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Revellers descend on Brighton for Pride

300,000 people expected at Brighton Pride Credit: ITV Meridian

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 However after he breached the terms the licence was revoked on 24th May 2017, - and he must return to custody to complete the sentence in full.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.

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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9,000 runners take part in Brighton Half Marathon 2017

Almost 9,000 runners have taken part in today's Brighton Half Marathon. The 13 mile race is not just a significant date in the South's sporting calendar, but also an opportunity for people to raise funds for causes close to their hearts.

This year's race was launched by international DJ Norman Cook, who also took part - we spoke to him and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon which provides specialist care and support for men and women living with HIV. The Sussex Beacon charity organises the Brighton Half Marathon which is their biggest annual fundraising event.

Couple takes stand against discrimination after attack

A couple who were attacked on Brighton seafront for being gay want their experience to send a strong message against discrimination.

Dain Finney from Reading and his partner James were attacked during a night out last year.

Both attackers, Gage Vye-Parminter and Matthew Howes, have both been jailed for five years.

You can watch our exclusive interview with Dain about his determination to challenge intolerance.

New Ikea store set to open in the South East

Ikea will open in Sussex as part of a major redevelopment of the area Credit: ITV news

Ikea is coming to Sussex as part of a £170 million development.

It will sit on a former landfill site near the A27 alongside 600 new homes, a country park and a primary school.

The development could create up to 1000 new jobs and add £11 million to the local economy. Its hoped the new store will be open by 2019.

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