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Girl 'shot in head by father' in East Sussex

The shooting took place in Northiam, near Rye. Credit: Google Maps

A resident of an East Sussex village where two people were shot today said he believed those involved were members of the same family.

A young girl is in hospital after it is believed she was shot in the head by her father who has been found dead, sources said.

One villager, Anthony Burr, said: "What appears to have transpired is that a father has gone to his ex's house where his daughter lives and has shot her. This has all come from neighbours and eyewitnesses."

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Reports of 'armed incident' in Sussex

Officers are currently at the scene of an armed incident in Spring Hill, Northiam. One person has suffered a gunshot wound and has been taken to hospital for treatment. The seriousness of her injury is not yet known. Armed officers are at the scene ensuring the area is safe. There is no evidence that the public are at risk. Spring Hill has been sealed off while officers investigate the incident and is likely to be closed for the next few hours.

Dying man's watch theft from A&E

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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.

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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
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PM gives Downton Abbey script to China's premier

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.

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