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Nurses share experience of refugee camp

Terrifying pictures of a boat capsizing in the Mediterranean - full of more than 550 refugees - shocked the world this morning, once again bringing home the plight of families desperate to escape conflict in the Middle East.

Tonight four medics from Brighton, just back from a camp in Greece where around 14,000 refugees were staying - are giving a talk on the harrowing scenes they witnessed.

Andy Dickenson reports.

Daughter of IRA bombing victim helps bring offenders and victims together

A woman whose father was killed in the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984, has joined forces with Wiltshire and Swindon's newly elected police and crime commissioner to help victims of crime.

The IRA targeted the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984 Credit: ITV Meridian

Jo Berry's father, politican Sir Anthony Berry, was one of five people killed by the IRA.

Its target was the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Tory cabinet who were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party Conference.

Former minister Lord Tebbit was severely injured. His wife Margaret was left paralysed. Mrs Thatcher escaped injury.

Amazingly, in recent years, Jo Berry has become friends with the man who planted the bomb - Patrick Magee.

He served 13 years before being freed early, under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.

She, and him, work together for peace and to encourage restorative justice - where victims meet the perpetrators of the crime as part of the recovery process.

ITV Meridian's Fred Dineneage spoke to her earlier.


Art Therapy

As part of the Brighton Open Houses festival - the Southdown's Mental Health Recovery Centre in Preston Park is opening its doors.

It offers a range of creative classes to help people over come issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than fifty people who've been helped by the centre are displaying their work - many for the first time.

Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Ian Lawes, Ali Purbrick, and Lynne Thomas.

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Gospel choir hits the high notes and lifts the mood

Now, hitting the high notes can, apparently, be good for your health. Just ask members of a choir in Sussex and they'll gladly confirm that's the case. Brighton goes Gospel has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago and now has 130 singers from all walks of life. They've been rehearsing for two concerts, which take place tomorrow. Tom Savvides joined them for a practice session.

Gospel choir hits the high notes ahead of concerts

Brighton Goes Gospel choir has been rehearsing for two major concerts in the city at the weekend.

The group, which has 130 members, has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago.

The choir will perform 'FEELIN' GOOD' in matinée and evening concerts tomorrow at Roedean School in Brighton.

Members say 'feel-good factor' is one of the many reasons membership continues to grow - they point to a recent study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music, which has shown that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins, reduces stress and improves mood.


Police concerned for missing schoolgirl

Keziah has gone missing in Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Keziah Pateman, who has gone missing in Brighton.

The 13-year-old was last seen in Churchill Square shopping centre at about 2.52pm on Saturday, 14 May.

Officers are concerned as she is not believed to have access to the internet or a mobile phone and is not thought to be in possession of any money. However, it is thought that she may be in the company of an adult female.

Fatboy Slim has secret show for babies and toddlers

Fatboy Slim, one of the most influential names in the history of dance music and one of the country’s most recognised DJs, played a secret show in Brighton to his toughest audience yet - a hard-partying group of babies and toddlers (and their parents).

Joined frequently onstage by his six year-old daughter, Nelly, the MC, real name Norman Cook, played a two-hour set. He was guest DJ at the popular parents and kids’ 0-5 party, Baby Loves Disco.

Have you seen missing teenager, Shanie, 16?

Sixteen-year-old Shanie was last seen on Friday 6th May

Police are concerned about the welfare of a 16-year-old girl from Brighton who has been missing since the weekend.

Shanie Leigh Challis was last seen at 7.40pm on Friday 6th May. She is slim, about 5 ft 8in, and has shoulder-length black hair.

Officers say when she was last seen, she was wearing a leather jacket, a black vest top, a denim skirt, black leggings and white trainers, and carrying a peach or brown handbag.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Sussex Police by sending an email to or by telephoning 101, quoting serial 18 of 07/05.

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