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Men questioned over kidnap of man in Brighton

Three men were questioned today over the kidnap of a man who was bundled into a car during a terrifying incident in a seaside town at the weekend.

Detectives detained the three on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap after a man was ambushed as he got out of a taxi and forced into another car in the centre of Brighton, East Sussex on Sunday. A hunt was still underway to find the victim and the car used.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said that officers believed the man got out of a taxi before being put into another vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Astra, just before 6pm in Princes Terrace, Brighton. He was then driven away.

"A 23-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a man aged 34 years, all from Brighton, are currently in custody," said the spokesman.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz said: "There has been a dedicated team working 24 hours a day since the incident took place to try to establish the whereabouts and well-being of the victim in this matter.

"We still need to trace the victim and the vehicle used in connection with this incident. The vehicle is a silver Vauxhall Astra with a registration number of HN05 FPY and we are keen to speak to driver of a white van who witnessed the incident in Princes Terrace and who spoke with other witnesses at the time."

Anyone with any information was asked to call police on 101 quoting Operation Wave or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police look for witnesses to violent attack on Brighton street

Police are seeking witnesses to a violent street attack on a man in Brighton. The incident began at about 3.30 am on Saturday (11 April) in Shoosh Nightclub, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, when a fight between two groups of men took place on the dance floor.

The fight broke up and about 15 minutes later both groups left Shoosh and made their way to the southern end of East Street near to Platinum Lace. There was then a further altercation between them during which several men were injured.

One man, an 18-year old from South-East London, sustained a broken jaw for which he was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and later discharged.

A 31-year old man from Saltdean was arrested later the same day and after being interviewed was bailed until 24 May while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Steve Amner said; "We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the fight in Shoosh and/or the fight which took place in East Street shortly afterwards. Please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call us on 101, quoting serial 188 of 11/4. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Party-goers to be breathalysed at nightclub

They're calling it "pre-loading" - party-goers getting drunk on cheap alcohol from supermarkets and off-licences before they go into town.

Police fear it's lead to an increase in crime and are now turning to technology to help - with a nightclub in Sussex using of a breathayser to make sure its patrons are not too drunk.

Andy Dickenson's report contains flashing images from the start.

Howe eyeing strong run in

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe stressed that his side had "won nothing yet" after late goals from Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson put them four points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-0 success at Brighton.

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The Cherries' sixth win in their last nine games has given them an advantage over nearest rivals Norwich and Watford with four games remaining, but Howe believes promotion places are still very much up for grabs.

Eddie Howe applauds the travelling fans Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

He said: "We've four games left now and we've got to look at taking 12 points; we have to try and win every game. "It wouldn't surprise me if one of the sides at the top wins all their last games. Nothing has been won yet. "I won't accept that we are favourites, I still think it is anyone's. "This league has a habit of throwing up surprises and we must stay strong to the end." Kermorgant now boasts 16 goals this season and Wilson 21, and Howe said he was "really proud" of setting a new club goalscoring record. The Cherries now total 106 goals in all competitions and Howe said: "It will be the goalscorers that will get the headlines, but this win was a team achievement. I'm really proud of our goalscoring record this season and it is a team thing. The lads deserve a lot of credit."

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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

New scheme helps vulnerable people use public transport

New scheme gives vulnerable adults confidence to use public transport

For people with learning difficulties public transport is often a lifeline - giving them the freedom to work, shop and socialise when otherwise they could be trapped at home. Yet many say they lack confidence and fear getting lost or even abused. Now a new programme is being launched to help them.

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