• Spofforth retires from swimming

    World record holder Gemma Spofforth has announced her retirement from swimming. The 24-year-old Shoreham-born Olympian – the 100m backstroke world record holder – will make her decision official next week when she submits retirement papers to domestic

  • Thursday Soapbox: Politics, monarchy and homes

    Thursday Soapbox is your platform to have a say on an issue which you feel strongly about. Email or call 01273 544545 with your name, age, address and a short outline of what you would like to say plus contact details and one

  • Whalefest returns to Brighton

    Brighton is gearing up for a whale of a weekend when the 2012 WhaleFest returns to the city next month. The event is the largest celebration of wild whales and dolphins in the world, with last year’s event welcoming over 2,500 people. Organisers

  • Burying cables protects Sussex landmark

    A power line has been diverted underground to support a project to preserve one of Sussex’s most important landmarks. The Grade II*-listed Jack Windmill, in Clayton, near Burgess Hill, is in the top five per cent of the most important buildings

  • Tax clampdown on Brighton and Hove restaurants

    Restaurants are being targeted in a £2.5 million tax crackdown. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to swoop on Brighton and Hove eateries to go through their books in a bid to collect evaded tax. But it is feared that stringent enforcement

  • Man injured in Sompting gas explosion

    A man was taken to hospital after a gas explosion at a home in Sompting. Hillrise Avenue was cordoned off this evening after the explosion shortly after 4.10pm today (September 20). Witnesses reported the doors and windows of the two-bedroom

  • Wildlife rescuers save swan from Shoreham bridge

    Apparently, nobody told this swan that the bridge he crash-landed on was closed. The helpless bird trapped itself between security fencing that had been put up for maintenance work on Shoreham footbridge on Tuesday, September 18. Rescuers put

  • Man dies after van crash in Brighton

    A man has died after the van he was driving collided with a road sign in Bear Road, Brighton, today (September 20). The incident occured at 1.25pm at the junction with Newmarket Terrace. Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident asr

  • Research funding for University of Sussex graduates

    By Natalie Laurence Talented second year university students have each been awarded a bursary up to £1,800 in a new research scheme to inspire future academics. From research on bees to surrealism, a total of 22 University of Sussex undergraduates

  • Sussex Police property up for auction

    If you were offered a £260 mountain bike, a £248 Gucci bag or a £216 DKNY purse for just £1 a piece, you would be right to inform the police. But who do you call if it’s the police selling them? That’s the case on the Bumblebee Auctions website

  • Inquest date set for Sussex man who died in Greece

    More than three years after a newlywed vanished on a holiday isle, the cause of his death remains tragically unknown. However, next month a Sussex coroner will examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Nick Stonley, 40, who disappeared

  • All-day gamers dual in Brighton

    Gaming addicts are invited to test their skills at an all-day tournament as part of Brighton Digital Festival. Phoenix Brighton, in Waterloo Place, will be the venue for Fated Dual, an event organised by gaming group The Fight Lab on Saturday,

  • Can Everests be conquered by Albion's oldest fans?

    The American Express Community Stadium is fast becoming a summit for Everests. Following on from a story in The Argus last week that three generations of the Everest family from Seaford and Newhaven claimed to be the oldest group of relatives

  • Guided tours of Palmeira Mansions

    A guided tour of the opulent Palmeira Mansions in Hove will be held on October 7. The grade II terraced property, which still has all its Victorian features, now |houses an English Language Centre. A 90-minute tour of the property will start

  • New home needed for dog abandoned in Brighton park

    Buster needs a loving home. This poor pooch was found dumped in a Brighton park after his owner had abandoned him. The frightened Staffordshire bull terrier puppy was quickly rescued by animal welfare officers from Brighton and Hove City Council

  • Hove dance troop head for London date

    A dance troupe has been chosen to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on November 4. The 26 students from the A2 Performing Arts Academy in Hove will take part in Dance Proms alongside the likes of Strictly Come Dancing’s Darren Bennett and Lilia

