Parents opposed to Westdene expansion

Parents oppose moves for 650 pupils

Plans to expand a primary school in Sussex to 650 pupils to cope with increased demand for places are dividing a community.

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Brighton workshop helping combat childhood obesity

Video. Health experts say that childhood obesity is set to be one of the most serious global public health challenges for this century. Obese children are also at an increased risk of developing various medical problems, and more likely to become overweight in adulthood.

But now groundbreaking work in Brighton, is helping kids stay within recommended weight levels, with the region already bucking the national trend.

Charlotte Wilkins has the story and spoke to Lucy Hockley and her daughter Millie, as well as Lauren McCormack, who is a Health Promotion Dietician.

The next, free, Family Shape Up programme starts on Thursday 23rd January, 5.30 - 7pm.

Sessions run every Thursday for 12 weeks. There's a taster session on Thursday 16th January from 5.30 - 6.30pm at the Brighthelm centre, North Road, Brighton.

For more information visit the Family Shape-Up website.

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Stray puppy needs donations to help save his life

Ralph is a 6 month old brindle and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Credit: Brighton & Hove City Council

A stray puppy is in need of donations to help fund an operation which could save his life.

Ralph has a serious heart condition and was found wondering in Stanmer Park by animal welfare officers from Brighton & Hove City Council.

The officers suspect he was abandoned because of his heart condition, which is expensive to treat.

Izzie Blanden, an animal welfare officer said, "A cardiologist vet recommends surgery which should alleviate his problems, but this would cost in the region of £3,000."

“We would love to give Ralph the happy ending he deserves and are appealing to dog loving residents who may be able to contribute towards the cost of the surgery.”

If you can help, visit www.southcoaststaffierescue.org.uk and click on ‘Ralph – a special appeal.’

Two arrested after Brighton and Hove burglaries

Two people were arrested after a spree of shop raids across Brighton and Hove on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The first was at a newsagents in Hangleton Way followed by break-ins to shops in Mill Lane, Portslade, Old London Road, Patcham, West Street, Rottingdean and Sutherland Road.

Cigarettes and cash were targeted in each case, although the raiders were not successful at each location.

It is thought that there were four people involved in the raids and enquiries are continuing to locate two others.

A 22-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from Brighton were arrested on suspicion of burglary non-dwelling and were in custody on Wednesday morning.

City 'deserves praise' for marathon success

It is a wonderful motivator for the entire Marathon team - and that includes the hundreds of fabulous volunteers - to know that all the effort assists so many people indirectly, in a multitude of different ways. Actually, the city deserves the praise too, because the people of Brighton & Hove support the event to a quite unique degree.

– Tim Hutchings, race founder

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Brighton & Hove City Council apologises to residents for strike disruption

A week-long strike by Brighton and Hove's refuse collectors continues. Binmen held a demonstration through the city streets on Saturday. The industrial action is over a change to allowances which coud see some workers pay cut by thousands of pounds.

The City Council and union officials are due to meet later today.

Brighton & Hove City Council has apologised to residents for the disruption and has advised people to take their rubbish to recycling centres.

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We are very sorry that our service is being affected during the dispute and will keep you up to date with developments

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If you can please take rubbish and recycing to a recycling centre. Extended opening hours start today http://t.co/Cxfbm5vg6W #Brighton #Hove

Binmen take to the streets in pay cut row

by Andy Dickenson

Hundreds of refuse collectors have marched through the streets of Brighton and Hove this afternoon on the second day of a planned week long strike.

The industrial action follows a dispute with the council over changes to its allowances system that could see some workers lose thousands of pounds in pay. The interviewee in Andy Dickenson's report is Carey Duckhouse from the Brighton Sea Life Centre.

School creates prayer room to help with exam stress

by Charlotte Wilkins

Thousands of students will be sitting down to take exams across the country this month - but one school in Brighton & Hove believes it's not only good teaching and revision that gets the grades.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School has set up an interactive prayer room for pupils who are feeling the pressure. Charlotte Wilkins has been to take a look.

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