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Dying man's watch theft from A&E

David Davies, 68, died shortly afterwards and his devastated family say the theft of the heirloom has compounded their grief.
Credit: Sussex Police

A dying man had his £5,000 Rolex watch stolen while doctors were attempting to rescuscitate him in a hospital A&E department.

David Davies, 68, died shortly afterwards and his devastated family say the theft of the heirloom has compounded their grief.

He was taken by ambulance to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, during the early hours of August 7 suffering from a serious heart condition.

Police said while Mr Davies, from Birdham, West Sussex, was being treated in the resuscitation area next to the A&E department, his watch was taken.

The area was searched and checks were made with staff on duty, but the watch could not be found.

Mr Davies' son John said: "As a family we are devastated at the loss of David and cannot believe that this has happened during our time of grief.

"We would appeal to anyone who has information about the missing watch to come forward.

"David dearly loved the watch and its loss has added to the stress and grief that the family are already going through."

The Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust extended its sympathy to Mr Davies' family and said it was doing everything it could to help police.

Detective Constable Mark Burgess said: "This is a silver Submariner Rolex, valued at some £5,000, but even more importantly, was treated as a family heirloom having been in the family since 1985.

"If you have any information about the theft, or if you have been offered such a watch locally since last Thursday, we would very much like to hear from you."

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting serial 0385 of 7/8, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Engagement ring stolen at wedding subject of £1,000 reward

The family of a bride who's engagement ring was stolen on her wedding day are offering a £1000 reward to try and get it back before the couple return from honeymoon.

The ring was in a handbag taken from the lobby of St Peter ad Vincula Church in Wisborough Green, Sussex. The theft understandably put a dampener on the couple's special day - who then tried to track it down with a mobile phone.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to the groom's father Mervyn Granshaw.


Sussex Police review their response to Balcombe protests

Sussex Police has published an independent review of its response to the exploratory drilling and protests at Balcombe. The document highlighted good practice, but also make recommendations to help the force deal with any protests in the future.

More than a thousand protesters were at the site at its height with 126 arrests made.

The initial policing response appeared slow as the intelligence and information at that time indicated that any protests could be managed locally by the division. It was in the last days of July that we became aware of the size and complexity of the situation and it was at that point that it became a force level operation. In Sussex it is normal practice for us to appoint an ACPO officer for a force level operation. They provided an oversight for this dynamic operation and acted as a conduit between the force and the PCC."

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry

We made the best use of our resources, including Special Constables and volunteers, to support divisions. Rest days were cancelled and re-rostered to meet the demand over the summer period, and pre-arranged leave was managed. The logistical support and planning was a challenge above and beyond our recent experience and the impact on all of our staff was recognised early on. We worked with the Police Federation and Unison to mitigate those risks."

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry

In relation to workloads supervisors on a daily basis monitored and assessed staff commitments and where necessary reallocated tasks. The recommendations and good practice mentioned in the review have been acknowledged and the future policing approach to these types of incidents has incorporated much of the learning."

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry

PM gives Downton Abbey script to China's premier

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Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth MacGovern and Brendan Coyle 'Downton Abbey' photo call Credit: Tammie Arroyo/EMPICS Entertainment

David Cameron gave Chinese premier Li Keqiang a special memento of his trip to the UK - a copy of the shooting script for the first episode of Downton Abbey signed by the hit show's creator.

The period drama, which has been a big hit in China, was written by Julian Fellowes, who was made a Tory peer by Mr Cameron in 2010.

Mr Cameron also handed the premier a special £10 gold coin. The lunar coin was designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho and celebrates the Chinese year of the horse. The final gift was a DVD box set of works by Charles Dickens.

Reward offered for information on stolen engagement ring

Caroline Cranshaw's engagement ring was stolen on her wedding day Credit: Sussex Police

A £1,000 reward is being offered 10 days on since a bride's unique sapphire and diamond engagement ring was stolen from the church on her wedding day.

While Caroline and James Granshaw are on honeymoon their families have put up the reward in an effort to do all they can to help recover the ring stolen from Wisborough Green church porch.

Detectives have traced the ring's last known location to Highcroft Villas, Brighton on Saturday.

The ring had been placed in a black L K Bennett clutch bag with gold clasp, along with a iPhone which was on and using the 'Find my iPhone' facility police were able to track the phone's movements, showing it had been taken to Haywards Heath until around 6pm when it travelled to Brighton.

Missing Sussex man: Police statement

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft said: "Although we can't categorically prove that Mark is dead at this time, we are treating this as seriously as we can.

"His sudden disappearance is completely out of character. He is close to his family but they have not heard from him at all.

"He hasn't used his mobile phone, or carried out any financial transactions, hasn't turned up for pre-arranged appointments and meetings and there has no been no reported sightings of him.

"There were no signs that he was depressed or may wish to harm himself. He seems to have vanished."

Mark is described as white, 5' 9", clean shaven, with a tanned complexion and of stocky build. He has blue eyes and is bald.

Ring police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Light or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Brother makes heartfelt appeal to find missing man

Mark Manning has been misisng since April 22 Credit: Sussex Police

The brother of missing Sussex Mark Manning has made a heartfelt plea to him to get in touch.

Russell Manning appeared at police press conference in Worthing today where he read a statement which appealed for information about his missing brother.

Police have launched a murder investigation into the disappearance of Mark who lives in Lancing.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are now investigating after Mark, 54, of Brighton Road, was reported missing on April 22.

Sussex Police confirm deaths of divers in trouble at sea

Sussex Police have confirmed that two divers found to be in trouble in the Channel off Eastbourne have died. Dover Coastguard had contacted officers with news of the divers' difficulties in the water at about 1.40pm on Saturday afternoon.

The two men, in their forties and from outside Sussex, were airlifted by Coastguard helicopter to the Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were pronounced dead. They had been on a trip with a group of other divers.

"Tragically two divers have died after getting into difficulty while diving in the Channel. We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances."

– Detective Mark Ling, Sussex Police

Extra police patrols in Sussex for World Cup kick off

Extra police patrols on streets of Sussex Credit: ITV news

If you're thinking of causing trouble during the World Cup then think again - that's the message from Sussex Police. The force is warning potential trouble makers that extra patrols will be on duty across Sussex during high-profile matches to respond to any public disorder incidents.

And officers have been working with local authorities and licensees from pubs and clubs to deter trouble before it starts. Licensees have been asked to help keep people safe by providing drinks only in plastic or polycarbonate glasses and watch out for trouble makers.

"Our aim is to make this a safe and trouble-free tournament," said Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp. "We want people to enjoy themselves but not to the detriment of others. The vast majority of supporters are law-abiding and we look forward to enjoying the highs and lows of the World Cup with them."

"We also have a wide variety of legal powers which will be used if necessary. We have powers to stop individuals drinking in public, and powers to require people to disperse from specific areas, if we think they are likely to cause trouble. Arrest can follow if they fail to comply."

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