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Devastating end in search for missing beaver

BOSSES of a country estate have bid a sad farewell to Bramber the beaver. The animal died at Knepp Estate on January 13 after suffering from septicaemia - when bacteria enter the bloodstream, causing blood poisoning which triggers sepsis. Bramber was one of two beavers from Scotland reintroduced to Sussex in February as part of The Sussex Beaver Trial. This was he first time in 400 years the animals had lived in the county having been hunted to extinction in the 16th century. Bramber first p
By Harry Bullmore
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New heightened £800 fines for lockdown partygoers introduced

REVELLERS flouting lockdown rules to attend house parties will now face harsher fines. People attending gatherings of more than 15 people inside homes will now be slapped with anb £800 penalty. This will double each time an offence is committed, reaching a maximum of £6,400. Previously, there was a fine of £200 issued to those breaching coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Fines of £10,000 could be issued to the organisers of large gatherings. Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the heighten
By Harry Bullmore
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Body found in search for missing woman

A BODY has been found in the search for a missing woman. Police and coastguard crews were called after the body was found at Beachy Head shortly after noon. Surrey Police say the body is believed to be that of missing woman Natalie McCallum from Leatherhead. The 42-year-old had not been seen for more than 24-hours after being dropped off near the Sussex beauty spot at 11.40am yesterday. Surrey Police issued an urgent appeal for information on her whereabouts late last night with officers say
By Harry Bullmore
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'Good news' - Health expert positive as coronavirus cases plummet in city

A HEALTH expert says there are several reasons to be positive as England remains under its third national lockdown. "Lockdown is starting to work," Brighton and Hove City Council's director of public health Alistair Hill said, listing a sharp decease in the number of weekly coronavirus cases in the city and the rollout of vaccines as reasons to be optimistic "The rate of new cases of Covid-19 in Brighton and Hove is slowing down," he said. • READ MORE: Staff in Mind launched for Sussex healthc
By Harry Bullmore
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Snow showers forecast in Brighton this weekend

BRIGHTON and Hove could see "light snow showers" in the aftermath of Storm Christoph, the BBC has reported. Temperatures are set to plummet over the weekend after the storm battered the Sussex coast with wind and rain. And, with this, the BBC has reported there could be "light snow showers" in Brighton and Hove between 7am and 9am on Sunday. It has also predicted "sleet showers" between 9am and 10am tomorrow, and between 9am and 11am on Sunday. Heavier snowfall has been forecast further nort
By Harry Bullmore
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Drunk man punches A&E doctor to the ground then spits in face of police officer

AN A&E doctor was punched to the ground by a drunk man who then spat in the face of a police officer. Police have arrested a man following the shocking incident at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton late last night. Officers were called at about 10.30pm to reports that a heavily intoxicated man had punched a doctor to the floor. Officers arrived and detained a 20-year-old man but as he was being arrested he spat into the face of a police officer. He remains in custody on suspicion
By Harry Bullmore
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Military called in to support hospital staff amid coronavirus crisis

SEVERAL military personnel have arrived at a Sussex hospital to support efforts during the coronavirus crisis. This comes as hospital sites across the county are placed under huge strain by the extra demand increasing numbers of Covid patients are placing upon them. The seven military personnel from the 12th and 16th Royal Artillery have been enlisted to help support portering and rapid response cleaning teams at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) sites. Five of them will work in the por
By Harry Bullmore
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14-year-old stabbed two boys before being tracked down by police helicopter

A BOY stabbed two teenagers then ran from police in a shocking series of offences. The 14-year-old attacked a boy in Orme Road, Worthing, before catching a train to Goring railway station, where he repeatedly stabbed a 16-year-old. The stabbings came in the midst of a series of incidents involving youth violence in the Worthing area. On Monday the boy from Worthing, who is now 16 but cannot be named for legal reasons, received a custodial sentence for his crimes. Police closed off Goring rai
By Harry Bullmore
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Helicopter and dog unit deployed in police chase after car smashes into bin lorry

A HUNT is under way for the occupants of a car which smashed into the back of a bin lorry while being pursued by police. They ran from the scene of the crash in Patrington Close, Crawley, shortly after noon with officers on foot in hot pursuit. "About 50 wraps of substances suspected to be Class A drugs were discarded during the foot chase," a Sussex Police spokeswoman said. • READ MORE: 14-year-old stabbed two boys before being tracked down by police helicopter Chris Elliott, who lives nearb
By Harry Bullmore
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Images show masked intruders behind failed high street bank heists

A GROUP of masked men broke into two banks and attempted to steal cash machines in a series of failed heists. Sussex Police believe the Uckfield incidents are "part of a wider series across the South East" and the force has launched Operation Kafka to track down those responsible. They have released CCTV images from one of the targeted banks in an attempt to track down the masked intruders. The first break-in came at the HSBC branch in High Street, Uckfield, at about 3am last Friday, with a s
By Harry Bullmore
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'We're worried about her' - Search for missing woman last seen near Beachy Head

