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New help for elderly victims of abuse

It's a worrying statistic, but over 500,000 elderly people are abused in the UK each year.

The most common types are physical, psychological, financial and neglect.

Now, a new service is being launched in Brighton which aims to support victims.

Charlotte Wilkins spoke to service user Christine Scales, and Ava Piper and Carly Snead of Action On Elderly Abuse.

For more information: or 080 8808 8141CALL for confidential help and advice on all aspects elder abuse.


Best-selling author joins launch of 'cyber crime' campaign

Best-selling author Peter James has joined Sussex Police at the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of 'cyber crime'.

Recent figures show 84% of people living in our region have experienced an attempted cyber crime in the last year. 15% have become victims, with an increase in 'ransomware attacks'.

Here we speak to James and Chief Constable Giles York.

Importer says stowaways found in his trucks are costing him thousands of pounds

A Kent-based importer says stowaway migrants have broken into his trucks 15 times in 12 months, costing him 350 thousand pounds in damage and lost cargo.

In the latest incident, 26 stowaways were found in a lorry near his depot at Bridge near Canterbury.

And tonight there are reports that border guards at Calais are being banned from using x-ray scanners to search lorries because of health and safety concerns. Derek Johnson reports.

Distraught husband pleads for his wife to come home

The husband of a woman from Sussex who's been missing for six weeks has made a desperate appeal for her return.

Fatima Mohamed-Ali, who's fifty-two, was last seen near her home at Park Drive Close in Newhaven on 12 February.

She left her handbag and personal items behind. Her husband Mohamed says her disappearance is completely out of character. He spoke to our reporter Malcolm Shaw.

Road to ruin? The soaring cost of mending potholes

The shocking state of the south east's roads, and the soaring cost of fixing them, has been revealed in a major new survey.

The detailed assessment, by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, says the cost of mending all the roads in our region would be £2.6 billion.

In Kent and East Sussex alone, the repair bill is nearly £300 million.

Potholes are the biggest problem, and there are warnings that public spending cuts mean the situation can only worsen.


Family appeal for information about backpacker's death

Christian Sloan's sister wants to know more about his trip to Vietnam

The family of a man from Deal in Kent who died after an accident in Vietnam are appealing for information about the circumstances leading up to his death.

Twenty-five-year-old Christian Sloan was backpacking with two others at the Datanla Waterfall last month when he died. His sister would like to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened that day.

What's in the box? Five tiny fox cubs find a new home

Prepare to say 'Ahhh'.

Five little fox cubs are being hand-reared by an animal charity outside of Brighton, after four of them were discovered under the floorboards of a home being renovated.

They're around two weeks old, the fifth brought to Roger's Wildlife Rescue when a member of the public spotted her falling from a tree into a pond!

Andy Dickenson reports.

Gurkha regiment marches through the home of the British Army

10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Aldershot Credit: ITV News Meridian

10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment will celebrate receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Rushmoor with a special parade in Aldershot today.

The decision to award the Freedom of the Borough to the Gurkhas was approved by Rushmoor Borough Council at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last July, when councillors unanimously backed a motion conferring the honour on the Regiment for their "bravery and courage" and for its contribution to the life of the community.

Led by the Brigade of Gurkhas Band and their own Regimental Pipes and Drums,170 soldiers will begin their march through the town outside the Princes Hall following an inspection by Colonel, The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, Major General Angus Fay, and Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant who will formally present the Freedom Scroll to the Regiment. The Freedom Parade will continue along Grosvenor Road, Victoria Road, Station Road, High Street, and back along Princes Way.

During their time in Aldershot, the Regiment has completed two operational tours of Iraq (including the initial invasion) and two of Afghanistan. Last year also marked the 200th anniversary of Gurkha service in the British Army.

10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Aldershot Credit: ITV News Meridian
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