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  • City slicker jailed for ripping off fellow inmates

    A city investor jailed for a £1 million fraud continued the scam in prison and ripped off fellow inmates. Christopher Fallon persuaded prisoners, their friends, partners and relatives to hand over £162,000 by promising high returns on property and share

  • Air ambulance scheme bolstered by three new doctors

    Three doctors have flown in from across the world to join an air ambulance service. They will fly out to the scene of accidents and other medical emergencies to provide crucial early care for seriously ill and injured patients. The Sussex Air Ambulance

  • Pensioner praises Good Samaritan school children

    A disabled pensioner was so impressed by Good Samaritan teenagers that he arranged a visit to their school to say thank you. Roy Taylor, 73, from Peacehaven, was upset in January when he was returning home from the town's library in his motorised wheelchair

  • Should we keep the Gatwick Express?

    We asked you, The Argus website readers, the above question. After 619 votes were cast, the results were: Yes, a non-stop, dedicated, all-day service between London and the airport is needed   340    54.9% No, axing the service will reduce

  • Police snare knife-wielding commuters

    Rail passengers carrying knives will be hunted down by police today. (thurs) British Transport Police will bring its anti-weapon detection machines to Sussex for the first time. When carried out in London, Operation Shield has been extremely successful

  • First pictures inside King Alfred centre

    Developers today released the first pictures showing how the £290 million King Alfred leisure centre would look on the inside. Developer Karis wants to build 751 homes and a new sports complex to replace the run-down leisure centre on Hove seafront which

  • School admissions campaigner in bid to become councillor

    A campaigner who fought against changes to Brighton and Hove's school admissions system will be standing for election to the city's council in May. Part-time teacher Tracey-Ann Ross, from the Prestonville area of Brighton, will compete for one of the

  • Girl's personality changed after attack, court told

    A 13-year-old girl's personality changed after she was the victim of an alleged rape, a court heard. The girl's mother told police her daughter has become withdrawn, moody and tearful. Immediately after the alleged sex attack the schoolgirl would hardly

  • Campaigners demonstrate against Mugabe crackdown

    A campaigner from Brighton was among people who demonstrated in London against Robert Mugabe's crackdown on political protests in Zimbabwe. They chanted "liberate Zimbabwe" after Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor attended a meeting yesterday as part

  • PM’s wife visits homeless centre

    Cherie Blair has met with staff and residents at a homeless charity in Brighton. Her visit coincided with the 10th anniversary of Emmaus, which has 13 sites across the UK. The Prime Minister's wife is a supporter of the national Catholic Emmaus movement

  • Government announces plans for extra train carriages

    Commuters packed like sardines into overcrowded trains were yesterday offered the prospect of a little more leg room - in 2014. Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander announced plans to introduce 1,000 extra carriages to tackle "increasing pressures"

  • Promettes grace the city again

    In their neatly-pressed suits and perfectly-applied lipstick, the Promettes made a trip to the seaside all the more attractive. The squads of uniformed girls added a touch of glamour to Brighton's seafront in the Fifties and Sixties. They were employed

  • Rogue traders fined for dumping

    On the spot fines are being handed out to unscrupulous traders who dump waste in communal bins. A clampdown on people who use Brighton and Hove's residential bins as a free and easy way of disposing of their trade waste has resulted in 22 penalty charges

  • Plan to save urban trees

    A group has been started to save trees in city streets. Brighton and Hove City Council has set-up a scrutiny panel to protect the future of trees planted by roadsides. The panel will look at whether trees are causing an obstruction to pedestrians, whether

  • Cat feline better after being rescued

    A cat has been rescued after being found trapped under concrete steps at a school. The feline was found under the steps at the Tanbridge House School in Horsham on Sunday night and the RSPCA was called and the West Sussex Fire and Rescue came out to

  • Barclay James Harvest, Hove Town Hall, Wed, Mar 14

    Barclay James Harvest never enjoyed quite the success of their prog EMI peers Pink Floyd - only 150 people attended the first band convention last year at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. But when the band released Gone to Earth in 1977, many thought

  • Hay Fever, Theatre Royal, Brighton

    Conceived and written in exactly three days in 1922, Noel Coward's comedy of bad manners has certainly had a good innings. Over the years it has been a favourite of many a repertory company and has enjoyed countless West End outings, including

  • Cowboy Junkies, Komedia, Brighton

    "I suppose I should throw in a bit of a jig at this point," teased vocalist Margo Timmins - a striking Rula Lenska cum Marianne Faithfull hybrid - "but I won't. That's not what we're about, we're all about heartbreak and misery." The Toronto-based

