Hundreds of council homes left empty for months at a time

More than 250 council homes have been empty for an average of almost six months each, tenant representatives were told this week. The revelation prompted criticism from councillors who asked why homes were sitting empty for so long when people were homeless and thousands were on...

‘Contamination’ blamed as council sends up to 15 per cent of plastic recycling for incineration

Ten to 15 per cent of Brighton and Hove’s recycling is sent for incineration because people put the wrong items in the bin, residents were told this week. The high rates of contamination were blamed on the large number of communal bins in the more crowded areas of Brighton and...

Two teens given suspended prison sentences for drug dealing on Brighton estate

Two teenagers were given suspended prison sentences after being caught drug dealing in Brighton at Lewes Crown Court today (Thursday 19 May). Detectives spotted Michael Roberts and Davontay Williams, both 19, selling heroin and crack cocaine in Craven Vale and Queen’s Park in...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 11:37 pm

Conman scams woman in Hove

A conman scammed a woman out of £500 in Hove after telling her that she was in line for a parking ticket. Sussex Police said today (Thursday 19 May): “Police want to identify a man in this image in relation to an incident in Blatchington Road, Hove. “At around 1pm on Monday 9 May...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 8:42 pm

Police arrest 64 people in crackdown on ‘county line’ drug dealing in Brighton and Hove

Sussex Police said that they had arrested or detained 64 people in a crackdown on “county line” drug dealing in Brighton and Hove, with 24 suspects charged and remanded in custody. The force said today (Thursday 19 May) that members of 20 different drug dealing gangs had been...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 5:19 pm

Our lives are a living hell, say seafront hostel’s neighbours

Neighbours have complained that their lives are “a living hell” after a homeless charity started using a rundown seafront hotel as temporary housing without planning permission. They cite violence, thefts and sexual harassment since former rough sleepers, many with “compl...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 5:45 am

Hove schoolgirl tells UN conference how her family fled the Taliban

A schoolgirl from Hove told a United Nations conference how she and her family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. Asal Latifi, a year 11 student at Hove Park School, also spoke about her experience as a refugee, having arrived in Brighton just four years ago. Hove Park School said...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 1:00 am

Brighton school responds to ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating by calling meeting for parents

A Brighton school has invited parents to a meeting after education watchdog Ofsted published a critical report. The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) plans to host a “parent forum” next week “to provide an opportunity to discuss the specific actions we are delivering to...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 12:30 am

Woman saved by Brighton lifeboat crew becomes RNLI shop manager

A woman whose life was saved by a Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew has become the volunteer manager at the charity’s shop at Falmouth Lifeboat Station. Lise Vittrup spoke about the rescue – more than 25 years ago – and said: “I have always had a special place for the RNLI because of...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 12:01 am

Southern Vipers leave Lightning in the shade

Southern Vipers 155 for 5 beat Lightning 124 for 8 by 31 runs Lauren Bell underlined her England credentials with a spell-binding three for 12 as Southern Vipers swatted Lightning aside by 31 runs in the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Towering right-arm swing bowler Bell is considered...