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12,500 runners due at today's Brighton Half Marathon

Spectators and runners at the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014

The twenty-fifth annual Brighton Half Marathon takes place today. The organisers say that 12,500 amateur and elite athletes are expected to take to the streets with their running shoes firmly fastened.

The runners will start at Madeira Drive in Brighton at 9am and follow a 13.1 mile route around the city of Brighton and Hove.

Two thousand more runners are taking part in the 2015 event, compared to the Brighton Half Marathon of 2014.

>> Watch ITV Meridian's coverage of the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014 by clicking here.

If you are taking part or watching do send your photographs to the ITV Meridian Facebook page or send them via twitter to @itvmeridian.

The route of this year's Brighton Marathon Credit: Brighton Half Marathon 2015

Brighton Councillor: Stop letting off fireworks in parks

Bonfire night revellers are being urged to stop letting off fireworks in public parks to reduce danger and litter.

The council says the festivities "typically add to litter problems" at a time when council gardeners "already waste hours a day clearing up rubbish".

Councillor West, left, and senior gardener Bobby Domin. Credit: BrightonCouncil

Chair of the environment committee Councillor Pete West said:

Last year after bonfire night I was walking around Preston Park and the grass was littered with discarded fireworks. As well as being a danger to passers-by it makes a terrible mess.

So I’m calling on people to respect our beautiful public spaces and to enjoy their fireworks at public displays or on their own property. Letting off fireworks in a park is antisocial and leaving the rubbish there adds insult to injury.

– Cllr West

"The garden manager at The Level in Brighton typically spends three hours a day clearing rubbish," he added.

New career for TV journalist found sleeping on a bench

Seven years ago, Ed Mitchell was sleeping on bench on Hove seafront. The former newscaster, who had enjoyed a glittering career, brought to his knees by drink and debt.

Yet he was discovered by a journalist and sparked a media frenzy, becoming front page news and even staring in his own documentary, writing a book about his experiences.

After continuing his battle with addiction, he's now preparing a new career as a radio DJ - offering financial advice. Andy Dickenson reports.


Woman with breast cancer shaves head for charity

Sara Cutting is having her hair shaved for charity. Credit: ITV Meridian

A woman from Brighton who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July has had her head shaved for charity. Sara Cutting is hoping to raise awareness of the condition and its impact. She is wearing a different sort of 'headgear' every day.

Teenager admits going on burglary spree

A 17-year-old boy has admitted going on a burglary spree across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.

The teenager from Crawley broke into 12 homes across the county between 3 September and 24 September, stealing everything from bikes, clothing and electrical items to jewellery, cash, watches and sunglasses.

Police were able to link each of the break-ins to the boy after finding his fingerprints at the addresses in Crawley, Worthing, Brighton and Hove.

The first burglaries were committed in Barber Close, Crawley, on 3 September and 9 September before a home in Wantage Close, Crawley, was burgled on 11 September.

Over the next two weeks the boy also broke into homes in Marine Parade, Worthing, in Belvedere Terrace, Ditchling Rise, Clarendon Terrace, College Terrace and Victoria Road, Brighton, and addresses in Brunswick Road and Brunswick Square, Hove.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21 October.

"The boy already had a conviction for burglary before he committed the dozen crimes across the county. He was selling what he could steal for a fraction of the value and was likely to continue committing crime until he was caught. We were able to link him to each of the break-ins because of good work by detectives and the crime scene investigators who visited the victims and found the boy's fingerprints."

– Detective Sergeant Kate Witt

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Among the other successes for the team in recent days have been:

- the charging of Christopher Dooley, 26, with a burglary in Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, on 29 August. Dooley, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, was told to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 October.

- the charging of Dylan Battams, 18, with a burglary in Upperton Road, Eastbourne, on 29 July. Battams, of no fixed address, was released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 22 October.

- the charging of James Carty, 22, Shane Breaker, 34, and a 17-year-old boy with theft, handling stolen goods and burglaries in Crabbet Road, Crawley, and Langridge Lane, Broadbridge Heath.

Carty, of Outwood, Redhill, Breaker, of Lydia Park, Cranleigh, and the 17-year-old were ordered to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 20 October.

- the charging of Martin Collins, 41, with burglaries in Stanford Avenue, London Road and Reed Close, Hassocks, and Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill. Collins, of Mackie Avenue, Brighton, was ordered to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 20 October.

- the charging of Matthew Butler, 41, with a burglary in York Road, Brighton, on 4 October. Butler, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates on 20 October.

- the charging of Jack Kemp, 21, with a burglary in East Walls, Chichester, on 16 September. Kemp, of Walton Road, Bognor Regis, is due to appear at Chichester Crown Court on 20 October.

- the arrest of two men aged 21 and 29 and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Cropthorne Drive, Climping, between 22 September and 29 September. They were released on bail until 9 November.

- the arrest of a 33-year-old man on suspicion of two burglaries in Grosvenor Road, Chichester, between 5 September and 8 September. He was released on bail until 12 November.

- the arrest of a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Ifield Drive, Crawley, on 18 September. He was released on bail until 22 October.

- the arrest of two boys aged 10 and 11 on suspicion of breaking into The Laurels First School in Winterbourne Way, Worthing, on 4 October. They were released on bail until 8 November.

- the arrest of a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Main Road, Westfield, on 9 September. The teenager was released on bail until 23 November.

- the arrest of a 37-year-old man on suspicion of six burglaries in Marina Street, Grand Parade and Warrior Gardens in St Leonards as well as Lower Park Road in Hastings. He was questioned before being released on bail to a date to be set.

If you have any information about burglaries, call 101 or email . For crime prevention advice visit

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Police hunt man who attacked Sussex newsagent with a bag of stones

CCTV released in hope of tracing attacker Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex have released CCTV pictures of a man they want to speak to, after a shop keeper was attacked with a bag of stones.

The victim was working at a newsagents in Portland Road in Hove when he was struck over the head from behind. He turned and fought off the attacker who fled from the shop leaving his weapon behind. The victim suffered a cut head and bruising.

The attacker is described as white, slim, 20 to 30 years old and about 5' 10". He was wearing a green jacket, dark bottoms and blue trainers with a white trim. He was carrying a light grey or green rucksack.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1536 of 21/08, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

"This was a nasty attack but we don't know what the man's motive was as he did not take anything from the shop. Although this happened several weeks ago, we are still determined to find the man involved. If you recognise him or know where he could be please contact us."

– Detective Constable Leonie White
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