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Residents asked to keep windows and doors closed following serious fire in Newhaven

Firefighters spend third day at industrial site blaze

The fire has been burning for three days Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters in Newhaven are spending a third day at a serious fire in Newhaven. Crews were first called to the scene at 10.30pm on Friday where 200 tonnes of rubbish were on fire at the Skip It warehouse on North Quay Road.

17 appliances from across the Service have been involved throughout the incident, taking turns in tackling the fire. At the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene.

A number of other agencies including the Coastguard, South East Coast Ambulance, Sussex Police, Environmental Health and the Environment Agency have also been involved.

Firefighters are working to prevent the spread of the fire and are likely to be at the site for the rest of the day.

The cause of the fire hasn't been established.

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Firefighters continue to tackle huge blaze at industrial estate

Firefighters are tackling a huge fire on an industrial estate 24 hours after it first started.

Eight fire engines are at the scene at the Skip It containers yard in Newhaven.

The fire started last night Credit: Eddie Mitchell
The fire started last night Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Eight fire engines are dealing with the blaze Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Fire engulfs industrial site in Sussex

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire on an industrial estate in Sussex. The emergency services are still at the scene of the blaze, which broke out at a containers yard in Newhaven on Friday morning. A cordon has been put into place around the site. There are no reports of any injuries. An investigation is underway

Plumes of smoke over Newhaven Credit: Daryl Willcox

£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

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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

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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