Hove by-election tests party spirits

It’s three days before Christmas and tonight one of the three main political parties in Brighton and Hove will be celebrating. For the other two, seasonal goodwill will be tested. Voters are going to the polls in the Westbourne by-election in Hove. It is the first electoral...
Posted On 22 Dec 2011 at 9:08 am

Brighton binman jailed for sexually assaulting teenage girls

A Brighton binman has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing teenage girls. A jury convicted Stephen Marsh, 54, of Firle Road, Brighton, of four counts of indecent assault, having child porn and voyeurism. They heard from his victims at Lewes Crown Court during a...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011 at 11:08 pm

Thousands pack Brighton streets and seafront for Burning the Clocks

Thousands of families filled the streets of Brighton and the seafront for the annual Burning the Clocks parade. With temperatures slightly warmer than the past few days – and the past few Decembers – dancers, stilit walkers, drummers, other musicians and others...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011 at 8:09 pm

Brighton taxi driver robbed

A Brighton and Hove Streamline taxi driver was robbed in Hollingdean yesterday evening (Tuesday 20 December). The cabbie was attacked by the men after picking them up in Woodingdean. He had just dropped off a fare in Sandhurst Avenue at about 7.25pm when the two men hailed him...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011 at 1:11 pm

Brighton flasher ordered to wear a tag

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence for flashing in Brighton and ordered to wear a tag. Paul Goodenough, 39, of Sandes Place in Leatherhead, Surrey, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court after an incident in February last year. He was accused of intentionally exposing...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011 at 12:55 pm

Brighton and Hove awards to recognise firms catering for youngsters

A group of young people from Brighton have set up an awards scheme to reward shops and other businesses that cater well for under-18s. The Teen Verdict Awards, they say, will recognise local organisations and businesses that provide excellent products, services or facilities for...
Posted On 21 Dec 2011 at 5:55 am

Elderly Hove woman treated after fire in her 8th floor flat

An elderly woman from Hove was led to safety after a fire in her eighth floor flat last night (Monday 19 December). East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service sent four fire engines and an aerial ladder platform to Goldstone House in Clarendon Road, Hove, shortly before midnight. A...
Posted On 20 Dec 2011 at 8:20 pm

Fan cautioned for shouting homophobic abuse after Brighton match

A Barnsley football fan has been cautioned for hurling homophobic abuse at Brighton supporters leaving a match at the Amex stadium in Falmer. Sussex Police said that the 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent, answered bail this week. He was stopped by police after shouting abuse at fans...
Posted On 20 Dec 2011 at 6:08 pm

Standards panel reaches verdict on conduct of Hove councillor

A Hove councillor faces no punishment after a hearing found that she broke the rules about standards of conduct. Councillor Dawn Barnett was cleared of failing to treat others with respect and breaking equality laws. But she was found to have brought her office or authority into...
Posted On 20 Dec 2011 at 1:14 pm

Man dies at Brighton sauna

A 59-year-old man collapsed and died at the Brighton Sauna in Grand Parade on Friday (16 December). Sussex Police said that officers and the coroner were investigating the circumstances of the man’s death. He arrived at the sauna at 8pm but two hours later he was found collapsed...
Posted On 19 Dec 2011 at 3:28 pm