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Concern for missing man

Norman Mitchell was last seen last night at his home Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Norman Mitchell who has gone missing from Littlehampton.

Norman, 76, was last seen at around 11pm last night at his home in Broad Strand.

Norman is described as white, 5' 11", slim, with short grey hair and a beard. He was possibly wearing a blue and white checked shirt, light coloured trousers, a blue jacket, brown shoes and a dark brown cowboy shirt.

If anyone has seen Norman or knows of his whereabouts, please contact police on 101 quoting serial 0332 of 12/10.

"This is out of character for Norman. He suffers from epileptic fits and memory loss. He was due to attend an appointment with his GP which he missed."

– PC Ben Whitehead

Two men charged with sexually assaulting 13 girls

Police investigating alleged child sexual exploitation in Sussex have charged two men in connection with a series of 24 sexual offences against 13 local teenage girls in Littlehampton.

Osmon Koroma, a labourer, 30, of Norton Road, Hove, has been charged with eight offences against six girls. They were; two rapes, five sexual assaults and one offence of sexual activity with a child.

Max N'Gasa, a gardener, 24, of Cranmer Avenue, Hove, has been charged with 16 offences against nine girls. They were; two offences of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and eight offences of sexual activity with a child.

The charges follow an intelligence-led child sexual exploitation investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit (SIU), which focused on allegations that local teenage girls, known to the suspects, were sexually exploited between 2010 and 2014.


Balaclava wearing man chases 11-year-old boy

An 11-year-old boy had a terrifying ordeal when he was chased by a balaclava wearing man.

The incident happened in Littlehampton on Tuesday when the boy was cycling along Clun Road towards the junction with Arundel Road.

The suspect is described as wearing a balaclava and gloves.

PC Martin Baker said: "We would like to know if anyone else saw a man acting suspiciously."

Balloon release for Shoreham crash victim Matt Jones

A crowd gathered for a balloon release in Littlehampton in Sussex in memory of personal trainer Matt Jones. The 24-year old died in the Shoreham air crash last week Saturday.

His friend Stevie Johnson said he was the most colourful person she had ever met in her life.

The crowd prepares to release balloons
A banner to remember Matt Jones
A sea of balloons at Matt Jones tribute

"He knew his dreams & he lived them" - tribute to Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones

Balloon release for Matt Jones, 24, who died in the Shoreham air crash

The friends of 24-year-old Matt Jones, who was one of the victim's of the Shoreham air crash, have paid tribute to him by releasing balloons at Littlehampton in Sussex. Stevie Johnson, said she had known him for more than a decade. She was involved in preparing the memorial event.

Concern for missing Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson hasn't been seen since the 1st May Credit: Sussex Police

Have you seen missing 56-year-old Bill Johnson?

Bill has not been seen since Friday 1 May and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He left his home in Littlehampton on 1 May and went to the town's railway station where he was recorded on CCTV at 8.30am.

Bill sent a text message to a friend the following day but has not been in contact with anyone since 2 May.

He is white, slim and has short grey hair and a scar on his upper lip.

"We have been looking for Bill for several days but have so far been unable to find him. We know that he is a regular churchgoer, usually in Chichester, but he could go to a service somewhere else so I am keen for the members of congregations in West Sussex to keep an eye out for him on Sunday in case he turns up for mass. We also know that he uses buses and trains to get around and that he particularly likes to go to the harbour area of Littlehampton and the seafront in the town. If you have any idea where Bill is, please get in touch with us."

– Sergeant Ian Maloney


Fog leaves swimmer in trouble

A man who went out for a swim got into difficulties after being caught in fog. The 29 year old had gone for a swim near Littlehampton Harbour entrance. His brother who was onshore panicked when he disappeared out of sight and called for help. Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlehampton Lifeboats were sent to look for the missing man. He was retrieved from the water but did not require an ambulance.

National Maritime Operations Controller for the UK Coastguard, Ashley Rawson said; "A combination of the fog which can appear quickly this time of year and the tide can leave people in difficulty. You can think that you’re swimming and making progress but the tide can be against you and with the fog you have no idea where you are and how far you’ve got. This is the third incident like this in about a week which can be attributed to the warmer spring weather that catches the public unawares as the sea temperatures are still low."

Mother & daughter struggling in sea rescued by RNLI

RNLI lifeguards in Littlehampton have carried out their first rescue of the season today. A mother and daughter - both adults - were struggling with their inflatable in a strong offshore breeze off Littlehampton East beach in West Sussex.

RNLI lifeguard Brittany Jones, spotted the two women and paddeled out to them using her rescue board. She then helped them to keep afloat until ifeguards from Littlehampton West Tim Walton and Dan Seagrove Castle were able to launch the inshore rescue boat to bring them all safely to shore.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches at Littlehampton until 7 September.

‘It was a busy day on the beach, but I spotted the two women just outside of the lifeguard zone and they looked like they were having trouble getting back to shore.

‘It’s situations like this where your training really kicks in. Thankfully, it was a happy ending, but we would advise all those visiting a beach to stay in an area where the lifeguards can see you, and if in danger, call for help immediately.’

– Brittany Jones, RNLI lifeguard

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.

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