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  • Unknown factors worry park objectors

    National park campaigners are expecting people in the South Downs to buy a pig in a poke, a public inquiry was told. East Sussex County Council, one of the main objectors, said it was uncertain how well the park would be funded or how much a new bureaucracy

  • No to DNA test on 'King Harold' bones

    A historian has been thwarted in his attempts to prove a body buried under a Sussex church is King Harold. A church court ruled yesterday that the bones in Bosham, near Chichester, should not be disturbed. Harold II is reportedly the only monarch since

  • Drainpipe dispute led to race claim

    A Palestinian told a court he was hurt and angered after a neighbour hoisted an Israeli flag in his back garden during an alleged racist campaign against his family. Andrew Milner, 46, of Gordon Road, Shoreham, denies racially-aggravated harassment against

  • Councils miss out on Brown's giveaway

    Cash which was meant to be a lifeline to help keep council tax down was today dubbed a "poke in the eye" for Brighton and Hove. Councils across Sussex have been handed tiny increases from Gordon Brown's £340m local authority cash pot announced yesterday

  • Murder trial evidence circumstantial, says judge

    The evidence against a woman accused of murdering her second husband is entirely circumstantial, a judge said yesterday. Dena Thompson, 43, is accused of poisoning advertising salesman Julian Webb on his 31st birthday at their home in Douglas Close, Yapton

  • December 11: Marney's double sinks Shrimpers

    Danny Marney returned to haunt Southend and hammered out a message to Mark McGhee: Don't forget me. The versatile frontman, who played 17 times for the Essex club on loan last season, scored both goals and hit the woodwork twice as Albion Reserves fought

  • Carol singers: How generous are we?

    'Tis the season to be jolly and a time of goodwill to all men. And what more traditional way of spreading the Christmas message is there than carol singing? But in these days of rising prices, security fears and political correctness, how generous - in

  • Holidays safe despite big losses

    Holidaymakers using Hove-based tour operator Manos and Panorama were warned not to panic after its parent company announced losses of £910 million. MyTravel also posted operating losses of £358 million, meaning its outgoings were almost £1 million more

  • Crackdown on basement burglars

    Police are launching a new initiative to tackle burglars who target city basement flats. The branch of Operation Pulse follows a dramatic increase in the number of thefts from lower- ground-floor apartments in Brighton and Hove since the summer, as many

  • Call centre to stay in UK

    An energy supplier has ruled out moving its call centres overseas after a series of talks with trade union representatives. Seeboard's parent company EDF Energy employs almost 1,000 people in Hove and about 200 in Worthing and has pledged to keep them

  • Power cuts 'could drive out business'

    Traders say repeated power cuts in Heathfield are threatening its economy. Rupert Simmons, town representative at East Sussex County Council, says the series of electricity blackouts over the past few years could prompt some businesses to move out of

  • Pleas to topple towering buildings

    Conservationists say a city council should consider demolishing Sixties eyesores instead of finding new sites for tall buildings. The Brighton Society is asking members to comment on Brighton and Hove City Council's draft policy on tall buildings. This

  • Table Tennis: Rainton's record bid

    Rose Rainton, seven times the Sussex champion and the present holder will bid for her record-breaking eighth crown at the Sussex Championships on January 4. There is still a mystery as to why she is constantly ranked No. 2 on the Sussex list behind her

  • Albion hit by double injury blow

    Albion are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of Friday night's home game against Port Vale. Captain Danny Cullip (groin) and Richard Carpenter (hamstring) were unable to train on Thursday and manager Mark McGhee rates the pair doubtful.

  • Marney's double sinks Shrimpers

    Danny Marney returned to haunt Southend and hammered out a message to Mark McGhee: Don't forget me. The versatile frontman, who played 17 times for the Essex club on loan last season, scored both goals and hit the woodwork twice as Albion Reserves fought

  • Basketball: Bears so close to massive signing

    It lasted approximately ten minutes. The sight of a veteran of nearly 100 NBA games shooting baskets in the dark blue of Brighton Bears. This has been a season like no other in the history of the club and the saga of Olumide Oyedeji's on-off signing for

  • An ironic protest

    Regarding the causes of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, there appears to be widespread acceptance of the central role played by the West's reliance on, and need to keep secure, petroleum resources. I wonder if Chris Eubank has considered the

