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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.


Air pollution hot spots near schools could affect health

Thousands of children in Kent and Sussex go to schools within 150 metres of air pollution hot spots, according to the Green Party MEP Keith Taylor.

He says the two worst areas are Folkestone and Canterbury with primary schools sited near heavy traffic.

Road traffic is the biggest source of air pollution in the UK, which could impact on children's health.

Fumes from traffic are particularly dangerous, causing both respiratory and heart problems.

Keith Taylor, who produced the Polluted Playgrounds report said:

This report makes clear just how many children across South East England are going to school near busy roads that are likely to be very polluted.

** We know that air pollution is a serious threat to children's health, and we know that thousands of people die every year because of the effects of air pollution.

** It's abundantly clear that action on air pollution is needed. Many of our towns and cities need to radically rethink the way they are dealing with air pollution.

– Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for South East England

'Cold War' cupboard opened for first time in 30 years

A cupboard stocked to help surive the Cold War's been opened for the first time in more than three decades. The caretaker at the flats in Hove decided to break in and discovered a horde of retro goods - including food, cleaning products and a battery-powered lamp.

As well as dozens of tins of soup and rice pudding, the cupboard contains unused pots and pans, cleaning products and a battery powered lamp. The bulk of the goods in tact, the caretaker hopes to pass them on to a production company as props.

This cold war store well past its sell-by-date - but still within use.

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