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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.

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.

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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
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