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Driver blocks ambulance on its way to treat poorly baby

A driver has apologised after he refused to move his van to allow an ambulance through to treat a baby who was suffering a fit.

The driver swore at the ambulance crew who told him to move his van. Credit: PA Wire

The ambulance crew were blocked in by a Mercedes Sprinter van that was "double parked" on Buckingham Road, Brighton as they tried to reach the poorly baby early on Friday 13 February.

The ambulance driver sounded the horn and sirens in a bid to alert the nearby driver.

But when the 37-year-old man returned to his vehicle he refused to move it - instead telling paramedics to go another way.

After paramedics reasoned with the driver, he eventually moved his van slowly while swearing at the crew.

The driver, from Littlehampton in West Sussex, later admitted obstructing the emergency vehicle and was ordered to donate £100 to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He also wrote a letter apologising for what police called his "unacceptable" behaviour.

The baby is believed to have made a full recovery, a Sussex Police spokesperson told ITV News.

Brighton & Hove councillors fail to agree on budget

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council have failed to set a budget after six hours of negotiations, and will now reconvene on Tuesday 3 March.

At just after 10.30pm the council chief executive Penny Thompson said it was unlikely they were going to be unable to reach an agreement this evening.

They were trying to decide whether tax payers in the city will face the biggest increase in their bills in the country.

The Greens want a rise of almost 6%, which would equate to more than £70 a year for an average household.

They say without a big rise they will have to make drastic cuts in public services. Both Labour and the Conservatives feel this is too high.

The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan tonight argued for a 2% rise in council tax.


Calls for improvements to Britain's oldest Velodrome

Preston Park Velodrome Credit: Brighton and Hove Council

More than 3,200 people have signed a petition for improvements to be made to a cycling track in Brighton. The Preston Park Velodrome is the oldest of its kind in the country. It's been closed to racing since last month after British Cycling said it was too dangerous to use for competitive events.

Organisers of a campaign to save the Preston Park Velodrome are to stage a slow-ride around the track to raise awareness. The ride, which is billed as the first of many, will take place on Saturday, 28 February at 11am.

Preston Park velodrome Campaigner Kim Fortescue Talwar said: "It's brilliant to see so much support for the Velodrome"

Since the launch of the petition, the council and British Cycling have had further meetings to discuss the repairs and costs involved, and agree a way forward for the work required.

A spokesman for British Cycling said: "British Cycling recognises the value of the Preston Park facility and we are working with Brighton and Hove Council to find a solution as quickly as possible. Some repairs were carried out by the Council but concerns remain about certain parts of the track where it is thought that safety may be compromised in competitive events. The council has agreed to look into what will be required to bring the track up to standard. Like the hundreds of people in the area who value the facility, we look forward to competitive cycling returning to Preston Park in the near future."

Councillors call for referendum after council tax poll

Many said a rise was justified in 'certain circumstances' Credit: PA

Green councillors in Brighton & Hove say that a survey, showing majority support for an increase in the city's Council Tax, strengthens their call for a referendum on a 5.9% increase.

The poll, carried out by the Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper, shows that 61% of respondents support a Council Tax increase, with 42% backing a rise of 5.9% or more. The Green administration has proposed a 5.9% increase to save the city from the effects of a £17million reduction in the 2015/16 revenue support grant.

The survey backs up research carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council last October which showed 61% believe a tax rise is justified in 'certain circumstances'.

This poll highlights the strength of feeling in the city in support of our public services and the increasing willingness of people to contribute more to keep those services going. It's striking that the figures from the B&H Independent poll tally precisely with the results of the council's own survey.

– Green finance lead, Cllr. Ollie Sykes

Three men arrested after man shot through his front door

Police have offered a reward of £5,000 for information leading to a conviction Credit: Sussex Police

Three more men have been arrested by police investigating a shooting in Brighton.

Three men went to a flat in Elmore Road and shot a 39-year-old man through the door.

He was hit but his injuries were not lift-threatening.

Armed officers were deployed but the suspects had fled.

The incident happened on Tuesday 27 January just before 11.30pm.

Three men, aged 24, 33 and 45 were arrested on Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and theft

They were later released on police bail while enquiries continue.

ThreeThis is still a very active investigation and we are determined to establish exactly what has happened and why.

"We are still keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident or any suspicious vehicles, people or activity in the Elmore Road area.

"We are offering a reward of £5,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the those responsible.

"Crimestoppers have also offered £5,000 on the same conditions."

– Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz


Commemoration of historic meeting that changed music

In 1961 two teenage students bumped into each other at Dartford Railway Station - one carrying blues records, the other an electric guitar.

Their names: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. 50 years on, there was a plan to mark the occasion with a pair of statues on the platform.

Instead, today, a lower-budget commemoration of the historic meeting was unveiled. Andy Dickenson explains:

£5,000 reward offered to catch a gunman in Brighton

Police investigate shooting in Brighton Credit: ITV news

Detectives investigating a shooting in Brighton are offering a £5,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

A 39-year-old man living in a flat in Elmore Road suffered shotgun wounds on the night of Tuesday 27 January. Three men who went to his address fired a single shot through the door which hit him but did not cause life-threatening injuries. The victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he was treated for his injuries. Armed officers were deployed but the suspects had fled.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a targeted attack on an individual who was not at the property. An innocent man was instead subjected to a frightening unprovoked attack at his home. Officers are supporting the victim and also the man who it is thought to be the intended target. We have a team of detectives working on this and are following a number of lines of enquiry. But we are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident or any suspicious vehicles, people or activity in the Elmore Road area late on Tuesday 27 January. We are offering a reward of £5,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the those responsible."

Brighton Superintendent Jayne Dando said: "We have been doing all we can to reassure the community in the area by speaking to residents about their concerns, holding a community meeting and working with our partners, who own and manage the housing where the incident happened."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or email quoting Operation Kenton, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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