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Hampshire firefighters serve up meal for the homeless

Firefighters in Southsea have helped serve a warm and tasty meal to guests at a local drop-in centre and soup kitchen. During the evening at The Lifehouse, they worked alongside the charity volunteers, to serve food to people whose lives are affected by homelessness and addiction.

Firefighter Lee Campbell said: “The team were able to serve a home cooked meal to guests and also offer some practical advice on keeping safe. The volunteers at the charity sit and eat with the guests. This gives them an opportunity to talk to them and understand the situation they are living in. Over time this has helped to build relationships and enabled the charity to help the guests with searches for accommodation, medical services, benefits, counselling services, detoxes and rehab; acting as a signposting service to other agencies in the city."

The Lifehouse, a local charity which is mainly funded by donations, provides a safe environment, warm meals three times a week for anywhere between 25 and 40 vulnerable adults.

Brazen thief steals money from betting shop

A man has been caught on CCTV as he stole several hundred pounds from the till of a betting shop in Brighton.

The man jumped onto the counter and stole the cash from the till before he swiftly exited the store on St George's Road.

The man leaned across the counter to steal the money Credit: Sussex Police

Little did the man know, there was a CCTV camera watching his every move.

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who knows the man to get in contact and to talk to anyone who was in the St George's Road area at 6.30pm.

The thief has been described as white, skinny, 6ft1 and is believed to be aged between 27 and 30.

The Ladbrokes shop on St George's Road was a victim of theft Credit: Sussex Police

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Appeal to find missing teenage girl

Courtney Richards hasn't been seen since Wednesday

Police are appealing for information to the whereabouts of Courtney Richards.

The 16-year-old from Brighton was last seen around 1.30pm on December 3 when she left her home.

Courtney is described as 5', with collar length straight brown hair and slim. We are growing concerned for her and urge her to get in touch with us. If anyone sees her or knows where she is, please contact us on serial 1238 of 3/12.

– PC Alex Leeson

New clock tower unveiled at Brighton College - 125 years late!

Clock tower ready for unveiling Credit: ITV news

Brighton college is to unveil a new clock tower, later which will greet students and visitors at its entrance. The construction of the gatehouse tower, which was funded entirely by donations, was delayed by 125 years - due to lack of funds.

The Gatehouse Tower was supposed to be the crowning glory of architect Sir Thomas Graham Jackson's late 19th century additions to Brighton College (which was built in 1845) but a shortage of funds meant his creation was never finished. Last year, the school engaged historic building specialists to complete the original design of the tower externally.

The unveiling will be a colourful affair, with Mandarin teacher Thomas Godber leading the ceremony, which will see him arrive on a horse-drawn carriage and dressed in 19th century costume. He will conduct a blessing of the tower with the help of pupils and the entire school community will sing a specially-composed "Tower Rap" and do a dance to honour to welcome the tower. This will be followed by an Indian-themed electric violin solo played from the top of the tower. The climax of the event will be the releasing of hundreds of balloons and the purple cloth removed from the tower to reveal it in all its glory. A particularly stunning facet of the new tower will be the elegant clock on the north side and sundial on the south side.

Man wanted after violent burglary at church in Brighton

Officers release e:fit of man they want to speak to. Credit: Sussex Police

Police investigating a violent burglary at a church in Brighton have released this image of a man they want to speak to. The incident happened shortly before 9.30pm on Monday 27th October when the victim, a 33-year-old man, opened the door of St Augustine's Church in Stanford Avenue, currently being turned into a multi-purpose community centre, to be confronted by five men. He was tied up and beaten as they demanded money and gold. They got away with some electrical items.

DC Julian Harrison-Jones said: "We are hoping someone will be able to recognise this man. He is described as between 36 and 38-years-old, between 5' 6" and 5' 9", slim with shoulder length straight hair with a centre parting, the roots were either dyed or greying and blue eyes. He was wearing a light green waist length jacket and a small black rucksack. The victim suffered some really nasty injuries and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

Four in hospital after car crash in Brighton

Four people have been taken to hospital following a car crash in Brighton.

The Drove has been closed at the junction with Park Street in Falmer, near the Amex Stadium, and the Bexhill road junction at Woodingdean.

Two cars collided at around 10.00am this morning.
It is not clear at this time as to the extent of injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

A large section of road has been affected by fuel or engine fluid spillages and will need attending to before the road re-opens.

It is hoped that this will be by early afternoon.

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Tulips planted in memory and hope on World AIDS Day

Events to mark World AIDS Day were staged across the region yesterday, hoping to raise awareness of the spread of HIV.

More than 35 million people have died from the virus world-wide, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Andy Dickenson visited the Sussex Beacon care centre in Brighton and spoke to HIV sufferers David Fray and Ian Wallace, as well as Tabitha Morrison, Clinical Medical Officer.

Teenage passenger killed in car crash

A 19-year-old man has died in a car crash in Brighton.

Alex Jackson was a passenger in a BMW, which collided with a Skoda in Warren Road on 27th November.

Two other passengers in the BMW are being treated for serious injuries.

They are an 18-year-old Brighton woman being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and a Brighton man, aged 22, at St George's Hospital, London.

The 26-year-old man from Brighton, driving the Skoda suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the BMW, aged 29 from Peacehaven, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed to 22 January.

Officers wish to speak to anyone who saw the collision or who saw either of the vehicles being driven in the minutes beforehand.

Do you recognise this chalice

Police want to reunite the chalice with its owner Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are trying to find the owners of a valuable chalice, which they believe might have been taken from a church or similar establishment, The yellow metal chalice, which has purple beaded jewels on it in a cross shape, was found in a car when officers stopped it in Dyke Road, Brighton, on 13th September.

PC Kathryn Waterman said; "If you know who this chalice belongs to, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call us on 101"

A 63-year old Horsham man was arrested on suspicion of dishonest handling and possession of an offensive weapon. He is on police bail until l7 December while enquiries continue.

CCTV released in rape appeal

Police want to trace this man about Brighton rape Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to speak to the man captured in this CCTV image about a rape in Brighton.

A 25-year-old man from London has told officers he was raped in a hotel by a man he met on a night out in Brighton in the early hours of Saturday 18th October.

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