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Search for onshore oil in Sussex set to continue

An energy company has been given another year to continue its search for oil beneath the Sussex countryside.

The controversial testing is being carried out at Broadford Farm near Billingshurst.

Environmentalists say the work would damage the countryside and could pollute water supplies.

But others say it's important to use the region's natural resources, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Thames Water campaigning for clean, safe water in Malawi

Safe drinking water is something we take for granted in this country - but across the world, many people are still living without basic sanitation. Take Malawi in Africa as an example. 1.7 million people - 10% of the population - don't have access to clean water. Now the South's biggest water company, Thames Water - based in Reading - is on a mission to change that. Mel Bloor explains.

Credit: Malawi footage courtesy of WaterAid

150 taken ill after mystery haze hits Sussex beaches

150 people have been treated in hospital and hundreds more are believed to have been affected, after an unknown gas cloud hit the East Sussex coast.

People complained of sore eyes and throats after a haze was seen coming in from the sea.

The first reports were received from Birling Gap but the effects spread to Eastbourne, Seaford and Bexhill - with final reports three hours after the first.

Long queues built up at Eastbourne Hospital. Work is continuing to find the cause, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Iconic Ladybird books go on display

There are a total of 59 original illustrations Credit: ITV Meridian

A collection of original illustrations for the iconic Ladybird books is to go on display at the Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

The artwork is from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on jobs of the day and includes the miner, the sailor and the lifeboatman.

Mel Bloor has been to take a look.

Mel spoke to Clare Plascow, Collections Officer, Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

Police refuse to check CCTV to catch bike thieves

When David Bailey had his bike stolen in Brighton, he thought there was a good chance the theft would have been caught on CCTV.

David, a solicitor, had left the £1000 mountain bike chained up, directly below a camera operated by Sussex Police.

But he was staggered when the force told him the crime wasn't serious enough for them to spend time checking the footage, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Malcolm spoke to Cyclists David Bailey and Malcolm Harave


Stepping back in time - footpath reopens after 40 years

It's taken a 40 year battle, but a public footpath along the Sussex cliffs has finally been re-opened.

The path, running through a sewage works at Telscombe, had been diverted for health and safety reasons.

But ramblers never gave up their fight to use it once again.

And now it forms part of a vast network being developed around the coast of England, as Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.

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