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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.
Bones Confirmed as Missing Southgate Man – 18/03/15
The bones found by a fisherman near a pond in Pease Pottage have been confirmed by DNA analysis as belonging to Jean Leveque who went missing last May. Following the discovery of the two bones on January 26 this year, a police search found the rest of Mr Leveque’s body in Tilgate Forest on February 17. His death is still being treated as unexplained.
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.
Boy Robbed at Knifepoint – 05/03/15
A 12 year old boy was robbed by two other boys, one of whom was brandishing a knife, on Wednesday. The victim was approached at around 3.40pm near Hills Farm Lane and ordered to hand over his mobile phone. A 12 year old and 14 year old boy from Slinfold were arrested after they fled from police.
Convenience Store Robbery – 04/03/15
Two female staff at the One Stop shop in Lambs Farm Road, Roffey were left terrified after three men entered the shop and demanded money at 6.15am on Tuesday. The woman were forced into a back room and ordered to hand over cash. The first robber is described as black, in his late 30s with a London accent. The other two are described as Asian and around 30.
Six People Arrested in Drugs Raids – 06/02/15
The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit won a major battle in the war on drugs on Thursday after a series of raids in Crawley and Billingshurst. The day started with the arrest of two men in the car park at K2 Leisure Centre. At 1pm, police raided a total of nine properties and made four further arrests at properties in Chippendale Road, Selsey Road and Weirbrook as well as Forge Way in Billingshurst, on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Human Bones Found in Pease Pottage – 04/02/15
The bones found by a lake off Parish Lane in Pease Pottage have been identified as belonging to a Crawley man who was reported missing in May 2014. The upper left hip bone and lower left leg bone were analysed by a forensic archaeologist and DNA samples taken resulting in a positive match to 42 year old Jean Leveque of Hawth Close in Southgate. Following the discovery of the bones, police conducted a thorough search of the area but found no further evidence and Mr Leveque’s disappearance and likely death remains unexplained.
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.
Police Investigate Couples Death at Billingshurst Home – 30/12/14
Police are currently listing a 30 year old woman’s death as ‘unexplained’ after she was discovered dead at her home on Christmas Day. The bodies of 33 year old Jan Tshabalala and his wife Julia were found just after 9am. A post mortem confirmed that Jan had died from hanging, but no obvious signs were found to explain Julia’s death. A note found at the scene is being forensically examined to determine who wrote it. The couple’s two young children were not at home at the time of the incident.
Teenagers Attack Couple with Learning Difficulties – 27/11/14
A gang of teenagers attacked a man and woman with learning difficulties in the middle of Horsham town centre on Tuesday. The cruel attack began when the 25 year old woman and 21 year old man were ordering food in Subway in the Carfax at around 6pm where the gang of teenagers were seated and mocked the couple. The couple left Subway and went to the bus station in Worthing Road, but the teenage gang followed them and threw sweets before one of the youths grabbed the man by the throat and hit him several times. All of the teenagers were white and wearing black or grey hoodies.
Man Jailed for Crash Death – 21/11/14
A 28 year old man from Southwater has been jailed for 22 months for causing death by careless driving. Simon Graczyk pleaded not guilty of causing 44 year old Peter Green’s death in the accident on May 23 2012. Green was a passenger in Graczyk’s Ford Fiesta when he lost control of the vehicle at the Hop Oast roundabout having left the A24. The car collided with a Toyota Landcruiser killing Mr Green. A passenger in the back of the Fiesta sustained serious head injuries and the driver of the Toyota suffered minor injuries.
Drugs and Gun Seized in Horsham Raid – 18/11/14
Three people have been arrested after a gun and class A drugs were discovered during a raid on a property in Horsham on Sunday. Officers raided the house in Rushams Road at 11.40am and arrested a 33 year old man, a 43 year old man and a 29 year old woman on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, possession of a firearm, possession with intent to supply a class A drug, and possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Cyclist Dies After Hit and Run – 11/11/14
A 31 year old man from Beare Green was left to die in the road after being hit by a car. Robert Worrall was less than 200 metres from his home in Highland Road when he was fatally struck near the Esso Petrol Station on the A24 in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was discovered by a member of the public at around 1.30am and paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A 47 year old woman from Horley has been arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and drink driving.
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.
Skateboarder Injured in Park – 12/09/14
A 16 year old boy was rushed to hospital with head injuries after he fell off his skateboard in Horsham Park on Wednesday. Emergency services attended the scene and the air ambulance was called to attend the scene, although the boy was taken by road to St Georges hospital in Tooting by road. It is believed that the boy fell from a height and may also have injured his spine.
Swan Walk Shopping Centre Evacuated – 09/08/14
Shoppers and workers were evacuated from Swan Walk shopping centre yesterday after a fire alarm was triggered. Fire crews attended the scene and investigated but declared it a false alarm and the centre was re-opened shortly afterwards.
Motorcyclist Killed in Crash – 28/08/14
A 20 year old man from Billingshurst was killed on Sunday when the Honda motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a Volvo car. William Ruewell of West Chiltington Lane in Billingshurst suffered fatal injuries when he hit the car on the A29 at Bury at around 4.30pm on Sunday. The 69 year old driver of the Volvo was a tourist from Bermuda and has subsequently been arrested for dangerous driving. The 64 year old female passenger in the car sustained a broken collar bone and whiplash in the crash.
Gum Chewers Encouraged to Bin It – 27/08/14
A new initiative to encourage gum chewers to dispose of their gum responsibly has been put on trial in Horsham town centre. The bright pink Gumdrop bins have been installed around the town centre on a six month trial in an attempt to reduce the huge cost involved in clearing up gum litter.
Restaurant Chain Opens in Horsham – 14/08/14
A new restaurant has opened its doors in Horsham this week in a formerly derelict building. The famous Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s have converted part of the former Ye Old Kings Head hotel building on the corner of Carfax and East Street into their new restaurant. The restaurant which operates a clever combination of fast-food style counter ordering and waitress service, has seating for 86 people, including 12 seats outside.
Teenager Sentenced for School Fire – 05/08/14
A 16 year old girl who was charged with arson in relation to the fire at Millais School in Horsham has been sentenced at Hove Crown Court. The girl who can’t be named for legal reasons was given a three year supervision order, 240 hours of unpaid work and a nine month curfew order for causing the fire on March 20.
Firefighters Deal with Two Blazes in Fields – 31/07/14
Fire crews have been called out twice this week to deal with bales of hay that had been set alight. On Tuesday, they were called to a field off London Road in Pulborough at around 1.30pm where a huge hay bale had deliberately been set alight. The following day, they were called to a field off Jolefield Road in Partridge Green where forty bales of hay had caught fire. In both instances the fire fighters were able to create a fire break and allow the fire to burn itself out.
McDonald’s Leaves Horsham – 30/07/14
Sunday was the end of an era for fast food lovers in Horsham, as the McDonald’s restaurant in the town centre closed its doors for the last time. The branch in the Bishopric has been closed as part of the massive redevelopment of the town centre area and there are no plans to open another restaurant in Horsham in the near future.
Break In at Horsham Party Shop – 25/07/14
The Non Stop Party Shop in Middle Street was the scene of a break in on Wednesday night, although staff and police are unsure if anything has been stolen. The intruders forced the lock on the front door at around midnight, which set off the alarm.
Police Helicopter Searches for Missing Boy – 30/06/14
Police officers on the ground were joined by a police helicopter using a thermal imaging camera as they searched for a missing child on Sunday. The 10 year old boy had been out walking in woods with his family in Broadbridge Heath when he ran off. After failing to find him themselves, the family contacted police at around 5.30pm and an extensive search of the area began. The boy was eventually found just after 8pm when he was spotted walking alone by a member of the public.
Robbery at Horsham Camera Shop – 26/06/14
Workers at a camera shop in Horsham were left terrified after robbers threatened to harm them during a daylight raid. The three men wearing hooded tops and with their faces covered entered the Jessops store in Swan Walk just before 5pm on Wednesday and told the staff that if they tried to stop them from stealing the equipment they would be hurt. The men escaped with £8000 worth of camera equipment and fled on foot towards Horsham Park.
Football Club Apply for Planning Permission – 06/06/14
Horsham Football Club have this week submitted a planning application to build a new ground at Hop Oast. The club have been without their own ground since leaving their Queen Street home in 2008 and have been sharing facilities, first at Worthing FC and more recently at Horsham YMCA. If approved, the new ground will have two all weather 3G pitches which will be available to use for all Horsham footballers and sports clubs.
Public Invited to Housing Plans – 30/05/14
The controversial plans to build 2500 new homes and a business park north of the A264 in Horsham will go on show at an exhibition in Horsham Town Centre next week. Horsham District Council approved the plans last month but will now hold a three-day event where members of the public can review the plans and comment. The exhibition will be held in unit 65 in Swan Walk Shopping Centre from next Thursday to Saturday.
Body Found In Woods – 20/05/14
The body of a 38 year old man from Charlwood has been found in Horsham's Leechpool Woods. A member of the public was walking through the woods at around 9.30am on Sunday when they spotted the body of Robert Bruce from Ifield Road hanging. Police and paramedics attended the scene and confirmed that the man was dead. Police are not treating the incident as suspicious and believe that Mr Bruce committed suicide.
Blaze Guts Horsham Restaurant – 13/05/14
A popular restaurant in Horsham town centre will be closed for months after a fire caused significant damage to the interior. Emergency services were called to Wabi in East Street at 5.40am on Sunday and fire crews battled the flames using six hose reels. After investigation, the cause of th efire was believed to be a faulty electric cooker. The kitchen area was worst damaged by the fire, but the entire restaurant will have to be redecorated due to significant smoke damage.
Biker Airlifted to Hospital – 06/05/14
A motor cyclist had to be airlifted to hospital after he crashed his bike on the A264 on Sunday. The 55 year old man came off his Triumph motor bike in Broadbridge Heath at the junction of Wickhurst Lane at around 3.15pm. The air ambulance landed in the road and the man was taken to St George's hospital in London suffering from multiple but not life-threatening injuries. The road was closed for several hours whilst police investigated and cleared up the scene.
Police Called to Council Meeting – 01/05/14
Campaigners flocked to the council chambers in North Street on Wednesday night to attend a meeting about the future of housing in Horsham. However, before the meeting got under way, staff called police after a man allegedly forced his way into council chambers. The meeting was to discuss where thousands of new homes will be built over the next 20 years and hundreds of concerned residents showed up to hear Horsham District councillors debate the merits of various sites.
