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  • Farmers union: Visitors may pose risk to land

    A national park in the South Downs would give people the impression farmland had been nationalised and they could walk anywhere, a public inquiry was told. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said there had already been similar problems in established

  • Israeli flag 'was hung out for sketch'

    A man accused of harassing a Palestinian's wife by hoisting an Israeli flag in his garden said he only intended to draw it. Andrew Milner, 46, of Gordon Road, Shoreham, was alleged to have launched a racist campaign against his neighbours Loai and Debbie

  • December 12: Albion wait on loan duo's future

    Albion were still waiting for confirmation that midfield duo Mark Yeates and Zesh Rehman will be staying. Manager Mark McGhee is confident the pair will remain with the Seagulls for at least another month. The loan spells of Yeates from Spurs and Rehman

  • Jury out in widow's murder trial

    An Old Bailey jury retired today in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her husband with an overdose of drugs on his 31st birthday. Dena Thompson, 43, denies killing Julian Webb in June 1994 at the home they shared in Yapton, West Sussex. The prosecution

  • Flare scare shuts road

    A Sussex police station was sealed off after a bomb scare today. Traffic was diverted away from the station in West Street, Lewes. A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A council employee found some flares on a council site in Ham Lane and brought them to

  • Travellers' plea to stay until new year

    Travellers have joined forces with an action group to fight council plans to evict them before Christmas. A group of about 15 travellers wants to stay on an old BMX track, off Wilson Avenue in Whitehawk, Brighton, until the new year. They moved on to

  • Death of renowned sax player

    Ron Aspery, one of the country's top saxophone players, has been found dead. The talented 58- year-old musician is believed to have died in his sleep at his home in Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean, where he had a recording studio. He was found on Wednesday

  • Worries over addicts' haunt

    Beggars, drug addicts and vandals are hiding from police in an all-night car park. People living in St James's House and Ardingly Court in Brighton want to see the site under their block of flats secured. Their demand comes after a fire in the car park

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hockey: Round-Up

    Second division promotion chasers East Grinstead entertain first division leaders Firebrands in another fifth round clash. Player-coach Kwan Browne said: "Not only is it a perfect chance to reach the last eight, it is also a measuring stick for us because

  • McGhee wants rivals to sweat

    Albion manager Mark McGhee wants his players to seize the opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals. The third-placed Seagulls are not allowed to play home matches on Saturdays in December as part of the regulations governing their tenancy

  • Golf: Trophy due reward for devoted Mike

    Mike Winder is devoted to golf and has had his just reward in receiving the Tony Jones Putter Memorial Trophy from the Sussex CGU. The award, in the opinion of retiring union president Andy Beer and secretary David Harmer, goes to those giving outstanding

  • Dr Martens (Premier): Injuries hit Reds' Conference bid

    Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson is keeping his sense of humour despite the run of bad luck which is threatening to derail his side's bid for a top 13 finish. The non-league reshuffle at the end of the season means much is at stake for Borough who

  • The softer side of Pop Idol's Mr Nasty

    His caustic comments on Pop Idol have made Simon Cowell a household name. Chris "The Vicar" Hide was no stranger to his put-downs before being dumped out of the contest. He told the Lancing lad his version of Elton John's Circle Of Life was "absolutely

  • Keep a look-out for this young deceiver

    About four months ago I was approached by a distressed young female who appeared to come from Portslade station. She told me she and her boyfriend had had an argument and he had left her stranded at the station. She said she was unable to return home

  • Ryman (South): King hails Rooks' home form

    Manager Steven King believes Lewes are invincible at the Dripping Pan. The Rooks have made their home a fortress this season with 12 wins and a draw in 13 games since King came to the club in the summer. Local rivals Horsham (6-1), fellow title challengers

  • Homeless lifeline needs help

    Thom Coyne went from popular pub landlord to sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton and Hove in a matter of months. The 46-year-old moved to the city with his partner Anne to run the Stanmer Park Tavern on Ditchling Road in September 2000. But running

  • FA Vase: haves meet have nots

    It will be the haves against the have nots when Winchester come to Whitehawk in the third round of the FA Vase on Saturday. The Hampshire club have a reputation as the big-spenders of the Wessex League where they have lost just once this season. A local

