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COUNTY NEWS: ‘Perfect girlfriend’ mannequin scares burglars

Shela Louise is not your typical security guard; six foot four, German, a snappy dresser – and made of plastic.

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‘Animals on the A23’ causing delays

Animals on the road on the A23 are reportedly causing delays to motorists.

Transport
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police crime and commissioner

Katy Bourne welcomes £5 police council tax rise

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne says she ‘welcomes’ confirmation of a £5 increase to the police’s share of council tax for next year.

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The Flying Scotsman, pictured here by Tim Williams

The Flying Scotsman comes to Sussex

Bluebell Railway has announced the ‘Flying Scotsman’ is coming to the line between April 13 and 19, 2017.

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TRAVEL NEWS: Buses replace trains in some areas

A reduced Southern rail service is in operation today, Saturday, January 21, and replacement buses are running in some areas.

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Cassie Girling in reception at Thomas Bennett Community College

Your news: Unique learning experience as students take over college

‘Those who can’t do, teach.’

Opinion
Jason Sutherland-Rowe (middle) is a member of the 'commuter's club'

COUNTY NEWS: ‘Commuter’s club’ find fun way to enjoy their journey

After a long day in the city, most people dread the gruelling commute home – but this group of commuters have found a fun way to look forward to it.

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Craig Webb received 18 out of a possible 20 stars from the judges

Crawley man through on Gary Barlow’s talent show

Could it be magic? Crawley native Craig Webb is hoping so as he competes in a new UK-wide talent show on BBC One.

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Graham Burns. Picture: Sussex Police

Couple sentenced for child sex offences

A Crawley couple have been sentenced for their roles in sexual offences involving young girls.

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Katy Bourne at last year's election count with Michael Jones. The Labour runner up attempted to veto her plans for a council tax rise at a Sussex Police and Crime Panel meeting

Bid to veto Sussex PCC’s council tax rise fails

A bid to veto plans to increase Sussex Police’s share of council tax has failed.

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COUNTY NEWS: IKEA addresses rumours of Sussex move

IKEA has reconfirmed its interest in Sussex as a location for a potential new store.

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Nigel Calder's children and Crawley councillors with the new bench. Picture: Jon Rigby

Famous author’s family donate bench to new museum

The family of one of Britain’s most distuinghuished authors has donated a bench in his honour.

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Cash-strapped ambulance trust forced to take out loan

A cash-strapped ambulance trust has been forced to take out a loan as it heads towards the end of the financial year several millions of pounds in debt.

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Could Crawley become a city?

Crawley should bid to become a city, the town’s MP has suggested.

Politics
Head of school, Pauline Montalto

School told to improve by Ofsted

Thomas Bennett Community College has been told to improve by Ofsted.

Education
ATM fees could be on the way

ATM fees could be on the way

Bank customers could soon be forced to pay to withdraw their own cash at ATM machines, following a dispute over who maintains them.

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Got a story? Come meet our reporter this week

Got a story you think should be in the Observer? Keen to make your views heard in the paper?

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Ten thousand homes across Sussex left without water

Around 10,000 homes across the Horsham district were left without water last night after a sudden drop in water pressure.

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Two charged with firearms offences after van stopped on M23

Two men have been charged with firearms offences after a van was pulled over by police on the M23.

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Man dies after being rescued from house fire

A man has died in hospital after being rescued from a fire in Horsham on Friday.

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