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  • Review: A clear Focus

    Focus Multimedia's 200 Fonts provides exactly what it says on the box. It contains 1000 True Type fonts and 1,000 Postscript Type One fonts which can be used in any MS Windows-based word processing package. This will ensure that your documents look bright

  • Hardware

    The 3 Com PC Digital WebCam is the very first USB web camera I have used that worked first time without any arguments. True "plug and play" is alive and well, although I'm rather surprised to find myself writing this! The camera is a beautifully designed

  • Prince meets flood victims

    Prince Edward met the victims of flooding in Sussex today to express the royal family's concern for their plight. The Earl of Wessex toured the streets of Lewes to see for himself the devastation caused to homes and businesses. He spoke of the "nightmare

  • 100 guests flee hotel fire

    Guests had to be evacuated from an Eastbourne hotel after a blaze in a bathroom. Firefighters were called out early today to tackle the fire on the third floor of the Wish Tower Hotel in King Edward Parade. Crews were alerted at 6.30am after the blaze

  • Drug baron jailed for six years

    A drugs baron and two pushers have been jailed for a total of 14 years. Former Brighton pub landlord Christopher Mayne regularly travelled to town to buy and sell heroin and would journey back home after each day's "work", Lewes Crown Court heard yesterday

  • Forces are losing web-crime fight

    Law enforcers' lack of internet expertise is leaving them floundering in the fight against cyber-crime. Interpol chief Raymond Kendall said the growth in fraud and terrorism on the net has overwhelmed police forces and crime fighting organisations. Mr

  • The morning after the flood

    Sussex is today facing the aftermath of the floods as weather experts predict a brief respite from the rain. As river levels across the county return to normal, residents, businesses and officials are keeping their fingers crossed for precious dry hours

  • Save that saver!

    From Flying Toasters to the latest in push technology data feeds, the humble screensaver is growing in importance. But what has made it so popular? How do screensaver offerings like Natascha's Bikini and the adventures of Wallace and Gromit stack up against

  • No payout for sacked pub couple

    A couple who were sacked from a pub have won their case for unfair dismissal - but they will not get a penny in compensation. An employment tribunal decided Rick and Linda Voiello were unfairly dismissed but their behaviour constituted gross misconduct

  • P-P-P-Pick up our penguin

    It is not every day you get the chance to buy a penguin television star or a deer which upstaged Kirk Douglas in a film. But animal lovers are being given the chance to snap up one of the prettiest zoos in the country. Gatwick Zoo, which covers 11.4 acres

  • Byte: Play theory in the dock

    A computer programme has cast an unusual light on one of the longest-running debates in English literature. Academics have wondered whether the famous play Henry VIII, usually attributed to William Shakespeare, was written in collaboration with another

  • Byte: Rocky road for e-tailers

    Most online retail businesses will not survive in the long term, according to high street bank HSBC. While internet shopping will become an established part of mainstream retailing in the next few years, the real winners will be large existing businesses

  • Daewoo boss: Our troubles are over

    The boss of car firm Daewoo's Worthing's plant declared today: "The dark days are over." Jim Mason, managing director at the Daewoo technical centre in Lyons Farm, said last month's "disastrous" espisode, when the Korean firm could not afford to pay staff

  • Plea for action on playground vandals

    Most of Eastbourne's 38 play areas have been ruined by vandals, according to a residents' group. The Tenants Advisory Group is calling for action to stop gangs of youths vandalising playgrounds and terrorising neighbours at night. At a meeting tonight

  • Hunt for sex attacker

    Detectives are hunting a sex attacker who seriously assaulted a girl. It happened early on Sunday at the lower end of Montpelier Road, Brighton. After the incident a man walked the young girl along the seafront and then along Kingsway towards Hove Lagoon

  • Care home crisis talks

    Care home bosses are to hold crisis talks over the plight of elderly people who cannot find a place. The East Sussex Residential Care Homes Association has revealed 533 pensioners, some with mental health problems, are on the waiting list for residential

  • Teenager stabbed in head

    A teenager was stabbed in the head and another injured during a skirmish. Trouble flared between the two 18-year-olds at Downland Court in Portslade last night. One was stabbed above the eye while the other received minor injuries. The stabbed youth staggered