Horsham Rugby Club Win Sussex Cup – 29/04/14
After a hard fought campaign and final game, Horsham Rugby Club have won their first cup trophy for 20 years. The Green and Whites faced Lewes in the final, held at Bognor Rugby Club on Sunday. Horsham went 12-0 down in the first half but then found their form and clawed back to win 17-12 with a try in the final minute of the game.
A24 Night Closures for Resurfacing – 20/04/14
Motorists around Horsham will face a week of diversions when travelling at night after West Sussex County Council announced that the A24 will be closed for essential resurfacing works. The southbound carriageway between Farthings Hill and the Hop Oast roundabout will be closed between 8pm and 6am from 6th May to 12th May.
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’.
Sabotage Suspected in Train Crash – 07/04/14
Worried passengers were stuck on a damaged train for two hours after it collided with a concrete slab on Friday. The train was travelling from Horsham to London Victoria when it struck the slab, which police believe was deliberately placed on the tracks at a foot crossing near Ifield. The incident occurred at around 2.30pm and caused significant disruption on the busy commuter line.
Tour of Britain Coming to Horsham - 4/4/14
It has been announced that a stage of this year's Tour of Britain cycle race will come through Horsham as well as many other towns in East and West Sussex. On September 13, Stage Seven of the famous race will begin in Camberley in Surrey , before racing into Sussex and through Horsham, Haywards Heath, Hailsham, and Eastbourne before the sprint finish in Brighton. The route will include the muscle-burning hill climb of Ditchling Beacon.
Teenager Charged with Arson at School - 25/3/14
A 16 year old girl has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life after a fire tore through a Horsham school whilst pupils were still inside. The fire started at Millais School in Depot Road at around 3pm last Thursday, and is suspected to have started in the girls' toilets on the top floor. Fire crews responded quickly but the fire quickly spread and the inferno was raging through the hallway and two classrooms by the time they could act. The girl was arrested on Sunday and bailed before being re-arrested and charged on Monday. She appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Tuesday and has been bailed to appear at Crown Court on April 10.
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.
Massive Investment for Horsham School – 20/3/14
A school in Horsham which received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted will receive an investment of £5.75 million over the next two years. Tanbridge House School in Guildford Road, Horsham will use the money to implement an infrastructure which will allow them to deal with a dramatic increase in demand for places at the school. By the start of the next school year this September, Tanbridge House will be able to accommodate 300 students in every year group.
Outspoken Councillor Sacked – 05/03/14
The conservative councillor who was due to be the next chairman of Horsham District Council has been sacked following a cloak and dagger meeting of the council last week. Well-respected Christian Mitchell was relieved of his post after councillors decided that he had breached conservative party rules and undermined the democratic process. Mr Mitchell has always been outspoken and publicly opposed plans to build thousands of homes in North Horsham.
Huge Plans for Broadbridge Heath – 28/02/14
Following a massive public protest over plans to close Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council have revealed proposals to turn the area into a huge destination leisure venue. Not only could a brand new leisure centre be built on the same site of the existing facility, but the proposal also includes suggestions for an ice rink, state of the art running track, dance studios, a hotel, restaurants and flats in the Broadbridge Heath Quadrant. It is too early for plans to be confirmed, but developer Westrock have been employed in an advisory role to determine the viability of the plan.
Pharmaceutical Giant Leaves Town – 26/02/14
Novartis, one of Horsham's biggest employers, have confirmed today that they will be closing the Horsham site before the end of the year. The pharmaceutical company announced last November that they were conducting a review into the future of the research facility in Parsonage Road, putting at risk 400 jobs. The consultation period has now finished and the company intend to cease operations at the site by the end of June.
Horsham Football Club Reveal New Plans – 07/02/14
Horsham Football Club have invited councillors and local residents to a series of presentations in which they will reveal their plans for a new ground. The club hope that the informal meetings this month will help to answer any questions or fears surrounding the development, making their application process run more smoothly. The new club built on land purchased from Horsham Golf & Fitness will be part-financed by a proposal to build new houses on land at the Holbrook Club. The football club hope to submit a full planning application at the end of March.
Council Meeting to Discuss Housing Strategy – 24/01/14
Horsham District Council have announced that they will hold a meeting to discuss their housing strategy with members of the public. The meeting will be held on 13th February at the council headquarters in North Street and members of the public can submit questions for councillors prior to the meeting once the agenda has been published. Ten random members of the public will be invited to attend the meeting.
Dry Cleaners Destroyed in Blaze – 20/01/14
Part of the Bishopric was closed for nearly two hours on Thursday evening as firefighters battled a blaze and rescued trapped residents from a fire that started in a dry cleaners. The blaze started at around 6.30pm in an outbuilding used for laundry by Rapide Dry Clean and residents of nearby Shelley House had to be evacuated. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Man Found Hanging in Church – 06/01/14
A 47 year old man from Horsham was found hanging in a church on Thursday. The body of Dominic Bell from Rushams Road was discovered at around 7pm at the St John the Evangelist church in Springfield Road and paramedics were called. Mr Bell was declared dead at the scene.
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.
John Lewis Confirms Horsham Store – 20/12/13
The John Lewis partnership have confirmed that they will be investing £11 million in opening a new John Lewis at Home store and Waitrose in the redevelopment of Horsham’s West End. In addition to the significant investment, the new stores will create 175 new jobs in the town and it is hoped that the big name will attract other large retailers.
Horsham Man Crowned MasterChef - 16/12/13
A chef from Horsham has won the title of MasterChef The Professionals 2013 in the national BBC2 competition. 27 year old Steven Edwards is the head chef at the Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel and wowed the judges with his consistently creative culinary skills. The final of the show was aired on BBC2 last Thursday although Steven won the competition back in July.
Drink Driving Campaign Gets Under Way – 4/12/13
Sussex Police launched their new Drink Driving campaign on Saturday and have already made several arrests after tip-offs from the public. Anyone suspecting that a person is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol can text details through to the police on 65999. Any individuals charged with a drink driving offence will be publicly named and shamed by the police. One of this week’s offenders was 72 year old Wilfred Page from Horsham.
New Multi-Screen Cinema Suggested for Horsham – 29/11/13
A brand new multi-screen cinema is being considered as part of the massive redevelopment of the Bishopric. Following the news that John Lewis and Waitrose will both form part of the development, excitement is growing and grander plans being discussed, including the state of the art cinema complex. However, many fear that a new cinema in the centre of Horsham would have a devastating effect on The Capitol theatre in North Street, which relies heavily on the income from cinema screenings.
Council Merge Buildings – 27/11/13
Horsham District Council announced this week that they are investigating the opportunity to move into the county council building across the building, thus allowing them to sell their existing offices in North Street. Not only would the office-share save both councils significant running costs as opposed to running three separate buildings, but the sale of the offices would give a massive cash injection. A full review will take place prior to any decisions being finalised, but the plan would be to move in 2015.
Former Council Chief Guilty of Embezzlement – 21/11/13
The former head of leisure and economic development at Horsham District Council has pleaded guilty to embezzling £27,000 from his former employers prior to moving to Horsham. 48 year old Tom Leighton joined Horsham District Council in 2009 after leaving his post as head of leisure services with Falkirk Council in Scotland. After his departure, Falkirk council discovered a number of suspicious payments had been made and followed a paper trail revealing that Leighton had made fraudulent payments to his mother in law. Mr Leighton was dismissed from his job at Horsham District Council in 2011 after a disciplinary procedure into misconduct.
Pharmaceutical Giant Leaves Horsham – 8/11/13
Despite announcing its commitment to Horsham less than 12 months ago, Novartis announced this week that they were closing down their Horsham site. Novartis are one of Horsham’s largest employers and more than 500 jobs are expected to be lost when the company closes down the site in the first half of 2014. The decision to close the site came after a 90 day consultation period which concluded that the site was economically inefficient and operations would be more financially beneficial based at one of its other three bases in China, USA and Switzerland. Staff were informed of the decision on Tuesday and all will be offered individual consultation prior to a decision regarding job losses.
Free Runner Shooter Sentenced – 6/11/13
A Horsham man has been jailed for one year after admitting to shooting two free runners with an air rifle. 47 year old Eric Kingston claimed that he thought the free running group were burglars when he began shooting at them at around 5pm on August 11. However, despite their pleas to cease fire and insistence that they were not burglars, Mr Kingston pursued the fleeing group and continued firing at them.
Popular Horsham Pub Closes – 18/10/13
A pub and restaurant in the centre of Horsham has been forced to close down after finances made the venue unviable. Crompton’s at the Olive Branch in Bishopric was opened by Andrew Crompton less than two years ago and immediately offered something new and exciting to Horsham. Mr Crompton invested heavily to create the right ambience, setting and menu but, despite a regular clientele, the pub failed to make enough money. 15 staff have been made redundant as a result of the closure.
Nature Project Receives Funding – 11/10/13
A community group responsible for improving a picturesque walk around Horsham have been given a huge boost to their fundraising. Horsham Town Community Partnership have been given £37386 from Biffa, the waste management company, to help with the Riverside Walk Enhancement Project. The Riverside Walk is a delightful 12.5 mile walk around Horsham, following several rivers through the local countryside. The funding will help the project to improve paths, provide more benches and better lighting.
Driver Jailed After Killing Cyclist – 02/10/13
A 26 year old man has been sent to jail for 20 weeks after the vehicle he was driving collided with a cyclist. Samuel Kirk from Billingshurst hit 27 year old Jennifer Hossack as she cycled home on the A29 in Pulborough at around 8pm on Friday. Kirk was charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance and sentenced at Worthing Magistrates Court on Monday. He may also face a string of other charges including causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at a road accident and driving under the influence of drugs. Kirk has been bailed until January while police investigate the additional charges.
Kirdford Man Convicted of Sex Offences – 26/09/13
A 29 year old man from Kirdford has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of sex offences against a teenage girl. Hove Crown Court heard how Daniel Benjamin White had engaged in sexual activity with the child when she was younger than 16. White was fully aware of the implications of his actions, telling the girl to keep their relationship a secret for fourteen months. He will be placed on the sex offenders register after his release.
Waitrose Plan Horsham Store – 20/09/13
Horsham could get a brand new Waitrose supermarket in the town centre if development plans are approved. Westrock, the compnay plannign a major redevelopment of Horsham's West End, have submitted a planning application for land of the Bishopric which includes the proposal for a purpose-built Waitrose store. Horsham District Council are still working hard to attract John Lewis to the new development.
