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Restaurant puts on free Christmas lunch for homeless

A restaurant in Brighton is showing some festive spirit by throwing open its doors to around 50 rough sleepers on Christmas Day.

Working with the 'Brighton and Hove Muslim Forum', staff at the Sahara say they want to help the homeless at a time when most other people are with their families. Special invitations were handed out by community volunteers to people sleeping on the streets and on the beach.

The interviewee is Sabri Ben Ameur, Vice Chair of the Brighton & Hove Muslim Forum.

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.

'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.

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