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Seagull attacks: 'Don't feed them and they won't be a problem'

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has spoken out about managing seagulls, with numerous complaints being made about the birds' aggressive behaviour in Brighton.

A spokesperson for the animal charity said: "If we feed gulls they will grow more confident, they will learn that we are a source of food. They will not then distinguish between food offered and people simply walking around carrying food, cafe tables outdoors and the like."

Seagulls at Hove seafront Credit: PA

Brighton and Hove City Council have already said that culling the birds, which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, might not be an option.

It is working on ensuring food waste is properly disposed of to avoid attracting the birds to control the population.

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In a statement, the council said: "Nuisance alone is not considered to be a reasonable justification for culling."

Despite the population of the birds declining in coastal areas, they are continuing to "do well" in urban areas, according to the RSPB.

The charity said: "Councils who have identified gulls as a nuisance would be right not to encourage feeding. And, to be honest, a diet entirely of chips and ice cream probably isn't giving the birds their five a day!"

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Complaints about seagull numbers in Brighton

There have been complaints about seagulls throughout the region Credit: ITV

A seagull cull in Brighton and Hove may not be an option for controlling the large numbers in the city. That's according to the council which receives numerous reports about the birds. Seagulls are frequently criticised for swooping down to take food, and have gained a reputation for aggravating people. The local authority is trying to stop them nesting.

Over the top - fundraisers abseil down Brighton's Grand Hotel for blind ex-services charity

More than one hundred volunteers abseiled down one of Brighton's most iconic buildings. They were raising money for the charity Blind Veterans UK which helps ex-servicemen and women.

Malcolm Shaw went to the Grand Hotel to see the abseilers in action, and spoke to Cara Butler, the youngest to take part, blind veteran Martin Shail, and Lesley Garven of Blind Veterans UK.

Brighton and Hove named "Sanctuary on Sea" for welcoming refugees fleeing conflict and persecution

"Asylum seeker" has become an emotive term in recent years, and the reasons people seek safety here aren't always fully understood.

The city of Brighton and Hove has a long history of accommodating refugees, and now it's been named "Sanctuary on Sea" in recognition of its work to welcome victims of conflict and persecution abroad.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Reem Abushawareb from Iraq, Sylvie Collier of Pond Pictures, Jenny Lansdell, Chair of Sanctuary on Sea, and Teresa Gomez from Chile.

Summit to tackle homeless crisis in Brighton

Brighton's homeless crisis has reached unprecedented levels, according to a new report by the city's housing Trust.

Over the past year almost 600 people have been reported sleeping rough in the city - many on the streets, some in makeshift tents, others in upturned boats, even in bins.

Now the newly elected council has announced a summit to discuss the issue - while the Trust itself has called for ambitious new measures to confront the crisis. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Concerns over community alarm service

The effectiveness of a community alarm system is being questioned Credit: ITV Meridian

It's designed to help the elderly and the frail in an emergency. But tonight, there are questions over the effectiveness of a community alarm service.

When 86 year old Robert Priest collapsed at his home and pressed his panic button, it took over an hour for paramedics to arrive. CareLink Plus has apologised for the delay, but says it can't always send an ambulance immediately.

"Our highly professional CareLInk Plus staff work very hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers. With regard to Mr Priest’s recent incident there was a delay in getting help to him due to an issue with his keyholders that we hadn’t previously been made aware of. We have apologised to Mr Priest for the delay and the distress this may have caused".

– Brighton & Hove City Council

Population of Brighton could be powered by new Rampion wind farm by 2018

Construction of a £1.3billion wind farm off the Sussex coast will begin early next year, it's been announced.

Engineers will start building a substation in Twineham, near Haywards Heath, to serve the Rampion project next month.

When completed the 116 turbines will produce enough electricity to power 290,000 homes - the equivalent of the population of Brighton and Hove - cutting CO2 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year.

We speak to Chris Tomlinson, project director of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

Brighton halts the region's 'Tory tide'

Only in one part of the south east was the Tory tide halted - Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports on how the Greens and Labour meant that the night wasn't quite a Conservative clean sweep.

We hear from new MP Peter Kyle, Labour winner in Hove, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion.

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