BBC Live reporterCopyright: West Sussex Trading Standards Service
Products falsely claiming to protect people from coronavirus have been discovered by Trading Standards.
UV lights, cards worn around the neck to “sterilise the air” and face coverings were just some of the misleading items found on sale in West Sussex.
Basic face coverings claiming to be made to a “KN95” standard were bought by officers in 23 high street shops across the county including Chichester, Burgess Hill, Crawley and Horsham.
“KN95” is a standard used in China and is not recognised in the UK as providing any form of virus protection.
Products which allegedly kill 99% of viruses using UV lights were found online.
Officers sent them for testing and the claims were shown to be false.
A card claiming to “sterilise the air” around the user by emitting chlorine dioxide was also found for sale on UK online platforms. There is no scientific basis for this.
Peter Aston, of Trading Standards, said: “All of these products were falsely labelled.
"Not only would purchasing one of these lead to unnecessary expenditure, it could also make the buyer feel protected from the virus and therefore less likely to take other precautions such as social distancing and frequent hand washing."
Local Democracy ReporterCopyright: BBC
Mental health services for children and young people in Sussex would benefit from a “radical redesign”, an independent review has suggested.
It found young people were waiting too long to access emotional health and wellbeing services, leading to feelings of "frustration and helplessness".
Its findings have been endorsed by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), as well as Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council.
In a joint statement to BBC Radio Sussex, a spokesman for these organisations said: “Feedback we have received… has highlighted the current system is not working as well as it should. This is something that needs to rapidly change."
The spokesman said an independently-led review was commissioned and an "oversight board" had been set up to take the recommendations forward.
The review has suggested improving the accuracy and availability of data; creating an effective single point of access for those looking for help, and greater investment in places with the highest need.
It also drew attention to comparatively high levels of self-harm among children and young people in Sussex.
However, it did not consider the service to be unsafe, saying it was not clear whether the current system had contributed to that.
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It could take the Greater Brighton economy eight years to recover from the coronavirus measures brought in by the government this year, experts have warned.
The warning is included in an impact assessment by consultants Hatch for the Greater Brighton Economic Board.
They found the lockdown and related restrictions had a “significant impact” on growth.
It estimated an 11% drop in economic growth this year in Greater Brighton – an area that stretches from Brighton and Hove to Gatwick and from Seaford to Bognor.
Hatch predicted that economic activity would not return to pre-covid levels until 2028.
The report says: "The Greater Brighton region has been impacted significantly by the Covid-19 pandemic, notably in the creative, arts, visitor economy, transport and education sectors."
According to the report, two thirds of Greater Brighton businesses used the government’s furlough scheme.
Police officers in a specially-designed van have begun a tour of Sussex communities to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.
Children in schools and high street shoppers will be among those invited to hear "real life stories" of people who have been affected by knife crime and receive information and advice on where they can get help.
As the van made its first stop in Lewes, Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "Carrying a knife can change your life forever. Not only does it put you and those around you at an increased risk of harm, but getting caught with one can result in serious personal and legal consequences."
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: “It is vitally important that real-life stories are shared with young people so they can understand the life-changing consequences this could have on them."