  • £10,000 pilot plan to help Brighton and Hove charities

    A unique scheme is to be launched next week to help struggling charities and social enterprises in Brighton and Hove to the tune of £10,000 each. The government-backed pilot will offer interest free loans as well as mentoring and expert consultancy

  • Mum's anger over paedophile in Brighton park

    A mother has said she will never go back to a park after learning her two-year-old child was just yards from a convicted paedophile. Horrified mother Charlene Vickery has said she will not return to Pavilion Gardens in Brighton after learning that

  • ‘Outrageous’ to oust councillor over views

    I have never met Brighton and Hove city councillor Christina Summers and doubt if we would get along very well. She is a devout Christian and I am not. We would disagree on all sorts of fundamental issues. That doesn’t matter much because I

  • New celebratory walk for Moulsecoomb

    By Kristy Barber A new management project for a forgotten woodland was unveiled yesterday (September 19) in Moulsecoomb. Opening with a celebratory walk, the Princes Trust funded project  titled A Monument to Beech aims to revamp the Westlain

  • Fury from Brighton tower block residents at broken lift

    Elderly residents of a tower block are threatening to take Brighton and Hove City Council to court after they were trapped in their homes by broken lifts. Since July 29, the 14-storey Dudeney Lodge in Upper Hollingdean Road has only had a partial

  • Woman hurt in van crash

    A WOMAN passenger was seriously injured when a van crashed into a tree. The collision happened on the A21 Vinehall Road, near John's Cross at 9.40pm on Wednesday. A Vauxhall Astra van was travelling south towards Hastings and collided with

  • 91-year-old man hit by car

    A 91-year-old pensioner was seriously hurt when he was knocked down by a car. The incident happened at the junction between North Road and Sompting Road in Lancing at 3.52pm on Wednesday. The blue Daewoo Matiz, driven by a 23-year-old woman

  • Dementia sufferers dance the night away

    By Rosanna Apps Music serenaded the opening of a new café for people with dementia in Kemp Town The project funded by the Alzheimer Society in Brighton, opened its first evening for people with dementia and their carers. Monthly gatherings

  • Bible law

    It is difficult to comprehend SD Gover’s claim that the Bible “has been the guiding bulwark of these islands for almost 2,000 years” (Letters, September 15). In fact, the “Holy Book”, as he calls it, was unknown in these islands for many centuries

  • Police shoot-out man kept under sedation

    A man wounded in a shoot-out with police outside his home was being kept under sedation in intensive care last night (September 19). Paul Allwright, 62, of North Way, Seaford, was shot shortly before 1am on Sunday, September 16 . Sussex Police

  • Get your skates on for Brighton ice rink tickets

    Tickets  for a seasonal ice rink will go on sale this week. The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink will return to Brighton for two months from November 10 with tickets going on sale from noon on today (Thursday, September 20) The first 50 skaters to

  • Prisoners’ rights

    Judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg recently awarded large compensation payments to two criminals in British prisons because of the time they had to serve. This is making a mockery of Britain’s laws. Why has Britain signed

  • Parking rules are bad news says Brighton newsagent

    A newsagent claims “unfair” parking rules are forcing him to pay a fine every week. Magdi Bols, the manager of Yummies in Western Road, says he cannot get back to unload his goods before 11am on Wednesdays and Fridays. This year Brighton and

  • Moulescoomb open day with a wild twist

    By Kristy Barber Pizza baking in an outdoor oven and creating string from nettles are all part of the fun planned  at the Moulescoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife project open day. The project in Queensdown School Road, Moulescoomb 

  • Crofts back in contention for Albion

      Andrew Crofts is on course to return to the Albion squad for Saturday's trip to Millwall.     The Welsh international midfielder has been sidelined by hamstring trouble since the victory at Burnley on September 1.   

