EDL march arrests in Brighton

A march by the extreme right-wing group, the English Defence League, attracted just 200 supporters in Brighton today.

Live updates

National

Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes to British teenager Abdullah Deghayes, who was killed in Syria, have been left on social media.

Friend Louis Tierney wrote on Facebook: "Miss you like mad! Love you mate forever in my heart xxxxx."

Other friends have taken to Twitter:

Wisq0ytk_normal

R.I.P this is such a shock, can not get my head around it. Everyone's gonna miss you Abdullah Deghayes. much love xxx

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

More: British teen, 18, killed during a conflict in Syria

Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

Advertisement

Lucas cleared of Balcombe anti-fracking charges

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, last August 19.

She was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside the site, which had become a national focal point for anti-fracking protests.

During the trial at alongside four co-defendants, Lucas, 53, said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully. She was found not guilty of the two charges she faced - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

Advertisement

Judge retires in Brighton MP fracking case

The judge has retired to consider his verdicts in the trial of a Brighton MP who was charged after staging an anti-fracking demonstration.

Green MP Caroline Lucas was arrested outside the building of the energy company Cuadrilla in West Sussex last August.

She was part of a group of protesters who had linked arms around the site.

During the trial at Brighton Magistrates' Court alongside her four co-defendants, Lucas said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully.

She denies two charges - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act which required protesters to use a designated protest area nearby

Verdicts are due to be delivered from 2pm.

Man charged with manslaughter of homeless woman

A man from Brighton has been charged with the manslaughter of a homeless woman.

Her body was found in public toilets in Brighton on the 22nd November last year.

Timothy Smythe, who is 52-years-old, is in custody and will appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on the 15th May.

Faye Isaac, aged 39, was found dead by a cleaner in The Colonnade toilets in Maderia Drive just before 10.50am.

Verdict on Caroline Lucas MP today

Caroline Lucas MP in court in Brighton today Credit: PA

She was among a group of protesters who'd linked arms outside the site, during an anti-fracking protest last summer.

During the trial at Brighton Magistrates' Court alongside her four co-defendants, Lucas said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully.

The 53-year-old told the court that she felt it was important to protest about fracking in a bid to prevent the UK being locked into using more fossil fuels.

"And I want to do all I can do peacefully to address that before it's too late.''

Lucas told the trial that governments were failing to urgently address the issues surrounding climate change.

She denies two charges - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

Josef Dobraszczyk, 22, from Bristol; Ruth Jarman, 50, from Hook, Hampshire; Sheila Menon, 42, from London; and Ruth Potts, 39, from Devon, also deny both charges.

Jarman is expected to give evidence this morning.

District Judge Tim Pattinson is due to return verdicts on all five defendants this afternoon.

Verdicts due to be returned in Caroline Lucas trial

Caroline Lucas will appear in court later charged with public offences Credit: ITV Meridian

Verdicts are due to be returned today in the trial of Green Party MP who were arrested during an anti-fracking protest.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested in Balcolmbe in August last year.

She was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside Cuadrilla's site in Sussex

She denies wilful obstruction of the highway.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories