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Dad killed baby after she made noise while he played computer game

Mark Sandland killed five-week-old Aimee-Rose Credit: Sussex Police

A father from East Sussex who killed his baby daughter after being frustrated by her screaming as he tried to play a computer game has been jailed for eight years.

Mark Sandland, 28, picked up five-week-old Aimee-Rose and shook her during a sudden loss of temper, prosecutors said.

He claimed he had suffered an epileptic fit and came round to find his daughter underneath him at their flat in Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.

Sandland had denied the charge of murder but admitted manslaughter when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court.

After the hearing, Detective Inspector Jon Fanner from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "I welcome the plea to manslaughter. The judge found there were significant aggravating circumstances and today he has been sentenced to eight years in prison."


Free micro-chipping for dogs in Hastings

From April 6th 2016 all dogs will need to be micro-chipped Credit: Press Association Images

Dog owners in Hastings and St Leonards are being given the opportunity to have their dogs micro-chipped for free.

The events, by Hastings Police, Hastings Council, Amicus Horizon and the Dogs Trust, will be held across the towns in the next few months.

It comes as the law changes from the 6th April 2016, meaning all dogs must be micro-chipped.

Owners can turn up with their dogs at the following places to get their dogs a free micro-chip:

Monday 16th June at Downs Farm Community Centre, Brightling Avenue, 11am-3pm

Friday 18th July at Hastings Town Centre, Harold Place, 11am-3pm

Monday 11th August at the Scout Hut, Oxford Road, 11am-3pm

Saturday 16th August at Hastings Town and County Show, Alexandra Park, 10am-5pm

Man wanted on suspicion of serious assault

Charlie Casey Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives investigating an allegation of a serious assault in St Leonards are searching for a 22-year-old man who is believed to be responsible. Charlie Casey is wanted on suspicion of committing the assault against a 24-year-old woman from Wales at Oakdene Forest Park on Wednesday 21 May 2014.

Dorset Police had been alerted to the incident at 8.05pm that evening by the ambulance service.

The victim sustained a non-life-threatening stab wound to her body and was taken to Poole Hospital.

At the end of April Casey absconded from HMP Sudbury. Officers are advising members of the public that they should not approach if they see him.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Charlie Casey should call their local police force on 101 or call 999 with any current sightings.

Missing 68-year-old man has dementia & depression

Have you seen David Morrell? Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex are worried about the welfare of a 68-year-old man who's gone missing from his care home. David Morrell from St Leonards was last seen at his residential home in London Road on Monday.

Officers say he suffers with dementia and depression, but hasn't got his medication with him.

Appeal for witnesses to hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver, who hit a blind man on a pedestrian crossing in St Leonard's, failed to stop.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run in St Leonard's Credit: ITV Meridian

The man, who was carrying a cane to indicate his disability, was left injured in the middle of the road last Friday morning. It happened on Friday morning in St Leonards-on-Sea.

PC Mark Botley, of Hastings Neighbourhood Response Team, said: "If anyone saw what happened or who has other information that may enable us to identify the vehicle involved, I would urge them to get in touch."


Missing woman 'walks with arms outstretched'

The last time Rosalind was seen was at her home at about 6pm. We have been looking for her but now that it has gone dark we are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety. She walks with her arms stretched out in front of her so anyone who she will stand out to anyone who sees her. If you see Rosalind or have any idea where she could be please call 999 immediately.

– Sergeant Paul Elrick, Sussex Police

Woman punched in the face by another woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in the face by another woman as she walked home in St Leonards.

The victim was walking down Silchester Road between 9:30pm and 10pm on Monday 14th April.

She was taken to hospital to be treated for severe swelling and bruising to her face.

The attacker has been described as white, aged 40 to 45 years old, about 5' 8" and of medium build with shoulder length dark hair.

A Sussex police spokesperson said, "The victim has suffered very nasty injuries to her face and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw her being attacked.

"If you were in Silchester Road or the area nearby on Monday evening and saw or heard what happened, please contact us."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1614 of 14/4.

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