  • Cycling: Wheelers call off time trial

    Crawley Wheelers have cancelled their Good Friday time trial after successfully promoting the event for over 20 years. The club made its decision after the London South District time trial committee banned riders from passing through Handcross because

  • The truth about Tetra

    Councillor Sue Paskins would be better off researching the Tetra issue before commenting on it in the letters page (December 4). The Tetra 17.6 Hertz microwave pulsing signals which are of concern are only created by Tetra handsets, not from the base

  • Driving buses is challenging

    Recent correspondents have compared the responsibilities of train and bus drivers. This can be as fruitless as comparing apples with pears. There's no doubt in my mind a bus driver's job in Brighton and Hove is both challenging and demanding and from

  • New lead in hunt for The Cat

    The hunt for a fugitive dubbed Britain's most-wanted woman has again intensified after a possible sighting in Hove. Fiona Mont, 33, known as The Cat, has been on the run for almost four years after twice jumping bail, faking her suicide and fleeing abroad

  • Leave Christmas for Christians

    If the politically correct wish to airbrush Christ out of Christmas, why not return to the pagan title, Saturnalia, for their annual junketing in December and leave Christmas to the Christians? Come on Christians, boycott all the commercialisation and

  • Too much

    Mr G Kennedy is either very rich or very naive in his response to mine and others' comments and feelings about councillors' expense increases (Letters, December 5). If he's happy with the situation, good for him. The point I was trying to get across was

  • Wrong man

    I was saddened to read the letter from Councillor Craig Turton about Hove Library (The Argus, December 5). Its main thrust appeared to be the reasons for closing the library. While I respect his views I feel it was wrong for him as a member of the all-party

  • Christmas, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, until December 20 2003

    Christmas is coming, but there's not much joy among men in this little number. Publican Fred Ridgeway (Michael MacGraw) is in a mess. Topping up his morning tea with booze, it's the Saturday before Christmas and the mainstay of his weekend and seasonal

  • Linda Smith, Komedia, Brighton, December 6 2003

    Radio 4 stalwart and Have I Got News For You regular Linda Smith excels in surreal ramblings and innocently-voiced caustic asides. But her sold-out show at the Komedia was very much a tale of two acts. Possibly finding it hard to gauge how far she could

  • More books

    Your reports (December 2 and 3) show that such organisations as Bluebird and the Older People's Council wish to keep Hove Library at its current, congenial and stimulating location. What is clear from the material of the original architects, Jones and

  • Don't move

    I wish to lend my school's support to the campaign to keep Hove Library where it is and not to relocate to Hove Town Hall. St Christopher's School has used the library for many years for our pupils to visit and borrow books. Moving it to the Town Hall

  • Save Hove Library

    I am appalled at plans to close the historic Hove Library and relocate to the totally unsuitable Hove Town Hall. In the long-term absence of a proper central Brighton Library, I have enjoyed using Hove Library. I also work at the nearby Connaught Centre

  • Bring back poll tax

    Council tax increasing? The answer - return to the poll tax! -Reg Moores, Brighton

  • What benefit in being a city?

    Now all the fuss has died down over our promotion to city status, could anybody enlighten me as to the benefits to the ordinary man in the street - save for huge increases in council tax? Once again, fat cats reign supreme. -Mick Venour, Mile Oak

  • Drainpipe dispute led to race claim

    A Palestinian told a court he was hurt and angered after a neighbour hoisted an Israeli flag in his back garden during an alleged racist campaign against his family. Andrew Milner, 46, of Gordon Road, Shoreham, denies racially-aggravated harassment against

  • Councils miss out on Brown's giveaway

    Cash which was meant to be a lifeline to help keep council tax down was today dubbed a "poke in the eye" for Brighton and Hove. Councils across Sussex have been handed tiny increases from Gordon Brown's £340m local authority cash pot announced yesterday

  • Portly pooch shaped up with diet

    Kinny the dog is now skinny the slimmer thanks to a strict diet. The overweight pooch piled on the pounds after her owner Jayne Clements began rewarding her hard work by tipping her a treat. But she has been working out and dieting, earning her the title

  • December 11: Marney's double sinks Shrimpers

    Danny Marney returned to haunt Southend and hammered out a message to Mark McGhee: Don't forget me. The versatile frontman, who played 17 times for the Essex club on loan last season, scored both goals and hit the woodwork twice as Albion Reserves fought

  • December 11: Knight urged to stay on his feet

    Albion manager Mark McGhee has told Leon Knight to stay on his feet unless he is hurt. McGhee's instruction to his goalscorer coincides with the appointment of a Premiership referee for the Seagulls' next match. Rob Styles takes charge of Friday night's

  • December 11: Albion hit by double injury blow

    Albion are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of Friday night's home game against Port Vale. Captain Danny Cullip (groin) and Richard Carpenter (hamstring) were unable to train on Thursday and manager Mark McGhee rates the pair doubtful.

