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Uckfield man convicted of fly tipping

Dunham Cobdam where rubbish was dumped Credit: Wealden District Council

A Sussex man has been given a nine month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay £2,400 for fly tipping.

James Dunham from Uckfield pleaded guilty to five charges of fly tipping at a number of locations across the county between May and September last year.

Animal ambulance in drugs 'hold-up' - police statement

The driver of a wildlife rescue ambulance was brought to a stop near Uckfield and then assaulted by a man who demanded drugs.

The ambulance was being driven along the A22 near Palesgate Common at around 11pm on Monday when it was overtaken by a dark coloured, older style, hatchback.

It slowed down and put on hazard lights bringing the ambulance to a standstill. Thinking that something was wrong, wildlife rescue volunteer Trevor Weeks got out of his vehicle, but was then assaulted and asked to handover drugs from the vehicle.

However, the wildlife rescue ambulance does not carry drugs or medical supplies.

This would appear to be an opportunist and very unusual attack, which has obviously left the victim very shaken.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the two vehicles in the Palesgate Common area on Monday evening, either driving or at a stop by the roadside. Please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1861 of 15/10."

– Det Sgnt Julie Dow

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Teenagers charged after Uckfield fire

Firefighters tackled the fire in Uckfield last month. Credit: Sophie Williams

Police have charged three people with arson following a major fire in Uckfield High Street.

Geraint Purton,18, of Parklands, Maresfield, near Uckfield, Adam Bushell, 18 of Luxford Close, Uckfield, and a 17 year old boy from Uckfield, will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday, October 19th.

The charges follow an investigation by East Sussex CID officers.

The fire was started behind the charity shop Sense in Uckfield High Street at around 11pm on Sunday, September 2nd.

It caused significant damage to several buildings and meant that nearby residents were evacuated.

Three arrested over Uckfield fire

Three people have been arrested for arson with intent to endanger lives following a large fire in Uckfield High Street on Sunday night. The blaze was started outside a shop belonging to the charity Sense at around 11pm, and spread to neighbouring buildings.

An eighteen-year-old man and two seventeen-year-old boys are in police custody.

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Upset after arson attack

Local people in Uckfield have expressed their sadness and upset after hearing the news that a fire which badly damaged businesses on the high street was caused by an arson attack. Sussex Police say that someone set fire to a bin at the rear of one of the charity shops.

Our reporter spoke to Mandy Hutton charity shop manager and Kathlyn Stanley-Quist charity shop worker.

Fire started deliberately

Sussex Police says that a fire which seriously damaged four buildings on Uckfield High Street was started deliberately.

It's understood that the blaze was started around 11pm in a bin behind the Sense Charity Shop.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information about who might have started the fire to come forward.

Moving pictures courtesy of Chris Lawson/Uckfield FM.

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