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The Argus: Brighton pensioner warns others about fraud

Kent Online: Folkestone schoolgirl to star in Adrian Mole musical

Get Surrey: Guildford children on free school meals going hungry during the holidays

Chichester Observer: Warning as thunderstorms expected in Sussex

Eastbourne Herald: Paedophile bishop passes away

Crawley and Horley Observer: Woman raped on footpath in Pound Hill, Crawley

Worthing Herald: Sir Peter Bottomley demands apology from Greenpeace after minister suspended for grabbing activist

Mid Sussex Times: Cuckfield pavilion hit by vandals in early hours

Brighton and Hove News: Buses diverted after sinkhole spotted in Brighton

Hastings Observer: Hastings business owners call for action over street drinkers

Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
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New Road Wednesday lunchtime
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On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

£1.4m plans to improve country park

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Adonis blue butterfly
Adonis blue butterfly

The South Downs National Park Authority is set to take over the running of the Seven Sisters Country Park and is announcing £1.4m plans to improve the area.

Following a decision by East Sussex County Council, ownership of the 280-hectare site will transfer to the National Park Authority by March 2020.

The authority is to improve the habitat for seven animal and plant species: the breeding Lapwing, Adonis blue butterfly, redshank, meadowsweet, ringed plover, reed warbler and the wigeon.

It is also planning to improve the nature trails, wildlife watching facilities, the visitor centre and landscape to be bio-diverse.

The breeding Lapwing
The breeding Lapwing

Concern for 'vulnerable' missing man

Police in Sussex have appealed for help to find a vulnerable man who has gone missing from Hailsham.

Steven Dunne, 50, was seen on the town's High Street at about midday on Thursday, and has since been spotted in Brighton city centre.

Officers say they are concerned for him.

Steven is about 5ft 7in, of stocky build, with thinning grey hair and is clean shaven.

He was last seen wearing a navy top and jacket, blue jeans and green Adidas trainers.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 999 immediately.

A passport-style photo of Steven Dunne

Low vision services 'not evenly spread'

Odera Ezenna

Services available to people with very poor eyesight "are not evenly spread throughout West Sussex", the Royal National Institute for the Blind has said.

Responsibility was passed on to local authority following the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision to withdraw funding for low vision services in 2018.

Christine Glanville, the RNIB’s network manager for south east England, said at a health and adult social care select committee at West Sussex County Council, there were 5,000 people in Horsham and Mid Sussex living with sight loss. A number slightly above the national average.

Patients are referred elsewhere for help and have to pay for services usually provided freely across the rest of the county.

Ms Glanville added: “There is a need to reinstate a low vision service for those patients who’ve had no low vision service for over a year now.”

Meanwhile, Frances Russell, of Healthwatch West Sussex, said people were not aware of the help already available to them.

“I think there’s a real need to get this service sorted out and publicised.”

Investigation into cause of Adur bridge damage

Neville Dalton

Damaged glass panels on the Adur ferry bridge
Jacqui Peek

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to a footbridge across the River Adur - or have they?

Police and bridge owners West Sussex County Council are investigating the latest spate of damage to glass panels on the £10m Adur Ferry Bridge, which links Shoreham town centre with the beach.

The council says four panels, which cost about £1,000 each to repair, have been damaged in recent days.

Police are investigating reports of criminal damage by a group of youths, but the council wants to carry out tests to establish whether there was a recurrence of previous defects in the glass, which have been responsible for a number of previous similar incidents.

Investigations into a similar occurrence in 2014 established that impurities in the glass had caused some of the panels to shatter.

And a council spokesman said at least some of eight panels found damaged in January this year were the result of similar imperfections.

But the spokesman said the council would also be studying CCTV footage in case of other causes.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and an area search was carried out. However, there was no trace of the suspects and there are currently no further lines of inquiry."

Close-up of one of the damaged panels
Jacqui Peek
Close-up of damaged panel
Jacqui Peek

Leader's funding plea to PM candidates

The leader of West Sussex County Council has written to the Tory leadership candidates and asked how much money they would give to local authorities if they became Prime Minister.

Louise Goldsmith, who last week survived calls for a vote of no confidence in her own leadership, described in her letter the "severe financial restrictions" faced by councils across the country and said, by the end of 2021-22, West Sussex would have streamlined its budget by £338m.

Ms Goldsmith also asked when the long-awaited Green Paper on social care would be published and if the government would be looking for cross-party approval of its contents.

The controversial paper which looks at the future of adult social care in England was due to be published in 2017. The government now has it listed to be published "at the earliest opportunity".

