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Protest against possible closure of St Leonards post office

Demonstrators have gathered in St Leonards to protest against the possible closure of the Crown Post Office.

The Post Office revealed plans in July to replace or relocate directly-run Crown branches in 20 locations as part of a modernisation programme.

But locals have described their post office as the 'beating heart' of the community.


Women arrested after car wing mirrors damaged

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after two women were arrested in connection with an incident in which several wing mirrors were damaged in the same road.

It happened in Western Road in St Leonards in the early hours of Wednesday 21st December 2016.

A 20-year-old woman from St Leonards, arrested on suspicion of criminal damage has been bailed until 18th January pending further enquiries.

A 23-year-old woman, also from St Leonards, has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress has also been bailed until 18th January pending further enquiries.

Ocean-going bird makes a long-haul flight too far

An unusual visitor has appeared in Sussex

It would be more at home in the Caribbean, but a huge seabird has been found washed up on the Sussex coast.

It's the first time a Red-footed Booby has ever been seen in this country.

The bird was on its last legs when an animal lover came to its rescue.

Now, the Booby is being nursed back to health, ready to be flown thousands of miles home.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Richard Thompson of RSPCA Mallydams Wood, and Gail Cohen who found the bird.

Woman raped as she walked home

Detectives are investigating after a woman was raped as she walked home in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday.

The 19-year old woman was walking along a pavement between London Road and St Margaret's Road, having been out in Hastings.

She was grabbed from behind by a man who raped her, after which she ran off towards London Road, and the man did not appear to follow her.

She made her way home and the crime was reported to the police later that day.

"The suspect is described as about 5'9", with brown tanned skin, and had a beard. He was wearing a black hoody and a scarf. This was an horrific experience for the young woman, who is badly shocked. She is receiving support and expert counselling.

"If you were out and about in St Leonards in the early hours of Sunday, and saw what happened, or saw either the woman or the suspect, near Warrior Square, we do need to hear from you.

"Please contact us via or call 101, quoting Operation Platinum. There is no recent record of attacks like this in the area, but we want to find this man before he tries to carry out anything similar."

– Detective Inspector Hannah Willard

Concern for missing 15-year-old girl

Jadine Hobden was last seen at Lancing Station on Wednesday evening Credit: Sussex Police

Police are searching for a15-year-old girl has gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea.

Jadine Hobden was last seen at Lancing Railway Station on Wednesday evening.

She's described as white and five foot tall, with long brown hair and blue eyes.

When she disappeaed she was wearing a light blue Adidas jumper with black leggings and blue Nike trainers.

"We are concerned about Jaadine because of her age. She could be in Portsmouth as she has links to the area."

– Missing persons co-ordinator Wai Lee


Concern for missing epilepsy sufferer in Sussex

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing Sandra Sheen Credit: Sussex Police

A woman who suffers from epilepsy has gone missing from her home in St Leonards.

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Sandra Sheen, 54, who was last seen at Hastings railway station at 3.30pm on Saturday, September 26.

Sandra is white, 5' 3", of heavy build, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

She has learning difficulties and does not like to be touched by anyone without her permission, potentially becoming quite aggressive.

When she went missing she was wearing a short black coat, dark red trousers and black trainers and was carrying a bright orange rucksack.

Man begins 20 year jail term for rape

Warren Manderson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A St Leonards man is starting a 20-year prison sentence for a series of seven rapes, and other attacks, on a 47-year old woman known to him.

Warren Manderson, 51, unemployed, of Terrace Road, St Leonards, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 16 April, having been convicted by a unanimous jury verdict of seven rapes, an attempted rape, false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and two common assaults.

In sentencing Manderson, Judge Scott-Gall described Manderson as a 'conceited, nasty violent bully' and characterised his actions as ''dreadful, grotesque, violent degradation, horrible cowardly things to do, consistent with the man that you have become. You have shown not a flicker of remorse and are a deceitful, vicious, violent liar.'

Police were called to Manderson's flat in October last year after he gone out, locking the woman, who was in very distressed state, inside. As police arrived and were forcing the door open Manderson re-appeared outside, made to confront the officers, and was immediately arrested.

The woman then disclosed to detectives how she had been abused and sexually assaulted by Manderson over the previous two years.

"The victim was very brave first in disclosing to us this terrible sequence of events, which she had up to till then kept largely bottled up in her mind, and then giving the evidence against Manderson over several hours in court. We were able to reassure and support her throughout this process, ensuring that she was allowed to consider special measures whilst giving her evidence in court. However her bravery extended not only to giving evidence live in the court room, but without the additional benefit of screening between her and the defendant, stating that she wanted to regain control. This sentence again shows that victims can come and talk to the police in confidence, knowing that their experiences will be taken very seriously and fully investigated."

– Detective Constable Naomi Morrison

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those around me who have supported me through one of the most difficult times of my life. I am overjoyed to have gotten the justice that so many are afraid to fight for, but would like to assure all those women and men out there who are in or have been in a similar situation that it is never too late and that Sussex Police have supported me thoroughly throughout this whole event. There were times I felt I wanted to give up but it was the support of my family and friends that kept me going and for this I am forever grateful. Again I would like to assure those in abusive relationships that it is no longer acceptable and that you are not the ones making it happen! Just like me, you are and will be strong enough to get out of the situation, but need to speak up as too many of us hide behind fake smiles and pretend that everything is "OK" when truthfully it isn't."

– Victim

Man wanted over hammer attacks

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a hammer attack Credit: Sussex Police

This is the man wanted for questioning after an attack in which a 26-year-old was struck repeatedly with a hammer.

The victim was assaulted as he walked along Gillsmans Hill in St Leonards just before 5pm on 24 March by a man who jumped out of bushes.

The attacker was white, about 40 and over six foot tall with untidy brown hair.

He was slim with hunched over shoulders and had very drawn cheeks. He walked with a distinctive stagger.

"We do not know why the victim was attacked but this appears to be totally unprovoked. We need to find anyone who recognises the description of the attacker or the face from the efit so that we can trace this man. If you have any idea who the man is or where he could be, please contact us."

– Detective Constable Nick O'Shaughnessy
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