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Work underway on south coast's first offshore windfarm

Work has begun on the Rampion array Credit: ITV Meridian

Work is underway to lay the foundations of the south coast's first offshore wind farm.

The Rampion array will have 116 turbines, each 140 metres tall.

The wind farm is being built 13 kilometres out, between Brighton and Lancing.

It's due to begin generating electricity in two years time.

ITV Meridian spoke to E.ON Development Manager, Chris Tomlinson.

Body found trapped in rock groynes believed to be missing woman

A body found trapped in the rock groynes at Beach Green in Lancing is believed to be a missing pensioner from Sussex.

Although the body has not been formally identified, police believe it's missing Sompting woman Jill Barnes.

Jill was last seen at her home in Western Road on Monday night. An extensive search of the area was carried out by police, the police helicopter, coastguard, the fire brigade and search volunteers.

Due to the high tide and its position, emergency services were unable to remove Jill's body when it was found yesterday morning but they worked in difficult weather conditions at low tide to recover her.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious and the coroner's officer is dealing with it.

"Obviously this is not the outcome we were hoping for. We are supporting Jill's family at this difficult time and they have been asked they be left alone to grieve in peace."

– Inspector Roy Hodder


Body found trapped between rock groynes

A body has been found trapped in the rock groynes at Beach Green in Lancing.

Police say due to the high tide and its position, emergency services have been unable to remove it.

The body has been secured and emergency services will attempt to recover it this afternoon.

The body has not been identified. However police are not treating it as suspicious.

The coroner's officer has been notified.

Concern for missing 15-year-old girl

Jadine Hobden was last seen at Lancing Station on Wednesday evening Credit: Sussex Police

Police are searching for a15-year-old girl has gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea.

Jadine Hobden was last seen at Lancing Railway Station on Wednesday evening.

She's described as white and five foot tall, with long brown hair and blue eyes.

When she disappeaed she was wearing a light blue Adidas jumper with black leggings and blue Nike trainers.

"We are concerned about Jaadine because of her age. She could be in Portsmouth as she has links to the area."

– Missing persons co-ordinator Wai Lee

Missing 15-year-old girl last seen at railway station

Missing Jaadine Hobden Credit: Sussex Police

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from St Leonards-on-Sea.

Jaadine Hobden was last seen at 9.25pm at Lancing Railway Station on Wednesday.

She is described as:

  • white
  • 5ft
  • medium build
  • long wavy brown hair
  • blue eyes
  • she was wearing a light blue Adidas jumper with black leggings, a black coat and navy blue Nike trainers

We are concerned about Jaadine because of her age. She could be in Portsmouth as she has links to the area.

– Missing persons co-ordinator Wai Lee

Anyone with information should email or call 101 quoting serial 1276 of 18/11.

Ambulance crash leaves elderly woman seriously hurt

An elderly woman driver has suffered potentially serious injuries after her car collided with an ambulance in Lancing. The ambulance was on blue lights transporting a patient to hospital when the crash happened at the junction of Western Road with the A259 Brighton Road. The crew and patient were unhurt.

Police are currently at the scene and have closed Western Road southbound and the eastbound carriageway of Brighton Road from Seamill Park Avenue, Lancing. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the time being.


Air crash victims remembered at Shoreham silence

Thousands of people observed a minute's silence today just after 1.20pm, exactly a week after a Hawker Hunter jet performing at the Shoreham Airshow crashed on the A27 in Sussex - causing the deaths of 11 people.

Local residents joined the families and friends of the victims, along with members of the emergency services, on the wooden bridge which has become a shrine of floral tributes to those who died. Richard Slee reports.

Other tributes have taken place today to remember all the victims of the air crash, including a balloon release by the friends of personal trainer Matt Jones at Littlehampton.

There was also a minute's silence at Shoreham FC ahead of a match, in memory of Worthing United FC players Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt and the other people who lost their lives.

Growing concern for missing teenager

Jayleigh White was last seen on Tuesday Credit: Sussex Police

Police and social services are concerned for the welfare of a 15-year old girl who has not been seen since she left her address in Lancing on Tuesday (21 April).

Jayleigh White is described as white, 5'1" and of medium build with very long blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black blazer, black leggings, and orange/white/black trainers, and was carrying a beige bag containing a green parka jacket.

She is currently believed to be in the Brighton area.

Anyone who sees Jayleigh or knows where she may be is asked contact police via or call 101, quoting 1729 of 21/4.

Two rabbits 'cruelly abandoned' in a Lancing park

Rabbits were dumped in a park Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two rabbits were dumped at a popular dog-walking spot in Lancing, West Sussex.

The animal welfare charity says the two rabbits were cruelly abandoned in Mill Road, in torrential weather and freezing cold.

A member of the public saw the rabbits being left in the car park at around 10.15am on the morning of January 12th.

A man and a woman were seen getting out of a silver Mercedes with a box containing the rabbits.

They then released the rabbits from the box and the pair got back in their car and drove away, leaving the animals to fend for themselves.

The rabbits were traumatised by their ordeal and very dirty and wet but luckily they were spotted by kind and vigilant people who helped. They are now being cared for and are recovering from their ordeal.

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