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Suspected WW2 bomb turns out to be old fuel tank

Residents have been allowed back to their homes after a bomb scare brought a town in Sussex to a standstill.

Builders in Peacehaven discovered what was feared to be a huge World War 2 barrel bomb, containing 1000lbs of high explosive.

Nearby homes were evacuated, and elderly residents forced to sleep in a leisure centre. Schools and roads were also closed.

It was eighteen hours before Army Bomb Disposal experts identified the object as a disused fuel tank, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Residents forced to leave homes after discovery of bomb

People in Peacehaven, in Sussex, remain in temporary accommodation as a two hundred metre cordon remains around an unexploded bomb.

The Second World War device was unearthed shortly before 3pm yesterday. Bomb disposal experts say it could contain up to half a tonne of explosive.

A 200-metre cordon has been set up around South Coast Road and the area remains closed.

We recognise that it has meant considerable upset for residents - including children and senior citizens – who have had to abandon their homes at short notice, and for motorists faced with delays and diversions to their journeys.

We are grateful for people’s patience and understanding in exceedingly trying circumstances, and thank them for their forbearance.

Our primary concern throughout has had to be their safety and well-being."

– Chief Superintendent Nick May, Sussex Police,


Police concerns about missing 13 year old boy

Credit: Sussex Police

A 13-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Peacehaven is thought to be in Brighton.

Leon Anderson went missing between 5.30 and 6pm on Friday (May 5) and is known to have used his bus pass in Brighton that evening. There are concerns for who he may be associating with and where he may be staying.

He is of white and black African mixed race, 5' 9", of slim build with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees him is asked to contact Sussex Police.

Man arrested over firearms incident at Sainsbury's

The Sainsbury's store in Peacehaven where the incident took place

A man has been arrested in connection with an incident involving a firearm at a supermarket in Peacehaven.

Sussex Police were called to the branch of Sainsbury's on South Coast Road in the town on the evening of Sunday the 4th December.

A 49-year-old local man is in custody having been arrested by officers on suspicion of robbery with a firearm.

Witness appeal after man pulls out gun at supermarket

Police are appealing for witness after a man pulled a gun on staff at a Sainsbury's supermarket

Sussex Police are appealing for further information after a suspected shoplifter pulled out a handgun at a branch of Sainsbury's in Peacehaven and threatened staff with the weapon so he could get away.

The incident at the Sainsbury's supermarket in South Coast Road in Peacehaven happened at around 8.40pm on Sunday 4th December.

The man fled in the direction of Dorothy Avenue. No-one was hurt. It is believed that the man stole some alcohol from the shop.

Officers are trying to trace the man. he's been described as:

  • A white man, about 6ft tall
  • Aged about 40 - 50 years old
  • Of a stocky build with a shaven head, possibly foreign

Police were told the man was carrying a white plastic bag and was wearing:

  • a white top
  • a black jacket, black scarf
  • blue jeans
  • and green / brown trainers with white soles

Anyone with information is asked not to approach him, but to telephone 999 and ask for the police service.

AK47 weapon washes up on Sussex beach

Police are investigating the discovery of an AK47 assault weapon - washed up on a Sussex beach.

The rusting machine gun was found by walkers in Peacehaven on Sunday. Chief Inspector David Padwick from Sussex Police said that officers are examining the weapon to find out whether it had been used in any crimes.


Man jailed for hitting woman with frying pan

Roxroy Parchment has been sentenced to four years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A 49-year-old man has been jailed for hitting a woman with a frying pan after forcing his way into her Peacehaven home. Roxroy Parchment, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guily of assault and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The trial at Hove Crown Court heard that three men assaulted the woman at her home in Grassmere Avenue on 27 July 2013 and drove off in a Nissan Juke car.

A neighbour reported the incident to police and then followed the car to Seaford. A police officer saw the car on the A259 and briefly pursued it but it failed to stop for police. One of the passengers got out in Ringmer Road and dumped a bag. This was found to contain 20 bags with 30 grams of cannabis in each.

The pursuit was stopped because of the high speed of the vehicle. The car which had been hired in Birmingham was later found abandoned in Eastbourne Road, Seaford. A search of the area found no trace of the occupants.

At 8.30pm three men had pushed their way into the home of a 45-year-old woman demanding to speak to someone called Kate. When she told them a Kate did not leave there, they hit her over the head with a frying pan before leaving the house. She went to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, with minor injuries.

Two of the suspects were eventually traced, arrested and charged.

"This was an unprovoked horrendous attack on a vulnerable woman in her own home in Peacehaven where last July three men forced their way into her home and attacked her with a frying pan causing lasting injuries."

– After the case Detective Inspector Rob Morland

String of sexual assaults lands man 18-years in jail

Stephen Keen will spend the next 18 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Peacehaven is starting an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a series of sexual assaults on a young girl.

Stephen Keen, who is 53-years-old, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the girl.

Detective Constable Katherine Upton said, "This was a very distressing case. The victim whilst helpless endured years of abuse from Keen and it was only in 2012 that she felt able to tell other people.

"Keen pleaded not guilty throughout and the courage of the victim in giving evidence, with the support of special measures to help her in court, including the use of her principle evidence by video recording, was key in securing his conviction."

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Wheels to Work

For many people in the South East - one of the main problems with getting a job or continuing their education, is how to get around. Public transport - can be expensive, unreliable and time consuming.

Now a new scheme in East Sussex is making mopeds and small motorbikes available to rent, at a subsidised price, to help people get on the move.

David Johns reports, talking to moped user Ben Hylands, Lisa Simmonds from East Sussex County Council, Ann France-Gardiner from East Sussex Wheels to Work, and Nicola Hylands who's Ben's mum and also a new biker.

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