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  • Royal hand of comfort

    The Earl of Wessex comforted people worst hit by the floods during a tour of Sussex. During the three-hour visit to Lewes, Uckfield and Isfield yesterday, Prince Edward spoke of the "nightmare" now facing hundreds of people and praised the community spirit

  • Flood watch on rivers

    The Environment Agency today warned more flooding was possible in the South East as up to an inch of rain threatened to fall on saturated river catchments. A week after Sussex was hit by the worst flooding for 40 years, rivers that burst their banks had

  • The prince of tides

    The Earl of Wessex visited Sussex to meet shopkeepers, residents and farmers whose homes and businesses were destroyed by floods. Crowds lined the streets to welcome Prince Edward, who heard first-hand accounts of the devastation caused by the worst floods

  • First payouts for flood damage

    A Lewes trader was one of the first to receive money from loss adjusters to pay for damage caused by floods. Yesterday organic butcher Colin Staplehurst, who trades from Riverside in Lewes, received £10,000 from the Ashworth Mair Group. It is one of the

  • Factory wrecked by blaze

    Flames shot 20ft into the air as a factory was destroyed by fire last night. More than 50 firefighters from East and West Sussex tackled the blaze at a pine furniture unit in Wellington Road, Portslade, adjoining Shoreham Harbour. The heat was so intense

  • More waiting for axed dinner ladies

    Five hundred sacked dinner ladies face a further wait for redundancy payments after a former school meals catering firm was forced to pick up the £300,000 bill. An employment tribunal ruled CastleView was responsible for making the payout to their former

  • Boy, 13, in hit-and-run terror

    Police are hunting a hit-and-run driver who left a 13-year-old boy lying injured in the road. The teenager was one of two friends crossing Hide Hallow in Langney, Eastbourne, when a car appeared to run at them. One of the youngsters managed to leap out

  • Blackmailer's sentence cut

    A man who sent sexually explicit and threatening letters to air hostesses at Gatwick has had his eight-year jail term halved. Keith Downer, 42, of Tadworth, Surrey, pleaded guilty to eight counts of blackmail at Chichester Crown Court on November 10 last

  • Hunt saboteur loses court battle with police

    A West Sussex hunt saboteur says he may appeal after losing a courtroom bid to sue the police. A county court judge at Chichester rejected Simon Wild's claims for malicious prosecution, unlawful imprisonment and assault. The case is expected to cost the

  • Offices plan to keep church standing

    Brighton's best-known church could house offices or a caf as part of a rescue bid. Crumbling St Peter's, the Grade II* listed parish church of Brighton in York Place, needs at least £2 million spent to restore it to its former glory. Part of the church

  • Albion's success down to teamwork

    Micky Adams has applauded the teamwork which could help Albion emulate a club record against Hartlepool tonight. The Seagulls go into the Withdean clash fresh from six straight clean sheets. That is one short of the best shut-out sequence, achieved in

  • FA Cup: Lewes heartbreak in Fa Cup

    Lewes boss Jimmy Quinn is threatening to report referee Danny Nemorin-Noel to the FA after their heartbreaking cup exit last night. Quinn was furious with a number of incidents which went unpunished by the official before Lewes eventually lost in a shoot

  • Non-league: Ryman sides slip-up

    Bognor piled up 19 corners to hosts Wealdstone's three but still suffered defeat to their fellow Division One strugglers. Wealdstone were unlucky after 12 minutes when a fierce shot from Jones hit the post and Mitchell Murphy smashed the rebound against

  • Who owned my T?

    Since 1950 I have owned a 1912 Ford Model T Tourer, registration number CD 1591. I would be interested to know who the original owner was. Presumably he or she lived in Brighton, which at the time had only about 2,000 motor vehicles on the streets. Perhaps

  • Pollution disaster proves Portobello is so essential

    With the disastrous closing of 15 miles of local beaches due to severe contamination by balls of fat washed out the sewers, the Campaign of Residents Against Portobello (CRAP) has been dealt a mortal blow. The incident has proved the need for an additional

  • Dinner ladies out in the cold

    West Sussex County Council has got away with its scandalous decision not to compensate redundant dinner ladies - for the moment. An employment tribunal has made the amazing ruling that Castle View, the company that lost the contract for providing the

