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The Argus: 'We are treated like animals' - parking warden speaks out

Kent Online: Driver 'did not have licence for 11 years'

Get Surrey: Hope that migrant group 'assisted humanely'

Chichester Observer: 'Serious concerns' for missing Chichester man

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man who slashed woman across the face with knife jailed

Crawley and Horley Observer: Flash floods hit Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath

Worthing Herald: Suspected drink-drivers arrested in Lancing and Horsham

Mid Sussex Times: Stonepound Crossroads in Hassocks set for ‘major improvement’

Brighton and Hove News: Clean up Kemp Town, plead residents in petition to council

Hastings Observer: Bexhill man who stalked woman narrowly avoids prison

Brighton and Hove Independent: Man, 76, arrested in connection with offensive graffiti in Hove

Stun gun used to aid arrest

Coldean Lane, near the junction with Lewes Road

An electronic stun gun has been used by Sussex Police to arrest a man after reports of someone making threats to kill.

The 48-year-old man was arrested in Coldean Lane in Brighton at about 14:55 BST on Monday.

The device was "discharged into him in order to help ensure his safe arrest without injury to police or any nearby public", a police spokesman said.

He received immediate care from paramedics, the spokesman said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and affray.

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The Argus: Brighton Met student completes exam while in labour

Kent Online: Boy attacked after gang demand wallet

Get Surrey: Guildford pupil will have to travel to 10th closest secondary school

Chichester Observer: Pub in Westbourne 'in danger of closing' after 'traffic chaos' reigns over village

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne boy, 16, pleads guilty to intent to supply cocaine

Crawley and Horley Observer: Tiny Sussex kitten is one of nature’s rarest finds

Worthing Herald: Tributes paid to ‘exceptionally kind and caring’ Worthing man who died at music festival

Mid Sussex Times: Zoe Ball is new patron at Haywards Heath Princess Royal Hospital radio

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton expert’s research may support case for giving HPV jab to boys

Hastings Observer: Hastings MP Amber Rudd gives her support to keeping Jack in the Green on the May bank holiday

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton Royal Pavilion Gardens second report of attempted rape

Sussex train services returning to normal after flooding

Flooding of rail lines in the Haywards Heath area is subsiding and trains are now running, Southern Rail says.

All lines through Haywards Heath have now re-opened, although disruption is expected until about 09:00 BST a Southern spokesman said.

Services between London Victoria and the East and West Sussex coast were being delayed and cancelled earlier, with Thameslink and Gatwick Express services also affected.

Journeys to and from Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes may still be delayed by up to an hour, the rail company warned.

East and West Sussex train services disrupted by flooding

Train services through Haywards Heath are being disrupted this morning because of flooding.

Passengers have been warned Southern services between London Victoria and Brighton, Ore, Eastbourne and Littlehampton, and Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton may be cancelled or delayed.

Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Brighton are also being affected.

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A Southern spokesman said there is no direct service between Three Bridges and both Brighton and Lewes.

"Staff have requested rail replacement buses to be based at key locations; however, suppliers are having difficulty in sourcing these.

"We anticipate buses to arrive on site from after 08:00, whereby additional information will be provided."

Police search for 'distressed' CCTV woman

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It is the second such incident at the Royal Pavilion Gardens recently

Police are searching for a woman who may have been attacked after she was seen running in distress from the Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton.

It is the second such report of an incident at the gardens, but Sussex Police said there was nothing to suggest a link.

The woman was spotted on CCTV by Pavilion staff at about 01:00 BST on Monday, the force said.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and remains in custody.

Brighton and Hove Police Ch Insp Rachel Swinney said: “Our priority is to locate the woman involved to ensure she is safe and that she receives any support she may need."

