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Woman dies in arson attack on East Sussex hospice

A woman has died in an arson attack at a hospice in East Sussex which the police are treating as deliberate.

Some 31 people were evacuated from St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards after the blaze in the early hours of this morning.

A 67-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fire, which hospitalised 10 more residents suffering from smoke inhalation.

Chief Inspector Paul Phelps said:

This is an extremely difficult time for the residents and staff of St Michael's Hospice and for the family of the resident who has sadly passed away.

We have detained a man on suspicion of arson and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this.

– Chief Inspector Paul Phelps

Mary was 'beautiful and loving' girl, grieving family say

Seven-year-old Mary Shipstone was shot on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Sussex Police

The family of the seven-year-old girl, who died in hospital today after allegedly being shot in the head by her father, have said they are "grieving the death of our beautiful and loving Mary".

Police said Mary Shipstone was caught in the middle of a domestic dispute at her home in Northiam, East Sussex. She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.56pm.

Mary's father Yasser Alromisse is believed to have later turned the gun on himself.

Detective chief inspector Jason Taylor said they are trying to establish Mr Alromisse's movements over the last few days and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard from him.

He added at this time it was being treated as an isolated incident.

Police cordoned of the scene outside Mary's home where the tragedy happened. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/

Chief superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police's divisional commander for East Sussex, said: "This was a tragic domestic incident that has had the most terrible of outcomes for the family.

"We are working with partner agencies and local leaders to support and reassure the community who are understandably upset about what has happened.

"If anyone has any concerns about the safety of their neighbourhood I would urge them to contact us but we are sure this was an isolated incident and that no one else is in any danger."

In a statement, the family asked for privacy to come to terms with what has happened.


Neighbour: Whole village 'went into lockdown'

A neighbour of a young girl who was shot in the head said the whole village "went into lockdown" shortly after the gunshot was fired.

Anthony Burr described "the panic" that swept across the Northiam to Good Morning Britain.

"We got all the kids in, locked all the doors, shut the gates and went into lockdown making sure everyone was safe in the vicinity."

Shot girl in 'life-threatening condition' in hospital

A girl of "primary school age" shot in East Sussex today is in a "life-threatening condition" in hospital, police said.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police's divisional commander for East Sussex, said:

We are treating this as a tragic domestic incident and do not believe that anyone else is involved.

At this stage we are not in a position to confirm the relationships of all those involved but we can say that the girl and the man knew each other. The man does not live at the address.

We are treating this as an isolated incident and there is no evidence that any other members of the public are at risk.

– Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor,

Girl 'shot in head by father' in East Sussex

The shooting took place in Northiam, near Rye. Credit: Google Maps

A resident of an East Sussex village where two people were shot today said he believed those involved were members of the same family.

A young girl is in hospital after it is believed she was shot in the head by her father who has been found dead, sources said.

One villager, Anthony Burr, said: "What appears to have transpired is that a father has gone to his ex's house where his daughter lives and has shot her. This has all come from neighbours and eyewitnesses."

Extent of shot girl's injuries 'not yet known'

Police said they do not yet know the seriousness of the injuries suffered by a girl shot in a village in East Sussex.

The girl was taken to hospital following the incident in Spring Hill in Northiam, near Rye.

A police spokesman said:

Armed officers are at the scene ensuring the area is safe. There is no evidence that the public are at risk.

Spring Hill has been sealed off while officers investigate the incident and is likely to be closed for the next few hours.

– Sussex Police spokesman
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