In this week’s Rye and Battle Observer (16/12/16)

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The Rye and Battle Observers are out today (Friday, December 16) and here is a taster of what awaits you in this week’s editions.

Rye Bonfire Society is mourning the loss of yet another long-standing member, Ashley W Booth, who has passed away aged 61.

Also in Rye, a pensioner and anti-war protestor will be spending Christmas in prison after he was jailed for refusing to pay his council tax - again.

Our ‘End Parking Chaos’ campaign continues as a long-serving Battle councillor speaks out about how she fears for the future of the town as a tourist destination. Feedback to the Battle, Rye and Bexhill Observers’ campaign can be found on our letters page.

The annual SERV Sussex toy run is taking place tomorrow (Saturday, December 17) which will see around 140 bikers delivering Christmas presents to sick kids at children’s wards across Sussex.

Donations of toys and gifts can be left at the Route 1066 Cafe, which can be found on the A21 at Johns Cross. More information can be found on our health page.

Staying on the festive theme, there are plenty of Christmas pictures including some taken at Battle Gala Night and the Rye Christmas Festival.

And in a special report about violent suspects being granted bail, a Freedom of Information request reveals that one person arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Sussex more than 25 years ago failed to appear at court - and police have no idea where they are.

Wow 24/7 provides your definitive guide to entertainment in Hastings and Rother, plus of course sports reporter Simon Newstead brings you the latest sporting news from around the area.

The Rye and Battle Observers are available from all good newsagents.

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