  • MP to stand again in general election

    An MP has been chosen by his party to stand again in the next general election. MP for Hastings and Rye, Michael Foster, has been selected by members of the local Labour group to stand for the fourth time. He said: "It's been a privilege to have played

  • Call for firms to help cut levels of CO2

    An environmental consortium is calling on businesses to help slash Brighton and Hove's carbon emissions by 60 per cent over the next 20 years. The aim is to match Mayor of London Ken Livingstone's much-vaunted emission targets for the capital,

  • Congratulations on royal coverage

    Your coverage of the visit to Brighton of Queen and Prince Phillip was superb. At the New Madeira Hotel we put up notices to advise guests of where to go on the day to see the royal couple. Guests returned with amazing photos from outside the

  • Voice of youth to be heard

    Bullying, safety and exam pressures will be tackled by the East Sussex Youth Cabinet, it has been announced. The issues have been identified as youngsters' main concerns and may form the basis of campaigns by the cabinet. The move comes as East Sussex

  • Holiday firm is going for growth

    Budget holiday company lowcosttravelgroup.com, based in East Grinstead, has started a recruitment drive to expand its cruising division. According to a company statement, lowcostcruising.com, which was launched in autumn, has smashed it sales targets

  • Workshops for retailers

    Retailers can learn new skills at a series of workshops which are running this month. The events are being run by Chichester District Council, Business Link, Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chichester City Council. The first workshop

  • Royal trip a waste of public money

    It is reassuring to know that Brighton and Hove has such a huge surplus of funds that it could afford to offer the nation's most costly couple a free trip to the seaside. With so much cash spare, presumably we can now look forward to a council tax

  • Old admissions system reveals its inadequacy

    I was interested to note that in his letter showing concern about the new catchment areas (Letters, March 9) Mark Bannister referred to the secondary school admission figures for 2006. He'd have to, as the figures for 2007 contradict his position

  • Lessons of tragic accident

    The tragic accident in Cranbourne Street seems related to the fact that the refuse truck must have been accessing Farm Yard. There were 17 trade waste bins from five separate companies in that cul-de-sac when I last looked. Without pre-judging

  • No social justice

    I would like to respond to Sean Pillot de Chenecey (Letters, March 10) regarding equality within schools admissions. Mr Pillot de Chenecey says the new system is a "shining example of social justice". The new system involves lotteries within catchments

  • Post office haste

    It must be election time (The Argus, March 8). When will Councillor Brian Fitch stop trying to fool the electors of Hangleton? He has again, like he did four years ago, jumped on the bandwagon of the Conservative candidate in trying to champion

  • Selfish crusaders

    I have watched the campaigning against the new school admission proposals with increasing amazement. There is nothing more unedifying than the middle classes on a moral crusade in their own self-interest. Now Lisa Williams (The Argus, March 12)

  • Licence to watch

    I can no longer buy my TV licence at the Post Office, but they are available at many other outlets. As many post offices are still open, why are they banned from selling licences? Do I detect an air of discrimination here? Mr L Tyrrell, Fabians

  • Alfred apology

    It saddens me to read that my letter (Letters, March 5), which was written in response to an earlier letter from Valerie Paynter, was so totally misinterpreted. I was just making a noise on behalf of all those who support the King Alfred project

  • A brief guide to laws regarding the bus lane

    In reply to Mr Hook (Letters, March 3) - as a matter of law, the bus lane is a separate road. The solid white line between the bus lane and the "normal" highway means that traffic from one cannot cross into the other. It has the same effect as a

  • Ill-judged attack

    Ken Bodfish's assault on the magistracy (Letters, March 10) is totally ill-founded. What is more, he wrote in his capacity as a member of the police authority, rather than as an individual. All magistrates have to put aside their own subjective

  • Give Hove a towering new future

    May I say that Adam Trimingham's article regarding the lack of amenities in Hove coincides with many people's views. Having lived here all my life I can see how the general area from the West Pier to the King Alfred site has been allowed to fall

  • Need for speed

    This idea about police cars not exceeding the speed limit except on emergency calls has got to be laid to rest. I spent more than 20 years as a traffic patrol officer in the Metropolitan Police. There were countless occasions when I had to drive

  • Detective who criticised police priorities resigns

    A detective reprimanded for speaking out about a target culture holding back effective police work has resigned from the force. Johnno Hills handed in his notice to Sussex Police after he voiced his frustration over Government quotas and a mountain of