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The Argus: Brighton pensioner warns others about fraud

Kent Online: Folkestone schoolgirl to star in Adrian Mole musical

Get Surrey: Guildford children on free school meals going hungry during the holidays

Chichester Observer: Warning as thunderstorms expected in Sussex

Eastbourne Herald: Paedophile bishop passes away

Crawley and Horley Observer: Woman raped on footpath in Pound Hill, Crawley

Worthing Herald: Sir Peter Bottomley demands apology from Greenpeace after minister suspended for grabbing activist

Mid Sussex Times: Cuckfield pavilion hit by vandals in early hours

Brighton and Hove News: Buses diverted after sinkhole spotted in Brighton

Hastings Observer: Hastings business owners call for action over street drinkers

Paddling pools added to sports centres review

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Kings Road paddling pool

A review of sports centres in Brighton and Hove will include four outdoor paddling pools.

All seven sports centres and the paddling pools are run by Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council.

The 10-year contract expires at the end of March 2021 although it could be extended for five years.

The review will inform decisions about where money is spent on upgrades and makeovers – and how much – in the coming years.

A report to the council’s tourism, development and culture committee said: “Freedom Leisure have not been able to achieve their predicted financial targets during the course of the current contract.

“Consequently it is likely there would be a financial pressure on the council if the existing arrangements were continued.”

Decisions about what happens next are unlikely to be made until the review has been completed.

Homes for bees in new buildings

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Bee block
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Builders and developers are being urged to use bee bricks in any new buildings in Brighton and Hove from September.

Bee bricks give solitary bees such as the non-aggressive red mason and leaf cutters a place to lay their eggs, councillors were told.

Once the bees have found a place to lay their eggs, they seal the entrance with mud and chewed-up vegetation, with the offspring emerging the following spring when the cycle starts again.

The change won unanimous cross-party backing at a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council tourism, development and culture committee on Thursday.

The committee was told that a planning condition requiring bee bricks in all suitable properties could be in place by the start of September.

The committee also received an update on a proposed change to planning policy to encourage developers to include swift boxes in their schemes to protect the endangered birds.

Research is under way and a further report is expected when the committee next meets in September.

Brighton nightclub gets licence for new venue

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A Brighton nightclub's £1m move to a new venue is one step closer to completion after councillors agreed a licence application.

The Haunt is to vacate its current Pool Valley home to make way for the expansion of the neighbouring Grosvenor Casino, which has its entrance in Grand Junction Road, on the seafront.

The club is due to move into the old Days restaurant – formerly the ABC cinema – in East Street.

The Haunt, which will have its main door in Pool Valley, will be able to open at 11:00 and close at 04:00. It can sell alcoholic drinks until 03:30.

Brighton seafront restoration approved

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Madeira Terrace

The restoration of historic arches on Brighton seafront is a step closer after a £550,000 payment was approved to cover initial work.

Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to fund design and engineering work for 30 Victorian arches in the Madeira Terraces.

A total of £2m of council money has been earmarked for the project.

A "save Madeira Terraces" crowdfunding campaign raised more than £400,000, but the Heritage Lottery Fund rejected a funding bid in 2018.

Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
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New Road Wednesday lunchtime
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On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

Bin strike threat in Brighton and Hove

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Rubbish piled up on the streets of Brighton and Hove during strikes in 2013

Refuse collectors in Brighton and Hove have threatened to strike after a breakdown in relations between council managers and staff.

Union members at the council's refuse, recycling and street cleaning service - known as Cityclean - voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in response to alleged "anti-trade union behaviour".

The union will meet Brighton and Hove City Council for formal talks on Thursday.

Gary Palmer, of the GMB union, said he was "hopeful of finding a solution so we can stand down the threat of industrial action".

Council leader Nancy Platts said the council took allegations of anti-trade union activity "very seriously" and were "keen to hear exactly what these allegations are so we can address them".

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Son's tribute to man who 'put a smile on people's faces'

David Routhan
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The son of a man who died when his car plunged off a cliff near Brighton Marina has paid tribute to him.

David Routhan, 42, of Nuthurst Place, Brighton, died at the scene after his Vauxhall van landed at the foot of the cliff opposite Roedean School in the early hours of 12 May.

Police say no other vehicle was involved and there were no suspicious circumstances.

Sussex Police has published a tribute from Mr Routhan's son, Rhys, in which he spoke of a man who "always put a smile on people's faces and lit up the room".

