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  • Comedy: Electric Eel, Komedia, Brighton, June 8

    If you were a fan of Channel 4's cult sitcom The Estate Agents, you'll love this, because it's the same lot with a new show. Combining absurd characters with bizarre scenarios, meet the naive and gentle south Londoners preparing a ridiculous bank robbery

  • Opera: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, opens June 10

    This is Mozart's tenth opera and something very different from what we are used to. Here no masters get their comeuppance from the servants and no sex-obsessed nobleman strides the stage. Here Neptune tries to persuade Idomeneo to kill his son and causes

  • On stage this week, June 6-12

    Here's the best of this week's drama, comedy, mystery and farce at theatres around Sussex. DOMINIC HOLLAND, Hawth Studio, Crawley, June 8: This award-winning comedian and author has an enviable knack of saying what we've all thought at one time or another

  • At the cinema, May June 6-12

    Here are cinema listings for the coming week. Just find the film you want and see where it's showing. ANGER MANAGEMENT (15) at Brighton Odeon, Brighton UGC, Burgess Hill Orion and Hastings Odeon. BIG NIGHT (15) at Brighton Duke of York's. (Sun) BRINGING

  • Trains 'keep neighbours awake at night'

    Neighbours whose homes back on to a railway line say they are being kept awake by trains left with their motors running. People who live near Hove station have already fought a battle with train companies over noisy horns disturbing their slumber. Now

  • Water vole makes a comeback

    Ecologists are celebrating after discovering a mammal thought to have become extinct in central Sussex. The Environment Agency (EA) has found a small population of water voles in the Lancing Brooks and has called on the area to be protected by local authorities

  • The dumbest crooks in Sussex

    A less-than-dynamic criminal duo stole a camera from a car, then took pictures of themselves and the tools they used to break in. Police raided their address, found the camera and developed the prints. Scenic pictures of the Canadian wilderness, taken

  • Fears of a new M25

    Sussex countryside is under threat from secret plans for a second M25, according to a new report. Environmental group Transport 2000 today said the South East faced a bleak future of overdevelopment and congestion. Its report is entitled The Threat Of

  • BT faces fat cat pay row

    Telecoms giant BT is set to face a row at its annual meeting next month over "fat cat" pay and the exporting of jobs to India. The company disclosed chief executive Ben Verwaayen was paid £2.17 million in the last financial year and a deferred bonus payable

  • Protest at bus shelter demolition

    Neighbours came out in protest when workmen arrived to demolish an art deco bus shelter in Ovingdean. They said the shelter outside their homes was a work of art and should be preserved. The shelter in Ainsworth Avenue is to be replaced by an advertising

  • Hewitt to fight EU trade tariffs

    Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has vowed to fight for reform on EU tax rules which are forcing up prices and are "rigged against the High Street". The Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) adds £8 or £9 per week to the food bill of a family of

  • Striker tops Coppell's list

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has made a goalscoring striker his top priority, to partner or replace Bobby Zamora. He wants more firepower with or without his England under-21 spearhead, who continues to be a transfer target for Premiership clubs. Coppell

  • Coppell gives Seagulls huge lift

    Rarely has the emotional roller-coaster so familiar to all Albion diehards been better illustrated than by events in the last 48 hours. On Wednesday their worst fears threatened to become reality. No new stadium, no manager, no hope. Yesterday the sun

  • New books reflect all the population

    Brighton and Hove libraries are committed to providing a service to the whole community through the provision of information and book collections to reflect the entire city population. Both Brighton library and Hove library have separate sections of lesbian

  • Please help

    On behalf of the Brighton and Hove Area Board for Young Enterprise, I wish to thank The Argus for its excellent coverage - through Stefan Hull's reporting - of the Sussex Young Enterprise (YE) competition finals evening (The Argus, May 27). This was the

  • Stadium bid on the line

    Brighton and Hove Albion are in a mess over the proposed community stadium at Falmer. It has been hard enough for Albion to fight the determined resistance from neighbours and conservationists to the proposal at a long-running public inquiry. The last

  • Daft justice

    There are few criminals dimmer than Ross Edmonds, from Hove, and his 17-year-old friend. They stole a camera from a car and took pictures both of themselves and the tools they had used for the job. It is hardly surprising they were caught by the police

  • Football: Withdean hopes fade

    Withdean are waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal to the Football Association but chief executive Alan Pook admits hope is fading. The Combined Counties League champions have taken their case to the FA after being denied promotion to the Ryman

  • Young blood

    I read with interest in The Argus that Brighton and Hove City Council was having trouble getting older people to stand for election to the Older People's Council (OPC) (June 2). Surely this is because they are still on the city council? Is it not time

  • Speedway: Loram out of showdown

    Mark Loram is out of Monday night's clash with Elite League leaders Coventry. The former world champion had targeted the big TV showdown at Arlington Stadium for his return to action in an Eastbourne Eagles race jacket, but that has now been put on hold

  • Special night

    We are writing to thank you for such a lovely evening at the The Argus Achievement Awards. Although our particular hero, David Rutland, did not win his category of Teacher of the Year, we really enjoyed and appreciated the occasion. The atmosphere, venue

  • Brooker to join Foxes

    Former Albion manager Micky Adams confirmed today that Seagulls winger Paul Brooker will be rejoining him at Premiership newcomers Leicester on a free transfer. Adams revealed: "We will be talking to him shortly. I am not expecting any problems with that

