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COUNTY NEWS: Parrot accidentally poisoned pet dogs by feeding them grapes

A parrot called Peaches accidentally poisoned three pet dogs by mimicing the owner’s voice, calling the pooches over to her cage one by one and then feeding them grapes.

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Swing into action for charity golf day in June

Swing into action for the annual St Michael’s Hospice Golf Day which returns for its second year at the Dale Hill Golf Club, Ticehurst on Friday, June 9 from 10am.

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Yarn Bomb weekend on Hastings Pier. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-170327-075649001

COUNTY NEWS: Wonderful woollies take over Sussex pier

There are some amazing sights currently waiting to greet visitors to a Sussex pier.

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Numerous cats and kittens were found living in unsuitable conditions. Photo: RSPCA

East Sussex sees biggest rise in animal cruelty allegations in South-East

East Sussex saw the largest increase in allegations of animal cruelty in the South-East last year - a rise of nearly 13% from 1,959 in 2015 to 2,211 in 2016, according to the RSPCA’s annual figures, released today.

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COUNTY NEWS: Tourist attraction to reopen after ‘technical fault’

A Sussex seafront attraction is set to reopen after three days of closure during English Tourism Week.

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Host of golden daffodils at show

A Host of Daffodils was a photographic class title at Ninfield Horticultural Society’s Show on Saturday March 25.

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Spring Fair returns this Saturday...

All are invited to visit the Battle Spring Fair which returns to Battle Memorial Hall, this Saturday April 1.

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Museum Lab discovery day. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove

Events to mark English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week runs all this week so here we round up some of the events taking place.

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BREAKING NEWS: Trust’s short-term solution for Rye Studio School students

The trust that runs Rye Studio School has come up with a short-term solution for affected students.

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Arundel Castle did not make the list. Picture: Kate Shemilt

Celebrating our tourist attractions in Sussex

In a list of the top 241 sites across the country, published by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), Sussex only had five attractions listed.

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Free travel vaccinations and gluten-free foods could all vanish in prescriptions cost-cutting

Free travel vaccinations and gluten-free foods could all vanish in prescriptions cost-cutting

NHS England is to launch a consultation next month which could see GPs stop prescribing medicines which are available over the counter for a fraction of the cost.

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Rye settles on its festive theme

The daffodils may have only just bloomed, but Rye is already looking ahead to its 2017 Christmas extravaganza.

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Search across Sussex for best use of redundant red telephone box

From coffee shops to book exchanges to food banks to defibrillators, the red K6 public telephone box is increasingly being used for more than just telephone calls.

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How many of Britains wild mammals have you seen?

Call for Sussex volunteers to help wildlife survey

Volunteers across Sussex are being sought to record any sightings of wild mammals they see in their gardens or local green spaces.

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From left, OFTEC Chairman Nick Hawkins, Director Commercial Operations at Kingspan Environmental; OFTEC CEO Paul Rose; FPS Training & Technical Manager, Tony Brown; FPS Marketing & Events Manager Dawn Shakespeare; and FPS President, Duncan Grant.

Warning over safety of households’ oil storage tanks

Some of the 21,000 oil tanks used by households across Sussex may be close or at the end of their 20 year design life.

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The inspection was carried out by Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary (HIMC) and HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Picture: Sussex Police

Detainees in Sussex ‘treated with respect’ but safety concerns remain

Most prisoners in Sussex are treated with respect but concerns remain over jail cell safety, an inspection of Sussex Police has found.

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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust premises at Hellingly. The trust has launched a recruitment drive for more nurses

‘Nursing crisis’ sparks recruitment drive

A ‘nursing crisis’ at an NHS trust running mental health and learning disabilities services in Sussex has sparked a national recruitment campaign.

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COUNTY NEWS VIDEO: Dozens celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday at tea party

Dozens came to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday last Friday (March 24) at a tea party.

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(Back row from left) Danny Pike, John Wright, Phil Mawhinney, Keith Sharp and Laura Flack; (seated from left) Katy Bourne, Lisa Bell and Louise Baxter at a summit organised by the Sussex PCC to tackle elder exploitation

‘Tougher sentences for fraudsters who target elderly’

One national number to report scams and tougher sentences for fraudsters who deliberately target the elderly were both backed by attendees of a Sussex summit on elder exploitation.

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