Grooming and sex trafficking concerns prompt fresh look at child protection in Brighton and Hove

Children are almost certainly being sexually exploited in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area. Accurate numbers are hard to come by. But after the many failures of the police, politicians, council officials, social workers and others in Rotherham, a great deal of work is...
Posted On 03 Mar 2015 at 6:06 am

Fire crews cut crash victim free on Brighton seafront road

Fire crews cut free a car crash victim on the A259 Brighton coast road at Roedean. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters were sent to a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Roedean yesterday (Sunday 1 March). “Two crews were mobilised to the incident along the...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 11:59 pm

First Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes licensed in cathedral ceremony

The first Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes has been licensed in a ceremony at Chichester Cathedral. The Reverend Martin Lloyd Williams has now formally taken up his role as fourth archdeacon in the Diocese of Chichester. The diocese said it was now “the first time in three years...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 11:50 pm

Brighton man first to be arrested under new drug driving law

A 35-year-old man from Brighton has become the first to be arrested in Sussex under the new drug-driving legislation. Legislation that came into force today (Monday 2 March) sets legal limits for how much of a substance – both illegal drugs and prescription medication...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 6:34 pm

Van driver apologises for blocking ambulance en route to fitting baby

A van driver has written an apology after obstructing an ambulance on an emergency call in Brighton. At about 10.30am on Friday 13 February the ambulance was on a call to reports of a baby fitting and trying to get through traffic in Buckingham Road. A Mercedes Sprinter van was...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 2:44 pm

More Brighton and Hove children get into first choice secondary school

More children than last year in Brighton & Hove have been offered their first preference school in this year’s secondary schools application round – despite an increase of 77 in the number of applications received.   This year the number of on-time applications received...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 11:19 am

Fifty shades of debate as Brighton and Hove councillors are beaten by the budget

Fifty Shades of Grey dominated a few of the exchanges during the fruitless attempt to set a budget and council tax for Brighton and Hove on Thursday evening (26 February). Film and book fan Christopher Hawtree, known for his love of literary quotations, said: “Here we have the...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 10:18 am

Appeal launched to help pay for Brighton Marina legal battle

An urgent appeal to help pay for a Kemp Town campaigner’s last-ditch legal battle against the new Brighton Marina development has been launched. Robert Powell has already taken his case to the High Court in a bid to stop high towers being built there, rising above the cliff...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 9:18 am

Union threatens strike after Brighton and Hove council budget threat to jobs

The main trade union for council workers in Brighton and Hove said that it was preparing for industrial action. Unison said that it was taking the step because of arbitrary decisions during the Brighton and Hove City Council budget debate which had put members’ jobs at risk. The...
Posted On 02 Mar 2015 at 9:11 am

Teens attack police at 16th birthday party

A 16th birthday ended in chaos after a group of partygoers attacked police as they attempted to close it down. Trouble kicked off at the party at the Fishersgate Community Centre at about 11pm, when a man attacked a police officer. The attacker was arrested and held on the floor,...
Posted On 01 Mar 2015 at 1:39 pm