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Man Arrested Over Body in Car Fire – 19/03/15

A 26 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the woman’s body discovered in a burning car last Friday. The woman has still not been identified, but cause of death has been determined as smoke inhalation.

Woman’s Body Found in Burning Car – 15/03/15

A murder investigation has been launched after a body was discovered in the boot of a burning car. Emergency services were called to Rusper Road near Ifield Golf Club at around 2pm on Friday after receiving reports of a burning car. After the fire was extinguished, fire crews discovered the body in the boot of the VW Jetta.

Woman Dies in Stream – 10/03/15

A woman in her 50s has died after being found in a stream near Smallfield Road on Saturday 7th March. Emergency services tried to resuscitate her at the scene and she was flown by air ambulance to St Georges hospital in Tooting where she was pronounced dead. The woman has been identified as Sandra Underhill and, whilst cause of death has not yet been confirmed, it is believed that she fell from a horse whilst riding along the road.

East Grinstead Man Charged with Child Sex Offences – 30/01/15

A 42 year old man from East Grinstead has appeared in court charged with serious sexual offences on a girl younger than 10. Justin Overton appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday but the charges were deemed too serious to be heard by the court and the case was immediately referred to Lewes Crown Court. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of intentionally attempting to cause a girl to engage in sexual activity, as well as other sexually related crimes. The offences took place between 2008 and 2013 in a flat in East Grinstead High Street.

Man Seriously Injured in Car Assault – 29/01/15

A 20 year old man was left with serious head injuries after he was assaulted whilst sitting in the passenger seat of a car. The man was in the car in the centre of East Grinstead when another car pulled up next to them. A male got out of the car, pulled open the victim’s door and assaulted, causing broken bones and a minor brain haemorrhage causing bleeding on the brain. The assault happened on Monday 26th January between Old Road and College Lane.  

Burglary Gang Suspects Arrested – 15/01/15

A 28 year old man from Reigate has been arrested on suspicion of being involved with a gang responsible for up to 200 burglaries in the South East. Police across Surrey, Sussex and Kent joined forces to catch the gang after a pattern emerged last September. Officers were alerted to two burglaries in Midhurst and West Chiltington on Tuesday night and immediately pounced into action when a group of men were spotted in a stolen VW Golf. The men forced a Ford Focus to stop and then stole that car but had to abandon it shortly after. In addition to the suspect from Reigate, a 24 year old man from Sidcup, a 29 year old from Essex, a 20 year old from Billingshurst and a 16 year old boy were also arrested.

Pensioner Killed by Lorry – 08/01/15

A 70 year old man died on Tuesday after he was hit by a lorry on the A264 near East Grinstead. William Rutherford of Teasley Mead, Blackham was killed instantly when the lorry hit him at around 7.40am on East Grinstead Road near the junction with Ironchurch Lane. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Fire at Chip Shop – 20/11/14

Firefighters were called to a fish and chip shop in Felbridge on Tuesday after a fire broke out in one of the deep fat fryers. The alarm was raised at 11.15am at the Master Fryer on London Road and the building was evacuated whilst the fire crew checked that the building was safe.

Fake Cashmere Seized in Raid – 20/11/14

350 fake cashmere shawls were seized by Trading Standards during a raid on a property in East Grinstead. Complaints had been received about the items from duped consumers and a lab test on the items advertised as ‘pure cashmere’ revealed that they were made of 85% wool and 15% silk. The seized goods have an estimated street value of £9000.

Pensioner Spared Jail for Bank Theft – 14/11/14

A 73 year old man from Copthorne has been spared a prison sentence after admitting stealing £4200 a bank. David Williams of The Gables was convicted of the offence at Crawley Magistrates Court after changing his plea to guilty. He was given an 8 week suspended sentence and ordered to pay back just £200.

Reward Offered to Catch Burglars – 11/11/14

A £10,500 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a gang of burglars. One gang is suspected of committing more than 100 burglaries at homes across the South East, including 34 in West Sussex. The burglars are primarily looking for jewellery and head straight to bedrooms where they expect to discover the loot. Sussex, Kent and Surrey police forces have each offered £2500 and Crimestoppers has offered a further £3000.

New Fashion Chain Comes to East Grinstead – 17/10/14

Shoppers in East Grinstead will soon have a new retailer to visit after it was announced that fashion retailer White Stuff will be opening a store in London Road. They will open in the unit currently occupied by Millets, who are moving up the road to the unit previously occupied by Sussex Stationers.

Teenage Murderer Obsessed with Horror Characters – 03/10/14

A court has heard how the 17 year old who stabbed and partially dismembered his girlfriend was obsessed with horror films and in particular the serial killer character Dexter. Steven Miles, who was 16 at the time of the attack, stabbed 17 year old Elizabeth Thomas in the body and head with such force that the knife became embedded in her skull. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years.

Fridge Causes Restaurant Fire – 02/10/14

A restaurant in Oxted suffered extensive damage when a fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Emergency services were called to the Gurkha Kitchen restaurant in Station Road East at around 4.30am after reports of the fire were received. The fire was promptly extinguished and the cause was attributed to a faulty fridge in the kitchen. Nobody was hurt in the incident but the kitchen has sustained severe smoke damage.

 

Motorcyclists Killed in 4x4 Collision– 17/09/14

Two young motorcyclists were killed on Sunday after their bikes collided with a Range Rover. The horrific crash happened on the B2026 in Chuck Hatch at around 6.30pm. 19 year old Thomas Dawes from Forest Row and his 20 year old best friend Luke Power from Turners Hill suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene. The 52 year old driver of the Range Rover was treated for shock at the scene and later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the white Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki ZX600 in the moments leading up to the crash.

17 Year Old Pleads Guilty to Murder – 12/09/14

A 17 year old boy from Edenbridge has pleaded guilty to murdering fellow student Elizabeth Thomas on January 24 this year. Steven Miles killed Elizabeth in a property in Amy Road, Oxted by stabbing her. He will be sentenced on October 2.

Jeweller Robbed Outside Shop – 19/08/14

An East Grinstead shop owner and his son were attacked by two men with knives on Thursday afternoon. Paul Thorpe and his son Alfie had just closed the East Grinstead Watch Company and were getting into their Land Rover in Portland Road at around 4.10pm when they were attacked from behind. The attackers stole an extremely valuable Audemars Piguet watch and attempted to make their escape on a stolen Yamaha motorbike but could not start it. A motorist passing by suspected that there had been a road accident and stopped to offer assistance, so the robbers forced him out of his Ford Mondeo and escaped in that. The car was abandoned in a car park in Rabies Heath Road  between South Godstone and Bletchingley, where two black men were seen leaving the vehicle and getting into a black BMW with a driver already waiting.

Planning Permission Given for New Housing Estate – 11/08/14

Despite resistance from both Crawley and Copthorne residents, permission has been granted for a new housing estate of 500 homes to be built to the East of Crawley. The new development, which will only be separated from the Crawley border by the M23 motorway, has caused concern over infrastructure from Crawley residents, and concern from Copthorne residents that the development will effectively merge the village with Crawley, thus losing their independent identity.

Fire Victim Airlifted to Hospital – 07/08/14

A 28 year old man had to be airlifted to hospital on Tuesday suffering from facial burns. The man from Rowplatt Lane, Felbridge had tried to light a bonfire using petrol and the flames flashed up into his face and upper body. The air ambulance was scrambled and took the man to Tunbridge Wells hospital for emergency burn treatment, although his injuries are not life-threatening.

Golf Club Attack on Sleeping Man – 04/08/14

A 27 year old man was savagely beaten with a golf club whilst he was in bed with his girlfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning. Nigel Dawes, who was at his girlfriend’s house in King’s George Avenue, East Grinstead, was asleep when his attacker began to beat him around the head with a golf club. Mr Dawes was struck so many times that the golf club actually broke and when his girlfriend tried to intervene, she was stabbed in the leg. Mr Dawes was airlifted to Royal Sussex County hospital in Brighton where his condition is described as stable. His girlfriend required 7 stitches to her wound. Police are looking for a 31 year old man who is known to the victim.

Teenager Charged with Rape - 31/07/14

A 16 year old boy has been charged with the rape of a 15 year old girl in East Grinstead last year. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of raping the girl on September 13. He will appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on August 13.

Young Mum Died of Slimming Pill Overdose – 23/07/14

An inquest into the death of a 25 year old mother has ruled that she died of caffeine toxicity after taking a lethal dose of slimming pills. Katie Goard died on April 29 at her fiance’s house after claiming she felt unwell. She had been drinking alcohol and took an unknown quantity of the pills called Fat Metaboliser. The coroner said that Miss Goard had as much caffeine in her blood as if she had drunk 54 cups of coffee.

Former Private School Headmaster Arrested – 11/07/14

The former headmaster of Ashdown House prep and boarding school in Forest Row has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences. 69 year old Clive Williams, who was headmaster at the school from 1975 to 2003, was arrested at his home in Barcombe and a computer was seized for examination. Police have been investigating claims of sexual and physical assault at the school from the 1960s through to the 1980s after initial claims were made by former pupils in January.

Proposal for Traveller Site in East Grinstead – 09/07/14

Mid Sussex District Council has released plans to build a new site for gypsies and travellers, identifying a potential site in East Grinstead. The site in Imberhorne Lane is currently used by Imberhorne Lane Nursery, but the long-established business that rents the land from the council would be evicted if the plan is approved. The second site identified is in Burgess Hill.

Man Injured in Car Park – 04/07/14

Police are appealing for witnesses who may be able to explain how a man was found lying in a car park with serious head injuries. The man in his 60s was discovered in the car park near the fire station at around 7pm on Wednesday. He had been to the Wing Wah Chinese restaurant to buy a takeaway shortly before. He was taken to St George’s hospital in Tooting in a critical condition.

Gunman Threatens Pub Staff – 01/07/14

Staff at an East Grinstead pub were terrified when a man wearing a balaclava and brandishing a gun threatened them and demanded money. The gunman entered the Ship Inn in Ship Street at around 1.30am on Saturday as staff were preparing to lock up. He threatened the manager David Fox with the gun and demanded that he open the safe. When Mr Fox refused, the robber pointed the gun at his head but did not fire. Mr Fox then wrestled with the man before he fled the pub empty handed. 30 year old Ruhel Miah of The Courtyard in East Grinstead was arrested later and charged with attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Schoolgirl Sustains Head Injury – 26/06/14

A 7 year old girl was rushed to hospital after she sustained a head injury whilst playing with friends. The incident occurred at Halsford Park Primary School during a PE lesson on Wednesday. After assessment by paramedics at the scene, the girl was taken by ambulance to St George’s hospital in Tooting for further assessment. She was released later that night.

