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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


Results: Conservative gain - Lewes

The Conservatives have gained the Lewes seat from Liberal Democrat Norman Baker. Tory victor Maria Caulfield works as a nurse in theRoyal Marsden Hospital and served as a councillor. The farmer’s daughter is a shareholder of Lewes Football Club.

Lewes and neighbouring Eastbourne constituency Eastbourne have now both been lost to the Conservatives. They were the only seats in the South East to be held by Liberal Democrats.

Hunt for tree thieves in Sussex

More than a hundred trees have been ripped from the ground along the Lewes to Ringmer cycleway. In three separate incidents, nearly 150 trees have been torn from the ground and fencing damaged in the process.

In the latest theft 45 trees were taken and fencing along the route cut to enable the vandals to gain access. This follows incidents over the two previous weekends in which hornbeam, rowan and field maple trees were taken.

“It is hugely disappointing that the hard work by council staff and contractors to create an attractive cycle route for the residents of East Sussex and visitors to our county has been destroyed by mindless thieves,” said Mark Valleley from East Sussex County Council, whose team was involved in designing and implementing the cycleway. “As well as ruining the aesthetics of the route, these thefts are hitting the taxpayer in the pocket. Furthermore, the way in which the trees have been ripped from the ground means those responsible have probably killed them in the process.”

The trees were planted as part of the project to create a safe, off-road transport link for use by pedestrians and cyclists between Lewes and Ringer and open up access to the South Downs National Park.

In a bid to prevent further damage and catch the culprits, residents are being urged to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and report it to Sussex Police.

Anyone who has witnessed suspicious behaviour along the route, which runs alongside the B2192, or has been offered or sees similar trees for sale, can contact Sussex Police on 101 or email

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