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Protesters march to safeguard Eastbourne's A & E

Union members and supporters have been marching to protect Eastbourne's A & E services

Members of the public have joined GMB union members to march in support of Eastbourne's Accident and Emergency services.

The GMB union claims that if bed numbers fall below 400, then A&E at Eastbourne District General Hospital could be downgraded to a minor injury or cottage hospital.

The demonstrators marched through the Sussex town with placards on display


Hundreds protest against the culling of badgers

Up to 400 people gathered at Hastings Pier today, to demonstrate against the culling of badgers.

It is part of a growing protest against the destruction of badgers to stop TB spreading from badgers to cattle.

People at Hastings Pier, protesting against the culling of badgers Credit: Dominic Dyer

Families with children, local people and businesses as well as people from afar supported the protest.

A march in Brighton a few weeks ago attracted around 1000 people.

Two people dressed up as badgers to protest against the culling of the animals Credit: Dominic Dyer


Woman locks herself to van to protest against fracking

A busy main road in Balcombe had to be closed today as a van, protesting against fracking outside Cuadrilla, blocked the road.

The van was parked diagonally across the B2036 London Road at 11am today, blocking both carriageways.

A woman then locked herself to the top of the van.

Superintendent Lawrence Hobbs said, "This is once again causing significant disruption to the local community at a time when there are increased vehicle movements as the site is being prepared for closure."

Exploratory oil drillers are beginning to pull out of the site at Balcombe.

Police have warned that there is likely to be on-going disruption this week as up to 20 vehicle movements a day, necessary to clear the site, have to be escorted in and out by the police to reduce the risk of them being delayed even further by protesters.

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