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Events to mark 30 years since Brighton bombing

A minute's silence has been held to remember the victims of the IRA bomb attack on Brighton's Grand Hotel. Tonight the man who planted the bomb is speaking at a meeting in the city. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the IRA assault on the Tory Party Conference, in 1984. Five people died and dozens were injured. Since his release from prison, Patrick Magee has been reconciled with Jo Berry, the daughter of one of his victims.

Thirty years since IRA planted bomb in Brighton's Grand Hotel

Thirty years ago this week, a massive bomb exploded in Brighton's Grand Hotel during the Tory Party Conference. The attack was the work of the Provisional IRA. Their target - the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her government. She escaped unhurt, but five people were killed and 31 injured. Malcolm Shaw looks back at that extraordinary night and its legacy.


Universities issued with guidance over Ebola

Universities across the south have been issued with guidance on what to do if someone shows symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Public Health England has issued advice to health professionals and education authorities.

The University of Brighton says it is monitoring the situation in West Africa closely and has contingency plans in place for any incident which may occur.

We take the welfare and health of our students very seriously and, in line with all universities, we are closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

We are following advice given to all universities and further education establishments from Public Health England which has stated the risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is very low. We also have contingency plans for any health issues that may arise.

That said, every year we issue advice to students, asking them to register with a doctor, maintain good personal hygiene and to look out for one another.

We inform students to make sure they are up-to-date with vaccinations and advise any student who is taken ill and has any doubts about what is wrong with them, to seek medical attention

– University spokesperson

Parents urged to vaccinate children against flu virus

Parents of young children across our region are being urged to get them vaccinated against flu.

This year, all two to four year olds are being offered a nasal spray to protect them against the virus. Flu is a potentially serious illness and, in extreme cases, can even kill.

But only around half of those most at risk take up the vaccinations. Malcolm Shaw has our report and speaks to Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews.

Appeal for witnesses following rape in Brighton

Police are appealing for information after a 22-year-old woman was raped on the beach directly in front of the Coalition night club, Kings Road Arches, Brighton.

The attack took place in the early hours of Saturday (4 October). The suspect is aged about 25, with olive skin, of medium build and with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark blue or black "puffa" style sleeveless jacket over a light-coloured long-sleeved top and jeans. He spoke with a foreign accent which was possibly Middle Eastern.

Anyone who noticed the suspect or his victim. or who may have other relevant information, is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 451 of 7/10.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Fire crews called to deal with flooding in Brighton

Fire crews try to deal with flooding at the Westdene parade of shops Credit: Roger Ward
Fire crews try to deal with flooding at the Westdene parade of shops Credit: Roger Ward
Fire crews try to deal with flooding at the Westdene parade of shops Credit: Roger Ward
Fire crews try to deal with flooding at the Westdene parade of shops Credit: Roger Ward

Investment in low emission taxis for Brighton

Nearly £200,000 is to be invested in low emission taxis in Brighton. The money has been awarded as part of the Department for Transport's Clean Vehicle Fund.

Minibuses will be converted into low-emission taxis Credit: Press Association

30 minibuses will be converted in a bid to create a cleaner environment for residents and tourists.

Brighton & Hove City Council was among 17 local authorities awarded funding to convert vehicles.

This is a great step towards reducing harmful emissions in our busy city centre. A cleaner environment has health benefits for residents and visitors to the city and improving all public transport, including taxis, is a key part of this.

– Cllr Ian Davey
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