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Tourism in Brighton 'never stronger' as Brexit pound increases staycations

Are you one of the five million Brits who have been holidaying 'at home' this weekend?

Experts say that with the falling value of the pound, following the EU referendum, more of us than ever are taking our vacations in the UK. And with the sun shining, that's led to a bumper Bank Holiday in Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to Max Leviston, general manager of the Sealife Centre, and Amy Gray of Visit Britain.


'There was no management for my Mum' - Sussex NHS Trust goes into special measures

An NHS Trust that runs both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath has been placed in 'special measures'.

A new Care Quality Commission report describes a catalogue of errors - including patients treated in corridors, a lack of leadership, poor safety, and long waiting times.

The damning indictment even included allegations of bullying and discrimination between staff.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Maggie Snowsell, Alan Thorne of the Care Quality Commission, and Dr Stephen Holmberg of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dorset bus drivers are due to strike on Monday

Emergency timetables are in place Credit: ITV

More than 100 bus drivers in Dorset are due to go on strike on Monday in a row over pay. Drivers working for First Dorset in Weymouth and Bridport are starting their eighth week of action. Emergency timetables have been put in place for services, and the company says it will minimise disruption for passengers.

Sussex brewery announces expansion plans

Harvey's staff at the festival Credit: Harvey's

Iconic East Sussex brewery Harvey's is re-branding its beer range. The new look was officially unveiled at the trade session of the Great British Beer Festival.

The re-brand also includes plans to formally expand the brewery's sales area throughout the UK. Historically it has only sold beer to customers within a 60-mile radius of the brewery, but the British beer boom has prompted it to offer beer further afield.

"We've got two centuries of expertise in brewing and we're well known by our loyal customers and discerning drinkers for being the original Sussex brewer - making the finest quality beers," said Harvey's Brewery spokesman Bob Trimm.

"But we've also got plenty to offer a new generation of drinkers and we think our new visual branding will make it easier for them - and those who already love our beers - to find us on the bar."


'People are hitchhiking' - commuters search for alternatives or stay at home on second day of strikes

Today was, of course, day two of Southern Rail's week-long strike with commuters across our region, once again, the hardest hit.

Throughout the day both sides of the dispute - the RMT union and rail operators Govia Thameslink - urged each other to return to the negotiating table.

But while all that was going on thousands of passengers stayed at home, and thousands more had to suffer a timetable running at just 60%.

Andy Dickenson followed passenger Jo Tuck on her way to London and we also hear from Cllr Jeannette Towey of Wealden District Council.

BA offers flexibility after attack in France

Passengers will be able to fly on a different date or to a different destination. Credit: PA

British Airways has pledged to do everything it can to help concerned passengers due to travel to or from Nice following the deadly attack in city.

The airline said people due to fly in the next few days will be able to fly on a different date or to a different destination.

The airline said: "Following the tragic events in Nice we are contacting customers to give our support and offer to change their flight if they wish.

"We'd encourage customers in Nice to get in touch with us if they want to make a change to their booking and we will do everything we can to help. Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of the victims."

No post for residents after lift breaks down

They used to brave steep hills on their bikes, battle through torrential rain and out-run barking dogs - all to deliver us our post. But are a few flights of stairs too much for the modern postie?

Well, yes, say a group of angry residents from a block of flats in Bournemouth. Their post stopped after their lift went out of action. Martin Dowse reports.

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