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Concern for missing teenager

Renato Bajamaj was last seen in Worthing on the 6th January Credit: Sussex Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing teenager from Worthing.

Renato Bajamaj who's 17 and from Albania was last seen at the address he had been staying at in Brighton Road on the afternoon of 6th January.

However, he was also seen in Harrow Road in Brent, north London, on the 9th January.

He is described as white, Albanian, about 5' 5", of slim build, with brown eyes, short black hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, jeans and trainers.

"We are concerned for the welfare of Renato due to him not knowing anyone within the UK and him not answering his phone.

"Please get in touch if you have any information which can help us find him and make sure he is ok."

– PC Mark Green

Residents urged to keep doors locked after burglary

Residents are being urged to keep their doors locked following a burglary in Worthing. Police received reports a woman had attempted to steal a handbag from an address in Beeches Avenue at about 8.30pm on Wednesday (23 December).

The suspect was disturbed by the homeowner and a struggle ensued, before she fled the scene having been chased in the direction of the A27 Upper Brighton Road.

The complainant returned home shortly afterwards to discover two 70cl bottles of vodka - one of which was Smirnoff - two 70cl bottles of Bells whiskey and a 70cl bottle of Bacardi rum were missing.

It is believed the suspect gained entry to the house via an unlocked back door.

She is described as white, of slim build and approximately 5' tall with blonde hair in a high ponytail, wearing a long, heavy tan jacket and carrying a light coloured bag.

"Whilst people should be allowed to feel safe in the comfort of their own home, it is evident that burglars are active in the area and residents should keep their properties secure accordingly.

We would urge anyone with any information to contact us on or call 101, quoting serial 1384 of 23/12."

– Investigating officer Tom Carpenter, Sussex Police


Residents urged to recycle Christmas trees

West Sussex residents with real Christmas trees are being encouraged to recycle them this festive season. All real Christmas trees – minus baubles, lights and tinsel – can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site and added to the green waste container.

Some districts offer alternatives to this.

  • Worthing and Adur will collect and recycle your real Christmas tree for you at the same time as they collect your rubbish, if you put it out for collection on your usual bin day from mid-January.
  • In Mid Sussex, you cannot leave it on the kerbside, but there are 26 additional sites where you can take your real tree for recycling from 31 December until 14 January. Just be sure to place your tree in the marked bay.
  • Residents in Chichester can leave trees next to their green waste bins, but those in Arun and Horsham are asked to cut up their trees and place them inside.

If you would like more information, visit your local district council website.

Concern for missing teenage friends

Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of two teenage friends who've gone missing from Worthing.

Stacy Baldwin was last seen at her home on Monday. Her friend Lacey Eason, who's 16, went missing in Worthing on Saturday.

We believe the girls are together and have travelled to London. We are concerned for their welfare due to their age and vulnerability.

– PC Dan Johnson, Sussex Police

Stacy is described as:

  • 5' 7"
  • stocky
  • pink coloured hair worn in a ponytail
  • green eyes and a pale complexion.
  • wearing blue jeans, a black coat with a fur lined hood and blue trainers.

Lacey is described as:

  • 5' 3"
  • thin
  • brown straight shoulder length hair and a pale complexion
  • last seen wearing a knee length camel coloured coat with fur collar, blue skinny jeans, a black top and white Addidas trainers.
  • bright red lipstick and her hair in two French plaits.

Plans for 21-storey tower on Worthing seafront rejected

Plans for 21-storey tower on Worthing seafront rejected Credit: Roffey Homes

Plans to build a 21-storey block of flats on Worthing seafront has been rejected by councillors.

The £40m development would have included the tower and surrounding flats on the former Aquarena site, about half a mile east of Worthing Pier.

Planners said the building was too high and would harm local heritage.

See a video of the plans below:

Applause for players killed in Shoreham air crash

Players and fans applaud memory of Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone Credit: ITV Meridian

A minute's applause has been held at a football match in memory of two players killed in the Shoreham air crash.

It was Worthing United's first game since the deaths of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt.

The match was a sell out with one thousand tickets bought instead of the usual one hundred. Abigail Bracken has this report.


Winchester ready to help stricken refugees

Winchester City Council stands ready to respond to the immediate plight of asylum-seekers fleeing from Syria.

The Council will support Government in whatever practical ways it can to continue Britain’s long history of helping and protecting vulnerable groups.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “Winchester has a proud track-record of helping people in need – the Zimbabwe refugee crisis is one example.

“We are waiting to hear what Government is asking of local authorities, but we are already gearing up to work with colleagues at Hampshire County Council, registered housing providers and private landlords.”

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.

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