  • Town's big poll postponed

    Saltdean residents will have to wait until next year to vote on whether they want to be part of Brighton and Hove or Lewes. A referendum scheduled for this month has been postponed because of delays in sending out voting forms. Saltdean is currently controlled

  • Furniture shops' shock closure

    Scores of customers were today trying to ring an emergency hotline after two major furniture shops closed without warning. But they found the number given out by Landmark was permanently engaged. Many people have put down 15 per cent deposits on furniture

  • Women lead field in race against cancer

    Women who ran in memory of cancer victims have raised a record-breaking £76,000. More than 1,700 women from Brighton and East Sussex ran, walked and strolled the 5km course in Stanmer Park on June 25, cheered on by thousands of supporters. Rachel Palmer

  • Charity's new image

    A charity for the blind has unveiled a new image to help get its message across. The West Sussex Association for the Blind has changed its name to 4Sight and opened new HQ in Bognor. The makeover is designed to end confusion with other support groups

  • Smart relishing Yeovil tie

    Horsham skipper Matt Smart savoured an FA Cup trip to Conference leaders Yeovil and declared: "This is a dream tie." Hornets have been handed the toughest possible match in the fourth qualifying round draw. And there will be an awayday too for Lewes,

  • Skipper tips Worthing to challenge for title

    Skipper Mike Imrie is convinced his Worthing side can challenge for Three South East honours. The scrum half had a try disallowed as his side knocked Tunbridge Wells off top spot by drawing 8-8 at Roundstone Lane. Imrie admitted: "I was very proud of

  • Our population's welfare comes before city status

    Brighton can never truly become a city until it can support and sustain its population. Sure, it has a vibrant university culture, club scene, great shopping and many large companies have chosen to relocate in the area. The sad fact is these companies

  • Give schools room to grow

    Look at most secondary schools in the Brighton and Hove area and you will see major building projects. Millions of pounds is being spent on new classrooms and other centres as the schools not only expand but also specialise. Some schools such as the two

  • Any takers?

    An animal-loving millionaire is needed to buy Gatwick Zoo because the owners are selling-up after 27 years. It has grown during that time from modest beginnings into a garden zoo where most of the animals are not cooped up in cages but have room to roam

  • Carlo clinches hat-trick victory

    Brighton fought back from a goal down at Blackheath in the Kent and Regional League to claim their third win on the bounce and a 2-1 triumph. Blackheath had gone ahead after ten minutes, but Richard Love's short corner conversion sparked the comeback.

  • Self-service

    After reading about Southern Water overcharging for its rainwater damage service, I phoned the company to find out if I was eligible for the £18 rebate. I was eventually informed a rebate would only be paid after an inspection of my drainage system had

  • Farm appeal

    Farmer David Exwood, from Itchingfield, near Horsham, will be used as a model in a campaign promoting British food. He is among six to have been selected as the best talent on a tractor in a contest run by the National Farmers' Union. Dishy David should

  • Top of the class

    Congratulations to the head teacher and staff of Falmer High School on the excellent progress which has been taking place within the school. I invite prospective Year 7 parents within Brighton and Hove to visit Falmer and see for themselves what is happening

  • Four die in train horror

    At least four people are dead after a high-speed train came off the rails in Hertfordshire today. Nineteen people were seriously injured and there were 80 walking wounded after the 12.10pm London King's Cross to Leeds GNER service became derailed near

  • Gym'll fix it

    There was great disappointment when plans to provide new sporting facilities for Blatchington Mill School were unexpectedly ditched by Brighton and Hove Council when the King Alfred redevelopment plan was accepted. The gymnasium at BMS is antiquated and

  • Signal Failure, by Lizzie Enfield

    And then the lights went out and we sat in darkness for another 20 minutes, just outside Victoria", I finished in response to my boss's weary: "So what's your excuse today then?" Being an out and out Londoner, unless anything happens within a two mile

  • Joint force to tackle back pain

    Back trouble among staff is crippling almost two-thirds of small businesses in the UK, according to a new report. Some 13 million days are lost every year to 63 per cent of small firms where one-in-five people suffer from back strain, according to the

  • £6.5m deal that began in a shed

    One of Sussex's most successful new businesses has been sold for a staggering £6.5 million. The deal saw Brighton-based biotechnology firm Genpak Ltd merge with Genetix Group PLC on Friday. Together the two companies are expected to be valued at up to

