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Uckfield whacky races has green clean message

One hundred and fifty schoolchildren came together in Uckfield today to race eco-cars on their very own championship track.

The town's mini-electric Grand Prix is thought to be the only one of its kind in the country.

Andy Dickenson reports.

Andy spoke to schoolchildren and organiser Rory O'Connor.


Firefighters tackle blaze at disused nursing home

Credit: Nick Fontana

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a disused nursing home in Uckfield last night.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue service received 30 calls about the fire at Ridgewood Manor on Lewes Road.

Credit: Nick Fontana

Six fire crews attended the blaze after 8pm last night.

Roads were closed and residents were asked to keep their windows and doors shut.

There were no casualties and an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Credit: Nick Fontana
Credit: Nick Fontana
Credit: Nick Fontana

Concern for missing teeanger

Elizabeth Wright hasn't been seen since Friday Credit: Sussex Police

There are concerns for 15-year-old Uckfield girl Elizabeth Wright who hasn't been seen since Friday.

Elizabeth was last seen by family members at 8.45am when she was dropped off at school in Uckfield. She did contact her parents on Saturday to say that she was with friends in Jarvis Brook, but did not elaborate and it is believed that she may have spent the weekend in Brighton.

She is white, 5' 9", with short sandy-coloured straight brown hair. She is thought to be wearing a black parka jacket with a fur hood, black trainers with white stripe and maybe, skinny jeans.


Next stop Hollywood? Meet the canine film star from Sussex

She's a canine celebrity with her own bank account. Blaise the golden retriever became the poster girl for a John Lewis advert and has appeared in a short film. But even though she can help out with chores around the house - she's not the best behaved dog in the world according to her owner. Sarah Saunders reports from Uckfield

Dramatic footage as deer is rescued from 40ft ledge

Roe deer is released into the wild after being trapped for three days

It was a case of hide and seek for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service yesterday who had to lure a deer to safety after it became trapped behind a fence in Uckfield for three days.

The Roe deer was tricked into walking into a net which allowed staff to move it away from the 40ft ledge and release it into the wild.

“We are not sure how the deer got into the area but according to local residents it was stuck there for three days.

"I hid behind a tree stump whilst Trevor and Chris encouraged the deer towards me.

"I waited there hidden so the deer wouldn’t see me.

"It wasn’t long before I could hear the deer crashing through the vegetation and it the suddenly ran straight into the net.

"I sprang into action and called for back up from Chris and Trevor who quickly joined me in gaining full control over the deer."

– Kathy Martyn, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

“The rescue operation was a dangerous one and although we ensured we stayed far enough from the edge of the 40ft drop we were worried the deer could be frightened and jump potentially to its death.

"Our approach had to be very careful and move into position quickly to encourage the deer in the right direction and into the net.

"These rescues are very stressful to both rescuers and deer and have to be undertaken as quickly as possible to avoid the deer having a heart attack”

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

Concern for missing man from Uckfield

Andrew Kinsella was last seen on 23rd March Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Andrew Kinsella who has gone missing from Uckfield.

Andrew, 39, was last seen on 23 March at his home in The Dene at 10.15am. He is believed he may have been in Croydon on 27 March and in Halland, near Uckfield, on 29 and 30 March.

He is described as white, about 6' 3', slim with cropped light brown hair. He was believed to have been wearing dark blue chinos, a black zipped jacket, brown suede shoes and was carrying a black shoulder bag.

He has an injury to his right hip and maybe using a crutch.

"We are growing concerned for the welfare of Andrew. He was reported missing on 2 April. If anyone has seen him or know of his whereabouts, please let police know."

– Wai Lee, East Sussex missing person's co-ordinator
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