  • Unsung star who served up Dutch courage

    For many of its stars one of the Theatre Royal Brighton's most precious memories was a tiny bar where they could get a cup of tea, shot of whisky or kindly ear. The Single Gulp bar was hidden behind the stage and opened only to those who had performed

  • Baby on board

    My friend booked two tickets for us to see the film The Queen at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing last Wednesday. We were really looking forward to it. To our surprise, in the audience was a young woman with a baby on her lap - no older than eight

  • Let's make Withdean a fortress again

    Albion boss Dean Wilkins admitted today he must find an answer to the Withdean woes. The Seagulls are in danger of their second-worst points haul in eight seasons at their temporary home as they prepare for Saturday's visit of leaders Scunthorpe. They

  • Parents forced to fork out for children's swimming

    Toddlers in one of the poorest parts of Sussex could be charged to use nearby swimming pools for the first time. Littlehampton Swimming Pool and Sports Centre and Arun Leisure Centre, Bognor, have always let the under-fives go free but after the leisure

  • Sightings of UFOs over Sussex reported

    Residents have reported two separate sightings UFOs hovering over Sussex. One family even believe they captured a bizarre close encounter with a flickering, silver craft on film, as it sailed over Hove Park. The night before four orange orbs were reported

  • Fans flock to hear The Rakes rock

    Fans of art rock band The Rakes watched them play a free gig in their adopted home city. About 100 music-lovers gathered at HMV in Churchill Square, Brighton, for the one-off gig yesterday. The band, who are famous for their trend-setting dress

  • New runway 'will be bad for Sussex'

    Plans for a new airport runway would be bad for the economic and ecological future of the region, experts have said. The expansion, earmarked for either Gatwick or Heathrow airports, contradicts Government aims to reduce the country's carbon footprint

  • Cafe owner battered by thugs is cleared of assault

    A cafe boss who stood up to hoodie thugs making life a misery for his customers ended up in court - facing assault charges. Bob Young, 49, suffered heavy bruising after being hit on his arms by the skateboard-wielding youths he stopped causing

  • Rebellion ahead of vote on Trident

    Labour MPs in Sussex are preparing to join a mass revolt over the Government's plan to renew Britain's nuclear weapons system. At least three of the county's five Labour MPs have vowed to defy the party line in the Commons tonight and vote against proposals

  • Networking dates set up

    A communications agency is to host networking events for businesswomen. Elaine Layfield PR in Eastbourne will hold the series to help inspire women in the town. One of the events is a lunch at the Grand Hotel on Monday, where trainer John Cremer

  • Street art not so hidden

    Brighton may be bereft of world-class art galleries but it does have one of the finest collections of graffiti in the country. Lawrence Marzouk set off on a tour of the town's public gallery to find out about the burgeoning graffiti scene. A battle

  • 'Children as young as 15 are being used as drug traffickers'

    A 15-year-old boy has been caught allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a controversial open prison. Ford Open Prison, near Arundel, revealed it called the police after seeing the boy acting suspiciously outside and trying to drop a package.

  • Woman washed 'evidence'

    A woman told a court how she washed her boyfriend's clothes just hours after a murder. Denise Ashby said Tony Griffiths asked her to wash his things when he went to the hostel she was living at. She told a court she frequently washed his clothes

  • Hornets rally as Hastings go top

    Horsham bounced back from a heavy defeat at Chelmsford on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at fellow play-off hopefuls Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Ryman premier division last night. Jacob Mingle fired a chance wide for the visitors before Hampton took

  • Spot-on Ramsay rescues a point

    A last-gasp penalty from Scott Ramsay forced a well-earned 1-1 draw for Eastbourne Borough against an uncompromising Havant and Waterlooville side at Priory Lane. The visitors took the lead after ten minutes when Lee Hook allowed the ball to spill under

  • Crawley boss lines up more signings

    Crawley caretaker boss John Yems plans to make more signings in a bid to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. The Reds are now just four points above the drop zone after conceding an injury-time goal in their 3-2 defeat at Weymouth last night

  • Yems has stark warning after Reds lose again

    Weymouth 3, Crawley Town 2. Caretaker boss John Yems has warned his Crawley side they need to get their act together fast if they are to avoid being sucked back into trouble. Reds went down to their third defeat in four matches in heartbreaking fashion

  • Albion reach Senior Cup final but Hinsh is not happy

    Albion Reserves scraped into the Sussex Senior Cup final after a penalty shoot-out at Woodside Road last night - and then walked into a rocket from boss Martin Hinshelwood. Goalkeeper Michel Kuipers saved Dan Beck's sudden death spot-kick after the teams