  • Call for free school buses

    An influential committee of MPs has called for youngsters who live close to rural schools in Sussex to be given greater access to free bus travel. Under current rules, children under eight who live within two miles of school are not automatically entitled

  • Feedback, with Simon Bradshaw

    Mike Walsh, from Brighton, points out we misquoted him in his letter published on May 26. We said 'to' (instead of two) people buying a Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company All-Day Saver ticket for seven days would have to pay a total of £33.60 or

  • Ken's new deputy has roots in Sussex

    A Brighton-born Green Party activist is to be the new Deputy Mayor of London. Jenny Jones was chosen for the £67,000-a-year post by Mayor Ken Livingstone, replacing Labour's Nick Gavron. The mayor has taken the decision because he wants to rotate the

  • Hysterical

    Why is there all this hysteria about the existence or nonexistence of weapons of mass destruction? No-one seems to be interested that a mass-murdering dictator who lived a capitalist life which made a genuine capitalist look like a pauper has been got

  • Fears for missing girl, 12

    Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a missing 12-year-old girl who failed to arrive at her school in Hove. Laura Armes - 5ft 5in with long blonde hair and blue eyes - was last seen on her way to Hove Park Lower School on Monday morning. She

  • June 6: Kent v Sussex (Lunch)

    Mushtaq Ahmed claimed his fourth five-wicket haul of the season to keep Sussex's Championship match with Kent evenly poised at Tunbridge Wells. Ahmed removed Mark Ealham and Alex Loudon in successive overs before wrapping up the innings when he had Alamgir

  • MP's new assault on 4x4 drivers

    Sussex MP Norman Baker has unleashed a fresh attack on 4x4 drivers, claiming they intimidate other motorists and pedestrians. Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles reacted angrily when Mr Baker suggested they should be banned from school runs and supermarket

  • Cash needed

    We agree with Doug Lawrence (The Argus, June 2) that the current buildings and facilities at Brighton General Hospital are unsuited to the needs of a modern hospital. The Brighton, Hove and Sussex University Hospitals Trust also recognises this and has

  • Sugababes play park party

    The Sugababes are the latest, and arguably greatest, band so far to be announced on the playlist for Party In The Park. Heidi, Keisha and Mutya will perform in Preston Park on Sunday June 22 as part of the concert, organised by radio station Southern

  • School loo gets a TV makeover

    It was more a case of changing loos than changing rooms when a girls' school toilets got a television makeover. The project was top secret to all but a privileged few. Teachers were banished from the Year 7 toilets and all but a handful of students knew

  • Striker tops Coppell's list

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has made a goalscoring striker his top priority, to partner or replace Bobby Zamora. He wants more firepower with or without his England under-21 spearhead, who continues to be a transfer target for Premiership clubs. Coppell

  • Brooker to join Foxes

    Former Albion manager Micky Adams confirmed today that Seagulls winger Paul Brooker will be rejoining him at Premiership newcomers Leicester on a free transfer. Adams revealed: "We will be talking to him shortly. I am not expecting any problems with that

  • Tennis chiefs bring on the ballgirls

    The elements bow to no man or woman, as ballgirls preparing for one of the UK's most prestigious tennis championships found to their cost. As they were due to train yesterday ahead of this month's Hastings Direct International Championships in Eastbourne

  • Just how safe are we from burglars?

    According to the figures, nine out of ten burglaries went undetected in Sussex last year. It may be little consolation to victims but it could be much worse. What the statistics did not tell was that the chances of being burgled were lower in Sussex than

  • Council set to back new runway

    Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick airport could win the Brighton and Hove councillors' support, if better transport links are agreed. The Department of Transport is carrying out consultation on airports in the South-East, including Gatwick, where

  • Opera: Candide, Theatre Royal, Brighton, June 9-10

    If you fancy a trip round the world without having to find your passport, the Theatre Royal is the place for you. The trip is courtesy of The Opera Group, which brought Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera to Brighton last year. This time it is Leonard Bernstein's

  • Comedy: Electric Eel, Komedia, Brighton, June 8

    If you were a fan of Channel 4's cult sitcom The Estate Agents, you'll love this, because it's the same lot with a new show. Combining absurd characters with bizarre scenarios, meet the naive and gentle south Londoners preparing a ridiculous bank robbery

  • Gig guide, June 6-12

    Cheese icon Paul Young, neo-punkers Kinesis, Mercury nominee Susheela Raman and high concept from The Cinematic Orchestra are our picks. THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, Brighton Dome, June 6: A sensuous mix of DJs, jazz musicians and a classic silent movie,

  • On stage this week, June 6-12

    Here's the best of this week's drama, comedy, mystery and farce at theatres around Sussex. DOMINIC HOLLAND, Hawth Studio, Crawley, June 8: This award-winning comedian and author has an enviable knack of saying what we've all thought at one time or another

  • Top diplomat moonlights as railway guard

    His day job involves jetting around the globe for the Government. But back home in Sussex, Alan Cobden lets off steam as a guard on a restored railway line. Now he is being given the chance to do just that, thanks to a brief respite between foreign postings

  • Trains 'keep neighbours awake at night'

    Neighbours whose homes back on to a railway line say they are being kept awake by trains left with their motors running. People who live near Hove station have already fought a battle with train companies over noisy horns disturbing their slumber. Now

