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Remains could be those of missing Sussex backpacker

by Malcolm Shaw

There is speculation that human remains discovered in the Far East be those of a Sussex student who went missing ten years ago. Eddie Gibson from Hove vanished while travelling in Cambodia. His family fear the 19-year-old was murdered for money.

Human bones have been found at Poipet near the border with Thailand. Malcolm Shaw has the latest on the search for Eddie.

Bones found in Cambodia could be missing Sussex teen

The family of backpacker Eddie Gibson, who went missing 10 years ago, have been told that human remains have been found in Cambodia.

It's emerged that human remains have been found near a lake in Poipet near the Cambodian border with Thailand.

Mike Gibson, Eddie's father, from Hove has said the site has been secured as bones, including a skull have been discovered.

A pair of underpants, possibly Calvin Klein ones which Eddie wore, were found in the area and it is suspected the body found had a broken arm, which Eddie had.

Dental records are also being sent out to help in the identification process.

Nineteen-year-old Eddie from East Sussex went missing in October 2004.

He last made contact with his mother to say he was looking forward to coming home, but when his parents went to meet him off a flight which left Thailand on November 1st, he was not there.

Mr Gibson said, "We do hope it is Eddie so we can bring him home and bring an end to all this not knowing what happened to him."

Eddie Gibson has been missing for nearly 10 years Credit: PA


Kent pair help Sussex charity - in The Gambia

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Two women from Kent have just returned from a trip to one of the smallest countries in Africa. They went to The Gambia for a small charity in Sussex which is helping to educate and get healthcare to children.

David Johns reports, speaking to volunteer Jane Barlow and nurse Charlotte Barnett.

There's more information about the charity, BACE, at or on Jane's blog at can also donate by texting BACE13 followed by your amount (eg £5, £10) to 70070.

Chinese tourist campaign launched at Blenheim Palace

Video. It's one of the country's finest stately homes. Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is hoping to play a major role in attracting Chinese tourists to Britain, a country they have traditionally seen as too 'wet and cold.'

Today, a campaign was launched at the Palace to make us the number one destination in Europe for Chinese visitors.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

Contest to name Sussex-born astronaut's space mission

The British astronaut Major Tim Peake is to fly on a mission to the International Space Station in 2015. The European Space Agency (ESA) have launched a competition to find a name for the mission. The astronaut was born in Chichester in Sussex.


Woman who defied ice death to talk at Portsmouth uni

A woman who died after becoming trapped under ice and was then bought back to life will tell her amazing story at a free lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Anna Bagenholme will tell her story of how in 1999, she was skiing with her friends when she fell head first into a hole and became wedged underwater, between rocks and an ice shelf.

She then changed medical history as, after 80 minutes, her body was pulled from the icy water and she was revived.

Her body temperature was 13.7C degrees, the lowest then temperature of a person who has been bought back to life.

Her friends, two mountain rescue teams, a helicopter crew plus doctors and nurses took a total of five hours to bring her back from death.

The free, public lecture will take place on Thursday 27th March at 6pm. To book your place on the lecture, click here.

Anna Bagenholme changed medical history when she died and was bought back to life Credit: Portsmouth University

Circuit class on ice, crew onboard HMS Protector get fit!

Sailors on board Portsmouth based HMS Protector used a rare lull in the ships busy programme to do an hour long workout session.

Crew were lead by the ship's physical training instructor to do squats and press-ups on thick ice in Antarctica.

Crew perform press-ups and squats on thick ice in Antarctica Credit: Royal Navy

The ship is coming to the end of its 'summer season' surveying the waters around Antarctica.

Due to the icy and cold conditions, the crews have to train inside in usually cramped conditions.

Crew being pushed to their limits during their work out Credit: Royal Navy

The Leading Physical Trainer Gareth Smith said, "The ship was surrounded by ice for miles around and the decision was taken to allow people on the ice.

"The idea then struck me: after a month of being crammed in the ship's lower hold, if we'd played football, what prevented me from taking a circuit class? A chilly one, granted but one in unbelievably pure air, with an amazing back drop and without the constraints of space."

HMS Protector crew after their gruelling work out Credit: Royal Navy

Family of teenager killed abroad prepare for retrial

The family of a teenager from Hampshire stabbed to death of a Greek holiday isle say they are preparing themselves for the agony of a retrial. Robert Sebbage, who was 18, was stabbed on the last night of a boy's holiday to Zante in July 2011.

Local taxi driver Stelios Morfis was found guilty of causing deadly bodily injury without intent, and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Now though, the prosecutor has ordered that he be retried. It means Robert's parents must face their son's killer again. Kate Bunkall reports.

Man to face retrial in Greece over teenager's death

Robert Sebbage died while on holiday in Zante last September

The family of a teenager stabbed to death in Greece are to fly back to the country this summer to see the man accused of killing him face a retrial.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Sebbage from Tadley was with a group of friends when he was killed on the island of Zante in July 2011.

Taxi driver Stelios Morfis - who's twenty five - was cleared of Robert's murder but convicted of causing deadly bodily injury without_** intent. He now faces a retrial - accused of Robert's murder.

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