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Hundreds take part in Diwali, Hindu festival of light

The Diwali festival of lights is being marked in colourful style at numerous locations across the South East tonight.

In Crawley the celebrations - symbolising the victory of good over evil - centre on the Hindu Sanatan Mandir temple.

Malcolm Shaw has been finding out more about the five day festival.


Libraries could close in Sussex as budget cuts bite

Libraries could close as funding cuts bite Credit: West Sussex County Council

Councillors at West Sussex County Council are due to discuss plans over the future of the area's libraries. It comes following the launch of a 12-week public consultation in neighbouring East Sussex, which could see up to a quarter of its libraries closed. The motion is due to be debated on Friday.

Mother's life-saving work born out of son's tragic death

Five years ago, Darran Saunders lost her son Connor when he was fatally injured in an unprovoked attack.

But Darran, from Woodingdean in Sussex, vowed that something positive must come out of the tragedy.

Her tireless fundraising has provided life-saving equipment and training for more than sixty schools and sports clubs.

Now, Darran has been nominated for a Pride of Britain regional award, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Investigation underway after pollution kills 1000 fish

It's feared a stream near Gatwick Airport could takes years to recover fully, after pollution killed up to 1000 fish.

High levels of ammonia were detected in a tributary of the River Mole at Horley.

Mature specimens of Barbel, Chub and Pike were among the fish found dead.

Investigations are underway to find the source of the pollution, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Council spends £8m buying houses for the homeless

Bournemouth Borough Council has bought 40 houses costing just over £8 million to help in the fight against homelessness - and it plans to spend another £18.5 million to keep people off the streets.

Already 135 people, including 81 children, have escaped emergency accommodation and been given a permanent home. Houses have been bought in the East Cliff, Springbourne and Kinson areas of Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Pier Credit: PA

Its idyllic beaches are part of the problem for Bournemouth, attracting people to the town which has one of the highest rates of homelessness on the south west coast.

The council began buying houses and converting them into homes of multiple occupancy, as one way of coping with the problem. A further £18.5m has been approved to expand the idea into 2020

Mother pays tribute to dead son

The mother of 17-year-old Kent boy Kyle Yule, who police believe was stabbed, has paid tribute to her son.

Kyle was killed after receiving a number of injuries consistent with being stabbed and later died in hospital following an incident in Gillingham.

A number of people were reported to be causing criminal damage to a silver Renault Clio and shortly afterwards Kyle was fatally injured.

Kyle Yule Credit: The Yule family

My beautiful son Kyle much loved, as loved as one could be, for you were everything in life you meant the world to me. Sometimes life can be unkind when hearts are torn in two but nothing ever could compare to the pain of losing you, but all the love you left behind forever will live on, so until we meet again rest peacefully my precious son.

– Mum Nikki Yule

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched a murder enquiry and two people, a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of Kyle’s murder, and remain in custody.

Police continue to appeal to anyone who may have information which could help their enquiries.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a group of people run from the scene of the incident in East Street towards West Street and onwards. This would have been at about 8.30pm on Friday evening.

Anyone with information should call 01634 792209 quoting reference SI/XY/009396/17.

Jury hears husband "unemotional and bewildered" after wife suffered terrible injuries when parachute failed

The jury in the case of an Army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute heard today he was "unemotional and bewildered" when he visited the airfield on Salisbury Plain the following day. She suffered serious multiple injuries in the incident.

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