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World shooting champion attacked by masked raiders

A world shooting champion says he's been left "mentally scarred forever", after masked raiders broke into his home, beat him with a hammer, and stole trophies and guns. George Digweed and his wife were tied up by the robbers at their home in the quiet village of Northiam on the Kent Sussex border. The men ransacked the house, and then made off with the family car. Andrea Thomas reports.

Hammer-wielding robbers attack couple in home

A gang of four balaclava-wearing robbers stole thousands in cash after breaking into a home in Northiam and leaving one of the owners with a head injury.

The suspects entered through French doors at the back of the house on Ewhurst Lane at 8pm on Sunday (Feb 21). One of them was carrying a hammer.

A 51-year-old was hit in the head and suffered a small cut before being forced to open a safe. A 47-year-old woman, was told to hand over car keys.

The robbers left with two shotguns, a number of trophies, thousands in cash and a black Toyota Hilux.

This violent but isolated incident has understandably been a distressing ordeal for the victims. I would urge anyone who was in the area and saw something suspicious to get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Rob Morland, Sussex Police

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7-year-old girl killed by father 'will never be forgotten'

The mother of Mary Shipstone, the 7-year-old who was shot dead by her father last month, carried her daughter's coffin into the church for the funeral today.

The vicar of Northiam in Sussex told the mourners that the dreadful event had allowed the community to come together, and that Mary's memory would never be forgotten. Andrea Thomas reports:

Funeral for 7 year-old girl shot by father

The funeral for a seven year old girl who was shot and killed by her father was held, earlier today.

Mary Shipstone died last month outside her home in Northiam in East Sussex as she returned from school.

Mary died in hospital the following day.

Her father, Yasser Alromisse, killed himself after the shooting.

Her family has since set up the Mary Shipstone Memorial Fund to remember the seven-year-old and to support The Music Well charity, based in Rye, which offers music therapy to children who have suffered trauma.

Her mother, Lyndsey, also agreed for Mary's organs to be donated, which has helped five other children including two babies.

The private service took place today at St Mary's Church in Northiam.

Mary Shipstone

Funeral to be held for 7-year-old killed by father

Mary Shipstone died after she was shot last month Credit: ITV Meridian

The funeral for a seven year old girl who was shot and killed by her father is due to be held today.

Mary Shipstone died last month outside her home in Northiam in East Sussex as she returned from school.

Mary died in hospital the following day.

Her father, Yasser Alromisse, killed himself after the shooting.

The private service is due to start at 11:00am in St Mary's Church in Northiam.

Mother of shooting victim starts memorial fund

Lyndsey with daughter Mary Credit: Sussex Police

The mother of a seven-year-old girl who was shot dead in Northiam in Sussex has launched a memorial fund to raise money for children's charities.

Mary Shipstone died earlier this month after she was shot outside her home.

Her family has set up the Mary Shipstone Memorial Fund to remember the seven-year-old and to support The Music Well charity, based in Rye, which offers music therapy to children who have suffered trauma.

Her mother, Lyndsey, also agreed for Mary's organs to be donated, which has helped five other children including two babies.

Lyndsey said: "Mary had her life snatched away from her so cruelly when there was so much promise, but I would like people to remember her little smiling face.

"She was such a happy child and I think that is the memory that will stay with people who knew Mary.

"It was important to allow Mary to make the gift of her organs because she was such a healthy girl.

"She'd never been sick in that way. I thought it would be a way of Mary living on in these children in some small way. It is a great comfort to know that other children will survive through Mary."

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Burst main causes water supply problems to 800 homes

People living near Northiam in East Sussex were left without water overnight after a water main burst. Around eight hundred homes and businesses in the Beckley, Clayhill, Four Oaks, Peasmarsh, Playden and Rye Foreign were affected.

The water main was a strategic one, meaning the problem affected a large area. The burst happened at about 1am on the morning of Wednesday 20 March. South East Water sent in teams to monitor the damage and locate the problem.

"We currently estimate approximately 800 properties may have low water pressure or no water.

"We are currently in the process of organising bottled water do be dropped off at several locations in the area for customers affected to collect and use while repairs continue.

"I would like to apologise to the customers affected for the inconvenience this is causing and reassure them that we are doing all we can to restore supplies as soon as possible."

– Simon Robertson, Head of Distribution for South East Water

Repair teams have now fixed the water main. The water firm said it expected supplies to return to normal.