2010 REVIEW OF THE YEAR: January

TWO community champions celebrated being named in the New Year’s Honours List. Helen Bird was given an MBE for services to Hastings while Reverand Chris Sears was given an MBE for his work with the disadvantaged.

TONY Couchman was found dead in his prison cell – 48 hours before he was due to stand trial for killing his 19-year-old daughter Vicky. Sussex Police confirmed they would not re-open the file.

A POOCH-loving Santa Paws spread some post-Christmas cheer to dog walkers in St Leonards. The unknown local began leaving treats hanging from trees along a popular dog-walking route.

LOCALS were up in arms over the decision by Hastings Borough Council to hand over £250,000 to neighbouring Rother so the authority could make new business units environmentally friendly. Labour MP Michael Foster said: “When I spent my time lobbying for more money, I sort of assume it will be spent in Hastings.”

SCRUFFY for sale signs were finally banned from the seafront after a long-running campaign to smarten up the area.

Sporting highlight: Cathy Bargh scooped two trophies at an international badminton tournament. The Sedlescombe Smasher triumphed in team and individual competitions at the veterans contest in Scotland.