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Sussex seaside town chemical alert as noxious smell sickens residents

People in Seaford in East Sussex are tonight being warned to keep doors and windows closed after reports of a noxious odour which is causing sickness.

The smell, described as ' burning plastic' was first noticed in the Ridings area at around 6pm but has failed to disperse.

Some have complained of stinging eyes and nausea.

In August a toxic haze caused similar discomfort to people in the Birling Gap area.

Police say it's unconnected, but are working with the Coastguard and Fire Service to find the cause

REPORT: Seaford residents flock to see 'The Shoal'

Crowds gathered in Seaford today for the unveiling of a rather unique piece of furniture.

Six years ago a group was formed to creatively spruce-up parts of the Sussex town's seafront. The result has been a memorial bench like no other.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Gaby Tofts and Christian Funnell, creators of The Shoal, and Keith Blackburn of the Seaford Community Partnership.

Concern growing for 14 year old, missing in Sussex

Devente Myers is 14 Credit: Sussex Police

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 14-year-old boy who's been missing since Friday in Sussex

Devente Mayers is from London and was last seen in Eastbourne, but had been staying at a relative's address in Seaford.

He is believed to have wandered off while with friends.

Devente is described as black, 5'8", Slim and with a short black afro hairstyle.

He was wearing a black Adidas tracksuit top with red beading, blue jeans and black trainers.

Seaford's trains return but there's trouble down the line

It's been left with almost no trains for the last eleven weeks, but today the town of Seaford in Sussex began to get back on track.

Southern Rail introduced its emergency timetable over the summer, cutting more than 300 services across the region.

Some, at least, have been restored, but there's more trouble looming for commuters, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Disabled could be 'hardest hit' by Southern Rail changes - full report

Fresh talks are underway between Southern Rail and union leaders to try to resolve the ongoing dispute over the role of the guard.

The two sides have been meeting at the conciliation service ACAS. This week's 5-day strike has been called off but that hasn't stopped further cancellations today - although things should improve by tomorrow.

But campaigners claim the real victims of any changes will be wheelchair users who could be forced to book their travel 24-hours in advance.

Andy Dickenson investigates and speaks to rail users Esther Fox and Sam Taylor.

Suspected WW2 mine uncovered in Seaford

10 year-old Lillie Ward discovered the mine while at the beach Credit: Eva Balaziaova

A possible WW2 mine has been uncovered just above low tide level at splash point in Seaford.

Police have attended and secured the area. Because the object is under the water level most of the time it is necessary to wait for low tide to be able to make a full assessment of the object to determine if the item is indeed a suspected WW2 mine.

Police have cordoned off the area while investigations take place Credit: John Boorman

Police say at the moment there is no need for an evacuation of any premises. The cordon will remain in place until know more once the assessment has been completed.

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Hope for sheep death prosecution

A farmer from Sussex has spoken of his anger after one of his lambs was chased off a cliff by an out-of-control dog.

A local photographer captured the moment the lamb was forced to the cliff edge at Seven Sisters country Park in Seaford.

It's the latest in a series of incidents of sheep-worrying in the county.

David Johns has our report; he spoke to farmer Sam Stanisstreet and James Osman from the NFU. Still pictures by Eddie Nolan.

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