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Public consultations on adult social care savings

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Plans to cut adult social care funding by £730,000 in East Sussex are to go out to public consultation.

Proposals to consult on removing the subsidy for meals in the community - currently received by about 750 people across the county - and a review of long-term support for working age adults were approved by East Sussex County Council's lead member for adult social care and health earlier.

Both proposals will now be subject to 10 week public consultations.

The consultation into the meals in the community subsidy will begin on 28 May, while the consultation on long-term support for working age adults will start on 4 June.

Microbrewery planned for Eastbourne

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Man drinking a pint of beer

The leader of Eastbourne Borough Council has shared plans to open a microbrewery in the town.

Speaking at the authority’s annual meeting on Tuesday, newly re-elected council leader David Tutt described some of his administration’s plans for the next four years.

Among plans to install electric car chargers at the Hampden Park Retail Park and to move ahead with the new Sovereign Centre, the Liberal Democrat leader said the council was considering opening a microbrewery in an effort to raise income.

“We run bars across Eastbourne and at the golf club. A lot of that profit goes outside of the council.

“We can set up a microbrewery for Eastbourne and not only will it promote the council but it will promote tourism and make a difference for our communities,” he said.

Speaking later, Mr Tutt said: "We would be brewing our own beer and supplying our own outlets.

“That way the profit that currently goes to brewers would remain in-house.”

He stressed the plans were still a work in progress, but confirmed the cabinet would be working with council officers to develop the idea further over the summer.

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Kent Online: Suspected slavery victim 'blackmailed into working in Dover and Lydd for £20 a week'

The Argus: Brighton students prepare for youth climate strike

Get Surrey: Walton man forced dog into cage to kill ferret 'for his own enjoyment'

Hastings Observer: Bexhill man stole vodka and wine from Marks and Spencer

Mid Sussex Times: Woman with a buggy attacked in Horsham

Chichester Observer: Funds released for Chichester chapel conversion project

Worthing Herald: Armed police incident in Worthing

West Sussex County Times: Horsham restaurant opening delayed after fire in which public rescued man

Brighton & Hove Independent: Woman charged after animal rights protest in McDonald's Brighton

Eastbourne Herald: Police officer cleared over Eastbourne nightclub brawl with cage fighter

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton and Hove elects youngest ever mayor

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Kent Online: Thanet council accused of missing bin collections and leaving rubbish strewn across streets

The Argus: Prison for charity tins snatcher

Get Surrey: Multiple fire crews called to Walton Community Hospital due to 'overheated light fitting'

Hastings Observer: Man made more than 50 images of children in Bexhill

Mid Sussex Times:Boots pharmacy closure: Retailer reveals why it is closing Haywards Heath store

Chichester Observer: Rolls Royce in Chichester holds fundraiser in aid of cathedral roof appeal

Worthing Herald: Blind man from Worthing thanks 'wonderful people' who helped him after fall

West Sussex County Times: Horsham anger over plans to chop down tree to make way for new bus stop

Brighton & Hove Independent: Valley Gardens campaigners to enter mediation with council

Eastbourne Herald: Woman dies in crash outside Eastbourne

Brighton and Hove News:Brighton charity's detox project rated outstanding by official healthcare watchdog.

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Kent Online: Self-harm at record level in Rochester Prison

The Argus: Lion and Lobster pub in Brighton to host beach themed street party

Get Surrey:Cystic fibrosis University of Surrey student studying to find a cure for her condition

Hastings Observer: Historic buses roll into Hastings

Mid Sussex Times:Warning over toxic caterpillars across Sussex which can cause a painful rash

Chichester Observer:Chichester community spaces given a £19,000 funding boost

Worthing Herald:Shoreham Airshow Memorial: Pictures show the story so far as the 11 arches are erected

West Sussex County Times:Thieves steal village brownie pack’s scarecrow

Brighton & Hove Independent:Fundraisers abseil for Blind Veterans UK

Eastbourne Herald: Road closed for more than five hours after serious accident on A27 Pevensey Bypass

Brighton and Hove News:Planning inspector overrules council on seven shared houses in Brighton

Unexploded shell to be destroyed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Bomb disposal experts are planning to carry out a controlled explosion on a shell found near Beachy Head.

Unexploded shell found near Beachy Head
HM Coastguard

The shell, which is 3in (8cm) wide and 1ft (30cm) long, was found by a member of the public at about 08:50 BST on 19 May.

It was found halfway between the Belle Tout lighthouse and lay-by.

A cordon has been set up and the shell is due to be detonated at low tide this evening.

