Conservative leader steps down

The long-serving leader of the Conservative group on Brighton and Hove City Council is standing down. Councillor Geoffrey Theobald will step down as leader next month and retire at the next local elections in 2019. He said: “At the last elections I advised my local...
Posted On 26 Apr 2017 at 10:24 am

Benefit problems, low pay and debt send almost a thousand people to one Brighton food bank

Benefit problems, low pay and debt were the main reasons given by almost a thousand people who sought help from just one Brighton food bank over the past year, new figures show. The Whitehawk Food Bank said today (Tuesday 25 April) that “946 local people received emergency food...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 9:27 pm

Standing aside for Green MP would be ‘political suicide’, says former Lib Dem candidate

A former Liberal Democrat election candidate has warned party colleagues that standing aside for Green MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion would be “political suicide”. Jeremy Gale, who stood for the Lib Dems in the local elections two years ago, spoke out as members of his...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 8:06 pm

RMT guards union and Southern to continue talks next week

The RMT union and Southern are to resume talks next week as they try to resolve a year-long dispute over the role of train guards. The two sides issued a joint statement this afternoon (Tuesday 25 April) after two days of talks – and the day before an “anniversary” demo outside...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 7:35 pm

Detective praises courage of young rape victims after Hove man jailed

A detective has praised the courage of two young women who were raped as girls by a man from Hove. Detective Constable Stewart Cameron, from Sussex Police, spoke out after a judge jailed rapist Michael Manion at Brighton Crown Court yesterday (Monday 24 April). Manion, 22, of...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 6:18 pm

Hove MP calls on government to stop sex for rent

Hove MP Peter Kyle asked the government to outlaw sex for rent in the House of Commons today (Tuesday 25 April). The Labour MP called on the Justice Secretary Liz Truss to review the current rules so that the law can better protect the vulnerable. Mr Kyle said: “Websites such as...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 5:33 pm

Reservoir works lead to new water feature in Hove Park

Work on the Goldstone reservoir led to a temporary new pond forming in Hove Park today. The water started bubbling up at lunchtime, pooling around a manhole cover in the park, and staying there for the afternoon. It is now beginning to ebb away. A spokeswoman for Southern Water...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 5:06 pm

Birthday drinks end in assault after gang attacks tourist

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and robbed on the Lower Esplanade in Brighton early on Saturday (22 April). The 20-year-old victim from Surrey came to Brighton to celebrate a friend’s birthday when he was attacked at about 1.30am by a group of...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 4:45 pm

Austra: voice sent from heaven

Patterns, Brighton 21 March To be brutally honest, I have been aware of the Toronto based electronic music project known as Austra for a few years now and it wasn’t until their third and new album entitled Future Politics, which interestingly was solely produced by a team...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 12:28 pm

Piranhas Four: piranhas escape from the sea

The Con Club, Lewes, April 14 Bank Holiday Friday saw four Piranhas escape! Not in Brighton, it was from the confines of Brighton. But worry not dear reader I am not talking about those devilish fish, I am referring to Brighton’s very own cuddly band The Piranhas. These...
Posted On 25 Apr 2017 at 12:25 pm