Two years in jail – former mayor’s ‘systematic act of dishonesty’

Hastings’ former mayor Paul Smith has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding community groups in the town. Smith, 74, of Addington Grove, Lewisham, London, admitted four charges when he appeared at Hove Trial Centre earlier this month when sentence was deferred. Appearing for sentence today Smith’s solicitor Richard Body said Smith was ‘deeply […]

Town’s former mayor admits fraud by abuse of position

A former Mayor of Hastings has admitted charges of fraud by abuse of position and will be sentenced later this month. Paul Roger Smith, 74, of Addington Grove, Lewisham, London, initially entered no pleas to the four charges when he appeared before Hastings Magistrates on April 10th. Mr Smith was a Liberal Democrat councillor on […]

Mayor calls on town for its ‘enthusiastic’ support

Local Explorer Scout Ryan Kent met the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden, to accept some town badges ahead of his trip to the 24th World Scout Jamboree later this year. Ryan is one of eight Explorer scouts from Hastings chosen to be among the lucky few to represent the UK after a long and […]

Every reason for Hastings to be proud

Hastings mayor, and speaker of the Cinque Ports, Councillor Nigel Sinden, hosted ‘Speakers Day’ in Hastings last Saturday. There are seven Cinque Ports, and each year, in rotation, the mayor of one of the five head ports and two ‘antient towns’ (sic) is appointed as speaker. The speaker acts as chairman and principal representative of […]

One Hastings… many footballers!

It was a day of intercultural football at the Oval on Sunday as ten teams competed for top honours in the Hastings Intercultural Organisation (HIO) football tournament. Teams taking part included two from Hastings Borough Council (HBC). There was a team from Pestalozzi Village that included students from around the world and  Hastings Mosque fielded […]

Hastings Bengali Association summer festival

The Hastings Bengali Forum held their summer festival at the White Rock Theatre Hastings, last Monday. Special guests at the event included Councillor Nigel Sinden, Mayor of Hastings,Councillor James Bacon, Deputy Mayor of Hastings,Councillor Abul Kalam Azad, Mayor of Bexhill and Councillor Zulhash Uddin Mayor of Southborough Town Council. The festival was opened with the […]

Sharing the memories – a bond built from the horrors of war

Deputy Mayor of Hastings Councillor James Bacon attended a wreath laying ceremony in Béthune, France, on behalf of the town earlier this month. Situated about ten miles from the front, Béthune was very much a British town during the First World War thanks to the steady flow of Commonwealth soldiers passing through on leave and […]


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