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  • Stadium 'would create 600 jobs'

    A community football stadium would create hundreds of jobs and help regenerate a deprived area, the Falmer inquiry heard today. Planner Peter Rainier said the proposed 22,000-seater home for Brighton and Hove Albion would provide sporting, health and

  • Mixed verdict on life in Sussex

    Property prices, poor schools and a lack of outstanding pubs reduce quality of life in Sussex, according to a survey. The league table drawn up by Country Life magazine ranked West Sussex the ninth best county to live in and East Sussex the 15th. England's

  • Stadium 'would create 600 jobs'

    A community football stadium would create hundreds of jobs and help regenerate a deprived area, the Falmer inquiry heard today. Planner Peter Rainier said the proposed 22,000-seater home for Brighton and Hove Albion would provide sporting, health and

  • Hart Beat, with Ian Hart

    There are a group of youngsters in Worthing hell-bent on smashing the place up, regardless of whether the schools are on holiday or not. According to people in and around the town, it is now reaching crisis point and something drastic needs to be done

  • Child porn arrests increase

    The number of people arrested in Sussex on suspicion of downloading child pornography has risen. There are now 132 suspects, 20 more than when Sussex Police last gave figures in January. A force spokeswoman said there were no celebrities or personalities

  • Bus pass change

    More people are now eligible for bus passes after the Government lowered the age limit for men. The current lower age limit is 65 but from April 1, men over 60 will be able to travel cheaply as well. They must apply to Worthing Borough Council for the

  • City is gum capital of Europe

    Brighton and Hove has been named the chewing gum capital of Europe by a man called in to clean up the mess. Mike Barrett, service director with the Chewing Gum Removal Company, has been to dozens of cities around the world and has now been called in to

  • Swoops to reduce worker tragedies

    Inspectors will be staging a week-long blitz on construction sites across Sussex next month. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiative aims to reduce the toll of deaths, injuries and ill-health on building projects in the region. The death of student

  • HSE swoops to cut workplace tragedies

    Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive will be staging a week-long blitz on construction sites in Sussex next month. The initiative aims to reduce the toll of deaths, injuries and ill-health on building projects in the region. The death of student

  • Falling growth blow for retail

    Retailers suffered a blow today after it emerged sales growth had fallen to its lowest level for four years. The Confederation of British Industry's quarterly distributive trades survey said 38 per cent of firms reported higher sales than last year against

  • Youth Athletics: Harris misses out on nationals

    Scott Harris scored a shock victory in the Sussex Cross Country League at Bexhill, but missed out on a national place. He failed to make an automatic place in the Sussex team for the All England Schools' Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park on

  • Comment: Ian Hart

    Former Albion boss Barry Lloyd must drag on his cigarette and hanker for the good old days at the Goldstone when 10,000 people would scream for his dismissal! The Woodside Road board seem to want Barry to manage Rebels with his hands tied behind his back

  • Dr Martens: Hastings' run ends

    Hastings United's four-match unbeaten run in the premier division came to an end as they went down 1-0 at Bath City last night. Missing Nick Hegley and Duncan McArthur with flu, United still had the better of a lively first half and had strong appeals

  • Rocker who proved hecklers wrong

    Top rock drummer Pete Thomas will have the last laugh on the hostile Newhaven dockers who tried to jeer his first band off stage. On Monday Pete will be inducted into the elite Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York as part of Elvis Costello

  • Actor is soap's biggest baddie

    Coronation Street serial killer Richard Hillman, played by Brighton actor Brian Capron, has been voted the top soap baddie of all time. His evil crimes catapulted him to the top of the list that includes EastEnders wife beater Trevor Morgan and Brookside

  • MPs to fight post office closures

    Labour MP David Lepper is making a last-minute effort to stop three post offices from being closed. He is holding talks tomorrow with David Bland, regional chairman of the Post Office watchdog Post Watch, at the House of Commons. The Brighton Pavilion

  • Ryman: Davies nets on Rocks debut

    Bognor returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Chertsey in division one south. The Rocks are now one point behind second placed Horsham with two games in hand. But for the heroics of home keeper Paul Seuke it could have been by a much larger margin

  • Family values

    Hove MP Ivor Caplin is my MP but does not represent me in that he voted with the Government on the two divisions over Iraq. What were his motivations in supporting the Bush-Blair line? And could he at least represent my views to Tony Blair? The support

  • New deal on rent benefits

    Brighton and Hove Council has accepted an offer to pilot a radical shake-up of housing benefit. Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith said the move would help to combat rogue landlords and antisocial tenants. Under the long-planned scheme, tenants

  • The leaving question

    Homes are in short supply in Brighton and Hove. In the past five years the most desirable houses have soared in price, way beyond the pockets of most people who live and work here. The city council has responded to this looming crisis by inviting representatives

  • Machine helps paralysis victims

    Science fiction is becoming reality thanks to a pioneering mind machine which helps paralysed people communicate. Doctor Philip Kennedy, who was born in Shoreham but now lives in Atlanta, USA, is leading a team of scientists at his company, Neural Signals

  • Ryman: Rooks misery run continues

    The misery goes on for Lewes as a 3-2 defeat at promotion rivals Bromley stretched their winless run to eight games. The Rooks dominated the opening half hour but fell behind when a long free-kick ricocheted off Tony Chin's shin and trickled into the

  • Brave bobbies

    It was a freezing February day with the sea so cold many people would have become unconscious after only a few minutes in it. But three police officers and a pier worker did not hesitate when they saw a mother and her daughter in difficulties 100 yards

  • Matthew Clark: Hillians hit four

    Just one game survived the weather in the County League last night and it was a cracker for Hillians. Ben Andrews and Nicky Sullivan scored two apiece as Burgess Hill took a step closer to winning the title with a 4-1 win at Three Bridges. Seb Favata

  • You said it!

    Nicholas Soames, the larger-than-life Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, is in trouble again. He interrupted a lengthy speech on hunting by Labour MP Michael Foster with a distinctly rude word not often heard at Westminster. Yet again he has proved he is

  • Youth Football: Sussex dominate regional semis

    Sussex schools are through to four south east regional semi-finals for the first time in the same year. Jake Robinson (2) and Dean Cox scored as the under-16s beat Inner London away to win their qualifying group. Jamie Brotherton netted as the under-15s

  • Youth Swimming: Danny proves best in county

    Danny Sivers proved he is the quickest breaststroker in Sussex at the second County Championship meet at Crawley. The Eastbourne swimmer won the 100m and 50m for men and boys. Spokesman Brian Smith said: "Danny is the only Sussex swimmer competing who

  • Long tradition

    Police say they are "saddened" that Sussex Action For Peace did not negotiate with them about the protest in Brighton on Saturday. There are several reasons why we decided against this. In November, we had a so-called "legal" demonstration that was planned

  • The Chalk Garden, Theatre Royal, Brighton, until March 8

    Enid Bagnold wrote The Chalk Garden while she was living in Rottingdean during the Fifties and set the play in a seaside location very much like her home village. It is a period piece and has been performed many times. Despite this, it is worthy of a

  • Dialogue of the Dogs, The Lighthouse, Brighton, until March 14

    Two televisions are placed opposite each other. On one, slowed, stop-frame video footage of two dogs, one male and one female, plays. They are "performing" an original text by Cervantes. The female dog is telling the male dog about the terrible masters

  • Tired of all these ...

