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£7.5 million worth of cannabis seized from yacht

Three men have appeared in court charged with drug offences after Border Force officers seized £7.5 million worth of cannabis from a yacht in Newhaven.

The three men, two of whom are from Germany and another from Austria, were arrested after a search was carried out of the yacht on Friday.

The men have appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court today and have been remanded in custody until the 13th August.

Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director said:

“Our fleet of cutters operate 24 hours a day responding to intelligence and patrolling the length and breadth of the UK. They play a key role in intercepting and deterring shipments of drugs and other prohibited goods, as well as criminal gangs who attempt to traffic people into the country.”

– Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director

PICTURES: Derelict boat fire in Newhaven

Police closed off a nearby road whilst the incident was being dealt with Credit: Newhaven Coastguard

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a fire on a derelict boat in Newhaven. It happened early this morning. Crews from Newhaven and Roedean attended the scene on the Northway/A259 near the bridge to Denton Island. One fire engine remains at the scene.

One fire engine remains at the scene Credit: Newhaven Coastguard

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Community vote in favour of new University Technical College

Plans for a new University Technical College (UTC) based in Newhaven have received the thumbs up from the local community and teachers in a public consultation conducted before Christmas and being published this week.

The proposed college will give young people aged 14 – 19 the chance study subjects such as Maths, English and Sciences while gaining skills in engineering in a curriculum shaped by major employers.

A public consultation was launched in November across the catchment area of Worthing, Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Haywards Heath. Parents, students, school and college teachers, and community group leaders were asked for their views on the proposal to open in September 2015.

It is great to see such local enthusiasm for the University Technical College. It sits at the heart of our vision for Newhaven and will equip our young people to take up the opportunities to come as the town develops into a hub for marine and environmental industries through the recently announced City Deal, the Rampion wind farm base and other initiatives.”

– Councillor Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council

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Boy 'swept away' into the sea

A 14-year-old boy who got into difficulties in the sea at Newhaven on Sunday afternoon has still not been found. Search and Rescue teams will make a decision this morning on whether to continue their efforts.

We witnessed the tragic power of the sea at Newhaven yesterday and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young lad who is sadly still missing. I don't want to see that repeated."

– Superintendent Grenville Wilson
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