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Air ambulance called as fire rips through house

SMOKE is pouring from a house after a ferocious fire broke out inside. Residents living nearby are being urged to keep their windows closed as the inferno rages in Anscombe Road, Worthing. The air ambulance has also been called to the scene. Speaking at 7.38pm, a West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Multiple crews are at a house fire in Anscombe Road, Worthing. "There’s a lot of smoke so, if you live nearby, please keep windows closed. "Six pumps, plus the Aerial Ladder Plat
By Harry Bullmore
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Brighton Speed Trials cancelled amid virus safety concerns

A HISTORIC motoring event has been cancelled as organisers fear the safety of spectators could be compromised. The 2020 Frosts Brighton National Speed Trials are held annually in Madeira Drive but the usual assortment of cars and motorbikes will not descend on the seafront this year. All entrants and advance ticket holders have been given a full refund with organisers saying that the current government guidelines surrounding coronavirus mean it “will not be possible” for the event to go ahead.
By Harry Bullmore
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Council urged to renovate 'dangerous' seafront basketball court

A MUSICIAN is urging the council to act quickly and renovate a seafront basketball court. Gerrald Emeagwali, also known as MagicOfficialTMC, says the site in Brighton is a major asset for the city but has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. The 30-year-old said: “People come down to the city and what catches their eye? Not the i360 or the pier, it’s the basketball court. All the people, the music, the vibe there. “How many basketball courts do you know in the world which have that
By Harry Bullmore
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Dame Vera Lynn's daughter thanks British public for 'tremendous support'

DAME Vera Lynn’s daughter has thanked the British public for its “tremendous support” since the beloved singer’s death at the age of 103. The Forces Sweetheart, who entertained troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War, died in June. She was laid to rest last month and Virginia Lewis-Jones said the family has been touched by tributes left at the adored performer’s home in the village of Ditchling, near Brighton. And she shared the family’s hope that peop
By Harry Bullmore
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Body of man found at the bottom of cliff in early hours

POLICE have confirmed that the body of a man has been recovered from the bottom of a cliff. Officers responded to reports of a body on the Undercliff Walk near the Whitecliffs Cafe in Saltdean in the early hours of this morning. The force, who were called at 4.52am, say the death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner’s officer has been informed. This is the second death in the area in the past week. On Wednesday evening, a woman died after falling from the cliffs in Marine Drive
By Harry Bullmore
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Pilot dies as plane crashes and bursts into flames

A PILOT died after their plane crashed and caught fire. Fire crews were called to the scene in Herring Lane near Heathfield shortly after 11am today. Teams rushed to the crash site and extinguished the aircraft using foam, but the pilot could not be saved. A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 11:05, firefighters from Heathfield, Uckfield, Battle and Wadhurst attended Herrings Lane in Heathfield following reports of a light aircraft crash. “Crews used one in seven f
By Harry Bullmore
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Pride flag torched in homophobic related hate crime

A PRIDE flag was snatched from a garden then set alight. A man has been charged with committing a homophobic related hate crime related arson following the shocking late night incident in Brighton. The flag was taken from a garden in Beaconsfield Road and burned shortly before 10pm on Saturday. This would have been the weekend when Brighton and Hove Pride was celebrated across the city’s streets. But people were instead urged to mark the occasion at home through a digital festival after the
By Harry Bullmore
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Body found in search for missing Hove kayaker

A BODY has been found following a major search for a missing kayaker. Police were called to Hove seafront in the early hours of this morning to reports of a body found on the beach. Officers say the body is believed to be that of the missing person. A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Hove seafront at 5.30am today to reports of a body found on the beach. "Formal identification has yet to take place, but the body is believed to be that of a kayaker reported missing on Sun
By Harry Bullmore
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Plane crash sparks large emergency services response

FIRE crews rushed to the scene of a plane crash. The aircraft came down in Heathfield shortly after 11.00am today. Police and ambulance crews have joined firefighters from Heathfield, Uckfield, Battle and Wadhurst at the scene in Herring Lane. An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews were called following reports of a light aircraft crash. “They used one in seven foam to extinguish the fire.” Sussex Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service have been contacted f
By Harry Bullmore
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Brighton Palace Pier misses out on pier of the year (but did it deserve to win?)

