FEARS about the security of Ford Open Prison are at the fore in this week’s Littlehampton Gazette, out tomorrow (Thursday, June 19), priced 80p.
The worries have been raised by the area’s MP, Nick Gibb, senior councillors at Arun District Council and residents living near the jail.
It follows the news that almost 90 prisoners – some of them convicted for violent crimes, including murder – remain on the run.
Other news in this week’s paper includes the latest developments on a consultation into the future of the Littlehampton Swimming and Sports Centre.
Also revealed this week is the fresh campaign to fight for a new hospital to be built in Littlehampton, which will be kick-started officially on Saturday (June 21).
And there is also the latest violent crime statistics for the area.
This week’s paper also features a damning report from education watchdogs Ofsted about a school in Angmering, as well as a full picture spread and report about Rustington Festival’s carnival and procession.
But there’s plenty of good news, too, including the report on Princess Anne’s visit to a horse riding centre for the disabled in Arundel and six Littlehampton girl’s charitable fundraising efforts giving up their favourite gadgets for a day.
Our popular nostalgia features a potted history of one of the area’s piers.
While the sports pages, as always, are packed with results, including a special report of the Arundel Cricket Festival which attracted more than 6,000 people to it.
For all of this and much more, pick up your Gazette tomorrow.
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