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Kent Online: Russell Brand backs Gravesend artist Claude Barry

The Argus: Anger as rough sleepers pitch tents outside Brighton Town Hall

Get Surrey:Huge 54 metre long gantry installed across M23 ahead of 38-hour Gatwick Airport road closure

Hastings Observer: Restoration of former Observer building given boost as fundraiser extended

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath farmer saves fox cubs after car hits pregnant mother

Chichester Observer: Chichester man dies from pneumonia after fall at hospital

Worthing Herald: St Paul's closure rumours addressed by trustee

West Sussex County Times: Windows smashed in Horsham vandalism spree

Brighton & Hove Independent: Lancing woman jailed for violent homophobic assault after Brighton Pride

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne PC faces misconduct charges after person injured in 'drunk' argument

Brighton and Hove News: Ten seafront lanterns removed after corrosion found

Fire service leaves site of pool chemical leak

Emergency services at Motocombe Road pool

Fire crews are leaving the scene of a chemical leak at an Eastbourne swimming pool.

They were called to Motocombe Road pool at about 07:30 BST and a cordon was put up the area, with residents being advised to close doors and windows.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said there had been a small leak from a severed pipe of sodium hypochlorite in the plant room at the pool.

The leak has been isolated and there is no risk to the public in the area, a fire service spokesman said.

A spokesman for Wave Leisure, which operates the pool for Eastbourne Borough Council, said two members of staff discovered the leak.

They were coughing and had eye irritations and were taken to hospital as a precaution, he said, but had no lasting effects.

He said if the chemical was mixed with acid it could cause chlorine gas.

Two people affected by chlorine leak

Motocombe Road swimming pool

Two people have been affected by a chlorine gas leak in Eastbourne, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has said.

They were called to Motocombe Road swimming pool at about 07:30 BST and six crews were sent to the scene.

Residents in the area have been warned to keep doors and windows closed.

The fire service said the situation was "under control".

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Kent Online: Benny the Beluga whale inspires Swanscombe artist to create life-size sculpture

The Argus: Brighton and Hove Auction House given 'Picasso' art to sell

Get Surrey: Widow's grief at month-long wait for husband's body

Hastings Observer: Shark jaws stolen from Hastings Fishermen’s Museum

Mid Sussex Times: Public outpouring of joy over little lost dog found after 11-day hunt

Chichester Observer: Reports of explosion at Westhampnett tip

Worthing Herald: Pair jailed over shocking act of public indecency outside Worthing’s Guildbourne Centre

West Sussex County Times: ‘Car mad’ Horsham teenager dies two months after passing driving test

Brighton & Hove Independent: Liquidators appointed for Brighton chocolate shop

Eastbourne Herald: A new chairman at East Sussex County Council has been chosen for the forthcoming municipal year.

Brighton and Hove News: Plans for extra floor on Art Deco block refused

Silt plan given go-ahead

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Planning permission to dispose of silt from a lake on the Kent-Sussex border has been renewed by county council planners.

On 15 May East Sussex County Council’s planning committee considered an application to create an on-site silt disposal area at the Bayham Lake Estate near Lamberhurst.

Bayham Lake, Lamberhurst

The application had been a resubmission of an earlier scheme, which had been approved in 2016 but was delayed as developers sought planning permission for a spillway elsewhere on the estate.

Frant Parish Council had objected, saying the location would be inappropriate for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and be out of character with surrounding area.

However, officers told the committee the dredging of silt from the lake would be necessary to maintain its character while ecological surveys had raised "no significant issues".

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Kent Online: Kent's best beaches revealed

The Argus: Brighton man calls for Jeremy Kyle to be sacked after being on ITV show

Get Surrey:Over 3,300 Surrey families have lost money needed to live on due to benefits cap

Hastings Observer: Hastings man sent to prison for handling stolen computer

Mid Sussex Times: New changes to £65 million Burgess Hill redevelopment to go on show

Chichester Observer:Three jailed for Bognor Regis drugs supply after 2kg of cocaine seized

Worthing Herald:Ex-Worthing auction house could be turned into boxing academy

West Sussex County Times:Record numbers pound streets of Crawley and surrounding area for Run Gatwick event

Brighton & Hove Independent:Later licence for West Street nightclub Popworld turned down

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man fined for driving without due care and attention

Brighton and Hove News:Brighton man faces trial charged with two counts of rape

Dragonfly project in Dorset extended

Melanie James

BBC Radio Solent

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A Dorset project to help victims of domestic abuse is to be extended.

The Dragonfly project uses the symbol of a dragonfly to show people in an abusive situation where they can find confidential support and advice.

The project trains people to become champions within communities. They're able to receive and respond to disclosures of domestic violence and abuse.

Funding has now been secured to continue the Dragonfly project in Dorset and to extend it to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex.