CLACTON Pier has been crowned Pier of the Year by the National Piers Society. It’s a big achievement for Europe’s largest pleasure pier and it was followed by Clevedon Pier in second place and our own Palace Pier in third. But, and perhaps this is Brightonian pride talking, we think our own attraction has what it takes to claim first place from the Essex jetty. It has been more than two decades since the gong was last awarded to the city’s jewel in its crown. Other Sussex sites have been pre
By Harry Bullmore
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Lallana compares Albion to Liverpool as he praises club's commitment to passing game

NEW signing Adam Lallana has compared Albion’s “development process” with that of his former club Liverpool. The midfielder said he was excited to be a part of the Seagulls’ ongoing progress and was full of praise for the club’s footballing philosophy. The Premier League and UEFA Champions League winner said: “In terms of a way of playing, they want to handle the ball, control play and dominate possession – they are some of my strengths. “It excites me to play like that, but you can’t just re
By Harry Bullmore
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New Levi's store at shopping centre offers fans chance to customise their clothes

A POPULAR clothes shop has made the move into a larger site and plans to tailor its service to suit customers perfectly. Levi’s revealed its all-new 2,000 sq ft store in Churchill Square last week which features The Levi’s Tailor Shop. This new service offers customers the opportunity to drop by and receive specialist alterations to their favourite Levi’s clothes, such as adding personalised touches or changing the fit. Jamie Dickson, Levi’s district manager for South East England, said: “Whi
By Harry Bullmore
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Search continues for teen missing for almost a week

POLICE are searching for a missing teenager who is believed to have taken a train away from his hometown. Reece Murphy Maynard from Crawley was last seen on Monday, July 27. He is believed to have boarded a train to Croydon. Reece is white, 5ft 3in tall and has dark brown hair. He is slim and was wearing a grey, zip-up hoodie, bright blue joggers and carrying a JD Sports bag when he went missing. PC Heather Burrage said: "We are concerned for Reece as he is only 15. "He has links to the south
By Harry Bullmore
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No coronavirus deaths recorded at Sussex hospitals for more than two weeks

THERE have been no deaths of coronavirus patients recorded at Sussex hospitals for more than two weeks. The last fatality was confirmed by the East Sussex NHS Trust on July 16, taking its total to 99. This trust operates Bexhill Hospital, the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital. The figures for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (148) Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (113
By Harry Bullmore
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'No further planned searches taking place today' for kayaker missing for 34 hours

THE Coastguard says there are “no further planned searches” for a kayaker who has been missing for more than 34 hours. Crews were scrambled shortly after 10am yesterday morning after receiving reports of “a person seen going into the water from a kayak off Hove Lagoon near Brighton”. An empty kayak and paddle were found on the shore nearby shortly afterwards. Police, Coastguard and lifeboat crews launched a major search operation spanning more than eight hours. Boats patrolled the shore and
By Harry Bullmore
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Parking to give way to new bike lane in seafront road with work starting today

WORK installing a new temporary bike lane along a seafront road is starting today. The cycle lane will cover a stretch of the A259 between the Brighton Palace Pier and Fourth Avenue in Hove. It will be used by cyclists travelling westbound and, when a second phase of work is completed later this year, it will extend to the western boundary of the city. Eastbound cyclists will continue to use the existing cycle lane. READ MORE>>>Brighton seafront parking to make way for seafront bike lane Bu
By Harry Bullmore
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A look inside one of the most compact flats in Sussex

A VERY compact flat is on the market for £110,000. There is a toilet, shower, sofa-bed and kitchen area squeezed into nine square metres in the property in Buckingham Place, Brighton. It is a first floor studio apartment which is currently being leased for £450 per month. But it is now being sold at auction, with property website Zoopla giving a guide price of £110,000. A floor plan of the flat shows the apartment measures 3.86m by 2.36m. It was last sold in February 2012 for £165,000, and
By Harry Bullmore
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Brighton expat dies in manhole fall

A 39-YEAR-OLD man died after falling down a manhole in Spain. Expat Richie Kennedy, originally from Brighton, was stuck down the hole for 15 hours before being found by his partner. He was walking home after spending an evening with friends when the fatal incident happened in Calahonda, in Spain’s Costa del Sol - a popular tourist area. His partner Claus Dueholm, 56, told a national newspaper he had stepped over a barrier at the side of the road the following morning and found Mr Kennedy “lyi
By Harry Bullmore
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Man raped in city centre assault

A MAN has been charged with rape following an early hours incident over the weekend. Police responded to reports of a rape in New England Road, Brighton, at 5am on Saturday. The victim, a 25-year-old man, is currently receiving support from specially trained officers. Aynul Hoque, 31, of New England Road in Brighton, has been charged with rape and remanded in custody to appear before ​Brighton Magistrates’ Court today. Sussex Police are continuing their investigation into the incident and are
By Harry Bullmore
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Mercedes left lying on its side in the middle of the road after crash