Police Investigate Attack in Bar – 10/09/13
Police are searching for three men after two young men from Horsham were attacked in a Horsham nightclub on Saturday. The men were in the B52’s nightclub in Piries Place when an argument broke out with another group. The Horsham men were repeatedly punched in the face, with one sustaining a broken nose and the other multiple fractures of the cheekbone which will require surgery. The attackers were all white and spoke with Irish accents.
Teenagers Hospitalised in Car Crash – 10/09/13
Five teenagers were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling crashed through bushes and trees at the side of the A24. The accident happened at around 1.30am on Friday at Ashington and no other vehicle was involved. Four of the passengers escaped with minor injuries but an 18 year old girl from Horsham was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from serious internal injuries.
Armed Police Respond To Firearm Reports – 03/09/13
A residential road was cordoned off last Friday whilst armed police responded to reports of a man seen holding a gun outside of a house. The emergency call was received at around 11am on Friday and shortly after the armed officers were on the scene at Stirling Way, off Harwood Road in Horsham. After securing the area and ensuring that nearby residents were safe, the officers entered a property and arrested a 34 year old man on suspicion of possession of a firearm and producing drugs. It is believed that the weapon seen was an air rifle.
Controversial Development Approved in Billingshurst – 22/08/13
Campaigners that have fought against a proposal to build 475 new homes near Billingshurst have been left devastated after Horsham District Council’s planning committee approved the proposal. The committee claim that they approved the application ahead of a planning appeal in order to maintain some control over the development, as they felt it would have been given the go-ahead at the appeal process due to the Government’s current stance on releasing Green Belt land.
Rooftop Runners Shot – 14/8/13
Two men from Horsham were shot with an air rifle whilst running across building roofs in Horsham town centre on Sunday. 19 year old Luke Harty and 21 year old Max Cave were free- running on rooftops in Market Square at around 5pm along with three other members of their free-running group, Storror, when Mr Cave heard a shot and felt a sudden pain in his abdomen. Moments later Mr Harty screamed out in pain as he too was shot in the arm and back. The group climbed down from the buildings and emergency services were called. 47 year old construction foreman Eric Kingston was arrested and charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Maintenance Worker Dies in A24 Crash – 13/8/13
A 49 year old man has become the seventh fatality in six weeks on a dangerous stretch of road in Horsham. Anthony Saunders was performing highway maintenance works on behalf of West Sussex County Council when he was involved in a collision with a silver Peugeot car on the southbound carriageway of the A24 near Ashington. An air ambulance was called to the scene on Monday at 2.30pm but Mr Saunders was pronounced dead at the scene. The 58 year old male driver of the Peugeot was unhurt.
Park Gets Rope Course – 09/08/13
Horsham Park will get a new and exciting attraction next year, after Horsham District Council approved an application for a ten metre high rope climbing and walking course. The application from DC Leisure will see the course, consisting of wooden platforms connected by ropes, built at the Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre and will offer a challenging activity for people of all ages.
Four Conmen Jailed – 07/08/13
Four men have been jailed for a total of 44 months after being found guilty of defrauding two elderly victims in Warnham and Henfield. The men had approached the vulnerable victims claiming that work needed to be carried out on the roofs and water supply at their properties. 21 year old Jessie Fuller from Cranleigh, 28 year old Stephen Gasson from Sompting, and 40 year old Cornelius Mitchell from Sompting were all sentenced to 8 months in prison whilst 24 year old Christopher Heron from Cranleigh was sentenced to 20 months.
Road Claims Another Life – 26/07/13
Another life has been lost in a road accident on the A24, adding to the growing concern over the safety of the road. Emergency services were called to the A24 near the Buck Barn crossroads after a motorist spotted flames coming from a car in the ditch. Police, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance all attended the scene at around 4pm on Wednesday and a body was found in the car. Investigations into the cause of the crash are on-going, but it is suspected that the driver of the car lost control, swerved off the road and hit a tree.
90 Year Old Killed on Busy Road – 17/07/13
A 90 year old man was killed whilst trying to cross the busy and fast moving A24 near Southwater, adding another tragedy to the growing list of road related deaths in the Horsham area. Cyril Jackson of Fairbank Road in Southwater was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the road at around 2pm on Saturday. Paramedics pronounced Mr Jackson dead at the scene and police closed the road for several hours for forensic investigation.
Jewel Thief Stopped by Rugby Player – 15/07/13
A thief trying to escape with watches worth tens of thousands of pounds was stopped by a pedestrian who rugby tackled him to the ground. The thief had stolen the watches from TH Baker Jewellers in Horsham’s West Street and was making his escape when 42 year old Peter Downes tackled him in the street. Another public-spirited Horsham citizen helped Mr Downes to restrain the man whilst they waited for police to arrive. The 31 year old thief from Croydon was remanded in custody awaiting trial.
Three Young People Killed in Road Accidents – 09/07/13
Two road accidents at the end of last week claimed the lives of three young local people. The first accident occurred on the A24 near Kingsfold at around 7.30am on Thursday. 20 year old nursery worker Shelby Gillespie-Boarer had to be cut out of her Nissan Micra by firefighters after her car collided with a Ford Focus driven by a 49 year old Horsham man. Ms Gillespie-Boarer was pronounced dead at the scene. The following day, two teenagers were killed when their car collided with a tree on the A264 at Slinfold. The driver, 18 year old William Richardson from Slinfold, was pronounced dead at the scene and passenger, 19 year old Asa Caudill from Billingshurst, was rushed to St George’s Hospital in London but died on Saturday morning. Two other teenagers travelling in the vehicle were taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment.
Woman Hospitalised After Collision with Police Officer – 03/07/13
A 34 year old woman had to be airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after her car collided with an unmarked police transit van. The woman was driving her Ford Fiesta on the A29 in Warnham at around 1pm on Friday when the collision happened. Firefighters from Horsham, Dorking and Crawley had to cut the woman free from the wreckage and she was airlifted to Kings College Hospital suffering from serious head and internal injuries. The police officer was taken to East Surrey Hospital with minor injuries and the road was closed for over four hours whilst accident investigators examined the scene.
Council Underspend by Nearly £1 million – 01/07/13
Horsham District Council announced an underspend of £912,000 in the last financial year and have asked Horsham residents how the money should be spent. Operational underspending accounted for £377,000 unexpected income such as grants and claims accounted for the remaining £535,000. For a full report of the meeting and budgets, please CLICK HERE .
Plans to Close Horsham Police Station – 27/06/13
New plans by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will mean that Horsham police station could close soon, along with 30 other stations across Sussex including nearby Steyning and Pulborough. Sussex Police has to make savings of £50 million over the next two years and the closure of under-used and poorly maintained police stations will make a significant contribution to these savings. Stations that are closed will be replaced by community hubs and public contact points in public buildings such as libraries to ensure that police presence is maintained.
Horsham Planners Worst in Country – 21/06/13
Horsham District Council are the worst council in England for approving planning developments quickly according to a Government survey. The Government started a nationwide test 18 months to see if councils were deciding on applications for 10 homes or more within the 13 week guideline timescale. However, due to Horsham's insistence on seeking public approval through time consuming consultations, they are not meeting these guidelines and may be placed on special measures, which could result in the decision over planning applications to be taken out of their hands and placed with the central government.
Horsham Teacher Dies in Climbing Accident – 16/06/13
Staff and pupils at Christ's Hospital school are devastated after the death of one of their teachers in a tragic climbing accident in North Wales at the weekend. 48 year old Vaughan Holme had been climbing cliffs near Anglesy with his friend and former Christ's Hospital pupil, 23 year old Jack Hutton-Potts. When they failed to meet friends on Saturday evening, a search and rescue mission was launched but had to be abandoned in the early hours of Sunday morning. It was resumed at daybreak and the bodies of the two climbers were spotted in the sea near the Gogarth cliffs.
Teenager Stabbed in Back – 10/06/13
A 17 year old was stabbed in the back after a late night altercation three other teenagers at the junction of Guildford Road and Hillside and Horsham. Witnesses called police were called at 11.20pm last Tuesday and the injured boy was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment. Doctors say that the injury was caused by a long, thin, non-serrated item but none of the witnesses actually saw a weapon. Police arrested a 19 year old man and two 16 year old boys at an address in Broadbridge Heath. One of the 16 year olds was released without charge and the other two were bailed until August 8.
Council Defer Tesco Plans – 06/06/13
Horsham District Council's Development Control North committee have deferred a proposal from Tesco to make external changes to a new shop site, fearing that the effect on local residents would be worse than portrayed in the plans. Tesco acquired the site formerly occupied by the Silver Wok restaurant in Brighton Road with the intention of turning it into a Tesco Express convenience store. However, local residents claim that the increase in traffic is unacceptable and unmanageable for the area, resulting in the council deferring the decision on the minor amendments required.
Waitrose Commit to Horsham Development – 30/05/13
Waitrose have boosted the mulit-million pound re-development plans for the Albion Way and Bishopric area of Horsham by proposing a new 29,000 square foot store in the new area. Although most of the re-development will focus on High Street retailers, there are two large buildings planned on the current site of Lifestyle Ford and Horsham Bowling Club. If the Waitrose plan goes is approved, it is hoped that the second building, measuring 30,000 square feet, will attract a non-food retailer such as John Lewis.
Man Injured in Garage Fire – 07/05/13
A Horsham man in his 60s was taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation after he attempted to tackle a fire in his garage. Emergency services were called to the fire in The Crescent last Thursday morning and discovered the injured man who had spotted the fire in his garage and had tried to deal with it himself. The fire had quickly escalated in ferocity and damaged neighbouring property before fire services from Horsham, Crawley and Billingshurst could put it out.
Hopes of New Hospital Dashed – 26/04/13
The lack of enthusiasm from local GPs could spell the end of plans to create a new hospital between Crawley and Horsham. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had stated that a new hospital would be possible if it was supported and driven by local GPs. However, at a make or break meeting on Saturday held at County Hall North, very few GPs attended to discuss the proposal with MPs and those that did were unenthusiastic about supporting the venture. Local residents were excited at the prospect of the new hospital as travelling to East Surrey Hospital is both lengthy and inconvenient, but it seems that they will have to accept the inconvenience for the foreseeable future.
