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Smokers to be banned on Brighton beach?

Smoking may be banned on Brighton beach Credit: ITV

Smoking could be banned on Brighton beach. The city council is discussing the issue this week.

Residents may be asked for their views. Brighton and Hove City Council will meet on Tuesday to decide whether a public consultation should proceed.

There is already a voluntary smoke-free scheme in the city's children's playgrounds. Now the beach and the city's parks could be designated as smoke-free zones.

The public consultation would run for 12 weeks.

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Brighton racecourse: Behind the scenes

Now, Brighton racecourse has had a colourful history.

Once frequented by King George IV and his aristocratic pals, it was later portrayed as the haunt of gangsters and racketeers in Graham Greene's book "Brighton Rock".

Well, now a group of students have been behind the scenes to find out what it's really like today.

Malcolm Shaw joined the boys for a day at the races.

Man arrested after body found in Brighton

Police discovered the body of a 54 year-old man Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are investigating the death of a man found in Chesham Place, Brighton, early on Tuesday (14 July).

Ambulance and police were called at 3.34am and discovered the body of a 54-year-old man at a flat.

The death is unexplained but a 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.

Police search for missing Sussex teenager

Police are concerned about 14-year-old Harvey Andrews, who has been missing From Burgess Hill since Monday.

He was last seen leaving a school in Queensdown Road in Brighton at 1.30pm, wearing black Adidas jogging bottoms and a grey polo shirt.

Police say they believe he could still be in the Brighton area.

We are concerned about Harvey because of his age. It is possible he could still be in Brighton as he has friends in the area.

– PC Dan Johnson, Sussex Police

Innocent man pepper-sprayed and denied medical attention by police

An innocent man who was pepper-sprayed by police during a row in Brighton says mobile phone footage saved him from a jail sentence.

The 24-year-old estate agent was left temporarily blinded and struggling to breathe following the incident. The officer who sprayed him has since resigned but now an independent panel says she should be charged with gross misconduct. Watch John Ryall's report.

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Don't drink and swim - RNLI warning after drunk saved from sea

The RNLI in Brighton is warning people not to drink alcohol before swimming in the sea - after their fourth rescue in a month

Volunteers rushed to the rescue of an intoxicated man who was spotted near Brighton Palace Pier this morning (Saturday 4 July).

The crew were paged at 5.45am after receiving a call from Sussex Police saying that a man had entered the water fully clothed and was refusing to come out.

The man was brought onto the lifeboat where a full medical assessment was carried out. His condition was deteriorating due to a mixture of alcohol and cold water shock and he was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital.

This is our 4th shout in a month to an intoxicated male. We are urging all party-goers not to go in the sea after a night out as can be very dangerous. Today the gentleman was very lucky with the quick response from Sussex Police, Brighton Seafront Office, Shoreham Coastguard and the crew from the lifeboat.

– Jade Cohen, volunteer Brighton lifeboat

The incident highlights the RNLI's annual Respect the Water campaign which seeks to educate people about the potential dangers of entering the sea without checking conditions, without proper equipment and precautions, or while under the influence of alcohol.

Woman raped in Brighton: Police appeal to taxi drivers

Police are trying to trace a taxi driver who picked up a woman after she was raped in Brighton.

The taxi picked up the 18-year-old from an address in the city and dropped her off at the Revenge nightclub in Old Steine. That was at around 3am on Friday 12th June.

The teenager was very slim and was wearing a light crop top and skinny black jeans.

Sussex Police appeal for information Credit: ITV News

The victim then raised the alarm that she had been a raped by a man who she had met earlier that night.

She had been on a night out with friends but at about 2.20am she left the nightclub with a white man. He took her to a house and then raped her.

Detective Constable Léonie White said: "The victim is very upset about her ordeal and she is being supported by specialist officers.

"We know that she left Revenge, but do not know whether she walked to the address with the man or whether they went together in a taxi.

"We need to speak to any taxi drivers who were working in Brighton who could have picked up the victim either when she left the club or to take her back there after the attack.

"We would also like to speak to anyone else who may have seen the victim leaving the club with a man at about 2.20am.

"If you know anything at all, please contact us."

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 254 of 12/06, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Final steel cans for Brighton's i360 tower have arrived

Final barge arrives from the Netherlands at the i360 tower site in Brighton Credit: @TheBrightoni360

The final barge with material for Brighton's new i360 attraction has arrived from the Netherlands.

The vessel is carrying the final eleven steel cans to complete the structure, which has reached a height of 28 metres.

The viewing tower is set to be completed by September - and opens to the public next year.

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