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  • Detective denies assault

    A detective groped a woman's breasts after becoming "hopelessly drunk" on free drinks during the inaugural sailing of a ferry service, a court heard. Brent Beckett, 40, a detective constable with Sussex Police, denies indecently assaulting the 33-year-old

  • Parents take autism case back to High Court

    Parents of five severely autistic children are taking Brighton and Hove Council back to the High Court. Earlier this year they challenged a decision to close the Palmeira Project in Hove by mid November. They will now return to the High Court on 12 January

  • Road chaos continues

    Motorists faced renewed chaos today after a major road was closed following delayed reaction flooding. The eastbound-carriageway of the A27 between the Lancing Manor roundabout and the Sussex Pad traffic lights, Shoreham, was shut last night after water

  • Council must recycle more

    Mid Sussex Council has been told to recycle more rubbish to meet new targets because it is so good at it. Mid Sussex Council currently recycles 25 per cent of domestic waste, which is above Government waste strategy targets. But under new rules, councils

  • Firms' fury at having to fork-out for floods

    Businesses have been outraged at the prospect of having to pay for the damage and pollution caused by flooding. They are being asked by the Environment Agency to stump up for repairs and cleaning up in the wake of the severe flooding which devastated

  • Lib Dems campaign against new homes

    Battle lines are being drawn in the fight to stop plans to build up to 1,000 homes on green land. Posters and leaflets are being distributed throughout Willingdon by Liberal Democrats urging residents to oppose the proposals to build on land between Willingdon

  • Cash too little too late, MP says

    Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson has attacked the Government's recent injection of extra cash for the NHS saying it has come too late to ease a hospital's winter bed crisis. Mr Waterson said a grant of £681,000 to Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust from East

  • New law will see return to red light areas

    New laws outlawing sex cards in public places will create red light districts, according to those at the heart of the crackdown - call girls. The Government this week announced new powers to crack down on explicit prostitute cards and the advertising

  • Council joins development controversy

    Littlehampton Town Council is demanding the Government steps in to save a riverbank from development. The council has written to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, asking for help to block plans to build houses on Town Quay, on the River Arun. A Government

  • Hurt Albion can bounce back

    Albion boss Micky Adams is urging his players to shrug off the unfamiliar hurt of defeat. The second-placed Seagulls resume their promotion challenge on Saturday with a trip to lowly Mansfield. The Field Mill fixture follows only Albion's second defeat

  • Table Tennis: Kid saves Horsham's blushes

    Teenager Dominic Hall saved Horsham from a shock defeat at struggling Norwich in the British League premier division. The 16-year-old forced a 7-7 draw with victory over Leeroy Pye, the Norwich No.1 who plays in the French national league. Hall was required

  • Rough justice

    Mr Sherman, whose post office was robbed, says we must fight back against criminals. How can we? I am a pensioner who was robbed mid-morning at knife point in my own home. Two people were sent for trial - it lasted five days. You should have seen the

  • Project let down

    I sat in the gallery at Hove Town Hall on Wednesday, November 29 and watched a total sham taking place. It was literally Labour councillors versus opposition councillors and parents. I am worried about the lack of democracy in this Labour-run council,

  • Council welcomes port take-over

    A council has pledged to seek extra financial backing to a multi-million pound take-over of Newhaven Port but it will not add its own cash to the venture. East Sussex County Council's cabinet yesterday supported the approach by the French council of Seine

  • Experts warn of meningitis signs

    Health experts have issued a warning about possible signs of meningitis in Sussex in the next three months. Thousands of young and vulnerable people have already been immunised through a mass vaccination programme against the C strain of the infection

  • Sea boulevard

    After tarting up Queens Road, Brighton and Hove councillors want to rename it Ocean Boulevard. In view of the recent climatic changes, they may be tempting fate. At the gala re-naming ceremony, I can visualise members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera company

  • Refugee voucher system fuels racism, report says

    Asylum seekers in Sussex are subject to racist remarks when they exchange vouchers at supermarkets, a council report has revealed. Brighton and Hove Council was asked by the Government what it thought of the voucher system which is under review. The report

  • Selfish wishes

    With Christmas coming, it never ceases to amaze me the number of people at this time of year who only seem to think of themselves. I'm sure most of us have heard those who moan and remark how glad they will be when it's all over. If only they could think

  • Worst service

    I am in total agreement with Chrissie Earl (Opinion, December 11). Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company is without doubt the worst run public service I have ever encountered. My local bus service, route 81, is never on time, often doesn't come and

