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Work on Brighton's i-360 will start this summer

Some say it could be one of the biggest attractions on the south coast. Others fear it could turn into a giant white elephant. Councillors have decided the i360 tower will go ahead.

The viewing tower, standing 175 metres high, would offer panoramic views across the sea and the city. But the cost would be more than £46 million. So will it be money well-spent? Malcolm Shaw reports.


Green MP calls for another railway line from Brighton to London

The UK's only Green MP is calling for a second train line between Brighton and London. Caroline Lucas says the existing line is overcrowded and under too much strain. Opening up the Lewes to Uckfield route again could be one option - a proposal which has huge support. Charlotte Wilkins reports.

Shaping up for the New Year

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. But obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and are also more likely to become obese adults.

So now groundbreaking work in Brighton & Hove is helping children stay within recommended weight levels, and the city is bucking the national trend. Charlotte Wilkins has the story.

The next, free, Family Shape Up programme starts on Thursday 23rd January, 5.30 - 7pm.

Sessions run every Thursday for 12 weeks. There's a taster session on Thursday 16th January from 5.30 - 6.30pm at the Brighthelm centre, North Road, Brighton.

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A place to call home...

Earlier this month, ITV News revealed that Brighton and Hove's homelessness problem had risen by a shocking 35 per cent in two years.

Today a significant step was taken to address the problem as more than 30 homeless people began moving into a development made out of old shipping containers which have been converted in to studio flats.

Charlotte Wilkins speaks to Richard, who's just moved in; Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust and Councillor Bill Randall, who's Chair of Housing at Brighton and Hove City Council.

Multi-million pound improvement plans for Royal Pavilion

It's the jewel in Brighton's crown - and today a £34 million make-over plan was revealed for the Royal Pavilion estate. Over a million people visit the iconic palace, Brighton Dome and museums every year - but there are vital repairs needed - to make it sustainable for the future.

Charlotte Wilkins has been given a tour and has spoken to Brighton and Hove City Council Leader Cllr Jason Kitcat and Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Festival , Andrew Comben.


Man wanted over spate of burglaries in Hassocks

Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex police are appealing for help from train passengers to help find a man wanted over a series of burglaries.

36-year-old Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling.

Police think he could be in areas such as Brighton and Hove, Porstmouth or Mid Sussex and is using trains to get around.

In each case the homes were entered and searched after the owners went out in the middle of the day.

The thieves took thousands of pounds worth of expensive jewellery during the burglaries as well as computers, cash, cameras and collectable ornaments.

Mark Vine is described as white, 5'8" and of proportionate build. He has short black hair and green eyes.

A reward of £500 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the burglaries.

Brighton - centre for film industry?

Brighton beach Credit: ITV Meridian

The British Film Institute is to open a “talent centre” in Brighton and Hove as part of a £5million plan to boost the industry across the country. The City Council is encouraging the BFI to make a base and is searching for an office when they move to the coast in the autumn.

The city will be promoted as a film location. Last year, the BFI launched a multi-million- pound five-year plan to help the British film industry compete more successfully on the global stage.