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Apologetic thief leaves IOU at scene of crime

Credit: Sussex Police

A thief who broke into a Brighton charity shop to steal a safe containing more than £350 has apologised for his crime. For in place of the cast iron strongbox, he or she left a drawing of a safe bearing the words: "I O U ANYTHING I TOOK AND REALLY AM SORRY"

The target was the British Heart Foundation's shop in London Road, Brighton. It is thought the intruder may have climbed up scaffolding on an adjacent building before using a flat roof to reach and smash a sash window to gain entry.

PC Lucy Goering, of the Brighton Neighbourhood Response Team, said: "This was an unusual burglary in that the offender left an apologetic note, but this was nevertheless a significant loss for the charity concerned and we still need to trace the person responsible."

A&E 'must improve' at Royal Sussex County Hospital

The Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton must improve, say health inspectors. The Care Quality Commission says waiting times are too long, and there's a shortage of nurses with the right skills. It's the seventh hospital in trouble in Kent and East Sussex. Fred and Sarah link to a report by Tom Savvides.

Royal Sussex County Hospital 'must improve'

The results of an inspection at The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton have been published

The Accident & Emergency department at The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton must improve, according to inspectors from the country's independent regulator for health and social care.

A new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns about whether care is being provided quickly enough, to those in need. A lack of nurses on duty with the right skills at the right times was also highlighted.

However, following the CQC inspection in June, representatives from the watchdog did say that staff treated patients with compassion, dignity and respect while providing good clinical care once they were being treated

"I am concerned that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has not taken all the steps it should to put right failings noted on our previous inspections, and that some patients coming in to the Urgent and Emergency Services departments continue to experience a poor level of care and treatment.

"Despite the best efforts of staff the flow from the Emergency Department into the hospital was not being managed well and this affects the care patients received and staff morale.

"While there is evidence that the new management is committed to delivering necessary changes in the department and the inpatient wards, I do not feel the board has done enough to address these issues and the board agrees that more must be done to protect patients."

– Professor Edward Baker, Deputy Chief Inspectors of Hospitals

The hospital's management say they are making significant changes to improve patient care.

"We recognise the issues raised by the CQC regarding urgent and emergency care and we are making significant changes to how we work across the hospital, and with partner organisations, that will help us make real improvements to how we care for our patients.

"Specialist surgical and medical clinicians are now working alongside the Emergency Department team to ensure patients are seen by the right clinical teams earlier which will lead to quicker assessment and treatment. We are also improving the way we provide tests, treatments and therapies for patients on our wards, which will help patients return home quicker, freeing up space for other patients who need to be admitted to a hospital bed. We have opened a ward at Princess Royal Hospital to give us additional beds and more beds will become available soon on a new community ward in Newhaven.

These changes have been endorsed as the right approach by the Care Quality Commission, the Trust Development Authority, NHS England, our Clinical Commissioning Groups and Healthwatch Brighton & Hove and we are absolutely determined to get this right."

– Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Father takes bid to overturn school holiday fines to High Court

Noah Myers takes bid to overturn holiday bans to the High Court Credit: ITV

A father has launched a bid in the High Court to have the current ban on term-time holidays overturned. It comes on the day the government promised to get even tougher on parents who take their children out of school without permission.

Noah Myers travelled from his home in Brighton on a mission to challenge the issue of £60 fixed penalty notices for thousands of families.


'Sugar tax' part of new campaign to fight obesity

A voluntary 'sugar tax' is being imposed on sugary drinks in Brighton from today, in the battle against record levels of diabetes and childhood obesity.

Brighton and Hove is the first in the UK to take such action - imposing a ten pence levy in restaurants, cafes and shops.

A can of coke can contain just over ten sugar lumps. A small carton of blackcurrant juice - seven. Even, a glass of orange juice can be five sugar lumps. An adult's daily consumption should be just seven.

More than 300 children were admitted to hospital in Brighton and Hove to have teeth removed. The NHS spends £80 million pounds a year on treating diet-related diseases in the area.

So, will the new charge be enough to tackle the health crisis? Here's Andy Dickenson's report.

We hear from teenager Aaliyah Aiyanyo, diabetes sufferer Michael Babbage, TV chef Jamie Oliver, Brighton Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, newsagent Abs Istefanous, and Brighton Director of Public Health Dr Tom Scanlon.

Priceless pups - hair-raising bids for world's rarest Ridgebacks

A dog-owner from Sussex has Europe's first-ever litter of the world's rarest breed of dog.

Catherine Lane from Brighton is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in Europe, but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.

Catherine travelled all the way to Vietnam to buy the parent dogs, which are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.

She's been offered up to £10,000 for each of the four puppies.

Saltdean Lido regeneration on hold

Saltdean Lido Credit: ITV Meridian

Work on Saltdean Lido has been halted after a row broke out between the council and the community group restoring the site.

A new sub-station is needed to provide electricity to the site. Brighton and Hove council is willing to loan £10,000 - a fraction of what the group needs.

The council said the project was awarded on the basis that no additional council funding was needed.

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