  • Clergy opinions

    When British Airways told a female member of ground staff she couldn’t wear a small cross openly while on duty, as it might upset other religions, she went to courts of law in Europe. That’s where senior clergy should get involved, starting with

  • The good old days

    In reply to P Willenden’s letter to the editor regarding the old days (The Argus, September 7), how I echo his words. We didn’t hear of child abduction, cruelty to man and beast, burglaries and rife crime. I was taught right from wrong, good

  • Birds in my street

    I must set the record straight after reading your In Your Street feature (The Argus, September 11). I have lived in Brunswick Road for 28 years, and not 41 years. You also called Sidney a seagull – he is a herring gull. The bird author

  • Green light for Brighton Dome rebranding

    Controversial rebranding of the Grade I listed Brighton Dome has been given the green light – despite opposition groups claiming it will destroy the building’s character. The iconic venue will be fitted with new PVC printed banners, various brass

  • Brighton Art Fair

    Some artists work with watercolours or oil paints; others use pastels or clay. Christopher Sacre creates his works from condoms and plaster. The Kent-based artist produces hundreds of small sculptures, which he calls “babies”, by pouring liquid

  • Smoke Fairies

    By modern standards, Smoke Fairies’ second album Blood Speaks came along pretty soon after their 2010 debut Through Low Light And Trees. But it wasn’t quite quick enough for Katherine Blamire, one half of the Chichester-bred duo alongside Jessica

  • Greer: Forget about the league table

    Gordon Greer has urged Albion to forget about the league table – and learn lessons from this time last year. The Seagulls are third, just a point off the top of the Championship, after their battling 1-0 win at Watford on Tuesday. They go to

  • Albion buses - no one wants to be left out in the cold

    Having spent a great evening last Friday watching Brighton and Hove Albion put on a fine display by beating Sheffield Wednesday in front of a record crowd at the American Express Community Stadium, how frustrating it was for myself and hundreds of

  • We’ll be blaming the Green Party for the weather next...

    Have you noticed the variety of complaint letters to The Argus which end along the lines of “...and I can’t wait to vote out this Green administration so we can start sorting out these problems”? In 11 years of living in Brighton and Hove, almost

  • Dexys

    A grand flat at a grand address with a sea view is what one can expect after penning a track that soundtracked a thousand student discos and a million wedding receptions. “Number 12, Flat 5,” explains Kevin Rowland, with the sort of finite detail

  • A Clockwork Orange

    Anthony Burgess, one of the several pen names of John Anthony Burgess Wilson, hated that his fame came from A Clockwork Orange. He believed the novel was second-rate. He was infuriated when it became his headline work – even if it eventually paid

  • Cyclist seriously injured after Hove accident

    A cyclist was hospitalised with serious head injuries after falling from his bike following a collision with a pick-up truck. Paramedics attended to the male cyclist on the floor for about 30 minutes following the collision at the junction of Church

  • Police disturb burglars at New Worthing swimming pool site

    Two men managed to get into the site of a multimillion-pound swimming pool complex. Police were called to the new Splashpoint swimming pool in Brighton Road, Worthing at just before 2.45am yesterday morning to reports of intruders at the building

  • New European friends

    We hear plenty of bad news about the EU, but here is an account of some of the good stuff to come out of co-operation and friendship with our neighbours. A week ago I returned from a short training course, funded by Comenius, an EU programme designed

  • A call for a regrade

    I completely agree with Michelle O’Malley (Letters, September 18) and others that the examining boards’ decision to change the GCSE grade boundaries midway through the year is unfair, demoralising and damaging for the prospects of students. A

  • London-on-Sea

    I write concerning a story printed in The Argus a year ago, headlined “Goodbye Brighton And Hove, Hello London-on-Sea” (September 11, 2011). New planning guidance now coming into force by the Government means the Brighton rail line (which is currently

  • Grieving mother condemns killer boyfriend

    A grieving mother last night condemned the “evil” boyfriend who shook her baby to death. Jerome Edwards killed Crystal Hall-Hummel after losing his temper with the 11-month-old while caring for her. Yesterday he was jailed for eight years