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Quadrophenia spin-off to thrill 'next generation'

Brighton has been the backdrop for many a film and television drama over the years, and now another is on the way.

A spin-off to the cult classic, Quadrophenia, is being planned, telling the story of a young boy who is bullied for being different.

As Charlotte Wilkins reports, it will feature some of the original cast. She speaks to director Devlin Crow, Kennedy Crow, and actor Mark Wingett.

Brighton's NHS Services to be inspected

An official inspection of NHS services in Brighton and surrounding areas starts this week.

The Care Quality Commission will investigate key areas, including A and E, surgery and intensive care.

Patients are being asked to submit their experiences.

NHS services in Brighton will be inspected by the Care Quality Commission Credit: ITV Meridian

"The inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services at their regional ambulance trust, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting good and excellent care.

"We know there is too much variation in quality - these in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in NHS services than ever before.

"Of course we will be talking to a range of staff within the ambulance trust. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have used the trust's services, or anyone else who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

"This is your opportunity to tell me and my team what you think, and make a difference to NHS services in the local area."

– CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards

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Concern for missing man thought to be in Sussex

Ruaraidh MacDonald is believed to have boarded a train for Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

People in Sussex are being asked for help to find missing Ruaraidh (pronounced Rory) MacDonald.

The 31-year-old has been missing from the Hatching Green area of Harpenden since 5.45pm on Monday, March 21. He is white, of slim build, with blue eyes and round 6ft 1in tall.

At the time of going missing he was wearing a stripy top and dark trousers, possibly jeans, and possibly a light brown/grey jacket.

Rory was seen on CCTV at Harpenden railway station at around 9pm on Monday where he boarded a train for Brighton.

There was a sighting of Rory in Eastbourne on Friday, March 25th.

'I made it up' teenage boy was not stabbed by man

A teenage boy who told police a man stabbed him in the stomach is to be 'dealt with' for wasting police time. The 14-year-old told Sussex Police he had been attacked while walking in Bloomsbury Place in Brighton on 14th March, but has since admitted that he made it all up. Officers say he will be dealt with for not telling the truth.

"The 14-year-old was in possession of a knife and stabbed himself accidentally while play fighting with his friend. Originally he claimed a man had approached him and stabbed him in the stomach.

"We were appealing for witnesses to the attack and the incident caused some concern in the community at the time.

"The boy will now be dealt with for wasting police time."

– Detective Sergeant Chris Lane, Sussex Police

'Secrets of the reef' revealed in Brighton

A new exhibition revealing 'the secrets of the reef' has opened to visitors at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton this weekend. It highlights the centre's coral conservation work in the Maldives, where huge swathes of coral has been lost due to global temperature changes. The display also features a new seahorse breeding programme. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Carey Duckhouse, the exhibition's curator.

Chocolate Easter Feast!

Chocolate roast with all the trimmings

Many of us will be sitting down for an Easter roast on Sunday - but it won't be anything like this one from Brighton.

Local chocolatier Jen Lindsey-Clarke has created an entire meal - table and all - out of chocolate.

The chocolate sculptor, commissioned by the supermarket Aldi, weighs a staggering fifty kilos!

Jen Lindsey-Clarke grafting hard
Chocoholics look away now...
...or not

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Firefighters in pole position for world record

Sussex firefighters have been attempting a world record pole drop today.

They've been sliding down a pole which has been specially built at Brighton's main shopping centre. Money raised will go towards two charities. But did they break the world record? Here's Tom Savvides with the outcome, talking to Hove firefighters Kieran Wood and David Ball.

The firefighters say the event is also a sentimental one, as it is one of the last times the team will be together.

Online parking fine appeals system offered for first time

When we get a parking ticket how many of us scratch our heads wondering if we've got the time, energy or patience to question it?

This week Brighton and Hove has become the first city in the country to introduce a new online system for contesting fines - and it's soon to be rolled out across our region.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Cllr Gill Mitchell of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Steve Percy of the People's Parking Protest.

Man stabbed in Brighton

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Brighton.

Officers were called at around 1.15am on Saturday to Regency Square after two men were seen fighting.

The victim, a 26-year-old man from Brighton, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

"This was a violent but isolated attack in the city centre and we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and who saw what happened. "Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting Operation Sienna."

– Detective Inspector Ian Still
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