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Tourists flock for an encounter with a religious masterpiece - in Goring, Sussex

The great works of art can, of course, be found in the likes of Paris, London, New York and Rome...

But in recent times tourists have flocked to a new destination - a small church in Goring, in Sussex, for an encounter with a masterpiece.

It's 25 years since parishioner Gary Bevans completed his recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

As Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to Anne Niven, Parish secretary of English Martyrs Church, it now has truly global appeal.

Razor attack on homeless woman - 4 women bailed

Women bailed as police investigation continues into razor attack

Four women in their late teens and twenties have been bailed in the police investigation into a razor attack which left a homeless woman with severe injuries to her hands. The assault is believed to have happened near the Guildbourne Centre in Worthing town centre at around 6.45pm on Wednesday 15th February.

Two women from Worthing aged 20 and 21 who were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, common assault and violent disorder have been bailed until the end of March while enquiries continue.

The other two young women, a 19-year-old from Lancing and a 17-year-old from Worthing, who were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent are also on bail until the end of March.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who has information to get in touch by filling out a Response to Appeal form quoting serial number 1013 of 15/02.


Homeless woman victim of razor attack - 4 arrests

The attack happened in Worthing on Wednesday 15th February

A homeless woman has been left with serious hand injuries after being attacked with a razor in Worthing's town centre.

Sussex Police were called to the Guildbourne Centre at about 6.45pm on Wednesday 15th February, following reports of the assault. On arrival, officers found the injured 31-year-old woman who they believe is a member of the local street community.

It is thought that she was assaulted in nearby Chapel Road. The woman was taken to Worthing Hospital, and was detained for treatment.

Police officers searched the area and arrested four young women - aged 17, 19, 20 and 21 - on suspicion of wounding offences. The 19-year-old is from Lancing, the others are all from Worthing.

Detectives are asking for anyone who saw what happened or who has information about the incident to come forward. Witnesses can make their reports online through a Response to Appeal form, and should quote serial 1013 or 15/02.

Forensic examinations are underway in Worthing City Centre

Autographs to be auctioned in Worthing

Autographs from some of the most iconic figures in history will be auctioned Credit: ITV Meridian

More than a thousand autographs and signatures from some of the most iconic figures in history will be auctioned tomorrow in Worthing.

Complete with letters and photographs from kings, queens, artists, writers and astronauts, its the collection of the late Jon Evans, who lived in the town.

Pedestrian dies following collision with motorcyclist

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An elderly man has died after a crash involving a motorcyclist in Sussex.

The victim had been walking along the Worthing Road in East Preston just after 4.30pm today. The motorcyclist was then in collision with a car. The rider was taken to hospital serious injuries, but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

Sussex police are investigating.

Witnesses are being asked to email or call 101 quoting Operation Tails.

Sussex kitesurfer breaks UK record for highest jump - months after near fatal crash

A kite surfer from Sussex was back on the waves today - ten months after the stunt that nearly killed him.

Lewis Crathern was placed in a medically induced coma when his kite stalled in competition in South Africa. But he's since recovered to come second in the world tour, level on points with the winner!

And, as Andy Dickenson reports, he's hoping to end the year on another high.


Cafe worker describes terrifying moment he was held at gunpoint

A cafe worker has been telling of the terrifying moment he was threatened by a man with a gun.

Police in Sussex say it's one of a spate of robberies in the Worthing and Lancing area - most at gunpoint - which they think are linked.

Two took place in Orme Rd. One in George 5th Avenue - And another in Seadown Parade in Sompting.

The 5th was in Rowlands Rd, and a 6th in Railway Approach. A further attack happened on The Broadway - with another on Heene Rd.

The final two were at North Rd - and Uncle Sam's in Crabtree Lane - where the cafe worker feared for his life. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Grant Almond and DI Alan Pack from Sussex Police.

Appeal for help after armed robbery in Worthing

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Police have release a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak with in connection with an armed robbery in Worthing. Officers were called by a staff member at the SPAR store in Heene Road on Sunday evening after a man carrying what is believed to be a hand gun walked in at around 9pm and demanded money. He threatened staff with the gun and ordered them to open the till before grabbing approximately £200 cash and running off. He was last seen by the junction with Rowlands Road.

The man is described as white, around 5'11” and was wearing glasses as well as a grey face covering. He had three tops on: a blue jumper on top of a black hoodie which was worn over a burgundy jumper. The blue jumper had pre-cut holes where the suspect's thumbs protruded. He was also wearing Nike tracksuit bottoms with a bold navy blue stripe down the side to just below the knee and predominantly grey and white Nike trainers.

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Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: "Understandably the two members of staff have been left shaken by this incident, but fortunately no one was injured. If you saw anything at all suspicious around the time of the incident, or have any other information, please call us. We believe this robbery may be linked to three other similar incidents in the area that happened on the 13, 18 and 22 August. I would urge the man pictured, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to get in touch with us."

Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting Operation Zinger. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Woman charged with blackmail after 6 horses targeted

Woman due before magistrates in Worthing

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with blackmail after the tails and manes of six horses were cut in Shoreham earlier this year.

The animals were targeted at Buddy's Yard in Steyning Road, under the Shoreham Flyover. Four of the horses were in a field, the two others were in a stable. The incident happened overnight between Friday 29th January and Saturday 30th January.

Sussex Police said that Kirsty Geoghegan, aged 24, from Hove is due to appear before Worthing Magistrates Court on the 19th July 2016.

Police hunt man over rape of 69-year-old in town centre

The attack happened at around 1:50am on Monday, May 9 Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives are trying to trace a man suspected of raping a 69-year-old woman in Worthing town centre in the early hours of Monday, May 9.

The man in the photos, which were taken nearby just before the attack, is described as white, in his twenties, 5' 10" or taller, slim build, and wearing stonewash jeans, a dark top, and dark deck-type shoes with white piping.

We believe the man had seen the woman in the nearby Montague Centre and engaged her in conversation before taking her to the parking area at the rear of Barclays Bank in Liverpool Road where she was attacked.

This is an isolated and unusual event for Worthing and is not part of any pattern of offending. Local people should just continue to take their usual steps to look after themselves and keep safe when out in Worthing or anywhere else.

– Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team
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