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Plans to redevelop Brighton's seafront are put before the Council

New look planned for Brighton seafront Credit: ITV news

Plans to redevelop part of Brighton's seafront are to be considered by the city council.

The proposal is for a £3million leisure facility, including a fifty metre heated open air pool, as well as an indoor pool and exercise studios. It could also include pop-up-shops for special events taking place on Madeira Drive, training rooms, a library and conference facilities. Developers plan to improve access to the beach and sea for disabled users.

The scheme could transform land at the former Peter Pan site on Madeira Drive in Kemp Town, which has remained derelict for several years. Funding would be through private investment, and the centre would be run on a commercial basis.

British Army holds major exercise on Salisbury Plain

Troops train on Salisbury Plain Credit: ITV news

The British Army is holding a major exercise across Salisbury Plain this month. It's intended to prove the readiness of the force to deploy from the third Division's headquarters at Bulford Camp.

The exercise is designed to test the ability of 3rd (UK) Division's 'Lead Armour Task Force'. It will involve around 1,800 personnel and approximately 730 vehicles, including heavy armour.

The event is the first in a new series of annual exercises intended to demonstrate the British Army's 'main intervention capability'

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New superliner sails into Southampton

New cruise ship Britannia Credit: P&O

Britain's newest ever superliner will arrive in Southampton today. Crowds are expected to welcome her into the port. She's the largest cruise ship built for the British market.

Britannia has cost nearly five hundred million pounds and will be able to carry 3,600 passengers.

The theme of the ship is a celebration of Britain and it has the largest ever union flag on its side. The Queen will name the ship next week almost 20 years after she launched and named the P&O Cruise ship Oriana

On Sunday P&O Cruises will celebrated the handover of the biggest addition to its fleet. The 141,000-tonne cruise liner will provide luxury holidays, complete with swimming pools, casino, full size theatre and 24 hour restaurants. It will have 1,400 crew .

Footbridge opens across 90mph Sussex railway line

A new footbridge has been opened over the railway near Balcombe in Sussex, as part of Network Rail's level crossing safety programme.

Kemp’s foot crossing, which links the B2036 road with Stumble Field Wood and Balcombe village, has been replaced with a footbridge.

Where previously users had to cross the 90mph main Brighton railway on a bend, now the bridge takes them up and over the lines.

It is the fifth crossing closed by us on the South East route since 2014, as part of a nationwide programme of level crossing closures.

Level crossings are dangerous places and closing them removes the risk for people who use them.

Successfully replacing a crossing isn't always a straightforward process and we were given great help and co-operation by the local parish council here in Balcombe.

– Dave Ward, route managing director for the South East

Road open as normal following fatal A27 crash

The A27 has reopened following a crash involving a 41 tonne container lorry and a car in Chichester.

It happened on the westbound carriageway outside Folkington Manor between Polegate and Drusillas roundabout.

The driver of the container lorry is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the car was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Drama at Indian restaurant for off duty police officers in Surrey

Off duty officers disarm man Credit: Surrey Police

A man who wielded a screwdriver at customers in a restaurant is behind bars for ten months after off-duty Surrey Police officers disarmed him.

Roads Policing officer PC Ian Nash and his wife Detective Constable Gemma Nash from Staines CID were enjoying a meal at Raj Cuisine in The Broadway, Woodham, when the incident happened.

They heard screams from the bar area of the restaurant at 10.15pm where Nicholas James Wilkins, of no fixed abode, had assaulted a customer with a screwdriver.

The duo leapt to action believing he had a knife and together disarmed the 46-year-old.

Head of Operations on the Northern Division Superintendent Chris Moon praised their actions.

"This story typifies the commitment our officers have to keeping the public safe, be it on or off-duty. They put themselves in harm's way believing this man had a knife, without any of the normal protective equipment frontline officers have.”

PC Nash said: "We were having a meal with our backs turned to the bar area and we heard someone shout ‘drop the knife'. That's a sentence you can't ignore – you feel compelled to get up and do something to prevent anyone coming to any harm. We had no idea of how serious it was going to be. It's just instinct; you just do what you've got to do.”

DC Nash added: "There were a couple of people there holding him. I could see he had a handle of something and I thought it was a knife too. I was thinking ‘this could go horribly wrong – we have to quickly get that knife off him'. It was quite handy having Ian there. I knew that he knew what to do and was conflict trained. I was repeatedly shouting for the man to drop it and Ian was physically trying to get it off him. Once we had him down outside we called 999, that was when I realised it was a long screwdriver.”

Wilkins was ordered to pay the victim of the assault £150 in compensation when he was sentenced at Redhill Magistrates Court where he had pleaded guilty to common assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was also guilty of breaching bail conditions not to be drunk in a public place, or without reasonable excuse, cause harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public, which were imposed on him at Staines Magistrates Court on January 21.

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