  • Water vole makes a comeback

    Ecologists are celebrating after discovering a mammal thought to have become extinct in central Sussex. The Environment Agency (EA) has found a small population of water voles in the Lancing Brooks and has called on the area to be protected by local authorities

  • Trial date for bomb suspect

    A Portuguese man charged in connection with the discovery of home-made bombs near Gatwick airport will face trial in September. At Lewes Crown Court today Jose Pestana, 41, of Langley Parade, Langley Green, Crawley, denied two charges relating to the

  • Fears of a new M25

    Sussex countryside is under threat from secret plans for a second M25, according to a new report. Environmental group Transport 2000 today said the South East faced a bleak future of overdevelopment and congestion. Its report is entitled The Threat Of

  • Fisheries face fines over alien trout

    Trout fisheries in Sussex are being warned they face fines of up to £2,500 if they are found to be stocking illegal fish. Environment Agency officers are investigating and will take action if stocking has taken place without the prior written consent

  • Protest at bus shelter demolition

    Neighbours came out in protest when workmen arrived to demolish an art deco bus shelter in Ovingdean. They said the shelter outside their homes was a work of art and should be preserved. The shelter in Ainsworth Avenue is to be replaced by an advertising

  • Bullied boy's strip ordeal

    A schoolboy is in shock after being stripped naked and forced to "walk the plank" into the sea by three bullies in Worthing. The attack traumatised the 15-year-old victim who was left trying to cover himself with just a sock after his tormentors ran off

  • Bypass pushes traffic elsewhere

    A bypass has eased traffic congestion but increased the risk of accidents on another stretch of road, a study has revealed. The A27 Polegate bypass and A22 route to Eastbourne were opened on June 19 last year. A traffic impact survey, commissioned by

  • Stadium campaign 'painted false picture'

    The amount of lobbying for Brighton and Hove Albion's new stadium was almost without precedent, says the former head of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Hazel McKay told the public inquiry into the project the Yes Campaign had been very hard hitting

  • Hewitt to fight EU trade tariffs

    Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has vowed to fight for reform on EU tax rules which are forcing up prices and are "rigged against the High Street". The Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) adds £8 or £9 per week to the food bill of a family of

  • Call for free school buses

    An influential committee of MPs has called for youngsters who live close to rural schools in Sussex to be given greater access to free bus travel. Under current rules, children under eight who live within two miles of school are not automatically entitled

  • Racing: Hughes hopes for honourable finish

    Top jockey Richard Hughes is hoping for a good ride on Sussex outsider Strength 'N' Honour in tomorrow's Vodafone Derby. Horsham trainer Charles Cyzer has secured the services of Hughes for the 100-1 chance in the Epsom classic. Hughes said: "I haven't

  • Striker tops Coppell's list

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has made a goalscoring striker his top priority, to partner or replace Bobby Zamora. He wants more firepower with or without his England under-21 spearhead, who continues to be a transfer target for Premiership clubs. Coppell

  • Coppell gives Seagulls huge lift

    Rarely has the emotional roller-coaster so familiar to all Albion diehards been better illustrated than by events in the last 48 hours. On Wednesday their worst fears threatened to become reality. No new stadium, no manager, no hope. Yesterday the sun

  • Cricket: Kirtley returns in style

    James Kirtley proved once again that England's loss is Sussex's gain. Kirtley took his Championship haul for the season to 30 with two more wickets as the county gained the upper hand against Kent at Tunbridge Wells. Released from the England Test squad

  • Comment: Kirtley deserves better

    Just what have the decision-makers in English sport got against Sussex's finest? On Monday there was the comical sight of Albion's Bobby Zamora, arguably the most feared striker outside the Premiership, floundering around on the left wing for England

  • Cricket: Board sink Sussex seconds

    Henry Ledden and John Morgan shared a last wicket stand of 48 to lead the Sussex Cricket Board to a thrilling one-wicket victory over Sussex seconds at Hove. Chasing a target of 272 in 50 overs, the Board got home with just four deliveries to spare with

  • Please help

    On behalf of the Brighton and Hove Area Board for Young Enterprise, I wish to thank The Argus for its excellent coverage - through Stefan Hull's reporting - of the Sussex Young Enterprise (YE) competition finals evening (The Argus, May 27). This was the

  • Tennis: Pullin's wild card

    Julie Pullin won her British play-off final for a Wimbledon wild card with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over Sara Borwell (Durham) at Raynes Park yesterday. The former British No. 1 from Hove overcame Anna Hawkins (Wiltshire) in straight sets in the morning

  • Daft justice

    There are few criminals dimmer than Ross Edmonds, from Hove, and his 17-year-old friend. They stole a camera from a car and took pictures both of themselves and the tools they had used for the job. It is hardly surprising they were caught by the police

  • Relax by rail

    Alan Cobden has been solving problems all over the world in his 30 years working for the Foreign Office. But when he returns to Sussex, he likes to spend time as a guard on the Bluebell railway, near Haywards Heath. Alan, from Burgess Hill, often has

  • Football: Clubs escape drop

    Uckfield Town and Bosham have been spared relegation from division three of the Matthew Clark County League. With no teams coming down from division two following the resignation of Oving and the merger of Shinewater and Eastbourne United, the league

