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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


Girl in hospital after East Sussex village shooting

A girl has been taken to hospital after being shot in a village in East Sussex, police have said.

The body of the shooting suspect, believed to be the girl's father, has been found dead at the scene in Spring Hill in Northiam, near Rye, the Press Association reported.

Endangered Lar Gibbon born at east Sussex zoo

Drusillas Park in East Sussex has welcomed an endangered baby Lar gibbon to the Sussex zoo.

The newborn, who is believed to be a boy, will be nursed by its mother, Tali, for up to two years in the family enclosure where its father, Ulu, and three-year-old brother, Sholo, also live.

The Lar Gibbon, believed to be a boy, was born at Drusillas Park, near Alfriston, East Sussex. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

A Drusillas Park spokeswoman said: "Lar gibbons are one of the most beautiful and graceful members of the ape family."

The newborn became the zoo's newest addition to the family of four. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

"Sadly, they are now considered an endangered species and Ulu and Tali were introduced at Drusillas in 2005, as part of the European breeding programme," she added.

Police officer found hanged at Pooh Bridge beauty spot

A police officer has been found hanged at Pooh Bridge, which is famous for featuring in AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Pooh Bridge is popular with Winnie-the-Pooh enthusiasts. Credit:

Pc Andy Cheney, 34, was discovered at the car park of the beauty spot in Ashdown Forest in Hartfield, East Sussex, on Friday, police confirmed.

The death of the officer, who served with Kent Police and lived in Etchingham, is not being treated as suspicious.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that the man found dead at 6.23am on Friday April 25 at the Pooh Bridge car park at Hartfield on the Ashdown Forest was Kent Pc Andy Cheney, aged 34, of Fontridge Lane, Etchingham.

"A post-mortem was held ... and death was found to have resulted from hanging."The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner's officer is continuing inquiries for an inquest to be held in due course."

Kent Police spokesman said it is supporting the force with their inquiries.

Man 'crushed to death' at industrial waste site

A man whose body was found at a waste disposal site died of crushing injuries, a post-mortem examination has shown.

The body of Ben Farr, 28, of St Leonard's, East Sussex, was found at the Rudford Industrial Estate near Ford, West Sussex, on Tuesday.

Ben Farr, 28, died of crushing injuries Credit: Sussex Police

He was likely to have been inside a commercial bin that was transported to the site by a lorry, said police, who are treating the death as "unexplained."

Sussex Police's Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said Mr Farr's family has been informed and appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

"It is likely that Ben's body was brought to the site by lorry having been taken from a commercial refuse bin," he said. "The refuse bin could be from a number of locations but is likely to be from a coastal location in West Sussex."

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