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Concern for missing teenager

Lacey Easen was last seen on Friday afternoon Credit: Sussex Police

Have you seen 16-year-old Lacey Easen from Worthing?

Lacey hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon and police are becoming concerned for her safety.

The teenager is white, 5' 4" and slim. She has a pale complexion, brown eyes, shoulder length straight dyed blonde hair and a tattoo on her left wrist that reads "Brooke".

When she was last seen she was wearing light blue jeans, a green Parka-style coat with a furry hood and trainers. She was carrying a large black and cream handbag.

"We've heard nothing to suggest that Lacey is in any danger but we need to find her to make sure she is ok. It has been suggested to us that Lacey may have gone to Brighton for the weekend with a new boyfriend, possibly a man from East London, and that they could have stayed there in a hotel. Lacey could be in West Sussex, in Brighton and Hove or even in London but we need to speak to anyone who may have seen her and could know where she is."

– Iain Exley, from the West Sussex missing persons team


Improved services promised for hospital patients in West Sussex

New targets set for hospitals in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

New targets have been set by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - in a draft strategy launched today. Over the next three years the trust says it will focus on reducing death rates, providing more reliable services and improving experiences for patients and staff. The Trust runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard's in Chichester and Southlands in Shoreham.

People in West Sussex are also being encouraged to have their say on the future of hospital services and the trust will be accepting feedback on the draft strategy until 5 March.

The draft Quality Strategy identifies areas the Trust will focus on over the next three years to 2018. Western Sussex Hospitals have already received top marks from the Care Quality Commission, who put the Trust in the category of "providing the best and safest care", but managers say they are committed to continuing to drive improvements in the quality of care available at all three hospitals.

The four goals identified in the draft strategy are:

? Reducing patient mortality and improving outcomes, ? Making care safer, ? Providing more reliable services, and ? Improving the experience of patients and staff.

Each goal features a set of priorities that explain how progress will be measured.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director for the Trust said: "We run the Trust for the benefit of our patients; present and future. Everyone who lives, works or visits West Sussex is potentially a patient - or visitor - and therefore has a vested interest in making sure we're doing everything we can to offer safe care and meet their needs. Getting involved doesn't have to be onerous or time consuming. We have developed a simple survey so people can give their views quickly and easily."

The draft Quality Strategy and the feedback survey are available online at

Woman raped in Worthing during early hours

Scenes of crime officers have been searching a green in Worthing after reports a woman was raped during the early hours.

Sussex Police surrounded the green near the Swan Inn on the corner of High Street and North Street.

It's believed the woman was walking home with friends at 3.30am when she became separated. She was approached by a man who then raped her on the green area.

Police were called and a man was arrested near by and remains in police custody.


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
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