VANDALS painted a phallus on the Long Man of Wilmington.

Desperate efforts were made to remove the heavy-duty paint, also used on football pitches, when dog walkers and motorists spotted the defaced hill figure six miles outside Eastbourne. Passers-by were amused and outraged in equal measure.

John Manley, chief executive of the Sussex Archaeological Society, said it was more than just an historical site and the act of vandalism would also upset groups like the Pagans.

A KEEN Eastbourne surfer rescued a mother and her two daughters from the smoking wreckage of their crashed car before it exploded.

Leon Daniels, 28, of Cavendish Place pulled two screaming babies and their mother from their crashed Mini in Cornwall as smoke billowed from the wreckage.