  • Oh dear

    Regarding the article by Lynne Truss about the misuse of apostrophes (The Argus, November 29), I find it amazing so many mistakes actually make it through to the final printing stage. I would like to add to Lynne's list of local advertisements with mistakes

  • Hockey: Champness wary of cup upset

    Will Champness is warning his Lewes side against complacency ahead of Sunday's HA Cup trip to Holcombe. Club captain Champness knows Lewes are expected to progress to the last eight of domestic hockey's premier cup competition but admits Holcombe are

  • Thank you

    It was a pleasure to be chosen to be in a brief film in connection with the Theatre Royal in Brighton. Film-makers Paul Dutnall and Simon Wilkinson used footage taken in 1977 of me meeting Richard Todd for the signing of the facsimile flying log book

  • Ever the villain

    If I may be permitted to reverse the phrase, Dan Duryea looks like "the night before the morning after". Duryea was a 1940s Hollywood supporting actor. Mostly playing whining villains, he schemed well in The Little Foxes (Sam Goldwyn Studios, 1941), starring

  • What's going on with stadium plan?

    As a Brightonian now living in Cornwall, I regularly receive The Argus from my sister. I have been a supporter of the Albion since 1946, when Harry Baldwin was the best at saving penalties and the Goldstone was a favourite venue. What on earth is happening

  • Statue of disabled artist makes Trafalgar Square shortlist

    Disabled artist Alison Lapper was flabbergasted today after learning a naked statue of her could be positioned in Trafalgar Square. Ms Lapper, who was born with no arms, had not been warned a sculpture of her had been shortlisted for one of London's most

  • Brighton borough of Hurstpierpoint?

    I was amused by the letter from Timothy Illingworth (December 9) and his advice to keep my nose out of the Albion for Falmer controversy. Mr Illingworth said: "He lives in Lewes for goodness sake." Perhaps he can tell me whereabouts in Brighton is Hurstpierpoint

  • Check your facts

    Richard W Symonds (Letters, December 10) was referring to Key Stage 2 SATs results which are not taken at Ifield First School. Maybe Mr Symonds would like to check his facts next time he has a comment to make about a school. -Mrs Jones, senior teacher

  • Readers' gifts to mugging victim, 74

    Mugging victim Eddie Walters, who is terminally ill with leukaemia, was today overwhelmed by gifts of cash and Christmas goodies. The 71-year-old, who was robbed of his rent money in Brighton, was in tears as he said: "I just want to stand on a rooftop

  • Hoogstraten became a Samaritan in jail

    Nicholas Hoogstraten, one of the most feared men in Britain, has joined the Samaritans while in prison. The 58-year-old tycoon was released from Belmarsh high security prison in London after almost two years. Sentenced to ten years in jail for the manslaughter

  • Hoogstraten: My life in prison

    Nicholas Hoogstraten may have been absent for the best part of two years but the notorious millionaire proved this week he has lost none of his capacity for surprise. In an exclusive interview for The Argus, given soon after his release from Belmarsh

  • Hoogstraten: Why conviction was quashed

    How was Nicholas Hoogstraten convicted of manslaughter only to be released a year later? In his trial last year, the tycoon was cleared of murder but found guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter. He was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. A charge

  • Israeli flag 'was hung out for sketch'

    A man accused of harassing a Palestinian's wife by hoisting an Israeli flag in his garden said he only intended to draw it. Andrew Milner, 46, of Gordon Road, Shoreham, was alleged to have launched a racist campaign against his neighbours Loai and Debbie

  • Crooks' Christmas greeting from police

    Criminals are to receive a festive card from the police wishing them a merry Christmas and a New Year in jail if they do not change their ways. Ten of the most prolific offenders in Eastbourne will be sent the cards which have a picture of a snowcapped

  • Jury out in widow's murder trial

    An Old Bailey jury retired today in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her husband with an overdose of drugs on his 31st birthday. Dena Thompson, 43, denies killing Julian Webb in June 1994 at the home they shared in Yapton, West Sussex. The prosecution