    Dirty streets, graffiti everywhere, drug-ridden, high-rise building plans, King Alfred fiasco, Medina House high-rise hell, West Pier, new stadium for the Seagulls fiasco, hotels turned into half-way houses, threat of violence everywhere, Black Rock,

  • Fighting talk from Coppell

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has challenged his players to send a survival signal to their relegation rivals in tonight's crunch clash at Stoke. A fourth win in five games will carry the Seagulls four points clear of their opponents and heighten the anxiety

  • Industry message is blunt

    The Government's message to tradesmen not signed up to the Quality Mark scheme is simple: The public probably don't trust you. A hard-hitting advertising campaign for the Government's anti-cowboy builder initiative has been launched. Industry and energy

  • Teens dream of careers

    More than two-thirds of teenagers know what career they want to pursue and 36 per cent are confident they will be able to walk into their dream job. But on pay young people are less optimistic, expecting to earn an average of just £12,000 a year when

  • Must-see exhibition

    Small businesses seeking information on cost-effective staff training shouldn't miss the Learning Pays! Skills Exhibition. The two-day event is designed to provide small businesses with practical advice on how to improve profitability through staff training

  • Business win for students

    A team of Sussex students have triumphed in a national business competition. Michael De-Graaff, Russell Goatcher, Essel Hagan, Alex Rankin and Stephen Readman from the University of Sussex, won the annual Universities Business Challenge, which was held

  • Loner knifed mum to death

    A Sussex man stabbed his elderly mother to death with a kitchen knife before gassing himself in her car in remote woodland. Terence Hamblen, 50, knifed his mother Joan, 77, repeatedly and attacked her with a claw hammer at the home they shared. An inquest

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    I had a lovely time at the weekend playing with my new toys. As soon as I'd taken them out of their boxes I got them working. Whirrrr ... Buzzzz ... Oh, it was exciting! Imagine the look of delight on a child's face as the little darling opens all those

  • Street drinking crackdown nears

    A crackdown on anti-social street drinking in Worthing comes into force on April 9. Worthing Borough Council was overwhelmingly backed by the public after unveiling details of the initiative last year. Council chief executive Sheryl Grady said: "The aim

  • Waste site warning

    Part of Worthing that has been described as a dumping ground could soon be the location for a waste collection site. The warning came in a new report on the future of the long-awaited East Worthing Access Road, designed to take heavy traffic away from

  • Breast care boost

    The West Sussex Breast Care unit at Worthing Hospital is expanding its service. A third breast care specialist has been appointed to improve the service offered to more than 4,000 patients who attend the unit each year. Gabrielle Felton will join the

  • Council addresses minority needs

    The needs of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are being addressed by Worthing Borough Council. Officers have drawn up a strategy to improve the council's understanding of these members of the community and ensure services are provided

  • Age of radio

    Tony Aldridge is out of order ending Ambrose Harcourt's contract. Is Southern FM bothered only about dance music? I hope Terry Garoghan is not replaced with talentless Big Brother bore Kate Lawler. Mr Aldridge clearly doesn't care for the over-30s. -Lesley

  • Drunk in victory

    A football fan who got over-excited when his team won a cup has been bound over to keep the peace. Liverpool supporter John Harris, 37, went home drunk after his team beat Manchester United in the Worthington Cup on Sunday. Worthing Magistrates Court

  • Wearing thin

    As one of the promoters of the club night Endorphine Visions, I was fascinated to see that a woman was going to attend a Brighton nightclub wearing nothing but UV reactive paint as a protest against the imminent Gulf War II. I wonder if Brighton police's

  • Art studio go-ahead

    A controversial art and design studio has been given the green light to open behind one of Worthing's most historic areas. Councillors had previously refused permission for the scheme at the rear of listed Heene Terrace and West Mansions, near MGM Assurance

  • Safe to moan

    Once again, a certain Portslade resident is allowed to use The Argus letters page to express his own jaundiced personal opinion of Sussex Police for his own personal agenda, whatever that is. As a representative of a professional organisation, I welcome

  • Cheap trick

    Some national newspapers have recently tried to claim refugees bring deadly diseases into the UK and the rise in HIV, Aids and TB cases is caused by immigrants. This is a cheap attempt to pander to racists. A Home Office scheme has screened 5,000 refugees

  • Greece owes plane spotter £9,000

    Plane spotter Christopher Wilson has still not received his £9,000 bail money back, three months after he was acquitted of spying-related charges. Mr Wilson, 47, of Erica Way, Horsham, was arrested on espionage charges at a military air base in Kalamata

  • Fireball death woman named

    A woman who was engulfed in flames and burned to death was today named as Emma Gibson of Port Hall Road, Brighton. Police think Ms Gibson may have doused herself in petrol after stopping her car. Bystanders saw the victim running from the vehicle along

  • Hart Beat, with Ian Hart

    There are a group of youngsters in Worthing hell-bent on smashing the place up, regardless of whether the schools are on holiday or not. According to people in and around the town, it is now reaching crisis point and something drastic needs to be done

  • Countryside body slams Gatwick expansion

    The Council for the Protection of Rural England has joined the airport expansion debate. It has rushed out a study analysing the damage and impact of proposals outlined in the Government's consultation documents made public last week. The CPRE's findings

  • Hunt for library site ends

    A site has been found for a modern library in Crawley after a search of more than ten years. Two councils have struck a land deal which could finally herald the building of the town's long-awaited new library. Crawley Borough Council is to take over ownership

  • Bus pass change

    More people are now eligible for bus passes after the Government lowered the age limit for men. The current lower age limit is 65 but from April 1, men over 60 will be able to travel cheaply as well. They must apply to Worthing Borough Council for the

  • Youth Athletics: Harris misses out on nationals

    Scott Harris scored a shock victory in the Sussex Cross Country League at Bexhill, but missed out on a national place. He failed to make an automatic place in the Sussex team for the All England Schools' Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park on

  • Fighting talk from Coppell

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has challenged his players to send a survival signal to their relegation rivals in tonight's crunch clash at Stoke. A fourth win in five games will carry the Seagulls four points clear of their opponents and heighten the anxiety

  • Mosque gun man jailed

    A worshipper who tried to fire a gun at a gang who attacked him during a mosque prayer meeting has been jailed for four years. Judge Anthony Thorpe said there was "public fear over an increasing use of firearms". At Chichester Crown Court, Judge Thorpe

