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Faith groups come together to discuss fall-out of terror attacks

Credit: Brighton & Hove City Council

Representatives from faith communities across Brighton and Hove have met to discuss the implications of recent terror attacks in Paris.

The One Voice partnership discussed concerns about incidents against Muslim women reported on public transport nationally and called upon the city’s communities to support each other to increase safety for Muslim women and all passengers on public transport.

We will not tolerate hate incidents, extremist perspectives or actions in the city.

– Mahir Chowdhury, the Chair of the Racial Harassment Forum

The recent terrorist attacks including those in Paris have shocked everyone and we send our deepest sympathy to all those who have died or been injured in these appalling attacks.

Now, more than ever, it is important that the communities of the city stand together to reject intolerance and division. There are various ways to report incidents:

– Cllr Emma Daniel, Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee

Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

Battle lines are drawn, but will Uber arrive in Brighton?

For years, ever since they were pulled by horses, in fact, if you wanted a cab you stood on a street and hailed the driver. And that's still the way it works in many places. But there's a new kid in town. Uber.

It allows customers to use a mobile phone app to get hold of the nearest cab. Uber are often cheaper, but not everyone's happy - not least the drivers of the regular taxis themselves.

And now, the battle that has been fought in cities around the world is heading to Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Andy Peters from the GNB, John Streeter of Streamline Taxis, and Jason Kitcat of Crunch accounting.


Uber responds to Brighton row: 'Our drivers go through the same background checks as taxi drivers'

Uber is awaiting a decision on whether it can operate in Brighton

The Uber mobile phone app allows customers or passengers to book a taxi from the firm and pay for it using their phone.

The drivers called partner-drivers are all self employed. According to its website Uber operates in 60 countries. It is already in use in London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham and now it has applied for a licence in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton & Hove's city council has been given more time to make its decision. Local taxi drivers are concerned - they say that if Uber is granted a licence its drivers should be subject to the same rules and guidelines that they have to observe. Uber says it does abide by the rules.

The row centres around whether the increased competition for fares will be fair, whether background checks will be as stringent as for taxi drivers and whether Uber private hire drivers will have to / will be able to provide vehicles accessible for specific groups of the community, such as people who use wheelchairs.

“In the UK Uber is fully licensed and regulated and abides by all private hire legislation. All partner-drivers operating on the Uber platform are fully licensed private hire drivers and have been through enhanced DBS checks, the same background check taxi drivers go through. In the UK Uber’s model has been scrutinised by over 30 regulators and found to be compliant."

– Uber spokesman

Row over whether to allow Uber taxi app in Brighton

The team behind the Uber taxi app wants to operate in Brighton & Hove

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have been given more time to decide whether the controversial taxi app 'Uber' can be used in Brighton.

A meeting had to be adjourned yesterday - with cab companies already operating in the city arguing that the new service must face the same licence restrictions that they do. John Streeter from Streamline Taxis in the city gave us his view.


The Acropolis, Stonehenge... could Brighton seafront become a World Heritage Site?

Brighton seafront could one day have the kudos of Stonehenge, the Acropolis, Machu Pichu and Sydney Opera House.

Why? Because conservationists are preparing an audacious bid for World Heritage Status to help save areas like the crumbling Madeira Terraces.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Roger Amerena of Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission, Austin Gayton of Studio 284, and Cllr Gill Mitchell.

Team-mate speaks of shock at Shoreham deaths

Tony Burnett played with Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Credit: ITV Meridian

The footballing community in Sussex is in shock at the loss of two of their players in the Shoreham Airshow crash.

Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were both 23, were among at least 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into the A27 on Saturday.

Team-mate Tony Burnett had known Matthew Grimstone for five years, playing alongside him with Mile Oak FC. He also played with Jacob Schilt and Matthew on Sundays at AFC Shoreham.

Mr Burnett said their team-mates are all in shock.

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