Celebration marks 60th anniversary of Rottingdean Library

Rottingdean Library marks its 60th anniversary today (Saturday 22 March) with a celebration, including afternoon tea. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and food rationing had just ended when the village library opened in a former Georgian vicarage called the Grange. The...
Posted On 22 Mar 2014 at 10:00 pm

Pavilion Gardens Café in Brighton given reprieve

The owner of the Pavilion Gardens Café has spoken of his relief that his family-run business has been given a reprieve. The Latest website reported that the café would be protected in the £35 million redevelopment of the Royal Pavilion Gardens. The café has been David Sewell’s...
Posted On 22 Mar 2014 at 9:49 pm

Channel Five to screen Brighton film-maker’s story of the First Great Escape

Brighton film-maker Back2Back has shot a documentary about a daring First World War escape by 29 British officers. The remarkable true story inspired what became known as the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, made famous in the film starring Steve McQueen and Charles...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014 at 7:13 pm

Cabinet minister visits Hove jobcentre

A cabinet minister visited the jobcentre in Hove this afternoon (Friday 21 March). Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, was met by his fellow Conservative MP, Mike Weatherley, who represents Hove, and jobcentre boss Grahame Widdowson. Mr Duncan Smith said that the...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014 at 6:23 pm

Ban for man who punched dog in Hove

A man who was seen punching his pet in Hove last week has been banned from keeping dogs. Nick Coplowe, 36, was spotted attacking the dog in Hove Park on Monday 10 March. He was accused of punching it and swinging it over his shoulder. He was charged with causing unnecessary...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014 at 4:48 pm

Furore over Labour’s botched attempt to ‘fix’ safe Brighton seat

Anger has erupted over a selection contest for one of the safest Labour wards in Brighton – amid claims that it was an attempted “fix” to ensure the party’s favoured candidate was chosen. The sequence of events is set out in the Brighton and Hove Independent free weekly newspaper...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014 at 6:26 am

BBC to film Question Time in Brighton next week

BBC TV is to film Question Time in Brighton next Thursday (27 March). The panel will include the Labour MP Diane Abbott, Simon Wolfson, the chief executive of high street clothes retailer Next, and Simply Red singer-songwriter Mick Hucknall. Lord Wolfson is a prominent...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014 at 11:57 pm

Brighton MP wants cars and buses banned from shopping street

One of Brighton’s busiest shopping streets should be pedestrianised, according to Conservative MP Simon Kirby. Mr Kirby, who represents Brighton Kemptown, urged Brighton and Hove City Council to ban cars and buses from St James’s Street after surveying businesses in the area. The...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014 at 11:24 pm

Brighton and Hove’s air ambulance chief raises budget concerns

The chief executive of the air ambulance serving Brighton and Hove has raised concerns about the budget yesterday (Wednesday 19 March). Adrian Bell, chief executive of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, said that he welcomed the announcement by George Osborne, the Chancellor,...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014 at 3:43 pm

Hove man suffers serious facial injuries in attack

A man from Hove suffered serious facial injuries requiring extensive treatment in hospital at a party in Lewes at the weekend. The 31-year-old man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after being attacked at about 4.30am on Sunday (16 March). The took place...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014 at 11:30 am