Food distribution at FareShare Sussex charity doubles because of coronavirus

FareShare Sussex has been swamped with new people and projects requesting food since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the coronavirus lockdown in the third week of March. The number of vulnerable people thrown into food poverty because they have lost their jobs is greater...
Posted On 30 Apr 2020 at 7:18 pm

‘Sextortion’ warning from police

Blackmailers are sending “sextortion” threats, Sussex Police warned today (Thursday 30 April). The force said: “Police are warning of sextortion and the dangers associated with interacting with someone you don’t know online after a vulnerable man in East Sussex was blackmailed...
Posted On 30 Apr 2020 at 6:37 pm

Six years in prison for hidden camera voyeur who incited girl to have sex

A voyeur who filmed women and girls using hidden cameras and incited a young girl to masturbate him has been jailed for six years. Laurence Wheeler, 32, filmed children in public swimming pool changing rooms and three women by hiding the phone he had placed in one his...
Posted On 30 Apr 2020 at 6:04 pm

Councillors push for better help for homeless

Rough sleepers and the homeless look more likely to be given suitable housing in Brighton and Hove after an agreement reached by councillors last night (Wednesday 29 April). One said that it would make more financial sense, with the current situation proving costly to the public...

My testing time at the Amex drive-through

Like a scene out of dystopian fiction, masked people direct drivers through the coronavirus testing centre at the Amex Community Stadium. Read the instructions on the signs. Do not open your windows. As a public-service journalist, I am a key worker so I could book myself in for...

Plan to turn Moulsecoomb school into an academy put on hold

Plans to turn Moulsecoomb Primary School into an academy have been put on hold because of the coronavirus crisis. But the government said that it was aware of “the depth of unease among some of the local community in relation to the academy conversion”. Academies Minister...
Posted On 30 Apr 2020 at 10:30 am

Police chief reports ‘sickening’ rise in attacks on emergency workers during lockdown

A growing number of officers have been punched, kicked, bitten, spat at and coughed on since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. Some people claiming to have the virus have threatened to infect officers and their families. Today a senior police officer said that the rise in...
Posted On 29 Apr 2020 at 6:01 pm

Charities team together to raise money for Brighton children’s hospital

Two charities have joined up to push a campaign for emergency camp beds for parents at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital during the coronavirus outbreak. Rockinghorse, the hospital’s longstanding charity partner, is hoping to raise enough money to buy 12 beds so...
Posted On 29 Apr 2020 at 5:05 pm

Campaigners criticise council for cancelling key meetings

Campaigners are concerned that they will be unable to ask key questions about the £18 million revamp of the road layout in the centre of Brighton. Members of the Valley Gardens Forum fear that cancelled council meetings mean that their voice will not be heard. The forum, a group...

Addict jailed for string of break-ins

A burglar has been jailed for 18 months for a string of offences he committed to feed his drug habit. Dean Jackson, 32, appeared virtually at Lewes Crown Court this morning (Thursday 29 April) charged with taking a car without consent, driving another stolen car, three burglaries...
Posted On 29 Apr 2020 at 4:11 pm