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Ice age size icicles delay Southern Rail trains

The freezing conditions create awe inspiring national wonders.

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They look like something from a Hollywood film.  Giant icicles, one as long as eight feet, hanging from the ceiling of the Balcombe tunnel.

As a result the trains heading through the tunnels are running slower than normal.

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, said:

“We’re running our services more slowly than usual through Balcombe Tunnel on the Brighton mainline into London because large icicles have formed, one as long as eight feet. This is delaying trains by about 10 minutes.

Staff are on site to monitor the situation.”

Photo courtesy of Network Rail

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?

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Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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