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Jogger viciously attacked by gang in Worthing

Police are appealing for information after a jogger was viciously attacked in Worthing. The 43-year-old woman was assaulted as she was out running on Marine Parade at around 8.30pm on Saturday. She was hit from behind and knocked to the floor as she headed along the promenade near to the Burlington Hotel . She was then hit a further three times. She managed to get up and run away and alert police.

PC Daniel Marshall said: "The victim suffered bruising and swelling to her face and was very shaken by the incident. She believes there were three people and describes one of the men as white and around 5' 9". This attack was unprovoked and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area or saw what happened to get in touch.

Growing concern for safety of missing Sussex man

Kevin Murray's disappearance is said to be out of character Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for a man missing from Worthing.

Kevin Murray, 49, was last seen at around 6pm on Monday (December 15) when he visited his daughter in Dominion Road. He has not been seen since and has switched off his phone.

PC Lee Simmonds said: "This is completely out of character for Kevin, who was expected home after making the visit, but did not return. He is believed to be driving a silver Vauxhall Insignia registration GX59 DDY.

"Kevin is described as being white, 5' 10", stocky with cropped grey hair and was last seen wearing a dark fleece."

If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts please contact police on quoting serial 1347 of 15/12.


Boy, 13, critical after Sussex crash

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after his bicycle was in collision with a van in Worthing this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Offington Lane, Salvington at 7.07am. The boy, from Worthing, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where his condition is described as critical, but stable. He is to be transferred to King's College Hospital in London.

The 30-year-old local driver of the other vehicle involved, a VW Transporter, was uninjured.

The road was closed while rescue and recovery work took place, but was reopened around 10.45am.

Sea search launched after body spotted in water

helicopter search in Worthing Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A large-scale sea search was launched in West Sussex this evening after a member of the public reported seeing a body floating in the water.

Emergency services were called to the coastal town of Worthing at around 6pm.

A police helicopter as well as two Shoreham RNLI lifeboats were deployed.

Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Missing 15-year-old girl from Worthing

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 15-year-old from Worthing.

Chloe is white, 5' 5" and slim. She has shoulder length curly brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on November 5 wearing a blue Superdry hooded top and blue skinny jeans.

Have you seen missing teenager Chloe Newman? Credit: SussexPolice

Chloe has been missing since 5 November and although there have been possible sightings of her in London and Newhaven, we do not know where she is. We urgently need to track her down so we can make sure she is ok.

– PC Alex Leeson

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 586 of 05/11, call 101 and should dial 999 if you see her and believe she could be in danger.

Teenage sisters missing from Worthing

Elesha and Olivia Joseph were last seen on Wednesday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing two teenage sisters who have gone missing from their foster home in Goring-by-Sea, Worthing.

Siblings Elesha Joseph, 16, and Olivia Joseph, 15, were last seen when they had supper at about 6pm on Wednesday. When the bedroom they shared was checked later that evening, the girls had gone.

Both are British Jamaicans whose father died in 2003 and their mother in July this year. They had been living in the Caribbean but returned to the United Kingdom and entered foster care some three weeks ago.

Both are black and have cornrow plaited hair. Elesha, 5'2", is thought to be wearing a grey coat and blue jeans. She wears glasses. Olivia, 5' 3", is thought to be wearing a burgundy red coat, an ankle-length skirt and back shoes.

Neither girl is thought to have had money or mobile phones with them when they left.

"Clearly we are keen to find both girls as soon as possible. They have relatives elsewhere in the UK and it may be that they have set off to try to join them. We are making extensive enquiries in an effort to trace Elesha and Olivia, but would urge anyone who may have seen them or who knows of their whereabouts to contact police without delay. They may do so by emailing or by phoning 101, quoting serial 0458 of 16/10."

– Detective Inspector Rob Walker, of Worthing CID


Three kittens found dumped in a toilet

Lulu, Boggy and Flush are now looking for a new home Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after three tiny kittens were found dumped in a toilet in Worthing train station in West Sussex.

The tabby eight week-olds were discovered huddled together terrified in the corner of a cubicle on the morning of September 25 by station staff.

The staff members took them into their office to warm and feed them and called the RSPCA. We arrived and took them into our care so they could be nursed back to health.

They have now been named Lulu, Boggy and Flush by staff caring for them. They are still in a poorly state of health but it is hoped they will soon recover so they can be rehomed.

"It was a bit of a surprise find these poor little things cowered in the corner of the toilet that morning. They were huddled up so tightly together that they were easy to miss, and I don’t know how many people may have walked past them without noticing them. At least no-one hurt them or stepped on them or anything. It caused quite a stir that morning. We had them all in the office trying to warm them up a bit, which was lovely. Although quite shocking to us all that someone could have just left them to fend for themselves in this way.”

– Station Group master Jim Cumming

“Had they not been found when they were who knows what would have happened - we are so grateful to the station staff for the care they showed these little animals. They are simply too young and too small to survive on their own in this way, especially running loose so near on a train station platform. There was not even a box to protect them or give them a place to hide themselves in. We urge anyone with any information about how they came to be dumped like this to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”

– RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens

The kittens have been taken into boarding and made a good recovery. They have already been found new homes which they will be taken to shortly.

Five people arrested after 850 items found dumped in a pond in Sussex

Police trace owners of missing belongings Credit: Sussex Police

Five people have been arrested after handguns, a machete and long-bladed knives were among more than 850 items found dumped in a pond. A dog scampered away from its owner which led to the discovery of the huge haul of belongings, including watches, necklaces and rings. The find in Whitebeam Woods, Durrington, Worthing, West Sussex, on July 23 has been linked to six burglaries in the county within the past 18 months. Four men - aged 26, 24, 20 and 18, and a 17-year-old boy - have been arrested and bailed to this Thursday. Pictures of the items were posted on the force's website after being cleaned and examined, and many have been returned to their owners.<

Weapons found dumped in pond in Worthing

More than 800 objects - including guns, knives and jewellery - have been found dumped in a pond in West Sussex.

Police believe they may have been stolen or used by criminals.

The discovery was made by a dog walker in Longcroft Park on the edge of Worthing,

The weapons and personal belongings are now being examined to establish where they came from. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Weapons discovered in Worthing pond

Police are hoping to reunite burglary victims with their possessions after finding hundreds hidden in a pond in Worthing.

Officers from Sussex Police's specialist search unit have recovered more than 850 items that are believed to have been stolen in burglaries in the county.

Among the items recovered have been necklaces, brooches, rings and trinkets.

Police are hoping to reunite these items to their owners Credit: Sussex Police

There are also handguns, a machete and knives in the haul that are being examined to see if they are linked to any other crimes.

The search was carried out after a dog that left its owner and jumped into the pond in Whitebeam Wood, Durrington, emerged with a jacket and some cufflinks on 23 July.

The recovered items have been cleaned and examined but officers have been unable to identify who many of them belong to.

If they have been stolen, they can be returned to their owners and officers may be given more evidence that could help catch and prosecute those responsible for taking them.

"Many of these items are not particularly expensive but could hold great personal value to the owners. We have already identified some of the items as having been stolen in burglaries in Sussex but we want to find out who owns the rest of them. If you recognise any of the items, or think some could belong to you, please get in touch with us."

– Detective Constable Emma Fields
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