Council Deny Village New School – 18/04/13
Residents in Barns Green are furious after Horsham District Council voted against approving a new school to be built in the village. Members of the Development Control North Committee did not approve the plans for a new Itchingfield Primary School and 69 homes because the developers had not included affordable housing in the proposal. Berkeley Homes who had submitted the application for the development had excluded affordable housing because of the cost of the new school. However, the council’s policy is to aim for as much as 40 per cent affordable housing in a new development. The plan has been deferred in order to negotiate these aspects, but councillors are confident that a compromise can be reached and the plan will be approved in the near future.
Man Jailed for Sickening Indecent Images – 11/04/13
A 43 year old man from Horsham has been jailed for two and a half years after he was caught with sickening images of child pornography. Graham Pullen of Guildford Road, Horsham pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to ten counts of downloading indecent images, one of possessing extreme pornography and one of possessing prohibited images. Pullen was caught after public protection officers visited his home as part of a ten year monitoring order given to him after he was jailed for a year in 2004 for similar offences.
Cranleigh Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murder – 03/04/13
A man from Cranleigh has been arrested alongside two men from Guildford on suspicion of murdering a 22 year old man from Woking at Guildford train station on Saturday. Ryan Harrison was with a friend at the station at around 11.40pm on Saturday night when he became involved in an altercation with a group of men. He was punched by one of the group and fell off the platform between the carriage of the train, which had just started to move. Mr Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene and two 19 year old men from Guildford were arrested by police on suspicion of murder. A third man from Cranleigh handed himself at a police station later on. All three suspects have been bailed until May pending further enquiries.
Conservative MP Defects to UKIP – 30 /03/13
One of Horsham's most senior district councillors has quit his post with the Conservatives and joined UKIP, claiming that the Tories have lost touch with their core values. Roger Arthur, deputy leader of Horsham District Council and cabinet member for finance quit the party yesterday and immediately announced his decision to join UKIP. He will retain his position as cabinet member as people vote for the individual, not the party and will campaign for support for his new party.
Man Falls from Dangerous Car Park – 28/03/13
The Swan Walk multi-storey car park has come under further scrutiny this week after a Horsham man suffered seroius injuries following a fall. The man in his 40s fell from the car park at around 11am on Wednesday, at exactly the same time as an inquest was taking place into the death of a woman who fell from the car park in January. Emergency services including the Sussex Air Ambulance raced to the scene and the man was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries. The inquest taking place across the road at County Hall North ruled that 50 year old Rosemary Bowden had taken her own life when she fell from the car park in January.
Roadworks Anger Traders – 22/03/13
The £80,000 facelift of Carfax in Horsham is costing businesses in the area as the disruption keeps customers away. The roadworks have closed parts of the road to traffic and bus services have been suspended, resulting in a vast reduction in shoppers. Some businesses estimate that they could lose as much as £5000 in takings as a result of the disruption and have asked West Sussex County Council for compensation.
Paedophile Pensioner Jailed –21/03/13
A 68 year old man from Crowborough has been jailed for fifteen and a half years for multiple sex offences on young people in the Horsham area. Terence Paremain pleaded guilty to ten counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child and five of more serious sex offences, all against three young boys. The first allegation was made by one of the boys back in 2001 but there was not enough evidence to prosecute until the other two boys came forward more recently. Paremain had originally denied all of the charges, but after police presented him with the dates that they were committed, he changed his plea to guilty.
Racist Attack on Teenage Girl – 04 /03/13
A 13 year old girl was the victim of a sickening attack as she walked through Horsham park last Wednesday. The teenager was walking behind the skate park when a group of two boys and two girls grabbed her. She was put into a headlock and repeatedly kicked and punched whilst her attackers made racist comments. Sussex police are appealing for witnesses to the attack and are conducting a thorough investigation to bring those responsible for this hate crime to justice.
Council Investment in West Street Opposed – 01 /03/13
Horsham District Council have secured a grant to aesthetically improve West Street but the face-lift changes have been met with criticism from the public. The £500,000 grant from West Sussex County Council will be used to improve and update lighting and signage as well as re-paving the pedestrian street. However, local residents and business owners believe that it is a waste of money and the grant should be spent on attracting new retailers and businesses tot he town.
Controversial A24 Expansion Plans Axed – 22/02/13
West Sussex County Council announced this week that their unpopular plans to make significant and expensive changes to the A24 have been dropped. The original proposal, designed to increase road safety at the accident hotspots, would have transformed the stretch of road into what they call a super highway. The Ashington to Southwater section as well as the Dial Post junction were to receive most of the work, which included closing gaps in the central reservation. The council will now investigate less costly ways to improve safety on the road.
Paedophile Priest Jailed – 19/02/13
A retired priest who worked at St John's church in Broadbridge Heath has been jailed for eight years after admitting to sexual offences against children committed whilst he was working for the church. 71 year old Robert Coles, now living in Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to ten counts of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence. He committed the crimes during the '70s and '80s but was not investigated until 1997 when one of his victims made an official complaint to Sussex Police.
Residents Oppose Tesco Shop Plans – 15/02/13
Tesco have announced plans this week to turn the site of a former pub into a convenience store, despite fears from local residents that the store will create an unacceptable and unmanageable amount of additional traffic. The building in Brighton Road, formerly the St Leonard's Arms and most recently The Silver Wok restaurant, has been disused for nearly two years and has been the subject of speculation regarding Tesco's intentions for almost as long. The building and grounds need little adaptation as it already has a large car park and Tesco claim that there will be minimal additional traffic as many shoppers will either be residents in the local area or customers already travelling along the road.
Drink Driver Jailed – 11/02/13
A drink driver who refused to stop for police and drove dangerously in an attempt to escape has been jailed for 14 months at Hove Trial Centre. 30 year old Matthew Quant from Storrington was driving along the A24 at Buck Barn on 21st December 2012 when police signalled for him to stop. Instead of stopping, Quant accelerated the BMW saloon he was driving and police were forced to execute a controlled pursuit. He was eventually stopped 30 minutes later near Adversane Lane. Quant pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving dangerously, driving a vehicle without insurance and failing to stop for police. In addition to his prison sentence, Quant was also banned from driving for 3 years.
Horsham Pair Jailed for 37 Years – 05/02/13
The Horsham couple who were found guilty of hideous sex offences against children have been jailed for a total of 37 years. 50 year old Owen Bessinger of Eversfield Road and his former partner 41 year old Emily Bessinger of Henderson Way were found guilty of the offences at their trial in December and attended court this week for sentencing. Judge Anthony Niblett said that the pair's crimes were the worst that the court had ever heard and therefore sentencing should be appropriate. Owen was jailed for 23 years and Emily for 14 years.
Town Centre Development Attracts John Lewis – 01/02/13
Extensive investment and development work by Horsham District Council to build a new £35m shopping area in Horsham is taking shape and the council hope that they will be able to publish plans for public consultation in March. Developers Westrock, who are working alongside the council on the proposed site in Albion Way, have made swift progress and it is rumoured that several large retailers including John Lewis have expressed an interest in the development.
Six Arrested in Drugs Raids – 29/01/13
Around 50 police officers from across Sussex swooped on four addresses in Horsham on Thursday following information supplied by members of the public regarding drugs activity. The raids on homes in Honeysuckle Walk, South Holmes Road and Heatherleigh Court resulted in a substantial amount of heroin and cocaine being seized as well as several pieces of stolen property. The six people arrested, four men and two women, have been bailed pending further investigation.
Reports of Gas Leak Throughout Town – 24/01/13
Emergency services and Transco, the company responsible for fixing gas leaks, were inundated by calls on Tuesday as Horsham was hit by a gas-like smell. Worried residents and business owners throughout Horsham called to report a strong smell of gas that suddenly hit the town. Initially, emergency crews were despatched to investigate the reports until the source of the problem was discovered - a factory in France that manufacture the smell added to gas had suffered a leak and the strong winds had carried the smell across the channel. The Health Protection Agency announced that the smell was not toxic and that it would soon dispel as it mixed with the air.
Masked Raiders Target Recycling Centre – 21/01/13
Two members of staff were terrified as masked raiders tied them up and demanded cash and gold during a raid at a recycling centre in Slinfold. The six men entered the premises of Duesmann & Hensel recycling in Maydwell Avenue late on Friday afternoon and tied up two workers before demanding access to the cash and gold they believed to be on the premises. However, a third worker witnessed the scene and raised the alarm, causing the raiders to flee empty handed in a white transit van. Bosses at the recycling plant are baffled by the cause of the raid as precious metal is not handled at the site and no cash is kept on the premises.
Council Invest in Town Centre – 18/01/13
In the week that two major retailers went into administration, Horsham District Council have announced a major investment in Horsham Town Centre to attract new retailers and restore public faith in the future of the town. Entertainment giants HMV and Blockbuster both announced this week that they were going into administration, although HMV continued trading but refused to accept customer's gift cards creating anger among thousands of customers who had been given the cards as Christmas presents. The loss of two more major retailers in Horsham comes just a week after Jessops announced their own closure, but Horsham District Council countered the disappoinment with their own announcement that they would be spending £500,000 to revitalise West Street in 2013.
District Council Staff Furious at Cuts – 17/01/13
Budget cuts and streamlining have already caused problems at Horsham District Council in recent months, but this week hundreds of staff were furious after bosses announced more possible cutbacks that could cost employees hundreds of pounds a year. The council's personnel committee have proposed numerous changes including stopping free parking for employees, ending the provision of company cars or financial allowances, and reducing the redundancy entitlement.
Town Centre Shops Close – 11/01/13
Horsham town centre has suffered a couple of big name losses early in the New Year, after two major national retailers announced closures due to trading difficulties. Bargain hunters flooded into the Millets store in West Street to capitalise on it's closing down sale, whilst camera retailer Jessops announced this week that they were going into administration and many of it's stores will be closing immediately.
33 Jobs Lost in Garage Closure – 20/12/12
Christmas has been ruined for 33 workers in Horsham after it was announced that they will lose their jobs at the end of the month. Employees at Broadbridge Heath Motor Company, just off the Farthings roundabout, were told this week that the site will close on 31st December due to financial difficulties brought on by the reccession. Customers are being re-assured that all existing orders will be fulfilled and staff are going through a consultation period in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion.
Salvation Army Cancel Christmas – 30/11/12
Young families, the elderly and homeless are among those wondering what they will eat on Christmas day after the Salvation Army in Horsham announced that they will not be holding their annual Christmas meal and party this year. The annual festive event has provided food, shelter, company and happiness to around 100 people each year on Christmas day but the new leaders of the Horsham Salvation Army, claim that a reduction in volunteers and finances has resulted in the cancellation.
