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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.


15-year-old threatened in an unprovoked attack

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old boy was threatened and grabbed in an unprovoked attack. Officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on 29th December on a train at Lewes station.

Police want to speak to this man following an attack at Lewes Station Credit: British Transport Police

PC Vicky Payne, the investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 15-year-old from Lewes, was onboard a train around 10pm when, completely unprovoked, a man shouted at the boy. He then grabbed the victim by his throat, leaving red marks to his face.

“Another man was seen to cover the CCTV cameras onboard the train whilst the incident took place.”

Police want to speak to this man following an attack at Lewes Station Credit: British Transport Police

Now, CCTV images of two men, who police are keen to speak to, have been released.

Family tribute to "loyal and loving" man killed in crash

James Hunt died in a crash last week Credit: Sussex Police

A driver who died in a crash near Forest Row in Sussex has been named as 39-year-old James Hunt.

Mr Hunt, of Hilman Close, Lewes, died after his car left the road and hit a tree on 10th January.

James's family say: "As a family we would like to pay tribute to our loving son, brother and uncle, James Hunt. Nothing can ever replace the emptiness we feel as a result of his sudden and tragic death. One of his great pleasures was fishing."

"James was very laid back and easy going, he was not always punctual but was loyal and loving. James was an integral part of our family and his love, generosity and humour will be missed by us all. He touched many people's lives in such a positive way and we now hope he is at peace."

PC Shirley Ross, Road Policing, said: "I would like to appeal to anyone who saw his blue BMW 316 on the A22 just south of Forest Row between 11.30pm and midnight on 10 January to contact us. They should contact police on 101 or email"

Sussex police welcome sex offender sentence

We welcome this sentence, which sends a clear message that such offences, no matter when they occurred, will be investigated and the offenders brought to justice. Sussex Police will always take accusations of this nature very seriously, no matter how long ago they occurred, and anyone who comes forward can be confident that they will be dealt with sensitively, compassionately and confidentially. I would urge anyone who has been the victim of any form of sexual assault to contact Sussex Police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Lee Horner

Former police officer jailed for sex offences with child

Michael Defries, 58, from Barnham, appeared at Lewes Crown Court yesterday afternoon for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of historical sexual touching against a 12-year-old girl.

Defries, formally a police sergeant with British Transport Police, was sentenced to two years in prison and was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 12 years.

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