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SUSSEX POLICE report - Ref: PR46946 / 2014
Time: 10.45am
Location: Singleton
Incident: Crash, A286 Singleton, near Chichester
Police and ambulance are currently attending a single vehicle road traffic collision on the A286 at Singleton, between Chichester and Midhurst. It happened at around 10.45am.
It involves a Nissan Micra containing a woman and baby and has blocked the road at its junction with Town Lane, near the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

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Yellow Warning of Snow for London & South East England : West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove & Kent valid from 2030 Mon 11 Mar to 0900 Tue 12 Mar
Yellow Warning of Ice for London & South East England : Kent, East Sussex, Medway, Surrey, West Sussex & Greater London valid from 2000 Tue 12 Mar to 1000 Wed 13 Mar
Yellow Alerts of Snow for London & South East England . East Sussex, Greater London, Kent, Medway, Surrey, West Sussex & Brighton and Hove valid from 0005 Tue 12 Mar to 0900 Tue 12 Mar
Yellow Alert of Snow for London & South East England : Kent valid from 0005 Wed 13 Mar to 1400 Thu 14 Mar
Sunday 11 March 2013
The Met office has re-issued a yellow alert for our area. Snow is currently falling across much of the area especially along the coast. Although generally light there are some heavier spells, possibly giving a centimetre or so in places. This snow will continue through the rest of the day but from mid-afternoon [16:00 onwards] it looks like more persistent heavier falls are expected to move north across these areas and continue through the evening and much of the night [til 05:00]. Accumulations of 2-5 cm of snow are expected in places overnight but there is a low risk of 5-10 cm mainly for southern parts of Sussex. There could also be significant drifting in the strong E-NE wind.
The Met Office have issued a Yellow SNOW Warning [Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts] to cover this risk. The level 3 cold weather alert remains in force until 0000 on Thursday.
The snow will ease during the early hours of Monday morning and it should have cleared all areas by mid-morning.
NB A significant snow storm is expected across the Channel Islands and northern France with the potential of up to 50 cm in parts of Normandy. There is the potential for this to lead to impacts on ferry operations.
Tomorrow and Further ahead
Once the snow has cleared tomorrow morning SE England will be in a cold N-NE flow with a mixture of bright or sunny spells and isolated snow showers, especially in the east.
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Man drowns on West Wittering beach rescuing 5yr old child
Saturday 26 May 2012 - 11:00am
A man has tragically drowned at West Wittering today whilst rescuing a child, police have said.
The 32-year-old had gone into the sea at around 11am to rescue the youngster in difficulty on a rubber ring. He managed to get the child to safety but it sadly resulted in him drowning.
Police update
On Saturday 26 May at 12.10pm the ambulance service informed Sussex Police of a report of an incident on West Wittering beach. A 32-year old man from Sutton, Surrey, and a Guildford woman, entered the water after a five-year old girl not known to them was being carried away from the beach by the tide. The man was able to reach the child and pass her on to the woman who was able to bring the child safely back to her family on the shore. Tragically the man was unable to reach the shore himself and was recovered unconscious from the water by others at the scene. Despite efforts by members of the public and emergency services to resuscitate the man he was pronounced dead at the scene. The family of the man have requested that their privacy is respected at this time. We hope to release his identity soon.
The girl was on the beach with her family who are from North West London. The Guildford woman was with a family group separate from those of the deceased and the child.
A Sussex Police spokesman said- "It is clear that this was a tragic accident, and there is no further police investigation. The matter is being referred to the Coroners Officer."
Police update - 29 May 2012
The man who died whilst saving a five-year old girl from the water at West Wittering beach on Saturday 26 May is named today as 32-year old Plamen Petkov, of Westmoreland Drive, Sutton, Surrey. A postmortem held today at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, found the cause of death to be drowning, and an inquest has been formally opened and adjourned.
Family tribute to Plamen PetkovPlamen Petkov
Date Added:- 30 May 2012
Police reference:PR39272/2012