  • School plans tribute to tragic Vicki

    Children fond of a nursery nurse who died after a tragic car crash hope to honour her with a lasting memorial. Pupils, parents and staff want a permanent tribute to Vicki Browne who lost a month-long fight for life following the smash. The 19-year-old's

  • Holidays safe despite big losses

    Holidaymakers using Hove-based tour operator Manos and Panorama were warned not to panic after its parent company announced losses of £910 million. MyTravel also posted operating losses of £358 million, meaning its outgoings were almost £1 million more

  • Man stabbed wife's lover, jury told

    A jilted husband attacked his wife's lover with a knife after finding them in bed together, a court heard. Paul England discovered his wife Julia Wheadon in bed with Marten Moore after kicking in the love rival's front door, Lewes Crown Court was told

  • Vandals trigger heart scare

    A man suffered a heart scare triggered by vandals who attacked his Christmas streetlights display. Michael Burnage was taken to hospital with an irregular heartbeat after discovering his festive characters had been wrecked. Mr Burnage, 36, spent two months

  • Travellers happy to move on from mud bath

    Officially it was an eviction, but a group of travellers were only too pleased to leave after becoming bogged down in a mud bath. Council officers received a cordial welcome yesterday after turning up with lorries and tow trucks to remove about 30 families

  • Bus drivers strike in pay row

    Bus drivers have called a strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stagecoach drivers based at Worthing plan to walk out on Saturday from midnight to noon in protest at a pay settlement. But the company vowed to keep services going by drafting

  • Sussex firms hit Fast Track league

    Four Sussex-based companies have made it into the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 - a league table of Britain's fastest growing companies. Leading the pack is Mistral Internet Group in Brighton, which moved up eight places from last year to number 40. The

  • Call centre to stay in UK

    An energy supplier has ruled out moving its call centres overseas after a series of talks with trade union representatives. Seeboard's parent company EDF Energy employs almost 1,000 people in Hove and about 200 in Worthing and has pledged to keep them

  • Tax bill hike on holiday homes

    People with second homes by the sea will have to pay more council tax next year, it has been confirmed. Brighton and Hove City Council's policy committee has decided to reduce the discount for more than 2,500 property owners from 50 to ten per cent. It

  • Tax incentive to boost rundown areas

    Entrepreneurs who give new life to derelict shops in rundown parts of Sussex will be given tax breaks to help survive the first crucial year. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a new allowance for people who renovate shops in Marine, Moulsecoomb and Queen's

  • Call to demolish tower blocks

    Conservationists say a city council should consider demolishing Sixties eyesores instead of finding new sites for tall buildings. The Brighton Society is asking members to comment on Brighton and Hove City Council's draft policy on tall buildings. This

  • Charity shuttle's future in doubt

    A charity bus service threatened with the axe is fighting for survival. Bluebird Community Transport provides a door-to-door service for anybody who has difficulty getting around, whether because of old age or physical disability, for as little as 70p

  • Knight urged to stay on his feet

    Albion manager Mark McGhee has told Leon Knight to stay on his feet unless he is hurt. McGhee's instruction to his goalscorer coincides with the appointment of a Premiership referee for the Seagulls' next match. Rob Styles takes charge of Friday night's

  • Stuck in past

    Frank Edwards, in his reply to my call for a democratically head of state, destroys his own argument (Letters, December 6). He talks about the glory days of the British Empire. It is constantly carping on about past glories that prevents Britain moving

  • Cricket: Notts join chase for Kirsten

    Sussex face competition from Nottinghamshire in their bid to recruit South African opener Gary Kirsten as their second overseas player for next season. Notts, who were relegated to Division Two last season, are waiting to hear from Kirsten whether he