Supermarket Delays Development – 05/06/14

The £40 million redevelopment of Queens Walk has still not been confirmed because the major supermarket at the centre of the development have not committed to the project. Without the significant investment from the unnamed supermarket, developers Frontier Estates are unwilling to begin the project and risk not having a tenant for the biggest unit. It is hoped that the situation will be resolved soon, but no date has been given.

Cannabis Gang Jailed – 26/05/14

A 28 year old man from East Grinstead and a 34 year old man from Dormansland have been jailed alongside five associates for their part in a massive cannabis production ring. John Lee from Lister Avenue, East Grinstead and Alex Duffy from Ford Manor Road, Dormansland were sentenced to 3 years 9 months and 2 years 6 months respectively at Brighton Crown Court on Friday. The gang received a total of more than 23 years in prison for a huge operation at several locations across the South East.

Woman Dies When Car Hits Tree – 19/05/14

A 24 year old woman has died after her car crashed into a tree in Lingfield. Vicki Reid from Oxted, the mother of a two year old boy, was driving along Godstone Road at around 3.30am on Friday when her Ford Fiesta left the road, crashing through a hedge before hitting a tree. Emergency services responded quickly but Miss Reid was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man Dies After Falling from Bridge – 09/05/14

A 23 year old man from Burgess Hill has died after falling from the bridge in College Lane onto the A22 in East Grinstead. The man has not yet been named but floral tributes left at the scene refer to him as Ali. Emergency services were called at 11am and paramedics tried to save his life, but he died later from his injuries. The A22 was closed for several hours while police investigated.

Young Mum Dies at Home – 02/05/14

The mother of two young girls was found dead at her home on Wednesday, with no obvious cause to her death being evident. 25 year old Katie Goard was discovered at her home in Lister Avenue in the early hours of Wednesday morning but despite an initial post-mortem being carried out, there is no indication of how she died or if anyone else was involved.

East Grinstead Man Dies in Dutch Canal – 29/04/14

The body of a 22 year old man from East Grinstead has been pulled from a canal in in the Dutch city of Leiden a week after he was reported missing. Wayne Davies was last seen leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning on Saturday April 19 after spending a night out drinking with friends. Two boats were used to scour the network of canal's in the city and the body was discovered on Saturday morning. Dutch police do not believe that there was anyone else involved in the tragedy.

Cyclist Injured in Hit and Run – 22/04/14

Sussex police are appealing for witnesses after the driver of a car hit a cyclist and failed to stop. John Dolby from Horley was cycling along the A264 in Copthorne at around 6.30pm on Wednesday in training for his participation in the London to Brighton Cyle Ride when an impatient motorist hit Mr Dolby's handlebars with the wing mirror of his car as he overtook. Mr Dolby fell from his bike, sustaining a twisted ankle, fractured elbow and cuts and bruises. The offending motorist was driving a black Peugeot.

Runway Consultation Starts – 08/04/14

The public consultation into proposals to build a second runway at Gatwick Airport opened on Friday, giving local residents the opportunity to review the plans and to have their say. There are three options for the position of the second runway, all of which are South of the existing runway towards Crawley. Anyone interested in the proposal can visit the website set up exclusively for the process www.gatwickobviously.com and have their say on which site is most suitable, although campaigners opposed to the proposal are angry that there is not an automatic selection available to select ‘no runway’.

Open University Leaves East Grinstead - 4/4/14

The East Grinstead office for the Open University will close after more than 40 years in the town. The announcement was made this week after bosses failed to sign a new agreement with the landlords of their offices in St James House, London Road. The closure of their South East headquarters and relocation of operations to other regional offices has come as part of a financial review into operating costs. The East Grinstead office which employs 60 staff and provides support to thousands of students will close by the end of the year.

Scarlet Fever Cases Increase - 21/3/14

Public Health England have issued a warning after cases of scarlet fever in West Sussex have doubled in the last two years. The highly contagious bacterial infection can be transmitted through the air and also by touch. Most common in children between the ages of 4 and 8, the main symptom of scarlet fever is a widespread itchy rash. Although the disease used to be deadly, if diagnosed it can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Gang of Burglars Jailed – 20/3/14

A gang of five men who burgled more than 80 homes in a two year period have been jailed for a combined total of 26 years. 24 of the homes burgled were in Sussex including East Grinstead and Turners Hill. All of the burglaries were committed in daylight when the men would wait for the occupants to leave for work before breaking in and stealing jewellery and antiques. The men also stole cars from some homes to assist with travelling to their next victim. Liam Riley was jailed for four years, Leigh Ash for five years and three months, Steven White for five years and six months, Guy Harbord for five years and six months and Justin Collins for six years.

Dinosaur Bones Found at School – 05/03/14

Dinosaur bones dating back 140 million years have been uncovered at Ardingly College. Experts began excavation work at the school after fossils were unearthed during building work last year, and their hard work paid of last week when they found bone and tooth fossils at the site. Complex identification processes will now be applied to identify the type of dinosaurs the bones belonged to.

Teenage Car Thief Injured on Motorway – 11/02/14

A 19 year old from Crawley Down had to be airlifted to hospital on Sunday after being hit by a car on the M23 following a police chase. The teenager ran onto the motorway between junction 10 and 10a after fleeing from a car he is suspected of stealing. Prior to the motorway collision, the vehicle he is suspected of driving was involved in a hit and run accident in London Road before being abandoned in Stace Way where the occupants fled on foot. Eye-witnesses say that they saw the teenager emerge from the hard shoulder before attempting to cross the motorway. Shortly after, police were seen emerging from the same vicinity. He was airlifted to hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Teenager Guilty of Cruelty to Chickens – 23/01/14

A 19 year old from Copthorne has been banned from keeping chickens after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to birds in his care. RSPCA officers visited Hunters Moon Farm in Copthorne Bank after receiving reports of animal cruelty at the farm. On arrival, they dicovered 5 dead birds and 2 more that were so ill they had to be put down by a vet. Bradley Head, who has had chickens since he was a child, was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Food Hygiene Hell – 17/01/14

Three businesses in East Grinstead have been awarded the worst possible rating for food hygiene following an inspection by environmental health officers. Felbridge Newsagents, Xquisite Indian restaurant and Lizzy Snacks all recieved a 0 out of 5 and have been ordered to make vast improvements otherwise the council will take action against them.

Infection Risk at Dentists – 15/01/14

Two dentists in East Grinstead have been told that they are at risk of giving their patients infections because they are not clean enough. The East Grinstead Orthodontic Centre and Kings Dental Care were criticised for being dirty in the report by government healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission. Both practices have accepted the findings of the report and vowed to undertake refurbishments.

Storms Wreak Havoc Across County – 02/01/14

Families forced to leave their flooded homes, drivers fleeing their submerged vehicles, and businesses forced to close during one of the busiest times of the  year have all been a result of what experts are calling the worst storm to hit the South East since 1987. Torrential rain and gale force winds struck overnight on 23rd December, resulting in flooding throughout the county. Many homes were left without electricity and Christmas preparations were either put on hold or cancelled altogether as friends and neighbours rallied to help each other. Severe flooding resulted in gridlock on many roads as motorists failed to make it through deep water. But despite a brief respite on Christmas day, there are still flood warnings in place as the bad weather continued at the end of December and into the new year.

23 Year Old Killed in Crash – 24/12/13

A 23 year old man was killed when his car collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction on the A264 near Shovelstrode Lane at 8.25pm on Friday 20th December. Dan Wilson from Tunbridge Wells was driving home in his Peugeot 206 when the collission with the Audi A3 occurred. Mr Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene and the two 21 year old men from East Grinstead in the Audi were taken to Royal Sussex County hospital in Brighton with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Gatwick Shortlisted for New Runway – 19/12/13

The government have included Gatwick on a shortlist of airports suitable for expansion. If successful, Gatwick’s new runway would be situated 3000 metres south of the existing runway and it is thought to be the most environmentally friendly option being considered. However, opposition to the expansion at Gatwick claim that housing and transport infrastructure is not good enough and the local area could not cope with the demands of a busier airport.

Christmas Nightmare on Railways – 13/12/13

East Grinstead railway station is preparing for chaos over the Christmas period as thousands of passengers are diverted to the town in order to travel into London. Southern Rail have announced that there will be no trains travelling from Gatwick to London Victoria between Boxing Day and January 1st due to platform work at the airport and maintenance on the lines. Passengers wishing to use Horley, Redhill and Merstham stations to travel to London will have to find an alternative route or other means of transport during this period and passengers from the South coast are being advised to catch a bus from Three Bridges over to East Grinstead in order to complete their journey.

Music Teacher Jailed for Groping Pupil – 9/12/13

The 52 year old music teacher found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine year old boy has been jailed for 20 months. John Gowers was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday despite pleading not guilty to the offences. He had previously admitted to possessing indecent images of children.

Fight at Racecourse – 3/12/13

Police were called to Lingfield Racecourse in the early hours of Sunday morning after a huge fight broke out at a Christmas party. Two companies were holding their staff parties at the function venue when an argument started between the groups. Security staff quickly stepped in and halted the fight, moving one of the groups to the Marriott hotel situated within the racecourse grounds at around 11pm. However, the other party moved on to the hotel at around 1am after their function had finished and the two groups resumed the fighting, with approximately 30 individuals involved. The hotel staff called police who arrived in six cars and a police van and broke the fight up. Two members of staff were injured during the fracas, one requiring hospital treatment.

Blaze at Farm Destroys Buildings – 15/11/13

A faulty generator is being blamed for causing a huge fire that tore through industrial buildings at a Forest Row farm on Tuesday. Forty firefighters battled the blaze at Brambletye Fruit Farm, which started at 7pm and raged through the night. The firefighters job was made more difficult and dangerous by a lethal collection of flammable chemicals including three flammable cylinders and 2000 litres of diesel.  

Music Teacher Found Guilty of Assaulting Young Boy – 14/11/13

A music teacher from Ashurst Wood has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 9 year old boy during a piano lesson. 52 year old John Gowers was accused of fondling the boy around his genitals and buttocks whilst the boy performed a piano piece during the private lesson. The boy told his mother after the lesson who subsequently contacted police. Indecent images of pre-teen boys were found on his personal computer for which he has already pleaded guilty and must now sign the sex offenders register. The judge at Woolwich Crown Court warned Gowers that he should expect a custodial sentence when he is sentenced on December 6.

