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Brighton pavement powers the city's lights

In Brighton, when shoppers walk down the pavement their footsteps make the Christmas lights shine and sparkle.

For one week, the footsteps of 41,000 shoppers will power 400 Christmas tree lights along the street. Kinetic energy is converted to renewable energy.

The Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is promoting small businesses in the city.

Brighton's Got Talent as Alesha promotes city

Alesha arrives to show that Brighton's Got Talent Credit: PA

Alesha Dixon took to the Lanes in Brighton to help promote the nation’s small,independent shops in the run-up to Small Business Saturday, 5 December.

The Britain's Got Talent judge visited Brighton to promote small businesses. A power-generating pavement has been installed along Meeting House Lane. It's one of the country's oldest, bustling independent High Streets.

When shoppers walk down the pavement their footsteps make the Christmas lights shine and sparkle.

For one week, the footsteps of 41,000 shoppers will light up 400 Christmas tree lights along the street. The kinetic energy harnessed by the footsteps is converted into renewable energy.


Having a blast - the history of Brighton's big nights out

Brighton prides itself on being one of the best places in the country to enjoy a great night out. And it seems there's nothing new about that.

A project called "Having A Blast" has compiled an oral history of the city's entertainment industry. Now, the remarkable recordings can be heard at some of the venues themselves.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jacob Engelberg, Duke of York's Cinema, Chris Taylor, New Writing South, Connor Robins, who conducted some of the interviews, and Frank Flood, who contributed his memories to the project.

Brighton Hippodrome could re-open within 3 years

The Brighton Hippodrome closed in 2007 Credit: ITV Meridian

Brighton's Hippodrome could re-open within three years - owners have revealed.

The Grade two listed theatre closed in 2007. It once welcomed stars such as The Beatles, Houdini and Laurence Olivier.

The Brighton Hippodrome closed in 2007 Credit: ITV Meridian

But now, a campaign to save the Victorian venue has gathered 15 thousand signatures - backed by Dame Judi Dench.

The 'Save our Hippodrome' group hopes to transform the site with a 13 million pound makeover.

The smart bandage that detects infections

From the pilots of the Second World war to some of the casualties of the Shoreham air show, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has played a vital role in the treatment and recovery of burns patients across the South East. Now they've developed a new bandage that will make treatment ever better. It changes colour if the wounds gets infected - meaning doctors can act quickly to prevent the spread. It's a collaboration between the University of Brighton, the hospital and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation. We spoke to Brian Jones, Director of research development, Tania Cubison Consultant burns & plastic surgeon and Tony Metcalfe Professor of Burns and Wounding, University of Brighton.


Youngsters campaign for new skatepark in Brighton

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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise money to upgrade Brighton's only skate park. The City's Youth Centre set it up 15 years ago but says it needs £20,000 to transform the park into a new "state of the art indoor" park which will cater for the entire community.

The funding will be used to build a new indoor skate park on the top floor of the Youth Centre on Edward Street in Brighton. Youth Centre members and their families have already raised £2,500 through sponsored events. BYC are now using crowdfunding website to raise the remaining funds needed before the 14th December 2015. Organisers are hoping to persuade local companies to become sponsors and are also offering donors the chance to get their name on the wall of the new park.

Over 150 young people use the facility each week and demand has increased dramatically over the last 15 years.

One in four people with HIV 'don't know they have it' - full report

One in four people with HIV don't know they have it and are running the risk of passing the disease on to other people - that's according to a new report.

On 'National HIV Testing Week' figures reveal Brighton continues to have the highest rate of infections in the country, outside London, with numbers way beyond the national average.

Andy Dickenson meets one man diagnosed with HIV who is taking his message into local schools and colleges.

Andy speaks to Carl Churchman and Sue Riley of Positive Voices, and Ben Shelley and Kimberly Kabuchi from Terrence Higgins Trust.

Gymnastics coach jailed for sex offences against young girls

Martin O'Hara has been jailed for sexual offences against young girls Credit: Sussex Police

A gymnastics coach has been sentenced for sexual offences against young girls in West Sussex.

Martin O'Hara who's 50 and of Medmerry Hill in Brighton, was sentenced to a total of six years in prison at Brighton Crown Court for sexually assaulting two teenage girls in West Sussex, while working as a freelance gymnastics coach between 1993 and 2001.

O'Hara is now unemployed.

"The victims gave evidence in court and we admire both their readiness to do so and the way in which they so clearly described what had happened to them.

"Anyone who has information or concerns about sexual offending, whether against them or against others, can contact police at any time via or by calling 101 and arranging to speak to specially trained detectives in confidence."

– Detective Constable Nathalie Bundy of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit
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