  • Timid council

    I don't understand what all the fuss is about the Brighton Station site. John Ballance, executive councillor for the environment, has often mumbled about how it will be an exemplar of 21st century development. He is right. It is a development of no vision

  • Bid to stop cliff deaths

    Fencing is to be erected on a cliff top to deter people from falling to their death. Nine people have been killed in falls at Black Rock in Brighton, close to the Asda supermarket at the Marina. In several cases, verdicts of suicide have been recorded

  • Princely support

    Prince Edward helped raise morale in Lewes when he paid a visit to areas of the county town that were wrecked by floods last week. He spoke to victims of the deluge, such as shopkeepers and homeowners, who lost possessions and will have to spend weeks

  • Get facts right

    Simon Fanshawe should get his facts right. The "vast majority of the council" has not given the station site brief its support simply because it was agreed at Policy and Resources Committee, where only 21 of a total of 78 councillors sit. I also can't

  • Cultural chaos

    Part of John Parry's column (Argus, October 13) has for once missed the point. It is true this country is and always has been a multi-cultural society. However, it is now the sheer numbers which make up the numerous different cultures and religions, all

  • Bus frustration

    After living on Whitehawk estate for three years, I am still trying to make some sense of the bus service here. In the not-so-distant past there was a fairly reliable service which consisted of buses 42, 44 and 44a. Now we seem to have a bus service with

  • Common sense

    Having declared their tough line on drugs, the recent revelations concerning which Conservative shadow ministers have tried cannabis have been a source of much amusement. However, it diverts attention from a more important issue on which the Tories are

  • Detectives swoop on 40 homes

    Police swooped on dozens of homes in West Sussex today as part of a crackdown on burglars and drug dealers. Operation Cursor was one of the biggest operations yet mounted in by Sussex Police's western division, involving more than 50 officers. The dawn

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    Well, it's been an exhausting business but now, after six long months, it looks as if I've finally got The Mother into a home - mine. We've sold her house and by this time next week we will be living together, just the two of us, like a couple of salt

  • Home-grown farm talent on a tractor

    Bachelor David Exwood has been voted one of the tastiest farmers in the country. He was one of five men and one woman to be picked as the best talent on a tractor in a National Farmers' Union contest. David, 31, of Westons Farm, Itchingfield, Horsham,

  • Flood-hit farmers 'may never recover'

    Farmers in the South East hit by devastating floods that destroyed crops and killed livestock may find it impossible to recover, insurers warned today. NFU Mutual, the official insurer of the National Farmers' Union, said more than 350 claims made so

  • Tomboy - Lottery Gamble

    A Sussex man won £16 million on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" by guesswork. Tomboy appears daily in The Argus and is updated each day on this website. You can see more of Tomboy on www.moontoon.co.uk The Moontoon website also has comic strips, greeting

  • Profits fall £9m at Debenhams

    Department store group Debenhams reported a £9 million drop in full-year profits. But the company said that against a background of tough market conditions, its performance had been "very creditable". The group, which last month appointed trading director

  • New pool for Hove

    Work has started on a new seafront paddling pool which will be ready for next summer. There were protests when the 65-year-old paddling pool by the Brighton's West Pier was closed after serving children for many years. Now Brighton and Hove Council is

  • Royal hand of comfort

    The Earl of Wessex comforted people worst hit by the floods during a tour of Sussex. During the three-hour visit to Lewes, Uckfield and Isfield yesterday, Prince Edward spoke of the "nightmare" now facing hundreds of people and praised the community spirit

  • Flood watch on rivers

    The Environment Agency today warned more flooding was possible in the South East as up to an inch of rain threatened to fall on saturated river catchments. A week after Sussex was hit by the worst flooding for 40 years, rivers that burst their banks had

  • First payouts for flood damage

    A Lewes trader was one of the first to receive money from loss adjusters to pay for damage caused by floods. Yesterday organic butcher Colin Staplehurst, who trades from Riverside in Lewes, received £10,000 from the Ashworth Mair Group. It is one of the

