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Unique portraits of people who are living with HIV

People in their fifties and older are increasingly being diagnosed with HIV.

It can be caught by anyone - regardless of their gender, race or sexuality. And that's very much the message of a new photographic exhibition which is bringing together people who're HIV positive - from all walks of life.

Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Photographer Edo Zollo; David Fray and Mandy Webb who are both living with HIV; and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon.

Brighton to host England game

It took more than a decade to build but since its opening in 2011, Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium has gone from strength to strength.

It's already set to host games in next year's Rugby World Cup and, it was announced today, it will also stage England Women's football team's next World Cup qualifier.

Andy Dickenson met England Captain Casey Stoney, England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, and U19 prospect Paula Howells.

Vote of no confidence in Brighton's Green Party passed

Labour and Conservative councillors in Brighton have passed a vote of no confidence in the Green Party after it's members proposed 4.75% rise in the city's council tax.

A vote of no confidence in Brighton's Green Party is passed Credit: ITV Meridian

The Green administration plans go beyond the Government's expected threshold of 2%, which means residents will be given a chance to vote on the increase.

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Petition's 9,000 signatures call for return of Brighton Speed Trials

More than nine thousand people have signed a petition to save an institution of British motor racing, two years after a competitor died at the event. Councillors have not yet given their approval for the annual Brighton Speed Trial, in September. Andy Dickenson reports.

The interviewees are:

Len Wooller, Vice chairman, Brighton & Hove

Simon Kirby MP (Conservative), Brighton Kemptown

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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.

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.’

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