  • Finances examined in drug farm case

    A man whose farm allegedly doubled as a £20 million drugs factory had twice gone bust in the past, a court heard. Kevin Hoare yesterday told how receivers had been called in when his company, which made scientific glass products, got into difficulties

  • Thank God Blair is restraining Bush

    At the 1997 General Election, I had the honour of being the constituency secretary for the Hove Labour Party. Within two years of that historic victory, I walked away from the party in total disgust. I have had a good fortune to spend the past 12 months

  • Want a house? Move to Wales

    Cash-strapped families struggling to survive in Brighton and Hove are being offered the chance to start new lives - in Wales. The city council is encouraging tenants to move from Sussex in an effort to tackle its five-year housing waiting list. Councils

  • Water bills set to rise

    Water bills will go up across Sussex to pay for improvements to Southern Water's service. Customers in Sussex will have to pay an average £5 more each year, netting the company an extra £3 million to help cover the cost of 450 projects it has undertaken

  • Dr Martens: Priceless finish for Borough

    A goal on the stroke of half time from John Price gave Eastbourne Borough another three points at Dartford in the eastern division. Borough have now leapfrogged Stamford into second place and are just one point behind leaders Bashley with a game in hand

  • Actor is soap's biggest baddie

    Coronation Street serial killer Richard Hillman, played by Brighton actor Brian Capron, has been voted the top soap baddie of all time. His evil crimes catapulted him to the top of the list that includes EastEnders wife beater Trevor Morgan and Brookside

  • MPs to fight post office closures

    Labour MP David Lepper is making a last-minute effort to stop three post offices from being closed. He is holding talks tomorrow with David Bland, regional chairman of the Post Office watchdog Post Watch, at the House of Commons. The Brighton Pavilion

  • Ryman: Davies nets on Rocks debut

    Bognor returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Chertsey in division one south. The Rocks are now one point behind second placed Horsham with two games in hand. But for the heroics of home keeper Paul Seuke it could have been by a much larger margin

  • School needs £4,000 to hit jackpot

    A school which has been fund-raising for more than a year is in a race against time to find £4,000 - or lose half a million. Tideway Community School in Newhaven pledged to raise £50,000 to secure a £125,000 Government windfall plus an extra £123 per

  • Family values

    Hove MP Ivor Caplin is my MP but does not represent me in that he voted with the Government on the two divisions over Iraq. What were his motivations in supporting the Bush-Blair line? And could he at least represent my views to Tony Blair? The support

  • The leaving question

    Homes are in short supply in Brighton and Hove. In the past five years the most desirable houses have soared in price, way beyond the pockets of most people who live and work here. The city council has responded to this looming crisis by inviting representatives

  • Ryman: Rooks misery run continues

    The misery goes on for Lewes as a 3-2 defeat at promotion rivals Bromley stretched their winless run to eight games. The Rooks dominated the opening half hour but fell behind when a long free-kick ricocheted off Tony Chin's shin and trickled into the

  • Unbending

    It was good of Richard W Symonds to reply (Letters, February 24) to my letter of appreciation of the help we received from the US during the Second World War. It is obvious from his writing he doesn't know much about history. He should visit the library

  • Brave bobbies

    It was a freezing February day with the sea so cold many people would have become unconscious after only a few minutes in it. But three police officers and a pier worker did not hesitate when they saw a mother and her daughter in difficulties 100 yards

  • Matthew Clark: Hillians hit four

    Just one game survived the weather in the County League last night and it was a cracker for Hillians. Ben Andrews and Nicky Sullivan scored two apiece as Burgess Hill took a step closer to winning the title with a 4-1 win at Three Bridges. Seb Favata

  • Nth crusade

    The Government's association with the extremist Christian fundamentalists in the White House is causing the Labour Party enormous damage. I am no longer a Labour Party member and am no longer willing to help Labour Party candidates defeat Tory candidates

  • You said it!

    Nicholas Soames, the larger-than-life Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, is in trouble again. He interrupted a lengthy speech on hunting by Labour MP Michael Foster with a distinctly rude word not often heard at Westminster. Yet again he has proved he is

  • Youth Squash: Sussex pair are national champs

    Rachel Willmott clinched her fifth British crown and Tom Pashley became a national champion for the first time at Manchester. Rachel (Horsham) retained the under-15s title to add to her two triumphs at under-13s and one at under-17s. She stormed to glory

  • New fulcrum

    Why war with Iraq? The influence the US government had with Saudi Arabia has long gone so the alternative is to turn its attention towards Saddam Hussein and Iraq with threats of war. We know the war will not last long. The aftermath will. Let's look

  • Let's be frank

    All this fuss and discord over a war with Iraq when there is a simple solution. We should declare war on and invade France. Not only would this be a just retribution for when they hosted World Cup '98 and kept most of the tickets to themselves and then

  • Long tradition

    Police say they are "saddened" that Sussex Action For Peace did not negotiate with them about the protest in Brighton on Saturday. There are several reasons why we decided against this. In November, we had a so-called "legal" demonstration that was planned

  • Dialogue of the Dogs, The Lighthouse, Brighton, until March 14

    Two televisions are placed opposite each other. On one, slowed, stop-frame video footage of two dogs, one male and one female, plays. They are "performing" an original text by Cervantes. The female dog is telling the male dog about the terrible masters

  • £300 bill for road lines bungle

    Bungling West Sussex highways bosses today apologised for spending £300 painting lines on a road - then digging it up. But West Sussex County Council tried to play down as "minimal" the estimated £300 cost to the taxpayer. Worthing resident Alan Riley

  • Protests at pubs' late opening bids

    Dozens of people have protested at late licence bids by two Worthing town centre pubs. They fear increased noise, disturbance and antisocial behaviour such as vandalism and fighting if borough councillors give the go-ahead. Yates's in Chapel Road wants

  • Tory turns Commons air blue

    Colourful MP Nicholas Soames made Parliamentary history when he interrupted an opponent with the word "b******s". It is well known the Mid Sussex MP's famous grandfather was never stuck for a withering put-down to get himself out of a spot. Winston Churchill's

  • Industry message is blunt

    The Government's message to tradesmen not signed up to the Quality Mark scheme is simple: The public probably don't trust you. A hard-hitting advertising campaign for the Government's anti-cowboy builder initiative has been launched. Industry and energy

  • Villagers' lorry victory

    Villagers have won their battle against plans to increase the volume of lorries using land earmarked for a Mid Sussex landfill site. Freshfield Lane Brickworks, near Horsted Keynes, yesterday lost a bid to use their base for maintenance work on vehicles

  • Want a house? Move to Wales

    Cash-strapped families struggling to survive in Brighton and Hove are being offered the chance to start new lives - in Wales. The city council is encouraging tenants to move from Sussex in an effort to tackle its five-year housing waiting list. Councils