  • Counting cost of red tape trouble

    The cost to Sussex's smallest businesses of putting new legislation into practice has more than doubled since last year. A survey of business advisers published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants showed that regulation is considered the most serious

  • Review: For the office

    Textbridge Pro Millennium software includes an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) package licensed by Microsoft. It claims to be productive straight from the box. But after a simple install, I hit my first snag shortly afterwards. The software was apparently

  • Review: A clear Focus

    Focus Multimedia's 200 Fonts provides exactly what it says on the box. It contains 1000 True Type fonts and 1,000 Postscript Type One fonts which can be used in any MS Windows-based word processing package. This will ensure that your documents look bright

  • Webcam

    You can gape at a lovely geyser courtesy of the Old Faithful WebCam. The famous geothermal feature sends its clouds of steam and boiling water spurting up into the air more often than any of the other 300 geysers in America's Yellowstone Park. As well

  • Prince meets flood victims

    Prince Edward met the victims of flooding in Sussex today to express the royal family's concern for their plight. The Earl of Wessex toured the streets of Lewes to see for himself the devastation caused to homes and businesses. He spoke of the "nightmare

  • Forces are losing web-crime fight

    Law enforcers' lack of internet expertise is leaving them floundering in the fight against cyber-crime. Interpol chief Raymond Kendall said the growth in fraud and terrorism on the net has overwhelmed police forces and crime fighting organisations. Mr

  • The morning after the flood

    Sussex is today facing the aftermath of the floods as weather experts predict a brief respite from the rain. As river levels across the county return to normal, residents, businesses and officials are keeping their fingers crossed for precious dry hours

  • Save that saver!

    From Flying Toasters to the latest in push technology data feeds, the humble screensaver is growing in importance. But what has made it so popular? How do screensaver offerings like Natascha's Bikini and the adventures of Wallace and Gromit stack up against

  • No payout for sacked pub couple

    A couple who were sacked from a pub have won their case for unfair dismissal - but they will not get a penny in compensation. An employment tribunal decided Rick and Linda Voiello were unfairly dismissed but their behaviour constituted gross misconduct

  • P-P-P-Pick up our penguin

    It is not every day you get the chance to buy a penguin television star or a deer which upstaged Kirk Douglas in a film. But animal lovers are being given the chance to snap up one of the prettiest zoos in the country. Gatwick Zoo, which covers 11.4 acres

  • Byte: Play theory in the dock

    A computer programme has cast an unusual light on one of the longest-running debates in English literature. Academics have wondered whether the famous play Henry VIII, usually attributed to William Shakespeare, was written in collaboration with another

  • Byte: A way to get rid of ads

    The face of the television industry may never be the same again after the UK launch of "intelligent" VCR TiVO. The £400 piece of equipment is designed to sit next to your television, "learn" what your favourite programmes are and record up to 40 hours

  • Byte: Rocky road for e-tailers

    Most online retail businesses will not survive in the long term, according to high street bank HSBC. While internet shopping will become an established part of mainstream retailing in the next few years, the real winners will be large existing businesses

  • Byte: BBC wins its name battle

    The BBC has won a landmark ruling preventing a rogue company from using a website address similar to its own for illicit purposes. A firm based in America had been using the address bbcnews.com to attract users but people logging on were finding a gambling

  • Hunt for sex attacker

    Detectives are hunting a sex attacker who seriously assaulted a girl. It happened early on Sunday at the lower end of Montpelier Road, Brighton. After the incident a man walked the young girl along the seafront and then along Kingsway towards Hove Lagoon

  • Byte: Shop shocks for e-buyers

    Internet shoppers run into problems with more than a third of online purchases according to a recent survey. The Trading Standards Institute claims late deliveries, wrong orders and even disappearing companies are among the pitfalls faced by customers

  • Teenager stabbed in head

    A teenager was stabbed in the head and another injured during a skirmish. Trouble flared between the two 18-year-olds at Downland Court in Portslade last night. One was stabbed above the eye while the other received minor injuries. The stabbed youth staggered

  • Town's big poll postponed

    Saltdean residents will have to wait until next year to vote on whether they want to be part of Brighton and Hove or Lewes. A referendum scheduled for this month has been postponed because of delays in sending out voting forms. Saltdean is currently controlled

