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Five people arrested after 850 items found dumped in a pond in Sussex

Police trace owners of missing belongings Credit: Sussex Police

Five people have been arrested after handguns, a machete and long-bladed knives were among more than 850 items found dumped in a pond. A dog scampered away from its owner which led to the discovery of the huge haul of belongings, including watches, necklaces and rings. The find in Whitebeam Woods, Durrington, Worthing, West Sussex, on July 23 has been linked to six burglaries in the county within the past 18 months. Four men - aged 26, 24, 20 and 18, and a 17-year-old boy - have been arrested and bailed to this Thursday. Pictures of the items were posted on the force's website after being cleaned and examined, and many have been returned to their owners.<


£20,000 reward to catch killer of Valerie Graves in Sussex

Reward to find killer of Valerie Credit: Hampshire Police

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Graves.

Valerie, 55, was found dead on 30 December 2013 whilst house-sitting at a friend's house in Bosham. It is believed that she was attacked in her bed during the night by an intruder using a hammer. She died as a result of severe head injuries.

Valerie was an artist who was well-liked. She had two grown-up children and two grandchildren, and had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to help care for her elderly mother in Bracklesham Bay.

On the nine month anniversary of her death, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 with a further £10,000 offered by Sussex Police, for information that is passed to the charity's anonymous 0800 555 111 number leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Angela Hollinshead, Crimestoppers' Area Manager for Sussex, said: "Valerie's murder was extremely brutal and her family has been devastated by her death. It is hoped that, by increasing the reward, this may assist in convincing someone to come forward and provide us with the critical information that may solve this crime"

If you have any information on Valerie's murder then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form at

Police concerned for missing 13-year-old boys

Brandon (left) and Joe (right) have been missing since yesterday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of two missing 13-year-old boys.

Brandon Gale, from Worthing, and Joe McFarlane-Hills, from Sompting. were last seen around 1pm yesterday when they left Provident House School in Grafton Road, Worthing.

Brandon is described as mixed race, 5' 10" and of stocky build with short black afro hair.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and grey and blue Nike trainers with a black coat and a beige fisherman's hat.

Joe is described as white, 5' and of medium build with short straight light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit top with grey tracksuit bottoms with grey and blue Nike trainers and a black and red Chicago Bulls hat

PC Heather Mackay said: "We believe the boys are together and could be in London.

"We are concerned for their welfare and ask anyone with any information to contact us."

Anyone who sees the boys or knows of their whereabouts is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 672 of 29/09.

16-year-old attacked and robbed in Hastings

The boy was attacked on Middle Street in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy aged 16 was attacked and robbed in East Sussex last Monday. Two men attacked the boy in Middle Street in Hastings and stole his money.

The victim was walking from the HMV store towards Hastings railway station at 5pm when he was approached by two men and punched repeatedly.

The victim was not injured but had the speakers he had just bought stolen along with his black Armani Jeans messenger bag with two vertical white stripes on, which contained some Armani Diamonds aftershave and £30 in cash in a black Nike wallet.

The first man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 10" and of muscular build with blonde or light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with a front zip, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 7" and of stocky build. He was wearing a, grey jacket and grey joggers with a black hat.

"This is an unprovoked attack that has resulted in items being stolen from a boy who was on his own, fortunately he was not injured. We would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident as there were several people seen in the area."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

New film charts the highs and lows of Spandau Ballet

More than 3 decades ago Spandau Ballet were breaking onto the music scene but, after conquering the charts they took a 20 year break.

Now, they're back and tomorrow at cinemas across the Meridian region they're premiering a new film which includes the band's archive, charting their highs and lows. David Wood caught up with them.

Find out which of your local cinemas are showing the film here


Horse dies in suspected deliberate attack

George the horse had to be put down after getting caught in an electric fence Credit: Sussex Police

A horse had to be put down after it became entangled in an electric fence to such an extent that its owners believe it was targeted in a deliberate act.

The horse, called George, was discovered in a field in Blackgate Lane, Pulborough, on Tuesday, September 9. It was lying on the ground with the electric fence line wrapped tightly several times around its left fore and hind legs. It was released, but the incident had caused irreparable injuries to both legs and George, sadly, had to be put to sleep a few days later.

"At first we thought it was just an unfortunate accident where George had got himself tangled up in the fence. However, the number of times that the fence line was wrapped around each foot aroused our suspicions and we called the police. Unfortunately, the line was so tight that it cut off circulation to both feet and the vet was unable to save them or ultimately, George."

– Zoe Walker, who runs Soul Equestrian at Scrase Farm

"There's no apparent reason why this horse or these stables should have been targeted in this isolated incident, but we would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the incident or who has experienced anything similar. Blackgate Lane is fairly remote, but were you around the area at any time from late afternoon or overnight on Monday, September 8 and if so die you see anything suspicious? If so, please email or call 101 quoting serial 1096 of 18/09."

– PC Jonny Walker

Bishop of Arundel and Brighton resigns

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton has resigned after admitting that he's broken his vows as a Catholic priest. Kieran Conry issued a statement apologising for what he called the shame that he has brought on the diocese and the church. The sixty-three year old said he'd been "unfaithful", leading to speculation that he's had a sexual relationship. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Bishop resigns saying he brought "shame" on the diocese

Bishop of Arundel & Brighton resigns Credit: PA

A Catholic bishop has apologised to churchgoers after he resigned from his post, claiming to have brought "shame" on his diocese and the church. The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, who is Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, covering Surrey and Sussex, issued a statement which said he had "been unfaithful to his promises as a Catholic priest".

The statement, which was being read in all churches of the diocese this weekend, said: "I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest."

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