Man charged with manslaughter over Ocean Rooms death

A man was today charged with manslaughter over the death of a clubber who died after a fight at the Ocean Rooms on New Year’s Day. Chancey Cummings, 25, had been charged with assaulting Ricky Brown, 25, of Arnold Street, Brighton, at the club. But the day after he first appeared...
Posted On 01 Feb 2010 at 10:06 pm

Brighton teacher who groomed pupil walks from court

A Brighton IT teacher who sexually groomed a 14-year-old pupil has been spared jail. John Cope, 44, was working as a supply teacher at Brighton and Hove High School when the girl developed a crush on him. He denied meeting her after sexual grooming, but after a trial at Lewes...
Posted On 01 Feb 2010 at 9:57 pm

Brighton Pavilion candidates: the student's verdict

The battle to become the next MP in Brighton Pavilion will be one of the most closely watched election contests this year. The seat is not only unique in being a three-way race between three women candidates, Labour’s Nancy Platts, the Conservative’s Charlotte Vere...
Posted On 01 Feb 2010 at 2:18 pm

Woodpecker a-spires to new pecking order

This picture of a woodpecker pecking away at the spire on Stanmer Church has been named Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Flickr image of the week. The photograph, Knocking on heaven’s door, was taken by Rongem Boyo in Falmer Village on Sunday, January 23. He told Brighton and...
Posted On 01 Feb 2010 at 10:46 am

West Pier's concert hall removed within two weeks

The West Pier’s collapsed concert hall is to be removed in the next fortnight to make way for the i360 observation tower. The West Pier Trust has announced that specialist demolition and salvage contractor Dorton Demolition will undertake the work managed by its consultant...
Posted On 01 Feb 2010 at 9:16 am