  • Benefits bug still not fixed

    Hundreds of housing benefit letters are still being produced each week with mistakes because of a computer fault. But eagle-eyed staff are spotting almost all of them and preventing the mistakes from being sent out, councillors have been told. The fault

  • Women lead field in race against cancer

    Women who ran in memory of cancer victims have raised a record-breaking £76,000. More than 1,700 women from Brighton and East Sussex ran, walked and strolled the 5km course in Stanmer Park on June 25, cheered on by thousands of supporters. Rachel Palmer

  • Charity's new image

    A charity for the blind has unveiled a new image to help get its message across. The West Sussex Association for the Blind has changed its name to 4Sight and opened new HQ in Bognor. The makeover is designed to end confusion with other support groups

  • More agony for Freeman

    Albion marksman Darren Freeman is facing a second hernia operation. Last season's top scorer will be booked in for further surgery this week, destroying his hopes of an October comeback. Freeman had a double hernia operation on September 8. Manager Micky

  • Skipper tips Worthing to challenge for title

    Skipper Mike Imrie is convinced his Worthing side can challenge for Three South East honours. The scrum half had a try disallowed as his side knocked Tunbridge Wells off top spot by drawing 8-8 at Roundstone Lane. Imrie admitted: "I was very proud of

  • Give schools room to grow

    Look at most secondary schools in the Brighton and Hove area and you will see major building projects. Millions of pounds is being spent on new classrooms and other centres as the schools not only expand but also specialise. Some schools such as the two

  • Artificial

    Simon Fanshawe asks why I object to the city bid (Argus, September 21). I notice he uses the word town throughout his letter, which is more honest than Brighton and Hove Council which is already calling us a city. We need to divide the city concept from

  • Self-service

    After reading about Southern Water overcharging for its rainwater damage service, I phoned the company to find out if I was eligible for the £18 rebate. I was eventually informed a rebate would only be paid after an inspection of my drainage system had

  • Farm appeal

    Farmer David Exwood, from Itchingfield, near Horsham, will be used as a model in a campaign promoting British food. He is among six to have been selected as the best talent on a tractor in a contest run by the National Farmers' Union. Dishy David should

  • Heath want to build on success in cup

    Broadbridge Heath boss Sam Chapman reckons his side's cup exploits can help them launch a promotion bid. Heath won 2-0 at division one outfit Selsey in the John O'Hara Cup on Saturday, a fortnight after their 2-2 Senior Cup draw with top flight high-flyers

  • Out of touch

    Ann Widdecombe's demand for a fixed penalty fine for anyone caught in possession of cannabis shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are. Seven leading Tories have come out saying they have smoked cannabis. Even the police have said enforcing the

  • Drug test first

    The recent comments from various chief constables concerning cannabis raise many questions. However, there should be no question of legalising cannabis until there is in place a reliable drug-drive testing device similar to the drink-drive apparatus currently

  • Top of the class

    Congratulations to the head teacher and staff of Falmer High School on the excellent progress which has been taking place within the school. I invite prospective Year 7 parents within Brighton and Hove to visit Falmer and see for themselves what is happening

  • Four die in train horror

    At least four people are dead after a high-speed train came off the rails in Hertfordshire today. Nineteen people were seriously injured and there were 80 walking wounded after the 12.10pm London King's Cross to Leeds GNER service became derailed near

  • Joint force to tackle back pain

    Back trouble among staff is crippling almost two-thirds of small businesses in the UK, according to a new report. Some 13 million days are lost every year to 63 per cent of small firms where one-in-five people suffer from back strain, according to the

  • £6.5m deal that began in a shed

    One of Sussex's most successful new businesses has been sold for a staggering £6.5 million. The deal saw Brighton-based biotechnology firm Genpak Ltd merge with Genetix Group PLC on Friday. Together the two companies are expected to be valued at up to

  • Club sues police over 'harassment'

    A Brighton nightclub is suing Sussex Police for £150,000, claiming harassment. Club Barracuda, in Kings's Road Arches, claims police trespassed and cost it revenue during a series of "illegal" raids. Sussex Police said they would fight the county court

  • A silver screen launch despite floods

    A new home cinema system has been launched in the UK by a Sussex company. Owl Video Systems of Uckfield, the market leading supplier of large screen multimedia and video projection systems, took over Uckfield's Picture House to launch the Grand Cinema

