man as she walked home through Lewes. The 34-year-old victim from Newhaven was walking along Friars Walk at around 5.45pm on Tuesday when a black car pulled up alongside her. Three men were inside and one of them opened the back door and grabbed her arm.

She managed to get away and ran to the train station. She was uninjured but shaken. Detective sergeant Bonnie Cowley said: "We are still investigating the circumstances of the report and are working with the woman to established what exactly happened. There have been no other reports in the town and this appears at this stage to be isolated. There is no evidence to suggest this was an attempted abduction, however I urge people to be vigilant. We are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or has any information to contact police"


More than 80 people injured during Lewes celebrations

It's one of the biggest bonfire night festivals in the world - with more than 25,000 people taking to the narrow streets of one Sussex town in a celebration of illumination and tradition.

But within hours of events getting underway in Lewes last night, more than 80 people were injured with six needing hospital treatment.

And there were five arrests for drugs, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

So how safe is the event for the thousands of families that attend? Malcolm Shaw reports.

Former Bishop due to be sentenced today for assaulting young men

Former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, admitted two counts of indecent assault Credit: PA

The former Bishop of Lewes is due to be sentenced today for a string of sexual offences against young men.

Peter Ball, 83, has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 18 young men in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He's the most senior figure in the Church of England to be convicted of such attacks.

Former Bishop to be sentenced for string of offences

An investigation is to be launched into how the Church of England responded to allegations of abuse by the former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

The 83-year-old is due to be sentenced this week for a string of offences against young men in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Lawyers for his victims say the church should no longer be trusted to police itself. The Church said the review will be published next year.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with tractor named

A motorcyclist who died after his motorbike collided with a tractor pulling a trailer on the A27 in Sussex has been named.

Rene Weise, 31, was a German man who lived in Alice Street in Hove. He was riding a green Kawasaki ZR800 at Ashcombe near Lewes when it collided with a tractor driven by a 20-year-old man from Plumpton. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash.

Following the accident the police closed the eastbound dual carriageway between Falmer and Lewes for several hours. Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to telephone the police on 101 quoting Operation Principal or by sending an email to .


Disappearance of Sussex man 'out of character'

Missing Joshua Davey Credit: Sussex Police

Police say they are concerned about the welfare of a missing 21-year-old from Lewes.

Joshua Davey was last seen leaving his home in South Way last Thursday at around lunchtime to go to Brighton.

He is described as white, 5' 9" and of large build with short brown hair.

We are concerned about Joshua because this is the first time he has gone missing and this is out of character for him.

Please contact us if you have any information which can help us find him and make sure he is ok.

– Missing persons co-ordinator Shannon Marchesani

First regatta on Ouse in 100 years

The first regatta to be held on the River Ouse in Sussex takes place later.

Boats and canoes will be part of the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race which will travel through the centre of Lewes for the first time in in its 40-year history, giving people the chance to throw missiles of eggs and flour bombs at competitors.

Lewes Rowing Club and Lewes Round Table say they are are keen for it to be a summer highlight that will become as much of a fixture as Bonfire.

Rafts decorated in a 1970s theme to celebrate the event's 40th anniversary.

Rescuers called to save fox stuck on Lewes Castle roof

A rescue team was called out after a fox was spotted on the roof of Lewes Castle.

Visitors could see the animal when they looked down from the castle keep. They called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service as they were concerned it could not get down.

Rescuers found the fox curled up in the shade asleep. They managed to climb onto the roof, but the fox got up and ran away.

We get a lot of calls from people who see Foxes out during the day or asleep on flat roofs, people think foxes should be nocturnal but it is normal for them to come out during the day and night and they love sun bathing!

– Trevor Weeks MBE, Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service
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