  • Young blood

    I read with interest in The Argus that Brighton and Hove City Council was having trouble getting older people to stand for election to the Older People's Council (OPC) (June 2). Surely this is because they are still on the city council? Is it not time

  • Speedway: All change for Eagles

    Eastbourne will have a new-look line-up for Monday's match against Coventry. Adam Shields has been promoted into the top five, while Joonas Kylmakorpi drops down to reserve and Dean Barker replaces David Norris as one of Eagles' heat leaders. It is the

  • Heartfelt thanks for awards evening

    I am writing to thank The Argus for the wonderful Argus Achievement Awards evening at the Corn Exchange - it was superbly arranged, with great style. A lot of thought must have gone into this, with excellent results. Everyone was so nice. I'm sorry that

  • Special night

    We are writing to thank you for such a lovely evening at the The Argus Achievement Awards. Although our particular hero, David Rutland, did not win his category of Teacher of the Year, we really enjoyed and appreciated the occasion. The atmosphere, venue

  • Wonderful

    I write on behalf of Tina Hobden-Ward who attended The Argus Achievement Awards as a nominee in the Parent of the Year category. She wishes to thank The Argus staff and everybody involved for giving her such a wonderful meal and evening's entertainment

  • Bullied boy's strip ordeal

    A schoolboy is in shock after being stripped naked and forced to "walk the plank" into the sea by three bullies in Worthing. The attack traumatised the 15-year-old victim who was left trying to cover himself with just a sock after his tormentors ran off

  • Trial date for bomb suspect

    A Portuguese man charged in connection with the discovery of home-made bombs near Gatwick airport will face trial in September. At Lewes Crown Court today Jose Pestana, 41, of Langley Parade, Langley Green, Crawley, denied two charges relating to the

  • Jazz band launches town festival

    A jazz night will kick off the Burgess Hill Festival tonight. Richard Bennett's New Orleans Jazz Band will open the festival at the Martlets Hall. Other entertainment includes the Grand Carnival Parade, which will make its way through the town centre

  • Loram out of showdown

    Mark Loram is out of Monday night's clash with Elite League leaders Coventry. The former world champion had targeted the big TV showdown at Arlington Stadium for his return to action in an Eastbourne Eagles race jacket, but that has now been put on hold

  • Speedway: Shields promoted to top five

    Eastbourne will have a new-look line-up for Monday's match against Coventry. Adam Shields has been promoted into the top five, while Joonas Kylmakorpi drops down to reserve and Dean Barker replaces David Norris as one of Eagles' heat leaders. It is the

  • Think Of It This Way, by John Parry

    Isn't it wonderful the way Shakespeare had so many things to say, 400 years ago, that are timely and relevant today. Take this week's nonsensical news that lettuce eating, thin-as-a-worm do-gooders among our rulers have launched a vicious offensive against

  • Big success

    I write to thank you and tell you how much my group enjoyed The Argus Achievement Awards. The work that must have gone into organising such a wonderful event was first class. Everything from the welcome at the door by the staff, the decorations, the pens

  • Ken's new deputy has roots in Sussex

    A Brighton-born Green Party activist is to be the new Deputy Mayor of London. Jenny Jones was chosen for the £67,000-a-year post by Mayor Ken Livingstone, replacing Labour's Nick Gavron. The mayor has taken the decision because he wants to rotate the

  • Ingratitude

    Oh ye of little faith! How can anyone doubt such Christian gentlemen as Tony and George when they promised to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, like those given to Saddam by earlier Rupublican administrations or Britain's Thatcher Government?

  • Patients check in after virus warning

    Hundreds of patients have called a hospital helpline after being told they might have contracted a potentially fatal virus. The phone line was set up when it emerged a healthcare worker at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, had hepatitis C. The

  • June 6: Kent v Sussex (Lunch)

    Mushtaq Ahmed claimed his fourth five-wicket haul of the season to keep Sussex's Championship match with Kent evenly poised at Tunbridge Wells. Ahmed removed Mark Ealham and Alex Loudon in successive overs before wrapping up the innings when he had Alamgir

  • Hearts of gold

    Allan, Anna and I would like to thank The Argus for a wonderful evening at The Achievement Awards and to say how much everyone enjoyed it. It is very moving and incredibly heart-warming to meet so many courageous and brave people under one roof and hear

  • Sugababes play park party

    The Sugababes are the latest, and arguably greatest, band so far to be announced on the playlist for Party In The Park. Heidi, Keisha and Mutya will perform in Preston Park on Sunday June 22 as part of the concert, organised by radio station Southern

  • School loo gets a TV makeover

    It was more a case of changing loos than changing rooms when a girls' school toilets got a television makeover. The project was top secret to all but a privileged few. Teachers were banished from the Year 7 toilets and all but a handful of students knew

  • Striker tops Coppell's list

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has made a goalscoring striker his top priority, to partner or replace Bobby Zamora. He wants more firepower with or without his England under-21 spearhead, who continues to be a transfer target for Premiership clubs. Coppell

  • Council set to back new runway

    Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick airport could win the Brighton and Hove councillors' support, if better transport links are agreed. The Department of Transport is carrying out consultation on airports in the South-East, including Gatwick, where