  • Holiday inspires wine venture

    A skiing holiday in the French Alps helped to start a new Brighton-based specialist wine company. Burgundy Wines was set up in April by accountant Derek Fowlie and was officially launched this month by French wine expert Jean-Pierre Simonnet. Derek said

  • There's nothing like Dame Steve

    One of the country's best-known business women is in Brighton today to address a conference of leading librarians from around the world. Dame Stephanie Shirley changed her name to Steve at one point in order to break into the male-dominated world of business

  • Review: Mining same Trekkie territory

    That cash cow known as the Star Trek series has spat out another software title which will no doubt have Trekkies salivating. In Star Trek: New Worlds for the PC, the Romulans have uncovered new worlds in a distant galaxy and it's now a race with the

  • Review: Norton triumph against hackers

    Norton Internet Security offers three great new products from the Norton stable. They include Norton Personal Firewall, which offers defence against hackers, and Norton Antivirus and Norton Privacy Control, which aims to keep your personal information

  • Net Solutions

    With Andrew Hardy, owner of Doubleclick-IT Q: I have just bought an Epsom Stylus printer. Can you tell me what are the differences between glossy, premium and standard inkjet paper (apart from the price, that is)? A: Inkjet printers work by depositing

  • Investment with Stewart Dalby

    When internet banking came along two years ago, attracting depositors with better interest rates seemed a natural. The argument for internet banks is that because they do not have extensive branch networks and other costs they can offer better rates.

  • Hardware

    The 3 Com PC Digital WebCam is the very first USB web camera I have used that worked first time without any arguments. True "plug and play" is alive and well, although I'm rather surprised to find myself writing this! The camera is a beautifully designed

  • Drug baron jailed for six years

    A drugs baron and two pushers have been jailed for a total of 14 years. Former Brighton pub landlord Christopher Mayne regularly travelled to town to buy and sell heroin and would journey back home after each day's "work", Lewes Crown Court heard yesterday

  • Teen helped bomb train

    A 16-year-old youth has been sent to a young offenders' centre for 12 months after he admitted petrol bombing a Brighton commuter train. The teenager, who cannot be named, was one of three youths who hurled Molotov cocktails at a train leaving Moulsecoomb

  • Smashing idea for a marketing stunt

    Tool supplier Philip Banfield could hardly believe it when he received an order for 500 sledgehammers - far more than even the largest construction firm could need in a single purchase. He was even more surprised when he realised the customer was a hi-tech

  • Student fined over jet fire

    An American student who discarded a match which started a fire in a jumbo jet's toilet escaped jail on a legal loophole. Jonathan Grode, 23, of Bedford Square, Brighton, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court, and admitted acting in a manner likely to

  • MP: Don't give trains franchise to Connex

    An MP says it would be "a bizarre decision" if the franchise to run most Sussex trains was awarded to the current operator. Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson is calling on rail authority bosses not to award the South Central rail franchise to Connex. A decision

  • Smart relishing Yeovil tie

    Horsham skipper Matt Smart savoured an FA Cup trip to Conference leaders Yeovil and declared: "This is a dream tie." Hornets have been handed the toughest possible match in the fourth qualifying round draw. And there will be an awayday too for Lewes,

  • Horsham back in the high life

    After two years of misery, Horsham are top of the table and smiling again. The Coolhurst club have crashed through three divisions since 1998, but Saturday's 32-5 defeat of UC Chichester has taken them into pole position in Sussex One on points difference

  • Help us help them

    There is great spirit in Brighton for helping people. I know because we are at the sharp end! Most people, though, need to be shown how they can best help the homeless and those in need. As part of a registered local charity, Crossover serves hot food

  • Our population's welfare comes before city status

    Brighton can never truly become a city until it can support and sustain its population. Sure, it has a vibrant university culture, club scene, great shopping and many large companies have chosen to relocate in the area. The sad fact is these companies

  • Lewes pitched into a sea of troubles

    Lewes face three months in exile after their Southdown pitch was heavily damaged by last week's flooding. The premier division club are expecting to completely relay their artificial pitch, which would leave Lewes without a base until after Christmas.

  • Any takers?

