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Six fire engines called to East Sussex County Hall

Fire engines at County Hall in Lewes

Six fire engines and up to 40 firefighters are dealing with a fire on the second floor of County Hall in Lewes. Crews from Lewes itself, Barcombe, Roedean, Hove, Newhaven and Uckfield are in attendance, as are a Command Unit from Bexhill and other fire service officials.

The firefighters were called to the Headquarters of East Sussex County council at 6.44am. There have been no reports of anyone in the building. It not yet known what caused the fire to start.


Reaction to Corbyn's leadership victory - away from Parliament

Following a fierce battle within the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn has won the party's leadership election.

But while MP's have been very publicly fighting it out what do the region's campaigners and party members make of the party split?

And where does today's win for Corbyn leave local MP's who spoke out against him?

Sarah Saunders watched the results come in with Labour Party members in Lewes.

Father gives evidence in murder trial

The father of a man accused of the "road rage" murder of a retired solicitor broke down in court as he said the killing need not have happened if his son's mental health had been treated "properly".

79 year old Don Lock was stabbed 39 times after a minor car crash on the A24 at Findon last year. Charlotte Wilkins reports from Lewes Crown Court.


Lewes Prison told to improve

Lewes prison has been told it needs to improve safety and reduce violence.

The prisons' inspectorate found a higher number of assaults at the sussex jail compared to others.

And almost a quarter of prisoners said they felt depressed or suicidal.

Lewes Prison has ben told it needs to reduce violence Credit: ITV Meridian

"Despite the prison's age I am pleased that the Chief Inspector has recognised that there are a number of strengths at HMP Lewes.

"It is a testament to the hard work of staff that the prison is clean, and decent, and that relationships between staff and prisoners are positive, and that resettlement support for prisoners is a strength.

"Improving safety is a priority and the Governor has put plans in place to address each of the inspectorate concerns, including provision of additional training for staff to better support vulnerable prisoners".

– Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service

Disability project the latest victim of council cuts

A pioneering scheme for people with learning difficulties has become the latest victim of council cuts in our region.

The Nature Corridors for All project in Lewes has been told by East Sussex County Council that the £50,000 a year it takes to fund it - will be stopped.

And as Andy Dickenson reports, its organisers have been left asking just where the cuts will end?

He speaks to Ebrima Furlong from Priory School, Jackie Poole, a participant of the scheme, and Dr John Parry, it's organiser.

Concerns over cuts to pioneering scheme for people with learning disabilities

The 'Nature Corridors for All' project in Lewes sees adults with learning difficulties mixing with school children Credit: ITV Meridian

A pioneering scheme for people with learning disabilities is the latest victim of funding cuts in East Sussex.

The 'Nature Corridors for All' project in Lewes sees adults with learning difficulties mixing with school children at an environmental centre.

The council says its having to make 'extremely difficult decisions' as it looks to save 70 million pounds.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dr John Parry from Nature Corridors for All.

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