Mutant Rats in East Grinstead – 8/11/13

Scientists have discovered evidence that a breed of rat which is immune to even the strongest poison is breeding in East Grinstead. Experts from the University of Reading made the discovery after collecting DNA samples from droppings and dead rat bodies. Even the strongest poisons legally available cannot kill the mutated pests, meaning that far more difficult methods of extermination such as shooting, gassing and trapping are the only way to control the population. The super-rats had previously been discovered in Kent, Essex and Suffolk, sparking fears that more rats are developing the genetic mutation resulting in their immunity to poison. 

Teenager Attacked on Way to School – 6/11/13

A 15 year old schoolgirl was grabbed from behind and pushed to the floor by a man as she walked to school on Monday. The attack happened in Halsford Lane on a footpath leading to Imberhorne School at around 9.10am. The plucky teenager managed to break free from her attacker and screamed for help, causing the man to flee. The footpath is well used by students of the school despite being called dangerous by local residents due to it being very secluded.

Neglect Contributed to Deaths at Care Home - 23/10/13

After a five week inquest into the shocking conditions at a local care home, it has been reported that the neglect of staff was a contributing factor in the death of five residents. The Orchid View Care Home in Copthorne was closed down at the end of 2011 after an administration worker at the home reported the disgusting treatment she had witnessed to police. The court were told of atrocious conditions and treatment including how a resident received a lethal overdose of a blood thinning drug, how medical records were forged, how emergency pull-cords were tied up out of residents’ reach and how a male resident was discovered eating his food on the ground like a dog. Nineteen deaths at the home were investigated during the coroner’s inquest and, whilst all residents died from natural deaths, the sickening neglect contributed to five of them.

Rapist Jailed for Attack in Cemetery – 10/10/13

The man who violently attacked and raped a young woman in an East Grinstead cemetery has been jailed for 15 years at Lewes Crown Court. 27 year old Tyrone Carr attacked a 21 year old woman as she walked through Mount Noddy Cemetery in the early hours of the morning on June 1st after a night out. He repeatedly struck her over the head with a bottle and threatened to cut her throat before sexually assaulting her. The brutal attack only ended when a man and woman heard her cries for help and intervened.

Local Business Fined for Dumping – 27/09/13

A local, family run business has been fined £15,000 for illegally dumping waste in East Grinstead. Martell’s had been given permission to fill in an area of disused land behind their warehouse in Charlwoods Road. However, the company received £30 a time to allow 350 lorry loads of waste from other companies to be dumped at the site. In addition to the company fine, managing director Charlie Martell was fined £2000 and the company must foot the bill to clean up the site.

Coffee Shop Owner Innocent – 26/09/13

The owner of a coffee shop in Oxted who was accused of raping a woman in his car has been found not guilty at Chichester Crown Court. 53 year old Terry Sleet of Sheridan Place in East Grinstead was charged with rape after he offered the 21 year old student a lift back from Brighton and ended up having sexual intercourse with her  in his car. The girl claimed that she had not consented and was too drunk to be responsible for her actions. However, after the prosecution had made their case in court, the defence made an application of ‘no case to answer’ which was successful and the judge directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict.

Guilty Plea from Graveyard Rapist – 03/09/13

A man who raped a woman in a graveyard after hitting her with a bottle has pleaded guilty to the crime at Lewes Crown Court. 27 year old Tyrone Carr admitted to the attack on a 22 year old woman at Mount Noddy cemetery on June 1st this year, after overwhelming evidence was collected against him. After hearing his plea, the judge warned Carr that he stood to be sentenced to a lengthy jail term.

East Grinstead Plans Cycle Hire Scheme – 22/08/13

A plan to encourage people to cycle to work by providing rental bikes at certain locations has been contained within East Grinstead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. The plan, which is based on the scheme introduced by Boris Johnson in London, would mean that people could pick up a bike from one location by using their credit card and drop it off at another set location across the town. It is thought that the scheme would be particularly beneficial to commuters using East Grinstead train station, who could pick up a bike near their home, drop it off at the train station without having to worry about their personal bikes being vandalised or stolen and then just pick up another rental bike for their return journey in the evening.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Hospital – 19/08/13

A 19 year old man had to be airlifted to hospital after his bike collided with a car on Sunday. The accident occurred at the junction between Railway Approach and London Road in East Grinstead at around 10.30am. Paramedics treated the man at the scene before he was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton suffering from serious injuries to his head, arms, legs and chest.

Body of Missing Chef Found – 09/08/13

The body of a man from Dormansland who went missing more than a week ago has been found in woodland. 34 year old David Pickett who worked as a chef at Greathed Manor Care Home went missing on Sunday 28th July. After failing to show up for work on Monday morning, he was reported missing by colleagues and a police search was launched including ground troops, a police helicopter and a dive team to search local ponds. Concerns for Mr Pickett’s safety increased when his beloved pet dog was discovered running loose in the village. His body was discovered by a member of the public in Bottoms Wood on Tuesday afternoon. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Firefighters Rescue Woman from Wall – 23/07/13

A fire crew from East Grinstead had to stifle their laughter and hide their grins after they received an emergency call to rescue a woman who had managed to get her bottom stuck in a wall. Passers-by returning from a night out in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning heard a woman calling for help and feared that she was being attacked. When they located her, she explained that she had sat between the pillars on a wall to take a break and her bottom had become stuck. The good Samaritans tried in vain to free her and eventually called the fire brigade, who managed to get squeeze her out.

Development Could Merge Copthorne With Crawley – 12/07/13

Plans to build 500 new homes in Copthorne would mean that only the M23 motorway would separate the village from Crawley’s boundaries. Developers St Modwen have promised significant investment in public amenities if their proposal is approved, including allotments, playing fields, infrastructure, education and road. However, there is still concern that the development to the west of Copthorne will destroy the village’s individual identity and make it just another borough of Crawley.

Congestion Prevention on M23 – 05/07/13

The M23 between the M25 and Crawley is set to get extra lanes in an attempt to ease future congestion. Although the motorway currently handles the level of traffic adequately, with the occasional accident causing large traffic jams, the motorway has been identified as one that could suffer from increased congestion in the future. The government have allocated £122 million to the improvement works which will turn the hard shoulder into a permanent driving lane, with emergency refuge areas created at regular intervals. Variable speed limits will also be introduced to the motorway to help improve traffic flow.

Motorist Prevents Suicide Attempt – 02/07/13

A father who was driving his 8 year old son to an East Grinstead takeaway at the weekend made an unplanned stop on the way to prevent a man from jumping from a bridge. The brave 36 year old saw the man climb over the safety barriers on the bridge and he quickly stopped his car to intervene. He grabbed the man in his 50s who was obviously under the influence of alcohol and pulled him back to safety. When police arrived, the suicidal man from Tunbridge Wells who is a known alcoholic was arrested. 

Police Cancel School Celebration – 20/06/13

Students at Michael Hall School have been left disappointed after Wealden District Council refused permission for them to hold their tradiitonal end-of-year party. The party is usually held following the Midsummer Festival and was scheduled for this Saturday, but the council refused permission for the bash after police were called to deal with anti-social behaviour and criminal damage two years ago. The party was due to take place in a field off Priory Road in Forest Row and organisers are now frantically trying to tell all ticket holders, who each paid £6.50 for a ticket, that the party has been cancelled.

Facebook Party Turns into Riot – 11/06/13

A teenager’s plan to celebrate the end of his exams with a group of close friends went terribly wrong after his Facebook advertisement was seen by hundreds of strangers who gatecrashed the party. 17 year old Jacob Little had sent a private invitation to 30 friends to attend a party at his parent’s bed and breakfast in Heron’s Close, Copthorne on Saturday. However, more than 200 people showed up to the party and the celebration quickly got out of hand. The teenager’s parents were on holiday in Poland at the time, but a neighbour called to tell them about the large crowds and Jacob’s father immediately called the police. Around 30 police officers, a police dog unit and a police helicopter attended the scene, but officers were pelted with bottles by the revellers as they tried to disperse the crowd. Four teenagers were arrested at the scene.

Woman Raped in Graveyard – 04/06/13

A woman in her 20s was hit over the head with a bottle and raped in an East Grinstead graveyard as she walked home after a night out. The young woman was walking along a path beside Mount Noddy Cemetery at around 2am on Saturday morning when her attacker hit her with the bottle, repeatedly punched her and then dragged her by the ankles into the cemetery. The attack was halted by two passers by who heard the woman's screams and confronted the attacker, who ran off. 27 year old Tyrone Carr who lives in East Grinstead High Street was arrested on Monday for the assault and subsequently charged with rape, assault and possession of a weapon.

Shocking Security System to Deter Burglars – 29/05/13

A petrol station in Copthorne is planning to install a new anti-burgalry system that will give thieves an electric shock if they try to break-in. Following a burglary at the Londis and Texaco service station in Copthorne Road on 17th May in which two men wearing motorbike helmets stole over £200 of cigarettes, the owners have decided to install the revolutionary new system. Thieves attempting to break in to the shop will be given a warning that the premises are protected by the system and, if they continue with their attempts, they will receive an electric shock.

UKIP Success at Local Elections – 08/05/13

UKIP have become the second strongest political party in West Sussex after thrashing Labour and the Lib Dems in local elections. UKIP secured 10 seats on West Sussex County Council in the elections making them the main opposition to the Conservatives, who earned 46 of the 67 seats. The Lib Dems were the biggest losers, achieving just 8 seats whilst Labour increased from 3 to 6 seats.

Teenage Yob Given ASBO – 26/04/13

An East Grinstead teenager has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order after police ran out of options to curtail the youths criminal behaviour. 15 year old Archie Gates from King George Avenue in East Grinstead has terrorised the community with a string of burglaries, thefts, and assaults. Despite being given a youth rehabilitation order last year, Gates continued to commit criminal acts leaving the police with no option but to seek intervention from the court. The conditions of his ASBO, which include not being allowed out in public between 11pm and 7am, will be in place for two years.

Crawley Runner Safe After Boston Marathon – 18/04/03

A member of Crawley Athletics Club who participated in the Boston Marathon on Monday has told how he knew nothing about the bombings until his wife called him from the UK. 40 year old Neil Smith from East Grinstead had completed the marathon and returned to his hotel by the time the bombs exploded which killed three people and injured hundreds. Mr Smith was asleep in his room when his telephone rang at 3.30pm , approximately half an hour after the bombings.  