  • Wife's lover ran into knife, jury told

    A spurned husband accused of attempting to kill his love rival told police the man was hurt by accident when he ran on to a knife he was holding. Paul England denies attempting to murder Marten Moore with a dagger after his wife Julia Wheadon left him

  • Travellers' plea to stay until new year

    Travellers have joined forces with an action group to fight council plans to evict them before Christmas. A group of about 15 travellers wants to stay on an old BMX track, off Wilson Avenue in Whitehawk, Brighton, until the new year. They moved on to

  • 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

  • Farmers' union: Visitors may pose risk to land

    A national park in the South Downs would give people the impression farmland had been nationalised and they could walk anywhere, a public inquiry was told. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said there had already been similar problems in established national

  • Hockey: Round-Up

    Second division promotion chasers East Grinstead entertain first division leaders Firebrands in another fifth round clash. Player-coach Kwan Browne said: "Not only is it a perfect chance to reach the last eight, it is also a measuring stick for us because

  • McGhee wants rivals to sweat

    Albion manager Mark McGhee wants his players to seize the opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals. The third-placed Seagulls are not allowed to play home matches on Saturdays in December as part of the regulations governing their tenancy

  • Albion wait on loan duo's future

    Albion were still waiting for confirmation last night that midfield duo Mark Yeates and Zesh Rehman will be staying. Manager Mark McGhee is confident the pair will remain with the Seagulls for at least another month. The loan spells of Yeates from Spurs

  • Dr Martens (Premier): Injuries hit Reds' Conference bid

    Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson is keeping his sense of humour despite the run of bad luck which is threatening to derail his side's bid for a top 13 finish. The non-league reshuffle at the end of the season means much is at stake for Borough who

  • The softer side of Pop Idol's Mr Nasty

    His caustic comments on Pop Idol have made Simon Cowell a household name. Chris "The Vicar" Hide was no stranger to his put-downs before being dumped out of the contest. He told the Lancing lad his version of Elton John's Circle Of Life was "absolutely

  • FA Vase: haves meet have nots

    It will be the haves against the have nots when Winchester come to Whitehawk in the third round of the FA Vase on Saturday. The Hampshire club have a reputation as the big-spenders of the Wessex League where they have lost just once this season. A local

  • Football: Non-League Round-up

    Leading scorer Sam Francis is battling to recover from flu for Worthing's crunch game with Windsor and Eton at Woodside Road. Manager Alan Pook has described the match as "Worthing's biggest of the season so far" as fifth meets second. Ben Carrington

  • Our problem

    Carol Ramsden's lack of civic responsibility is deplorable (Letters, December 8). According to her, dealing with the graffiti scourge should be left solely to the police. The Argus has highlighted how individual residents, community and traders' groups

  • Speedway: Legend Moran roars into Sussex

    The legend is back! Kelly Moran roars into town for Sunday's Brighton Bonanza indoor speedway spectacular at the Brighton Centre. Moran, arguably the most charismatic rider ever to wear the colours of Eastbourne Eagles between 1981 and 1982, is jetting

  • Rugby: Meredith plays through the pain

    Haywards Heath skipper Alex Meredith is ready to play through the pain barrier in a bid to gain revenge over National Three South rivals Southend. Meredith had an operation to remove two wisdom teeth on Wednesday and complications forced the dentist to

  • Animals only

    As chairman of the local branch of the RSPCA, I am concerned some people may be confused by a national fund-raising campaign. They may have been called on by a charity collection company and asked to make a regular donation to the RSPCA. If they have

  • Hockey: Champness wary of cup upset

    Will Champness is warning his Lewes side against complacency ahead of Sunday's HA Cup trip to Holcombe. Club captain Champness knows Lewes are expected to progress to the last eight of domestic hockey's premier cup competition but admits Holcombe are

  • Tributes to slide tragedy victim

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

  • OAPs' sit-in over post office closures

    Pensioners were today planning a sit-in protest against post office closures. About 40 were expected to join a mock queue outside Fourboys, London Road, East Grinstead. It will become the town centre's only post office if plans to close nearby branches

  • Statue of disabled artist makes Trafalgar Square shortlist

    Disabled artist Alison Lapper was flabbergasted today after learning a naked statue of her could be positioned in Trafalgar Square. Ms Lapper, who was born with no arms, had not been warned a sculpture of her had been shortlisted for one of London's most

  • Feedback, with Simon Bradshaw

    We messed up the Sussex primary schools tables on Thursday last week. West Hove's Local Education Authority ranking was printed as 20th when it should have been 17th, higher than its nearby rival Mile Oak, which was given as 15th but should have been

  • Brighton borough of Hurstpierpoint?

