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Cat rescue centre in urgent appeal for new premises

A cat rescue centre in Sussex has launched an urgent appeal to help find new premises.

Ron Ayres has run the shelter from his rented home in Brighton for fifteen years. Lost Cats Brighton cares for and re-homes around two hundred cats each year.

But Mr Ayres, 77, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he fears for the future of the animals unless a more permanent location can be found.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Ron, and volunteer Fiona Pearce.

lIf you think you can help, you will find more details here.


New funding for bike schemes in Oxford and Brighton

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Brighton and Oxford are among a number of locations to benefit from new funding for electric bicycles. The two cities will share in £700,000 of government funding. The project will see hire schemes set up and hundreds of e-bikes delivered.

The Government announced plans last year to double bicycle use in England over the next decade. It's hoped the scheme will appeal to reluctant cyclists. Cycling campaigners have described the Government investment as "long overdue" and say the UK's use of battery-assisted bikes is still behind some European countries.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and this announcement will provide an opportunity for thousands more to enjoy the advantages they offer."

Water quality affects children's boat race

An annual boat race for a children's charity has been postponed because of water quality in Brighton Marina.

The Rockinghorse's dragon boat race was due to be held today. Organisers say they are disappointed, but the event should still take place in six months' time

Tests are being carried out on water in the marina.


Labour faithful arrive on South Coast


The Labour Party Autumn conference arrives in Brighton today [September 26] but the planning has been underway for a year.

Around 11,000 delegates, exhibitors, media and staff will fill the Brighton Centre and nearby hotels. Sussex Police have mounted "Operation Otter" to safeguard the delegates. All eyes will be on Labour's new leader - elected earlier this month - to see how he is received by the party faithful. Labour have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since he took control, with tens of thousands of new members.

Church deacon charged with sex offences

An elderly church deacon from Brighton has been charged with a string of sex offences.

Peter Keeley-Pannett, 71, who until his arrest last November was a non-stipendiary deacon in the Diocese of Chichester is accused of eight offences.

He has been charged with three counts of making 150 indecent images of children and one of attempting to cause a boy over 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also faces two charges of causing a boy aged 13 to 15 to watch images of sexual activity, and two of causing or inciting a boy of 14 to engage in sexual activity.

Sussex Police said the charges relate to the alleged use of a webcam.

He has been bailed to appear at Redhill Magistrates' Court on September 28.

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