  • A history of public swearing

    Nicholas Soames' outburst may be a first for Parliament but swearing in public and the media has become more common over the years. The first recorded royal use of profanity in Sussex is attributed to King George V. On his death bed in 1936 he was asked

  • Lou Reed on Brighton festival bill

    Rock legend Lou Reed, writer Alan Bennett, comedian Meera Syal and punk icon Patti Smith will headline Brighton Festival 2003, it was announced today. Reed will give The Raven, his homage to the master of gothic horror Edgar Alan Poe, its European premiere

  • Between You And Me, by Vanora Leigh

    I had a lovely time at the weekend playing with my new toys. As soon as I'd taken them out of their boxes I got them working. Whirrrr ... Buzzzz ... Oh, it was exciting! Imagine the look of delight on a child's face as the little darling opens all those

  • Street drinking crackdown nears

    A crackdown on anti-social street drinking in Worthing comes into force on April 9. Worthing Borough Council was overwhelmingly backed by the public after unveiling details of the initiative last year. Council chief executive Sheryl Grady said: "The aim

  • Walker hurt in unprovoked attack

    A 22-year-old man suffered bruises to his face and torn ankle ligaments when he was assaulted in Rustington on Sunday March 2. He was walking near Sainsbury's in New Road at 9.45am when a male passenger of a car got out and punched him in the face, knocking

  • Junior doctors' hours cut

    The hours worked by junior doctors at Worthing Hospital are being cut. As part of a Government crackdown on overworking, the maximum a junior doctor can work by August 2003 is 72 hours a week. Most doctors at Worthing are now complying with this and the

  • Council addresses minority needs

    The needs of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are being addressed by Worthing Borough Council. Officers have drawn up a strategy to improve the council's understanding of these members of the community and ensure services are provided

  • Quiet competition

    After the news of the West Pier being given a lifeline, which I am glad has happened, perhaps David Biesterfield, director of the Noble Organisation, will keep quiet. Is he frightened of the competition the Palace Pier might get? -Brenda Jacob, Hereford

  • Museum to get revamp

    A new restaurant and conference facility is taking shape at a countryside museum. Amberley Working Museum, which specialises in conserving England's industrial history, is spending £200,000 to pay for the building, near Arundel. But the fund-raisers still

  • Age of radio

    Tony Aldridge is out of order ending Ambrose Harcourt's contract. Is Southern FM bothered only about dance music? I hope Terry Garoghan is not replaced with talentless Big Brother bore Kate Lawler. Mr Aldridge clearly doesn't care for the over-30s. -Lesley

  • Director' takes the chair

    A film director will be quizzed on his work by movie lovers at a special event. Alex Cox has agreed to go in the director's chair at the Dome cinema, on Worthing seafront, on Sunday, March 30, at 3pm. That afternoon, the cinema will be screening his latest

  • Hotel toasts bed victory

    The Chatsworth Hotel has finally succeeded in a bid to convert a building nearby into staff accommodation. Worthing planners had previously baulked at the scheme at 7 Steyne Gardens amid fears the property could become bedsits, lowering the tone of the

  • Be a good sport

    Worthing schoolchildren are needed to represent the town at the Sussex Youth Games this summer. The event, which attracts hundreds of youngsters, is being held in Horsham on June 8 and competitors from the borough are needed. Julian Stevens, leisure development

  • Global hunt for missing girl

    Relatives on three continents are hunting for missing 15-year-old Micaela Page, who disappeared on Monday with her passport, red suitcase and £350. Her worried mother thinks she may have flown to Peru where family members and her ex-boyfriend live or

  • Cheap trick

    Some national newspapers have recently tried to claim refugees bring deadly diseases into the UK and the rise in HIV, Aids and TB cases is caused by immigrants. This is a cheap attempt to pander to racists. A Home Office scheme has screened 5,000 refugees

  • End of side one

    I was very sorry to see that Mr Melody, Reg Leopold, has died aged 95 (February 28). It was a treat to listen to those fine BBC programmes such as Palm Court, In The Sentimental Mood and Grand Hotel in which Reg played a prominent role as violinist and

  • Dog's last chance

    A dog owner whose pet bit a member of the public has been told if it happens again the animal will be put down. Nina Whitely, 20, was yesterday warned by magistrates in Worthing that there will be no reprieve next time for her dog Krakatoa, a cross breed

  • The water babies of Worthing

    Mums in the Amazon have known for centuries about the benefits of introducing babies to swimming. Now Worthing women are catching on too. When Lucy Keeffe set up Swimbabies she had no idea how successful it would be. In January, she started working with

  • Good news over Amber Alert

    I am thrilled to hear the Amber Alert (Child Rescue Alert) scheme implemented by Sussex police is being seriously considered by two other forces, with a strong possibility of the scheme going regional within four months and national within six months.

  • Why is pigeon lady special?

    What is so special about the lady censured for feeding the pigeons that she should warrant a front-page article (March 1)? I, too, have emphysema, coupled with asthma and a blood clot in each leg, and will consider myself lucky if I can last another five

  • Inset days are important

    "Inset" days (Keith Salvage, Letters, February 27) are taken out of teachers' holidays so children do not lose out on any schooling. The five or six days a year are spaced out for two reasons. First, putting them at the start or end of a school holiday

  • A spell of campaigning

    I notice the Brighton Lib Dems have selected a white witch to stand for them in the May elections (February 28). I wonder if this explains the disappearance of Ruth Berry and Billy Dann from Regency ward, who were announced as part of the Lib Dem campaigning

  • My night at 'worst hotel'

    Just how bad could it be at a Brighton hotel just voted the worst in Britain? I checked in to find out. The BBC consumer affairs programme Watchdog branded the George Hamilton V guesthouse in Kemp Town as the worst it had found in all of the UK. Judges

  • Greece owes plane spotter £9,000

    Plane spotter Christopher Wilson has still not received his £9,000 bail money back, three months after he was acquitted of spying-related charges. Mr Wilson, 47, of Erica Way, Horsham, was arrested on espionage charges at a military air base in Kalamata

  • Bypass threat to homes

    The spectre of homes being compulsorily purchased to make way for a Worthing and Lancing A27 bypass has surfaced again. A report reveals homes and property may have to be bought up by the Government before the road can be built. But Whitehall has not

  • Pair jailed after drugs swoop

    Two dealers behind a sophisticated drugs racket have been jailed for a total of almost 20 years following a major police operation. Alan Christopher Taylor and Timothy Paul Terry were arrested as part of a regional investigation codenamed Operation Newburgh

  • Bypass threat to homes

    The spectre of homes being compulsorily purchased to make way for a Worthing and Lancing A27 bypass has surfaced again. A report reveals homes and property may have to be bought up by the Government before the road can be built. But Whitehall has not