  • More waiting for axed dinner ladies

    Five hundred sacked dinner ladies face a further wait for redundancy payments after a former school meals catering firm was forced to pick up the £300,000 bill. An employment tribunal ruled CastleView was responsible for making the payout to their former

  • Cannabis addiction ruined my son's life

    As public support for the decriminalisation of cannabis grows, Linsey Wynton speaks to one mother who says the drug can ruin lives. Matthew Lancaster was a bright young man with a promising future as a computer technician ahead of him. But by the time

  • FA Cup: Lewes heartbreak in Fa Cup

    Lewes boss Jimmy Quinn is threatening to report referee Danny Nemorin-Noel to the FA after their heartbreaking cup exit last night. Quinn was furious with a number of incidents which went unpunished by the official before Lewes eventually lost in a shoot

  • Non-league: Ryman sides slip-up

    Bognor piled up 19 corners to hosts Wealdstone's three but still suffered defeat to their fellow Division One strugglers. Wealdstone were unlucky after 12 minutes when a fierce shot from Jones hit the post and Mitchell Murphy smashed the rebound against

  • Who owned my T?

    Since 1950 I have owned a 1912 Ford Model T Tourer, registration number CD 1591. I would be interested to know who the original owner was. Presumably he or she lived in Brighton, which at the time had only about 2,000 motor vehicles on the streets. Perhaps

  • Pollution disaster proves Portobello is so essential

    With the disastrous closing of 15 miles of local beaches due to severe contamination by balls of fat washed out the sewers, the Campaign of Residents Against Portobello (CRAP) has been dealt a mortal blow. The incident has proved the need for an additional

  • Dinner ladies out in the cold

    West Sussex County Council has got away with its scandalous decision not to compensate redundant dinner ladies - for the moment. An employment tribunal has made the amazing ruling that Castle View, the company that lost the contract for providing the

  • Timid council

    I don't understand what all the fuss is about the Brighton Station site. John Ballance, executive councillor for the environment, has often mumbled about how it will be an exemplar of 21st century development. He is right. It is a development of no vision

  • Princely support

    Prince Edward helped raise morale in Lewes when he paid a visit to areas of the county town that were wrecked by floods last week. He spoke to victims of the deluge, such as shopkeepers and homeowners, who lost possessions and will have to spend weeks

  • Banging on

    The recent treatment of the Southern Aurora Drum and Bugle Band by Brighton and Hove Council was disgraceful and shows a remarkable change in attitude towards voluntary organisations, particularly those concerned with youngsters. The facts indicate in

  • Cultural chaos

    Part of John Parry's column (Argus, October 13) has for once missed the point. It is true this country is and always has been a multi-cultural society. However, it is now the sheer numbers which make up the numerous different cultures and religions, all

  • Policy is right

    Far be it for me to rise to the defence of Adam Trimingham regarding his article on pensions; he is well able to look after himself. However, the Government's approach, albeit unpopular, does make long-term economic sense. It also makes short-term moral

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    Well, it's been an exhausting business but now, after six long months, it looks as if I've finally got The Mother into a home - mine. We've sold her house and by this time next week we will be living together, just the two of us, like a couple of salt

  • Flood-hit farmers 'may never recover'

    Farmers in the South East hit by devastating floods that destroyed crops and killed livestock may find it impossible to recover, insurers warned today. NFU Mutual, the official insurer of the National Farmers' Union, said more than 350 claims made so

  • Profits fall £9m at Debenhams

    Department store group Debenhams reported a £9 million drop in full-year profits. But the company said that against a background of tough market conditions, its performance had been "very creditable". The group, which last month appointed trading director

  • Knock-on fears over A&E threat

    Councillors fear Brighton and Hove residents could be left with a poorer casualty service if proposals to downgrade A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, go ahead. Allan Bowman, social care and health director, said: "There are concerns

  • The prince of tides

    The Earl of Wessex visited Sussex to meet shopkeepers, residents and farmers whose homes and businesses were destroyed by floods. Crowds lined the streets to welcome Prince Edward, who heard first-hand accounts of the devastation caused by the worst floods