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KentOnline: Thieves steal hundreds of pounds from Wildwood Discovery Park near Canterbury

The Argus: The Old Market and Brighton Women's Centre team up

GetSurrey: Staines school to scan pupils for knives following rise in knife crime

Hastings Observer: Wet and windy start to day in Hastings and Rother

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill town centre redevelopment: Residents invited to open day

Chichester Observer: Goodwood pilots to fly silver spitfire around the world

Worthing Herald: Adur Repair Cafe set for launch in Shoreham

West Sussex County Times: Broadbridge Heath bypass closes as downgrade begins

Brighton & Hove Independent: Trainlines between Worthing and Littlehampton blocked after person hit by a train - Chichester lines also affected

Eastbourne Herald: New drug cabinet provided to DGH by Eastbourne charity

Brighton and Hove News: Vine Street restaurant given alcohol licence despite neighbour concerns

Man's face slashed in robbery con

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Police are hunting two people after an attempted robbery in East Sussex in which a man's face was slashed with a knife.

The victim was driving along the A27 towards Polegate on Sunday, when he was flagged down by a distressed looking woman in a layby near to the Barley Mow pub.

He pulled over to help her, but was then attacked by a man from behind.

The victim managed to punch the man, who then drove off with the woman.

It happened at about 16:30 BST and their car is believed to have been a Toyota, possibly an Aygo or a Yaris with an 07 registration.

The man was described as 5ft 11in, aged in his mid-30s with short scruffy brown hair, clean shaven and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

The woman was described as being aged in her 20s, 5ft 6in, slim, with brown hair in a bun and was wearing a red round neck jumper and skinny blue jeans.

Conservatives hold Wealden

The Conservatives have maintained a comfortable majority in Wealden.

The Tories lost six seats - four to Liberal Democrats and two to Greens - but held control of the council, winning 34 out of a possible 45 seats.

Search for missing woman

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are searching for a woman who's gone missing while visiting Eastbourne.

Valeria Funtez-Vazquez
Sussex Police

Valeria Funtez-Vazquez, who's 41, hasn't been seen since around 15:00 BST on 2 May.

She's said to speak little English and there's concern she could become confused by her surroundings.

When are your local council results due back?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Election count in Tandridge

Overnight we have seen the Tories lose overall control in Tandridge, Surrey.

In Kent, the Conservatives have lost control of Folkestone and Hythe but the party has held Medway and Dartford.

These are the estimated results times for each county in the South East:


  1. Maidstone 12:45
  2. Dover District 13:00
  3. Ashford 14:00
  4. Thanet 14:00
  5. Sevenoaks 15:30
  6. Swale 15:30
  7. Tonbridge & Malling 16:00 -18:00
  8. Canterbury City 17:00
  9. Tunbridge Wells 17:00
  10. Gravesham Borough 18:00

East Sussex:

  1. Eastbourne 16:00
  2. Rother 16:00
  3. Brighton & Hove 17:00
  4. Lewes 17:00
  5. Wealden 17:00

West Sussex

  1. Worthing 11:00
  2. Chichester 12:00
  3. Crawley 16:00
  4. Horsham 16:00
  5. Arun 16:00
  6. Mid Sussex 19:00


  1. Mole Valley 15:00
  2. Woking 15:00
  3. Spelthorne 15:00
  4. Reigate and Banstead 16:30
  5. Waverley 18:00
  6. Runnymede 18:00
  7. Elmbridge - Unsure

Remarkable footage shows World War Two soldiers sending messages home
Attempts are made to trace families of Sussex veterans who filmed messages in Asia.

Alert after man takes WW2 grenade to police

A man sparked an alert in Eastbourne after he drove to a police office with a hand grenade in his van's glove compartment.

Buildings were evacuated in Eastbourne and part of the town cordoned off after he went into the police office in Grove Road on Thursday afternoon and told officers the grenade was in his van parked outside.

Sussex Police said he had found what appeared to be a World War Two device during a property clearance in Hailsham.

Bomb disposal teams are on their way but police said the cordon could be lifted and people allowed back into buildings after they were sent photographs.

A police spokeswoman said: "It is not known whether the grenade is still a viable device."

She said the van had been secured where it was parked and was under police control.

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Hastings Observer: Hastings Jack in the Green: What you need to know

Kent Online: Man with meat cleaver arrested in Rochester

Chichester Observer: Plan to split Chichester store after closure confirmed

Eastbourne Herald: New purpose-built church to be developed in Eastbourne town centre

Worthing Herald: Meet the Worthing man who 'walks' his parrot at the park

Mid Sussex Times: Overnight break-in at Hassocks farm

Brighton and Hove News: Thousands from Brighton and Hove face losing their vote in European elections

Brighton and Hove Independent: Male politicians come out in support of Brighton suffragette statue

The Argus: Brighton seagull swallows entire pigeon whole

Get Surrey: Police searching for suspects after 'distinctive' pink van stolen in Weybridge

Crawley Observer: Crawley Chief Inspector pops to the shop to buy cakes for her officers, ends up arresting shoplifter