  • Missing girl found in Peru

    A schoolgirl who vanished, sparking an international search, has been found safe and well in Peru. Micaela Page, 15, disappeared from her Brighton home on Monday taking with her a passport, a red suitcase and £350 in cash. Relatives contacted police this

  • Pair jailed after drugs swoop

    Two dealers behind a sophisticated drugs racket have been jailed for a total of almost 20 years following a major police operation. Alan Christopher Taylor and Timothy Paul Terry were arrested as part of a regional investigation codenamed Operation Newburgh

  • Fireball death woman named

    A woman who was engulfed in flames and burned to death was today named as Emma Gibson of Port Hall Road, Brighton. Police think Ms Gibson may have doused herself in petrol after stopping her car. Bystanders saw the victim running from the vehicle along

  • A wry look at Worthing

    Sentinel attended the opening of the £4 million Angmering bypass and thought he was in for a soaking but the heavens fortunately failed to deliver. It was an interesting experience standing in the middle of the road for the ceremonial tape-cutting, which

  • Whitehawk is next homes hot spot

    With the help of a ten-year regeneration scheme, Whitehawk is set to become the next boom area of Brighton as even London buyers show an interest. For many years, Whitehawk has been looked on as Brighton and Hove's poor relation. The estate was blighted

  • Cattery plan set for approval

    Plans to extend a cattery and replace a mobile home with a three-bedroom house look set to be approved, despite objections. Ally Cats, at The Acre in Dappers Lane, Angmering, wants to increase the number of runs from 24 to 58. The owners also want to

  • Top firms face £100bn pension crisis

    The UK's top companies are collectively facing a pensions black hole of up to £100 billion. Investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) estimates FT-SE 100 companies have pensions deficits adding up to between £50 billion and £100 billion. The

  • Fighting talk from Coppell

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has challenged his players to send a survival signal to their relegation rivals in tonight's crunch clash at Stoke. A fourth win in five games will carry the Seagulls four points clear of their opponents and heighten the anxiety

  • Mosque gun man jailed

    A worshipper who tried to fire a gun at a gang who attacked him during a mosque prayer meeting has been jailed for four years. Judge Anthony Thorpe said there was "public fear over an increasing use of firearms". At Chichester Crown Court, Judge Thorpe

  • Dr Martens: Bagnall strike seals final spot

    Crawley boss Francis Vines is confident he can mark his first season in charge with some silverware after Reds reached the League Cup Final last night. They booked their place in a two-leg final against Halesowen after beating eastern division side King's

  • Thank God Blair is restraining Bush

    At the 1997 General Election, I had the honour of being the constituency secretary for the Hove Labour Party. Within two years of that historic victory, I walked away from the party in total disgust. I have had a good fortune to spend the past 12 months

  • Water bills set to rise

    Water bills will go up across Sussex to pay for improvements to Southern Water's service. Customers in Sussex will have to pay an average £5 more each year, netting the company an extra £3 million to help cover the cost of 450 projects it has undertaken

  • Dr Martens: Priceless finish for Borough

    A goal on the stroke of half time from John Price gave Eastbourne Borough another three points at Dartford in the eastern division. Borough have now leapfrogged Stamford into second place and are just one point behind leaders Bashley with a game in hand

  • Top Tory's call for clean-up

    Conservative councillor Brian Oxley is calling for a clean up in Brighton and Hove. The opposition leader on the city council said there were parts that still look dirty despite some improvements. Coun Oxley pointed out litter and mess in Goldstone Street

  • School needs £4,000 to hit jackpot

    A school which has been fund-raising for more than a year is in a race against time to find £4,000 - or lose half a million. Tideway Community School in Newhaven pledged to raise £50,000 to secure a £125,000 Government windfall plus an extra £123 per

  • Unbending

    It was good of Richard W Symonds to reply (Letters, February 24) to my letter of appreciation of the help we received from the US during the Second World War. It is obvious from his writing he doesn't know much about history. He should visit the library

  • Nth crusade

    The Government's association with the extremist Christian fundamentalists in the White House is causing the Labour Party enormous damage. I am no longer a Labour Party member and am no longer willing to help Labour Party candidates defeat Tory candidates

  • Youth Squash: Sussex pair are national champs

    Rachel Willmott clinched her fifth British crown and Tom Pashley became a national champion for the first time at Manchester. Rachel (Horsham) retained the under-15s title to add to her two triumphs at under-13s and one at under-17s. She stormed to glory

  • New fulcrum

    Why war with Iraq? The influence the US government had with Saudi Arabia has long gone so the alternative is to turn its attention towards Saddam Hussein and Iraq with threats of war. We know the war will not last long. The aftermath will. Let's look

  • Know well

    The US is bullying, threatening, cajoling and bribing the weaker nations into accepting its political view of the world. The United Nations, being permanently based in New York, makes it an easy target for the US to use its powerful financial position

  • Let's be frank

    All this fuss and discord over a war with Iraq when there is a simple solution. We should declare war on and invade France. Not only would this be a just retribution for when they hosted World Cup '98 and kept most of the tickets to themselves and then

  • Networking pays, says report

    Most business leaders believe networking has become more important in recent months as they tout for work against a background of economic uncertainty. A survey by the London Business Forum of 300 businessmen and women found that most believed networking

  • Want a house? Move to Wales

    Cash-strapped families struggling to survive in Brighton and Hove are being offered the chance to start new lives - in Wales. The city council is encouraging tenants to move from Sussex in an effort to tackle its five-year housing waiting list. Councils

  • A history of public swearing

    Nicholas Soames' outburst may be a first for Parliament but swearing in public and the media has become more common over the years. The first recorded royal use of profanity in Sussex is attributed to King George V. On his death bed in 1936 he was asked

  • Lou Reed on Brighton festival bill

    Rock legend Lou Reed, writer Alan Bennett, comedian Meera Syal and punk icon Patti Smith will headline Brighton Festival 2003, it was announced today. Reed will give The Raven, his homage to the master of gothic horror Edgar Alan Poe, its European premiere

  • Outlet scam gang spared jail

    Trading standards officers are furious after a gang who fleeced gullible shoppers out of thousands walked free from court. The devious team behind The Outlet mock-auction store in Brighton heaved a collective sigh of relief as they were sentenced to community

  • Appeal hears of 'well-run' club

    A judge has visited the site of a proposed seafront £1.5 million night club and heard how a similar venture runs without problems for residents. Judge David Rennie and two magistrates felt the trip would help them decide whether Po Na Na should get a

  • Walker hurt in unprovoked attack

    A 22-year-old man suffered bruises to his face and torn ankle ligaments when he was assaulted in Rustington on Sunday March 2. He was walking near Sainsbury's in New Road at 9.45am when a male passenger of a car got out and punched him in the face, knocking