  • Music: Senor Coconut, Concorde 2, Brighton, June 10

    This extravagant, moustachioed performer got himself quite a following with his last album, El Baile Aleman, which covered Kraftwerk classics in a cheesy, Latin style. For the second album, Fiesta Songs, Mr Coconut works with pop, rock and soul hits like

  • Night clubbing, June 6-7

    A double selection this weekend, featuring everything from Digweed to drum'n'bass and more. EVERY DAY PEOPLE, Escape Club, Brighton, June 7: Producer/remixer DJ Grant Nelson returns to EDP to give another masterclass in how to DJ properly. He was a big

  • Comedy: Boothby Graffoe, Komedia, Brighton, June 7

    Award-winning comedy and music from the star of Radio 4's Boothby Graffoe In No Particular Order. Surreal, sharp and often improvised humour combine with Graffoe's unique line in comic songs such as Umbrella Head Boy and Planet Dog. His gloriously laid-back

  • Opera: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, opens June 10

    This is Mozart's tenth opera and something very different from what we are used to. Here no masters get their comeuppance from the servants and no sex-obsessed nobleman strides the stage. Here Neptune tries to persuade Idomeneo to kill his son and causes

  • Jazz this week, June 6-12

    Here's our pick of the jazz and blues artists performing at venues around the county this week. SPIKE WELLS TRIO, Sussex Arts Club, June 6, 8pm: Venerable drummer links with bass legend Chris Laurence and pianist Liam Noble. COUP D'ETAT, Komedia, June

  • The dumbest crooks in Sussex

    A less-than-dynamic criminal duo stole a camera from a car, then took pictures of themselves and the tools they used to break in. Police raided their address, found the camera and developed the prints. Scenic pictures of the Canadian wilderness, taken

  • Yob's behaviour order extended

    Magistrates have extended an antisocial behaviour order on a teenage tearaway. Last month troublemaker Daniel Bowler, 15, was made the subject of the order at Brighton Magistrates Court for a catalogue of crimes. The court heard he had committed 14 offences

  • Call for free school buses

    An influential committee of MPs has called for youngsters who live close to rural schools in Sussex to be given greater access to free bus travel. Under current rules, children under eight who live within two miles of school are not automatically entitled

  • Choir laughs along with Prince Charles

    The Prince of Wales raised a smile in Sussex today when he asked members of a boys' choir if their colleagues' snoring kept them awake. On a visit to Chichester Cathedral, Prince Charles joked: "Are you all in dorms? Do you keep each other awake snoring

  • Experts predict rate drop in August

    Experts are predicting a drop in interest rates in August after the Bank of Engand yesterday kept rates at 3.75 per cent. Rates were maintained at their 48-year low for the fourth consecutive month, as predicted by analysts, at the end of Sir Eddie Georges

  • BT faces fat cat pay row

    Telecoms giant BT is set to face a row at its annual meeting next month over "fat cat" pay and the exporting of jobs to India. The company disclosed chief executive Ben Verwaayen was paid £2.17 million in the last financial year and a deferred bonus payable

  • Click on to planning news

    Details of recent planning applications in the Lewes area are now just a couple of clicks away for residents. People can visit the planning pages of Lewes District Council's web site at www.lewes.gov.uk to tap into weekly updates on new applications and

  • Hornby on track for sales boom

    A revival of interest in model railways and Scalextric racing cars has put train set makers Hornby in the fast lane. Sales to model train enthusiasts in the UK, as well as overseas interest in Scalextric cars, fuelled a 20 per cent rise in turnover to

  • Brief reprieve for health watchdogs

    The watchdog Community Health Councils of Sussex have been given a stay of execution. CHCs across the county were due to be abolished on September 1 but will continue to monitor health services until December 1. The CHCs will eventually be replaced by

  • Modest pupil who's a science star

    A gifted pupil is the first person at his school to win a place at a national academy for bright students. Simon Holkham, 12, is looking forward to joining the new National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. Members have to show they have an academic

  • Council deaths prompt polls

    Two by-elections will be held next month following the death of West Sussex county councillors. Councillors Michael Dennis and Peter Mockridge both died in April. They represented Cuckfield Rural and Saltings wards. The elections will be held on July

  • Match Report: Kent suffer Kirtley backlash

    Kent's batsman probably knew what was coming when James Kirtley was released from the England squad yesterday morning. And sure enough, the Sussex fast bowler needed just five overs before taking out his frustration on them after he was omitted from the

  • New books reflect all the population

    Brighton and Hove libraries are committed to providing a service to the whole community through the provision of information and book collections to reflect the entire city population. Both Brighton library and Hove library have separate sections of lesbian

  • Stadium bid on the line

    Brighton and Hove Albion are in a mess over the proposed community stadium at Falmer. It has been hard enough for Albion to fight the determined resistance from neighbours and conservationists to the proposal at a long-running public inquiry. The last

  • Cricket: Hutch boost for Steyning

    Sussex League: James Kirtley's omission from the England team could have a major impact on the title race. Kirtley was left out of the final XI at Chester-le-Street yesterday, allowing him to play in the Championship for Sussex. That in turn clears the

  • Past post

    I know it has been said many times before but what is happening to the Post Office? Only days after it was announced it is in hot water again with the times taken for deliveries, it has embarrassed itself locally with the fuss at the art gallery in Bond

  • Football: Withdean hopes fade

    Withdean are waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal to the Football Association but chief executive Alan Pook admits hope is fading. The Combined Counties League champions have taken their case to the FA after being denied promotion to the Ryman