Council Tax Frozen for Third Year – 23/11/12
Horsham District Council have submitted a proposal to freeze council tax in the district for a third year running which will be welcomed news by local residents during the current economic climate. However, the council still need to find an additional £1.25 million and will have to increase car parking charges in the area among other cost-saving exercises. The proposal suggest a 12% rise in parking charges and residents wishing to have their green waste collected will have to pay £29 per year.
Cannabis Growers Arrested in Dawn Raid – 13/11/12
Two people were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a cottage in Copsale on Thursday where 160 cannabis plants were discovered growing in a barn on the grounds of the property. Police raided the property in the early hours of Thursday mornign and arrested a 35 year old man and 36 year old women on suspicion of production of cannabis, money laundering, abstraction of electricity and theft.
Schoolgirls Harassed by Teaching Assistant – 09/11/12
A 26 year old man from Billingshurst has been convicted of harassment after he bombarded teenage schoolgirls with Facebook and Twitter messages. Clive Hamilton met the girls whilst he was working on placement at a Crawley secondary school. He began to message them and make suggestive comments via the popular social networks and when he was told to stop and blocked by the girls, he set up new accounts in order to continue his harassment. Horsham Magistrates Court handed him a 12 month community order, a restraining order and a prohibition order.
Jewellery Shop Burglar Jailed – 07/11/12
In a late change of plea, the man responsible for burgling a Horsham jewellers was sentenced to three years in jail. 25 year old Jason O'Dwyer of Stans Way in Horsham pleaded guilty to burgling the Sakakini jewellers on 18th July, when he stole £42,000 worth jewels. Along with an accomplice, Christopher Durkee of Bishopric in Horsham, O'Dwyer was arrested in Brighton whilst attempting to sell the stolen goods to other jewellers. The court heard how O'Dwyer had 24 previous convictions for crimes including burglary, criminal damage and shoplifting. Durkee, who also has a long list of previous convictions was jailed for 8 months for handling stolen goods.
Man Left Unconscious After Attack – 01/11/12
A 34 year old man was left unconscious and requiring treatment for facial injuries after he was attacked in a residential road at 6pm on Monday evening. The man was walking along Blackbridge Lane when he was attacked by a 24 year old man, also from Horsham. The victim was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and his assailant was arrested on suspicion of GBH.
Music Store Burgled in Front of Diners – 23/10/12
A music store in Horsham was broken in to by a brazen thief right in front of diners eating out at Pizza Express. The thief lay on the floor and kicked through a window at the Horsham Music shop in East Street at 7pm on Saturday before crawling through the hole in the window and stealing a Dean acoustic guitar worth £250. The customers witnessing the break-in called the police, but the man escaped with his loot before the police arrived.
Cockfighting Operation Uncovered in Billingshurts – 18/10/12
A father and son from Billingshurst pleaded guilty to 19 animal cruelty charges after a police raid uncovered evidence of a massive cockfighting operation. Mark Giles Senior and Mark Giles Junior were caught with nearly 500 birds between them as well as dozens of items related to animal fighting. Video footage of cockfighting was also uncovered during the raids. The pair are due to be sentenced later this week.
Digger Used in Attempted Bank Robbery – 3/10/12
Early-risers witnessed a brazen attempted bank robbery on Friday morning when the raiders used a stolen digger to smash the wall. The two men, wearing balaclavas, were using the huge machinery to attack the cashpoint in the wall of Lloyds TSB bank. When a local baker arrived to start his morning shift, the raiders fled empty handed, leaving the digger in the middle of the road. The digger was stolen from Godalming the night before the raid.
Thugs Jailed for Unprovoked Attack – 27/09/12
Three young men have been jailed for sickening and unprovoked attack on a Bulgarian man in Horsham Park on 22nd July 2011. Nikolay Minchev had been walking home from the Chameleon Late Bar in Horsham when he was set upon by the three attackers, sustaining stab wounds, broken bones and bruising in the terrifying attack. 21 year old Luke Talbot of St Christophers Close, Horsham was sentenced three and a half years in jail for his part in the attack after the court were told that he was the one carrying the bottle that caused the stab wounds on Mr Minchev. 20 year old Jason Engelby and 23 year old Max Talbot were sentenced to two and a half and five months respectively for their parts in the attack.
Nightspot Temporarily Closed Down – 20/09/12
A popular Horsham bar has been closed down for three weeks after police insisted that they implement stricter measures to avoid under-age drinking and drinking related crimes associated with the venue. The Chameleon Late Bar have been told that they must appoint a new premises supervisor, introduce a challenge 25 policy and arrange formal training for all staff. The management have taken the temporary closure as an opportunity to refurbish the bar prior to a grand re-opening on October 5th.
Bus Crashes After Driver Has Stroke – 18/09/12
A bus with around 20 passengers on board crashed after the driver in his 50s suffered from a stroke and swerved off the road. The incident occurred at 6.30pm on Monday on Brighton Road at Monks Gate. Passengers said that the driver just slumped over the steering wheel and the bus swerved into heavy bushes and shrubbery at the side of the road. Police closed the A281 in both directions for 3 hours as they undertook the recovery work.
Visionary Planning Document Revealed – 12/09/12
Horsham District Council have adopted a document designed to give potential developers an insight into how the council and Horsham residents would like to see the town developed in future. The Horsham Town Supplementary Planning Document is the result of two public consultations over an 18 month period with businesses and employers and focuses on seven key commercial areas of Horsham town - Carfax, West Street, Piries Place, The Forum, Hurst Road, Nightingale Road, The Quarter and Albion Way. Developers making applications will be expected to follow the guidelines and incorporate some of the ideas proposed by the Horsham public.
Job Losses at Car Dealerships – 30/08/12
A huge car dealership in Horsham and Crawley has closed after failing to find a buyer, resulting in around 70 people being made redundant. Stevens Vauxhall, who had dealerships in Billingshurst Road, Broadbridge Heath and in Fleming Way, Crawley were closed on Wednesday and all staff were made redundant with immediate effect. Customers were re-directed to alternative local dealerships and all financial obligations will be honoured.
Residents Blame New Development for Flooding – 17/08/12
Local residents in Broadbridge Heath are concerned that recent flooding in the village has been caused by the Wickhurst Green residential building development. Developers are aware of the problem but claim that it was a pre-existing problem and has not been caused or worsened by the development. However, as part of the development Countryside Properties will be installing a surface water drainage system including underground storage tanks.
Village Sports & Social Club Burgled – 14/8/12
Cranleigh Sports and Social Club lost thousands of pounds during a burglary at the weekend. Burglars broke into the secluded building in Parsonage Road between 11.15pm on Sunday and 6.30am on Monday and smashed the cash boxes on two fruit machines as well as stealing money from the safe and several bottles of spirits.
Novartis Selling Land to Developers – 03/8/12
One of Horsham's biggest employers, Novartis have announced that they will sell a significant part of it's land in Horsham town centre, according to an exclusive report by the West Sussex County Times. The pharmaceutical company had announced last year that it was moving it's manufacturing facility away from Horsham causing massive job losses, but they now claim that they are committed to staying in Horsham with their research facility for respiratory disease, despite the massive reduction in local employees and land. As part of the sale, Novartis have committed to investing in their remaining facility in order to modernise it and make it fit for future purposes.
Spray Attack on Man at Home – 25/7/12
A 63 year old Horsham man is recovering from a damaged retina after callous thieves sprayed a noxious fluid into his face during a robbery. Raymond Chastey was attacked at his home in Leith View Road when three men posing as water board staff knocked on his door and claimed that his drains were blocked. After gaining access to his home, the thieves began ransacking upstairs rooms and when Mr Chastey enquired what was going on, he was sprayed in the face with the liquid and told to sit down. The thieves made off in a Silver Vauxhall with two safes containing cash and jewellery.
Horsham Jewellery Shop Raided – 21/7/12
Around £40,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from Sakakini's jewellery shop in Carfax, Horsham during an overnight raid on Wednesday. Thieves broke in through the back door of the shop at 11pm and smashed the jewellery display cases using a fire extinguisher before making of with their bounty including a Cartier watch and diamond jewellery.
Co-Op Store Robbed at Knife Point – 19/7/12
Staff at the Co-Operative Store in Cowfold were terrified after masked raiders threatened them with a large knife during a robbery at the store. The two thieves, both white and wearing dark clothes, entered the store at around 9.30pm on Wednesday and threatened a female member of staff with the knife, ordering her to hand over cash from the till and cigarettes which they loaded into a black holdall.
Man Dies After Head on Collision – 4/7/12
Two people were airlifted to hospital and two more taken by ambulance following a horrific crash on the A24 north of Horsham on Sunday evening. The accident happened at around 5pm near the Dog and Duck pub when a red Nissan and silver Honda were involved in a head on collision. 68 year old Edward Upton from Worthing was driving the Nissan and received head, chest and abdominal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital, but died on Tuesday from his injuries. The 36 year old female passenger in the Honda was also airlifted to hospital with serious neck and leg injuries. Mr Upton's passenger, a 65 year old woman, and the driver of the Honda were both taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Primary School Burgled Five Times – 28/6/12
A primary school in Horsham has been burgled for the fifth time in just over a year by brazen theives looking for cash. Greenway School was borken into twice last year and already three times this year, each time stealing cash from the school office. All of the incidents have been of a similar nature, with three of the break-ins coming through the sky light, leading police to belive that all of the crimes may have been committed by the same offender.
Council Unveil New Leisure Centre Plan – 22/6/12
Horsham District Council unveiled it's plans this week to build a new £7.3 million leisure centre which will replace the exisitng leisure centre at Broadbridge Heath. Despite all of the opposition to closing Broadbridge Heath, the new plans are sure to please the community with facilities including a three-court sports hall, six rink indoor bowls and a huge fitness suite. It also includes world class athletics running track. However, the new plans are reliant on the old Broadbridge Heath site being sold. The council are due to meet on 27 June to discuss the plans.
Body of Missing Woman Found in Woods – 21/6/12
The body of a woman who went missing on 30 May was discovered in Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods in Horsham on Wednesday. 59 year old Jennifer Marsh was last seen at 9.30am on 30 May by her partner and was reported as missing at 8.30pm on the same day. Despite an extensive search involving Sussex police, Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Search and Rescue, there was no sign of Ms Marsh. A dogwalker discovered her body in the woods and alerted police, who have announced that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Hosepipe Ban Lifted as Floods Hit Horsham – 15/6/12
More than a month's worth of water hit Horsham this week, causing havoc throughout the district and prompting the water board to announce that the hosepipe ban enforced at the beginning of May would be lifted indefinately. The massive downpour of rain forced rivers to burst their banks, schools to close and roads to become completely submerged. Wiggonholt near Pulborough was named the wettest place in the UK after 63mm of rain fell in 24 hours - more than would normally fall in an entire month.
