Woman trapped in Hassocks car park escapes via a ladder

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Police and fire and rescue crews were kept busy yesterday and last night (Tuesday) with a number of dramas in Mid Sussex.

Most unusual was when they were called to the garden centre in Brighton Road, Hassocks, to help a woman who had become locked in the car park.

The Burgess Hill fire and rescue crew received the call just after 7pm and were able to help the woman to escape the car park by way of a ladder.

No sooner had they completed that drama than the same station provided a crew to help out at Clayton Hill, Pyecombe, where a car had collided with a large tree .

The tree had fallen across the A273 taking overhead power cables with it and landing them on the roadway.

No one was trapped by the debris but the road had to be cleared and West Sussex County Council was called out to arrange removal of the tree.

UK Power Networks also attended to deal with the broken cables.

Earlier in the day, just after the morning rush hour, at 9.35am, the fire and rescue service was called to a two car collision at the junction of Branen Close and Keymer Road, Burgess Hill.

No one was trapped but the scene was made safe by emergency services.

Finally, at 3.30pm a fire crew from Turners Hill had to deal with a chimney blaze at a house in North Lane, West Hoathly.