This is a copy of a Release, together with a family photo, that Sussex Police issued on Wednesday 30 May on behalf of the family of Plamen Petkov who died at West Wittering beach on Saturday 26 May,
A family spokesperson said: "We are all incredibly sad to have lost such a special person from our lives but we are also immensely proud that Plamen was able to save the life of this young child.
"His display of concern for others was typical of the man we all knew and the way he lived his life.
"Plamen always made time to help others, and as a family we have all been touched by his kindness and generosity which he displayed each day.
"We are grateful for the messages of support from everyone Plamen came into contact with both in and out of work - he leaves a huge gap in our lives and will be missed by us all.
"We would like to thank his friend and the woman for the huge effort they made to try to save Plamen's life and to people for the kind comments made about Plamen and his part in returning the child safely to the shore.
"In response to the many people who have been moved by his brave act, the family would like to release his name and picture to be commemorated. We also appreciate suggestions to award Plamen with a posthumous honour for his actions.
"In these extremely difficult days, Plamen's family want to use this unfortunate opportunity to stress their concern with the dangerous waters like those at West Wittering around the UK coast and are keen to call for additional positive safety measures to be put in place, such as stationed lifeguards, and to not just rely on signage in order to prevent future tragedies of a similar nature occurring again.
"The family are looking at how they might support the local community in this area who share this concern in the hope that these changes might be an appropriate way of honouring Plamen's name and courageous act."
The family has also released the following version of events which took place on Saturday:

  • Plamen Petkov is British citizen of Bulgarian origin.
  • On Saturday 26th May, at around noon, Plamen Petkov and his friend were walking along the shoreline of West Wittering beach when they spotted a mother shouting for help.
  • Her child was adrift on an inflatable ring being blown out to sea or dragged by the current.
  • Plamen was the first to react, on a crowded beach, diving in without second thoughts - followed by his friend and another woman behind. When Plamen reached the child, she jumped from the inflatable into the arms of Plamen - who by this point was exhausted and trying to keep the child's head above water.
  • Plamen's friend was next to reach them. By this point Plamen was holding the child above the water as he was being dragged under by the current and his friend tried to pull him to the surface and helped to support the child until the women arrived. She took the child and swam with her to the shore while Plamen's friend brought him to the shore unconscious
  • When they arrived at the shore the woman started the attempt to resuscitate him with CPR until help arrived. The attempt continued for around 40 minutes until an air-ambulance arrived but they were unfortunately unable to save him.

    Editors note:-
    We would wish to echo the comments made in an EMail sent by Pearl Whitcombe who witnessed the events following the rescue and in the statement above.
    " 40 MINUTES until help arrived "

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    Police report Ref: PR38987-2012
    Police in Brighton have published more photos of missing 96-year old Nellie Herriott.
    There is increasing concern for Nellie's welfare as she has not been seen since she left the BHS store in Churchill Square, Brighton, at 2.25pm on Monday 23 April 2012.
    Nellie, who lives on her own in central Brighton, is described as white, of thin build, 4ft 9in tall, with short curly hair. She was wearing a blue coat, a black hat, pale coloured trousers and shoes, and was carrying a beige coloured handbag. It is not known whether she had any money but she does have a bus pass.
    Detective Constable Suzy McClintock said- "Nellie has been a frequent visitor to the BHS Café in Churchill Square. She may have frequented other cafes, regularly uses buses in Brighton and Hove, and has travelled by bus as far as Eastbourne and Worthing in the past.
    "Nellie is very vulnerable due to her age and the fact that she also suffers from Alzheimers which can cause her to become confused. It has now been five days since she was last seen and despite widespread enquiries, including distribution of posters in the city, there have been no sightings of her. We are very anxious to hear from anyone who thinks they may know where she is.
    "If anyone thinks they have seen Nellie then please can they call us as soon as possible on 101, quoting reference number 1448 of 25 April."
    The new photo of Nellie is published on the website version of this release. We do not known who the cat belongs to but it is not hers. The previously reported last sighting of Nellie said to be waiting for a bus in Race Hill on Monday morning is now being treated as mistaken.