  • Meagre pay

    I am writing to let you know about a family's struggle to survive under the rules of so-called social security which, as the name suggests, is to protect and give financial security to people in need in our society. My husband had to have a hernia operation

  • Speedway: Loram out of showdown

    Mark Loram is out of Monday night's clash with Elite League leaders Coventry. The former world champion had targeted the big TV showdown at Arlington Stadium for his return to action in an Eastbourne Eagles race jacket, but that has now been put on hold

  • We knew

    Fay Millar reports that "council bosses claim BBC reporters knew about the shock closure of East Brighton College of Media Arts but neglected to report it" (The Argus, June 4). I've no idea what council bosses claimed but the BBC not only knew about the

  • Golf: West Hove pair turn professional

    Russell Cronin, last year's Sussex Colts champion from West Hove, has turned professional this week because he cannot afford to continue on the amateur circuit. Russell, 19, and clubmate Christian Stevens, 25, have taken the plunge together and, with

  • Pair escape as lorry flips

    A lorry flipped on to its side tearing down high-voltage power cables and spilling its cargo of frozen meat across a busy road. The driver escaped death by inches when the overturned truck skidded into a roadside junction box, shattering the windscreen

  • Attack victim's machete terror

    Police have issued a CD-fit picture of a man who threatened two women with a rusty 14in machete in an Eastbourne street. He told one of the women to hand over her rucksack, saying "I will cut you if you don't" and raising the blade to her throat as she

  • Father's cannabis factory

    A failed entrepreneur set up a cannabis factory at his West Sussex cottage home after losing his savings in a business deal. Father-of-four Adrian Smith, 38, of Westergate Street, Westergate, near Chichester, claimed he had been growing the plants as

  • Council set to back new runway

    Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick airport could win the Brighton and Hove councillors' support, if better transport links are agreed. The Department of Transport is carrying out consultation on airports in the South-East, including Gatwick, where

  • Generosity saves crumbling spire

    When Michael Hoddell was told the bill for vital repairs to St John's church spire would total £202,000 he feared it was doomed. But thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the congregation, there is just £10,000 left to find and restoration work could

  • Brooker to join Foxes

    Former Albion manager Micky Adams confirmed today that Seagulls winger Paul Brooker will be rejoining him at Premiership newcomers Leicester on a free transfer. Adams revealed: "We will be talking to him shortly. I am not expecting any problems with that

  • Call for free school buses

    An influential committee of MPs has called for youngsters who live close to rural schools in Sussex to be given greater access to free bus travel. Under current rules, children under eight who live within two miles of school are not automatically entitled

  • Feedback, with Simon Bradshaw

    Mike Walsh, from Brighton, points out we misquoted him in his letter published on May 26. We said 'to' (instead of two) people buying a Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company All-Day Saver ticket for seven days would have to pay a total of £33.60 or

  • Hysterical

    Why is there all this hysteria about the existence or nonexistence of weapons of mass destruction? No-one seems to be interested that a mass-murdering dictator who lived a capitalist life which made a genuine capitalist look like a pauper has been got

  • Fears for missing girl, 12

    Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a missing 12-year-old girl who failed to arrive at her school in Hove. Laura Armes - 5ft 5in with long blonde hair and blue eyes - was last seen on her way to Hove Park Lower School on Monday morning. She

  • Raid recalled

    I read with great interest about the bombing raid on Brighton in 1943 (The Argus Weekend, May 31). I was eight years old at the time and witnessed the dropping of the bomb on the Preston Road viaduct. I know that recollections can be distorted over a

  • June 5: Kent v Sussex (Close)

    Kent's batsman probably knew what was coming when James Kirtley was released from the England squad. And sure enough, the Sussex fast bowler needed just five overs before taking out his frustration on them after he was omitted from the Test side for the

  • MP's new assault on 4x4 drivers

    Sussex MP Norman Baker has unleashed a fresh attack on 4x4 drivers, claiming they intimidate other motorists and pedestrians. Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles reacted angrily when Mr Baker suggested they should be banned from school runs and supermarket

  • Cash needed

    We agree with Doug Lawrence (The Argus, June 2) that the current buildings and facilities at Brighton General Hospital are unsuited to the needs of a modern hospital. The Brighton, Hove and Sussex University Hospitals Trust also recognises this and has

  • Brooker to join Foxes

    Former Albion manager Micky Adams confirmed today that Seagulls winger Paul Brooker will be rejoining him at Premiership newcomers Leicester on a free transfer. Adams revealed: "We will be talking to him shortly. I am not expecting any problems with that

  • Tennis chiefs bring on the ballgirls

    The elements bow to no man or woman, as ballgirls preparing for one of the UK's most prestigious tennis championships found to their cost. As they were due to train yesterday ahead of this month's Hastings Direct International Championships in Eastbourne

  • Just how safe are we from burglars?

