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Father takes bid to overturn school holiday fines to High Court

Noah Myers takes bid to overturn holiday bans to the High Court Credit: ITV

A father has launched a bid in the High Court to have the current ban on term-time holidays overturned. It comes on the day the government promised to get even tougher on parents who take their children out of school without permission.

Noah Myers travelled from his home in Brighton on a mission to challenge the issue of £60 fixed penalty notices for thousands of families.


'Sugar tax' part of new campaign to fight obesity

A voluntary 'sugar tax' is being imposed on sugary drinks in Brighton from today, in the battle against record levels of diabetes and childhood obesity.

Brighton and Hove is the first in the UK to take such action - imposing a ten pence levy in restaurants, cafes and shops.

A can of coke can contain just over ten sugar lumps. A small carton of blackcurrant juice - seven. Even, a glass of orange juice can be five sugar lumps. An adult's daily consumption should be just seven.

More than 300 children were admitted to hospital in Brighton and Hove to have teeth removed. The NHS spends £80 million pounds a year on treating diet-related diseases in the area.

So, will the new charge be enough to tackle the health crisis? Here's Andy Dickenson's report.

We hear from teenager Aaliyah Aiyanyo, diabetes sufferer Michael Babbage, TV chef Jamie Oliver, Brighton Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, newsagent Abs Istefanous, and Brighton Director of Public Health Dr Tom Scanlon.

Priceless pups - hair-raising bids for world's rarest Ridgebacks

A dog-owner from Sussex has Europe's first-ever litter of the world's rarest breed of dog.

Catherine Lane from Brighton is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in Europe, but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.

Catherine travelled all the way to Vietnam to buy the parent dogs, which are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.

She's been offered up to £10,000 for each of the four puppies.

Saltdean Lido regeneration on hold

Saltdean Lido Credit: ITV Meridian

Work on Saltdean Lido has been halted after a row broke out between the council and the community group restoring the site.

A new sub-station is needed to provide electricity to the site. Brighton and Hove council is willing to loan £10,000 - a fraction of what the group needs.

The council said the project was awarded on the basis that no additional council funding was needed.


Cat rescue centre in urgent appeal for new premises

A cat rescue centre in Sussex has launched an urgent appeal to help find new premises.

Ron Ayres has run the shelter from his rented home in Brighton for fifteen years. Lost Cats Brighton cares for and re-homes around two hundred cats each year.

But Mr Ayres, 77, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he fears for the future of the animals unless a more permanent location can be found.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Ron, and volunteer Fiona Pearce.

lIf you think you can help, you will find more details here.

New funding for bike schemes in Oxford and Brighton

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Brighton and Oxford are among a number of locations to benefit from new funding for electric bicycles. The two cities will share in £700,000 of government funding. The project will see hire schemes set up and hundreds of e-bikes delivered.

The Government announced plans last year to double bicycle use in England over the next decade. It's hoped the scheme will appeal to reluctant cyclists. Cycling campaigners have described the Government investment as "long overdue" and say the UK's use of battery-assisted bikes is still behind some European countries.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and this announcement will provide an opportunity for thousands more to enjoy the advantages they offer."

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