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Mother & daughter struggling in sea rescued by RNLI

RNLI lifeguards in Littlehampton have carried out their first rescue of the season today. A mother and daughter - both adults - were struggling with their inflatable in a strong offshore breeze off Littlehampton East beach in West Sussex.

RNLI lifeguard Brittany Jones, spotted the two women and paddeled out to them using her rescue board. She then helped them to keep afloat until ifeguards from Littlehampton West Tim Walton and Dan Seagrove Castle were able to launch the inshore rescue boat to bring them all safely to shore.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches at Littlehampton until 7 September.

‘It was a busy day on the beach, but I spotted the two women just outside of the lifeguard zone and they looked like they were having trouble getting back to shore.

‘It’s situations like this where your training really kicks in. Thankfully, it was a happy ending, but we would advise all those visiting a beach to stay in an area where the lifeguards can see you, and if in danger, call for help immediately.’

– Brittany Jones, RNLI lifeguard

Man's body found at waste site "could have slept in bin"

Police are investigating whether a Hastings man, whose body was found at a waste disposal site in West Sussex, may have fallen asleep in a bin.

Ben Far, from St Leonards, was discovered at the Rudford Industrial estate near Ford on Tuesday.

A post mortem examination showed the 28-year-old died from being crushed.

Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said:

It is likely that Ben's body was brought to the site by lorry having been taken from a commercial refuse bin. The refuse bin could be from a number of locations but is likely to be from a coastal location in West Sussex.

His death is being treated as unexplained and the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances.

We are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Ben from April 15th to contact police with information as we are trying to build up a picture of his movements.

Ben had links to St Leonards and Hastings and was also known to frequent the Brighton area.

– Detective Inspector Jim McKnight, Sussex Police

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'Crushed body' identified at waste centre site

Ben Farr has been named as the man who was found at the wast site on Tuesday Credit: Sussex Police

Police have identified a man who was found dead at a waste centre in Ford as 28-year-old Ben Farr.

The post mortem revealed he died from crushing injuries. His family have been informed.

Police were called shortly before 9am on Tuesday to reports a body had been found at the Rudford Industrial Estate near Ford.

Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said: "It is likely that Ben's body was brought to the site by lorry having been taken from a commercial refuse bin. The refuse bin could be from a number of locations but is likely to be from a coastal location in West Sussex.

"His death is being treated as unexplained and the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances. We are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Ben from 15 April to contact police with information as we are trying to build up a picture of his movements."

Body of a man found at West Sussex industrial estate

A man's body has been found at a waste site on an industrial estate in West Sussex.

The body was discovered at Rudford Industrial Estate near Ford.

Sussex Police are investigating the scene and have said the man's death is being treated as unexplained.

The site where the body was found lies to the east of Ford Open Prison.

Gatwick sees 5% rise in passengers

The airport has seen a 5% rise in passengers in March Credit: ITV Meridian

There has been an increase in the number of passengers flying through Gatwick last month.

The West Sussex airport handled more than 2.7 million passengers in March - a 5% rise since March 2013.

The rise came despite a dip in North Atlantic traffic and no US Airways flights from Gatwick in 2013.

Gatwick bosses are hoping that the summer's launch of three new Norwegian Air Shuttle routes to America will help increase traffic to the region.

Last week, the House of Commons Transport Committee criticised Gatwick and its handling of the Christmas Eve crisis when flooding caused a power failure which led to flight cancellations.

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Sussex man jailed for stalking his ex

Kevin Rainbow was previously charged with stalking offences at Lewes Crown Court

A man from West Sussex has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stalking his ex-partner, after he was found hiding under her bed by police.

28-year-old Kevin Rainbow, who now lives in Deptford in London, appeared at Lewes Crown Court after pleading guilty to previous charges of assault and harassment.

He was issued with a Restraining Order, which stopped him from contacting his ex-partner or her family.

But he continued to contact his partner at her place of work and she went to stay in Sussex with her parents to feel safe for a while.

Rainbow caught his ex-partner as she walked back to the house but her father managed to get her indoors.

Detective Constable Stuart Macpherson of the West Sussex Adult Protection Team said,

"This was a frightening series of events, in which Rainbow clearly showed very manipulative and abusive behaviour towards a woman who initially trusted him but eventually became terrified of him. What he would have done if we had not found him under that bed can only be guessed at."

£3.4 million for pot hole repairs in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council is to receive around £3.4m from the Government to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.It comes after the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that an extra £140m was being made available to help authorities in the UK.

The County Council has been told it will receive £3,475,968 as part of its share.The Government released the emergency payment following the wettest winter on record.

The announcement comes weeks before the County Council launches its £30m Better Roads Programme, a two-year scheme targeting rural and residential roads in West Sussex in need of repair.

Reward for information on Bosham murder

It's a murder which has shocked a quiet community and puzzled detectives. But today a 10 thousand pound reward was offered to catch the killer of a grandmother battered to death as she stayed at a friend's luxury home.

Valerie Graves was found dead at the waterside property in Bosham near Chichester on December 30th. She was staying there over Christmas with her mother, sister and sister's partner.

Police say a hammer found near the house was used to kill Valerie. Sarah Cooper reports.

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