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The 2014 London to Brighton Bike Ride is underway

Cyclists prepare for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2014 Credit: British Heart Foundation

More than 28,000 cyclists have saddled up to take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in the event's 39th year. The charity ride is organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Head of Events at the BHF, Tristram Jones said:

“The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the flagship fundraising event for the BHF. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support.

"Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.

“We would also like to thank everyone who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton. Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the Bike Ride possible.”

Overseas tourists attracted to Meridian region

Brighton Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions in Sussex Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Oxford, Brighton & Hove, Southampton and Reading are among the top 20 most visited towns and cities in Britain by overseas tourists. But the figures from Visit Britain for 2013 also show how London is still the magnet for overseas tourists, dwarfing all other destinations.


1) London 16.7 million

2) Edinburgh 1.3 million

3) Manchester 988,000

4) Birmingham 941,000

5) Liverpool 562,000

6) Glasgow 515,000

7) Oxford 456,000

8) Bristol 428,000

9) Brighton and Hove 409,000

10) Cambridge 404,000

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford Credit: Press Association Images

11) Leeds 299,000

12) Cardiff 297,000

13) Bath 283,000

14) York 271,000

15) Nottingham 247,000

16) Aberdeen 241,000

17) Inverness 226,000

18) Southampton 221,000

19) Newcastle-upon-Tyne 201,000

20) Reading 193,000

Cruise ships bring in thousands of visitors in Southampton Credit: Press Association Images


Witness appeal following armed robbery

Police are looking for this man Credit: Sussex Police

Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery in Brighton in which a man armed with a knife stole some £600 cash from a betting shop till. The robber struck at 9.10am on Bank Holiday Monday (26 May) shortly after Labrokes in Clarence Square, Brighton, opened for business.

He threatened a staff member with a knife and demanded cash from the till. He is described as white, 5' 9" - 5' !0", of skinny build and wearing a black Hollister hoody with orange lettering on the chest and converse trainers.

Brighton's play-off tickets available tomorrow

Having successfully secured a place in the play-offs, tickets for Brighton's home leg versus Derby County - which takes place on May 8th - will be initially available tomorrow morning from 9 o'clock to all season-ticket holders.

But Brighton and Hove Albion is warning fans to act fast as seats must be bought before 2pm on Monday 5th May. The club doesn't think the tickets will be available for general sale.

For those wishing to attend the away leg, at Derby County on Sunday 11th May, tickets will also be available tomorrow from 9am.


Unique portraits of people who are living with HIV

People in their fifties and older are increasingly being diagnosed with HIV.

It can be caught by anyone - regardless of their gender, race or sexuality. And that's very much the message of a new photographic exhibition which is bringing together people who're HIV positive - from all walks of life.

Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Photographer Edo Zollo; David Fray and Mandy Webb who are both living with HIV; and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon.

Brighton to host England game

It took more than a decade to build but since its opening in 2011, Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium has gone from strength to strength.

It's already set to host games in next year's Rugby World Cup and, it was announced today, it will also stage England Women's football team's next World Cup qualifier.

Andy Dickenson met England Captain Casey Stoney, England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, and U19 prospect Paula Howells.

Vote of no confidence in Brighton's Green Party passed

Labour and Conservative councillors in Brighton have passed a vote of no confidence in the Green Party after it's members proposed 4.75% rise in the city's council tax.

A vote of no confidence in Brighton's Green Party is passed Credit: ITV Meridian

The Green administration plans go beyond the Government's expected threshold of 2%, which means residents will be given a chance to vote on the increase.

Petition's 9,000 signatures call for return of Brighton Speed Trials

More than nine thousand people have signed a petition to save an institution of British motor racing, two years after a competitor died at the event. Councillors have not yet given their approval for the annual Brighton Speed Trial, in September. Andy Dickenson reports.

The interviewees are:

Len Wooller, Vice chairman, Brighton & Hove

Simon Kirby MP (Conservative), Brighton Kemptown

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