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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


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.

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