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Brighton's Uber licence granted six month extension

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The GMB Union says Uber has been granted a six month extension to its licence in Brighton.

Discussions were held by the council on Tuesday, behind closed doors.

It is to allow the council to monitor Transport for London's decision about the company's operation in the capital.

The council will consider whether information arising from the case will have direct implications for its operation in Brighton.

It also allows more time for negotiations with Uber about a number of proposed conditions.

Uber allows users to book a journey and pay for it through a mobile app.

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The company argues it has brought cheaper fares and faster response times for passengers.

But local taxi drivers in Brighton say it is unfair competition.

Under national law, licensed drivers can operate anywhere in the country, allowing drivers from elsewhere to work in the city.

All Brighton & Hove private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers operate under the same licences and the same guidelines as Uber drivers.

They are also bound by the same background checks.

Should graffiti be banned? Taggers 'out of control' in Brighton

Some call it street art others call it mindless vandalism. Graffiti has always divided opinion. But businesses in Brighton and Hove say it's a blight on their city and is getting out of control.

Banks, hotels, public buildings and train stations have been targeted by so-called 'taggers'. This week, a hotel on Brighton seafront has been targeted for the third time this year.

Businesses say graffiti is costing them thousands to clean up - and more must be done to stop a recent rise.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Andy Winter from the Brighton Housing Trust, Cllr Gill Mitchell and artist Daniel Doherty.

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'Don't underestimate the seagulls!' - Brighton's first travel guide by children, for children

It's Brighton's first travel guide for children - by children.

A unique project for more than a hundred budding journalists of primary school age, the Pebbles Guide has just been released in the city.

Andy Dickenson has met some of its young authors along with project director Ella Burns.

Road closures after man dies in police car incident

Public transport has also been affected by the closures

Edward Street in Brighton is closed in both directions after a fatal incident this morning. A police car collided with a pedestrian who died at the scene.

There is slow traffic due to the accident between Chapel Street and Egremont Place / Upper Rock Gardens. Police are at the scene. The closure is also affecting public transport in the area.

Pride parade underway in Brighton

Abigail Bracken reports from the Pride Parade in Brighton, the biggest festival of its kind in the country.

Thousands on the seafront to enjoy the Pride parade in Brighton
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Revellers descend on Brighton for Pride

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An estimated 300,000 people are expected to descend on Brighton this weekend for one of the UK's biggest annual summer Pride celebrations.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline the event in Brighton and Hove in what will be the duo's first Pride performance in 20 years, organisers said.

Other acts include Years & Years, Louisa Johnson and David Morales. Saturday is the main day of celebrations, with a carnival parade starting at Hove Lawns followed by a ticketed event in Preston Park.

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The streets of Brighton will be a rainbow of colours this weekend as the city prepares to celebrate Pride.

The first ever LGBT event took place in the city in 1973.

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300,000 people are expected to attend but this year's party will have special significance as it's been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England.

Sangeeta spoke to the Managing Director of Brighton Pride, Paul Kemp, earlier today.

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Brighton man wanted for recall to prison

Police are searching for Dean John Keily - he has to return to prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Brighton is wanted by police after breaching the conditions of his early release from prison.

Dean John keily, aged 34, from Brighton was serving 140 days for driving while disqualified. The sentence was imposed by South London magistrates on 20th February. He was released on licence from HMP High Down in Sutton in Surrey on 28th April. However after he breached the terms the licence was revoked on 24th May 2017, - and he must return to custody to complete the sentence in full.

Keily has family in Brighton, but also has connections in Croydon and Sutton in Surrey. He has a distinctive scar on his right cheek which runs from his nose to his ear, and he has another scar between his eyebrows, as well as a one-inch a scar on his forehead.

Sussex Police are asking anyone who sees Keily, or who knows where he is to contact sussex Police by sending an email to 101@sussex.police.pnn.uk ; or by filling in a Sussex Police online response form; or by telephoning 101, and quoting serial 1117 of 24/05. In an emergency do call 999.

General election 2017: The view from Hove

Hove in Sussex was the one bright spot for Labour in 2015. There, Peter Kyle was elected. But with a majority of little more than a thousand, it is all to play for once again. John Ryall has our report.

Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.

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