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String of sexual assaults lands man 18-years in jail

Stephen Keen will spend the next 18 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Peacehaven is starting an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a series of sexual assaults on a young girl.

Stephen Keen, who is 53-years-old, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the girl.

Detective Constable Katherine Upton said, "This was a very distressing case. The victim whilst helpless endured years of abuse from Keen and it was only in 2012 that she felt able to tell other people.

"Keen pleaded not guilty throughout and the courage of the victim in giving evidence, with the support of special measures to help her in court, including the use of her principle evidence by video recording, was key in securing his conviction."


Wheels to Work

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

For many people in the South East - one of the main problems with getting a job or continuing their education, is how to get around. Public transport - can be expensive, unreliable and time consuming.

Now a new scheme in East Sussex is making mopeds and small motorbikes available to rent, at a subsidised price, to help people get on the move.

David Johns reports, talking to moped user Ben Hylands, Lisa Simmonds from East Sussex County Council, Ann France-Gardiner from East Sussex Wheels to Work, and Nicola Hylands who's Ben's mum and also a new biker.


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