  • Junior doctors' hours cut

    The hours worked by junior doctors at Worthing Hospital are being cut. As part of a Government crackdown on overworking, the maximum a junior doctor can work by August 2003 is 72 hours a week. Most doctors at Worthing are now complying with this and the

  • Quiet competition

    After the news of the West Pier being given a lifeline, which I am glad has happened, perhaps David Biesterfield, director of the Noble Organisation, will keep quiet. Is he frightened of the competition the Palace Pier might get? -Brenda Jacob, Hereford

  • Cars damaged in jealous outburst

    A jealous ex-boyfriend caused damage costing hundreds of pounds when he took his frustration out on a row of parked cars. Trouble flared when Jamie Farndell, 22, bumped into his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in the Selden pub in Salvington Road,

  • Museum to get revamp

    A new restaurant and conference facility is taking shape at a countryside museum. Amberley Working Museum, which specialises in conserving England's industrial history, is spending £200,000 to pay for the building, near Arundel. But the fund-raisers still

  • Director' takes the chair

    A film director will be quizzed on his work by movie lovers at a special event. Alex Cox has agreed to go in the director's chair at the Dome cinema, on Worthing seafront, on Sunday, March 30, at 3pm. That afternoon, the cinema will be screening his latest

  • Estate gets green light

    A mini-housing estate can be constructed near a police custody centre used to process villains, planners have ruled. But a close look will be taken at possible problems caused by on-street parking in the road approaching the site earmarked for the scheme

  • Against the odds

    What do you ladies and gentlemen who enjoy a little flutter think about the on-course bookies being priced off the racecourse? Reading between the lines, you can see the British Horseracing Board and the Levy Board would like to see only Tote betting

  • Snared by DNA

    Police were able to catch a man using DNA evidence from blood left at two scenes of crime. Wayne Bailie, 21, was caught by police in Worthing when he committed a second crime more than a year after his first crime. Worthing Magistrates Court heard Bailie

  • Church in limbo

    A church where the vicar quit in mysterious circumstances last summer still does not know whether it will get a replacement. St Richard's Church in Collingwood Road, Maybridge, Worthing, has been without a priest since the sudden resignation of Father

  • Warm welcome

    Guests to my house are shown a notice in the hall. "To guests: I like my house very warm. If you are too hot, do not open the window, take your clothes off. Beware the home-made wine. Do not drink more than one if you are driving. Do not drink more than

  • Pre-school plan sparks protest

    A shortage of pre-school places in Worthing has been brought sharply into focus. Many pre-schools are being forced to turn away children as demand from parents outstrips supply and there are long waiting lists for places. The acute shortage prompted a

  • Hotel toasts bed victory

    The Chatsworth Hotel has finally succeeded in a bid to convert a building nearby into staff accommodation. Worthing planners had previously baulked at the scheme at 7 Steyne Gardens amid fears the property could become bedsits, lowering the tone of the

  • Do the continental? Not in the provinces

    Brighton is supposed to be a trendy, open, happy, anything-goes and vibrant place. It was probably like this in the Sixties but one doubts it now. In many ways, it is just like a provincial town, with many bored police, judges, council officials and magistrates

  • Be a good sport

    Worthing schoolchildren are needed to represent the town at the Sussex Youth Games this summer. The event, which attracts hundreds of youngsters, is being held in Horsham on June 8 and competitors from the borough are needed. Julian Stevens, leisure development

  • Adult panto's fraught start

    Organisers of an adult panto say their first night was ruined by heavy-handed theatre bosses who banned them from filming the performance. The team behind alternative pantomime Carry On Dick Whittington, at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, were also upset

  • Ad infinitum

    We have never batted an eyelid at the endless coachloads of tourists who come to Saltdean. Would asylum-seekers really stretch local resources more than this? Even if they did, I don't mind having to queue at the chippy. If it is true (though I don't

  • End of side one

    I was very sorry to see that Mr Melody, Reg Leopold, has died aged 95 (February 28). It was a treat to listen to those fine BBC programmes such as Palm Court, In The Sentimental Mood and Grand Hotel in which Reg played a prominent role as violinist and

  • Good news over Amber Alert

    I am thrilled to hear the Amber Alert (Child Rescue Alert) scheme implemented by Sussex police is being seriously considered by two other forces, with a strong possibility of the scheme going regional within four months and national within six months.

  • Why is pigeon lady special?

    What is so special about the lady censured for feeding the pigeons that she should warrant a front-page article (March 1)? I, too, have emphysema, coupled with asthma and a blood clot in each leg, and will consider myself lucky if I can last another five

  • Inset days are important

    "Inset" days (Keith Salvage, Letters, February 27) are taken out of teachers' holidays so children do not lose out on any schooling. The five or six days a year are spaced out for two reasons. First, putting them at the start or end of a school holiday

  • A spell of campaigning

    I notice the Brighton Lib Dems have selected a white witch to stand for them in the May elections (February 28). I wonder if this explains the disappearance of Ruth Berry and Billy Dann from Regency ward, who were announced as part of the Lib Dem campaigning

  • My night at 'worst hotel'

    Just how bad could it be at a Brighton hotel just voted the worst in Britain? I checked in to find out. The BBC consumer affairs programme Watchdog branded the George Hamilton V guesthouse in Kemp Town as the worst it had found in all of the UK. Judges

  • Mixed verdict on life in Sussex

    Property prices, poor schools and a lack of outstanding pubs reduce quality of life in Sussex, according to a survey. The league table drawn up by Country Life magazine ranked West Sussex the ninth best county to live in and East Sussex the 15th. England's

  • Sticky problem for city cleaner

    Brighton and Hove has been named the chewing gum capital of Europe by a man called in to clean up the mess. Mike Barrett, service director with the Chewing Gum Removal Company, has been to dozens of cities around the world and has now been called in to

  • Missing girl found in Peru

    A schoolgirl who vanished, sparking an international search, has been found safe and well in Peru. Micaela Page, 15, disappeared from her Brighton home on Monday taking with her a passport, a red suitcase and £350 in cash. Relatives contacted police this

  • Stadium 'would create 600 jobs'

    A community football stadium would create hundreds of jobs and help regenerate a deprived area, the Falmer inquiry heard today. Planner Peter Rainier said the proposed 22,000-seater home for Brighton and Hove Albion would provide sporting, health and

  • A wry look at Worthing

    Sentinel attended the opening of the £4 million Angmering bypass and thought he was in for a soaking but the heavens fortunately failed to deliver. It was an interesting experience standing in the middle of the road for the ceremonial tape-cutting, which

  • Child porn arrests increase

    The number of people arrested in Sussex on suspicion of downloading child pornography has risen. There are now 132 suspects, 20 more than when Sussex Police last gave figures in January. A force spokeswoman said there were no celebrities or personalities