Mother and Son Die in Cottage Blaze – 10/04/13

An 83 year old woman and her 52 year old son died after a huge fire tore through their cottage in Copthorne on Saturday night. Fire crews were called to The Lodge at Great Finches Farm at 12.35am and spent nearly nine hours battling the flames. At around 9am on Sunday morning, firefighters with breathing apparatus were able to enter the burnt ruins of the property and discovered the body of the 83 year old woman. The damage to the property was so severe that the second body was not discovered until Sunday afternoon in a bedroom that had collapsed onto the ground floor. The victims have not yet been formally identified.

Town Centre Rejuvenation Plans Revealed – 05/04/13

The long awaited re-development of Queens Walk in East Grinstead town centre has finally been unveiled, boasting a brand new Martell’s store and a ‘big name’ supermarket. The plans also include a 400 space car park, some smaller retail units and residential flats. Frontier Estates presented the plans to the Better Mid Sussex Advisory Group last week and received an enthusiastic response, despite some members questioning the need for another large supermarket. The development will cost £40 million and the hope is that it will re-instate East Grinstead as a destination shopping town.

Bluebell Railway Returns to East Grinstead – 25/03/13

For the first time in 55 years, a steam train arrived in East Grinstead via the Bulebell Railway on Saturday, to the cheers of thousands of enthusiasts. The first train left East Grinstead station at 9.47am heading towards Sheffield Park and was full of delighted passengers making the historic trip. Despite snow blizzards and freezing weather, more than 400 tickets were sold at East Grinstead during the day.

East Grinstead Rugby Club Secure Consecutive Promotion – 25/03/13

East Grinstead rugby club have secured a historical second promotion in a year, sending them into the lofty heights of the National rugby leagues. Known as G Force, the East Grinstead rugby team travelled to Chichester on Saturday, knowing that a win would guarantee their league title and promotion from London 1 South. After a hard fought game, G Force were victorious and retained their unbeaten record of 23 games and 23 wins, securing their league title with three games still to play.

'Lucky' Van Driver Dies in Crash – 18/03/13

A 40 year old man who was told he was lucky to escape a road accident three years ago has died after a similar crash. Stephen Shearman from Turners Hill was driving along Turners Hill Road between Turners Hill and Crawley Down on Wednesday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was rushed to hospital but died the following day from his injuries. Mr Shearman suffered head injuries, a broken collar bone and fractured knee in another crash on the Turners Hill Road in 2010.

Hockey Club Raise Funds for New Pitch – 08/03/13

East Grinstead Hockey Club, the European hockey champions, have been given a grant by Mid Sussex District Council to help them to re-build their pitch at East Grinstead Sports Club in Saint Hill. The council have agreed to give the club £45,000 whilst a further £155,000 has been raised through England Hockey, The National Hockey Foundation and fundraising efforts from the club.

Huge Explosion at Farm – 04/03/13

An enormous gas explosion at a farm in Forest Row killed over 200 chickens and was felt by residents across Forest Row. A fire started at Tablehusrt Farm due to a faulty heater just after midnight last Thursday and burned unnoticed until it reached the pipes of a nearby gas cylinder, causing the explosion which blew up the chicken coop.

Driver Dies After Police Chase – 26/02/13

A young man was killed in a horrific crash last Thursday evening at around 7.45pm following a high speed chase with police. The Lexus, driven by the young man, refused to stop when signalled by police near Lingfield and a pursuit ensued towards East Grinstead. The driver maneuvered recklessly to evade the police and the chase was tragically ended when he struck three other cars in Felcourt Road and his car flipped over. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and several other motorists were injured in the collisions. Felcourt Road was closed for 12 hours following the accident whilst police cleared the wreckage.

Council Rake in Parking Charges – 22/02/13

In the first six months since Mid Sussex District Council increased parking fees at seven of East Grinstead's public car parks, they have generated more than £375,000. Despite calls from local businesses and retailers to reduce parking fees in order to attract more shoppers to the town, the council took the decision to impose the increases and claim that the money raised will benefit all. The town's most popular car park by far is Queensway, which raised more than £150,000 in parking charges in the final six months of 2012.

Tree Crashes into House – 13/02/13

An elderly couple escaped serious injury after an oak tree smashed through the roof of their home, spraying glass all over the bed in which they slept. Derek and Diana Jordan were asleep at their home in Rectory Field, Hartfield on Tuesday morning when the 250 year old, 12 tonne oak tree collapsed onto their house. It is believed that the oak tree was rotten and simply collapsed after a harsh winter of persistent bad weather.

Bluebell Railway Returns to East Grinstead – 01/02/13

Steam trains are set to return to East Grinstead, 55 years after the last train chugged into town, with the re-opening of the Bluebell Railway line. Works to restore the line started nearly thirty years ago when planning permission was obtained to start work. However, it wasn't until 2003 that all of the land had been acquired in order to commence work, with £6 million being raised for the cause. Owners of the Bluebell Railway have named 23rd March as the date for the first train to leave Kingscote and travel along the new line.

School Children Injured by Hit and Run Driver – 22/01/13

Four teenagers were ploughed down by an out-of-control car on Friday as they walked along a pavement in the snow. The children were walking along Imberhorne Lane at 10.30am after being sent home early due to the snow when the grey BMW mounted the pavement, collided with a lamp post and careered into the helpless group. The car then sped away without concern for the children's welfare, leaving them sprawled across the pavement and requiring medical assistance. Two of the teenagers were taken to East Surrey Hospital suffering from cuts and bruises whilst two others were treated at the scene by paramedics. The car was abandoned in Felwater Court and two men from East Grinstead were arrested on Sunday in relation to the offence as well as a charge of going equipped to steal.

Care Home Neglect Case Closed – 18/01/13

The five people arrested following neglect at a care home in Copthorne have been informed that police will take no further action due to lack of evidence. Orchid View Care Home in Borers Arms Road was closed down in October 2011 after the families of residents reported poor conditions and gross neglect of staff. One resident, 77 year old Jean Halfpenny, died at the home in May 2010 but the joint investigation by police, the NHS, HM Coroner, the Care Quality Commission and West Sussex County Council's adult's services could not find enough evidence to prosecute the individuals.

Airline Change Flightpath to Appease Residents – 03/01/13

The budget airline Easy Jet have agreed to change the flightpath of their aircraft taking off from Gatwick Airport after numerous complaints from East Grinstead residents. The complaints reported that Easy Jet planes had been flying over the town at an altitude as low as 1000 feet, creating an unbearable amount of noise. The airline have agreed that all aircraft taking off in an easterly direction will climb higher and more quickly than before, thus reducing the noise for residents.

Hit and Run Shoplifter Jailed – 20/12/12

The callous thief who ran over a security guard as he tried to flee the scene of his crime, has been jailed for three years. Ryan Winnan was caught stealing DVDs at Sainsbury's in East Grinstead last October by security guard Victor Egwuatu. After a brief struggle, Winnan managed to escape from Egwuatu and fled to his car. The brave security guard tried to block the exit to the car park but Winnan simply ploughed through him, breaking his shoulder in three places. At his sentencing on Tuesday, Winnan burst into tears as he was led away.

New Railway Station Opens – 18/12/12

The new state-of-the-art railway station in East Grinstead finally opened on Monday, revealing facilities to considerably improved commuters journeys. The new facility, part of a £2.1 million revamp, boasts a cafe and a more open-plan and welcoming entrance hall. The next stage of the development will see an extra 100 spaces added to the car park in prepration for the extension of the Bluebell Railway line which is set to be extended to East Grinstead early in 2013.

Coach Company Has Licence Suspended – 14/12/12

A coach company which has the contract for many school runs in the area has had it's licence to operate suspended after a public inquiry into multiple traffic violations. Crawley Luxury Coaches will not be able to operate between January 1st and January 7th 2013 after drivers committed numerous offences, including speeding in 30 mph zones. When they were asked to identify the drivers committing individual offences, the company claimed that they could not specify which driver was in charge of the vehicle and requested photographic evidence.

Pensioner Dies in House Fire – 10/12/12

A 77 year old woman has died after firefighters rescued her from a fire in her home. The emergency services were called to the home of Joan Margaret Sawyer in Fairway, Copthorne just before 4pm on Wednesday after smoke and fire were seen coming from her house. She was pulled out of the burning house unconscious by firefighters wearing breathing aparatus and resuscitated by paramedics but died after arriving at hospital. It is suspected that the fire was started by a cigarette.

Paedophile Ex-Teacher Jailed – 06/12/12

A 72 year old ex-teacher has been jailed after being found guilty of a string of sexual attacks on pupils whilst he was their teacher. Bernard Haunch was a french teacher at the now-closed Fonthill Preparatory School in East Grinstead when he committed the attacks in the 1970s and 1980s. He was found guilty of four rapes as well as an indecent assault. Haunch was caught when one of his victims, a woman now in her 40s came forward to tell police of her ordeal. The police then tracked down a man who had been raped whilst he was a school boy. Haunch will serve at least 20 years in prison.

Armed Police Arrest Man with Replica Gun – 30/11/12

A 43 year old man was arrested on Tuesday after police received reports that he was threatening a woman with a gun at a house in Medway Drive, Forest Row. Armed police swooped at around 8.50am after the dispute was reported. The man did not resist arrest and an imitation firearm was recovered at the scene.

East Grinstead Shop Raided Again – 26/11/12

An East Grinstead clothes shop has been raided by thieves for the second time this year, prompting calls for improved policing in the town centre. The thieves stole around £4000 worth of stock from Popular Girls clothes shop in London Road, East Grinstead after they forced open the shop's front door. To add insult to injury, the thieves also made off with the store's six security cameras.

Nightclub Applies for Late Licence Over Christmas Period – 16/11/12

An East Grinstead nightclub have applied for a licence to stay open until 3am on certain dates over the Christmas period but have been met with fierce opposition from local residents and businesses. The Poison IV nightclub in King Street, East Grinstead have made the application but this week members of East Grinstead' Town Council's planning committee recommended that the application be refused, following opposition from local residents, Sussex Police and The East Grinstead Society.

