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Appeal to find missing teenager Bonnie Clarke

Police have made a renewed appeal for help to find a missing teenager from Sussex.

16-year-old Bonnie Rose May Clarke has now been missing for 11 days.

She was last seen at her home in Whitelot Way, Southwick, at about 10.30pm on Monday 26 September. It is believed she is in the Brighton area.

Bonnie is described as white, about 5' 10", of medium build, with shoulder length blonde hair. She wears glasses and speaks with a Welsh accent.

Bonnie was last seen at her home in Southwick on 26th September Credit: Sussex Police

"We are extremely worried about Bonnie Rose because she is only 16 and she is vulnerable. We believe she maybe within the street community in Brighton.

"Her family are desperate to hear from her, and I would urge anyone who has seen her or has any information about her to let us know.

"Bonnie, I want to stress that you are in no trouble with the police whatsoever. We are keen to hear from you so we can help and support you, however we understand that you may not wish to speak to us. If this is the case, you can call, text or email the independent missing persons charity free of charge on 116 000 to let us know you are safe and well.”

– Inspector Roy Hodder

19-year-old killed in fatal crash

Police have launched an investigation after a 19-year-old man from Portsmouth was killed in a crash.

The crash happened at around 11.17pm in Southwick when a silver Nissan Almera, which was travelling on the B2177, left the road near to the junction with Pitcroft Lane.

A 19-year-old man from Portsmouth, who was travelling as a passenger sustained fatal injuries.

Another passenger, an 18-year-old man from Emsworth, suffered life threatening injuries and is currently in Southampton General Hospital.

A 24-year-old man from Portsmouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody being questioned by officers.


South's failing schools to be turned into academies

Failing schools across the South will be forced to turn into academies under new rules announced by the government.

Up to a thousand primary and secondary schools nationwide could be taken out of local government control if the new bill goes ahead. Critics say the proposals are undemocratic. Eastbrook Primary at Southwick in Sussex became an academy two years ago. Since then, results have improved dramatically. Here's what the headteacher Julia Sherlock had to say.

Rescue operation to free women trapped under tree

Three people have been injured as strong winds, the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo, buffeted the south today.

Three women were trapped when a tree fell at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex. One was in a mobility scooter. They were all taken to hospital.

The incident happened minutes after the Met Office upgraded it's weather warning to include the South of England. That remains in force until eight o'clock tonight until which time further disruption to travel and further damage is a possibility. Malcolm Shaw reports:

Statement on fallen tree in Southwick

“This must have been a terrifying incident for all concerned and the Councils are doing everything in their power to ensure that our parks are safe for all to enjoy. Adur District Council is responsible for the Recreation Ground and takes the safety of all visitors extremely seriously. Our investigation will be immediate and thorough, and we will make the results public as soon as we have them. Our thoughts are with the ladies involved - we all wish them a speedy recovery and wish to thank our 999 response teams for their swift and decisive actions.”

– John Mitchell, Director for Communities at Adur & Worthing Councils


Three injured by fallen tree in West Sussex

Three people have been injured by a fallen tree at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex just before 10am this morning.

Two women, who were trapped underneath, were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, suffering from back, neck and pelvic pain, and one suffered a head injury, a South East Coast Ambulance spokesman said.

A third casualty, who police believe was a woman in a wheelchair, was taken to Worthing Hospital by ambulance.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance also attended the scene.

Sussex Police said the casualties were all conscious and breathing when they were taken to hospital.

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