  • Whitehawk is next homes hot spot

    With the help of a ten-year regeneration scheme, Whitehawk is set to become the next boom area of Brighton as even London buyers show an interest. For many years, Whitehawk has been looked on as Brighton and Hove's poor relation. The estate was blighted

  • Record grain haul to aid research

    Botanists collected a record eight-and-a-half million seeds from a clutch of plants growing on a grass verge in Haywards Heath. The tiny seeds were harvested in just one afternoon from the Common Spotted Orchid by staff working on Kew's Millennium Seed

  • Vandals on the rampage

    More than 35 vehicles, shops and homes were damaged by vandals in Seaford during a wrecking spree Thousands of pounds of damage was caused by the destruction over the weekend as the offenders went round the town smashing windows. Police today said Lewes

  • Village hall is a lotto loser

    Members of a West Sussex community were dismayed today after their bid for national lottery cash to renovate their village hall was rejected. Residents of Clapham and Patching were sure the hall met the criteria when they submitted their bid for £150,000

  • City is gum capital of Europe

    Brighton and Hove has been named the chewing gum capital of Europe by a man called in to clean up the mess. Mike Barrett, service director with the Chewing Gum Removal Company, has been to dozens of cities around the world and has now been called in to

  • Cattery plan set for approval

    Plans to extend a cattery and replace a mobile home with a three-bedroom house look set to be approved, despite objections. Ally Cats, at The Acre in Dappers Lane, Angmering, wants to increase the number of runs from 24 to 58. The owners also want to

  • Swoops to reduce worker tragedies

    Inspectors will be staging a week-long blitz on construction sites across Sussex next month. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiative aims to reduce the toll of deaths, injuries and ill-health on building projects in the region. The death of student

  • HSE swoops to cut workplace tragedies

    Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive will be staging a week-long blitz on construction sites in Sussex next month. The initiative aims to reduce the toll of deaths, injuries and ill-health on building projects in the region. The death of student

  • Falling growth blow for retail

    Retailers suffered a blow today after it emerged sales growth had fallen to its lowest level for four years. The Confederation of British Industry's quarterly distributive trades survey said 38 per cent of firms reported higher sales than last year against

  • Top firms face £100bn pension crisis

    The UK's top companies are collectively facing a pensions black hole of up to £100 billion. Investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) estimates FT-SE 100 companies have pensions deficits adding up to between £50 billion and £100 billion. The

  • Comment: Ian Hart

    Former Albion boss Barry Lloyd must drag on his cigarette and hanker for the good old days at the Goldstone when 10,000 people would scream for his dismissal! The Woodside Road board seem to want Barry to manage Rebels with his hands tied behind his back

  • Dr Martens: Bagnall strike seals final spot

    Crawley boss Francis Vines is confident he can mark his first season in charge with some silverware after Reds reached the League Cup Final last night. They booked their place in a two-leg final against Halesowen after beating eastern division side King's

  • Dr Martens: Hastings' run ends

    Hastings United's four-match unbeaten run in the premier division came to an end as they went down 1-0 at Bath City last night. Missing Nick Hegley and Duncan McArthur with flu, United still had the better of a lively first half and had strong appeals

  • Rocker who proved hecklers wrong

    Top rock drummer Pete Thomas will have the last laugh on the hostile Newhaven dockers who tried to jeer his first band off stage. On Monday Pete will be inducted into the elite Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York as part of Elvis Costello

  • Top Tory's call for clean-up

    Conservative councillor Brian Oxley is calling for a clean up in Brighton and Hove. The opposition leader on the city council said there were parts that still look dirty despite some improvements. Coun Oxley pointed out litter and mess in Goldstone Street

  • New deal on rent benefits

    Brighton and Hove Council has accepted an offer to pilot a radical shake-up of housing benefit. Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith said the move would help to combat rogue landlords and antisocial tenants. Under the long-planned scheme, tenants

  • Machine helps paralysis victims

    Science fiction is becoming reality thanks to a pioneering mind machine which helps paralysed people communicate. Doctor Philip Kennedy, who was born in Shoreham but now lives in Atlanta, USA, is leading a team of scientists at his company, Neural Signals

  • Youth Football: Sussex dominate regional semis

    Sussex schools are through to four south east regional semi-finals for the first time in the same year. Jake Robinson (2) and Dean Cox scored as the under-16s beat Inner London away to win their qualifying group. Jamie Brotherton netted as the under-15s

  • Know well

    The US is bullying, threatening, cajoling and bribing the weaker nations into accepting its political view of the world. The United Nations, being permanently based in New York, makes it an easy target for the US to use its powerful financial position

  • Youth Swimming: Danny proves best in county

    Danny Sivers proved he is the quickest breaststroker in Sussex at the second County Championship meet at Crawley. The Eastbourne swimmer won the 100m and 50m for men and boys. Spokesman Brian Smith said: "Danny is the only Sussex swimmer competing who

  • The Chalk Garden, Theatre Royal, Brighton, until March 8

    Enid Bagnold wrote The Chalk Garden while she was living in Rottingdean during the Fifties and set the play in a seaside location very much like her home village. It is a period piece and has been performed many times. Despite this, it is worthy of a

  • Tired of all these ...

    Dirty streets, graffiti everywhere, drug-ridden, high-rise building plans, King Alfred fiasco, Medina House high-rise hell, West Pier, new stadium for the Seagulls fiasco, hotels turned into half-way houses, threat of violence everywhere, Black Rock,

  • Loner knifed mum to death

    An East Sussex man stabbed his elderly mother to death with a kitchen knife before gassing himself in her car in remote woodland. Terence Hamblen, 50, knifed his mother Joan, 77, repeatedly and attacked her with a claw hammer at the home they shared.

  • Lethal poison goes missing

    Police today urged people to be on their guard after a large quantity of a deadly chemical was stolen from a cemetery in Eastbourne. About four litres of the weedkiller paraquat in steel containers were stolen from a secure compound at Langney Cemetery

  • Burner 'working by 2009'

    An incinerator in Newhaven to burn rubbish from Brighton, Hove and East Sussex is expected to become operational in six years. The contractor poised to win the £1 billion private finance deal wants to have a burner working at North Quay, Newhaven, by

  • Hunt for wine store knifeman

    Police are hunting two men who stormed into the Thresher off-licence in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, and threatened staff with a knife. It happened at a branch close to Co-Op in the town centre at about 3.20pm on February 28. The man holding the knife was

  • Bypass threat to homes

    The spectre of homes being compulsorily purchased to make way for a Worthing and Lancing A27 bypass has surfaced again. A report reveals homes and property may have to be bought up by the Government before the road can be built. But Whitehall has not

  • Fighting talk from Coppell

    Albion boss Steve Coppell has challenged his players to send a survival signal to their relegation rivals in tonight's crunch clash at Stoke. A fourth win in five games will carry the Seagulls four points clear of their opponents and heighten the anxiety