  • Factory wrecked by blaze

    Flames shot 20ft into the air as a factory was destroyed by fire last night. More than 50 firefighters from East and West Sussex tackled the blaze at a pine furniture unit in Wellington Road, Portslade, adjoining Shoreham Harbour. The heat was so intense

  • Clueless contestent who made a mint

    Bav Patel is planning the biggest shopping spree of his life after guessing his way to £16,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Bav, 25, from Brighton, has become a celebrity and been bombarded with messages of congratulations from strangers after his

  • The woman who died three times

    Doctors have pronounced Allison Burchell dead three times. A rare medical condition, called narcolepsy, means she is overcome by irresistible urges to fall asleep. She then loses control of her muscles and to all appearances is no longer alive. The 65

  • Flood-plagued residents' action plea

    Brighton residents whose homes may have been contaminated during last week's floods are forming an action group to try to ensure it never happens again. Dozens of homes in Bevendean, Brighton, were swamped last week in a repeat of floods which have plagued

  • Seeds of hope for threatened plants

    An £80 million project has begun to save threatened plant species from extinction. The first seeds were brought in to the Millennium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, this morning. Among them were seeds for a species of grass

  • Offices plan to keep church standing

    Brighton's best-known church could house offices or a caf as part of a rescue bid. Crumbling St Peter's, the Grade II* listed parish church of Brighton in York Place, needs at least £2 million spent to restore it to its former glory. Part of the church

  • Jobless total hits 20-year low

    Unemployment in Sussex has reached a 20 year low as the South East's economy continues to boom. The number of people out of work continues to fall monthly while the labour market expands. The latest Labour Force Survey published today shows a fall in

  • Albion's success down to teamwork

    Micky Adams has applauded the teamwork which could help Albion emulate a club record against Hartlepool tonight. The Seagulls go into the Withdean clash fresh from six straight clean sheets. That is one short of the best shut-out sequence, achieved in

  • Cricket: Kirtley in the frame

    James Kirtley could be playing for England after all this winter. The Sussex pace bowler was left out of the squad for the A team tour of the West Indies, which starts in March. But injury doubts over Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom and Durham's Steve Harmison

  • Bid to stop cliff deaths

    Fencing is to be erected on a cliff top to deter people from falling to their death. Nine people have been killed in falls at Black Rock in Brighton, close to the Asda supermarket at the Marina. In several cases, verdicts of suicide have been recorded

  • Get facts right

    Simon Fanshawe should get his facts right. The "vast majority of the council" has not given the station site brief its support simply because it was agreed at Policy and Resources Committee, where only 21 of a total of 78 councillors sit. I also can't

  • Baffling Bav

    Who wants to be a millionaire? Not 25-year-old Bav Patel, from Brighton, who appeared on the popular TV game show. Bav's mind went blank when host Chris Tarrant put posers to him. But he bluffed and guessed his way to £16,000 before wisely deciding to

  • Bus frustration

    After living on Whitehawk estate for three years, I am still trying to make some sense of the bus service here. In the not-so-distant past there was a fairly reliable service which consisted of buses 42, 44 and 44a. Now we seem to have a bus service with

  • Common sense

    Having declared their tough line on drugs, the recent revelations concerning which Conservative shadow ministers have tried cannabis have been a source of much amusement. However, it diverts attention from a more important issue on which the Tories are

  • Dial D for danger

    Sussex Police today welcomed the launch of a campaign to discourage drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel. But at the same time it has exposed the fact that police officers are particularly at risk from electronic distractions while driving. Patrol

  • Lovely loos

    I have just returned from a most enjoyable holiday in Germany. Not only does the country seem to have solved its litter problems, but toilets there were a real pleasure to use with very pleasant attendants on hand should you need assistance. The toilets

  • Tomboy - Lottery Gamble

    A Sussex man won £16 million on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" by guesswork. Tomboy appears daily in The Argus and is updated each day on this website. You can see more of Tomboy on www.moontoon.co.uk The Moontoon website also has comic strips, greeting

  • Free alarms for victims of burglary

    A housing association and local police have joined forces to help crack down on crime. Worthing Homes Ltd has agreed to install an intruder alarm in the home of any tenant who is a victim of burglary. The alarm is linked directly to the company's Careline

