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Boy, 16, stabbed and seriously injured outside Sussex supermarket

Police were called to Abinger Road on Saturday evening Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in Portslade in Sussex.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Abinger Road at 5.17pm on Saturday where a group of youths were gathered in the car park of the Co-op store.

The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious stab wounds and was taken into surgery on Saturday evening.

Police dog teams were called to the incident Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Detectives are now investigating what happened but say they believe in was an isolated incident

"This is an incident that was confined to a small group and we do not consider them to be a threat to the general community.

We have identified a number of suspects and two have already been arrested.

We are continuing to search for a number of others.

– Inspector Ed Neve, Sussex Police
Enquiries are still continuing at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A 15-year-old boy from Hove was arrested shortly before 8pm on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and an 18-year-old man from Portslade was arrested just under an hour later on suspicion of affray.

Both remained in custody on Saturday evening.

Woman used fake bank card to buy Euros

Police want to speak to this woman in connection with fraud Credit: Sussex Police

Do you recognise this woman?

She tried to buy £2500 in Euros from a post office in Station Road, Portslade, using a fake bank card and a fake driving licence at about 2.20pm on 22 May.

Staff at the branch recognised that neither the bank card for the driving licence appeared genuine and refused to hand over any currency.

The woman then left the post office empty handed and went towards the seafront.

She was white, in her early twenties, 5' 4" and of average build. She had long brown hair and tanned skin and was wearing a pink top and dark trousers.

"If you recognise the woman or have any idea where she could be, please get in touch with us. We would also be interested in any other businesses that have been visited by the woman where staff have had similar experiences that they have not reported to police."

– PC Adam Parris

Concern for missing teenage girl from Sussex

Police are concerned for a teenage girl who has gone missing from Sussex.

Gemma Black, 16, has been missing from her home in Portslade since Monday evening. She said she was going to the Co-op near Maplehurst Road but has not been seen since.

She is described as 5' 3" with black shoulder-length hair. She was wearing leggings, a black or green sweatshirt and furry Timberland boots.

'We are concerned for Gemma's welfare due to her age. If anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, please let police know.'

– Vicky Morris, Missing Persons Co-ordinator

Sussex & Hampshire singers win Britain's Got Talent

ITV undated handout photo of Collabro Credit: ITV

Two singers from the Meridian region won this year's Britain's Got Talent. Labourer Richard Hadfield from Portslade (left) and former Petersfield schoolboy Michael Auger (second from left) are part of operatic boy band Collabro.

The five-piece musical theatre act impressed the judges and the voting public with their performance of Stars from the musical Les Miserables last night. Collabro pick up £250,000 and a slot performing at the Royal Variety Performance.


Five men and a woman arrested for affray in Portslade

Six people have been arrested for affray after a fight broke out on Boundary Road, Portslade.

Three men, two of them aged 20 and a 19-year-old were arrested for affray, along with a 17-year-old girl.

A further two men, aged 26 and 21, were also arrested for affray and assaulting a police officer.

Police were called to the fight at around 2am on Saturday 8th March, close to the junction with Portland Road.

All six have been bailed until the 4th or 5th April.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn from Sussex Police said, "We are keen to talk to anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance or who may have any information that could assist the police with their investigation."

Anyone who has information is urged to contact Sussex Police on 101, quoting 124 of 8/3.

Violent kidnapper 'pretended to be a spy'

Stephen Webber, 41, formerly of George William Mews, Portslade Credit: Sussex Police

Stephen Webber, 41, formerly of George William Mews, Portslade, has been found guilty of kidnap, causing grievous bodily harm, and threats to kill a 26-year-old woman, as well as criminal damage, after a nine-day trial at Hove Crown Court.

He was sentenced to nine years in jail, as well as a four year extended licence period upon his release from prison.

In sentencing Webber, Judge De-Mille described him as manipulative and a danger to the public, especially women.

His arrest followed the disappearance in April last year of the 26 year old he had befriended on the pretext of taking modelling photos.

Det Insp Mick Jones said: "Stephen Webber is clearly a dangerous individual whose deceit and manipulation led a vulnerable young woman into believing that he was a spy for MI5 and that they were both in life threatening danger.

"This led to the victim being too frightened to leave him over a five day period in which they travelled to Eastbourne, staying in local accommodation whilst their alleged pursuers hunted for them.

"The victim was so fearful of the situation presented by Webber that she was too afraid to attempt to escape. This led to the victim writing a goodbye note to her family as she feared that she would be killed at any time.

"When the mask that he wore began to drop and it became clear to him that his deceit was no longer working on the victim, he tried to smother her with a pillow and caused injuries to her with a knife during a struggle.

"The courage of the victim in giving evidence in this case is worthy of tribute. The defendant, by pleading not guilty, put the victim through the trauma of reliving her ordeal but she knew she had to in order to get justice and in doing so protect others from Webber.

"The jury clearly saw through Webber's lies. The public need to be protected from people who prey on others and the police will pursue anyone who does in order to bring them to justice."

Paedophile jailed for nearly 3 years

Spencer Charles Pledge has been jailed for nearly 3 years Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Portslade has been sent to prison for sexual offences relating to young children.

Spencer Charles Pledge, 36, of Chalky Road, Portslade, appeared in custody at Hove Crown Court on Friday 1st February, and was sentenced to a total of 34 months imprisonment.

He had pleaded guilty to the 18 offences at a hearing on 4th January.

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