East Grinstead Man Killed in Road Accident – 29/10/12

A 52 year old man from East Grinstead was killed after he was hit by a car as he walked back from a party on Saturday night. John Gayfer of Woodlands Road in East Grinstead had been at a James Bond theme party in Littlehampton and had decided to walk back to a friend's house to clear his head. As he walked along the westbound carriageway of the A27 at around 1.30am, he was hit by car driven by a 24 year old man from Portslade. Mr Gayfer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man Arrested for Shining Laser at Plane – 16/10/12

A 24 year old man from East Grinstead has been arrested for shining a laser pen at an aeroplane attempting to land at Gatwick Airport. The pilot of the Easy Jet plane alerted air traffic control of the incident which could have caused a major accident who immediately alerted police. A police helicopter was launched to the approximate location of the attack and found the man after he shone the same green laser at the helicopter.

Coffee Shop Owner Filmed Woman On Toilet – 5/10/12

The owner of an Oxted coffee shop appeared at Redhill Magistrates Court on Monday accused of voyeurism after he admitted to filming a female customer using the toilet in his café. 52 year old Terry Sleet of Sheridan Place in East Grinstead who owns Robertsons in Station Road West, Oxford had deliberately moved one of the CCTV cameras so that it was pointing at the toilet. A security guard discovered the camera and alerted police. Sleet was released on bail pending a report from the Probation Service.

Masked Raiders Smash Into Jewellers – 28/9/12

Two masked men smashed a jewellers windows with sledge hammers in broad daylight yesterday, stealing thousands of pounds of jewellery. The men jumped out of a black BMW at around 9.30am and smashed the front window of Major & Sons in London Road. They stole several items on display including diamond rings and necklaces and made off in the car, which had been stolen from London and the number plates had been changed.

OAPs Robbed by Bank Clerk – 28/09/12

An East Grinstead teenager has been found guilty of employee theft after he stole hundreds of pounds from elderley customers at the bank that he worked at. 19 year old Phillip Bottley of Dunnings Road, East Grinstead stole the money from customers' accounts whilst he worked at the Santander branch in Burgess Hill. Bottley was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after he admitted to the offences at Mid Sussex Magistrates Court.

Facebook Messages Expose Pervert – 25 /09/12

A dangerous pervert was discovered by the father of his victim after he left sexually explicit Facebook messages on the boys account. 42 year old Paul Gosling from Maidenbower met the 14 year old boy at a sports club that they both played at and struck up an unhealthy friendship with the boy, who he used to drive to car parks and give him alcohol and cigarettes. Gosling had tried to convince the boy that he was gay and encouraged him to participate in sexual acts, but the boy refused. His vile acts were discovered by the boy's father when he read posts on the boys Facebook account and alerted police. Gosling was given a three year community sentence, banned from working with children and ordered to pay £1000 in court costs.

Forest Row Homes Targeted by Burglars – 17/09/12

Three homes in Forest Row were burgled within 24 hours of each other by opportunist thieves last Thursday and Friday. The homes in Freshfield Bank and Lewes Road were all raided whilst the owners slept upstairs. The thieves were obviously not equipped to steal large items and made off with wallets, purses and handbags from all of the houses. Police suspect that entry was gained through open windows or unlocked doors.

New Flight Path Causes Complaints – 13/09/12

Residents in the west of East Grinstead have inundated Gatwick Airport with complaints regarding noise pollution after a major airline flying out of the airport chose to change the route of their planes. Around 2000 households in the Imberhorne area are affected by the increased noise, which is especially noticeable in the early of the morning and late at night. The airport have a strict Noise Preferential Route which airlines must adhere to, but it is their choice which route they take within the zone. Residents believe that it is EasyJet using the new route and that they are flying right at the edge of the zone, possibly crossing the border.

Pilot Arrested for Death Threats – 30/08/12

A British Airways pilot was arrested following a police assault on his home on Friday after he had allegedly made threats to kill. Police swooped on the home of 52 year old Sean O'Callaghan in North Lane, West Hoathly where he lives with his wife and three children, at around 8.40pm on Friday. Neighbours heard police shouting for O'Callaghan to leave the house and he was arrested at around 10pm. He will appear at Mid Sussex Magistrates court on September 12.

East Grinstead Residents Fear Merge with Crawley – 26 /08/12

A recent survey for East Grinstead Town Council reveals that the biggest fear of residents in the town is that over-development and expansion will result in the town merging with Crawley thus losing East Grinstead's identity. Over 400 local residents responded to the survey which will be used to outline future development plans in East Grinstead. The ever-increasing number of housing developments on the outskirts of the town means that it is already encroaching on Copthorne and Crawley Down and, without responsible management of the local countryside, it could soon cross an invisible border to Crawley.

Women Attacked After Nightclub Visit – 14 /08/12

Police are on the hunt for a man who assaulted two women, in two seperate attacks, as they walked home from the Poison IV nightclub in East Grinstead in the early hours of Sunday morning. The first attack happened at around 1.50am in Highfield Road when the man grabbed a 20 year old woman by the arm. The woman managed to hit her assailant ad he fled from the scene. The second attack happened 4o minutes later in Hotlye Road when the same man approached and indecently touched a woman as she talked to a friend. The man is described white, in his 40's, medium build and between 5ft 9 and 5ft 11. Police have increased late night patrols around East Grinstead and advise anyone planning a night out to plan their travel arrangements in advance, staying in groups if walking home.

Tulley's Farm Build Angry Birds Maze – 01 /08/12

Tulley's Farm have unveiled their new maze for this summer, based on the popular game Angry Birds. The maze was officially opened to the public on 21st July and will be open to visitors until 9th September with over 30,000 visitors expected in that time. An aerial photograph of the maze shows one of the game's birds being launched into the air, witht he name of the game being included in the complicated design.

Water Meters for Every Home in East Grinstead – 24 /7/12

South East Water have announced that water meters will be compulsory for every home in East Grinstead. As part of their efforts to reduce water wastage, the company will be installing around 6500 meters to homes that do not currently have them. The average annual bills for customers should result in a money-saving, with a family of four expected to pay £300 per year, couple around £218 and single people £142.

Baby Shop Destroyed by Car – 4 /7/12

An independent retailer in East Grinstead was distraught after he arrived at his shop to discover a car inside. Safwan Safabani who owns the Nursery Gear baby shop in London Road, East Grinstead was on his way to open the shop on Monday morning when the crash happened. The blue Nissan Note driven by an elderly gentleman with diabetes was pulling out of Moat Road opposite the shop when the driver lost control and sped across the road in to the front of Nursery Gear, destroying most of the stock within. However, Mr Safabani was more shaken by the possibility that had the accident occurred minutes later, the shop would have been open and families with small children and expectant mothers could have been inside.

Hit and Run on Busy Road – 26 /6/12

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was hit by a car on the A22 London Road in East Grinstead and the driver sped off from the scene. 27 year old Rikki Graham was crossing the road when an electric blue Toyota hatchback driven by a middle-aged woman appeared from nowhere and hit him, causing him to crash over the bonnet, onto the wing mirror and then down to the ground. The driver didn't stop and turned into Imberhorne Lane.

Thieves Target Allotments – 21 /6/12

Popular Allotments were targeted by thieves on Monday as they smashed their way into sheds to steal tools and equipment. The thieves made off with hundreds of pounds worth of equipment from Mount Noddy Allotments ranging from handheld tools to a heavy petrol lawnmower. They also stole two jerry cans full of fuel.

Armed Robbers Terrorise Family – 18 /6/12

A family of four were terrified when masked men broke into their home whilst they were sleeping. The family, two teenage girls and their parents, were asleep at their five bedroom detatched home in East Park Lane, Newchapel on June 12 when the four armed robbers broke in at around 3am. The robbers threatened the family with guns before tying them up using belts. The father was also hit on the head with the butt of a gun. The robbers then ransacked the house, making of with £10,000 in cash as well as a Rolex watch, jewellery and the family's passports. The robbers are described as between 18 and 25 and three of them were black, one was white.

Railway Station to Increase Parking Spaces – 15 /6/12

Users of East Grinstead railway station were delighted to hear that the station plans to increase the number of parking spaces as part of it's ongoing refurbishment. The plans were announced this week to increase the number of parking spaces by 100, from 236 to 336, with work likely to begin this September.

Storms Cause East Grinstead Havoc – 14/6/12

East Grinstead town centre was gridlocked twice this week after heavy rain and strong winds caused a busy road to be closed twice. Beeching Way was closed by police for four hours on Monday due to severe flooding making it dangerous for vehicles to pass. The same stretch of road was closed again on Tuesday after gale-force winds blew a tree down, blocking the road.

East Grinstead Honours the Queen – 7/6/12

East Grinstead residents came out in force at the weekend to celebrate in style the Queen's jubilee, including a fabulous parade along the High Street and live music from Meridien FM. Across the town, residents gathered to celebrate as a united community, with 100's of streets holding parties to celebrate the jubilee with their neighbours and a much larger celebration being held in the town centre, where more than 6000 people gathered to watch the parade and celebrate.

Andre's Cafe a Hygiene Hit – 1/6/12

Three months after receiving a terrible hygiene rating from health inspectors, Peter Andre's New York Coffee Club cafe in East Grinstead has scored top marks in a new inspection, making it one of the most hygienic premises in the town. Peter's brother Danny who runs the East Grinstead cafe said that the original poor inspection was due to them not understanding regulations having operated restaurants in Australia in the past, and he was always confident of achieving full marks having learned the rules the hard way.

Swimming Club Celebrate in High Street – 30/5/12

East Grinstead Swimming Club installed a temporary swimming pool in East Grinstead High Street last weekend to celebrate their centenary with a 100 mile charity swim. The special pool, supplied by spa specialists Hydropool in East Grinstead, uses jets of water so that swimmers are kept in the same place despite swimming forwards. More than 150 swimmers took part in the 27 hour extravaganza and hundreds of well-wishers came out to give their support.

East Grinstead RFC Win Twickenham Final – 7/5/12

East Grinstead rugby club topped off a dream season on Saturday, with a dramatic win in the RFU Intermediate Cup Final. G-Force, the nickname of East Grinstead Rugby Club, defeated Yorkshire side Ilkley 34-18 at the home of English rugby in front of a massive travelling crowd of supporters. The cup win will join the silverware that East Grinstead have already earned this year by winning the London South East 2 league.

Man Left Unconscious by Burglar – 3/5/12

A 30 year old man was smashed over the head and left unconscious after he went to check on a neighbour's house whilst they were away and confrinted an intruder. The attack happened in the garage of the house in Yew Lane last Tuesday at around 8.15am. The man was not seriously injured and nothing was stolen from the house, although police are treating the incident as attempted burglary.