  • New pool for Hove

    Work has started on a new seafront paddling pool which will be ready for next summer. There were protests when the 65-year-old paddling pool by the Brighton's West Pier was closed after serving children for many years. Now Brighton and Hove Council is

  • Scaffolding shortage hits Hastings revamp

    Contractors in Hastings say they are struggling to cope with the demand to revitalise the resort due to a shortage of scaffolding. A council clampdown on eyesore buildings, coupled with the town being highlighted nationally as a place for property investment

  • Clueless contestent who made a mint

    Bav Patel is planning the biggest shopping spree of his life after guessing his way to £16,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Bav, 25, from Brighton, has become a celebrity and been bombarded with messages of congratulations from strangers after his

  • Sex assault on elderly woman

    Police have appealed for information after a man indecently assaulted an elderly woman. Detectives believe the assault is linked to two other incidents in West Sussex when a man exposed himself to women. The elderly victim was indecently assaulted in

  • Cannabis addiction ruined my son's life

    As public support for the decriminalisation of cannabis grows, Linsey Wynton speaks to one mother who says the drug can ruin lives. Matthew Lancaster was a bright young man with a promising future as a computer technician ahead of him. But by the time

  • The woman who died three times

    Doctors have pronounced Allison Burchell dead three times. A rare medical condition, called narcolepsy, means she is overcome by irresistible urges to fall asleep. She then loses control of her muscles and to all appearances is no longer alive. The 65

  • Flood-plagued residents' action plea

    Brighton residents whose homes may have been contaminated during last week's floods are forming an action group to try to ensure it never happens again. Dozens of homes in Bevendean, Brighton, were swamped last week in a repeat of floods which have plagued

  • Seeds of hope for threatened plants

    An £80 million project has begun to save threatened plant species from extinction. The first seeds were brought in to the Millennium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, this morning. Among them were seeds for a species of grass

  • Jobless total hits 20-year low

    Unemployment in Sussex has reached a 20 year low as the South East's economy continues to boom. The number of people out of work continues to fall monthly while the labour market expands. The latest Labour Force Survey published today shows a fall in

  • Cricket: Kirtley in the frame

    James Kirtley could be playing for England after all this winter. The Sussex pace bowler was left out of the squad for the A team tour of the West Indies, which starts in March. But injury doubts over Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom and Durham's Steve Harmison

  • Baffling Bav

    Who wants to be a millionaire? Not 25-year-old Bav Patel, from Brighton, who appeared on the popular TV game show. Bav's mind went blank when host Chris Tarrant put posers to him. But he bluffed and guessed his way to £16,000 before wisely deciding to

  • Banging on

    The recent treatment of the Southern Aurora Drum and Bugle Band by Brighton and Hove Council was disgraceful and shows a remarkable change in attitude towards voluntary organisations, particularly those concerned with youngsters. The facts indicate in

  • Policy is right

    Far be it for me to rise to the defence of Adam Trimingham regarding his article on pensions; he is well able to look after himself. However, the Government's approach, albeit unpopular, does make long-term economic sense. It also makes short-term moral

  • NHS chiefs: Tell us what to do

    Health chiefs blasted by fierce opposition over changes to Mid Sussex casualty services are inviting people to suggest something better. West Sussex's head of health services has challenged people to suggest alternatives to proposals to downgrade the

  • Dial D for danger

    Sussex Police today welcomed the launch of a campaign to discourage drivers from using mobile phones at the wheel. But at the same time it has exposed the fact that police officers are particularly at risk from electronic distractions while driving. Patrol

  • Lovely loos

    I have just returned from a most enjoyable holiday in Germany. Not only does the country seem to have solved its litter problems, but toilets there were a real pleasure to use with very pleasant attendants on hand should you need assistance. The toilets

  • Backstage crisis hits theatre

    Five hundred theatregoers arriving for the first night of a hit musical had to be offered their money back after a backstage crisis at Chichester Festival Theatre. Singer Susannah Fellows was struck down with laryngitis and Clare Burt, who features in

  • Knock-on fears over A&E threat

    Councillors fear Brighton and Hove residents could be left with a poorer casualty service if proposals to downgrade A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, go ahead. Allan Bowman, social care and health director, said: "There are concerns