EDL march arrests in Brighton

A march by the extreme right-wing group, the English Defence League, attracted just 200 supporters in Brighton today.

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Brighton residents explore dementia

People in Brighton will have the opportunity to put their questions to the experts and find out a little more about dementia at the end of July as the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow comes to town.

The pioneering national tour will be stopping off at The Promenade, next to The Meeting Place Cafe, from Tuesday 29 July to Wednesday 30 July as it aims to increase local awareness and understanding of the condition which affects 3,032 people in Brighton and Hove.

It is open to people currently living with dementia, who are worried about a friend or relative's memory or who just have questions about the condition. No appointment is needed.

Having launched in 2011, the Roadshow has already made a big difference to the lives of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The current tour of the coast is also due to visit, among other places, Whitstable and Folkestone.

"With stores all over the East Midlands, we're extremely proud to help Alzheimer's Society raise awareness of dementia. The Roadshow is part of the legacy from our Charity of the Year partnership with the society and we hope that it contributes to building a better future for people with dementia."

– Michael Kissman, Community Director at Tesco

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Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving medical treatment

Jamie Stephen Halifax
Jamie Stephen Halifax has escaped from police custody Credit: Sussex Police

At 00.40am on 27 July, Sussex Police were informed that a prisoner, Jamie Stephen Halifax, had escaped from prison. This occurred while he was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton, where he had been receiving medical treatment. On 5June, Halifax, 25, was convicted of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon and had been on remand at HMP Lewes awaiting sentence on a date to be fixed when he escaped.

Officers attended andlaunched an extensive search, but at this time Halifax is still at large. He isdescribed as white, 5'4"-5'8", of slim build and with shaven brownhair. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a light blue t-shirt and whitetrainers.

Halifax, who has alarge tattoo spelling "Lauren" on his neck, was last seen runningalong Bristol Gate on the east side of the hospital.

Anyone seeing Halifax,or who may know of his whereabouts, is asked not to approach him but to call Sussex Police, either by dialling 999 if immediately in view, by phoning 101 orby emailing101@sussex.pnn.police.uk,quoting serial 79 of 27/14

Role of Quakers as Conscientious Objectors

Brighton Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street is hosting a major exhibition of “Quaker Service in a Time of War”, commemorating the many local Quakers who served their country as Conscientious Objectors during the 1914-18 World War.

Leonard in his FAU uniform
Leonard Devereux Credit: Friends Meeting House

Local Quakers such as Leonard Devereux, who objected to military service on religious and conscientious grounds, had to face an often hostile Tribunal to be allowed to serve in other ways.

Leonard joined the Friends Ambulance Unit from 1915, and after first aid and ambulance training served for the rest of the War on ambulance trains, keeping a vivid diary of his experiences.

 The Hospital Train where Leonard served
Ambulance train Credit: Friends Meeting House

Leonard lived in Prestonville Road, worked as a solicitor’s clerk and was involved with the Brighton Quakers Adult School in Ship Street before the War. The Devereux family, like many others, had strong connections to Brighton Quaker Meeting, and Leonard’s daughters were both married in the Meeting House.

The exhibition is open until the 24th July

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Brighton MP to listen to those who use cannabis as pain relief

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas is to listen to arguments put forward by a group in favour of using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

She speak at tonight's launch meeting of the United Patients Alliance and hear evidence about why the drug can be of benefit to those with health issues.

There is an ongoing debate about the use of cannabis to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and provide pain relief.

Guest speakers and medical cannabis patients will talk at the event on how the drug has improved their quality of life. It takes place at the Brighthelm Centre at 7.30pm.

Ms Lucas, the Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion backs a carefully regulated assessment into cannabis being permitted for medicinal purposes.

She said: "It’s vital that drugs policy is driven by an evidence based approach and I look forward to hearing more about the evidence about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, which has looked at the experience of some states in the US, where there has been regulated supply to meet medical need under strict regulation."

– Brighton MP Caroline Lucas

Also speaking at the event, Professor David Nutt, who has campaigned for Dutch style cannabis cafes. He thinks if they were introduced, it would lower the nation's alcohol problem.

Caroline Lucas
Brighton MP CarolineLucas Credit: PA

South has two of the best amusement parks in the top 10

Paultons Park in Romsey, Hampshire has been named the second best amusement park in the UK according to millions of visitors on TripAdvisor.

Brighton Pier has also been ranked the sixth best in the country.

Here are the top 10 best amusement and water parks in the UK according to TripAdvisor

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
  • Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romesy
  • Alton Towers, Farley
  • Drayton Manor, Tamworth
  • Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey
  • Brighton Pier, Brighton
  • Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green
  • Sundown Adventureland, Retford
  • GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli
  • Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea

Brighton's Mystique at Film and Comic Con

Holly Wilson from Brighton dressed as the X Men character Mystique Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court always attract colourful characters. None more so than Holly Wilson from Brighton who dressed as the X Men character Mystique. She was joined in the queue by Hayden Cheyney from Brighton who dressed as Skeletor from Masters of the Universe.

Hayden Cheyney from Brighton dressed as Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Future of Brighton Hippodrome in doubt?

The future of a building once once known as a jewel in the UK theatre's crown could be decided next week. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones once played at the Brighton Hippodrome but it has been left derelict for almost ten years.

Now it could be re-developed as an eight screen cinema. But 11,300 people have signed a petition against the plans. Andy Dickenson reports.

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