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UPDATE - Woman dies in Littlehampton house fire

Sussex Police have confirmed a woman has died in a house fire in Littlehampton. Fire crews were called to the home in Harwood Road after reports of a fire.

Police say "strenuous efforts" were made to rescue those inside but a woman died in the fire and 2 other adults are being treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and officers are investigating.

One dead in Littlehampton house fire

Fire crews and police officers are still at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

One person has died after a fire in a house in Littlehampton in West Sussex. Fire crews were called at 12:10 this afternoon to an address in Harwood Road.

Few details have been released but a spokesperson from West Sussex Fire and Rescue has confirmed to ITV News that one woman died and two other people are being treated for smoke inhalation. Fire investigators and police officers are still at the scene.

Orchid View final report released

The report recommends staff and volunteers should be encouraged to raise concerns about how a care home is run without fear of any reprisals. The report into the former care home, Orchid View, in Copthorne, near Crawley was released on Friday.

The home closed down in 2011 after a whistle blower contacted police. An investigation at the time concluded that neglect at the privately run care home contributed to 5 deaths between 2009 and 2011, although prosecutors decided there wasn't enough evidence to bring any charges.

Other recommendations from this final report include setting up a system of governors for care homes and better testing of home managers.

Some of the recommendations came from an event held in June attended by relatives, local authorities and other agencies.

A huge amount of work and learning continues to go on to make sure the partnership that makes up the Safeguarding Adults Board does everything in its power to prevent a repeat of the tragic events at Orchid View. We will continue to engage with the Orchid View relatives and will remain ever vigilant to make sure the most vulnerable in our county are protected.

– Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council

The relatives of those who died at Orchid View say they would still like a public inquiry into the running of the home.

The full report can be viewed by clicking on this link...


Cash and jewellery stolen during burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses after jewellery and £4000 in cash was stolen from a house in West Sussex.

The break-in happened in Radford Road, Tinsley Green near Crawley on Wednesday.

A downstairs front window was broken and an untidy search of the property was carried out.

Investigating officer Elena Mannan said: "The homeowners were out between 8.50am and 3.45pm, so this break-in will have happened during daylight hours next to a fairly busy road.

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call 101 quoting reference 1016 of 30/09."

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