He said the self-employed stonemason and motocross enthusiast "always put others before himself" and "wanted what was best for his family and close friends".

"No-one had a bad word to say about him."

As well as his son, Mr Routhan was survived by his mother, Lorraine, brothers, a sister and other relatives.

Councillors oppose academy plans

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors united to oppose plans to turn Moulsecoomb Primary School into an academy.

Labour, Green and Conservative representatives on Brighton and Hove City Council voted after a passionate debate about the aftermath of an Ofsted report that labelled the school “inadequate”.

More than 2,150 parents and carers signed a petition against the academy decision.

They will now officially be asked for their views, and those results will be sent to the regional schools commissioner Dominic Herrington who the council will urge to have a rethink.

Mr Herrington issued an order to make the school an academy before the publication of the Ofsted report.

Labour councillor Nick Childs said progress had been made, but SATs results from before those changes had influenced Ofsted’s “inadequate” verdict.

£1.4m plans to improve country park

Lizzie Massey

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Adonis blue butterfly
Adonis blue butterfly

The South Downs National Park Authority is set to take over the running of the Seven Sisters Country Park and is announcing £1.4m plans to improve the area.

Following a decision by East Sussex County Council, ownership of the 280-hectare site will transfer to the National Park Authority by March 2020.

The authority is to improve the habitat for seven animal and plant species: the breeding Lapwing, Adonis blue butterfly, redshank, meadowsweet, ringed plover, reed warbler and the wigeon.

It is also planning to improve the nature trails, wildlife watching facilities, the visitor centre and landscape to be bio-diverse.

The breeding Lapwing
The breeding Lapwing

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Brighton and Hove Independent: Tribute to Brighton father 'who always put a smile on people’s faces'

Hastings Observer: Bexhill police pursuit: Two men arrested after getaway car collides with another vehicle

The Argus: Rampaging youths in Seaford and Newhaven are causing havoc

Kent Online: St George's Primary School in Minster, Sheppey, announces redundancies

Get Surrey: Man opening Redhill youth club says young people are 'scared' of being dragged into crime

Chichester Observer: Intruders ransack Bognor Regis community project

Eastbourne Herald: £1.4M improvement plan for Seven Sisters Country Park

Crawley and Horley Observer: These are Sussex’s missing people – can you help?

Worthing Herald: Love Island: Amy Hart's family appears on spin-off show

Mid Sussex Times: Fire at derelict flats in Burgess Hill

Brighton and Hove News: All three parties agree to challenge plan to convert Moulsecoomb school into academy

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The Argus: Meeting to fight Moulsecoomb Primary School academy plans

Kent Online: British Transplant Games medallist Nicky Clifford celebrates 25 years since kidney transplant

Get Surrey: Dog abandoned in Woking still waiting for right owner after 'heart-breaking' 600 days in care

Chichester Observer: Chichester residents respond to calls for them to 'help keep our high street alive'

Eastbourne Herald: Weather warning as Sussex prepares for series of 'high impact' thunderstorms

Crawley and Horley Observer: Campaign promoting West Sussex to visitors shifts up a gear

Mid Sussex Times: Access changes to plan for 500 Hassocks homes

Brighton and Hove News: Arsonists start another fire at derelict building in Hove

Brighton and Hove Independent: Council seeks flat blocks for temporary housing in Brighton and Hove

Worthing Herald: David Walliams’ Worthing Children’s Parade appearance in pictures

Hastings Observer: Hughie's Supercar Sunday in pictures

Severe accident: A23 East Sussex southbound

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A23 East Sussex southbound severe accident, from Preston Drove to Preston Park Avenue.

A23 East Sussex - A23 Preston Road in Preston blocked and queues southbound from the Preston Drove junction to the Preston Park Avenue junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A23 East Sussex both ways

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A23 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at Baker Street.

A23 East Sussex - A23 London Road in Brighton blocked and queues in both directions at the Baker Street junction, because of an accident involving bus and van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Pitching tents instead of golf balls?

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Golf may be replaced by glamping at Waterhall or Hollingbury following a proposed review of how the council uses the land.