Woman Raped in Park – 25/4/12

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 30s claimed she was raped whilst jogging through a park in Lingfield. The alleged attack happened in Jenners Field off Saxbys Lane on Saturday night. The woman claims that she was approached by a white man with a moustache and acne as she went through the park between 11pm and midnight. Local residents claim that the formerly quiet park has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour in recent years.

Thieves Ransack Shop – 23/4/12

A business owner in East Grinstead was devastated when she turned up to open her shop last Tuesday to discover that thieves had literally gutted her shop overnight. The thieves raided Popular Girls in London Road, East Grionstead overnight between Monday and Tuesday and stole every single item of clothing accept for a few odd shoes.

Local Footballer Killed – 19/4/12

A 19 year old footballer who played for Crawley Down was brutally killed by a group of teenagers whilst enjoying a night out. Connor Saunders was out with friends in Rottingdean on Saturday night when a group of young teenagers aged 13 and 14 attacked him. He became involved in a dispute between two groups of youths at around 10.30pm and was struck to the ground where he sustained a fatal head injury.

Andre's Cafe Receives Sub-Standard Hygiene Rating – 12/4/12

The East Grinstead cafe owned by Peter Andre was given a rating of 1 out of 5 during an inspection by environmental health inspectors. The New York Coffee Club was rated in the bottom 10% out of 242 busineeses visited and was told that major improvements were necessary. However, Peter's brother Danny who manages the cafe claims that the misdemeanours were minor and rectified immediately, stating that they will achieve 4 or 5 stars in the next inspection. Meanwhile, half of the businesses in East Grinstead inspected received full marks for their hygiene whilst just four businesses received a zero rating.

East Grinstead Head to Twickenham – 10/4/12

East Grinstead Rugby Club are close to finishing a dream season at the home of English rugby, Twickenham following a superb cup run. Last Sunday, G Force annihilated North Bristol 58-3 in the semi-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup, earning them a showdown with Yorkshire side Ilkley in the final, which will be held on 5th May. The semi-final win came just a week after the team were crowned champions of London Two South East, earning them promotion.

President of East Grinstead Rugby Club Dies – 5/4/12

Tributes have been flooding in to pay respects for Steve Cairns, President of East Grinstead Rugby Club who died at his home in Crawley Down last Tuesday aged 71. Mr Cairns had been involved in the rugby club for 35 years and had held many positions within the club before being made President. He also founded the Ashdown Forest Morris Men 40 years ago.

Ashdown Forest Ravaged by Fire – 27/3/12

A huge fire tore through Ashdown Forest on Sunday, destroying nearly 70 acres of wood and heathland. Around 100 firefighters from Sussex and Kent spent 4 hours tackling the blaze using 16 fire engines and 6 specially adapted Land Rovers. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The blaze came less than 24 hours after another 5 acre section of the forest was at Chelwood Gate cricket ground was destroyed after teenagers participating in a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme expedition started a fire whilst trying to cook Pot Noodles.

East Grinstead’s Olympic Torch Bearers and Route Revealed – 23/03/12

Inspirational, caring and talented people of all ages have been selected from East Grinstead as Olympic torch bearers as it makes its way around the country. 52 year old Richard Leman, a two time Olympic medallist in Hockey, 16 year old Manuel Harris from St Pierre’s School, 21 year old Judo instructor Toine Hodgkiss from Forest Row, and 52 year old cancer survivor Chris Denman will all represent East Grinstead as torch bearers. The route through East Grinstead, Copthorne and Felbridge has also been announced and nineteen torchbearers will carry the torch along Brookhill Road, Copthorne Bank and Borers Arms Road before moving to Copthorne Road through Felbridge and then onto East Grinstead High Street, College Lane, Blackwell Hollow and Holtye Road.

Police Appeal to Retailers to Stop Shoplifters – 09/03/12

Sussex police are urging East Grinstead’s shop keepers to join a new scheme designed to identify and catch prolific shoplifters in the town. Following a rise in shoplifting in East Grinstead in December and January, the police hope that their Business Watch scheme (similar to the Pub Watch scheme run in many towns) will encourage retailers to co-operate with each other in order to stop the thieves. The retailers will be given information including photographs of known offenders and will be encouraged to contact other retailers if they spot an offender in their store. The scheme has been a success in other towns where a pyramid type operation means that all participating retailers can be warned in a short space of time.

Clock Without a Tower – 03/03/12

East Grinstead's historic clock in London Road may have to be removed after the council revealed that they can not afford to repair the damaged tower that the clock is attached to. The clock first appeared in East Grinstead in 1837 to celebrate 80th birthday of the founder of the East Grinstead Total Abstinence Society, Thomas Cramp. In 1955 the current tower was built to house the clock and was restored in 2000. The council have been quoted £14,358 to repair the tower which is more than £5000 over their budgeted figure.

Controversial Care Home Set to Re-Open – 23/02/12

A care home that was closed down last October after widespread allegations of mistreatment of patients is set to re-open under new management. Orchid View Care Home in Copthorne was closed down following complaints from residents’ families which led to an investigation by the Car Quality Commission. Three workers from the home were arrested and remain on bail pending further enquiries. The home will be re-opened by new management Care UK in the Summer.

Yobs Attack Sledging Family – 15/02/12

A mother and her 16 year old twin sons were attacked by a gang of ten yobs whilst they were trying to push their car out of the snow on Sunday. The family had been out sledging at Jenners Field in Lingfield and were on their way home when the gang began throwing snowballs at them. The yobs then started firing stones using a catapult and one of the twins received a broken nose whilst the other sustained a deep cut on his chin as they tried desperately to defend their mother. Both boys were taken to East Surrey Hospital. Police are concerned that Jenners Field has become a crime hotspot for youths after numerous incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour have been reported there.

Pub Regular Dies in High Street – 10/02/12

A 58 year old East Grinstead man left one of his favourite local pubs on Wednesday and collapsed from a heart attack just metres from the front door. Robert Lamb, known to a pub landlord as Boomerang Bob, had been into The Dorset Arms for a drink at around 4pm but as he walked down East Grinstead High Street he collapsed. Sussex Air Ambulance were scrambled to the scene, landing in nearby tennis courts, but paramedics were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Armed Raiders Rob Jewellers – 6/2/12

A gang of four men threatened and terrifed staff with an axe and a hammer during a brazen daylight robbery at an East Grinstead jewellers on Friday. Two motorbikes pulled up outside The East Grinstead Watch Company at around 11.45am and the two passengers jumped off the bikes and smashed their way through the front door of the jewellers using their weapons. They verbally threatened the staff, threatening to kill them, and then stole cash and valuable watches from the store before dumping their weapons, jumping back on the bikes and making their escape. The raid lasted less than three minutes and appears to be a well-planned operation.

Still No Dump for East Grinstead – 2/2/12

East Grinstead residents will have to continue to travel 10 miles to Crawley if they wish to dump their household and garden rubbish after the opening of the new recycling centre was delayed again. Imberhorne Lane Waste and Recycling Centre was closed last March to undergo a huge refurbishment costing £1.6 million. However, problems such as soil contamination and underground obstacles delayed the intended August opening until January. Now, further problems have arisen and West Sussex County Council have had to delay opening the site to the end of February.

Illegal Immigrants Discovered at Takeaway – 28/01/12

Three illegal immigrants were arrested at an East Grinstead Chinese takeaway after a raid by UK Borders Agency officials. The three illegals working at the Tim Ley chinese takeaway were all Chinese nationals and were detained for swift deportation. One of the males was a failed asylum seeker and another male and female both had expired visas.

Cigarettes Raid on Co-Op Store – 17/01/12

The Co-Op store in Crawley Down was raided by hooded robbers who made off with £7000 worth of cigarettes at the weekend. The shop's alarm was raised at 4.45am on Sunday and CCTV footage showed two men wearing hooded tops get into a black car outside the shop in Station Road.

Another Shop Closes in East Grinstead – 13/01/12

Despite the promises of the council to make East Grinstead a more popular shopping destination and it's pledge to assist businesses, another retailer has had to make the decision to close down. The owner of the T4Toys shop in London Road has blamed extortionate business rates and low footfall for her decision to close the shop in favour of selling online.

Anger Over Council Sell-Off – 05/01/12

Users of East Grinstead’s Parish Halls have reacted angrily to the announcement that East Grinstead Town Council plan to sell off the community buildings. The council claim that they cannot afford to repair and upkeep the properties, and therefore plan to sell them to developers, but many people disagree and think that they should invest in East Grinstead’s heritage. The halls are used by many community groups and clubs, some of which rely on the facility to run their businesses.

Violent Woman-Beater Jailed – 23/12/11

A vicious thug who beat up two ex-partners and threatened to kill another has been jailed for 7 years for 10 separate offences of actual bodily harm, common assault and making threats to kill. 45 year old Wayne Prior of Morton Road, East Grinstead pleaded guilty to the charges, which occurred between 1993 and 2010. All of the offences were committed when Mr Prior was under the influence of alcohol and he often showed remorse in the sober light of day. However, some of the acts were so brutal, including punches to the face and threats with knives, that the judge had no option but to impose a lengthy prison sentence.

Sackville Pupil Wins Tap Dancing World Championship – 16/12/11

A 15 year old Sackville School pupil has returned from the tap-dancing World Championships in Germany proudly wearing a gold medal and carrying the new title 'Junior World Tap Dancing Champion'. Matt Hill from Portland Road, East Grinstead saw of competitors from over a dozen other countries to take the title. He also won a silver medal in the adult small groups section and a bronze in the adult formation competition with his dance group, Tap Attack.

Garage Manager Beaten During Robbery – 10/12/11

The manager of a small automotive garage was beaten and kicked to the ground during a terrifying robbery on Monday 5th December. The three attackers entered Limes Garage in Blindley Heath at around midday and attacked manager Tim Bowyer leaving him with a fractured wrist and severe bruising, before stealing a Suzuki motorbike from the workshop. The bike was driven off by one of the assailants wearing a motorcycle helmet and his passenger without along the A22 towards Godstone.

Car Kills Boy Outside School – 5/12/11

A 13 year old boy was hit by a car and killed outside his school last Wednesday, in front of devastated friends. William Avery-Wright was crossing the B2110 Paddockhurst Road in Turners Hill in front of Worth School when he was hit by a Land Rover vehicle. He was rushed to East Surrey Hospital but later died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but was bailed until 16th January pending further enquiries..