POLICE are searching for a missing woman who was last seen at a Sussex beauty spot. Natalie McCallum was dropped off near Beachy Head at about 11.40am yesterday but she has not been seen since. Surrey Police believe the 42-year-old, from Leatherhead in Surrey, may still be in the area. The force issued an appeal for help in finding her late last night. Missing woman Natalie McCallum from Leatherhead was last seen near Beachy Head It read: "We’re worried about her – particularly at this time
By Harry Bullmore
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'One down. One to go' - council leader wants Boris to go the same way as Trump

THE leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has celebrated the demise of Donald Trump's presidency and said he hopes Boris Johnson will meet a similar fate. Trump departed the White House yesterday ahead of his Democrat rival Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The end of his four-year spell as leader of the free world has been welcomed by many, with his time in office marred by controversies including two impeachments. Following Joe Biden's inauguration yest
By Harry Bullmore
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Tribute to colleague and friend who 'always knew where to find a good pub'

A LONG-STANDING business partner and friend of a man whose body was found on the Sussex coast yesterday has paid tribute to "an inspirational leader". Rob Goffee met Gareth Jones when they were both studying at the University of Kent, with the pair going on to teach, found a business and co-author four books together. Their company, Creative Management Associates, continues to operate today, more than two decades after they started it. But their working relationship has been cut short by the
By Harry Bullmore
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Staff test positive for Covid-19 at Tesco store

SEVERAL staff members at a Tesco store have tested positive for coronavirus. The supermarket chain says a "small number" of employees at the site have contracted the disease and "the relevant precautions" have been taken. A Tesco spokeswoman said: "A small number of colleagues at our Shoreham Extra store have tested positive for Covid-19. "Their close contacts have been informed. "The safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers remains our number one priority and we are working with lo
By Harry Bullmore
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Sussex hospitals record 63 Covid deaths in 24 hours

THE latest figures show Sussex hospital sites recorded 63 deaths of patients with Covid-19 in 24 hours. The data comes from hospital trusts across the county and covers the period leading up to 5pm yesterday. The victims were among 8,066 deaths recorded across the South East. Scroll down to see the latest figures for the NHS hospital trusts in Sussex which recorded an increase in the number of Covid sites. Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date o
By Harry Bullmore
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'Homelessness is not a crime' - anger at plans to deport migrant rough sleepers

THE GOVERNMENT'S move to allow the deportation migrants who become homeless has sparked anger across the UK. Brighton and Hove's Green group are among those to voice their opposition to the updated immigration rules. Changes to immigration rules mean rough sleeping can now be considered a basis for refusal, or cancellation of permission to remain in the UK. The Home Office said "the new provision will be used sparingly" but city councillors argued the plans are "discriminatory" and will "unde
By Harry Bullmore
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Lockdown may last beyond March after highest daily Covid-19 death figure to date

HOME Secretary Priti Patel has warned it is "no time to speak about the relaxation of measures" after the UK recorded its highest daily coronavirus death figure to date. This comes amid claims that lockdown could last beyond March as hospitals remain under immense pressure from the virus. Several national newspapers have reported that Good Friday, April 2, is the earliest date Boris Johnson was targeting for "a significant lifting of the lockdown". Ms Patel told Sky News: "We are at a pivotal
By Harry Bullmore
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Pictured: Residents evacuated as emergency crews fight fire at block of flats

PICTURES show the enormous emergency response to a fire in the basement of a large block of seafront flats this morning. Police and ambulance teams joined 14 fire crews at Marine Court in Hastings at about 7am this morning to tackle the blaze. A road closure remains in place on the A259 Grand Parade with a detour in operation and drivers urged to avoid the area. Police fire and ambulance crews were called to a basement fire in a block of flats on Hastings seafront - the A259 was closed Credit
By Harry Bullmore
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Storm Christoph arrives in Brighton sparking 36-hour rain warning

THE arrival of Storm Christoph saw a 36-hour rain warning issued across Sussex and the south of England. The yellow Met Office alert, in place throughout today and lasting until noon tomorrow, forecasts "spells of heavy rain which may lead to travel disruption and flooding in places". People in affected areas have been told to expect: • Flooding of a few homes and businesses • Bus and train services to be affected with journey times taking longer • Some interruption to power supplies and other
By Harry Bullmore
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Huge emergency response and A259 closed due to fire in basement of block of flats

A FIRE in the basement of a large block of flats sparked a huge emergency response. Police and fire crews remain at the scene on Hastings seafront and are urging drivers to avoid the area. Road closures are in place as emergency teams continue to work at the scene. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest update from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. A Sussex Police spokesman said:"We were called to assist East Sussex Fire and Rescue at the scene of a fire in the basement of a larg
By Harry Bullmore
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Busking banned during lockdown - but musician argues he can't work from home

