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Tickets on sale for first match since deaths of footballers in Shoreham air crash

The poignant scene in Shoreham Credit: Worthing Herald

Tickets go on sale tonight for Worthing United’s first game since the tragic deaths of players Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt.

Worthing United will play East Preston in the FA Vase next Sunday, 6 September, kick-off 5pm.

The club are expecting a large, and probable sell-out crowd at Lyons Way as family, friends, colleagues and well wishers pay their respects to two much-loved young men - and as a result the match will be all-ticket.

Club manager Nigel Geary said: “It’s been difficult to think about football at all this week, but having discussed this at length with the players and others at the club, this feels like the right thing for us to do.

“With this in mind we felt it only right to move the game to the Sunday evening to enable many of the footballers who played with or against Matt and Jacob, on Saturdays and Sundays, to attend the game.”

Worthing United has been assisted by Brighton & Hove Albion’s safety and stewarding team in staging the match, and Albion will also assist with sales of tickets via the club’s website.

More details here.

Team-mate speaks of shock at Shoreham deaths

Tony Burnett played with Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Credit: ITV Meridian

The footballing community in Sussex is in shock at the loss of two of their players in the Shoreham Airshow crash.

Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were both 23, were among at least 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into the A27 on Saturday.

Team-mate Tony Burnett had known Matthew Grimstone for five years, playing alongside him with Mile Oak FC. He also played with Jacob Schilt and Matthew on Sundays at AFC Shoreham.

Mr Burnett said their team-mates are all in shock.


Shocking pink house gets whitewash make-under

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One of Worthing's most controversial landmarks is undergoing a discreet transformation.

The town's former lifeboat station, which was painted pink for several years, has now been given a more subtle new look.

The 19th century building is not listed, so the council was powerless to act on complaints about its colour.

Credit: ITV

12-year-old raped by man she met on internet

Sussex Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl Credit: Sussex Police

Parents are being warned of the dangers of mobile phone social media apps after a 12-year-old girl was raped in Sussex by a man she met on the internet.

The schoolgirl had arranged to meet a man who said he was 18 after they had been in contact through two phone apps, Whisper and Kik.

The youngster first met the man when he picked her up from outside Goring railway station, West Sussex, in a silver/grey Fiat Punto at 3pm on June 5.

They drove to a car par at the end of Angmering High Street where they kissed before the man dropped her off in Worthing. Then two days later, at about midday on June 7, the pair met again outside Tesco Express in Rectory Road, Worthing, before he drove her to the same place in Angmering where they walked to a nearby wooded area where they had sexual intercourse, only stopping when they saw dog walkers nearby.

The incidents were not reported to Sussex Police until June 25.

"This is is a clear case of a naive, vulnerable and trusting 12-year old girl being groomed online by a manipulative older man, whose exact age is not yet clear. He is described as white, aged about 18, about 6'1" and of slim build, with short black hair in a quiff. Do you recall seeing them or the car at any point in Worthing or Angmering on those days ? If you did, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call us on 101, quoting serial 1356 of 25/06. This case is another example of what can result from unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know."

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds

Homeless man knocked out during attack by gang

Police are appealing for witnesses after a gang attacked a homeless man in Worthing town centre.

One of the men slashed the 39-year-old across the face and head with a blade. The victim suffered cuts to his face and a broken nose and was knocked out.

He was in Warwick Street or Chapel Road when he was confronted by the gang of men and women who assaulted him on the evening of Wednesday 17 June.

When the victim woke he was being treated in Worthing Hospital.

We don't know why the man was attacked or who the attackers were.

The victim has said there were both men and women in the gang that attacked him but they could actually be older boys or girls rather than adults.

We need to find anyone who saw the victim being attacked or who may have seen him lying on the ground after he was knocked out.

This was a nasty attack and we need the help of the community to find him.

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds


Man dies and four arrested in Worthing crash

A 27 year old man from Worthing has died after a van crashed into a tree.

Four men from Sussex - two in their twenties and two in their thirties - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have since been bailed.

The collision happened at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The four survivors were treated for their injuries at Worthing Hospital.

Investigation after 15-year-old sexually assaulted

Police are investigating an incident outside the H&M clothes shop in Western Road, Brighton, in which a 15-year-old Worthing girl was sexually assaulted.

The incident occurred at about 3.30pm on Saturday, 16 May, when the victim and her companion, another girl aged 15, were walking along Western Road towards Churchill Square.

A man described as Asian, in his 30s, 5'7"- 5' 8", and of chubby build, approached the girl from behind, grabbed her bottom and made an obscene remark.

He was said to have spoken with an Indian or Pakistani accent.

Anyone who saw the incident or the offender, or who has information about this or similar offences in the area, is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 1064 of 16/5. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

"The victim has been left very shaken and upset by this incident and is worried it could have happened to others."

– PC Daniel Marshall, of the Worthing Response Investigation Team

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
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