Pret A Manger Comes to Horsham – 9/6/12
Yet another major chain have set their eyes on Horsham as the town centre thrives despite the current struggling economy. The high quality sandwich chain Pret A Manger have begun work on their new premises in West Street, opposite the entrance to Swan Walk, where they plan on creating an area outside for people to enjoy a coffee and sandwich.
Horsham Honours the Queen – 7/6/12
Horsham residents came out in force at the weekend to celebrate in style the Queen's jubilee, including a fabulous tea party in the town centre. Across the district, 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.
Retired Teacher Guilty of Child Pornography Offences – 1/6/12
A 64 year old retired teacher from Billingshurst was found guilty of downloading over 13,000 child pornography images, including video footage. Michael Matthews had taught at a boys school for 30 years but claimed that his sexual attraction for young boys only started after his retirement. Judge Shani Barnes spared Matthews from a custodial sentence, stating that most of the images found on his computer were category one, the least serious of the five categories. Instead, he was given a suspended jail sentence and a 100 hour unpaid work order.
Council Jobs to be Outsourced – 27/5/12
West Sussex County Council have announced plans to outsource 600 jobs to a private company in a bid to make huge savings. More than 50 companies were invited to bid for the contract and council bosses have narrowed this down to just two: Serco and Capita, with the winner being announced on 8th June. The move is predicted to save the council £58 million and will involve jobs in finance, human resources and customer services.
Police Armed with Tasers – 11/5/12
Sussex Police have announced that they will be training 160 officers to use Taser stun guns. The training will be given to officers who will form part of a special response team from October 2012. Despite opposition to this level of force, Sussex Police claim that it will reduce the use of batons and pepper spray as well as the need for fully armed officers in certain situations.
Park Robber Jailed – 10/5/12
A Horsham man who attacked and tried to rob a couple in Horsham Park has been jailed for two years at Lewes Crown Court. 25 year old Aaron Lopez of Albion Way threatened a man and his female companion with a pool cue as they walked through Horsham Park at 1.30am on 19th February after leaving the Chameleon nightclub. The victims fled but the female was caught by Lopez who started to rummage through her pockets. The male victim pushed Lopez away and a fight broke out before the attacker fled with two other friends.
Bloodstained Bat Found on Footpath – 4/5/12
Police launched an investigation including a local search using a police helicopter after an apparently bloodstained baseball bat was found on a footpath in Southwater on Wednesday. The bat was discovered on Worthing Road near Southwater Business Park but there have been no reports of an assault in the area. After the helicopter had performed a search of the area, the incident was closed unless further evidence becomes available.
New Leisure Centre Offered in Exchange for Broadbridge Heath – 26/4/12
After months of campaigning and petitions to stop the demolition of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Horsham District Council have offered to build a brand new leisure centre in the new development to the west of Horsham. Despite massive public opposition, Horsham District Council are likely to side with planners and close the Broadbridge Heath centre. However, the proposals for a new, smaller leisure centre are sure to be a welcome compromise, especially as the council have vowed to keep Broadbridge Heath open until the new centre is opened.
Fire Guts Family Home – 18/4/12
A fire tore through the roof a large family home in Billingshurst in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called to the house at around 4.45am after the family were awoken by a loud cracking sound and discovered the fire on the top floor balcony. Fire crews tackled the blaze for nearly 5 hours which is thought to have been started by an electrical fault.
Fatal Crash on Easter Sunday – 10/4/12
A horrific road accident on Easter Sunday left a 56 year old woman dead and a 22 month old girl fighting for her life. The accident happened on the notoriously dangerous stretch of the A24 in Warnham at around 11.30am on Sunday when the Honda Accord carrying the woman, injured girl and four other members of the same family collided with a Volkswagon Golf and crashed through a garden fence. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene whilst all of the other passengers in the Honda were rushed to St George's hospital with serious injuries. The 60 year old driver of the VW was taken to Epsom hospital with a broken sternum.
Sex Offender Jailed – 4/4/12
A Horsham man has been jailed for possessing child pornography and concealing his previous conviction for sex offences to employers. 30 year old Chistopher Hewitt of Ghyll Crescent in Horsham was jailed for 1 year at Brighton Law Courts on Monday for possessing the indecent images, fraud and breaching the conditions of a previous sex offences order, imposed in 2008 when he was found guilty of downloading child pornography and attempting to groom an underage girl online.
Accidental Death Verdict for Tragic Teenager – 29/3/12
The inquest into the death of a 19 year old from Southwater has recorded a verdict of accidental death at Worthing Crown Court. Toby Woolford was killed when his car spun out of control and collided with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction on the A27 at Crossbush on 25th August 2011. Following eye-witness and police reports, the Assistant Coroner ruled that the lorry driver could have done nothing to avoid the collision and that Toby’s death was a tragic accident, likely caused by the wet conditions.
High Court Review to Save Old Town Hall – 23/03/12
A campaigner trying to save Horsham’s Old Town Hall has applied for a judicial review by the High Court to prevent Horsham District Council from selling the building. Robert Mayfield, representing the Blue Flash Music Trust, claims that Horsham District Council have breached the Horsham Neighbourhood Councils’ Memorandum of Understanding by not allowing sufficient consultation time before announcing in 2008 that the Old Town Hall should be sold for restaurant use. The council have been served with papers regarding the judicial review and now have 21 days to respond. A High Court judge will then decide whether the case must go to trial.
Council Accused of Distorting Survey Figures – 09/03/12
Angry campaigners have accused Horsham District Council of distorting the results of a recent survey to suit their own purposes with regards to development plans in the area. The council have released figures that imply there is a greater need for more housing than the report, produced by Abacus Insight, actually revealed. The council are reviewing a number of plans for significant development in the Horsham area and campaigners claim that the manipulation and reporting of the facts is an underhand way for the council to raise public support.
RAGE Against Developers – 03/03/12
A new residents group has been formed to oppose development plans that would increase Horsham's population by 25%. Residents Against Greenfield Erosion (RAGE) are preparing to fiercely fight developers and Horsham District Council over plans to build 4500 new homes north of the A264 bypass. The plans also include a new industrial estate, station, supermarket and hospital.
Horsham Man Jailed for Soldier Hit-and-Run – 15/02/12
A Horsham man was jailed for 16 months at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to mowing down two off-duty soldiers and fleeing the scene of the crime. 23 year old Robert Freeman, who has previous convictions for drink driving and driving whilst disqualified, ploughed down the two soldiers in his Land Rover Discovery as they stood in a bus stop in Cranleigh High Street last August. Both of the young soldiers suffered life-changing injuries and the judge refused to accept Freeman's claims that he had swerved to avoid a 'phantom' person crossing the road.
Rudgwick Man Dies in Icy Lake – 07/02/12
A 53 year old man died after he tried to rescue his dog from an icy lake on Sunday. Tim Waddingham, the owner of a classic car restoration company, was walking his dog Wildwood Golf and Country Club in Alford, Surrey when it is believed that his pet labrador became trapped in part of the lake. Mr Waddingham attempted to cross the ice to save his dog but the ice broke and he fell into the freezing water.
Woman Mauled by Dog – 02/02/12
A 54 year old woman has been left scarred following a vicious attack by a dog. Jacqui Sweeney was walking her own dog in the Memorial Gardens off Worthing Road when another Boxer Dog leapt at her face and bit her lip. The Boxer's owner pulled the dog off Mrs Sweeney but the damage had already been done. Mrs Sweeney was taken to Princes Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath where she received 19 stitches to the inside and outside of her lip. Dog walkers have been warned to keep their dogs on leads whilst walking in public places.
List of Horsham Events Includes Funfair – 27/01/12
The list of events for Horsham in 2012 was released this week, including the return of the October funfair which was threatened with cancellation at the end of last year. The events programme entitled Horsham Time Well Spent 2012 boasts a huge range of new and existing events designed to boost the local economy and offer fun to people of all ages. Among the returning events is the hugely popular Piazza Italia event at Easter and of course the October Halloween Festival. New events include a Caribbean Carnival and Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. Please CLICK HERE for a full list of events.
Parking Charges Cause Outrage – 19/01/12
New charges due to be imposed throughout Horsham town centre car parks have caused outrage from shoppers, businesses and commuters. Horsham District Council have announced that increases of as much as 50% will be effective from 1st February 2012 without consultation with the public. One of the worst hit car parks is Hurst Road, predominantly used by customers of the Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre where parking will increase from £1 to £1.50 for a one hour stay.
Drug Gang Jailed – 16/01/12
Four local men involved in a drug dealing operation were jailed by Hove Crown Court last Friday after police presented conclusive evidence of their involvement. Two of the men were caught on April 1st last year with £450,000 of cocaine in their car at Cottesmore Golf Club and the remainder were caught at a lock-up in Colgate. Darren Henward, Andrew Billings, Albert Mouhtiseb, and Charles Smith were sentenced to between 4 and 7 years in prison for their involvement whilst two other suspects are due to be sentenced next week.
Headteachers Request Consultation Period – 13/01/12
The headteachers from many of Horsham's schools united this week to demand a more thorough public consultation into the proposed new school at Southwater. According to an exclusive report in the West Sussex County Times, seven head teachers have expressed concerns over the speed at which decisions are being made, particularly regarding the the new free school, and that the local community are not being properly consulted.
Train Hit By Falling Tree – 10/01/12
A busy commuter train received considerable damage when it was struck by a falling tree during last week's storms. Passengers described banging and screeching sounds as the train performed an emergency stop, before the power was cut and the carriages plunged into a gloomy darkness. The train was stranded in Billingshurst and passengers trapped for two hours until another train was sent from Billingshurst station to collect them.
Horsham A Great Place to LIve – 06/01/12
A quality of life survey conducted by Halifax has put Horsham in the top 20% of places to live in the UK. Horsham came 43rd out of 275 in the survey which takes into account factors such as crime rates, average earnings, population density and average rainfall. Mole Valley came 25th and Elmbridge, which includes wealthy Oxshott and Cobham came 2nd in the survey.
Violent Crime Increases in Horsham – 22/12/11
New data released by the police shows a dramatic increase in violent crime throughout Horsham district over the last 12 months. The report also shows a steady increase in other crimes from 186 incidents in December 2010 to 270 in October 2011. However, whilst the figures are concerning, they do not show a true like for like comparison as the first recorded figures only stretch back to last December and therefore a more robust comparison is not possible.