A MERCEDES flipped on to its side in a residential street. Police are on the scene diverting traffic around the crash site in Elm Grove, Brighton. Officers were called to the scene shortly before 11am and confirmed there was only one vehicle involved in the collision. The grey car remained lying on its side in the middle of the road for more than an hour. Recovery crews arrived at the scene shortly before noon to remove the vehicle. • Keep up-to-date with all the latest traffic and travel ne
By Harry Bullmore
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Latest fatal crash 'can't be ignored' as number of collisions mounts at junction

CAMPAIGNERS are pressing for action over a hazardous junction after a women in her 70s was killed at the turning on Wednesday. The fatal accident happened at the junction between the A26 and the B2109 Avis Road near Newhaven – and just over 24 hours later there was another collision there. Two vehicles crashed at about 6.30pm yesterday and the road was blocked as emergency services went to the scene. It was the latest in a string of accidents at the site. Just last month a motorcyclist and t
By Harry Bullmore
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Visitors urged to use national park responsibly after 'wild camping and raves'

WILD camping, raves and parking on verges have been reported at a beauty spot during lockdown. South Downs National Park Authority chief executive Trevor Beattie has urged visitors to use the area responsibly after burn marks were left in the grass by barbecues. Park rangers patrol the area and provide reports on what has been going on each week. Mr Beattie said: “For the last couple of months, every Monday morning, I have seen widespread reports of verge parking, wild camping and raves. “La
By Harry Bullmore
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Vegan KFC style chicken shop to open on seafront

A FRIED chicken shop with a twist will soon be opening its doors for the first time. Really Happy Chicken is looking to launch its Brighton site on Tuesday. The shop might be inspired by KFC, but there will not be a chicken breast in sight at the Preston Street venue. Instead, chefs will be frying up a delicious plant-based alternative made from seitan - a wheat protein made to look, taste and feel like the real deal. And, for fitness fanatics looking to hit their protein quota for the day,
By Harry Bullmore
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Brighton to be hotter than Canary Islands this week

BRIGHTON will be hotter than the Canary Islands tomorrow with temperatures soaring to 28C. The mercury will reach a high of 25C today, the Met Office predicts, with the hottest conditions at 7pm. But sun worshippers are in for a treat tomorrow with scorching heat all day. Thermometers will not drop below 24C between 9am and 5pm, with the peak at 2pm. High temperatures have encouraged large numbers of people to travel to Brighton and Hove to enjoy the beach during lockdown. This has sparked
By Harry Bullmore
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'Do not attend' - Police issue stern warning over unofficial Pride event

POLICE have urged people not to attend an unofficial Pride party planned for this weekend. There are unconfirmed reports that partygoers are set to make a beeline for Brighton tomorrow - ahead of what would have been Pride weekend. The celebration brought 450,000 people on to the city's streets last year. The official Brighton Pride event has been moved online with performances from the likes of Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne to be broadcast into revellers' living rooms, allowing them to celebra
By Harry Bullmore
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Woman in her 70s dies after being hit by lorry

AN ELDERLY pedestrian has died after being hit by a lorry. The air ambulance was called to the A26 New Road near Newhaven following the crash. But the woman, who was in her 70s, died at the scene. This afternoon, Sussex Police issued a statement on the collision. A spokeswoman said: "Emergency services attended reports of a collision in Avis Road, Newhaven, involving a lorry and a pedestrian at 12.04pm today. "The pedestrian - a woman in her 70s - was pronounced dead at the scene. "Traffic
By Harry Bullmore
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Teen 'set on fire' as men in balaclavas attack group of youngsters

A TEENAGER was "set on fire" as masked men attacked a group of youngsters at a lake. The brutal assault happened at Swanbourne Lake in Arundel in the early hours of today. Reports have been widely circulated on social media saying a group of youngsters were robbed and beaten by masked men and were seriously hurt. It was claimed that barbed wire was used in the attack and one of the teenagers suffered a broken jaw. The youngster who was allegedly "set on fire" was said to be "in a bad way".
By Harry Bullmore
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'Severe delays' after crash on A27

A CRASH is causing severe delays on the A27. Long queues have formed near Arundel following a collision at about 10.30am. Police and fire crews are currently at the scene. An AA spokesman warned of lengthy delays of up to 16 minutes in the area as a result of the incident. He said: “The road is partially blocked and there is queueing traffic due to a collision involving two vehicles on the A27 Chichester Road both ways between the A284 Arundel Bypass and Binsted Lane (at The White Swan). “T
By Harry Bullmore
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