    An animal-loving millionaire is needed to buy Gatwick Zoo because the owners are selling-up after 27 years. It has grown during that time from modest beginnings into a garden zoo where most of the animals are not cooped up in cages but have room to roam

  • Carlo clinches hat-trick victory

    Brighton fought back from a goal down at Blackheath in the Kent and Regional League to claim their third win on the bounce and a 2-1 triumph. Blackheath had gone ahead after ten minutes, but Richard Love's short corner conversion sparked the comeback.

  • Sidelined

    We have opened a small independent record shop in St George's Road and are worried the draft Local Plan Brighton and Hove Council is putting forward (Argus, October 13), which fails to designate parts of Kemp Town as a shopping area, will leave our area

  • Gym'll fix it

    There was great disappointment when plans to provide new sporting facilities for Blatchington Mill School were unexpectedly ditched by Brighton and Hove Council when the King Alfred redevelopment plan was accepted. The gymnasium at BMS is antiquated and

  • Signal Failure, by Lizzie Enfield

    And then the lights went out and we sat in darkness for another 20 minutes, just outside Victoria", I finished in response to my boss's weary: "So what's your excuse today then?" Being an out and out Londoner, unless anything happens within a two mile

  • Counting cost of red tape trouble

    The cost to Sussex's smallest businesses of putting new legislation into practice has more than doubled since last year. A survey of business advisers published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants showed that regulation is considered the most serious

  • Review: Mining same Trekkie territory

    That cash cow known as the Star Trek series has spat out another software title which will no doubt have Trekkies salivating. In Star Trek: New Worlds for the PC, the Romulans have uncovered new worlds in a distant galaxy and it's now a race with the

  • Review: Norton triumph against hackers

    Norton Internet Security offers three great new products from the Norton stable. They include Norton Personal Firewall, which offers defence against hackers, and Norton Antivirus and Norton Privacy Control, which aims to keep your personal information

  • Review: For the office

    Textbridge Pro Millennium software includes an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) package licensed by Microsoft. It claims to be productive straight from the box. But after a simple install, I hit my first snag shortly afterwards. The software was apparently

  • Net Solutions

    With Andrew Hardy, owner of Doubleclick-IT Q: I have just bought an Epsom Stylus printer. Can you tell me what are the differences between glossy, premium and standard inkjet paper (apart from the price, that is)? A: Inkjet printers work by depositing

  • Investment with Stewart Dalby

    When internet banking came along two years ago, attracting depositors with better interest rates seemed a natural. The argument for internet banks is that because they do not have extensive branch networks and other costs they can offer better rates.

  • Webcam

    You can gape at a lovely geyser courtesy of the Old Faithful WebCam. The famous geothermal feature sends its clouds of steam and boiling water spurting up into the air more often than any of the other 300 geysers in America's Yellowstone Park. As well

  • Teen helped bomb train

    A 16-year-old youth has been sent to a young offenders' centre for 12 months after he admitted petrol bombing a Brighton commuter train. The teenager, who cannot be named, was one of three youths who hurled Molotov cocktails at a train leaving Moulsecoomb

  • Smashing idea for a marketing stunt

    Tool supplier Philip Banfield could hardly believe it when he received an order for 500 sledgehammers - far more than even the largest construction firm could need in a single purchase. He was even more surprised when he realised the customer was a hi-tech

  • Jeff's novel way of publishing

    A man who decided to write a novel after a life-changing health scare has come up with a DIY internet publishing concept. For the last 15 years of his career, Jeff Clark-Meads was a successful writer and news editor in the national music press. Then he

  • Is this the future of bus travel?

    Details of a £27 million system that experts say will change the face of public transport are to be unveiled. The concept of the futuristic FastWay scheme for Crawley and neighbouring Horley was first aired last year. Firms and local people have since

  • Byte: A way to get rid of ads

    The face of the television industry may never be the same again after the UK launch of "intelligent" VCR TiVO. The £400 piece of equipment is designed to sit next to your television, "learn" what your favourite programmes are and record up to 40 hours

  • Head quits over budget dispute

    The principal of a sixth form college has stepped down after a disagreement on the way its budget is spent. Brian Derbyshire, 61, had planned to stay at Haywards Heath Sixth Form College until his retirement in four years. But now he will take early retirement

  • Student fined over jet fire

    An American student who discarded a match which started a fire in a jumbo jet's toilet escaped jail on a legal loophole. Jonathan Grode, 23, of Bedford Square, Brighton, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court, and admitted acting in a manner likely to

