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Parents launch campaign to improve playground

A petition is calling for improvements to Farm Green playground in Bevendean Credit: ITV Meridian

Parents in Brighton have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to improve a playground.

A petition calling on the local council to repair Farm Green playground in Bevendean gained more than 750 signatures.

However, only two pieces of equipment have been replaced so the community has now decided to try and raise the rest of the money needed themselves.

Seeds collected for future generations

The wildflower seeds are collected by the Kew Millennium Seed Bank Credit: Brighton and Hove council

Seeds from Bevendean Down have been gathered and stored in the Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to preserve them for future generations.

The project aims to collect seeds from the country's best downland sites to create new wildflower sites in the city centre.

The seeds were collected with a special 'brush harvester' machine which brushes the top of the meadow to knock the seeds out and catch them.

Volunteers have also been hand harvesting seed that can not be collected mechanically, from a variety of sites.

Brighton and Hove City Council Leader Jason Kitcat said: "We are delighted that Kew has recognised how good the site is and have targeted it to use for seed collection for the Millennium Seed Bank. It's a fitting tribute to the hard work and team effort."

Seeds are collected by hand Credit: Brighton and Hove council


Police thank the public

Dawes is due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 9 May for a committal hearing.

This has been a fast paced investigation and I'm grateful for the support we have had from the people of Bevendean, who have no doubt experienced some disruption to their daily lives over the last few days. A further search of the crime scene is taking place this morning and then we intend to remove the police cordon around the property on Taunton Road this afternoon. A knife was recovered yesterday (6 May) not far from the scene and will be forensically examined in due course. High visibility patrols will remain in and around the Bevendean area over the coming days."

– Detective Inspector Phil Mays, Sussex Police

Family tribute to father found stabbed in flat

The family of Graham Pethard have paid tribute to him.

Graham was a loving father who idolised his children. He was also a father figure to his friends and all who ever knew him. "He was the sort of man who would be there before anyone and for anyone. "He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his four lovely daughters."

– Family of Graham Pethard