Brexit party MEP's comments on homosexuality condemned

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

The leader of West Sussex County Council has condemned as "outrageous" comments made by Ann Widdecombe which suggested science could "produce an answer" to being gay.

The Brexit Party MEP hit the headlines earlier this month for her comments, which led to several theatres cancelling dates for her Strictly Ann one-woman tour.

The issue was raised at County Hall, in Chichester, on 7 June when councillors asked for condemnation of Ms Widdecombe’s "LGBT negative outburst".

I condemn the absolutely awful comments that were made. They were absolutely outrageous.”

Louise GoldsmithLeader West Sussex County Council

Looking at the inclusivity work carried out by the county, the leader recalled people’s delight when the rainbow flag was first flown at County Hall – a day Mr Oxlade said was "a big highlight".

The council is also working to regain its place in the Stonewall top 100 – a list of the employers which achieve acceptance without exception for all LGBT people, with the next Worthing Pride taking place on 13 July.

Leader survives vote of no confidence

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith has survived a call for a vote of no confidence in her abilities.

The call was made by Lib Dem leader Dr James Walsh after a horrific Ofsted report into the county’s children’s services, which were rated inadequate.

The call was supported by a number of Tory councillors.

Calling Ofsted’s findings "a shocking indictment" Dr Walsh said: “There are many references in the report to leadership failure at all levels."

He said children could be "scarred for life".

There was applause for Tory councillor Andrew Baldwin, who suggested that he and others had been removed from scrutiny committees because they were "not nodding donkeys and not afraid to ask questions".

After listening to the debate for more than an hour, a tearful Mrs Goldsmith said: “I care very deeply about the children so this hits me more than you can imagine.”

The call was defeated by 38 votes to 18, with 5 abstentions.

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The Argus: 'Picasso' Seated Bather up for auction at Brighton and Hove Auction Rooms

Kent Online: Disabled boy stopped from using pool slide

Get Surrey: Shepperton nursery 'devastated' after children's tree pulled out of the ground and burned

Chichester Observer: Motion of no confidence in Tory council leader tabled

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man given prison sentence for stealing meat

Crawley and Horley Observer: Shocking footage shows Lancing man caught speeding at 151mph on the M23

Worthing Herald: Rustington machete attack victim comes forward: 'I lost a lot of blood. It was horrifying"

Mid Sussex Times: Cyclists gear up for annual Burgess Hill Bike Ride this Sunday

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton and Hove tenant reps criticise lack of publicity over 'improvement survey'

Hastings Observer: Couples can now get married in iconic Hastings cinema

Brighton and Hove Independent: Residents oppose academy plans for Moulsecoomb Primary School

Arrests made as Hells Angels event continues

Ten arrests have been made for drugs and weapons offences during a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) ride, after police revealed they cancelled holidays to cope with the event.

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Up to 700 motorcyclists, from overseas and across the UK, began their trip from London last night and will finish in Brighton on Sunday.

Police introduced a stop and search order in designated parts of Surrey and Sussex after they made the arrests.

Prior to the ride, officers announced they cancelled leave days to deal with the large-scale events happening this weekend and said "criminal activity will not be tolerated".


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The Argus: Man died in flat in York Place, Brighton

Kent Online: Doctor suspended after 'sexually motivated behaviour'

Get Surrey: Chef set fire to Farnham restaurant before sending nude photos to his colleagues

Chichester Observer: 10 arrested for weapon and drug offences ahead of Hells Angels 'Euro Run'

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne 15 year old guilty of malicious wounding

Crawley and Horley Observer: Armed police called to incident at Three Bridges station

Worthing Herald: Two people arrested on the A27 in Lancing following incident in Peacehaven

Mid Sussex Times: Major retailer announces sudden Sussex store closures

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton student housing scheme's backers outnumber objectors

Hastings Observer: Historic Hastings tapestry on display in Rye wows visitors

Brighton and Hove Independent: Parents robbed Brighton teenager in savage ammonia attack that left him partially blind

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The Argus: Botched bunion surgery leaves woman housebound

Kent Online: Tributes to girl set to 'rule the world' before unexplained death

Get Surrey: Former Epsom Hospital children's doctor suspended

Chichester Observer: Selsey sexual assault: Man hands himself in

Eastbourne Herald: Injury left working mum relying on foodbanks

Crawley and Horley Observer: Runaway lorry rolls downhill with unconscious driver

Worthing Herald: Graffiti by Worthing's Banksy should be removed, council officers say

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Brighton and Hove News: Most Brighton A&E patients satisfied despite having to wait longer than average

Hastings Observer: Firefighters battling another blaze at derelict Hastings care home

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton shortlisted for Best Walking Neighbourhood Award