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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

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."

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