  • Bus fare hike

    Chrissie Earl from Livingstone Road (Opinion, December 11) is right that the 80p CentreFare will increase to £1 and I accept this is the downside to the four-month flat-fare trial which begins next month. But there will be benefits, including simplicity

  • Inequality

    The private sector leaseholders feel let down with good reason (Argus, December 8). Tinkering with reform and further delay by Parliament seems a long way from the bold promises given by this Government when in opposition. Your article does, however,

  • Road chaos continues

    Motorists faced renewed chaos today after a major road was closed following delayed reaction flooding. The eastbound-carriageway of the A27 between the Lancing Manor roundabout and the Sussex Pad traffic lights, Shoreham, was shut last night after water

  • Lewes escapes flooding disaster

    The nightmare returned to Lewes yesterday as the town came within inches of a repeat flooding disaster. Heavy rain, combined with one of the highest tides of the month, brought the River Ouse to within a whisker of bursting its banks for the second time

  • Trust wants cash to support sex changes

    A support group for transsexuals wants cash to teach businesses how to deal with people who are undergoing a sex change. The Gender Trust wants £75,000 to run a three-year education project for organisations including companies and health trusts. Rosemary

  • Man About City: Simon Fanshawe

    This is what my dictionary and my old English teacher tell me is my ante-penultimate column. The Place to Be comes to a crashing crescendo on New Year's Eve 2000 at midnight. It will have been a year of celebration and achievement. So it's a time when

  • Anger over mail order sex toys

    Anti-porn campaigners are angered by a mail order firm's application for a licence to sell sex accessories. Sureline Marketing, which trades on the Dominion Way Industrial Estate, in East Worthing, has applied for a licence to sell toys and pornographic

  • Tomboy - Mini

    A man has exchanged his VW Golf for a 40 year old Mini. 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 cards, magazine illustrations

  • Tobacco smuggler jailed

    A cross Channel smuggler, who made 70 trips in two years to bring tobacco and alcohol into the country, was jailed today for four months. George Turnbull, 55, of Ousedale Close, Lewes, admitted three specimen counts of evading duty. Lewes Crown Court

  • Parents take autism case back to High Court

    Parents of five severely autistic children are taking Brighton and Hove Council back to the High Court. Earlier this year they challenged a decision to close the Palmeira Project in Hove by mid November. They will now return to the High Court on 12 January

  • Road chaos continues

    Motorists faced renewed chaos today after a major road was closed following delayed reaction flooding. The eastbound-carriageway of the A27 between the Lancing Manor roundabout and the Sussex Pad traffic lights, Shoreham, was shut last night after water

  • Public sector workers in line for housing grants

    Government plans offering grants to help public sector workers afford a place to live in property hotspots has been welcomed. Thousands of people working in Brighton and Hove could be eligible for a payment of up to £25,000 each under the scheme. Both

  • Firms' fury at having to fork-out for floods

    Businesses have been outraged at the prospect of having to pay for the damage and pollution caused by flooding. They are being asked by the Environment Agency to stump up for repairs and cleaning up in the wake of the severe flooding which devastated

  • New law will see return to red light areas

    New laws outlawing sex cards in public places will create red light districts, according to those at the heart of the crackdown - call girls. The Government this week announced new powers to crack down on explicit prostitute cards and the advertising

  • Cycling: Super Sharpe regains title

    Brighton cyclist Jonathan Sharpe has regained the Sussex cyclo-cross title that he last won three years ago. He finished fourth in Brighton Excelsior's open race in Wild Park, but the three riders ahead of him were all from London. Mike Bell (London Fire

  • Prostitutes' cards dilemma

    There has never been a red light district in Brighton and Hove, unlike cities further along the coast, such as Portsmouth. But prostitutes claim this will happen if they are forced by new laws not to advertise any more through cards in public phone boxes

  • Council welcomes port take-over

    A council has pledged to seek extra financial backing to a multi-million pound take-over of Newhaven Port but it will not add its own cash to the venture. East Sussex County Council's cabinet yesterday supported the approach by the French council of Seine

  • Street balance

    A lot of time and money has been spent by councillors and traders into reviving St James's Street in Brighton. But reaction to their efforts has been mixed. The street is certainly looking better. It's been given a boost both through landscaping and the

  • Experts warn of meningitis signs

    Health experts have issued a warning about possible signs of meningitis in Sussex in the next three months. Thousands of young and vulnerable people have already been immunised through a mass vaccination programme against the C strain of the infection