    According to the figures, nine out of ten burglaries went undetected in Sussex last year. It may be little consolation to victims but it could be much worse. What the statistics did not tell was that the chances of being burgled were lower in Sussex than

  • Music: Senor Coconut, Concorde 2, Brighton, June 10

    This extravagant, moustachioed performer got himself quite a following with his last album, El Baile Aleman, which covered Kraftwerk classics in a cheesy, Latin style. For the second album, Fiesta Songs, Mr Coconut works with pop, rock and soul hits like

  • Opera: Candide, Theatre Royal, Brighton, June 9-10

    If you fancy a trip round the world without having to find your passport, the Theatre Royal is the place for you. The trip is courtesy of The Opera Group, which brought Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera to Brighton last year. This time it is Leonard Bernstein's

  • Night clubbing, June 6-7

    A double selection this weekend, featuring everything from Digweed to drum'n'bass and more. EVERY DAY PEOPLE, Escape Club, Brighton, June 7: Producer/remixer DJ Grant Nelson returns to EDP to give another masterclass in how to DJ properly. He was a big

  • Comedy: Boothby Graffoe, Komedia, Brighton, June 7

    Award-winning comedy and music from the star of Radio 4's Boothby Graffoe In No Particular Order. Surreal, sharp and often improvised humour combine with Graffoe's unique line in comic songs such as Umbrella Head Boy and Planet Dog. His gloriously laid-back

  • Gig guide, June 6-12

    Cheese icon Paul Young, neo-punkers Kinesis, Mercury nominee Susheela Raman and high concept from The Cinematic Orchestra are our picks. THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, Brighton Dome, June 6: A sensuous mix of DJs, jazz musicians and a classic silent movie,

  • Top diplomat moonlights as railway guard

    His day job involves jetting around the globe for the Government. But back home in Sussex, Alan Cobden lets off steam as a guard on a restored railway line. Now he is being given the chance to do just that, thanks to a brief respite between foreign postings

  • Jazz this week, June 6-12

    Here's our pick of the jazz and blues artists performing at venues around the county this week. SPIKE WELLS TRIO, Sussex Arts Club, June 6, 8pm: Venerable drummer links with bass legend Chris Laurence and pianist Liam Noble. COUP D'ETAT, Komedia, June

  • Yob's behaviour order extended

    Magistrates have extended an antisocial behaviour order on a teenage tearaway. Last month troublemaker Daniel Bowler, 15, was made the subject of the order at Brighton Magistrates Court for a catalogue of crimes. The court heard he had committed 14 offences

  • Trial date for bomb suspect

    A Portuguese man charged in connection with the discovery of home-made bombs near Gatwick airport will face trial in September. At Lewes Crown Court today Jose Pestana, 41, of Langley Parade, Langley Green, Crawley, denied two charges relating to the

  • Choir laughs along with Prince Charles

    The Prince of Wales raised a smile in Sussex today when he asked members of a boys' choir if their colleagues' snoring kept them awake. On a visit to Chichester Cathedral, Prince Charles joked: "Are you all in dorms? Do you keep each other awake snoring

  • Experts predict rate drop in August

    Experts are predicting a drop in interest rates in August after the Bank of Engand yesterday kept rates at 3.75 per cent. Rates were maintained at their 48-year low for the fourth consecutive month, as predicted by analysts, at the end of Sir Eddie Georges

  • Click on to planning news

    Details of recent planning applications in the Lewes area are now just a couple of clicks away for residents. People can visit the planning pages of Lewes District Council's web site at www.lewes.gov.uk to tap into weekly updates on new applications and

  • Fisheries face fines over alien trout

    Trout fisheries in Sussex are being warned they face fines of up to £2,500 if they are found to be stocking illegal fish. Environment Agency officers are investigating and will take action if stocking has taken place without the prior written consent

  • Hornby on track for sales boom

    A revival of interest in model railways and Scalextric racing cars has put train set makers Hornby in the fast lane. Sales to model train enthusiasts in the UK, as well as overseas interest in Scalextric cars, fuelled a 20 per cent rise in turnover to

  • Brief reprieve for health watchdogs

    The watchdog Community Health Councils of Sussex have been given a stay of execution. CHCs across the county were due to be abolished on September 1 but will continue to monitor health services until December 1. The CHCs will eventually be replaced by

  • Bullied boy's strip ordeal

    A schoolboy is in shock after being stripped naked and forced to "walk the plank" into the sea by three bullies in Worthing. The attack traumatised the 15-year-old victim who was left trying to cover himself with just a sock after his tormentors ran off

  • Modest pupil who's a science star

    A gifted pupil is the first person at his school to win a place at a national academy for bright students. Simon Holkham, 12, is looking forward to joining the new National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. Members have to show they have an academic

  • Stadium campaign 'painted false picture'

    The amount of lobbying for Brighton and Hove Albion's new stadium was almost without precedent, says the former head of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Hazel McKay told the public inquiry into the project the Yes Campaign had been very hard hitting

  • Call for free school buses

    An influential committee of MPs has called for youngsters who live close to rural schools in Sussex to be given greater access to free bus travel. Under current rules, children under eight who live within two miles of school are not automatically entitled

  • Racing: Hughes hopes for honourable finish

    Top jockey Richard Hughes is hoping for a good ride on Sussex outsider Strength 'N' Honour in tomorrow's Vodafone Derby. Horsham trainer Charles Cyzer has secured the services of Hughes for the 100-1 chance in the Epsom classic. Hughes said: "I haven't

  • Cricket: Kirtley returns in style

    James Kirtley proved once again that England's loss is Sussex's gain. Kirtley took his Championship haul for the season to 30 with two more wickets as the county gained the upper hand against Kent at Tunbridge Wells. Released from the England Test squad

