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Lewes MP Norman Baker resigns as a Home Office minister

Norman Baker has quit as a Home Office minister, complaining that working under Home Secretary Theresa May was like "walking through mud".

The Liberal Democrat MP accused the Tory Cabinet minister of viewing her coalition colleagues as "a cuckoo in the nest rather than part of government".

His decision comes days after he became embroiled in a fresh disagreement over drugs policy and accused the Tories of suppressing a report which backed his case for a review of the current law.


Crash involving coach and crane in Sussex

Police are at the scene of a road traffic collision on the A27 eastbound at Selmeston, between Lewes and Polegate, involving a coach and a mobile crane. It happened at 4.10pm this afternoon.

The coach has passengers aboard. It is not yet known if there are any injuries.

Diversions have been set up and motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes if possible.

Calls for Lewes to Uckfield rail line to be reopened

Politicians in Sussex are urging Network Rail to reopen the Lewes to Uckfield railway. They say as well as benefitting people in the two towns, it would also relieve pressure on the existing mainline between London, Brighton and the Sussex coast. The project, called BML2, could also serve Brighton & Hove Albion's new football stadium at Falmer.

ITV Meridian spoke to Lewes Conservative candidate, Maria Caulfield.


Woman suffers burns after boiling water is poured over her face

Luis Alfaro-Tames is wanted by police Credit: Sussex Police

Police are hunting a man after an incident where a woman had boiling water poured over her face.

In the early hours of Wednesday July, 2, officers were called to an address in Ousedale Close, Lewes, after the 31-year old woman had received second degree scalding and surface injuries to her face, neck and head when a kettle full of boiling water was poured over her.

She was treated for her injuries at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and was discharged later that day. Police want to speak Luis Alfaro-Tames, who is aged 47.

He is a Peruvian national, and is described as 5'8", of slight build, with short dark hair. He has a scar under his left nostril.

Anyone who knows where he is asked to let us know via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukquoting serial 150 of 2/7. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Former detective's jail death 'inevitable'

He killed himself in his prison cell just one month after being jailed for murdering his partner. Today an inquest heard the death of former detective, Peter Foster, was 'inevitable'.

Det Const Heather Cooper was killed at her home at Haslemere in Surrey in October 2011. Her body was then dumped in Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall in West Sussex. The 33 year old was on maternity leave when she was murdered.

The inquest heard Peter Foster had been on constant suicide watch in Lewes Prison but weeks before he died that was changed. Andy Dickenson reports.

Inquest opens into death of former Police Detective

Peter Foster was found dead in his cell in Lewes in July 2012 Credit: ITV Meridian

An inquest is due to be held into the death of a former detective who was serving time in prison after killing his partner. Peter Foster was found dead in his cell in Lewes in July 2012. He'd been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years after stabbing Heather Cooper in the throat.

Heather Cooper died after she was stabbed in the throat in October 2011 Credit: ITV Meridian

Fire at theatre believed to have been started accidentally

The Phoenix Theatre in Lewes was destroyed by a fire last night

The fire that destroyed the Phoenix Theatre & Studios in Lewes is believed to have been started accidentally by a wood burning stove on one of the upper floors, according to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

Up to seventy firefighters tackled the blaze last night. Crews were called to the scene shortly after 6pm. They managed to stop the fire spreading to other neighbouring buildings. The fire was out by 9.30pm, but crews remained at the site until 6am this morning damping down the embers.

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