  • Basketball: Bears so close to massive signing

    It lasted approximately ten minutes. The sight of a veteran of nearly 100 NBA games shooting baskets in the dark blue of Brighton Bears. This has been a season like no other in the history of the club and the saga of Olumide Oyedeji's on-off signing for

  • Basketball: Pat has an eye for talent

    Pat Connelly has double reason to keep a close eye on Bears' rivals at home and abroad. The recently appointed assistant coach is also a talent scout with NBA giants Washington Wizards. Connelly stepped up to the No. 2 position after Graham Wilson left

  • Cycling: Wheelers call off time trial

    Crawley Wheelers have cancelled their Good Friday time trial after successfully promoting the event for over 20 years. The club made its decision after the London South District time trial committee banned riders from passing through Handcross because

  • Ram raider sent down

    A man has been jailed for his part in a ram raid on an Eastbourne off-licence. Trevor Barker was in a stolen car when it smashed into the drinks store. Hove Crown Court heard he was high on heroin when the incident took place. Police identified him from

  • Police spray car passengers

    Police officers in East Sussex used pepper spray on two men who hurled abuse at them after their friend allegedly gave a positive roadside breath test. The officers were carrying out drink-drive checks when they stopped a Range Rover carrying three men

  • Bus drivers strike in pay row

    Bus drivers have called a strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stagecoach drivers based at Worthing plan to walk out on Saturday from midnight to noon in protest at a pay settlement. But the company vowed to keep services going by drafting

  • Man jailed for child sex offences

    A Lancing man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting children. Adrian Lovell, 42, of Tower Road, was convicted of committing indecent assault eight times and indecency with a child between 1985 and 1986. The victims, who cannot

  • Murder trial evidence circumstantial, says judge

    The evidence against a woman accused of murdering her second husband is entirely circumstantial, a judge said yesterday. Dena Thompson, 43, is accused of poisoning advertising salesman Julian Webb on his 31st birthday at their home in Douglas Close, Yapton

  • Bells ring out after 90 years' silence

    The last time church bells rang out over Alfold was 1913. Now the village, near Horsham, is once again being treated to the divine clanging of St Nicholas Church. After 90 years of silence, three new bells have been added and the existing ones fixed to

  • Warning to post offices

    Police are visiting post offices across the county to warn them about possible attacks from a gang of raiders. Detectives believe a series of robberies could be the work of the same group of men. They have also linked the crimes to similar ones in Kent

  • Praise for bus company

    What a great bus company we have. I left my walking stick on a bus one lunchtime and it was returned to me by hand the same evening. -Stephanie Reynolds, Hove

  • Too much

    Mr G Kennedy is either very rich or very naive in his response to mine and others' comments and feelings about councillors' expense increases (Letters, December 5). If he's happy with the situation, good for him. The point I was trying to get across was

  • Turn the page

    Councillor Craig Turton informs us (Letters, December 5) he is a member of the cross-party working group to look into the question of Hove Library and duly trots out the claim that a lift "will inevitably cut the space available for books and study".

  • Linda Smith, Komedia, Brighton, December 6 2003

    Radio 4 stalwart and Have I Got News For You regular Linda Smith excels in surreal ramblings and innocently-voiced caustic asides. But her sold-out show at the Komedia was very much a tale of two acts. Possibly finding it hard to gauge how far she could

  • Don't move

    I wish to lend my school's support to the campaign to keep Hove Library where it is and not to relocate to Hove Town Hall. St Christopher's School has used the library for many years for our pupils to visit and borrow books. Moving it to the Town Hall

  • It's not art deco

    It's good to see Embassy Court is to have a much-needed renovation, though I should point out that, contrary to your article of December 2, the building is most definitely not art deco. There are plenty of art deco buildings in Brighton - much of Western

  • Time for voters to flex their muscle

    With another huge rise in council tax for Brighton and Hove pending (The Argus, November 29), are residents just supposed to grin and bear it? Our three MPs all deny government responsibility for the shortfall in funding and Labour councillors have the

  • Unfair burden

    Over the last two years, council tax has risen above the increase of the pension and is set to do so again. Part of the problem is so many people are on supplementary benefits and pay little or no council tax. This puts a tremendous burden on those who

  • Disgraceful sum

    I agree that many low-ranking councillors work hard for their money but what about those who, by what some cynical types might call toadying, rise to higher positions? Why is Hangleton's Brian Fitch given an extra £10,000 a year on top of his basic allowance

  • Bring back poll tax

    Council tax increasing? The answer - return to the poll tax! -Reg Moores, Brighton

  • What benefit in being a city?

