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Burst main: water supplies returning to East Sussex

Water supplies are returning to customers in East Sussex after a burst main overnight.

Technicians have been working throughout the day to restore the burst water main although some areas may still be affected.

Burst main: statement from South East Water

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

South East Water is working to repair a serious burst on a large water main in South Chailey which has caused supplies to be affected in Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey.

The burst occurred on one of our 15 inch diameter water mains late last night. Our specialist technicians have now managed to change the flow of water around our network of underground pipes and supplies should be returning to customers in Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey."

“Customers in the Barcombe area may still be without water, although some supplies have returned, and our staff and contractors are on site carrying out repairs to the damaged main in order to restore supplies. Due to the complexity of the burst main, we expect the repair to take around four hours to complete.”

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this emergency has caused, but hope our customers understand that we are taking all necessary steps to restore supplies as soon as possible.”

– Andrew Ball, Incident Manager, South East Water


Burst main: bottled water at halls in affected areas

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South East Water is currently dealing with a burst water main affecting many areas in East Sussex.

Bottled water is available for those affected at the following locations:

  • Barcombe Village Hall, Barcombe Mills Road, BN8 5BH
  • Hassocks Parish Hall, BN6 8QH

Bottled water has also been delivered to vulnerable customers who have already registered with South East Water.

Thousands of homes left without water after burst main

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

Around 3,600 homes in East Sussex have been left without water after a burst water main last night.

Some schools in Plumpton and Ditchling have been forced to close, although some supplies are now being restored.

South East Water have been handing out hundreds of bottles of water in villages around Lewes while they carry out repairs.

The incident happened just before midnight.

'Stop irresponsible fishing' - Charity's plea after swan caught up in hook

The swan was tangled in a fishing hook Credit: WRAS

A warning has been issued to people out fishing after a swan had to have a fishing hook removed from its tongue.

The bird was rescued from Ditchling Common Country Park in East Sussex. The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue is urging anglers to discard lines and hooks properly.

“We hope that people are shocked by this footage and that it discourages irresponsible fishing not just at Ditchling Common but elsewhere in East Sussex too. These types of incidents are way more common than they should be. We know the swan has not flown in with the hook on as she has been present looking after the cygnets for several weeks. The amount of line and hooks in the water, caught in bushes and in trees is horrendous...

"In the past twelve months we have responded to more than 25 incidents, of which the majority of them have been related to fishing line and tackle. There have also been numerous incidents relating to dogs attacking and injuring swans too.”

– Trevor Weeks MBE, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)


Girl, 17, found dead at house in Sussex

Police are investigating the death of a girl at a house in Ditchling.

The unnamed girl from Lewes was discovered in Ditchling after paramedics were called to South Street on Friday morning.

She had been found collapsed by a friend and was declared dead at the scene. Sussex Police say they are treating the death as unexplained.

Cattle moved back to country park

Cattle will now be allowed to graze on the grass at Ditchling park Credit: PA

Cows will be moved to a new field in East Sussex in order to protect the land for future generations.

The landowner has reintroduced grazing at Ditchling Common Country Park in May after the site was named a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

From the end of July, young heifers will be moved to a new area of the park where they will graze on the grass and improve the environment for wildlife.

It is vital that we allow cattle to graze at Ditchling Common Country Park as it is the best way to protect the environment for years to come. Visitors can still enjoy the park and walk through the fields where cattle are grazing, but we would ask that dogs are kept under control.”

– Cllr Carl Maynard, lead member for the environment.

Man wanted over spate of burglaries in Hassocks

Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex police are appealing for help from train passengers to help find a man wanted over a series of burglaries.

36-year-old Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling.

Police think he could be in areas such as Brighton and Hove, Porstmouth or Mid Sussex and is using trains to get around.

In each case the homes were entered and searched after the owners went out in the middle of the day.

The thieves took thousands of pounds worth of expensive jewellery during the burglaries as well as computers, cash, cameras and collectable ornaments.

Mark Vine is described as white, 5'8" and of proportionate build. He has short black hair and green eyes.

A reward of £500 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the burglaries.