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Boy caught shoplifting gives birthday money to charity as penance

An 11-year-old who was caught shoplifting got in such trouble with his family that he donated his birthday money to charity as penance.

The boy stole an e-cigarette and cartridges from Superdrug in The Quintins Shopping Centre, Hailsham, but was spotted by the store manager making his escape and was stopped nearby.

When police arrived the boy admitted the theft of the £25 worth of items and handed them back.

The store manager agreed that the incident could be dealt with by community resolution so an officer took the boy home to speak to his mother in Fairfield, Herstmonceux.

The child's mother was unsurprisingly angry with the boy, who had never been in trouble with the police before, and the child agreed to write a letter of apology to the store and to be banned from going there.

But when he sent the letter to Superdrug he also included £30 in compensation for what he had done - money he had been given for his birthday.

The store did not want to accept the money so instead it was given to MacMillan Cancer Support, which Superdrug backs.

Sergeant Simon Kind said: "It may have been guilt that persuaded him to send the money as a donation with the letter of apology but whatever, the reason, the money has now gone to a very good cause."


Police say pedestrian killed was 35-year-old man

Police have confirmed that a 35-year-old man from Newhaven died at the scene of the collision.

The collision happened near the junction with the A26 New Road and the B2109 Avis Road at South Heighton just after 10am.

A 65-year-old man from Bishopstone was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries.

Both men were pedestrians.

The driver of the red dropside DAF lorry, a man from Kent, was uninjured. He was driving south on the A26 when the incident occurred.

Both the A26 and B2109 roads remain closed while investigation and recovery work takes place. It is hoped that the scene will be clear and reopened by mid-afternoon.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email or call 101 quoting Operation Glinsk.

Getaway traffic building up on M25

Rail woe for Gatwick travellers

Gatwick-bound travellers were held up for a third morning running by problems on the railway.

The latest difficulty for those heading to the West Sussex airport by train was caused by a signalling problem at Burgess Hill in West Sussex.

As well as affecting the Gatwick Express services, the problem caused delays to trains run by the Southern and Thameslink companies.

There were other delays during the morning rush-hour. In Kent and East Sussex, signalling problems between Ashford International and Rye caused hold-ups.


Oxford buildings recreated in Christmas ice sculpture

Giant ice sculpture celebrating Christmas Credit: ITV Meridian
Giant ice sculpture celebrating Christmas Credit: ITV Meridian

Marylebone station has a giant ice sculpture on show to celebrate Christmas. It shows the Radcliffe Camera Building, Dreaming Spites of Oxford along with Big Ben and Chiltern Railways train to mark new services from Oxford Parkway to Marylebone next September.

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