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Call for 'rough sleepers' to raise funds for the homeless

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Volunteers are being sought to sleep on the streets of Brighton.

Housing charity YMCA Downslink is organising a mass sleep out to raise funds on Friday, March 18.

Last year the organisation housed more than 500 people who had nowhere to go.The charity works to help young people rebuild their lives, but funding is a constant challenge.

A single night outside cannot compare with being homeless, but lying awake under the stars at 2am is surprisingly impactful. If you have never done this before I strongly recommend giving it a go. You only live once and you will help raise thousands of pounds in support of the YMCA's fantastic work with homeless young people.

– Pete Brayne, Sleep Easy veteran

People can find out more by visiting www.ymcadlg.org/sleep-easy-2016

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Police hunt for lost dog left in back of stolen van

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Police are hunting for a lost dog that was in in the back of a van stolen in Brighton.

Indie, a black and tan German Shepherd, was in the red Fiat Diablo stolen from Cumberland Road, near Queen's Park, while her owner was working nearby.

The vehicle was taken between 10.15am and 10.30am on February 9.

Indie is described as a very placid dog. She was wearing a black collar with no identity disc but is micro-chipped.

Police were told, searched the area and circulated the description of the van and Indie to all units but they have not yet been found.

Brighton takes a hammering from Storm Imogen

Storm Imogen is continuing to cause disruption in the South.

This footage was filmed in Brighton seafront a short time ago

Drivers are being urged to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out.

They are being asked to pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high-lying areas, and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.

£5m facelift for Prince Regent's former riding school

One of Brighton's most historic buildings is to get a £5m facelift with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Corn Exchange has been a riding school, a market, and a military hospital in the past.

But now it's set to become one of the city's most important entertainment venues.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Andrew Comben, Brighton Dome & Festival, and Cllr Warren Morgan, Brighton & Hove City Council.

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Plans unveiled for leisure centre revamp

King Alfred Leisure Centre is to undergo a redevelopment Credit: ITV Meridian

A controversial leisure centre on Brighton seafront is set to be redeveloped.

The council has unveiled plans to revamp King Alfred Leisure Centre in a deal with developers.

It comes after the site fought off plans to be knocked down and turned into flats by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry.

Centre to help women offenders 'turn their lives around'

The project aims to stop women from offending Credit: Press Association

Brighton Women's Centre has been awarded £30,000 to help women offenders to turn their lives around.

The grant from the Ministry of Justice match-funded a previous grant from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Centre managers say helping more women to access support services can stop them from offending in the first place or going on to reoffend.

City's cultural heritage plans get £5 million cash boost

Brighton Dome Credit: ITV News Meridian

Plans to revitalise some of Brighton's historic landmarks will benefit from a £5 million funding boost.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for improvements to the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre.

The project is the first phase of the regeneration of the Royal Pavilion Estate to create a world-class cultural destination for heritage, culture and the performing arts in the heart of the city.

Work underway on south coast's first offshore windfarm

Work has begun on the Rampion array Credit: ITV Meridian

Work is underway to lay the foundations of the south coast's first offshore wind farm.

The Rampion array will have 116 turbines, each 140 metres tall.

The wind farm is being built 13 kilometres out, between Brighton and Lancing.

It's due to begin generating electricity in two years time.

ITV Meridian spoke to E.ON Development Manager, Chris Tomlinson.

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