A BUSKER argued his case as police asked him to move on from his spot on Brighton seafront. Paul Fitzgerald was performing near the i360 on Saturday, January 9, when he was asked to stop and pack up his things by patrolling officers. Footage of the conversation has since been shared on social media and viewed more than 1,500 times. Sussex Police have since confirmed that busking is “not considered a reasonable excuse” to leave the house under current lockdown laws as it “is not considered a b
By Harry Bullmore
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Tributes continue to flood in for much-loved Hove man after seafront search scaled down

THE Brighton and Hove community has been rocked by the loss of a much-loved “friend and mentor”. Gareth Jones was a stalwart of both his favourite pub and the political scene as well as being a a fervent supporter of local businesses. The 69-year-old was reported missing on Saturday afternoon after not returning home from a walk with his brown cockapoo, Connie. A huge search was launched with hundreds of volunteers supporting emergency teams as they scoured the shoreline in Hove and Portslade
By Harry Bullmore
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'Community robbed of truly decent man' - MP's tribute to fellow political campaigner

AN MP says the community has been “robbed of a truly decent man” following the news that a sea search for a missing Hove man has been scaled down. Hove and Portslade MP Peter Kyle paid tribute to Gareth Jones after Sussex Police confirmed they had seen CCTV footage which appeared to show the 69-year-old being swept out to sea along with his dog, Connie, on Saturday. Mr Jones was an active Labour Party member, and had frequently campaigned in support of his MP. Mr Kyle told The Argus: “I’ve kn
By Harry Bullmore
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Update: Patient taken to hospital 'as a priority' after car hits tree on A23

A PATIENT was taken to hospital "as a priority" after a car crashed into a tree on the A23 yesterday. The road was blocked for a short time following the collision between Patcham and Pyecombe shortly before noon. The Argus reported yesterday that teams from both East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) had attended the scene and released a person who had been trapped inside the car. The crash on the A23 near Pyecombe yesterday An ESFRS spok
By Harry Bullmore
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Storm Christoph is coming - here is what that means for Brighton

THE newly named Storm Christoph is set to bring high winds and heavy rain to the UK. A severe, amber, weather alert for rain has been issued by the Met Office for parts of northern, central and eastern England tomorrow. This misses Sussex, with the entire county instead placed under a 36-hour yellow weather warning for rain throughout Wednesday and the first half of Thursday by the weather service. Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said: "Following a cold spell where the main hazard was snow, our
By Harry Bullmore
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Man charged with rape after images found on electronic device

A MAN has been charged with rape and sexual assault against a woman in Hove. This comes after a Sussex Police investigation uncovered a series of images which were found on an electronic device. The woman is 18 and is currently receiving support from specially trained officers. Police believe the sexual offences took place over a two year period which began around June 2019. Daniel Curtis of Goldstone Way in Hove has been charged with three counts of rape, seven counts of sexual assault by tou
By Harry Bullmore
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Son's tribute to 'lover of pubs, politics and people’ after search efforts scaled down

THE son of a missing Hove man has celebrated his father's vibrant life as a lover of pubs, politics and people. A large search operation for father-of-three Gareth Jones was scaled down yesterday after police viewed CCTV which appeared to show the 69-year-old and his dog being swept into the sea. His son, Robbie Jones, issued a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the family to the hundreds of people who helped scour the Brighton and Hove shoreline for Gareth. The 24-year-old also remembered his
By Harry Bullmore
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Man in his 30s dies after being found on motorway

A MAN died in the early hours after being found by police on the M23. Officers were called to reports of concern for safety for a man on the A25 near Redhill at 6.30am yesterday. They arrived to find a man in his 30s on the M23 near Gatwick Airport. The man was pronounced dead shortly after police attended. Sussex Roads Police officers were called to assist and the motorway was closed until shortly after 1pm as emergency teams worked at the scene. An investigation has now been launched into
By Harry Bullmore
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Emotional tributes to 'lovely man' after CCTV showed him being 'swept out to sea'

THERE has been a huge of outpouring support for the family and friends of Gareth Jones after a search for the missing 69-year-old was scaled back yesterday afternoon. The operation lasted more than 20 hours and involved a large number of emergency teams working with volunteers to try and find him. But efforts were scaled back after police were shown CCTV footage of Gareth and his dog, appearing to be swept into the sea in Portslade. He was reported missing on Saturday afternoon, having last b
By Harry Bullmore
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Summary: Major search scaled down after CCTV shows missing man 'being swept into sea'

A LARGE search for a missing man was scaled down after police viewed CCTV footage which appeared to show him and his dog being swept into the sea. Gareth Jones from Hove was reported missing on Saturday afternoon, sparking a huge operation in which emergency teams scoured the Brighton and Hove shoreline into the early hours of yesterday morning. Police, coastguard, lifeboat crews and volunteers resumed the search at first light, but to no avail. A search operation for missing Hove man Gareth
By Harry Bullmore
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