Council Leader Resigns – 16/12/11
The leader of Horsham District Council and a local councillor suddenly resigned this week, blaming financial difficulties at his personal business for his shock decision. Robert Nye has been Conservative councillor for Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham for 12 years and is also the man behind the plans to close Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Mr Nye's business, The Kingsfold Group has experienced significant financial difficulties and his decision to step down was a sole result of those difficulties in order to avoid embarassment and confrontation for the council. A by-election will have to take place to decide Mr Nye's successor.
Teenager Injured in Car Crash – 6/12/11
A promising footballer from Horsham suffered serious head injuries when he crashed his car in Warnham. George Magnus was travelling along the A24 Dorking Road in Warnham when he clipped the kerb whilst travelling around a bend and lost control of his car causing the blue MG to leave the road and crash into a tree. He was flown by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in London for treatment to serious head injuries. Whilst he remains unconscious, George has now been taken off the critical intensive care list.
Waitrose Anger Residents with New Store Plans – 2/12/11
Supermarket giants Waitrose have angered a small village community by submitting plans to triple the size of an existing store. Storrington residents are against the plans as they claim it will considerably increase pollution by attracting more visitors by car to the village. Part of the plan includes the pedestrianisation of Old Mill Square, which has also raised the concerns of other retailers in the area who are worried about the impact on their businesses whilst building work is carried out. The existing Waitrose store is around 8000 sq ft and the proposal is to increase floor space to over 21000 sq ft as well as building a two storey car park capable of holding 224 cars.
Local Anger Over Plans to Close Leisure Centre – 26/11/11
Horsham District Council's plans to demolish Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre have met with considerable opposition from local residents and users of the centre, who view the proposal as yet another money-making exercise by the council. However, Robert Nye, the leader of Horsham District Council has defended the proposal by saying that it would create the opportunity and money to invest in more leaisure facilities throughout the district by generating a significant amount of immediate cash plus an annual rental income.
Horsham Snubbed by Olympics Committee – 10/11/11
Horsham residents, sports clubs and business owners have been left angry and upset by the news this week that the Olympic Torch relay will by-pass the town. The route for the Olympic torch was announced this week and neighbouring towns such as Dorking and Crawley have been included on the tour, though the whole of Horsham district has been overlooked. When the torch arrives in the UK on 18th May, having been lit in Greece, it will be carried by 8,000 torch bearers through over 1,000 towns and cities throughout the country.
Popular Fun Fair Gets the Boot – 05/11/11
An annual fun fair held in the centre of Horsham has been told that it is no longer appropriate entertainment for the town and will not be allowed to continue next year. The Old Mill Steam Fair has entertained thousands of people with traditional fairground rides such as a vintage carousel, ferris wheel and chair-o-planes for 19 years, but Horsham District Council have decided that it should not occupy the location in Carfax on a Saturday in future. The fair has been offered a mid-week slot in the future.
Man Seriously INjured in Another Road Accident – 27/10/11
The A24 near Horsham was once again the scene of a serious accident on Tuesday when a car left the road and hit a tree. A man in his 30's was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out by fire crews with hydraulic equipment. The Sussex Air Ambulance was called to the scene but the man was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital by road ambulance after being treated by paramedics for serious head and chest injuries.
Teenage Arsonist Jailed – 25/10/11
A 17 year old girl has been jailed at Hove Trial Centre for setting fire to a children's home in March. Around £400,000 of damage and additional costs were incurred when the girl started the fire at the Parsonage Road children's home in Henfield. The girl had nine previous convictions for a range of crimes including burglary and violent behaviour.
Youth Clubs Face Closure – 20/10/11
More cuts by Sussex County Council could see all of the council run youth clubs in the area closed down. Following huge cuts last year that saw most council funded drop in centres for 13-16 year olds close, a further proposal for another £2 million of savings will see the nail in the coffin for most of the remaining clubs. Frustratingly, Sussex County Council have identified areas that ‘are in more need of community youth centres’ including Crawley and Worthing where they propose to focus their attentions rather than spreading it fairly throughout the county.
Police and Fire Crews Combine to Educate Drivers – 17/10/11
Following months of serious road accidents, some with fatalities, Horsham firefighters and police teamed up last week for Operation Airwalk, designed to educate drivers about safety. In the space of two hours, 40 people were caught committing an offence whilst driving including not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. Offenders were given the choice of either being reported or watching a short video on the potential consequences of disregarding safety.
Delivery Driver Crushed – 13/10/11
Sussex Air Ambulance were scrambled to Horsham town centre yesterday morning following an emergency call reportign that a man had been crushed in the delivery area of Swan Walk Shopping Centre. The man had been unloading crates from his lorry at around 9am when one of them toppled over and crushed him. Passers by heard him crying for help and paramedics were quick to repsond.
Lead Thieves Strike Again – 10/10/11
Opportunist thieves have struck once again by stealing the lead from the roof Horsham's Aga shop in Market Square. The thieves struck at the listed building on Friday night and follows similar thefts last month at Next and the O2 shop in Horsham. The price of metal is still rising and has become a target for thieves who can conduct their crime without setting off intruder alarms. Retailers have called for greater security including CCTV in the area.
Council Tax Will Not Rise – 7/10/11
Residents in Horsham will not face a rise on council tax next year thanks to the chancellor, George Osborne. The government this week announced that it wanted councils to freeze tax next year and offered a grant equivalent to a 2.5% increase to authorities willing to accept a freeze. Horsham District Council had already planned not to increase tax, but the grant will provide around £200,000 extra for the council to use next year.
Blaze at Local Newspaper Building – 25/09/11
The offices of the West Sussex County Times could have been destroyed last week, were it not for the superb response and actions of the fire service. An electrical fault was responsible for causing the fire at the offices in Market Square but the quick response of the fire crews meant that it could be contained to a small area, preventing catastrophic damage.
Crime Rises in Horsham During Summer Holidays – 9/9/11
According to the website www.police.uk , crime and anti-social behaviour more than doubled in Horsham during the Summer holidays. According to the website, there were 260 incidents in July and 286 in June compared to 130 offences in May. 50 of the incidents in June and July were classed as violent crimes and 255 were anti-social behaviour.
River of Sewage in Residential Road – 31/8/11
Residents in Crawford Gardens were met by a river of sewage when they opened their front doors last Friday after the main drain became blocked in Kings Road. Southern Water blamed the blockage on the heavy rain experienced the previous night but residents are angry, claiming that it is the third time it has happened this year.
Shares Fraudsters Jailed – 26/08/11
Two brothers from Horsham have been given lengthy jail sentences for their part in a massive fraud operation that netted them £27.5 million. Kevin and Christopher Wilmot were part of the operation set up by their father, Tomas, which used telesales operations to sell fake or worthless shares to people in the UK. The telesales operations known as boiler rooms were based in numerous countries throughout the world. The brothers were jailed for 5 years each whilst their father was jailed for 9 years.
Fuel Depot Blaze – 22/08/11
A fuel depot in Billingshurst was destroyed by a huge fire on Friday night despite the swift action of several fire crews. The fire broke out at around 10pm at the Four Seasons Fuel depot and quickly took hold of the highly flammable fuels including bio-diesel. Due to the severity of the blaze, local residents had to be evacuated to Billingshurst Village Hall whilst more than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze for over 12 hours. Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Callous Thief Sent to Prison – 18/8/11
A care home worker has been jailed at Lewes Crown Court for stealing money from patients under his care. 37 year old Arthuro Aira stole a total of £5740 from two patients at the Westhope Care Home in Horsham by withdrawing money from their bank accounts in 2008 and 2009. He has been jailed for nine months.
Road Closed After Accident – 16/8/11
Another road accident left drivers stranded on Monday when a car overturned on the A264 and landed in bushes. The incident in Faygate involved a lorry and the car and the road was closed for around 2 hours during the busy morning rush hour whilst emergency services freed the man from his car and cleared the debris. The driver of the car was flown to East Surrey Hospital by Sussex Air Ambulance but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Madness on Roads as Five Hospitalised – 12/08/11
Five people have been injured, three seriously, following a weekend of terrible motoring accidents. The first incident last Friday resulted in a 52 year old woman being airlifted to hospital after her car crashed off the road in Clemsfold. The second incident has more sinister implications after a 4x4 vehicle ploughed into a queue of people waiting at a bus stop in Cranleigh High Street at around 12.30am on Saturday. Two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries and the driver from Horsham was arrested. The third incident occurred on the Steyning bypass on Sunday morning when two cars collided. A 38 year old female from Brighton had to be airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London with serious injuries whilst the male driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries at Sussex County Hospital.
Housing Plans Are Double Edged Sword – 04/08/11
Following Horsham District Council’s decision to drop it’s unpopular strategic housing plan, which would have meant 1000 new homes being built across Southwater and Billingshurst, campaigners have learned that large scale housing developments could still be built in the area. Although the council will not be commissioning the new builds, Berkeley Homes have now applied for outline planning permission to build up to 550 new homes in Worthing Road, Southwater.
Man Stabbed in Brutal Attack – 27/07/11
A 29 year old man brutally attacked whilst walking home through the car park of the Pavillions in the Park Leisure Centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. The victim left the Chameleon night club in Horsham at around 2.15am and took the short cut through the car park when he was set upon and was stabbed in the back twice, punched and kicked in the head and body. The man was taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment to his wounds, including serious head injuries and fractures to both his arms and legs. No CCTV footage of the attackers has been found as yet and police are asking for anyone with any information to contact them.
Third Death at Swan Walk – 22/07/11
Details of a third death at the Swan Walk Shopping Centre were revealed at an inquest last week, putting more pressure on Horsham District Council to tighten up safety measures at centre. 70 year old Robin Wheeldon committed suicide by leaping from the car park on March 13 but the incident was kept under wraps by police, who didn’t even notify Horsham District Council. Mr Wheeldon suffered from depression and had previously been under the care of a community mental health team.
Gun Wielding Man Sparks Police Chase – 20/07/11
A man spotted wielding a hand gun on Bishopric last Friday evening was pursued by armed police units after concerned members of the public reported the incident. When police arrived at the scene, the man had already been driven away and police gave chase, pulling over the suspects car in Tower Hill. On investigation, the gun turned out to be a ball-bearing firing gun and was confiscated by police to be destroyed.
