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Police search for man after woman receives hospital treatment for facial injuries

Sussex Police are searching for George Lee Austin Credit: Sussex Police

Police in East Sussex are searching for 27-year old George Lee Austin who they want to interview about a serious assault on a 22-year old woman known to him at an address in Hughenden Road, Hastings, on Monday 24th November.

The woman received hospital treatment for facial injuries believed to have been caused by kicking and punching and was discharged later the same day.

Austin is white, 5'10", slim, with mousey coloured hair and blue eyes.

Austin frequents the Hastings and Bexhill areas, but anyone who sees him or knows where he may be is asked to contact us via or by calling 101, quoting serial 1250 of 24/11. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Constable Dan Schiraldi

Carpenter builds cosy nest boxes for birds

Rainbow Lorikeets Credit: Drusillas Park Zoo
Rainbow Lorikeets Credit: Drusillas Park zoo

We all dream of our ideal home - well, birds at a zoo in Sussex now have their very own grand design. A carpenter at Drusillas Park has built new cosy nest boxes for the rainbow Lorikeets, to encourage breeding. The lodgingsinclude an outdoor stand and a spare room ready for the arrival of newbornchicks.


Rare mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at auction

The skeleton of one of the most iconic ancient mammals- an Ice Age Woolly Mammoth- went under the hammer in West Sussex today.

In Summers Place Auctions' second Evolution sale, at three and a half meters tall and over five meters long, the rare beast- known as Monty- fetched £189,000.

Leeanna Faulkner was in Billingshurst earlier today:

Mr Fuller said the 30,000-50,000-year-old creature would have looked like "a rather large elephant".

The animal, which had been in an old private Eastern European collection for years, was sold to a private buyer.

Man made subject of hospital order after admitting manslaughter

Dudley Boakes has been made subject to a hospital order for treatment and care Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been made the subject of a hospital order after admitting to the manslaughter of his wife in Sompting earlier this year.

Dudley Boakes appeared at Lewes Crown Court onFriday (November 21), where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife,70-year-old Sandra Boakes, at their home in Grasmere Avenue on Thursday, April 3. However, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminishedresponsibility.

The court heard that the 80-year-old pensionerhad attacked his wife while suffering paranoid psychosis over worries about heraffair with another man. He believed that she had gone to meet the man who she had confessed to having a short-lived relationship with.

Boakes attacked his wife of 53 years, initially with a wine bottle, before calling for an ambulance. She died in hospital two days later.

HHJ Anthony Scott-Gall noted that psychiatrists were in agreement that Mr Boakes was not a danger to the public and there was no prospect of repetition. He was made subject to a hospital order for treatment and care.

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