Electrician threatened with two weeks in prison if he doesn’t pay £4.5k child maintenance

A Brighton electrician who splashed cash on pubs and takeaways while not paying child maintenance has been told to cough up or go to prison. James Swan, 36, ignored court orders requiring him to pay £4,575.56 to his ex partner, a debt which had built up from March 2017 to...
Posted On 25 Nov 2022 at 4:22 pm

Man arrested for arson after Mercedes torched in Hove

A man is being questioned on suspicion of arson after a Mercedes was set alight in Hove – just two days after another car was torched in the same street. The black Mercedes Benz SLC was set on fire in Ventnor Villas shortly after 11am today. Emergency services were called,...
Posted On 24 Nov 2022 at 1:55 pm

University staff start three-day walkout

University staff across the city have staged the first of three strike days today. Members of the University and College Union at both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex are striking over pay and conditions today and tomorrow. University of Sussex staff are...
Posted On 24 Nov 2022 at 1:22 pm

Gas leak repairs close university campus for third day

A mains gas leak at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus has now been repaired, but the campus will remain closed while reinstatement work continues. Brighton’s Falmer campus was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday while Southern Gas Network engineers worked on...
Posted On 24 Nov 2022 at 1:19 pm

Hove governor speaks out against academy plans

The governor of a Hove primary school which is considering becoming an academy has spoken out against the plans. West Blatchington Primary School has been in talks with The Pioneer Academy, which took over Moulsecoomb Primary this year, to join its trust. Unions have warned that...
Posted On 24 Nov 2022 at 10:35 am

Popular restaurant faces £120k fine and loss of licence over illegal workers

One of Brighton’s most popular restaurants is facing a £120,000 fine and could even lose its licence after six illegal workers were found there by the Home Office. Officials from the immigration compliance and enforcement team visited Donatello on Wednesday 9 November and...
Posted On 23 Nov 2022 at 5:27 pm

Academy trust builds new playground and classrooms at Moulsecoomb school

Pupils at a newly academised Brighton primary returned to school in September to new classrooms and playground equipment thanks to a £280,000 investment from the trust which took it over. Moulsecoomb Primary School had a budget deficit of £244,812 when it left local authority...
Posted On 23 Nov 2022 at 4:56 pm

Detective thanks “incredibly brave” victim for helping put rapists behind bars

A detective has thanked a teenage rape victim for her bravery in helping put her two attackers behind bars. Ashley Lewis, 36, and Dylan Holden, 18, were both convicted earlier this month of raping the 17-year-old girl in Pavilion Gardens last summer. Today, the officer who led...
Posted On 23 Nov 2022 at 2:49 pm

New dew pond to be created at Waterhall

A new dew pond is to be created at Waterhall as part of its rewilding. The former golf course already has a dew pond, close to Wwaterhall Mill, but thanks to a £25,000 grant, a new one is being dug by council rangers. It’s hoped the new pond will attract migrating birds,...
Posted On 23 Nov 2022 at 1:14 pm

‘Intense’ rainstorm on the way tomorrow

An ‘intense’ spell of heavy rain and high winds is due to hit the south coast tomorrow, the Met Office has warned. A yellow be aware weather warning has been issued this morning, starting at 10am tomorrow and continuing until 7pm. The Met Office says travel disruption...
Posted On 23 Nov 2022 at 10:43 am