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Man in hospital after car collides with pub fence

A 22-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after the car he was driving collided with the fencing of a pub in Henfield near Brighton.

The incident happened on the A281 junction with Muddleswood Road in Albourne on Saturday 25th May 2013. Sussex Police and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to the Ginger Fox pub at 6.35am. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

"The road was closed for several hours whilst forensic investigators carried out work at the scene and the driver was medically removed from the car.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to please call 101 quoting Op Maine or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk."

– PC Chris Welsh from the Road Police Unit, Sussex Police

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Meridian West: Report into the future of fire fighting

by Malcolm Shaw

An independent report commissioned by the Government claims that fire services across the South could save millions of pounds of public money if they worked together more closely.

The review says calls-outs and fire deaths have dropped, while spending and the number of firefighters have stayed much the same. The report has been welcomed by fire chiefs in Hampshire and West Sussex.

But the Fire Brigades Union has called it a "fig leaf" to hide further cuts which could put lives at risk. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Fatal fire caused by cigarette

A house fire in the Copthorne area of Crawley which killed two people is believed to have been started by cigarettes.

The fire early on Saturday Morning claimed the lives of an 83 year old woman and her 52 year old son.

Deputy Safer Communities Manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Adrian Carter, said: "This is a tragic accident that has sadly taken the lives of two people from the same family but it highlights the real dangers that can be caused as a result of cigarettes and smoking.

"Smoking related fires are still the biggest killers in accidental fires in the home resulting in a third of all fire related deaths."

Second body found in fire - police statement

Firefighters tackle the blaze in the early hours of Saturday. Credit: Eddie Howland

A second body has been found at the scene of a fire at West Sussex.

Emergency services had been called to the fire, at The Lodge, Great Finches Farm, Snow Hill, Copthorne, near the Dukes Head roundabout, at 12.45am on Saturday.

The building had been severely damaged by fire and the body of an elderly woman, believed to be an 83-year old occupant, was found inside.

Police scenes of crime officers and detectives, and fire service investigators, have been examining the scene since Saturday morning.

Fire damage made the structure very unsafe and great care has had to be taken to ensure a safe and thorough search can be carried out.

On Sunday afternoon a second body, believed to be that of the 52-year old man who was the only other occupant, was found in another part of the building.

Enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances and at this stage the deaths are being treated as unexplained.

We are in the process of tracing next of kin, and postmortems will be held on dates yet to be arranged during the coming week.

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