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Man jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences

Mostafa Al-Saidi jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Hailsham has been jailed for nine years and nine months after admitting a string of knife offences over a two day period in May last year.

Mostafa Al-Saidi, 25, of Akehurst Close, Hellingly, Hailsham, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article after he stabbed a man in the leg with a knife in The Drive, Hellingly on 20 May 2014.

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court on 14 April, Al-Saidi also admitted possessing a bladed article and committing affray after he produced a knife and threatened two women in the churchyard in Hailsham town centre on 23 May.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and affray after he threatened staff with a knife in Simpsons Chicken takeaway in Hailsham High Street on the same day just 40 minutes after he had threatened the two women.

Later that evening, he threatened a food delivery driver in The Drive, Hellingly saying he had a gun. He admitted a charge of attempted robbery.

Al-Saidi stabbed a man and made three threats of violence while armed with a knife in one day on 23 May. His sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences and sends a message that violent crime will not be tolerated.

– Detective Constable Sean Stapley

Wildlife charity sees casualties treble in recent weeks

Fox cubs abandoned by their mother, who were hand reared by members of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service in Hailsham Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A sussex wildlife charity says its seen the number of casualties its dealing with more than treble in recent weeks.

The Wildlife and Rescue Ambulance Service says fox clubs and ducklings are among the animals its had to treat. They say at this time of year animals are more at risk as they search for food and protect their newborns.


Hunt for man over fires in Eastbourne

Police in Eastbourne are searching for a man in Hailsham, suspected of setting fire to the front door of a flat with intent to endanger life.

Thomas White is wanted by police Credit: Sussex Police

23-year old Thomas White is also suspected of setting fire to a wheelie bin outside the same address in Acacia Road, ten days before, on September 19.

On September 29, a man and a woman were rescued by the fire service and treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

White is also wanted for breaching a court-issued restraining order and on suspicion of harassment, all of which relate to domestic abuse incidents which are currently under investigation.

Rescue operation to free a deer trapped in child's football goal

Volunteer rescuers attended a deer rescue with a difference. Trained members of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to a report of a deer with its antlers entangled in a child's football goal.

The risky rescue took place at the edge of Abbotts Wood close to Robin Post Lane in Hailsham. Two ambulances attended on site and rescuers searched for the deer before discovering it at the edge of the wood in tall vegetation.

"As we approached the deer it dragged the netting and metal poles from the damaged frame with it" said Trevor Weeks from WRAS. Trevor had to tackle the deer and pin it to the floor. The netting was the removed** before Trevor jumped away allowing the deer to get up and run off back to the wild.


Badger booked in for vets

The badger in recovery after being rescued from a swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

A badger rescued from a disused swimming pool near Hailsham in Sussex will be monitored by vets after two swellings were noticed on its neck. Rescuers think they are possible bite marks from other badgers that have become infected.

Trevor Weeks from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service said: "We see minor injuries quite often and normally it is just where they have been play fighting with other badgers and not normally much to worry about. Here, the wounds were infected and in need of veterinary help."

The badger was taken to a casualty centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where it was bedded down and is now booked in to be seen by one of WRAS’s vets.

The badger will stay with WRAS until its wounds have healed up and will be released back close to where it was found.


Injured badger curled up in the corner of swimming pool

The injured badger curls up in the corner of a disused swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service went to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool.

They were called just after 8.30am to help the trapped animal.

Trevor Weeks and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in quite an unusual position with its back to the corner of the swimming pool and its head tucked in to its belly and covered with its legs.

The position of the badger caused some problems and the rescue took longer than normal as it proved difficult to get the dog grasper on the badger while its head was tucked away. Eventually the badger was caught and placed into a special badger cage where it was then assessed and triaged.

Two men arrested for Hailsham burglary

Two men have been arrested for a distraction burglary in Hailsham, East Sussex.

One man distracted an 88-year-old woman at her front door in Oldfield Crescent while someone entered the house, stealing cash and cards.

The incident happened at 1.10pm on Thursday, August 15.

Police were called and an off duty PCSO spotted the suspects nearby and two were arrested.

A 50-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, both from Hailsham, were arrested for burglary and remain in custody.

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