    I was amused by the letter from Timothy Illingworth (December 9) and his advice to keep my nose out of the Albion for Falmer controversy. Mr Illingworth said: "He lives in Lewes for goodness sake." Perhaps he can tell me whereabouts in Brighton is Hurstpierpoint

  • Check your facts

    Richard W Symonds (Letters, December 10) was referring to Key Stage 2 SATs results which are not taken at Ifield First School. Maybe Mr Symonds would like to check his facts next time he has a comment to make about a school. -Mrs Jones, senior teacher

  • Wife's lover ran into knife, jury told

    A spurned husband accused of attempting to kill his love rival told police the man was hurt by accident when he ran on to a knife he was holding. Paul England denies attempting to murder Marten Moore with a dagger after his wife Julia Wheadon left him

  • Hoogstraten became a Samaritan in jail

    Nicholas Hoogstraten, one of the most feared men in Britain, has joined the Samaritans while in prison. The 58-year-old tycoon was released from Belmarsh high security prison in London after almost two years. Sentenced to ten years in jail for the manslaughter

  • Hoogstraten: My life in prison

    Nicholas Hoogstraten may have been absent for the best part of two years but the notorious millionaire proved this week he has lost none of his capacity for surprise. In an exclusive interview for The Argus, given soon after his release from Belmarsh

  • Hoogstraten: Why conviction was quashed

    How was Nicholas Hoogstraten convicted of manslaughter only to be released a year later? In his trial last year, the tycoon was cleared of murder but found guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter. He was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. A charge

  • 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 12: McGhee wants rivals to sweat

    Albion manager Mark McGhee wants his players to seize the opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals. The third-placed Seagulls are not allowed to play home matches on Saturdays in December as part of the regulations governing their tenancy

  • 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

  • Farmers' union: Visitors may pose risk to land

    A national park in the South Downs would give people the impression farmland had been nationalised and they could walk anywhere, a public inquiry was told. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said there had already been similar problems in established national

  • Five-a-day Rosa celebrates 100th birthday

    Rosa Glading has reached her 100th year, having smoked five cigarettes a day all her life. A party attended by Brighton and Hove Mayor Jeane Lepper and 50 guests was held to celebrate the landmark year at Dresden House. A cake crafted in the figures 100

  • Albion wait on loan duo's future

    Albion were still waiting for confirmation last night that midfield duo Mark Yeates and Zesh Rehman will be staying. Manager Mark McGhee is confident the pair will remain with the Seagulls for at least another month. The loan spells of Yeates from Spurs

  • Racing: Harry keeps dad's yard ticking over

    There will be no runners from Castle Stables at Arundel until next March but with 160 horses in the three yards at John Dunlop's 'factory' backroom business goes on as usual. John's younger son, Harry, 27, has just completed his first year as assistant

  • Ex-head backs threatened school

    The first headteacher of a struggling school earmarked for closure has backed a campaign to keep it open. John Werner was in charge of East Brighton College of Media Arts (Comart) from when it opened as Stanley Deason in 1975 until 1994. He has publicly

  • About time

    I was pleased to read Councillor Peter Willows' thoughts about the profile of sport in Brighton and Hove (Letters, December 10). At last, a councillor has noticed the lack of facilities and encouragement that others have been pointing out for years. Two

  • Sea change

    Am I the only one to see the partial error of reasoning made by the "group of swimmers" who challenged Dr Richard Russell's claim that sea water could be a cure for all their ailments (The Argus, December 8)? On their website they claim: "People did swim

  • Football: Non-League Round-up

    Leading scorer Sam Francis is battling to recover from flu for Worthing's crunch game with Windsor and Eton at Woodside Road. Manager Alan Pook has described the match as "Worthing's biggest of the season so far" as fifth meets second. Ben Carrington

