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Former Brighton bus driver jailed for sex offences against women and girls

Former bus driver, Mark Spalding, has been jailed Credit: Sussex Police

A former bus driver has been jailed for nine years after admitting sexual offences against girls and young women.

Mark Spalding, 29, formerly of Brighton, but now living in Thakeham, admitted eight sexual assaults, against a woman aged 21, a woman aged 30, a girl aged 14 and a girl aged 13. He also admitted inciting the younger girl into sexual activity.

The offences were committed over a period of 19 months while Spalding was working for Brighton and Hove Buses.

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Revellers descend on Brighton for Pride

300,000 people expected at Brighton Pride Credit: ITV Meridian

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to descend on Brighton this weekend for one of the UK's biggest annual summer Pride celebrations.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline the event in Brighton and Hove in what will be the duo's first Pride performance in 20 years, organisers said.

Other acts include Years & Years, Louisa Johnson and David Morales. Saturday is the main day of celebrations, with a carnival parade starting at Hove Lawns followed by a ticketed event in Preston Park.

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The streets of Brighton will be a rainbow of colours this weekend as the city prepares to celebrate Pride.

The first ever LGBT event took place in the city in 1973.

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300,000 people are expected to attend but this year's party will have special significance as it's been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England.

Sangeeta spoke to the Managing Director of Brighton Pride, Paul Kemp, earlier today.

Brighton's i360 marks first year of business

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Brighton's i360 is celebrating its first year of business today with half a million people visiting the attraction.

However, the visitor numbers fall short of the 700,000 originally predicted.

British Airways i360 says it's kept up with its loan repayments to the council and some of the profits will help restore Madeira Terraces on the seafront.

The company says it has created 150 jobs, given 39,000 free tickets to the city's children and held five weddings.

There will be a special flight later with guests on board being welcomed with drinks and cake.

Officials in Brighton failed to stop terror deaths in Syria

Abdullah Deghayes Credit: ITV Meridian

Officials failed to recognise that two teenagers from Brighton were being radicalised, before they were killed in the Middle East. Those are the findings of a report out today. Abdullah Deghayes, who was 18 and his 17-year old brother Jaffar travelled to Syria to fight in the ongoing conflict. A serious case review has found the authorities did not consider the teenagers to be a terror risk.

Jaffar Deghayes Credit: Facebook

Here is Superintendent Lisa Bell of Sussex Police.

Professionals missed opportunities to prevent two teenage British Muslims being radicalised before they were killed after travelling to fight in Syria, a serious case review has found.

There was "no recognition" that Abdullah Deghayes, 18, his 17-year-old brother Jaffar and their three siblings were becoming vulnerable to radicalisation in Brighton.<

There was also little understanding of the part religion played in the lives of Abdullah and Jaffar who were believed to have been with the al Qaida-affiliated Al-Nusra Front when they died, the review added.

A third brother Amer Deghayes, a former finance student, also travelled to Syria in a bid to overthrow dictator Bashar Assad's government

Andy Dickenson has a full report.

Thrillseekers try out Brighton's new zip wire

Brighton's latest tourist attraction has been taking shape.

The 300 metre long Zip Wire ride - stands at more than 22 metres high - and has cost 1 point 7 million pounds to install.

It's based where the old Brighton Wheel was on the seafront near the Palace Pier.

It will formally open on August the 1st - but keen thrill seekers are able to try out the attraction this week.

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The Last Word, July 2017

Her first twelve months. Anniversaries are supposed to be happy events. But Theresa May admitted today that as she neared the end of her first year as PM, she shed a tear or two. It wasn't the election result she expected - and to be fair to the Maidenhead MP - it wasn't the election result the pollsters, or anyone else, predicted either.

Theresa May Credit: ITV

So will there be another anniversary to celebrate ? Or, as we enter the dog days of high summer, will these next few weeks see the end of her premiership? To debate that, and the never-ending troubles on Southern Rail, three Sussex MPs :-

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown
  • Gillian Keegan, the new Tory MP for Chichester, and
  • Stephen Lloyd, the new (and old) MP for Eastbourne

We ask voters in central Brighton to score her out of ten. And one MP who lost her seat tells us where the "nightmare" of last month's election began.

And would this cause Mrs May to shed a few more tears? We look at the increasingly vicious way cartoonists are depicting the latest inhabitant of No 10. One expert who has surveyed the satirists for the last fifty years and more, tells us why the Prime Minister is drawn the way she is.

Witnesses sought after five car crash near Brighton

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Police are asking the public to come forward with information after a five car crash on the A23 north of Brighton on Friday 7th July.

Officers are trying to trace the driver of a small beige vehicle which failed to stop after the crash on the southbound carriageway.

The crash happened at around 6.10pm some 400 metres north of the Mill Road roundabout and the A27.

Several vehicles were forced to swerve and collided with each other.

A black Renault Clio driven by a 27-year-old man from Milton Keynes overturned.

He and his front seat passenger, a 23-year-old woman from Northampton, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The other cars involved were a white Kia Sportage, driven by a 34-year-old man from Brighton, a grey Volkswagen Scirocco driven by a 55-year-old man from Southwick and a black Audi A4, driven by a 42-year-old woman from Hassocks.

Anyone with information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police uk, report details online here or phone 101, quoting serial 1222 of 07/07.

We're keen to speak to the driver the small beige vehicle seen in the vicinity at the time of the crash. We'd also like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who noticed the beige vehicle being driven shortly beforehand, and whom we've not yet spoken to."

– PC Nathan Langley, East Sussex Roads Policing Unit
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