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Appeal to track down woman who helped catch suspect

Police are trying to locate a woman involved in an arrest in Brighton - to send some 'thank you' flowers.

This morning a plain clothes officer was chasing a man wanted over a burglary in Crawley. He flagged down a woman and asked for help in catching up with the man.

Thankfully, the lady, who had dark hair and was driving a white convertible, was very public-spirited and in no time at all we had caught up with the suspect and I managed to arrest him. The lift meant that I had fresh legs and he didn't!

Unfortunately, while I was busy with him, the lady drove off and I didn't get the chance to thank her. If she gets in touch, I'm going to make sure she gets a big bunch of flowers with my thanks.

– The unidentified officer

A 20-year-old man from Brighton was arrested in East Brighton Park.


Parents launch campaign to improve playground

A petition is calling for improvements to Farm Green playground in Bevendean Credit: ITV Meridian

Parents in Brighton have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to improve a playground.

A petition calling on the local council to repair Farm Green playground in Bevendean gained more than 750 signatures.

However, only two pieces of equipment have been replaced so the community has now decided to try and raise the rest of the money needed themselves.

Police arrest 12 people during anti-immigration demo

An anti-immigration demonstration turned violent in Brighton today, with police arresting a dozen people on suspicion of breach of peace.

At about 9.27am, police received reports of an assault and criminal damage involving a large group of masked individuals dressed in black in Ship Street.

Within only 10 minutes, officers say a number of people were arrested in nearby London Road.

We're confident that having made a number of arrests at such an early stage, we have significantly reduced the risk of disruption and disorder in the town centre.

Unfortunately, whilst the vast majority of demonstrators act peacefully, a small minority appear to have come with the intention to cause problems.

Following the above events, we are enforcing Section 60AA of the Public Order Act, which gives us the right to remove people's face masks if we feel they are likely to be involved in criminal activity or violence and are concealing their identity.

– Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp

Officers added that they are also investigating reports of an assault and criminal damage, and they expect further arrests as the protest continues.

Nurses share experience of refugee camp

Terrifying pictures of a boat capsizing in the Mediterranean - full of more than 550 refugees - shocked the world this morning, once again bringing home the plight of families desperate to escape conflict in the Middle East.

Tonight four medics from Brighton, just back from a camp in Greece where around 14,000 refugees were staying - are giving a talk on the harrowing scenes they witnessed.

Andy Dickenson reports.

Daughter of IRA bombing victim helps bring offenders and victims together

A woman whose father was killed in the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984, has joined forces with Wiltshire and Swindon's newly elected police and crime commissioner to help victims of crime.

The IRA targeted the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984 Credit: ITV Meridian

Jo Berry's father, politican Sir Anthony Berry, was one of five people killed by the IRA.

Its target was the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Tory cabinet who were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party Conference.

Former minister Lord Tebbit was severely injured. His wife Margaret was left paralysed. Mrs Thatcher escaped injury.

Amazingly, in recent years, Jo Berry has become friends with the man who planted the bomb - Patrick Magee.

He served 13 years before being freed early, under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.

She, and him, work together for peace and to encourage restorative justice - where victims meet the perpetrators of the crime as part of the recovery process.

ITV Meridian's Fred Dineneage spoke to her earlier.


Art Therapy

As part of the Brighton Open Houses festival - the Southdown's Mental Health Recovery Centre in Preston Park is opening its doors.

It offers a range of creative classes to help people over come issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than fifty people who've been helped by the centre are displaying their work - many for the first time.

Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Ian Lawes, Ali Purbrick, and Lynne Thomas.

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Gospel choir hits the high notes and lifts the mood

Now, hitting the high notes can, apparently, be good for your health. Just ask members of a choir in Sussex and they'll gladly confirm that's the case. Brighton goes Gospel has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago and now has 130 singers from all walks of life. They've been rehearsing for two concerts, which take place tomorrow. Tom Savvides joined them for a practice session.

Gospel choir hits the high notes ahead of concerts

Brighton Goes Gospel choir has been rehearsing for two major concerts in the city at the weekend.

The group, which has 130 members, has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago.

The choir will perform 'FEELIN' GOOD' in matineĢe and evening concerts tomorrow at Roedean School in Brighton.

Members say 'feel-good factor' is one of the many reasons membership continues to grow - they point to a recent study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music, which has shown that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins, reduces stress and improves mood.

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