Thieves target Brighton coronavirus test site

Thieves stole equipment and damaged a marquee and bins at a coronavirus test site in Brighton. Sussex Police has issued an appeal for witnesses as detectives investigate the offences. The force said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole equipment and caused...
Posted On 26 May 2020 at 9:41 pm

Drinks licence granted for pop-up theatre bar on Brighton seafront

Plans for a bar at a pop-up theatre on Brighton seafront can go ahead after the owners accepted a number of licence conditions. Otherplace Productions, the company behind the Warren, a key Brighton Fringe venue, wants to set up a studio theatre and cabaret venue close to the...

Councillors to hold first dedicated meeting to discuss economic recovery from coronavirus crisis

Saving the hospitality industry and encouraging active travel are among the challenges facing councillors charged with economic recovery in Brighton and Hove. The five councillors charged with overseeing how the council comes out of the covid-19 crisis are due to hold their first...

Dominic Cummings row spurs Brighton vicar to quiz cabinet minister on live TV

A Brighton vicar questioned cabinet minister Matt Hancock as the Health Secretary fronted the daily 10 Downing Street coronavirus press conference this afternoon (Tuesday 26 May). Martin Poole, the vicar of St Luke’s Prestonville, asked: “Will the government review all penalty...
Posted On 26 May 2020 at 7:28 pm

Man arrested after seven-hour stand-off with police in Hove

A man has been arrested after a seven-hour stand-off with police in Hove today (Tuesday 26 May). The 31-year-old man had barricaded himself inside a property in Seafield Road early this morning. Sussex Police said: “Officers attended Seafield Road at around 6.20am as they had...
Posted On 26 May 2020 at 5:29 pm

Man suffers stab wound to hand after being attacked in Brighton

A man suffered a stab wound to his hand after he was attacked in Brighton, Sussex Police said today (Tuesday 26 May). The force arrested a 24-year-old and issued a public appeal for witnesses and information about the attack. Sussex Police said: “Police are appealing for...
Posted On 26 May 2020 at 4:19 pm

Knife suspect charged after arrest in Brighton

A man who was arrested for having a knife in a public place in Brighton appeared in court today (Tuesday 26 May). Joshua Toussaint, 25, of Brunswick Place, Hove, was remanded to reappear in court on Friday 10 July. Toussaint was arrested on Sunday night (24 May) opposite Mitre...
Posted On 26 May 2020 at 3:49 pm

Lockdown shaming – some advice to trigger-happy, virtue-signalling councillors

The rules around social distancing in response to the coronavirus pandemic seem to have inspired some of our councillors to lead the way in the new practice of “lockdown shaming”. A few have been a little too eager to warn about a creeping “holiday atmosphere” and the risks posed...
Posted On 25 May 2020 at 12:11 pm

Conservative government’s £5bn package will create new era for cycling and walking in Brighton and Hove

The Conservative government has announced the largest ever boost for cyclists and pedestrians in England and has already started to work with local authorities to roll out the first stage – a £250 million emergency active travel fund to improve cycling infrastructure. This means...
Posted On 25 May 2020 at 12:05 am

Covid-19, community and kindness

I had the pleasure of attending the Brighton and Hove Dialogue Society online Ramadan event on Sunday 17 May. It was held over Zoom and included live music and marble art performances and brought together local faith leaders, MPs, the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group,...
Posted On 25 May 2020 at 12:01 am