Brighton rape crisis centre sued over refusal to offer female-only groups

A rape crisis centre which has refused to hold female-only sessions is being sued by a user who objected to a male-presenting transwoman being allowed to attend her support group. Sarah Summers – not her real name – joined the group run by Survivors Network in 2021...
Posted On 05 May 2022 at 1:19 pm

Cul de sac plagued by dangerous parking to be closed to most traffic for school run

A cul de sac next to a school where cars are double parked and back in and out onto a busy road is to be closed during the school run. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Portslade will become the latest addition to the city’s School Streets programme next week. From Monday 9...
Posted On 05 May 2022 at 11:50 am

‘Ben and Jerry’ drug dealer jailed

Two people who ran a county lines drug operation in Brighton known as the ‘Ben and Jerry’ line have been convicted. Ryell Cummings, 28, of Pigott Street in London, and Courtney Leech, 24, of Lambert Road in London, both pleaded guilty to multiple Class A drug charges after being...
Posted On 04 May 2022 at 4:58 pm

Off-road bikes seized in Brighton valley ‘taken over’ by riders

Off-road motorbikers tearing around Sheepcote Valley are an “accident waiting to happen”. Sussex Police has increased patrols in the area, and last month seized three bikes and arrested someone. Some of the riders are of primary school age, and last year a...
Posted On 04 May 2022 at 12:08 pm

Fugitive arrested and charged with Portslade attack

Wanted Brighton man Ryan McLean has been arrested in Liverpool and charged in connection with a violent attack in Portslade in February. McLean, 39, of no fixed address, was taken into custody on Friday evening (April 29) with the assistance of Merseyside Police. It follows an...
Posted On 04 May 2022 at 10:16 am

Hove MP threatened with gallows, court hears

A man threatened Hove MP Peter Kyle by holding up makeshift gallows with a noose outside Parliament and telling him “this is what we do to traitors”, a court has heard. Lance O’Connor, 57, allegedly called out the name of Hove MP Peter Kyle in Parliament Square, central London,...
Posted On 03 May 2022 at 1:58 pm

Lifesaving kit used days after being installed

A new defibrillator was used by people trying to sae the life of a man who had collapsed just days after it was installed. The lifesaving equipment was bought last month by Queens Park Tennis Club and Friends of Queens Park, and mounted on the clubhouse. Last Tuesday afternoon it...
Posted On 03 May 2022 at 11:40 am

First choice applications to academised primary school fall to lowest ever levels

Just 14 children have been offered a place this September at a primary school which was forced to become an academy. Offers for reception places at Moulsecoomb Primary School had already been falling from an average of about 30 in the five years to 2019 to 22 in 2020 – and...
Posted On 03 May 2022 at 9:35 am

Preston Twin dedicated to Queen to mark jubilee

The Preston Twin is one of 70 ancient trees set to be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The elm is thought to be about 400 years old, and until 2019 was one of a pair standing in what is now Preston Park. Sadly, when Dutch Elm Disease struck one had to...
Posted On 03 May 2022 at 9:17 am

Firefighters called to smoking cup

  Firefighters were called to a blaze in London Road yesterday afternoon which turned out to be smoke coming from a tiny cup. A fire engine from Preston Circus was dispatched at about 1pm to reports of a fire in the open outside Aldi. But when they got to the scene, all they...
Posted On 29 Apr 2022 at 4:39 pm