  • Slimline Sammy

    Sammy the 11-year old Labrador was once a portly pooch topping the scales at more than six stone. Thanks to a diet imposed by his owner, Anona Laker, he has lost a quarter of his weight and is much more lively. Sammy, who lives in Nutbourne, near Chichester

  • Selfish wishes

    With Christmas coming, it never ceases to amaze me the number of people at this time of year who only seem to think of themselves. I'm sure most of us have heard those who moan and remark how glad they will be when it's all over. If only they could think

  • Worst service

    I am in total agreement with Chrissie Earl (Opinion, December 11). Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company is without doubt the worst run public service I have ever encountered. My local bus service, route 81, is never on time, often doesn't come and

  • £8bn boost for local transport

    East Sussex is to receive a share in a £8.4 billion handout to pay for traffic improvements. The county will receive a £10 million next financial year for schemes in the South East including road improvements, traffic calming and projects aimed at predestrian

  • Bus fare hike

    Chrissie Earl from Livingstone Road (Opinion, December 11) is right that the 80p CentreFare will increase to £1 and I accept this is the downside to the four-month flat-fare trial which begins next month. But there will be benefits, including simplicity

  • Curtain up on next stage for theatre

    Dramatic plans have been unveiled to transform the Komedia, in Gardner Street, Brighton. The project is being timed to run alongside the library development in Jubilee Street and it is hoped both schemes will help regenerate the North Laine. The Komedia

  • Trust wants cash to support sex changes

    A support group for transsexuals wants cash to teach businesses how to deal with people who are undergoing a sex change. The Gender Trust wants £75,000 to run a three-year education project for organisations including companies and health trusts. Rosemary

  • The Sage of sussex: Adam Trimingham

    Every day, circling around London and the home counties, there are thousands of people stuck in aeroplanes waiting to land at our overloaded airports. Many are trying to land at Gatwick, probably the busiest airport in the world with only one runway.

  • Wyndlesham cleared

    It is always sad when a familiar building ceases to exist. I was therefore very sorry to see that a fine old piece of architechture I have known since my school days is undergoing the process of being gutted and made into ten flats. The Wyndlesham Club

  • Tomboy - Mini

    A man has exchanged his VW Golf for a 40 year old Mini. 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 cards, magazine illustrations

  • Live rent free in luxury flat

    People in Brighton and Hove are being offered the chance to win a year's free accommodation in a luxury flat. The BBC is planning to film a programme of its new television series Housemates in the town next year. The show will feature two teams of four

  • Detective denies assault

    A detective groped a woman's breasts after becoming "hopelessly drunk" on free drinks during the inaugural sailing of a ferry service, a court heard. Brent Beckett, 40, a detective constable with Sussex Police, denies indecently assaulting the 33-year-old

  • George is a winner - and so is Cyril!

    Pensioner Cyril Thornton is celebrating the long-awaited conclusion to the US presidential elections almost as much as the Governor of Texas himself. Retired civil servant Cyril, 83, was today off to the betting shop to collect £15,000 in winnings after

  • Hurt Albion can bounce back

    Albion boss Micky Adams is urging his players to shrug off the unfamiliar hurt of defeat. The second-placed Seagulls resume their promotion challenge on Saturday with a trip to lowly Mansfield. The Field Mill fixture follows only Albion's second defeat

  • Albion's forgotten man

    Rod Thomas lasted less than five minutes at Mansfield in February. Albion's 5ft.6in. winger was sent off for head-butting Andy Roscoe in the face. A few minutes of first team action would be an unexpected bonus for him when the Seagulls go back to Field

  • Disciplinary crackdown helps Adams

    Albion's disciplinary crackdown is helping boss Micky Adams stick with a small squad. Bobby Zamora collected the Seagulls' third red card at Scunthorpe last Saturday. That is only one fewer than at the same stage last season, but the nature of the offences

  • Boxing: Larter must produce some Yorkshire grit

    Dean Larter can take a huge step on the road to becoming a professional this weekend. The 25-year-old Brighton light-welterweight fights in the final of the English Novices Championship in Pontefract, Yorkshire, on Saturday. Victory in his showdown with

  • Attack ruined my life, says store detective

    In response to the article about the menace of shoplifters (Argus, December 11), I am the store detective who was attacked with a broken bottle. The incident took place in August. I received cuts to my face and hands and the thief was also cut on the

