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Firefighters battle blaze at Hailsham industrial unit

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large blaze at an industrial unit in Hailsham.

The fire broke out at Diplocks Way just before 10pm yesterday after a number of repeated 999 calls.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking locals to keep doors and windows closed.

There are no reports of injuries.

The operation is expected to continue for some time.


93-year-old killed in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash in Hailsham last night.

Officers were called to Harmers Hay Road just before 11pm. A 93-year-old man from Hailsham was driving a Suzuki Alton when the vehicle left the road and collided with a bungalow.

He died at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was hurt.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this collision."

– Sergeant Clare Kenward

Shop manager charged after nail bar blaze

A shop manager has appeared in court, charged with attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life, in connection with a fire at a nail bar on Hailsham High Street in March.

A five month old baby, a man and a woman were seriously hurt.

Hailsham High Street on the night of the fire

Shop manager, Duc Bac Vuong, 51, appeared at Brighton magistrates court today. He will be back in court on July 30.

Landlord fined after tenants left with 'leaky showers and broken toilets'

A Landlord from East Sussex has been fined more than £2,000 for failing to make repairs and leaving tenants with leaky showers and broken toilet seats.

59-year-old Alan Filsell of London Road, Hailsham, ignored repeated requests to make repairs to a block of bedsits, which are located on the same road.

Wealden District Council says the condition of the property failed to meet required standards and contained potential hazards.

The property, called Gidleigh Lodge, has shared facilities and housed up to 20 people.

The owner failed to provide adequate, safe bathroom fittings and manage repairs despite repeated assurances to the Council that improvements would be carried out

– Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing and Benefits.

Second day without water for families in Hailsham

Thousands of families have spent a second day without water despite round the clock efforts to reconnect them - after a leak described as 'unprecedented'.

Up to ten thousand homes in Hailsham and the surrounding area lost their supply yesterday when a water main burst on the A22 Diplocks Roundabout.

It caused extensive flooding and while many homes have been reconnected, many still don't know when they'll have water - relying on bottled supplies instead. Andy Dickenson reports.

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