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Man bailed in connection with fatal flat fire

A man arrested in connection with a fire in Littlehampton, which killed a 24-year-old man, has been bailed. The 29-year-old man from Bognor Regis was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and has now been bailed until March 20th while investigations continue.

Terry Davies died in the blaze on South Parade in Littlehampton last September.

29-year-old questioned by police

A man has been arrested in connection with a fire in Littlehampton which killed a 24-year-old man.

The 29-year-old man from Bognor Regis has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Police were called to a fire at a property in South Parade at 12.47am on 12th September 2013.

Terry Davies, 24, died in the blaze. The investigation was passed to Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team when the fire was found to have been started deliberately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Annexe.

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Littlehampton RNLI call-outs in rough sea

The crew of the Littlehampton lifeboat station were called on Friday afternoon to reports of a sailboarder in the rough water separated from his board.

The station's boat was launched at 3.36pm and headed out in gale conditions with an incoming tidal swell to the casualty in Bognor Regis.

The 5.5 mile journey took around 15 minutes and during their route it was reported the casualty had made his own way to the shore and needed no medical assistance.

On route to recovering the man's board, the crew received a call reporting another sailboarder in difficulty off Littlehampton beach.

The RNLI's on-board camera captures the action Credit: RNLI

The caller said they had lost sight of both the victim and his board.

The boat changed course in anticipation for a search and a second crew boat was launched at 4.14pm.

While the crews were searching at sea the coastguards checked vehicles near the main board launching areas, and spoke with other sailboarders to see if any off them were missing or saw anything unusual.

It was concluded that all were accounted for and the boats returned by 5.10pm.

Fire in Littlehampton now treated as arson and murder

A fire in Littlehampton, where a man died, is now being treated as arson and murder.

Terry Davies, who was 24-years-old, lived in the property in South Terrace when the fire started on Thursday 12th September.

He sadly died from smoke inhalation.

It was originally believed the fire was started by an electrical fault but further investigations by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has found that white spirit had been used instead.

The investigation has now been passed on to the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

Detective Inspector John Wallace said, "A young man lost his life that night because someone started that fire in the property, a fire which could have cost the lives of other occupants who had to be rescued by firefighters.

"We need to find who is responsible."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Annexe.

Fisherman rescued from boat on fire

A fisherman was rescued this morning after the boat he was on caught on fire.

Emergency services were called around 9.30 this morning to attend the scene. The owner had taken to his liferaft and paddled away from the craft. He was wearing a lifejacket and called for help using his mobile phone.

A fisherman was rescued from a blazing boat near Littlehampton this morning Credit: RNLI/Eddie Mitchell

The lifeboat crew found that the fisherman, who was on his own, had successfully launched and climbed aboard his liferaft. He was unharmed, and was recovered by the lifeboat crew. Shoreham Lifeboat remained on scene and stood by the burning wreck, which has subsequently sunk.

The boat has now subsequently sunk. Credit: RNLI/Eddie Mitchell

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Man killed in lamppost crash

A motorist has been killed after crashing into a lamppost in West Sussex.

The 18-year-old man died last night on the A259 at Wick, Littlehampton.

The victim, who was local, was travelling eastbound in a Ford Focus when he was in collision with a lamppost at 9.33pm.

A passenger in the car, a 17-year-old local woman, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Witnesses should call police on 101, quoting Operation Monitor, or email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Sainsbury's 'keen to be a considerate neighbour'

Planning permission for the replacement store was granted last year by the District Council. During construction works we have sought to minimise any disruption, particularly with regard to dust during the hot weather, when we have been regularly damping down the site.

Sainsbury’s is keen to be a considerate neighbour. We are currently arranging a meeting with our neighbours and the local MP so we can understand their concerns more fully and discuss any possible solutions.”

– Spokesperson for Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's development is like having 'neighbours from hell'

We are pretty used to seeing new Supermarkets springing up around the South East. But one of the latest super stores in Sussex has been causing more of a stir than most.

Residents living in the shadow of a new Sainsbury's development in Rustington, say it's like having 'neighbours from hell' - with constant noise and dust. Charlotte Wilkins explains.

Railway signal boxes Grade-II listed

Signal box
Railway signal box Credit: PA Wire

Some of England's rarest and best-preserved railway signal boxes from across our region have been given Grade-II listed status.

The chosen railway boxes include those from Canterbury East, Maidstone, Wateringbury Eastbourne, and Rye,

The list was announced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, who teamed up with Network Rail and English Heritage to seek out the best historic boxes.

In the 1940s, there were about 10,000 signal boxes but today there are fewer than 500 in use.

John Minnis, senior investigator at English Heritage, said:

"These are very special buildings, at one time in a familiar sight on our railway system. Today's listings will ensure that many of these highly distinctive designs are protected for years to come, providing a window into how railways were operated in the past."

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