  • Table Tennis: Kid saves Horsham's blushes

    Teenager Dominic Hall saved Horsham from a shock defeat at struggling Norwich in the British League premier division. The 16-year-old forced a 7-7 draw with victory over Leeroy Pye, the Norwich No.1 who plays in the French national league. Hall was required

  • Rough justice

    Mr Sherman, whose post office was robbed, says we must fight back against criminals. How can we? I am a pensioner who was robbed mid-morning at knife point in my own home. Two people were sent for trial - it lasted five days. You should have seen the

  • Project let down

    I sat in the gallery at Hove Town Hall on Wednesday, November 29 and watched a total sham taking place. It was literally Labour councillors versus opposition councillors and parents. I am worried about the lack of democracy in this Labour-run council,

  • Sea boulevard

    After tarting up Queens Road, Brighton and Hove councillors want to rename it Ocean Boulevard. In view of the recent climatic changes, they may be tempting fate. At the gala re-naming ceremony, I can visualise members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera company

  • Refugee voucher system fuels racism, report says

    Asylum seekers in Sussex are subject to racist remarks when they exchange vouchers at supermarkets, a council report has revealed. Brighton and Hove Council was asked by the Government what it thought of the voucher system which is under review. The report

  • Cheeky children

    We've just been visited by our third lot of carol singers and it is only the start of December. The other two were in November. Having been disturbed from our dinner to open the door to a tuneless noise, the boys were then rude because we dared to be

  • Traders's mixed feelings about street regeneration

    It is difficult to imagine St James's Street in Kemp Town was once Brighton's premier shopping district. Built 170 years ago by Thomas Read Kemp, the original stores pandered exclusively to the whims of the monied classes. It was built as the Bond Street

  • Inequality

    The private sector leaseholders feel let down with good reason (Argus, December 8). Tinkering with reform and further delay by Parliament seems a long way from the bold promises given by this Government when in opposition. Your article does, however,

  • Man About City: Simon Fanshawe

    This is what my dictionary and my old English teacher tell me is my ante-penultimate column. The Place to Be comes to a crashing crescendo on New Year's Eve 2000 at midnight. It will have been a year of celebration and achievement. So it's a time when

  • Call for bill of rights for self-employed

    The Federation of Small Businesses is challenging the government to clarify the rules concerning the self-employed. The organisation, which represents 160,000 small businesses across the country, has published its own White Paper setting out proposals

  • Winning the fight against under-age smoking

    An undercover operation by consumer watchdogs has shown a big fall in the number of shops selling cigarettes to kids. The covert survey was carried out by West Sussex County Council's Trading Standards department using children of staff under the legal

  • Tobacco smuggler jailed

    A cross Channel smuggler, who made 70 trips in two years to bring tobacco and alcohol into the country, was jailed today for four months. George Turnbull, 55, of Ousedale Close, Lewes, admitted three specimen counts of evading duty. Lewes Crown Court

  • George is a winner - and so is Cyril!

    Pensioner Cyril Thornton is celebrating the long-awaited conclusion to the US presidential elections almost as much as the Governor of Texas himself. Retired civil servant Cyril, 83, was today off to the betting shop to collect £15,000 in winnings after

  • Public sector workers in line for housing grants

    Government plans offering grants to help public sector workers afford a place to live in property hotspots has been welcomed. Thousands of people working in Brighton and Hove could be eligible for a payment of up to £25,000 each under the scheme. Both

  • Council welcomes port take-over

    A council has pledged to seek extra financial backing to a multi-million pound take-over of Newhaven Port but it will not add its own cash to the venture. East Sussex County Council's cabinet yesterday supported the approach by the French council of Seine

  • Man discovered dead at home address

    Police are appealing for information after the body of a man was found at an address on Tuesday night. A post mortem was being held last night after the body believed to be of Michael Dennis Turner, 48, was discovered at his home in Albert Road, Polegate

  • Albion's forgotten man

    Rod Thomas lasted less than five minutes at Mansfield in February. Albion's 5ft.6in. winger was sent off for head-butting Andy Roscoe in the face. A few minutes of first team action would be an unexpected bonus for him when the Seagulls go back to Field

  • Disciplinary crackdown helps Adams

    Albion's disciplinary crackdown is helping boss Micky Adams stick with a small squad. Bobby Zamora collected the Seagulls' third red card at Scunthorpe last Saturday. That is only one fewer than at the same stage last season, but the nature of the offences