    Now all the fuss has died down over our promotion to city status, could anybody enlighten me as to the benefits to the ordinary man in the street - save for huge increases in council tax? Once again, fat cats reign supreme. -Mick Venour, Mile Oak

  • Comedy award for Alan Partridge creator

    Steve Coogan picked up a prestigious award for his best-loved creation last night - and revealed Alan Partridge has not been killed off. The Hove-based funnyman scooped the best comedy actor title at the British Comedy Awards. He beat Martin Clunes and

  • Terminally-ill man robbed of pension

    A terminally ill man was beaten and robbed just two weeks before what could be his last Christmas. Eddie Walters, who is suffering from leukaemia and has been given six months to live, was attacked outside his local Co-op yesterday. A young mugger threw

  • December 11: Virgo fears for his future

    Albion defender Adam Virgo is planning talks with manager Mark McGhee about his future after a nightmare year in which he has dropped right out of the first team reckoning. The new reserve team captain featured under Micky Adams, Peter Taylor and Martin

  • December 11: Knight urged to stay on his feet

    Albion manager Mark McGhee has told Leon Knight to stay on his feet unless he is hurt. McGhee's instruction to his goalscorer coincides with the appointment of a Premiership referee for the Seagulls' next match. Rob Styles takes charge of Friday night's

  • December 11: Albion hit by double injury blow

    Albion are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of Friday night's home game against Port Vale. Captain Danny Cullip (groin) and Richard Carpenter (hamstring) were unable to train on Thursday and manager Mark McGhee rates the pair doubtful.

  • Corrie culprit takes to pulpit

    Former Coronation Street star Brian Capron took to the pulpit to narrate a Christmas story at a charity concert. The actor, who played murderer Richard Hillman in the soap, joined a congregation of more than 700 people for the event in aid of The Argus

  • School plans tribute to tragic Vicki

    Children fond of a nursery nurse who died after a tragic car crash hope to honour her with a lasting memorial. Pupils, parents and staff want a permanent tribute to Vicki Browne who lost a month-long fight for life following the smash. The 19-year-old's

  • Vandals trigger heart scare

    A man suffered a heart scare triggered by vandals who attacked his Christmas streetlights display. Michael Burnage was taken to hospital with an irregular heartbeat after discovering his festive characters had been wrecked. Mr Burnage, 36, spent two months

  • Bus drivers strike in pay row

    Bus drivers have called a strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stagecoach drivers based at Worthing plan to walk out on Saturday from midnight to noon in protest at a pay settlement. But the company vowed to keep services going by drafting

  • Sussex firms hit Fast Track league

    Four Sussex-based companies have made it into the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 - a league table of Britain's fastest growing companies. Leading the pack is Mistral Internet Group in Brighton, which moved up eight places from last year to number 40. The

  • Tax bill hike on holiday homes

    People with second homes by the sea will have to pay more council tax next year, it has been confirmed. Brighton and Hove City Council's policy committee has decided to reduce the discount for more than 2,500 property owners from 50 to ten per cent. It

  • Council shortlists two for barracks site development

    Two developers have been shortlisted to provide hundreds of homes and jobs on a key site in Brighton. CDHA and Urban Catalyst have been chosen from a list of four companies by members of Brighton and Hove City Council's policy committee to build on the

  • Tax incentive to boost rundown areas

    Entrepreneurs who give new life to derelict shops in rundown parts of Sussex will be given tax breaks to help survive the first crucial year. Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a new allowance for people who renovate shops in Marine, Moulsecoomb and Queen's

  • Call to demolish tower blocks

    Conservationists say a city council should consider demolishing Sixties eyesores instead of finding new sites for tall buildings. The Brighton Society is asking members to comment on Brighton and Hove City Council's draft policy on tall buildings. This

  • Pubs fit 'Chelsea clips' to beat bag thieves

    Bag snatchers and thieves who target drinkers have prompted pubs to fit special security devices. Pubs have fitted have locks under tables and on walls and counters to stop thieves walking off with handbags and bags full of Christmas shopping. The move

  • Knight urged to stay on his feet

    Albion manager Mark McGhee has told Leon Knight to stay on his feet unless he is hurt. McGhee's instruction to his goalscorer coincides with the appointment of a Premiership referee for the Seagulls' next match. Rob Styles takes charge of Friday night's

