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11,000 patients told they could lose doctors' surgeries

Eleven thousand patients have been warned they could lose their doctors' surgeries after a private healthcare company pulled out of its contract with the NHS.

The Group runs five GP surgeries in Brighton and Hove - including the Whitehawk Medical Centre, the Willow House Surgery - and Brighton Homeless Healthcare - in Morley Street.

The firm blames cuts in funding. But health managers say they'll make sure no-one is left without a doctor. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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Last minute relief for diver charged with Maltese deaths

A scuba diver from Sussex has spoken of his "enormous relief" after being told charges have been dropped against him over the death of his girlfriend and another friend in Malta.

Stephen Martin was diving off the island of Gozo, in the Mediterranean Sea, when two of the team ran into trouble.

Mr Martin, who was the most senior member of the team, was charged by the Maltese authorities with the deaths even though an inquest in the UK found they were accidental. Andy Dickenson reports.

Brave four year old names Sea Life Centre shark

Maxwell the Zebra Shark Credit: Sea Life Centre

A Zebra Shark will be christened today at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton in honour of a 4 year-old local boy who suffers from a rare muscle wasting disease. The new addition is being named after Maxwell Smith from Thakeham who will be guest of honour at the naming ceremony.

The aquarium's skilled team will be transferring the newly named Zebra Shark from its current home in quarantine into the one million litre Ocean Display, where it will co-habit with other sharks, rays and turtles.

Maxwell is lives with Mitochondrial Depletion in the TK2, which is an extremely rare and complex muscle wasting disease. He is fully ventilated 24 hours per day and is dependent on his wheelchair. Maxwell loves watching fish and his greatest wish is to visit the Sea Life Centre in Brighton. With the help of children's charities Merlin's Magic Wand and Rays of Sunshine, Sea Life Brighton has been able to make that wish come true. A wooden plaque will also be unveiled at the aquarium to commemorate Maxwell's official naming of the Zebra Shark.

UK's oldest velodrome saved - thanks to new funding

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The oldest cycling track in the country has been saved with new funding. British Cycling and Brighton and Hove City Council have jointly finalised a £160,000 funding package, which will allow safety improvement work to take place at the historic Preston Park Cycling Track.

The track was closed to competitive cycling in 2015, after concerns over the velodrome. Throughout last year, representatives of British Cycling met with council officers to get work moving as quickly as possible. With the funding package now agreed, work on the track will commence early this year. The work is scheduled to be completed, with the site fully operational, in the spring.

The total cost of the works is £160,000, most of which is being funded by a grant from British Cycling, with the remaining £50,000 coming from the council via section 106 funding contributions from planning applications.

John Mills, British Cycling Coaching, Education and Development director said: "Preston Park provides an excellent, traffic-free cycling facility, which is of great value to the people of Brighton and the wider region. We are delighted to have agreed a partnership funding package for the work which will see this track return to full operation in the spring."

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Frustrated Brighton go down to Wolves

Brighton & Hove Albion's Tomer Hemed shows his frustration at the end of the game Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

It's been a frustrating afternoon for Brighton, going down 1-0 to Wolves at the Amex stadium. Wolves scored through an own goal by Connor Goldson on 32 minutes. Brighton piled on the pressure late in the game, but failed to score for the fourth game in a row.

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