  • Boxing: Larter must produce some Yorkshire grit

    Dean Larter can take a huge step on the road to becoming a professional this weekend. The 25-year-old Brighton light-welterweight fights in the final of the English Novices Championship in Pontefract, Yorkshire, on Saturday. Victory in his showdown with

  • Cycling: Super Sharpe regains title

    Brighton cyclist Jonathan Sharpe has regained the Sussex cyclo-cross title that he last won three years ago. He finished fourth in Brighton Excelsior's open race in Wild Park, but the three riders ahead of him were all from London. Mike Bell (London Fire

  • Attack ruined my life, says store detective

    In response to the article about the menace of shoplifters (Argus, December 11), I am the store detective who was attacked with a broken bottle. The incident took place in August. I received cuts to my face and hands and the thief was also cut on the

  • Prostitutes' cards dilemma

    There has never been a red light district in Brighton and Hove, unlike cities further along the coast, such as Portsmouth. But prostitutes claim this will happen if they are forced by new laws not to advertise any more through cards in public phone boxes

  • Street balance

    A lot of time and money has been spent by councillors and traders into reviving St James's Street in Brighton. But reaction to their efforts has been mixed. The street is certainly looking better. It's been given a boost both through landscaping and the

  • Slimline Sammy

    Sammy the 11-year old Labrador was once a portly pooch topping the scales at more than six stone. Thanks to a diet imposed by his owner, Anona Laker, he has lost a quarter of his weight and is much more lively. Sammy, who lives in Nutbourne, near Chichester

  • Cheeky children

    We've just been visited by our third lot of carol singers and it is only the start of December. The other two were in November. Having been disturbed from our dinner to open the door to a tuneless noise, the boys were then rude because we dared to be

  • £8bn boost for local transport

    East Sussex is to receive a share in a £8.4 billion handout to pay for traffic improvements. The county will receive a £10 million next financial year for schemes in the South East including road improvements, traffic calming and projects aimed at predestrian

  • Traders's mixed feelings about street regeneration

    It is difficult to imagine St James's Street in Kemp Town was once Brighton's premier shopping district. Built 170 years ago by Thomas Read Kemp, the original stores pandered exclusively to the whims of the monied classes. It was built as the Bond Street

  • Not for profit firm takes over council homes

    The ownership and management of council homes in Horsham has been transferred to a non-profit making company. The newly-formed Saxon Weald Homes took over responsibility from Horsham Council this week for more than 4,600 former council houses and flats

  • Axe falls on tour operator staff

    Workers will be axed from Crawley-based British Airways Holidays following a merger with Thomas Cook. Other jobs will be moved from the firm's West Sussex headquarters toThomas Cook's base in Peter-borough. BA bosses said it was still too early to say

  • Curtain up on next stage for theatre

    Dramatic plans have been unveiled to transform the Komedia, in Gardner Street, Brighton. The project is being timed to run alongside the library development in Jubilee Street and it is hoped both schemes will help regenerate the North Laine. The Komedia

  • Drying out after the rains

    Sussex faced a lull in the storm today as the rain and wind dropped off and high tides failed to materialise. Some areas were slightly flooded overnight but the county avoided the devestation experienced in October. In Mid Sussex areas such as Ockley

  • Cash boost for rural bobbies

    Police are stepping up the fight against rural crime with a series of action days following a £50,000 boost. Uniformed officers in Mid Sussex will spend more time on the beat as part of weekly crackdowns on crime and dealing with local issues. The move

  • Worthing tops deprivation study

    People living in the centre of Worthing are the most disadvantaged healthwise in West Sussex, according to a new report. The study into deprivation and its effect on health shows pockets in the town with the lowest life expectancies and high levels of

  • The Sage of sussex: Adam Trimingham

    Every day, circling around London and the home counties, there are thousands of people stuck in aeroplanes waiting to land at our overloaded airports. Many are trying to land at Gatwick, probably the busiest airport in the world with only one runway.

  • Wyndlesham cleared

    It is always sad when a familiar building ceases to exist. I was therefore very sorry to see that a fine old piece of architechture I have known since my school days is undergoing the process of being gutted and made into ten flats. The Wyndlesham Club

  • Live rent free in luxury flat

    People in Brighton and Hove are being offered the chance to win a year's free accommodation in a luxury flat. The BBC is planning to film a programme of its new television series Housemates in the town next year. The show will feature two teams of four

  • Call for bill of rights for self-employed

    The Federation of Small Businesses is challenging the government to clarify the rules concerning the self-employed. The organisation, which represents 160,000 small businesses across the country, has published its own White Paper setting out proposals