  • Our problem

    Carol Ramsden's lack of civic responsibility is deplorable (Letters, December 8). According to her, dealing with the graffiti scourge should be left solely to the police. The Argus has highlighted how individual residents, community and traders' groups

  • Speedway: Legend Moran roars into Sussex

    The legend is back! Kelly Moran roars into town for Sunday's Brighton Bonanza indoor speedway spectacular at the Brighton Centre. Moran, arguably the most charismatic rider ever to wear the colours of Eastbourne Eagles between 1981 and 1982, is jetting

  • Rugby: Meredith plays through the pain

    Haywards Heath skipper Alex Meredith is ready to play through the pain barrier in a bid to gain revenge over National Three South rivals Southend. Meredith had an operation to remove two wisdom teeth on Wednesday and complications forced the dentist to

  • Animals only

    As chairman of the local branch of the RSPCA, I am concerned some people may be confused by a national fund-raising campaign. They may have been called on by a charity collection company and asked to make a regular donation to the RSPCA. If they have

  • Shoulders to the wheel

    So, Brighton and Hove City Council is upping the rates on second and holiday homes by 50 per cent and beach huts and chalets by 35 per cent (The Argus, December 8). Doubtless other means of raising revenue are in the pipeline. Fine. Bravo! But why can't

  • Tributes to slide tragedy victim

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

  • Blur, Brighton Centre, December 11 2003

    The lamented departure of Graham Coxon, considered by some the true creative force behind Brit-pop kings Blur, seemingly had no effect on the rest of the band. A messy split from Coxon has made 2003 a difficult year for Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave

  • Christmas lights are common, says radio man

    A Sussex radio presenter has sparked a bitter row by condemning Christmas lights on people's homes as "naff". Duncan Barkes, of Spirit FM, said displays were getting out of control and should be left in their boxes. The talk show host incurred the wrath

  • Wife's lover ran into knife, jury told

    A spurned husband accused of attempting to kill his love rival told police the man was hurt by accident when he ran on to a knife he was holding. Paul England denies attempting to murder Marten Moore with a dagger after his wife Julia Wheadon left him

  • 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 12: Albion wait on loan duo's future

    Albion were still waiting for confirmation that midfield duo Mark Yeates and Zesh Rehman will be staying. Manager Mark McGhee is confident the pair will remain with the Seagulls for at least another month. The loan spells of Yeates from Spurs and Rehman

  • December 12: McGhee wants rivals to sweat

    Albion manager Mark McGhee wants his players to seize the opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals. The third-placed Seagulls are not allowed to play home matches on Saturdays in December as part of the regulations governing their tenancy

  • Flare scare shuts road

    A Sussex police station was sealed off after a bomb scare today. Traffic was diverted away from the station in West Street, Lewes. A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A council employee found some flares on a council site in Ham Lane and brought them to

  • Death of renowned sax player

    Ron Aspery, one of the country's top saxophone players, has been found dead. The talented 58- year-old musician is believed to have died in his sleep at his home in Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean, where he had a recording studio. He was found on Wednesday

  • Worries over addicts' haunt

    Beggars, drug addicts and vandals are hiding from police in an all-night car park. People living in St James's House and Ardingly Court in Brighton want to see the site under their block of flats secured. Their demand comes after a fire in the car park

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Five-a-day Rosa celebrates 100th birthday

    Rosa Glading has reached her 100th year, having smoked five cigarettes a day all her life. A party attended by Brighton and Hove Mayor Jeane Lepper and 50 guests was held to celebrate the landmark year at Dresden House. A cake crafted in the figures 100

  • Golf: Trophy due reward for devoted Mike

    Mike Winder is devoted to golf and has had his just reward in receiving the Tony Jones Putter Memorial Trophy from the Sussex CGU. The award, in the opinion of retiring union president Andy Beer and secretary David Harmer, goes to those giving outstanding

  • Warning for wanted trio

    Wanted suspects were today given a Christmas warning - go to the police or spend the festivities behind bars. Tracy Catherine Whelan, whose last address was Roseveare Road, Eastbourne, is wanted for an alleged theft, while Victoria Hodge, of Pevensey