Shop Manager Assaulted – 1/12/11

A brave shop manager in East Grinstead was assaulted on Tuesday as he tried to stop thieves from leaving his store. Stewart Kempster, the manager of Blockbuster in East Grinstead, spotted four men placing DVD’s into a bag they were carrying. As they attempted to leave the store without paying, Mr Kempster tried to block their escape and a fight broke out, with Mr Kempster wrestling one of the thieves to the ground before being set upon by the others. Fortunately, despite being punched in the head several times, Mr Kempster did not receive any serious injuries and the thieves only escaped with a few of the DVD’s after their bag was ripped in the scuffle.

Council Considers Future of Buildings – 26/11/11

East Grinstead Town Council are considering selling the historic Parish Halls building in town after revelations that it would cost more than £180,000 to repair and renovate it. Also under question is the council's East Court building which requires around £290,000 of renovation work, although they have stated that East Court will not be sold and that they will have to find the money for the repairs, potentially thorught he sale of the Parish Halls.

Customers Flock to New Coffee Shop – 10/11/11

The opening of a new cafe and coffee shop had hordes of customers queuing down the street on Monday, all hoping to meet the new owner. New York Coffee Club has opened it's first store in East Grinstead ahead of plans to open a nationwide chain. The business is the brain child of celebrity Peter Andre who was present for the opening and helped to serve the eager customers. The coffee shop will be run by Peter's brother Danny.

Pensioner Tied Up by Robbers – 08/11/11

An 85 year old man was tied up by a gang of robbers when they raided his home in broad daylight last Friday. Three men knocked on Richard Allen's door at his home in Upper Hartfield at around 2.30pm claiming to be gardeners looking for work. When Mr Allen answered the door, one of the men put his hand over the pensioner's mouth and led him through to his study where they bound his writs and ankles with tape. They demanded jewellery and money but only managed to retrieve £70 from Mr Allen's wallet. They then removed three abstract paintings from the wall and left the house, leaving Mr Allen tied up. He managed to hop to the kitchen and cut himself free before calling police. Three men were arrested on suspicion of the robbery on Friday afternoon.

Lead Thieves Target Homes – 04/11/11

The growing market for metal has taken another sinister turn in East Grinstead this week as brazen thieves target houses to steal the lead from their roofs. Several homes in Hurst Farm Road and West Street were targeted by the thieves, who carried a ladder with them on the carefree raids. The thieves climbed onto porches and conservatories to steal the valuable metal, causing £1000s of damage to the properties. Police are advising homeownrs with lead roofs to get them sprayed with ultra-violet ink in order to help with the identification in the event of recovery. However, once the damage has been done, the recovery of the lead is almost worthless.

Golf Course Targeted by Joyriders – 26/10/11

One of Britain's finest golf courses is being destroyed by joyriders repeatedly driving on their greens. Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club has been targeted four times in a month, causing significant damage. The joyriders are pulling hand brake turns and doughnuts on the greens, leaving deep tyre tracks on the supposedly smooth surfaces. Police have been called in to investigate and capture the criminals following the most recent occurrence on Monday.

Racecourse Cancels Fireworks Display – 21/10/11

Lingfield Park Racecourse have decided to cancel their annual fireworks display after complaints from local residents about the noise. The popular display has been cancelled following a small number of complaints about the noise and upset to domestic pets.

Guard Run Over By Shoplifter – 17/10/11

A security guard working at a supermarket in East Grinstead was run over by a suspected shoplifter last Saturday. 44 year old Victor Egwuata spotted a man placing a lot of DVD’s and video games into a bag at the Sainsbury’s store in East Grinstead. Mr Egwuata tackled the man as he left the store, but the thief managed to escape and fled towards Beeching Way where he got into a car. Mr Egwuata caught up before he could speed away and ordered the man to get out of the vehicle, but instead he accelerated forward and Mr Egwuata ended up on the bonnet of the car before being thrown to the ground, sustaining cuts to his face and a broken collar bone.

Ex-Sackville Pupil Accused of Murder – 14/10/11

A 31 year old woman who was previously a pupil at Sackville School in East Grinstead has been accused of murdering a 59 year old woman in a busy shopping centre in South East London. The grandmother was on her way to work when she was attacked with a knife and stabbed to death. Nicola Edgington, whose family were originally from Forest Row, has a history of mental illness and no motive has been revealed for the attack.

Scandalised Care Home to Close – 12/10/11

In the wake of further arrests over ill-treatment at a Copthorne care home, the owners have announced that they will close the home in the near future. A third person was arrested this week on suspicion of ill-treatment and neglect at Orchid View Care Home in Borers Arms Road. Southern Cross have begun consultation with residents and their families to discuss the best option for re-homing residents in a timely manner.

Lingfield Man Crowned Superbike Champion – 12/10/11

26 year old Tommy Hill was crowned British Superbike Champion last weekend, completing a lifelong dream for him and his family. The Lingfield speedster won the title in the very last race at Brands Hatch by six 1/1000th of a second.

Explosion at Industrial Estate – 6/10/11

60 fire fighters were involved in tackling a blazing inferno following a huge blast at Hobbs Industrial Estate in Newchapel on Monday. The explosion occurred at the eReco unit, a recycling company based at the estate, and resulted in more than 150 workers being evacuated from the site, with several casualties suffering from burns. The exact cause of the fire is unknown but eReco specialise in recovering toner from ink cartridges which is a volatile process involving highly flammable substances.

East Grinstead Farmers Market Closes – 30/9/11

Lack of customers has caused the farmers market in East Grinstead to close after 13 years of trading. The market has struggled over recent years, with the number of stalls decreasing from 48 to just 3 and the number of customers visiting the market declining dramatically. The town council are reviewing ideas to replace the market.

Care Home Investigation – 29/9/11

A care home is being investigated by police after staff failed to give elderly residents their prescribed medication. The incidents at Orchid View Care Home in Copthorne who specialise in care for patients with dementia, relate to a small number of people at the home but families are still being given the opportunity to move relatives to alternative care if they wish.

Former Police Officer Jailed – 9/9/11

A former East Grinstead police office who had held the post of acting sergeant has been jailed for sharing images of child pornography. 26 year old Philip Savidge pleaded guilty to 42 offences of making and distributing indecent images of children and was jailed for 27 months. Investigators uncovered more than 54,000 indecent images including 1681 level 5 images which are considered to be the most extreme examples. Savidge had shared his sickening work via file-sharing websites where he used the name babypass2004.

Landowner Jailed for Terror Campaign – 8/9/11

The landowner who engineered a persistent terror campaign against a couple was jailed for 3 years. 58 year old Mikhail Semenyuk from Oxted denied all charges but was convicted of blackmail and a threat to kill relating to the threats he had made against Stuart and Carol Barnett at their home in Newchapel Road, Lingfield.

Football Pitch Plan Declined – 2/9/11

The application to turn a field into sports pitches for youngsters has been rejected by Mid Sussex District Council. East Grinstead Sports Club had hoped to create one full size football pitches and two junior pitches on the fields north east of it’s existing land. However, council chiefs deemed the plan to be inappropriate despite acknowledging a need for more sports facilities and pitches.

East Grinstead is NOT a Dying Town – 26/08/11

East Grinstead business owners have angrily hit back at a misleading article in The Times newspaper that it is a dying town. The article on Saturday highlighted the plight of high street retailers and used East Grinstead as an example of a town struggling to survive. Councillors and traders refute the claims, stating that new businesses are opening in the town centre and shops are flourishing despite the current economic situation.

More Pitches Needed at Sports Club – 18/8/11

East Grinstead Sports Club in Saint Hill Road have submitted an application to turn 3.65 hectares of agricultural land into more sports pitches. The club claims that there is a serious shortage of pitches available for junior teams to play on and the plans will create even more sporting resource for the community. However, neighbouring residents are opposed to the plan, claiming that light and noise pollution from the club is already too high and that more pitches will make this even worse. Mid Sussex District Council will make a decision on the application on 25th August.

58 Year Old Accused of Terror Campaign - 04/08/11

A 58 year old Ukranian man stands accused of launching a hate campaign against a man and his wife after being refused planning permission in a field adjacent to the couple’s Lingfield home. Mikhail Semenyuk denies organising hate mail and threatening to have Stuart and Carol Barnett killed and he also denies having anything to do with a horrific attack on Mr Barnett where a chemical was sprayed into the victim’s face. The trial continues at Guildford Crown Court.

Suicide Verdict for Heart-Broken Teen – 20/07/11

The 19 year old who took his own life by jumping of the College Lane Bridge in May, had suffered a series of distressing incidents in the weeks prior to his suicide. William Rayner had been overlooked for promotion at his job in Aldi, been asked to move out from his sister’s home and had been refused lodgings by his father. The final blow came when his girlfriend changed her Facebook status to ‘single’ following an argument. Just hours after the argument, Mr Raynor drove himself to the Chequer Mead car park near the bridge and then jumped. His body was hit by two cars travelling along the road below.

Teenage Motorcyclist Attacked – 12/07/11

A 16 year old boy was taken to hospital after being pulled from his bike and attacked by two youths. The motorcyclist was riding along Charlwood Road in East Grinstead when two men jumped out from behind parked cars and forced him to stop. The attackers then pulled him off his bike and brutally punched and kicked him on the ground before fleeing on foot. Nothing was stolen and there appears to be no motive for the attack.

Ward Closure at Queen Victoria Hospital – 07/07/11

A ward providing community care and rehabilitation for the elderly is set to be closed by the end of the year. Bosses at the hospital claim that the Jubilee Ward is costing more than £500,000 to run and that, whilst it provides a vital service, the ward is rarely at capacity and it’s services can be handled through other amenities. Most of the rehabilitation will be handled through a community service.

Toilets Used by Drug Dealers – 06/07/11

A local community have complained to the police after witnessing drug users and dealers operating out of their local public toilets. The toilets at the recreation ground in Dormansland will receive additional police attention through patrols including dogs trained to locate drugs.

Illiterate Thief Sent to Prison – 16/06/11

A thief who stole plaques from Lingfield War Memorial has been jailed for 54 weeks at Guildford Crown Court. Ernie Jones, a 24 year old traveller from Lingfield, claimed that the plaques had been sold to him by a teenager and he subsequently tried to sell them to Trojan Metal Recycling. When staff at Trojan saw what the metal was, they refused to pay and called the police.