  • Match Report: Kent suffer Kirtley backlash

    Kent's batsman probably knew what was coming when James Kirtley was released from the England squad yesterday morning. And sure enough, the Sussex fast bowler needed just five overs before taking out his frustration on them after he was omitted from the

  • Comment: Kirtley deserves better

    Just what have the decision-makers in English sport got against Sussex's finest? On Monday there was the comical sight of Albion's Bobby Zamora, arguably the most feared striker outside the Premiership, floundering around on the left wing for England

  • Cricket: Board sink Sussex seconds

    Henry Ledden and John Morgan shared a last wicket stand of 48 to lead the Sussex Cricket Board to a thrilling one-wicket victory over Sussex seconds at Hove. Chasing a target of 272 in 50 overs, the Board got home with just four deliveries to spare with

  • Cricket: Hutch boost for Steyning

    Sussex League: James Kirtley's omission from the England team could have a major impact on the title race. Kirtley was left out of the final XI at Chester-le-Street yesterday, allowing him to play in the Championship for Sussex. That in turn clears the

  • Tennis: Pullin's wild card

    Julie Pullin won her British play-off final for a Wimbledon wild card with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over Sara Borwell (Durham) at Raynes Park yesterday. The former British No. 1 from Hove overcame Anna Hawkins (Wiltshire) in straight sets in the morning

  • Past post

    I know it has been said many times before but what is happening to the Post Office? Only days after it was announced it is in hot water again with the times taken for deliveries, it has embarrassed itself locally with the fuss at the art gallery in Bond

  • Meagre pay

    I am writing to let you know about a family's struggle to survive under the rules of so-called social security which, as the name suggests, is to protect and give financial security to people in need in our society. My husband had to have a hernia operation

  • Relax by rail

    Alan Cobden has been solving problems all over the world in his 30 years working for the Foreign Office. But when he returns to Sussex, he likes to spend time as a guard on the Bluebell railway, near Haywards Heath. Alan, from Burgess Hill, often has

  • Football: Clubs escape drop

    Uckfield Town and Bosham have been spared relegation from division three of the Matthew Clark County League. With no teams coming down from division two following the resignation of Oving and the merger of Shinewater and Eastbourne United, the league

  • We knew

    Fay Millar reports that "council bosses claim BBC reporters knew about the shock closure of East Brighton College of Media Arts but neglected to report it" (The Argus, June 4). I've no idea what council bosses claimed but the BBC not only knew about the

  • Speedway: All change for Eagles

    Eastbourne will have a new-look line-up for Monday's match against Coventry. Adam Shields has been promoted into the top five, while Joonas Kylmakorpi drops down to reserve and Dean Barker replaces David Norris as one of Eagles' heat leaders. It is the

  • Golf: West Hove pair turn professional

    Russell Cronin, last year's Sussex Colts champion from West Hove, has turned professional this week because he cannot afford to continue on the amateur circuit. Russell, 19, and clubmate Christian Stevens, 25, have taken the plunge together and, with

  • Heartfelt thanks for awards evening

    I am writing to thank The Argus for the wonderful Argus Achievement Awards evening at the Corn Exchange - it was superbly arranged, with great style. A lot of thought must have gone into this, with excellent results. Everyone was so nice. I'm sorry that

  • Wonderful

    I write on behalf of Tina Hobden-Ward who attended The Argus Achievement Awards as a nominee in the Parent of the Year category. She wishes to thank The Argus staff and everybody involved for giving her such a wonderful meal and evening's entertainment

  • Think Of It This Way, by John Parry

    Isn't it wonderful the way Shakespeare had so many things to say, 400 years ago, that are timely and relevant today. Take this week's nonsensical news that lettuce eating, thin-as-a-worm do-gooders among our rulers have launched a vicious offensive against

  • Big success

    I write to thank you and tell you how much my group enjoyed The Argus Achievement Awards. The work that must have gone into organising such a wonderful event was first class. Everything from the welcome at the door by the staff, the decorations, the pens

  • Ingratitude

    Oh ye of little faith! How can anyone doubt such Christian gentlemen as Tony and George when they promised to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, like those given to Saddam by earlier Rupublican administrations or Britain's Thatcher Government?

  • Patients check in after virus warning

    Hundreds of patients have called a hospital helpline after being told they might have contracted a potentially fatal virus. The phone line was set up when it emerged a healthcare worker at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, had hepatitis C. The

  • Raid recalled

    I read with great interest about the bombing raid on Brighton in 1943 (The Argus Weekend, May 31). I was eight years old at the time and witnessed the dropping of the bomb on the Preston Road viaduct. I know that recollections can be distorted over a

  • June 5: Kent v Sussex (Close)

    Kent's batsman probably knew what was coming when James Kirtley was released from the England squad. And sure enough, the Sussex fast bowler needed just five overs before taking out his frustration on them after he was omitted from the Test side for the

  • Hearts of gold

    Allan, Anna and I would like to thank The Argus for a wonderful evening at The Achievement Awards and to say how much everyone enjoyed it. It is very moving and incredibly heart-warming to meet so many courageous and brave people under one roof and hear

  • Council set to back new runway

    Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick airport could win the support of Brighton and Hove councillors, if better transport links are agreed. The Department of Transport is carrying out consultation on airports in the South-East, including Gatwick