  • Virgo fears for his future

    Albion defender Adam Virgo is planning talks with manager Mark McGhee about his future after a nightmare year in which he has dropped right out of the first team reckoning. The new reserve team captain featured under Micky Adams, Peter Taylor and Martin

  • Protesters actually care about Britain

    The year 2003 could be summed up by two freezing cold days. On February 15, nearly two million people marched through London to stop the war in Iraq. On December 8, about half as many cheered the England rugby team as they paraded the World Cup through

  • Stuck in past

    Frank Edwards, in his reply to my call for a democratically head of state, destroys his own argument (Letters, December 6). He talks about the glory days of the British Empire. It is constantly carping on about past glories that prevents Britain moving

  • Cricket: Notts join chase for Kirsten

    Sussex face competition from Nottinghamshire in their bid to recruit South African opener Gary Kirsten as their second overseas player for next season. Notts, who were relegated to Division Two last season, are waiting to hear from Kirsten whether he

  • Give us choice

    Councillor Pat Hawkes is right to point out no admissions system is perfect (Letters, December 8). However, only a high level of irony would enable her to write this of a system which causes so much distress to hundreds of parents and children in Brighton

  • Easy target

    The troubled Comart school was an easy target for councillors at the family and schools committee as they blamed everyone and everything (except themselves) for its demise. As Tories joined forces with Labour councillors, it took only a matter of minutes

  • Basketball Comment: Head Coach, Nick Nurse

    Well we made it back from our latest European adventure, still looking for our first win but with team spirit higher than ever. As I said in the aftermath of our narrow defeat at Cholet on Tuesday, I am as convinced as ever we are right to be tackling

  • No logic

    So, Glenn Rycroft, who extorted money from friends and workmates in the belief he was suffering from cancer, has been sent down for four years (The Argus, December 5). I'm no penal reformer but it baffles me how that helps anyone. Those who have been

  • Basketball: Pat has an eye for talent

    Pat Connelly has double reason to keep a close eye on Bears' rivals at home and abroad. The recently appointed assistant coach is also a talent scout with NBA giants Washington Wizards. Connelly stepped up to the No. 2 position after Graham Wilson left

  • Sympathetic coverage

    I wish to convey my thanks and appreciation for the helpful and sympathetic way The Argus covered the death and funeral of Victoria Browne and the consideration it showed the family. In these days, when journalism can sometimes be intrusive, it was refreshing

  • Zip wire tragedy of charity director

    A charity worker from Brighton died in a freak accident as she tested an aerial slide at an outdoor pursuits site. Tanya Bocking, 41, is believed to have caught her neck in a tree after her harness slipped at the Girl Guide activity centre at Blackland

  • Praise for bus company

    What a great bus company we have. I left my walking stick on a bus one lunchtime and it was returned to me by hand the same evening. -Stephanie Reynolds, Hove

  • Don't rule out trams because of Croydon

    Tony Mernagh seems to be saying that poor financial performance and the relatively low proportion of car journeys that have gone over to public transport following the opening of the Croydon Tramlink are decisive reasons not to consider trams for Brighton

  • Turn the page

    Councillor Craig Turton informs us (Letters, December 5) he is a member of the cross-party working group to look into the question of Hove Library and duly trots out the claim that a lift "will inevitably cut the space available for books and study".

  • It's not art deco

    It's good to see Embassy Court is to have a much-needed renovation, though I should point out that, contrary to your article of December 2, the building is most definitely not art deco. There are plenty of art deco buildings in Brighton - much of Western

  • Time for voters to flex their muscle

    With another huge rise in council tax for Brighton and Hove pending (The Argus, November 29), are residents just supposed to grin and bear it? Our three MPs all deny government responsibility for the shortfall in funding and Labour councillors have the

  • Unfair burden

    Over the last two years, council tax has risen above the increase of the pension and is set to do so again. Part of the problem is so many people are on supplementary benefits and pay little or no council tax. This puts a tremendous burden on those who

  • Disgraceful sum

    I agree that many low-ranking councillors work hard for their money but what about those who, by what some cynical types might call toadying, rise to higher positions? Why is Hangleton's Brian Fitch given an extra £10,000 a year on top of his basic allowance

  • University 'too middle class'