Sports Club Robberies Continue – 14/07/11
The recent spate of robberies at sports clubs in the area has continued with a a weekend of raids that saw Horsham Rugby Club, Horsham Trinity Cricket Club and Horton Golf Club hit by thieves who forced open doors, ransacked the clubs and made off with small amounts of money. These latest raids follow similar robberies last month at other clubs in the area.
Schools Become Academies – 04/07/11
Two Horsham schools have become the first in the county to switch to academy status. Southwater Infant and Southwater Junior schools have made the switch which means that they are more in control of their own budgets, funds and futures by being state-funded independent schools.
Woman Falls to Death from Swan Walk – 01/07/11
A 58 year old woman has died after falling from one of the higher levels of the Swan Walk shopping centre multi-storey car park on Wednesday. Despite a speedy response from paramedics and air ambulance crews, Linda Ruth Matthews was pronounced dead at the scene. Sussex Police are not treating the death as suspicious and Horsham District Council are investigating safety at the site. The incident comes just over a year after a 71 year old man committed suicide by jumping from the same spot after killing his wife.
Hundreds of Fish Killed by Pollution - 22/06/11
A criminal investigation has begun after hundreds of fish died in the River Arun over the last two weeks. The Environment Agency have been called in to find the source of the toxic pollution and have vowed to prosecute the parties responsible for what is being called an environmental disaster.
Residents Oppose Southwater Housing Plans - 17/06/11
A bitter dispute is unfolding between local residents in Southwater and Horsham District Council over plans to build nearly 1000 new properties in the village. A total of five developments are in the stages of planning and consultation despite 93% of local residents responding to a questionnaire saying that they are against further development.
Thieves Target Sports Clubs - 14/06/11
Four sports clubs in the Horsham area were targeted by thieves in a series of raids in one night. The thieves struck at Broadbridge Heath Cricket Club, Rookwood Golf Course, Horsham Trinity Cricket Club and Sussex County Cricket Club between Friday evening and Saturday morning. No more than £100 cash was taken from each club, although damage caused and other stolen items were worth far more. Police believe the same gang committed all of the offences and have warned other sports clubs to be extra vigilante.
Man Accused of Murdering Wife - 13/06/11
A 66 year old man has been accused of murdering his wife in the quiet village of West Chiltington last week. William Allen was arrested by police after the discovery of 64 year old Linda Allen’s body in her bed. A post mortem revealed that Mrs Allen died from head injuries and multiple stab wounds to the chest. Prior to his arrest, Mr Allen had attempted to kill himself by cutting an artery in his leg.
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All About Horsham contains details of Horsham's medical experts like Horsham doctors, Horsham dentists, Horsham opticians, hearing care in Horsham and residential and retirement homes in Horsham.
If you want a holiday away from Horsham, All About Horsham has details of Horsham's travel agents like Connoisseur Travel, First Choice, Flight Centre, Personal Travel Advisors, Select Travel, Thomas Cook in Horsham, Thomson, Travel Counsellors and The Traveller's Friend.
Anything you want done to your Horsham home or garden, you can find information on Horsham businesses who provide good and services such as windows, doors and conservatories in Horsham, kitchen and bathroom fitters and suppliers, carpet layers and carpet fitters in Horsham, furniture stores and DIY stores in Horsham, Horsham painters and decorators, garden centres and landscape gardeners in Horsham. Mark Antony Windows, The Conservatory Partnership, Cousins Conservatories & Garden Buildings, Four Seasons Windows, Horsham Window & Conservatory Centre, Horsham Windows, Manor Conservatories, Regent Garage Doors & Gates, The Sussex Window Company, The AGA Shop, Bathstore in Horsham, Chappelsons, Complete Bathroom Installations, Country Kitchens & Bedrooms, Design Interior, Intoto Kitchens Horsham, Roberts Kitchens & Bathrooms, Sussex Kitchen Designs, Tile Centre, Antix, Cargo Homeshop in Horsham, Collingwood Batchelor Horsham, Hoads of Horsham, LA Source and Tamasheq in Horsham. And to keep your house clean, use one of Horsham's domestic cleaning services such as Alovus, Enterprise Cleaning Services, Fresh Homes, Ladies That Do! , Mitchell Cleaning Services and Molly Maid.
All About Horsham has details for Horsham's hotels, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts, like Alton Guest House, Cisswood House Hotel, The Coach House, Dun Horse Inn, Hill View B&B, Mannings Heath Hotel, The Queens Head Bed & Breakfast, Premier Inn, Random Hall Hotel, Sillett House Bed & Breakfast, Springfields, Travelodge, Wimblehurst Hotel, and The Wirrals Bed & Breakfast.
We list everythign you need to know about cars and vehicles in Horsham including the car dealerships for new and used cars in Horsham such as Doves Volvo Horsham, Five Oaks Audi, Godfrey's of Horsham, Harfields Car Centre, Horsham Car Centre, Horsham Volkswagon, Lifestyle Ford, Lifestyle Mazda, Lyons Farm Cars, Motorline Horsham, Napier Motor Company, Peugeot Broadbridge Heath Motor Company and Stevens Vauxhall in Horsham. Or if you need a mechanic or garage services, use a Horsham based car specialist such as Addspeed Performance Cars, Bishopric Garage, H & S Motor Services, Horsham Car Centre, Horsham Motor Services, Kevin Griffin Cars, New Street Garage, Nightingale Service Centre, Queensway Garage in Horsham. An dof course of you want to learn to drive in Horsham we list Horsham's driving schools and driving instructors.
Revs of Horsham offer tyres in Horsham, car servicing in Horsham, garage services in Horsham, repairs in Horsham and vehicle recovery in Horsham and the surrounding area.
If you are organising a party in Horsham, you need some help from the experts. All About Horsham details marquee hire companies in Horsham, caterers in Horsham, bouncy castle hire, fancy dress hire in Horsham, children's entertainers and venue hire. Beautiful World Tents, Horsham Marquees, Maple Marquees, Out Is In, Prim Marquees, Non-Stop Party Shop, Truffles, Bounce & Jump, Bumpy Jumpy, Funtasia.
We love our pets in Horsham and All About Horsham has everything you need to know, from Horsham vets and pet shops to kennels and catteries and dog and cat grooming services. Bearsden Pet Supplies, Pets at Home, Pets Corner in Horsham. Crossways Veterinary Surgery, Downslink Vetrinary Surgery, Farthings Veterinary Group, Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery, Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic, Mayes & Scrine Equine Vetrinary Practice, Seers Croft Veterinary Surgery. St Andrews Farm Boarding & Quarantine Kennels, Beggars Roost Boarding Cattery, Catz Boarding Cattery, Copsale Cattery, Drycot Cottage Cattery, Hammerpond Kennels, Nutwood Cattery, Old Oast Kennels & Cattery, Springfield Boarding Kennels in Horsham. ACY Pet Services, Happy Hounds Dog Grooming in Horsham, Pristine Pets.
If you need to get to and from Horsham, or just to travel around the town, All About Horsham has details of Horsham taxi companies, Horsham bus timetables and trains to and from Horsham.
All About Horsham puts you in touch with Horsham estate agents, removal services and house clearance in Horsham. The companies in Horsham are Arun Estate Agents, Choices Estate Agents, Connell Estate Agents, Courtney Green Estate Agents, Cubitt & West, Cubitt & West, Fowlers, Fox & Sons, Hamptons International, Hamptons Country Houses, King & Chasemore, Leaders Horsham, Guy Leonard & Co, Mallards, Mapp & Co, Munslow Bailey Gray, Nexus Property Services, Real Property Solutions, Rooney & Co Horsham, Strutt & Parker, Brock Taylor Estate Agents, Woodlands Estate Agents.
All of Horsham's pubs and bars are on All About Horsham such as Bar Vin, Bax Castle, The Bedford, Beefeater, Black Horse Inn, The Black Jug, The Chequers Inn, Cherry Tree Inn, The Cock Inn, The Crown, The Dog & Bacon, The Dog & Duck, Dun Horse Inn, The Foresters Arms, The Fountain Inn, The George & Dragon, The Greets Inn, The Hen & Chicken, The Holmbush Inn, Hornbrook Inn, The Lamb Inn, Lynd Cross, The Malt Shovel, Norfolk Arms, The Plough, The Red Lion, The Rising Sun, Royal Oak, Shelley Arms, The Star, Sussex Barn, The Sussex Oak at Warnham, The Wheatsheaf, The White Horse Inn in Horsham.
If you want a church or place of worship in Horsham you can find all of the religious groups and organisations on All About Horsham.
All of Horsham's shops, retailers, wholesalers and re-sellers ar ehere on All About Horsham. From Swan Walk Shopping Centre to the boutique shops throughout Horsham, you will find something for you here. Horsham Antique Shops like Queen Street Antique Centre, Horsham book shops and staioners Waterstones, WH Smith, The Works. Horsham's clothes shops After Lily, Apache, Bonmarche, Broadbridges, Cape Scarlett, Craghoppers, Crew Clothing, Dorothy Perkins, The Edinburgh Wool Mill, Fat Face Horsham, Jacques-Vert, Juce, Laura Ashley, La Vida, Monsoon, Mountain Warehouse, New Look Horsham, Phase Eight Fashion, Starbright, Topshop Horsham, Wakefield's Outfitters, White Stuff. Horsham department stores Beales Department Store , BHS, Collingwood Batchelor Horsham, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Wilkinsons, Poundland Horsham.
Horsham electrical stores Carters Domestic Appliances and Currys Horsham. Fashion shops in Horsham Accessorize, All That Glitters, Claire's. Horsham flowers and florists Blossom Flowers, Erica's Florists, Fleurs, Patricia's, Stems of Southwater, Stephanie Jane florists in Horsham. Furniture shops Antix, Cargo Homeshop, Collingwood Batchelor, Hoads of Horsham, LA Source, Tamasheq, Wattle & Daub. Horsham jewellers and gift shops TH Baker Jewellers, Fennells Jewellers, F HInds, Katerina Jewellers, N&P Art Jewellery, Quality Time, Sakakini, Trelfers Jewellers, AR Whibley.
And all of Horsham's sports clubs like Horsham football club, Horsham rugby club, Horsham Tennis club, Horsham Squash club, Horsham Hockey Club and Horsham Bowls club plus golf clubs in and around Horsham.
Finally, All About Horsham has details and links to some useful number such as Horsham District Council, Horsham Police Station, Citizens Advice Bureau in Horsham, Horsham County Court, Birth, Death and Marriage Registrar in Horsham.Enjoy All About Horsham and most importantly, enjoy Horsham!