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Sussex PC suspended over 'Taser threat'

A Sussex police officer has been suspended after he allegedly threatened to shoot a hospital patient with a Taser.

Police were called to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, East Sussex to deal with a drunk patient when the incident took place.

The Taser was not discharged and the patient, a 31-year-old man from Hastings, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

A 35-year-old male police constable, based in East Sussex, has been suspended while the investigation is ongoing. Officers who carry Tasers outside of the firearms unit must pass suitability checks before undergoing a thorough four-day training programme. This includes tactical and handling assessments and is designed to test decision making under pressure."

– Police force spokesman

Gang jailed after gagging and torturing student

Sam Simon, 21, and Alex Simon, 21, from Hastings were jailed after traumatising the victim Credit: Sussex Police

A gang of men have been jailed for tying up a student and torturing him in Hastings to make him hand over money.

Sam Simon lured the 21-year-old victim, who was his friend, to a house in Hastings before they tied him up and gagged, kicked and beat him with a hammer.

Yalcin, 20, from St Leonards and Oganesyan, 23, from Hastings were convicted of false imprisonment Credit: Sussex Police

They then stuffed him into a body bag and threw him into a car where they discussed burying him before they assaulted him.

The victim suffered broken teeth, cuts and severe bruises and had to be treated at Conquest Hospital.

Jowad Ghemati, 27, was convicted of witness intimidation and jailed for 12 months Credit: Sussex Police

Jowad Ghemati then approached the victim and offered him thousands of pounds to drop the case.

Detective Sergeant Michael Burnage said: "Sam Simon lured his friend to his home with the sole intention of torturing and robbing him.

"The victim was both assaulted and left terrified that he was going to be murdered - a level of cruelty that seems inexplicable at the hands of someone he believed was his friend. A later attempt by one of the group to intimidate the victim into dropping the case thankfully was unsuccessful."


Lorry driver arrested after crash closes A27

A lorry driver has been arrested after crashing into a car, which then caused the A27 to close at Arundel today.

A turquoise Vauxhall Corsa, a white Ford Transit and a green DAF lorry collided at 11.40am between the Ford Road roundabout and the roundabout near Arundel station.

A 57-year-old woman from Littlehampton who was driving a car was taken to Worthing Hospital after it was originally thought she needed to be cut out of the car.

Long queues built up following the crash as emergency services worked at the scene.

A distressed puppy was also removed safely from the woman's car.

A 36-year-old man from the Netherlands who was driving the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the crash or the cars before the collision happened.

Would-be robber abandons bike at scene

A potential robber left his bike at the scene when he ran off Credit: Sussex Police

A man who attempted to rob a security van in Eastbourne left without cash or his bike.

The man was watching a delivery of cash to St Anthony's Post Office around 10.10am on Tuesday 15th April.

He tried to grab the bag of money that was being delivered inside the Post Office but he was unsuccessful and ran off - leaving behind his bike.

The man is describe as white, in his early 20s and wearing a dark hooded jacket with dark bottoms and a rucksack with orange markings on its back.

Detective Sergeant Dave Tye said: "Fortunately, he failed in his attempt and compounded this by abandoning the blue, Carrera Subway, mountain bike.

"At this time we don't know if it was his or whether he might have stolen it locally, so we are keen to hear from anyone who either saw it in the area or has lost it themselves."

Sussex pensioner accused of killing wife refused bail

A pensioner from West Sussex who has been accused of killing his wife has been refused bail.

Dudley Boakes, who is 79-years-old, appeared at Lewes Crown Court charged with murdering Sandra Boakes.

The 70-year-old was left critically ill following an attack at the couple's home in Sompting near Worthing on the 3th April.

She died two days later at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Boakes was initially charged with attempted murder but the Crown Prosecution Service later authorised a charge of murder.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on the 27th June.

Zoo staff step in to save rare penguin chick

The chick was born with the help of zookeepers after the mum faced difficulties Credit: Drusillas Park

A rare penguin chick has hatched with the help of zookeepers from Sussex after a difficult birth.

The Humboldt chick emerged from its shell on Wednesday 2nd April after staff noticed a small hole in the egg.

The cheeky chick finally broke free on Wednesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Humboldt penguins usually hatch after 40 days with greyish feathers and both parents work together to feed and care for their young.

The chicks tend to leave their nest at around 10-12 weeks.

The small shell which the penguin hatched out of on Wednesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Deputy Head Keeper, Jason O’Connell commented: “Hatching can be a difficult time and it can take a while depending on the chick’s own strength. The chick is doing really well now and we are pleased with his progress.

"He will be cared for by his parents within the safety of the nest box over the next few weeks, before finally waddling out onto the beach in time for summer."


Brighton's A27 closed for 4 hours after 3 crashes

The A27 in Brighton was closed for four hours after three consecutive collisions on the eastbound carriageway.

Emergency services were called at 4.06pm on Sunday 13th April between the Devil Dykes and A23 junction in Brighton.

The first collision involved a Haywards Heath woman and a Brighton man - who were both uninjured.

The next incident involved a motorbike rider from Brighton and five cars. The biker suffered serious but not life threatening injuries.

The third crash was between two motorcycles who were slowing down as they approached the scene but collided.

The motorcyclists, from Horley and Horsham, suffered minor injuries.

The A27 was closed for four hours to enable medical assistance, investigation work and to assess damage.

Two men arrested following off licence fight

Two Sussex men have been arrested after they assaulted a man in an off licence.

The fight broke out on Saturday 5th April at 9.50pm outside Bargain Booze on South Street in Tarring.

The 42-year-old victim suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken toe.

A 28-year-old and 33-year-old man, both from Worthing, were arrested on suspicion on GBH.

Detective Constable Tony Taylor said: "There were a number of customers in the shop and also passers who might have witnessed what went on outside the shop."

Anyone who has information should contact Sussex Police on 101.

Kent man seriously injured after motorbike crash

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured following a collision with a car in Sussex.

The emergency services were called to Lydd Road, near Camber Sands, at 3.55pm on Sunday to a crash between a car and motorbike.

A red Toyota Corolla was turning into the car park when an orange Kawasaki appeared to lose control and the rider came off.

The 45-year-old rider from Ashford suffered serious injuries and the driver of the car from London was unharmed.

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101.

Final journey for Sussex biker

He was a gentle giant and today scores of his biker friends took him on his final journey through Sussex. Barry Flood, known as 'Bear', died after he suffered a brain injury in a motorbike accident.

In true biker-style, his coffin was carried behind a Harley Davidson trike - much to the surprise of passers-by. Charlotte Wilkins speaks to friends Ian Dorian and Peter Saunders.

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