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Thieves shoot man and take his van

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 43-year-old man was injured as he tried to prevent thieves from stealing his van near his home in Rye.

The victim was told men were trying to break into his Toyota Hilux van in Rye Harbour Road just before midnight on Saturday, 11th August.

He went out to investigate and was confronted by men, who drove at him with their dark coloured car. He jumped out of the way and was shot at with an air rifle suffering injuries to his face. The callous thieves then towed away his van, which has an Environment Agency sign on it, and made off.

This was a violent attack and we are doing all we can to trace these men. The van was found just over an hour later in Charing, Kent, and it is being forensically examined. The victim is being treated for pellet wounds to his face and we will be talking to him to get as much information as possible. Extensive enquiries are being made and I would urge anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Hannah Willard, Sussex Police

The victim is being treated for his injuries at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and his condition is stable.

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Mother found guilty of killing daughter

Dunford guilty of killing daughter Credit: Sussex Police

A mother who smothered her three year old daughter was described by a judge as going from "carer to killer". Lesley Dunford, 33, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of the manslaughter of her 3 year old daughter Lucy at home in Camber, East Sussex, in 2004. She was gaoled for seven years.

D C I Nick Sloan said "This was tragic case for everybody. There was a thorough police investigation at the time but evidence then did not support a prosecution. However my team's carried out a thorough analysis of all the evidence and we are glad to see that justice has now been done for Lucy."

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Police hunt shoe thieves

Designer shoes stolen from Rye Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary after 63 pairs of designer shoes were stolen from a shop in The Mint, Rye.

Crispins Shoe Shop was broken into between 5pm Tuesday and 8am Wednesday. The majority of shoes taken have a signature "Crispins" on the sole and are worth around £100 a pair.

PC Nigel Collins said: "The items stolen are fairly distinctive and we are asking for anyone who is offered or finds shoes matching this description to contact police.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 183 of 18/4, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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Stop! Newts!

Roadworks in Rye Credit: Malcolm Shaw

Roadworks on a major route through East Sussex have been halted after the discovery of rare newts. Work has been going on to repair and resurface the A259 near Rye but a Great Crested Newt has been discovered in a ditch beside the road.

It's a protected species and must be relocated before the work can continue. The owner of a nearby farm shop says he's suffered a 30% drop in trade since the work started. Peter Anthony says he can't afford to pay all the staff at his business, Salts Farm Shop.

He says he can't understand why the newts weren't looked for earlier. It's feared the completion of the roadworks may be postponed for up to a year.

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