    The University of Sussex is still struggling to admit youngsters from working class backgrounds, according to tables published today. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said the university was failing to hit its "benchmark" target

  • No to DNA test on 'King Harold' bones

    A historian has been thwarted in his attempts to prove a body buried under a Sussex church is King Harold. A church court ruled yesterday that the bones in Bosham, near Chichester, should not be disturbed. Harold II is reportedly the only monarch since

  • Comedy award for Alan Partridge creator

    Steve Coogan picked up a prestigious award for his best-loved creation last night - and revealed Alan Partridge has not been killed off. The Hove-based funnyman scooped the best comedy actor title at the British Comedy Awards. He beat Martin Clunes and

  • Murder trial evidence circumstantial, says judge

    The evidence against a woman accused of murdering her second husband is entirely circumstantial, a judge said yesterday. Dena Thompson, 43, is accused of poisoning advertising salesman Julian Webb on his 31st birthday at their home in Douglas Close, Yapton

  • Terminally-ill man robbed of pension

    A terminally ill man was beaten and robbed just two weeks before what could be his last Christmas. Eddie Walters, who is suffering from leukaemia and has been given six months to live, was attacked outside his local Co-op yesterday. A young mugger threw

  • December 11: Virgo fears for his future

    Albion defender Adam Virgo is planning talks with manager Mark McGhee about his future after a nightmare year in which he has dropped right out of the first team reckoning. The new reserve team captain featured under Micky Adams, Peter Taylor and Martin

  • Carol singers: How generous are we?

    'Tis the season to be jolly and a time of goodwill to all men. And what more traditional way of spreading the Christmas message is there than carol singing? But in these days of rising prices, security fears and political correctness, how generous - in

  • Corrie culprit takes to pulpit

    Former Coronation Street star Brian Capron took to the pulpit to narrate a Christmas story at a charity concert. The actor, who played murderer Richard Hillman in the soap, joined a congregation of more than 700 people for the event in aid of The Argus

  • Crackdown on basement burglars

    Police are launching a new initiative to tackle burglars who target city basement flats. The branch of Operation Pulse follows a dramatic increase in the number of thefts from lower- ground-floor apartments in Brighton and Hove since the summer, as many

  • Council shortlists two for barracks site development

    Two developers have been shortlisted to provide hundreds of homes and jobs on a key site in Brighton. CDHA and Urban Catalyst have been chosen from a list of four companies by members of Brighton and Hove City Council's policy committee to build on the

  • Power cuts 'could drive out business'

    Traders say repeated power cuts in Heathfield are threatening its economy. Rupert Simmons, town representative at East Sussex County Council, says the series of electricity blackouts over the past few years could prompt some businesses to move out of

  • Pubs fit 'Chelsea clips' to beat bag thieves

    Bag snatchers and thieves who target drinkers have prompted pubs to fit special security devices. Pubs have fitted have locks under tables and on walls and counters to stop thieves walking off with handbags and bags full of Christmas shopping. The move

  • Pleas to topple towering buildings

    Conservationists say a city council should consider demolishing Sixties eyesores instead of finding new sites for tall buildings. The Brighton Society is asking members to comment on Brighton and Hove City Council's draft policy on tall buildings. This

  • Table Tennis: Rainton's record bid

    Rose Rainton, seven times the Sussex champion and the present holder will bid for her record-breaking eighth crown at the Sussex Championships on January 4. There is still a mystery as to why she is constantly ranked No. 2 on the Sussex list behind her

  • Albion hit by double injury blow

    Albion are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of Friday night's home game against Port Vale. Captain Danny Cullip (groin) and Richard Carpenter (hamstring) were unable to train on Thursday and manager Mark McGhee rates the pair doubtful.

  • Virgo fears for his future

    Albion defender Adam Virgo is planning talks with manager Mark McGhee about his future after a nightmare year in which he has dropped right out of the first team reckoning. The new reserve team captain featured under Micky Adams, Peter Taylor and Martin

  • Protesters actually care about Britain

    The year 2003 could be summed up by two freezing cold days. On February 15, nearly two million people marched through London to stop the war in Iraq. On December 8, about half as many cheered the England rugby team as they paraded the World Cup through

  • Marney's double sinks Shrimpers

    Danny Marney returned to haunt Southend and hammered out a message to Mark McGhee: Don't forget me. The versatile frontman, who played 17 times for the Essex club on loan last season, scored both goals and hit the woodwork twice as Albion Reserves fought