  • Racing: Harry keeps dad's yard ticking over

    There will be no runners from Castle Stables at Arundel until next March but with 160 horses in the three yards at John Dunlop's 'factory' backroom business goes on as usual. John's younger son, Harry, 27, has just completed his first year as assistant

  • Keep a look-out for this young deceiver

    About four months ago I was approached by a distressed young female who appeared to come from Portslade station. She told me she and her boyfriend had had an argument and he had left her stranded at the station. She said she was unable to return home

  • Ex-head backs threatened school

    The first headteacher of a struggling school earmarked for closure has backed a campaign to keep it open. John Werner was in charge of East Brighton College of Media Arts (Comart) from when it opened as Stanley Deason in 1975 until 1994. He has publicly

  • Ryman (South): King hails Rooks' home form

    Manager Steven King believes Lewes are invincible at the Dripping Pan. The Rooks have made their home a fortress this season with 12 wins and a draw in 13 games since King came to the club in the summer. Local rivals Horsham (6-1), fellow title challengers

  • About time

    I was pleased to read Councillor Peter Willows' thoughts about the profile of sport in Brighton and Hove (Letters, December 10). At last, a councillor has noticed the lack of facilities and encouragement that others have been pointing out for years. Two

  • Homeless lifeline needs help

    Thom Coyne went from popular pub landlord to sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton and Hove in a matter of months. The 46-year-old moved to the city with his partner Anne to run the Stanmer Park Tavern on Ditchling Road in September 2000. But running

  • Sea change

    Am I the only one to see the partial error of reasoning made by the "group of swimmers" who challenged Dr Richard Russell's claim that sea water could be a cure for all their ailments (The Argus, December 8)? On their website they claim: "People did swim

  • Oh dear

    Regarding the article by Lynne Truss about the misuse of apostrophes (The Argus, November 29), I find it amazing so many mistakes actually make it through to the final printing stage. I would like to add to Lynne's list of local advertisements with mistakes

  • Thank you

    It was a pleasure to be chosen to be in a brief film in connection with the Theatre Royal in Brighton. Film-makers Paul Dutnall and Simon Wilkinson used footage taken in 1977 of me meeting Richard Todd for the signing of the facsimile flying log book

  • Ever the villain

    If I may be permitted to reverse the phrase, Dan Duryea looks like "the night before the morning after". Duryea was a 1940s Hollywood supporting actor. Mostly playing whining villains, he schemed well in The Little Foxes (Sam Goldwyn Studios, 1941), starring

  • What's going on with stadium plan?

    As a Brightonian now living in Cornwall, I regularly receive The Argus from my sister. I have been a supporter of the Albion since 1946, when Harry Baldwin was the best at saving penalties and the Goldstone was a favourite venue. What on earth is happening

  • Christmas lights are common, says radio man

    A West Sussex radio presenter has sparked a bitter row by condemning Christmas lights on people's homes as "naff". Duncan Barkes, of Spirit FM, said displays were getting out of control and should be left in their boxes. The talk show host incurred the

  • Three rescued from house blaze

    Three people were rescued from a fire at their West Sussex home early today. Fire crews were called to the blaze in a terraced three-storey house in Bayford Road, Littlehampton, at about 1.30am. They arrived to find smoke billowing from the ground floor

  • Jury out in widow's murder trial

    An Old Bailey jury retired today in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her husband with an overdose of drugs on his 31st birthday. Dena Thompson, 43, denies killing Julian Webb in June 1994 at the home they shared in Yapton, West Sussex. The prosecution

  • Three held in police swoops

    Three men have been arrested following a series of police raids in Crawley. About 60 officers swooped on eight addresses on Wednesday. They seized £11,000 cash, £3,000 in travellers' cheques, credit cards, a stash of cannabis, two vehicles and several

  • Shoulders to the wheel

    So, Brighton and Hove City Council is upping the rates on second and holiday homes by 50 per cent and beach huts and chalets by 35 per cent (The Argus, December 8). Doubtless other means of raising revenue are in the pipeline. Fine. Bravo! But why can't

  • Tributes to slide tragedy victim

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