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Brighton halts the region's 'Tory tide'

Only in one part of the south east was the Tory tide halted - Brighton.

Andy Dickenson reports on how the Greens and Labour meant that the night wasn't quite a Conservative clean sweep.

We hear from new MP Peter Kyle, Labour winner in Hove, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas of Brighton Pavilion.

Driver fined for pretending a thief had crashed his car

A driver from Sussex who crashed his car and then lied that it had been stolen was caught when his DNA was found on the airbag.

27-year-old Ciaran Fitzgerald, of Ruskin Road, Hove, crashed into two cars on Norton Road, before he fled the scene. Later that day he called the police to report that his car had been stolen.

When his DNA was found to be on the airbag, he admitted he had lied and accepted a police caution for perverting the course of justice.

He was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 March and was given eight points on his licence, fined £183 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

"Fitzgerald thought he could get away with crashing his car by claiming his vehicle had been stolen but good work by our CSIs meant we could prove he was behind the wheel when the impact happened. "Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offence in itself. If you are involved in a crash, stay put and call us so that we can investigate."

– Police Constable Dan Patterson


'Boris bikes' coming to Brighton and Hove

£1m of funding has been secured for Brighton and Hove to set-up its own Boris Bike scheme.

Similar to the bike-hire scheme in London - It will see 430 bikes available from 50 docking stations at locations like Brighton the marina, Portslade and along the Lewes Road to the universities.

It's hoped the bikes will be available for hire in two years time.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr Ian Davey of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Hopes of new prosecutions for Brighton Bomb attack

New hopes have been raised of further prosecutions for the 1984 Brighton Bomb attack.

Police in Northern Ireland say they have entered a new phase of investigations into some of the worst atrocities carried out by the IRA.

The attack at Brighton's Grand Hotel famously targetted Margaret Thatcher's cabinet during a Party Conference in the city. Five people were killed and 34 injured.

It was one of the most shocking mainland attacks during the IRA's campaign of terror at the height of the Northern Irish troubles.

The attack left five people dead and 34 injured

Five people died after Patrick Magee detonated a bomb planted in a bathroom on the sixth floor of the Grand Hotel. Lord Tebbit was severely injured and his wife Margaret was left paralysed from the neck down.

Patrick MaGee was given eight life sentences at the Old Bailey in 1986 for the attack - but subsequently released under the Good Friday agreement in 1999.

Lord Tebbit says Mr Magee should start naming names.

Mr Magee has since taken part in reconciliation events in the city but has refused to name the senior IRA commanders who ordered the bombing.

Now it's emerged that six suspects are being investigated by the police in Northern Ireland for their role.

i360 tower row with Brighton Wheel

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A row has broken out about the future of two tourist attractions on Brighton seafront.

The i360 observation tower is due to open next summer. But the owners of the Brighton Wheel have applied for permission to stay another five years too. They say there's room for both.

But the team behind the i360 say it's unfair competition


Six hour stalemate over spending in Brighton and Hove

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have failed to set a budget, despite a six hour meeting last night. The ruling Greens wanted to increase council tax by almost 6% - the biggest rise in the country.

But Labour and the Tories voted against them. There'll be another meeting on Tuesday 3rd March.

ITV Meridian spoke to the Green Party's Cllr Jason Kitcat, Brighton & Hove City Council.

Brighton & Hove councillors fail to agree on budget

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council have failed to set a budget after six hours of negotiations, and will now reconvene on Tuesday 3 March.

At just after 10.30pm the council chief executive Penny Thompson said it was unlikely they were going to be unable to reach an agreement this evening.

They were trying to decide whether tax payers in the city will face the biggest increase in their bills in the country.

The Greens want a rise of almost 6%, which would equate to more than £70 a year for an average household.

They say without a big rise they will have to make drastic cuts in public services. Both Labour and the Conservatives feel this is too high.

The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan tonight argued for a 2% rise in council tax.

Runners galore for 25th Brighton Half Marathon

A record number of runners gathered in Sussex this morning for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon. Places sold out in record time for this year's event through the city of Brighton and Hove.

The race grows in popularity every year, from 200 in the very first event in 1990 to 12,500 runners today. Sarah Saunders reports.

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