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Remembering George

Friends and family have gathered in Brighton to say their goodbyes to a young man who was killed over the weekend. George Yaschuck who was 23, died when he was hit by a lorry after a fight spilled out on to Western Road in Hove early on Sunday morning. Charlotte WIlkins has been speaking to his friends Nathan Gulliver, Danielle D'avila and Jordan Tully.

Tributes paid to 'cheeky chappy' who was hit by a lorry in Hove

He was a cheeky chappy who lived in the moment. Those are the words of friends of a young man who died when he was hit by a lorry, following a fight in Hove at the weekend. George Yaschuk was 23, and lived in the city. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Chloe Matheson, George's friend.


Storms cause cost of restoring beaches to go up

Reports suggest the cost of restoring Brighton's pebble beach has gone up Credit: ITV Meridian

It's being reported the cost of restoring Brighton and Hove's pebble beach has trebled to £30,000.

The pebbles are a vital sea defence but storms hitting the coastline has led to erosion.

Due to emergency visits, costs from contractors - brought in to replenish the beach, have increased.

Thousands without power after Storm Katie hits South East

Engineers trying to restore power in Pycombe near Hassocks Credit: ITV

More than fifteen thousand homes in the South East are still without power after Storm Katie brought winds of more than seventy miles an hour to the region, tearing down power lines.

Dozens of flights at Gawick were cancelled, others were diverted.

In Kent, the Dartford Bridge and the Sheppey Crossing were temporarily closed, while fallen trees blocked roads and rail routes.

You can watch Abigail Bracken's report by clicking on the link below.

Launch at train station for 'Brighton Fringe' Festival

Preparations well underway for Brighton Fringe

It might be a couple of months away - but the city of Brighton is well and truly counting down to its annual Fringe Festival in May.

Organisers have chosen of all places the railway station to give locals a flavour of what they can expect from this year's Brighton Fringe Festivalevent. Simon was there for us live during this evening's Meridian News.

Brighton & Hove council tax set at 3.99% for 2016/2017

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City council have approved an increase of 3.99% to council tax for the next financial year at a budget meeting tonight.


Are police criminalising homeless people for begging?

Sussex Police have been accused of criminalising homeless people who ask passers-by for money.

Almost seven hundred beggars in the county have been prosecuted in the last five years.

Critics say taking the homeless to court makes life even more difficult for them, costs money and rarely stops the problem.

But police say they only arrest those who are a nuisance to the public.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Knight, who campaigns for the homeless, and Supt James Collis of Sussex Police.

Film of first ever Brighton Festival discovered in attic

For years, it's been lying - untouched - in a dusty attic. But now, remarkable footage of the first-ever Brighton festival has been discovered, giving a unique insight in to the artists and performers of the day.

The event in 1967 featured stars like The Who, Cleo Laine and Eric Clapton, a fashion show and even a baseball match.

Charlotte Wilkins speaks to Ian Beck, one of the film makers and Andrew Comben, The Brighton Festival Chief Executive.

You can view the full version of the film here:

King Alfred Leisure Centre remains closed after storm Imogen damages roof

King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove had to be closed this morning after storm Imogen damaged the roof. Parts of the Promenade have also been cordoned off. Residents are being asked to stay away from the immediate area.

“The impact of Storm Imogen on the King Alfred Leisure Centre building continues to be assessed. The strong winds damaged the felted roof covering the west end of the swimming pools. The dislodged felt is a potential hazard if blown from the roof, which is why the surrounding area is cordoned off. The damaged felt will be removed as soon as the weather allows safe access to work on the roof. Further investigation is required to determine the full extent of the damage and assess what repairs are required. We are working with the on-site Freedom Leisure team and the Police as well as seeking advice from relevant experts to make sure the appropriate action is taken as soon as possible. We hope to be able to provide more information in the morning.”

– Brighton and Hove City Council

New trains for Gatwick Express in £145m project

New trains on the way for airport service

ITV Meridian can reveal 145 million pounds is being spent on a new generation of trains for the Gatwick Express - that will also serve Brighton.

More than 100 carriages are being built - and the first will enter service within weeks. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, has been given exclusive access on board one of the new trains.

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