Brighton man jailed for 14 years for child abuse

A Brighton man was jailed today for 14 years for a series of rapes and sexual assaults over a 15-year period. Sidney Thorpe, 76, who had moved to Newhaven, carried out the attacks between 1965 and 1980. A jury at Lewes Crown Court found him guilty of ten counts of rape, eight...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 9:40 pm

Teenager suffers sex attack on Brighton beach

A passer-by stopped a sex attacker in his tracks after shouting at him on a Brighton beach. The attacker had dragged an 18-year-old girl on to the beach and was carrying out a serious sexual assault when he was interrupted. The passer-by shouted “Hey! What’s going on?” The...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 9:35 pm

Man charged after mugging attempt in Kemp Town

A man has been charged after an attempted street robbery in Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town, shortly before 6am today (Wednesday 23 March). During the attempted mugging a man was hit over the head with a bottle. The victim, who is from Newhaven, managed to chase the would-be mugger...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 9:22 pm

Brighton and Hove language schools hit by tougher visa rules

Brighton and Hove’s language schools have given a mixed reception to the tougher rules on student visas proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May. Since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government first announced cuts in immigration and student visa numbers last year,...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 9:09 pm

Saltdean Lido will be protected from developers pledges council leader

Campaigners trying to save an historic lido have been promised that the site will never be flooded with new homes. The pledge came from Conservative council leader Mary Mears, who is also one of the ward councillors for the area. Councillor Mears said that she plans to call...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 3:51 pm

Mother and baby escape after tumble dryer fire in Hove

A mother and three-month-old baby had a lucky escape when a tumble dryer caught fire at the woman’s Hove home. Fire crews believe that a small bit of fluff had become trapped down the back of the dryer, sparking the blaze. The woman spotted the fire before it could set off her...
Posted On 23 Mar 2011 at 3:04 pm