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West Sussex celebrates Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival

West Sussex County Council is joining the chorus of celebration at the announcement of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child.



Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Chichester. Pic Steve Robards SR1825095

The baby boy was born at 5.26am yesterday, Monday 6 May, and is seventh in line to the throne after his father.

West Sussex County Council Chairman Janet Duncton said:

“On behalf of the County Council, may I offer our sincerest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their first child.

“Their visit last year was a huge spectacle which attracted hundreds of well-wishers and we look forward to welcoming the family to the county again soon.”

Every new child born in West Sussex is entitled to a Gruffalo ‘My first library card’, and to mark the occasion West Sussex Libraries will create one for the Royal Couple’s baby son.

Mrs Susan Pyper, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, said:

“I am delighted to hear of the safe arrival of the Duke and Duchess’s new baby son. I know that many people throughout West Sussex will want to join me in sending sincere and warm congratulations to the Duke and Duchess, and our good wishes as they enjoy the excitement of being new parents.”

The Duke and Duchess visited West Sussex in October last year shortly before announcing they were expecting. They visited Chichester, where they were shown the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence, which is kept in the West Sussex Record Office. The couple then officially opened the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park in Bognor Regis and were again greeted by jubilant crowds.


Young man knocked unconscious and robbed in broad daylight in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in Crawley Memorial Gardens.



At about 1pm on Sunday 21 July, the 26-year-old victim was walking through the Memorial Gardens when he was hit from behind to the side of his head with a solid object and fell to the ground, losing consciousness.

His mobile phone and wallet were stolen.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a large lump to the side of his head and bruising to his eye and cheek.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said;

“We would like to trace three men seen in the area at the time. One is described as black, in his early 20’s, 5’6”, with a short black afro and of skinny build, wearing a plain black t-shirt and Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was described as black, about 17 years old, 5’4 and skinny build, wearing a red head covering. The last man is described as black, around 19 years old and of skinny build.

“If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 718 of 21/07.”

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