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Tickets go on sale as i360 launch date announced

i360 Credit: PA

It's been announced that Brighton's latest visitor attraction, the i360, will welcome its first visitors from August 4.

The moving observation tower is being sponsored by British Airways and trips to the top will be called 'flights.' They will take 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6.00pm, when the pod becomes the Nyetimber Sky Bar.

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the attraction opens almost exactly two years to the day since construction began.

Built at the landward end of Brighton's historic West Pier, British Airways i360 is a modern day vertical pier which invites visitors to walk on air and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to walk on water.

The glass viewing pod, ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, will slowly rise up a slender steel tower to a height of 450 feet to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.

– i360 architects

Adult tickets will cost £15. There will be concessions for children and over-60s and discounts for booking online.

Fraudulent device found on Brighton cash machine

A cash machine consumed three people’s bank cards at a Co-op store on Lewes Road in Brighton.

The Co-op store on Lewes Road Credit: Google Maps

Police say it was due to a skimming device found glued to the slot in the machine.

The people tried to withdraw money from the machine on Friday July 8.

One of the victims said a white man wearing a green hoodie was loitering in the area at the time it happened.

Police are now warning residents to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour.


Kites take to the skies over Brighton

The festival is one of the longest running in the country Credit: ITV

Hundreds of kites will be in the skies over Brighton today as the city celebrates its 38th annual festival. It's one of the longest running kite festivals in the country, taking place in Stanmer Park. The event is one of the longest running kite festivals in the country.


Brighton to take on more refugees

Brighton is hoping to take on more refugees to add to the 33 unaccompanied minors from across Europe that have already been given sanctuary by the city.

It comes after the leader of the council, Warren Morgan, met with refugee campaigners at the weekend.

The leader of the council met with refugee campaigners at the weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

"Our Hummingbird team works with lots of unaccompanied minors in Calais who are at extreme risk of exploitation and harm.

"We know just how desperate and vulnerable they are. We have a whole team here in Brighton, ready to do everything we can to support and welcome them to our city".

– Founder and Chair of The Hummingbird Project Elaine Ortiz

Work on unofficial cathedral could take 'many years'

Brighton's unofficial cathedral could remain under scaffolding for years to come as restorations are carried out.

The work on St Peter's Church could take years to fund and carry out.

Scaffolding went up in December 2014.

Work on St Peter's Church could take many years Credit: ITV Meridian

"It's going to be a long programme of works. The grants we have been granted so far has allowed us to do exploratory work literally brick by brick to look at which needs restoring and which need replacing.

"That work has at least told us how much we need which is about £1 million so we're probably going to need to go back a few times for different grants.

"We will look to start from the top and gradually work our way down but it will take several years, that's the timescale we are looking at."

– Reverend Archie Coates

Crowds vow to 'stand together' following Brexit vote

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a second referendum Credit: ITV Meridian

Crowds gathered in Brighton last night vowing to "Stand Together" and show unity in the wake of the EU vote.

Almost 70% of the city's population voted to remain in Europe and thousands have now signed a petition calling for a second referendum.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.

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