  • Byte: BBC wins its name battle

    The BBC has won a landmark ruling preventing a rogue company from using a website address similar to its own for illicit purposes. A firm based in America had been using the address bbcnews.com to attract users but people logging on were finding a gambling

  • Inquiry over famous hotel site

    A public inquiry will decide whether the site of a famous hotel can be turned into luxury flats. The seafront Warnes Hotel was once Worthing's grandest and in its heyday played host to King Edward VII and Winston Churchill. But it was destroyed by fire

  • Byte: Shop shocks for e-buyers

    Internet shoppers run into problems with more than a third of online purchases according to a recent survey. The Trading Standards Institute claims late deliveries, wrong orders and even disappearing companies are among the pitfalls faced by customers

  • Crime crackdown on factory estate

    Businesses are joining forces to crack down on vandals and thieves at an industrial estate in Worthing. CCTV cameras will be installed and nightly security patrols mounted in a £16,500 pilot scheme on the Goring Business Park. Police dealt with 40 incidents

  • MP: Don't give trains franchise to Connex

    An MP says it would be "a bizarre decision" if the franchise to run most Sussex trains was awarded to the current operator. Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson is calling on rail authority bosses not to award the South Central rail franchise to Connex. A decision

  • Benefits bug still not fixed

    Hundreds of housing benefit letters are still being produced each week with mistakes because of a computer fault. But eagle-eyed staff are spotting almost all of them and preventing the mistakes from being sent out, councillors have been told. The fault

  • More agony for Freeman

    Albion marksman Darren Freeman is facing a second hernia operation. Last season's top scorer will be booked in for further surgery this week, destroying his hopes of an October comeback. Freeman had a double hernia operation on September 8. Manager Micky

  • Horsham back in the high life

    After two years of misery, Horsham are top of the table and smiling again. The Coolhurst club have crashed through three divisions since 1998, but Saturday's 32-5 defeat of UC Chichester has taken them into pole position in Sussex One on points difference

  • Help us help them

    There is great spirit in Brighton for helping people. I know because we are at the sharp end! Most people, though, need to be shown how they can best help the homeless and those in need. As part of a registered local charity, Crossover serves hot food

  • Lewes pitched into a sea of troubles

    Lewes face three months in exile after their Southdown pitch was heavily damaged by last week's flooding. The premier division club are expecting to completely relay their artificial pitch, which would leave Lewes without a base until after Christmas.

  • Artificial

    Simon Fanshawe asks why I object to the city bid (Argus, September 21). I notice he uses the word town throughout his letter, which is more honest than Brighton and Hove Council which is already calling us a city. We need to divide the city concept from

  • Heath want to build on success in cup

    Broadbridge Heath boss Sam Chapman reckons his side's cup exploits can help them launch a promotion bid. Heath won 2-0 at division one outfit Selsey in the John O'Hara Cup on Saturday, a fortnight after their 2-2 Senior Cup draw with top flight high-flyers

  • Out of touch

    Ann Widdecombe's demand for a fixed penalty fine for anyone caught in possession of cannabis shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are. Seven leading Tories have come out saying they have smoked cannabis. Even the police have said enforcing the

  • Drug test first

    The recent comments from various chief constables concerning cannabis raise many questions. However, there should be no question of legalising cannabis until there is in place a reliable drug-drive testing device similar to the drink-drive apparatus currently

  • Sidelined

    We have opened a small independent record shop in St George's Road and are worried the draft Local Plan Brighton and Hove Council is putting forward (Argus, October 13), which fails to designate parts of Kemp Town as a shopping area, will leave our area

  • Action promised on flood spots

    More action is being pledged to tackle flood trouble spots in Mid Sussex as the mop-up operation continues. Experts believe the spending of more than £2 million on improved drainage at vulnerable streams kept the damage to a minimum. But they say more

  • Pop heroes come home

    Hundreds of fans clamoured to see the homecoming of a group of local chart heroes last night. Eastbourne band Toploader took the stage at the packed Floral Halls in a one-off gig to say thank you to loyal fans. The band has enjoyed a sensational year

  • Club sues police over 'harassment'

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    A new home cinema system has been launched in the UK by a Sussex company. Owl Video Systems of Uckfield, the market leading supplier of large screen multimedia and video projection systems, took over Uckfield's Picture House to launch the Grand Cinema

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