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Woman missing from Lewes days before Christmas

Cathleen Spencer was last seen on Sunday Credit: Sussex Police

A woman from Lewes, who is suffering from the early stages of dementia, has gone missing from her home in Newton Road.

Cathleen Spencer, 59, was last seen at 10.30pm on Sunday evening (December 22).

She said she was going shopping and took a rucksack filled with carrier bags. She is known to shop at Waitrose and Tesco in Lewes. She is described as white, 5' 6", of slim build with long straight shoulder-length dark blonde hair. She has an American accent.

Anyone who sees her or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1210 of 23/12. If she is in danger or requires medical attention, please dial 999 immediately.

Elderly woman dies after fatal fire at farm

A map of the area Credit: ITV Meridiian

An investigation has been launched after an 89-year-old woman died in a fire at a farm in East Sussex. Emergency services were called at 6.15am on Saturday to Mill Farm at Barcombe Mills near Lewes. Firefighters forced their way into the building and rescued an 89-year-old woman but she died later.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Police know who the victim is but she has not yet been formally identified. Detective Inspector Mark O'Brien from Sussex Police said: 'This is a tragic incident and the victim's family are being supported by police and the coroner's officer.

'At this stage we are treating the cause of the fire as unexplained and we remain open minded as to how it may have started. We expect to be at the property for the next couple of days while we assess the scene and establish any causes.'


TRAINS: No trains between Lewes and Seaford

Southern trains are not running a service between Lewes and Seaford this morning.

Flooding caused by high tides has caused damage to the signalling equipment and the stability of the track at various points between the two areas.

A replacement bus service is running, calling at all stations and passengers may use Brighton & Hove buses on route 12.


Man arrested after police shooting incident

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a man was arrested after special rounds were shot to stop a car on the A27 this afternoon.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Trident Gang Crime Command today carried out a 'hard stop' on a car on the A27 in Lewes, Sussex.

MPS detectives and armed officers from the MPS Specialist Firearms Command stopped the car at around 15:30hrs in relation to firearms.

No shots were fired during the stop but Hatton rounds where discharged to incapacitate the car.

There were no reports of any injuries. A suspected firearm was recovered.

A man (no further details at this time) was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and has been taken into custody at a local police station.

– Metropolitan Police statement


Thousands turn up for Lewes bonfire night

Over 30,000 people turned up last night for the annual Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

A total of 14 arrests were made, two of which were for throwing fireworks.

Eighty-six were treated by ambulance crews, with four being taken to hospital.

None of the injuries were believed to be serious.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue had a relatively quiet night, dealing with 6 incidents.

One was an out of control bonfire.

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