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Headteacher says '... we'll pick ourselves up and move forward' after school fire

A school in Sussex is due to reopen again today after a suspected arson attack. The Yapton Church of England Primary School near Arundel was shut after an outbuilding was set alight on Saturday.

The Sussex Police and the fire service are investigating. The headteacher, Nick Sharp, thanked the local community for its support and said the school would open today, and the reception classes would be moved to the hall instead.

A statement on the school website said that there are fenced off areas on the way onto the school grounds and reception class children will need to be dropped off at the main hall doors on the playground.

Four men arrested after attack on 2 men in Bexhill flat

Four men have been arrested after a violent attack on two men at a flat in Bexhill, Sussex.

The victims aged 23 and 29 were set upon and tied up by several men - one was holding what looked like a firearm. The flat on London Road was searched by the intruders - but Sussex Police said nothing is known to have been taken. It happened at about 4.25pm on Saturday 25th February. Four men in their twenties were arrested later - on suspicion of aggravated burglary. Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.


Razor attack on homeless woman - 4 women bailed

Women bailed as police investigation continues into razor attack

Four women in their late teens and twenties have been bailed in the police investigation into a razor attack which left a homeless woman with severe injuries to her hands. The assault is believed to have happened near the Guildbourne Centre in Worthing town centre at around 6.45pm on Wednesday 15th February.

Two women from Worthing aged 20 and 21 who were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, common assault and violent disorder have been bailed until the end of March while enquiries continue.

The other two young women, a 19-year-old from Lancing and a 17-year-old from Worthing, who were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent are also on bail until the end of March.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who has information to get in touch by filling out a Response to Appeal form quoting serial number 1013 of 15/02.

New measure to protect police assaulted on duty

Every year hundreds of police officers in our region are assaulted while on duty. Some suffer serious injuries, others are left with mental scars.

Figures show that: In Hampshire in 2015 to 2016 - there were 993 assaults on police officers while on duty - a fifth of those were verbal assaults. While in Sussex there were 917 assaults on police officers.

Now, Sussex Police has launched a new plan to make sure that staff who are victims of violence get the same help as members of the public. Malcolm Shaw has more.

Homeless woman victim of razor attack - 4 arrests

The attack happened in Worthing on Wednesday 15th February

A homeless woman has been left with serious hand injuries after being attacked with a razor in Worthing's town centre.

Sussex Police were called to the Guildbourne Centre at about 6.45pm on Wednesday 15th February, following reports of the assault. On arrival, officers found the injured 31-year-old woman who they believe is a member of the local street community.

It is thought that she was assaulted in nearby Chapel Road. The woman was taken to Worthing Hospital, and was detained for treatment.

Police officers searched the area and arrested four young women - aged 17, 19, 20 and 21 - on suspicion of wounding offences. The 19-year-old is from Lancing, the others are all from Worthing.

Detectives are asking for anyone who saw what happened or who has information about the incident to come forward. Witnesses can make their reports online through a Response to Appeal form, and should quote serial 1013 or 15/02.

Forensic examinations are underway in Worthing City Centre

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.


Cyclist aged 15 in car collision on pedestrian crossing

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a 15-year-old cyclist and a car in Sussex.

It happened on the pedestrian crossing on Mill Lane, near its junction with the A259 New Road in Rustington, at around 1.20pm on Friday 23rd December.

The teenager was not injured but his black mountain bike was damaged after the incident. The car, which was light blue or green, failed to stop at the scene.

Sussex Police are asking anyone who saw the incident to report it online quoting serial number 722 of 23/12.

Tenant jailed for life for murdering landlord

Knight was sentenced to life at Hove Crown Court

A tenant who killed his landlord in a row over a dirty microwave has been jailed for life.

Alan Knight had an argument with his live-in landlord, David Bond aged 50, at Osmonde Close in Worthing in August 2016. Knight then went on the run before handing himself in to police near Blackpool a few days later.

Knight, aged 51, who was charged with murder by Sussex Police pleaded guilty to the crime at court on 4th November. Today he was sentenced, at Hove Crown Court, to life with a minimum of 18 and a half years.

Building collapses by A27 after being hit by van

The emergency services have spent much of the afternoon at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A van hit a car showroom at Hammerpot Hill off the A27 near Angmering, Sussex causing the building to fall down.

The van driver experienced slight injuries. A parked car which was hit was empty at the time of the incident. The building partially collapsed into the road and diversions are in place - the disruption is expected to last into the rush hour.

The accident at Hammerpot Hill happened at lunchtime Credit: Eddie Mitchell

DIVERSION: The A27 Arundel Road Westbound is closed, with traffic queueing due to accident from A280 / A2700 Titnore Lane to A284 Lyminster Road (Crossbush Junction).

To follow the diversion follow the hollow triangle symbol along A280 into Angmering, then the A259 to Littlehampton and A284 through Wick and Lyminster to re-join the A27.

No-one was in the parked car at the time Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Car crashes into building off A27 - building collapses

The emergency services remain at the scene where a car crashed into a building, leading to the structure's partial collapse.

It happened on the A27 Arundel Road, westbound in Angmering, West Sussex. The road is expected to be shut into the rush hour.

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