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9,000 runners take part in Brighton Half Marathon 2017

Almost 9,000 runners have taken part in today's Brighton Half Marathon. The 13 mile race is not just a significant date in the South's sporting calendar, but also an opportunity for people to raise funds for causes close to their hearts.

This year's race was launched by international DJ Norman Cook, who also took part - we spoke to him and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon which provides specialist care and support for men and women living with HIV. The Sussex Beacon charity organises the Brighton Half Marathon which is their biggest annual fundraising event.

Youth services under threat as council cuts £21m

It's a problem facing many local authorities across our region - how to maintain services when government funding is being cut.

In Brighton and Hove, the city council says it needs to save more than £20m this year. Services for young people are particularly at risk.

But are the cutbacks necessary and what effect will they have? Malcolm Shaw reports.

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Couple takes stand against discrimination after attack

A couple who were attacked on Brighton seafront for being gay want their experience to send a strong message against discrimination.

Dain Finney from Reading and his partner James were attacked during a night out last year.

Both attackers, Gage Vye-Parminter and Matthew Howes, have both been jailed for five years.

You can watch our exclusive interview with Dain about his determination to challenge intolerance.

New Ikea store set to open in the South East

Ikea will open in Sussex as part of a major redevelopment of the area Credit: ITV news

Ikea is coming to Sussex as part of a £170 million development.

It will sit on a former landfill site near the A27 alongside 600 new homes, a country park and a primary school.

The development could create up to 1000 new jobs and add £11 million to the local economy. Its hoped the new store will be open by 2019.

Protestors march in Brighton in support of NHS funding

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will be joining local Labour Party activists from across Brighton and Hove today to campaign for the NHS to be properly funded.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Their concerns surround the Royal Sussex County Hospital being in special measures, the patient transport service, Coperfoma rated inadequate, and the A&E service being on Black Alert due to the winter crisis.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

The march will begin at the County Hospital in Eastern Road, winding through the town and up Queens Road to Brighton Station to show support for the rail workers already on strike for the safety of our train service.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Fireworks on the beach at Brighton at 4am- MK Dons fans celebrate....what exactly?

Police in Sussex were called to reports of fireworks being let off on Brighton beach at 4am.

Adur and Worthing Police tweeted that they'd been to assist officers to deal with the antisocial behaviour.

Seems it was caused by MK Dons fans following their team's 2-0 FA Cup defeat- as they pointed out, it's not clear what they were celebrating...

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RMT General secretary calls for direct talks with ministers to end chaos

RMT union are demanding direct talks with the Government Credit: ITV

Three days of strike by the RMT union began today as part of an ongoing row over planned changes to the role of the conductor.

RMT General secretary released a statement calling on the government to meet with union members to end the disruption.

Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning.

– General Secretary Mick Cash

Passengers are being advised to check their journey before travelling.

Labour politics could split in Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove Labour Party, which was suspended amid allegations of intimidation and ballot-rigging, could be split into three local parties. The move would bring suspension to an end. But leading members of the hard-left group Momentum say they'll refuse to work with a leadership team being 'imposed' by the national party. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Greg Hadfield, Momentum supporter; James Ellis, Momentum supporter; and Peter Kyle, the MP for Hove.

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