Hove crime boss jailed for 22 years

A drug gang boss from Hove has been jailed for 22 years after being sentenced alongside nine other defendants, the Metropolitan Police said this afternoon (Monday 14 December). Matthew Harrod, 47, of Kingsway, Hove, was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court in London, for conspiring to...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 10:36 pm

Shana Grice’s family call for full inquest in High Court hearing

The family of Shana Grice have challenged a coroner’s decision not to hold a full inquest into her death. Miss Grice was 19 when she was murdered in her Portslade home in August 2016 by a former boyfriend, Michael Lane, who had been stalking her. The former Hove Park School...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 5:20 pm

Council to use weighted poll for first time in cycle lane consultation

A consultation on extending the city’s covid cycle lanes will use a weighted survey to ensure the council doesn’t only listen to “the loudest voices”. Brighton and Hove councillors are being asked to approve a six week consultation on plans to extend the...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 5:11 pm

Major rail delays after train catches fire at London Victoria

South coast commuters are facing lengthy delays this evening after a train reportedly caught fire at London Victoria. Hove MP Peter Kyle tweeted that the station was being evacuated because of the fire – adding that some trains still appeared to be able to leave. Other...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 4:19 pm

Brighton and Hove schools warn parents of Brexit risk to meals

At least two secondary schools in Brighton and Hove have alerted parents to potential issues with lunches in the new year. The message, shared by two mothers with children at different secondary schools, said that caterers were committed to providing a hot lunch but other food...

Brighton school closes after clutch of covid cases

A Brighton primary school has closed because of a number of covid cases in its community. St Mark’s Primary School in Manor Road, Whitehawk, has moved to online learning until the end of term. Brighton and Hove City Council refused to say whether the decision had been made...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 2:49 pm

Buying logs for the fire? Steer clear of elm, pleads councillor

A leading councillor has urged people not to buy elm tree logs for their fires and wood burners this winter. Councillor Amy Heley spoke out to highlight the danger that elm logs pose because they can provide a home for the bark beetles that carry the elm disease fungus to healthy...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 1:12 pm

Climate activist on hunger strike in protest at council ‘inaction’

An Extinction Rebellion activist has pledged not to eat for a week because the council hasn’t taken enough action on climate change. Venetia Carter, 56, kicked off her hunger strike on Friday outside Hove Town Hall. Mrs Carter, who lives in the Queen’s Park area of...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 12:37 pm

Hunt sabs acquitted after farmer’s behaviour discredits evidence

Four hunt sabs accused of disrupting a pheasant shoot have been acquitted after a judge said a farmer’s evidence couldn’t be trusted because he had attacked one of them on camera. Anthony Robinson, 32, Crispin Field, 25, Rebecca Hobbs, 31, and Melissa Page, 29, were...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 12:24 pm