Post Box Stolen – 14/06/11

A Royal Mail post box full of letters has been stolen from a residential road in East Grinstead. The free-standing post box was taken on Saturday night from Woodbury Avenue. Police are investigating the theft and Royal Mail are planing to replace the post box as soon as possible.

Bravery Award-Winning Policeman Faces Child Porn Charges – 08/06/11

A policeman who won an award for bravery has been charged with producing and distrbuting over 50,000 child porn images. Acting Sergeant Philip Savidge, who was based in East Grinstead, was charged with the crime following an investigation by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the Sussex Paedophile Online Investigation Team. He will appear at Brighton Magistrate’s court on 21st June.

Abandoned Barbecue Destroys 13 Acres - 28/04/11

13 acres of Ashdown Forest was set ablaze on Easter Monday requiring 50 firefighters to battle for 10 hours in order to control the blaze. The fire is thought to have been started by a discarded barbecue near Four Counties car park where empty bottles of alcohol and food packaging were also discovered.

Alleged Rape in Nightclub - 12/04/11

A man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Bliss Bar and Clubroom after a teenager alleged that she was raped in the toilets. The 19 year old claimed that the 26 year old man whom she had met earlier in the evening had followed her into the ladies toilets and raped her in one of the cubicles. The man from Uckfield has been bailed until 4th July.

Hospital Denies Reduction in Meal Costs - 01/04/11

Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead have denied claims made by National newspapers that they have drastically cut the amount they spend on patients' meals. The report claimed that the hospital were spending just £4.11 on three meals a day for patients compared to £11 in 2004/05. The hospital say that the inaccuracy is a result of previous figures including costs such as staffing and that if the figures were compared like for like, the figure spent on each patient would be more like £12 per day now.

Young Driver Dies - 24/03/11

A 22 year old man has died after sustaining fatal injuries in a car crash last week. Charles Dickinson crashed his Peugeot 206 in Turners Hill Road in the early hours of last Wednesday morning and was taken to East Surrey Hospital with serious head injuries. He was later transferred to St George's hospital in London but did not regain consciousness and died on Tuesday morning this week.

Teenage Girl Shot - 22/03/11

A 16 year old girl was shot five times in the chest with a BB gun whilst protecting her 11 year old sister. The two girls were walking through the Stone Quarry Estate on Saturday evening when two teenage boys opened fire at them. The 16 year old shielded her sister and in the process received nasty bruising from the pellets. Police are seeking witnesses to the attack or anyone with knowledge of the owner of the gun.

Police to be Stationed 13 Miles Away - 05/03/11

Following the announcement late last year that East Grinstead police station was reducing it's opening hours, Sussex Police have caused further concern amongst local residents by revealing that emergency response teams, responding to calls to 999, will be based 13 miles away in Haywards Heath.

Hero Soldier Saves Woman - 02/03/11

A young soldier on leave for the weekend heroically stopped a woman from jumping from a bridge onto a railway line. Private Tom Driscoll heard a commotion on the pedestrian bridge in London Road in the early hours of last Saturday morning and saw the young woman standing on the wrong side fo the railings threatening to jump. Private Driscoll managed to creep up behind the woman and grab her, restrainign her until police arrived.

East Grinstead Pensioner Avoids Prosecution by Airport - 19/02/11

A 67 year old lady has been cleared of charges against made by Gatwick Airport claiming that she had abused a complaints hotline with hundreds of messages about aircraft noise. Ann Jones of Southlands, East Grinstead repeatedly complained about noise caused by aircraft that she believed were straying from their designated flight path, causing her headaches, depression and sleepless nights. Mrs Jones complained via the hotline more than 250 times in May 2010 alone. However, Mid Sussex magistrates dismissed the case because the airport could not prove that they has sent a letter informing Mrs Jones that only written correspondence would be responded to.

Major Development for Railway Station and Area - 21/01/11

Exciting new plans to develop East Grinstead's railway station have been released to the public. In addition to a major redevelopment of the station and car park, the plans include a hotel, block of flats and redesign of the existing one-way system. If approved, the development will really open up the town and bring some life to an otherwise very quiet part of East Grinstead.

Radio Station Silenced - 19/01/11

Local Radio station Meridian FM have been experiencing intermittent problems airing due to British Telecom accidentally cutting their broadband line. The station's broadcast has been on and off air since January 6th, infuriating station bosses, listeners, sponsors and advertisers. Although the fault has eventually been fixed, Meridian are looking for substantial compensation.

East Grinstead Town Centre Booms - 18/01/11

A recent survey into the success of retailers in East Grinstead town centre shows that there is plenty of life left in high street shopping. Just 17 out of 250 retail units are currently unoccupied and many major high street chains have shown interest in moving to the town in addition to the stores opened in 2010.

Employee Jailed for Theft - 14/01/11

A Horley woman was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to stealing £46000 from her employer. Teresa Smith was employed at family owned World of Water by business owner Annette Yeomans as a book keeper in October 2008 and immediately used her position of trust to begin stealing from the business to pay her own debts.

Town Centre Roadworks Misery - 12/01/11

Retailers, residents and motorists are preparing for months of traffic chaos as two major road projects get under way in East Grinstead town centre. Southern Gas Networks will resume the work started before Christmas to replace gas mains along London Road. At the same time West Sussex County Council will begin a major project to improve pavements in West Street. The works will mean diversions, traffic jams and undoubtedly a loss of custom for businesses in the town.

Priest's Body Found - 06/01/11

A body discovered in Woodbury Close, East Grinstead on Wednesday morning is suspected to be that of missing priest Father Gordon Simmons. The 83 year old ex-priest went missing earlier this week having left his keys, wallet, hearing aid and glasses at home.

Children Injured in Car Crash - 05/01/11

Four children were taken to hospital along with a female driver following an horrific accident between Blackberry Road and Furzefield Lane on Tuesday. The driver and an 11 year old had to be airlifted to Royal London hospital whilst the other three children aged three, seven and nine were taken to East Surrey hospital in Redhill by ambulance.

Snow Brings Chaos... Again! - 20/12/10

Less than two weeks after snow brought the South East to a standstill, a fresh dusting of snow on Friday and Saturday sent the country into more chaos. Shops and businesses were unable to open, shoppers were unable to get to those shops that were able to open, the roads were gridlocked with cars unable to move and public transport came to a standstill. Furious members of the public have questioned the government and council's lack of preperation for what has become inevitable weather conditions that could be made much easier.

Part Time Policing - 16/12/10

A new proposal from the Sussex Police Authority will see East Grinstead Police Station reduce it's opening hours to just four hours per day during the week. The proposed new opening times are Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm leaving the station closed all weekend. Residents fear for the repercussions this will have on the community.

Dead Deer in Car Park - 08/12/10

Several shoppers were left disgusted when they found a deer's carcass in the Sainsbury's car park in Brooklands Way. The remains were discovered on Monday morning and it appeared that the deer had been purposefully skinned by somebody.

Community Play Finally Opens - 02/12/10

After nearly three years in the making, a community play has eventually opened in East Grinstead. The play, held at Sackville School, focuses on war time air-raids in Sussex and the effects they had on local people.

Snow Brings South East to Halt - 02/12/10

For the third time in the last 12 months, snow has brought the South East of England to a standstill, causing chaos for everyone. Schools have been closed, workers have been unable to reach their place of employment and the drivers that were able to venture out have experienced extreme difficulty to travel on roads with little or no grit to clear the snow.

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What site about East Grinstead would be complete without listing the fabulous pubs, bars, restaurants and takeaway services in East Grinstead. The pubs include Bar Kuba, The Broadway, The Cat Inn, The Bridge Bar, The Dorset Arms, The Intrepid Fox, The Old Mill, The Prince of Wales and Rose & Crown. The restaurants in East Grinstead offer a wide range of cuisine to all tastes such as curry houses, chinese takeaways, kebab shops, fish and chips and burger restaurants. The Emperor Restaurant, East Grinstead, New Evergreen, New Jade Garden, Prosperity, Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant, Mae Ping Thai Restaurant, The Plough, Bengal Village, Curry Bengal, Curry Passion East Grinstead, Khans Balti, Lingfield Tandoori Restaurant, Monsoon Indian Restaurant, Nizam Tandoori, Roochi Real Indian Cuisine, Shapla Tandoori Restaurant, Surma Indian Takeaway, Tarana, Xquisite Indian Cuisine, AG's Grill Room Turners Hill, The Swan Mountain Range Restaurant & Bar, Prezzo Restaurant, Chiquitas Mexican Restaurant, Domino's Pizza East Grinstead, Pizza Express, Pizza House, Pizza Passion, Jase Spanish and Portuguese Restaurant, andLa Farola all in and around East Grinstead and here on All About East Grinstead..

Finally, All About East Grinstead lists all of East Grinstead's shops like First Stage, Little Feet and Hand Casts, Sugar and Spice all supplying baby and children's products. East Grinstead Book shop and stationers like The Book Shop, British Bookshops & Sussex Stationers, Lovereading, Waterstones, and WH Smith. Clothes shops in East Grinstead like Broadleys, Closet, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Inmates Clothes, Milletts, Peacocks, Dorothy Perkins, Private Collection, QS, and Riarrange in East Grinstead.

All of East Grinstead's DIY and electrical appliance shops including the Builder Center, Homebase, Parker Building Supplies, Bradford Electrical, Contract Kitchens, Currys, and Top of the Town. Florists in East Grinstead include Hazel Anne Florist, Daisy Chain, Orchard Nursery, Zara Flora.

East Grinstead food and grocery stores Costcutter, Iceland, Sainsbury's, and Waitrose. Gift shops in East Grinstead like Charlotte Rose, The Treasure Chest, and Tree Frog. Hardware and Kitchenware shops like Bishops Home Hardware and Robert Dyas. A whole range of jewellers and jewellery shops in East Grinstead including The Jewellery Workshop, George Knight, Lila Jeweller Designer, William Major & Sons, Penny Farthing, S Taylor Jewellers. Plus the mobile phone shops in East Grinstead The Carphone Warehouse, O2 shop, Phones 4 U, Vodafone.

All shoe shops in East Grinstead such as Clarks, Clever Clogs Footwear For KIds, Russell & Bromley, and Shoe Zone. The East Grinstead sports shop, Herbert Sports and the toy, games and model shops in East Grinstead Bramble Corner, The Toy Shop, and t4toys.

 

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