     Update- Sunday 29 April
    Police in Brighton have today, published two new photos of missing 96-year old Nellie Herriott. There has also been a confirmed sighting of her on Tuesday 24 April.
    She had been seen leaving the cafe at the BHS store in Churchill Square, Brighton, at about 2.25pm on Monday 23 April, and someone who knows her has now come forward in response to publicity to say they saw her on a bus in London Road, Brighton, going towards the city centre, at about 12.30pm on the following day, Tuesday 24 April. There is increasing concern for Nellie, who lives on her own in central Brighton, and is described as white, of thin build, 4ft 9in tall, with short curly hair.
    She was wearing a blue coat, a black hat, pale coloured trousers and shoes, and was carrying a beige coloured handbag. It is not known whether she had any money. Her bus pass has now been found in her flat.
    The two new images are from BHS shop CCTV, showing Nellie in the BHS cafe on Saturday 21 April, two days before she was last seen, but they do show the clothing she was wearing when last seen.

    "There have been many calls from people reporting possible sightings, though none have been confirmed. Many people are trying to help, and we are really grateful to everyone, but if anyone still thinks they have seen Nellie then please can they call us as soon as possible on 101, quoting reference number 1448 of 25 April.
    Update- 02 May 2012
    It's been over a week since 96-year-old Nellie Herriott was last seen and all searches to date including the specialist search teams organised yesterday have been unable to locate her.
    Detective Sergeant Duncan Elliott from Brighton and Hove CID said: "After yesterday's extensive search of the Whitehawk area it now looks like Nellie is somewhere else in the city or surrounding areas.
    "There have been over 40 sightings of Nellie and we will continue to look into all of these in the hope that one of them will lead us to her."
    "Again, I would like to sincerely thank the public and local media who have gone to great lengths to help us with our search for Nellie, their support has been tremendous and we are very grateful.
    "I would also like to thank the specialist search teams who worked all day yesterday and into the evening scouring the Whitehawk area in a bid to find Nellie."
    Nellie is described as white, of thin, fragile build, 4' 9", with straight white collar-length hair. She was wearing a knee-length blue-mauve coloured coat, black woolly hat, cream trousers and white shoes. Her glasses are missing a lens.
    If you see her please call 101 quoting serial 1448 of 25/4.

    One of the last sightings of Nellie was on this bus. Have you seen her.?

    18 May 2012
    The search for missing Nellie continues
    Police are continuing their enquiries to try and find missing 96-year-old Nellie Herriott. Despite extensive searches and numerous sightings being followed up by police, Nellie has still not been located. A spokesperson said: "It has now been almost a month since Nellie was reported missing and officers have worked tirelessly to try and find her. We have been overwhelmed by support from the public and the media who have gone to great lengths to help us with our search, but the fact remains that the last confirmed sighting of Nellie was now several weeks ago. "We don't want to speculate on what may have happened and it may be the case that she's no longer in the area. However, our enquiries continue and we would encourage anyone who thinks they may have seen her to contact police immediately and, if possible, stay with her."
    Anyone who thinks they have information is asked to call police on 101 quoting serial 1448 of 25 April.
    14 June 2012
    Search for Nellie to be scaled down
    It has been seven weeks since 96 year old Nellie Herriott was reported missing to police from her Brighton home.
    The search for the very independent pensioner involved police investigating over 70 reported sightings, using specialist search teams, viewing many hours of CCTV, regularly checking local hospitals and a high profile social media campaign in a bid to locate her.
    Detective Inspector Miles Ockwell, who led the investigation said: "It is very sad that despite an intensive investigation combined with tremendous help and support from the public and media, Nellie is still missing. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends who still do not know what has happened to her.
    "The case will not be closed down completely - I will personally review it on a monthly basis for the first three months and then six monthly after that and any new lines of inquiry that come up in the meantime will be investigated.
    Nellie's niece, Lesley Hogg said: "I'd like to thank Sussex Police, social services and the public, especially in Brighton, for their amazing help and genuine participation in trying to find Nellie - which we have found very heart warming.
    "It has all been very distressing, terrible and unfortunate. Nellie has always been an independent lady who loved her freedom. It is so sad that she has not been found."
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