  • Give us choice

    Councillor Pat Hawkes is right to point out no admissions system is perfect (Letters, December 8). However, only a high level of irony would enable her to write this of a system which causes so much distress to hundreds of parents and children in Brighton

  • Easy target

    The troubled Comart school was an easy target for councillors at the family and schools committee as they blamed everyone and everything (except themselves) for its demise. As Tories joined forces with Labour councillors, it took only a matter of minutes

  • Basketball Comment: Head Coach, Nick Nurse

    Well we made it back from our latest European adventure, still looking for our first win but with team spirit higher than ever. As I said in the aftermath of our narrow defeat at Cholet on Tuesday, I am as convinced as ever we are right to be tackling

  • No logic

    So, Glenn Rycroft, who extorted money from friends and workmates in the belief he was suffering from cancer, has been sent down for four years (The Argus, December 5). I'm no penal reformer but it baffles me how that helps anyone. Those who have been

  • An ironic protest

    Regarding the causes of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, there appears to be widespread acceptance of the central role played by the West's reliance on, and need to keep secure, petroleum resources. I wonder if Chris Eubank has considered the

  • The truth about Tetra

    Councillor Sue Paskins would be better off researching the Tetra issue before commenting on it in the letters page (December 4). The Tetra 17.6 Hertz microwave pulsing signals which are of concern are only created by Tetra handsets, not from the base

  • Sympathetic coverage

    I wish to convey my thanks and appreciation for the helpful and sympathetic way The Argus covered the death and funeral of Victoria Browne and the consideration it showed the family. In these days, when journalism can sometimes be intrusive, it was refreshing

  • Driving buses is challenging

    Recent correspondents have compared the responsibilities of train and bus drivers. This can be as fruitless as comparing apples with pears. There's no doubt in my mind a bus driver's job in Brighton and Hove is both challenging and demanding and from

  • Zip wire tragedy of charity director

    A charity worker from Brighton died in a freak accident as she tested an aerial slide at an outdoor pursuits site. Tanya Bocking, 41, is believed to have caught her neck in a tree after her harness slipped at the Girl Guide activity centre at Blackland

  • New lead in hunt for The Cat

    The hunt for a fugitive dubbed Britain's most-wanted woman has again intensified after a possible sighting in Hove. Fiona Mont, 33, known as The Cat, has been on the run for almost four years after twice jumping bail, faking her suicide and fleeing abroad

  • Zip wire tragedy of charity director

    A charity worker died in a freak accident as she tested an aerial slide at a Mid Sussex outdoor pursuits site. Tanya Bocking, 41, from Brighton is believed to have caught her neck in a tree after her harness slipped at the Girl Guide activity centre at

  • Leave Christmas for Christians

    If the politically correct wish to airbrush Christ out of Christmas, why not return to the pagan title, Saturnalia, for their annual junketing in December and leave Christmas to the Christians? Come on Christians, boycott all the commercialisation and

  • Don't rule out trams because of Croydon

    Tony Mernagh seems to be saying that poor financial performance and the relatively low proportion of car journeys that have gone over to public transport following the opening of the Croydon Tramlink are decisive reasons not to consider trams for Brighton

  • Wrong man

    I was saddened to read the letter from Councillor Craig Turton about Hove Library (The Argus, December 5). Its main thrust appeared to be the reasons for closing the library. While I respect his views I feel it was wrong for him as a member of the all-party

  • Christmas, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, until December 20 2003

    Christmas is coming, but there's not much joy among men in this little number. Publican Fred Ridgeway (Michael MacGraw) is in a mess. Topping up his morning tea with booze, it's the Saturday before Christmas and the mainstay of his weekend and seasonal

  • More books

    Your reports (December 2 and 3) show that such organisations as Bluebird and the Older People's Council wish to keep Hove Library at its current, congenial and stimulating location. What is clear from the material of the original architects, Jones and

  • Save Hove Library

    I am appalled at plans to close the historic Hove Library and relocate to the totally unsuitable Hove Town Hall. In the long-term absence of a proper central Brighton Library, I have enjoyed using Hove Library. I also work at the nearby Connaught Centre

  • University 'too middle class'

    The University of Sussex is still struggling to admit youngsters from working class backgrounds, according to tables published today. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said the university was failing to hit its "benchmark" target