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20th anniversary of Rwanda genocide

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide - which saw the death of more than 800,000 people.

We look at those in our region who were affected by the tragedy, which was sparked after a plane carrying the country's President was shot down, killing everyone on the plane.

Here, we speak to Alex Ntun who has been living in Sussex since he left Rwanda when he was young.


Police hunt driver who ran off after crash

Sussex Police are looking for the driver of a car which crashed in Woodingdean, who left the scene before emergency services arrived.

The incident happened at 6.10pm on Saturday 5th April, when the Nissan Micra saloon left the Warren Road and collided with racecourse fencing.

Police currently have no description of the driver and full circumstances of the crash are still being established.

PC Jim Annand, of Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: "If you saw what happened or know who the driver is, please call us on 101 or quoting serial 1153 of 5/4."

Free school closes because of poor performance

The first free school in the country has been closed down for good because of poor performance - less than three years after opening. The pioneering Discovery New School at Crawley in Sussex was set up to allow parents to choose a Montessori style education.

Free schools are a flagship government education policy that allows schools to operate outside of local authority contol using public money. But this school's troubled path has raised many questions.

The founders of the school say Ofsted - not them - should be blamed. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has this exclusive report.

Female falcon is new arrival at Chichester Cathedral

The new female at Chichester Cathedral Credit: RSPB

A new pair of peregrines is breeding at Chichester Cathedral. The female which delighted observers over 13 breeding seasons by producing a record 45 chicks has not returned to the nest this spring.

The new female, identified by wildlife photographers and keen peregrine watchers David and Janet Shaw, who work closely with the RSPB, has had three males vying for her attention.


Staff left amazed as they find Wallace the penguin flying

Zoo keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have had the surprise of their life after they found one of their penguins flying.

Wallace the penguin is known for his speed and has always been a lot faster than the other birds.

Staff think that his unusually large wingspan and his recent weight loss has made him more aerodynamic, meaning he can fly.

Wallace was born at the park in 2012.

Staff at Drusillas Park watching Wallace the penguin fly Credit: Drusillas Park

South Downs National Park celebrates it's 4th birthday

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The South Downs is celebrating four years as a national park Credit: ITV Meridian

The UK's newest national park, the South Downs in West Sussex is celebrating it's fourth anniversary today. Special walks will be taking place throughout the region to mark the occasion.

Robert Self, a Society spokesperson, said "For over sixty years, campaigners worked for the South Downs to be recognized as a National Park.

Its outstanding landscape and network of historic pathways finally received the protection they deserved in 2010 and we will be celebrating this 4th anniversary by enjoying the stunning spring scenery on three superb walks".

The National Park was created on 1 April 2010, and the National Park Authority took up its full powers as planning and access authority on 1 April 2011. The Society has praised the National Park Authority for its work, by acting to protect and enhance the precious landscape of the South Downs.

Who would drive a van like this...?

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

There are TV shows that some fans just can't get enough of. Classics like Only Fools and Horses for example. But for one man in Sussex, that love and devotion has gone a bit further than you might expect - he's built his own "Trotters Trading" Reliant van.

Daniel Clift is Crawley's answer to Del Boy. He took our reporter David Johns for a spin.

E-petition sparks council debate on Sunday parking fees

Sunday parking charges in Brighton & Hove are to be discussed by the full council

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.

The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.

More than 1,250 people have signed an e-petition calling for the removal of Sunday parking charges
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