A report publishes this week says since 2010 season ticket holder numbers have halved at both golf courses, which have been leased since 2010 on a ten-year contract by social enterprise Mytime Active.

Hollingbury Park Golf Course

The report going before next week’s meeting of the city council’s Tourism, Development and Culture committee asks councillors to consider future long-term leases for either golf or “other leisure use”.

One or both would kept as a golf course with the potential for other uses such as outdoor activity and education centres, camping, glamping, a country visitors centre, or an events venue.

A second option is for a ten-year management contract as currently operated, the third option is to operate both courses in-house, with a fourth possibility being to market both courses on a long-term lease for golf only.

The Tourism, Development and Culture Committee discusses the proposals when it meets at Hove Town Hall in public from 4pm on 20 June.

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The Argus: Southern Water redundancies - up to 200 jobs to go

Kent Online: Two years after Grenfell tower fire cladding remains on Gillingham tower block

Get Surrey: Drug dealers fleeing from police caught after accidentally driving down dead end Ashtead road

Chichester Observer: Bus and car in A259 collision

Eastbourne Herald: Thousands of pounds-worth of equipment stolen from Eastbourne croquet club

Crawley and Horley Observer: 26-year-old woman dies after collision near Burgess Hill

Worthing Herald: Shoreham man arrested with bizarre mix of potentially stolen items

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill teenager, 16, living with ‘crippling condition’ publishes her own collection of poems

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton's floral welcome scrapped

Hastings Observer: Hastings students get a taste of working world at Canary Wharf

Brighton and Hove Independent: Victory as disability advice service raises cash to keep going after cuts

Concern for 'vulnerable' missing man

Police in Sussex have appealed for help to find a vulnerable man who has gone missing from Hailsham.

Steven Dunne, 50, was seen on the town's High Street at about midday on Thursday, and has since been spotted in Brighton city centre.

Officers say they are concerned for him.

Steven is about 5ft 7in, of stocky build, with thinning grey hair and is clean shaven.

He was last seen wearing a navy top and jacket, blue jeans and green Adidas trainers.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 999 immediately.

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Youth projects 'curbing anti-social behaviour'

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors in Brighton and Hove are being asked to approve an extension of city council-funded youth projects after housing officials said they were helping curb anti-social behaviour among teenagers on council estates in the city.

Officers say there have been fewer complaints about youngsters at their regular meetings with residents since a series of projects were introduced across the city.

In a report to councillors, they say more than 2,000 young people have attended the ventures set up by organisations funded by the city council, visiting, on average, eight times.

They say the schemes, ranging from gaming to music sessions, skate parks to running a cafe, have boosted youngsters' confidence, established skills and knowledge and provided a rare opportunity for some teenagers to get out.

The children, young people and skills committee is being asked to extend youth contracts until the end of September 2020 to allow more time for recommissioning.

Almost half the youth services budget of £886,000 goes to the youth grants programme.

The housing and new homes committee is being asked to contribute another £125,000 to cover a six-month extension.

Investigation into cause of Adur bridge damage

Neville Dalton

Damaged glass panels on the Adur ferry bridge
Jacqui Peek

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to a footbridge across the River Adur - or have they?

Police and bridge owners West Sussex County Council are investigating the latest spate of damage to glass panels on the £10m Adur Ferry Bridge, which links Shoreham town centre with the beach.

The council says four panels, which cost about £1,000 each to repair, have been damaged in recent days.

Police are investigating reports of criminal damage by a group of youths, but the council wants to carry out tests to establish whether there was a recurrence of previous defects in the glass, which have been responsible for a number of previous similar incidents.

Investigations into a similar occurrence in 2014 established that impurities in the glass had caused some of the panels to shatter.

And a council spokesman said at least some of eight panels found damaged in January this year were the result of similar imperfections.

But the spokesman said the council would also be studying CCTV footage in case of other causes.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and an area search was carried out. However, there was no trace of the suspects and there are currently no further lines of inquiry."

Close-up of one of the damaged panels
Jacqui Peek
Close-up of damaged panel
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