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Triplet mother's anguish in fight to care for disabled baby

It's heartbreaking. That's the reaction of the mother of triplets, one of whom has suffered 'catastrophic' brain injuries, after being told she doesn't qualify for extra National Health Service support.

Baby Essie Cobbett is unlikely to live beyond two years and remains in hospital tonight. Her parents are frustrated by bureaucracy and financial constraints they say are stopping the NHS from giving them the help they need.

Healthcare officials insist the nine-week-old child does qualify for care in the home, but Lorna Cobbett says it's not enough. Andy Dickenson reports and we also hear from Keith Reed of the Twins and Multiple Births Association.

New play explores the highs and lows of living with autism

This week is Autism Awareness Week, and a young playwright from Sussex has drawn on the experiences of his own family to explore the condition.

Tom Page, who's 19 and from Eastbourne, has an older brother Ben who's autistic.

Now, the teenager has written a powerful drama which will be performed at this year's Brighton Fringe.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Tom, and to Tim Marriott, Director of Drama at Eastbourne College.


Unknown WWI Kent soldier to be buried in Belgium

The unknown soldier's remains were found in Belgium

Preparations are underway to bury a soldier from Kent whose remains were discovered next to a First World War battlefield in Belgium. The soldier was killed in 1915 and although his identity is not yet known he is to be given a military funeral tomorrow with full regimental honours. Our correspondent Derek Johnson sent this report from the town of Ypres.


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.

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