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Threatened with court action at 100 years old

A 100-year-old grandmother is being threatened with legal action over a disputed nursing home bill.

Violet Davies, from Seaford, who's blind and deaf, has been given two weeks to pay nine thousand pounds - or be taken to court.

Her family have described the council officials who issued the threat as "heartless".

But East Sussex County Council say they're not convinced Mrs Davies is unable to pay. John

Violet Davies faces eviction Credit: ITV News Meridian


Police remind youngsters of the dangers of free running

Sussex Police have released this image of a boy they believe may have been involved in the damage of a roof and a car in Seaford after a group of youngsters went free running.

They have received a number of reports and want to warn them of the dangers of climbing on roofs in the town centre.

The boy pictured is thought to have been involved in damaging the roof of St Leonard's Church Hall roof and a nearby car.

Sussex Police believe this boy may have been involved in damaging a roof and a car Credit: Sussex Police

PCSO Daniel Turk said, "We have had several complaints about youngsters climbing onto buildings in and around Broad Street and it has been suggested that they are taking part in 'free running', which can include jumping from one building to another.

"Not only is this dangerous, but it can cause damage to the buildings. We are concerned that somebody might fall and seriously hurt themselves or dislodge more tiles and masonry and injure somebody on the ground.

"We are keen to hear from anybody who knows the identity of those responsible so we can put a stop to it before somebody does get hurt or more damage is caused."

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1172 of 04/07.

Investigation launched into crash in Seaford

Investigations are continuing this morning into a crash involving a bus and a car in Sussex.

Seven people were injured on the A259 Newhaven Road in Seaford Credit: ITV Meridian

Seven people were injured in the accident which happened on the A259 Newhaven Road in Seaford yesterday afternoon.

Seven people were injured on the A259 Newhaven Road in Seaford Credit: ITV Meridian

Fishing equipment stolen in Seaford

Hundreds of pounds worth of fishing equipment has been stolen from a shed in Seaford.

Between 5.30pm on Thursday and 5.15pm on Friday the padlock of a shed in Ringmer Road was forced open and a large quantity of carp and sea fishing equipment was taken.

This included three Shimano rods and reels as well as a quantity of other carp fishing equipment including Delkim bait alarms.

Also stolen were two Daiwa Sandstorm sea fishing rods as well as two Abu Ambassadeur reels, seats, landing nets and tackle boxes.

The total value of the items taken is thought to have been about £1800.

We're keen to speak to anyone who might have seen or heard people interfering with the shed or getting inside it. We'd also like to speak to anyone who is offered the chance to buy any of the stolen equipment."

– Sergeant Stuart Mullins

Body found on beach is that of missing man John Wise

A body found on a beach by a walker has been confirmed as that of a missing Seaford man.

John Wise, who was 77-years-old, was last seen at his home on Chichester Road just before the new year.

A post-mortem will be held later this week.

Mr Wise's son, James, has paid tribute to the emergency services, search volunteers and the people of Seaford who had all tried to find Mr Wise after he was reported missing.

John Wise Credit: ITV Meridian


Growing concern for missing Sussex man

Police are concerned for the 77-year-old man from Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are becoming increasingly concerned over the welfare of a 77-year-old man who has gone missing from Seaford.

Richard John Wise was last seen as 3pm on Sunday 29th December and is thought to be disappeared between then and 8pm when he left the house.

Mr Wise is unsteady on his feet, usually walking with the aid of a stick, and has mental health issues.

He has not been eating or drinking and has been prescribed anti-depressants and pain-killers which he needs to take regularly.

Inspector Philip Hogan, of Sussex Police said: "Richard's family are very worried because it is out of character for him to leave home on his own and without giving any indication of where he is going.

"The weather conditions are poor and Richard's health will deteriorate quickly unless he can be found."

Anyone with information should call 101.

TRAINS: No trains between Lewes and Seaford

Southern trains are not running a service between Lewes and Seaford this morning.

Flooding caused by high tides has caused damage to the signalling equipment and the stability of the track at various points between the two areas.

A replacement bus service is running, calling at all stations and passengers may use Brighton & Hove buses on route 12.

Cyclist injured in Seaford crash

A car and bicycle were involved in a serious collision in Seaford yesterday.

The emergency services were called at 8.15am to the crash on Sutton Park Road.

A 55-year-old cyclist from Shoreham was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

The 59-year-old woman who was driving the blue Vauxhall Astra was unharmed.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police on 101 and quote Operation Barberry.

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Death of actor Paul Bhattacharjee 'shocking'

The RSC co-star of Paul Bhattacharjee said there is "a sense of disbelief" about the actor's death, London's Evening Standard newspaper reports.

Kulvinder Ghir, who appeared alongside Bhattacharjee in Much Ado about Nothing, told the paper: “Paul’s death is shocking. There is a sense of disbelief because he had so much energy in him.”

Paul Bhattacharjee starred in Much Ado about Nothing last year Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Police recovered the body of the Casino Royale and EastEnders actor, 53, early yesterday near cliffs in East Sussex.

Ghir, who starred in Bend it Like Beckham and sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, said: “Paul really spoke through the tremendous body of his work. He really tried to take on roles that he could work with and develop a message about."

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