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UK: #Spectacular #pictures and #video as #thunderstorm strikes #Sussex

Lightning strike over the West Pier by Nick WoodLightning strike over the West Pier remains by Nick Wood.

One of the hottest days of the year came to a brisk end when an overnight thunderstorm struck Sussex.

Thousands of people were woken from their slumber in the early hours of friday morning when the storm approached the coast from the English Channel.

A picture from a Worthing resident appears to show Worthing Pier being struck by a bright flash of lightning – although West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it was not hit.

Worthing Pier lightning strike

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Elsewhere, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a property in Mile Oak Road, Portslade, was hit.

The strike caused significant damage to the property’s roof, which caught fire. Fire crews were called out at 1.50am to put out the blaze.

It appears the storm wasn’t just confined to Sussex. Pictures of spectacular fork lightning have been captured in the likes of Surrey, Essex and Winchester.

There is a risk of more to come as the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the whole of the county tomorrow.

A spokesman said: “Areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop on Friday night before moving during Saturday.

“The location of these is uncertain but where they do form some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.”

Foomandoonian on YouTube took this footage over Brighton and Hove.

Dominic Johnson sent this movie of the West Pier illuminated in the storm.

Twitter user Armand1964 sent this picture of Whitehawk.Twitter user Armand1964 sent this picture of Whitehawk.

Alex Lawrence took this creative snap at Brighton bandstandAlex Lawrence took this creative snap at Brighton bandstand

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UK: Could Sussex crop circle be the work of aliens?

The mysterious crop circleThe mysterious crop circle

HUNDREDS of alien enthusiasts have flocked to see a mysterious crop circle at an iconic landmark.

The circle, which shows a central star with outward chevrons, appeared on farmland near the Long Man of Wilmington1, not far from the South Downs escarpment.

It was first spotted almost two weeks ago with scores of visitors heading to Wilmington to catch a glimpse of it.

Matthew Williams, who took an aerial photograph, said: “It’s a really good quality circle.

“It appeared overnight so nobody’s sure who did it. Some people are saying it could have been done by aliens but I think it looks more human.”

A crop circle is a pattern created by flattening crops such as wheat and barley.

Often appearing at night, their origins are unknown, with some believing they are made by something out of this world such as flying saucers.

However, a farmer who ploughs land nearby ruled out extra-terrestrial activity. The man, who did not want to be named, said: “That’s a load of rubbish.

“It’s annoying. We get this every year and it’s always in a place that’s in public view but no one sees anything. Strange isn’t it?”

He slammed sight-seers who trespassed on farmland and affected business, adding: “I really wish people would not trample on our crops. There were a lot of people yesterday who trampled all over the crops going to see it. It slows the land up for next year as well so it doesn’t just affect this year’s crops.”

Another crop circle was spotted in Falmer, East Sussex, at the end of May this year. However, this circle was much less elaborate, only showing a single clockwise circle in barley.

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Useful Link: The UK Crop Circle Team

  1. The Long Man of Wilmington is a 70ft chalk hill figure which is the tallest in the UK and one of the tallest in the world.
    The Long Man of Wilmington
    Sometimes known as the Wilmington Giant or the Green Man, the 69.2 metre figure was originally thought to have been created during the Iron Age but research has shown it was cut in the 16th or 17th century. 

#UK: #Sussex could be hotter than #Barbados this week

Brighton BeachTemperatures are predicted to soar to the hottest of the year so far.

Sussex is set for a scorcher this week as temperatures are predicted to soar to the hottest of the year so far.

Parts of the county will feel as hot as Barbados as warm air sweeps north from Spain.

Temperatures will rise from 22C (71.6F) tomorrow up to 25C (77F) on Wednesday and a possible 27C (80.6F) on Thursday, according to the Met Office.

Sussex commuters travelling to London could enjoy temperatures as high as 30C (86F).

Dan Williams from the Met Office said: “Thirty degrees is really the top end of what we are expecting as a whole.

“It is possible that places in Sussex will get up towards 27C.”

Mr Williams said Sussex is likely to see thundery showers by Friday as a result of the humidity and it would stay humid into the start of next week.

The highest recorded temperature in Sussex this year so far was 25.5C (77.9) in Wiggonholt near Pulborough on July 13.

Bognor saw a high of 24.6C (76.28) on June 24.

Gatwick is set for a high of 26C (78.8F) on Thursday, eclipsing temperatures in some parts of southern France.

And according to the website Met Check, parts of Brighton could feel hotter than the 28C (82.4F) forecast for the Caribbean island of Barbados on Thursday.

A spokesman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We have a Heatwave Plan to ensure we are prepared for any extreme temperatures during summer.

“The plan includes an escalation policy, which has different actions depending on how hot the temperature becomes.”

It is down to local authorities to issue preventative public health advice.

Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove City Council’s director of public health, said: “There are visitors who are particularly at risk in hot weather: older people, children and those with particular health conditions.

“At this time of year we take particular care over vulnerable people.

“Similarly, we work with care homes where elderly residents are at risk.

“Every year we see children and babies who suffer from sunburn, so the main message is take care, and take particular care of those who need it most.”

Sunset overlooking Brighton beachGlorious sunset overlooking Brighton beach with the Palace pier in the background.

The council is advising people to keep hydrated by drinking non-alcoholic drinks and staying in the shade.

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UK: #Sussex #Police searching for two #missing 14-year-old #girls

Police searching for two missing 14-year-old girls from WorthingPolice searching for two missing 14-year-old girls from Worthing

TWO 14-year-old girls have been missing for more than three days from their home in Worthing.

Police are appealing help in finding Chloe Newman and Sarah Eldridge, last seen at Worthing railway station at about 7pm last Friday.

They were expected back at 10pm.

Sarah was wearing a black-and-white patterned mini dress, black leather jacket, navy blue Nike trainers She had a large, black leopard-print handbag.

Chloe was wearing a black-and-purple crop top with an Aztec pattern, a red hooded-top and may have had black leggings with her.

It is thought the girls may be in Littlehampton or Brighton. Chloe has connections in Newhaven.

Anyone with information about the girls is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1772 of 05/07.

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UK: #Brighton & Hove City Council best in country for tackling #homophobia

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council best in country for tackling homophobia

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council has been named the top local authority in the country for tackling homophobic and biphobic bullying in schools.

The pressure group Stonewall has put the council in first place in their 2014 Education Equality Index.

Stonewall has described the council as ‘leading the way’ in celebrating difference and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chairwoman of the council’s children and young people committee, said: “We want all our young people to be proud of who they are and to be able to make the best of their talents without fear or prejudice.

“In our schools young people are active participants in our anti-bullying work.

She added: “This is a proud moment for our city.

Stonewall praised the work the council does jointly with the Allsorts Youth Project charity.

Young people from Allsorts have delivered training to council and school staff and provided anti-homophobic bullying sessions in secondary and primary schools.

Stonewall praised Blatchington Mill School for a Student Equality Conference it held earlier this year that was attended by 60 students from five secondary schools.

St Nicolas’ Primary School was praised for the innovative work it has done on challenging the use of homophobic language in the playground.

Allsorts director Jess Wood, MBE, said: “The council and our schools have done amazing work this year and deserve this great recognition.

“We cannot praise the schools highly enough.

“They have taken on the issues and worked tirelessly to change things for the better.

“We all work closely together and this mutual support and enthusiasm has made our schools and our city a safer place for LGBT children and young people.”

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