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Man with automatic machine gun jailed for 11 years

A man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting possessing a fully-automatic TEC 9mm machine pistol along with ammunition in Hastings town centre.

Anthony Hearn, 43, of no fixed address, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life or enabling another to do so; possessing a prohibited automatic weapon; and possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Anthony Hearne Credit: Sussex Police

Armed officers arrested Hearne and his partner in Wellington Square on the afternoon of Tuesday 1 March. The weapon with silencer and 16 rounds of ammunition were found in a bag in the footwell of their car.

Tamara Callan, 43, of Strathnairn Street, Eltham, South East London, was initially charged with the same firearms offences but that prosecution was later discontinued by CPS. She was also charged with two offences of driving a vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. She admitted these offences and was sentenced to 12 months disqualification from driving on 11 May at Hastings Magistrates Court.

Five men, one aged 22 from Hastings, one aged 41 from Chatham, one aged 35 from South East London, one aged 46 also from South east London, and one aged 23 from St Leonards, who were also arrested on Tuesday 1 March in Hastings and Bexhill on suspicion of being concerned in the sale or transfer of a prohibited weapon and ammunition, are currently on on police bail until 18 August while enquiries continue.

The gun seized in this operation is a fully working machine pistol capable of firing up to 900 rounds per minute, a potentially devastating weapon that we have been able to take off the streets of Sussex. It is vital that we continue to receive support from our communities so that we can effectively tackle crime, and take weapons like this off our streets.

If you have any information that could lead to the seizure of illegally held firearms, or that could help us in tackling serious crime, please get in touch with us via or call 101. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 (”.

– Detective Superintendent Nick May


Missing Foyle's War actress found safe and well

Honeysuckle Weeks starred in the ITV drama Foyle's War Credit: ITV

Police have confirmed that actress Honeysuckle Weeks has been found safe and well after she was reported missing on Thursday night.

The star of the ITV drama Foyle's War last been seen in Graylingwell Drive, Chichester.

Police issued a missing persons appeal after her recent behaviour – and her disappearance – concerned her family and friends.

Honeysuckle was found safe and well at a relative's address in London at about 7.45pm on Friday (29 July) and has now returned to West Sussex.


Police search for Foyle's War actress Honeysuckle Weeks

Police are concerned for Honeysuckle's welfare Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Honeysuckle Weeks, who starred in the ITV wartime crime drama, Foyle's War.

Honeysuckle, who is 36, lives in Petworth. She was last seen in Graylingwell Drive, Chichester at 9pm on Thursday night and was reported missing around 10pm.

She is around 5'4" with cropped gingery blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a blue anorak and faded blues jeans.

Detective Kate Witt said: "We are concerned about Honeysuckle as her recent behaviour has concerned family and friends and she has expressed to them she is feeling anxious.

"Although she travels around a lot and has links in London and has family in Wiltshire, it is unlike her not to be in touch with family.

"If you read this Honeysuckle, please get in touch to let us know you are ok."

Anyone with information or has seen her, please contact police on or call 999 in an emergency, quoting serial 1632 of 28/07.

Project launched to save endangered dormice

Conservationists say urgent action is needed to help save one of our most endearing - but endangered - wild animals.

Hazel Dormice have vanished from much of our countryside. Habitat loss and climate change are among the reasons why.

Now, work is underway to protect our remaining dormice, and find ways to increase their numbers.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to ecologist Petra Billings, and Mark Monk-Terry of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

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