  • Brave heroes' day of praise

    A trio of policeman and a pier worker who rescued a mother and daughter from the sea in Bognor have been awarded for their bravery. PCs Gary Relf, Philip Duffy and Peter Hawkins, along with pier worker Kevin Murphy, plunged into the freezing waters to

  • Woman's story in trial of father

    A woman who says she was conceived when her mother was raped has given evidence in the trial of her father. She told a jury she did not know the truth until she met her father's son and saw the similarity. Barry Watson, 57, is standing trial at Chichester

  • Mosque gun man jailed

    A worshipper who tried to fire a gun at a gang who attacked him during a mosque prayer meeting has been jailed for four years. Judge Anthony Thorpe said there was "public fear over an increasing use of firearms". At Chichester Crown Court, Judge Thorpe

  • Networking pays, says report

    Most business leaders believe networking has become more important in recent months as they tout for work against a background of economic uncertainty. A survey by the London Business Forum of 300 businessmen and women found that most believed networking

  • Greece owes plane spotter £9,000

    Plane spotter Christopher Wilson has still not received his £9,000 bail money back, three months after he was acquitted of spying-related charges. Mr Wilson, 47, of Erica Way, Horsham, was arrested on espionage charges at a military air base in Kalamata

  • Teens dream of careers

    More than two-thirds of teenagers know what career they want to pursue and 36 per cent are confident they will be able to walk into their dream job. But on pay young people are less optimistic, expecting to earn an average of just £12,000 a year when

  • Woman pushed from moving car

    A woman was assaulted and then pushed out of a moving car by her boyfriend. Police are now appealing for the good Samaritans who helped the woman to come forward. At about 7.30pm on Sunday February 2 a number of people stopped to assist a woman who had

  • Must-see exhibition

    Small businesses seeking information on cost-effective staff training shouldn't miss the Learning Pays! Skills Exhibition. The two-day event is designed to provide small businesses with practical advice on how to improve profitability through staff training

  • Business win for students

    A team of Sussex students have triumphed in a national business competition. Michael De-Graaff, Russell Goatcher, Essel Hagan, Alex Rankin and Stephen Readman from the University of Sussex, won the annual Universities Business Challenge, which was held

  • Loner knifed mum to death

    A Sussex man stabbed his elderly mother to death with a kitchen knife before gassing himself in her car in remote woodland. Terence Hamblen, 50, knifed his mother Joan, 77, repeatedly and attacked her with a claw hammer at the home they shared. An inquest

  • Outlet scam gang spared jail

    Trading standards officers are furious after a gang who fleeced gullible shoppers out of thousands walked free from court. The devious team behind The Outlet mock-auction store in Brighton heaved a collective sigh of relief as they were sentenced to community

  • Appeal hears of 'well-run' club

    A judge has visited the site of a proposed seafront £1.5 million night club and heard how a similar venture runs without problems for residents. Judge David Rennie and two magistrates felt the trip would help them decide whether Po Na Na should get a

  • Waste site warning

    Part of Worthing that has been described as a dumping ground could soon be the location for a waste collection site. The warning came in a new report on the future of the long-awaited East Worthing Access Road, designed to take heavy traffic away from

  • Breast care boost

    The West Sussex Breast Care unit at Worthing Hospital is expanding its service. A third breast care specialist has been appointed to improve the service offered to more than 4,000 patients who attend the unit each year. Gabrielle Felton will join the

  • Cars damaged in jealous outburst

    A jealous ex-boyfriend caused damage costing hundreds of pounds when he took his frustration out on a row of parked cars. Trouble flared when Jamie Farndell, 22, bumped into his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in the Selden pub in Salvington Road,

  • Estate gets green light

    A mini-housing estate can be constructed near a police custody centre used to process villains, planners have ruled. But a close look will be taken at possible problems caused by on-street parking in the road approaching the site earmarked for the scheme

  • Against the odds

    What do you ladies and gentlemen who enjoy a little flutter think about the on-course bookies being priced off the racecourse? Reading between the lines, you can see the British Horseracing Board and the Levy Board would like to see only Tote betting

  • Snared by DNA

    Police were able to catch a man using DNA evidence from blood left at two scenes of crime. Wayne Bailie, 21, was caught by police in Worthing when he committed a second crime more than a year after his first crime. Worthing Magistrates Court heard Bailie

  • Church in limbo

    A church where the vicar quit in mysterious circumstances last summer still does not know whether it will get a replacement. St Richard's Church in Collingwood Road, Maybridge, Worthing, has been without a priest since the sudden resignation of Father

  • Warm welcome

    Guests to my house are shown a notice in the hall. "To guests: I like my house very warm. If you are too hot, do not open the window, take your clothes off. Beware the home-made wine. Do not drink more than one if you are driving. Do not drink more than

  • Pre-school plan sparks protest

    A shortage of pre-school places in Worthing has been brought sharply into focus. Many pre-schools are being forced to turn away children as demand from parents outstrips supply and there are long waiting lists for places. The acute shortage prompted a

  • Do the continental? Not in the provinces

    Brighton is supposed to be a trendy, open, happy, anything-goes and vibrant place. It was probably like this in the Sixties but one doubts it now. In many ways, it is just like a provincial town, with many bored police, judges, council officials and magistrates

  • Drunk in victory

    A football fan who got over-excited when his team won a cup has been bound over to keep the peace. Liverpool supporter John Harris, 37, went home drunk after his team beat Manchester United in the Worthington Cup on Sunday. Worthing Magistrates Court

  • Wearing thin

    As one of the promoters of the club night Endorphine Visions, I was fascinated to see that a woman was going to attend a Brighton nightclub wearing nothing but UV reactive paint as a protest against the imminent Gulf War II. I wonder if Brighton police's

  • Art studio go-ahead

    A controversial art and design studio has been given the green light to open behind one of Worthing's most historic areas. Councillors had previously refused permission for the scheme at the rear of listed Heene Terrace and West Mansions, near MGM Assurance

  • Adult panto's fraught start

    Organisers of an adult panto say their first night was ruined by heavy-handed theatre bosses who banned them from filming the performance. The team behind alternative pantomime Carry On Dick Whittington, at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, were also upset

  • Safe to moan

    Once again, a certain Portslade resident is allowed to use The Argus letters page to express his own jaundiced personal opinion of Sussex Police for his own personal agenda, whatever that is. As a representative of a professional organisation, I welcome

  • Ad infinitum

    We have never batted an eyelid at the endless coachloads of tourists who come to Saltdean. Would asylum-seekers really stretch local resources more than this? Even if they did, I don't mind having to queue at the chippy. If it is true (though I don't

  • Backing for MP's name-change bid

    City council bosses are backing an MP's bid to get the name of his constituency changed. Ivor Caplin wants his safe Labour seat of Hove renamed to recognise the fact he also represents Portslade. He launched a campaign to put Portslade on the political