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Former pastor jailed for 'vicious' Brighton street attack

Stephen Jay attacked the woman in Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

A man's been jailed for two years for a 'vicious' night time street attack on a woman in Brighton.

58 year old Stephen Jay of Wrights Lane, Kesgrave, Ipswich attacked the 26 year old woman who was walking home after a night out in Brighton.

She was walking up Gerard Street near the city centre when she became aware of a man ducking behind cars as if trying to hide.

She confronted him and asked why he was following her.

She crossed Gerard Street onto the nearside pavement and was walking towards Ditchling Rise.

Jay then hit her in the face several times. A witness saw the attacker’s hand around her throat and another over her mouth as he straddled her whilst on the ground.

Concerned neighbours heard the screams and came to her aid.

Neighbours gathered up her belongings that had fallen from her bag during the unprovoked attack.

A couple of days later the victim went to her bag and found that it contained a baseball cap that did not belong to her.

This was sent off for analysis and found to have DNA from Stephen Jay within it.

Jay had been convicted of the attack in May at Lewes Crown Court, but the jury was hung on whether this assault was with intent to commit a sexual act.

After a retrial on the sexual element of the case at Brighton Crown Court in July a second jury was also unable to agree a verdict.

At his first trial in May, Jay had also been found not guilty of causing actual bodily harm and sexual assaulting a 21-year old woman walking in Hanover Terrace, Brighton on September 1st.

Stephen Jay is a former town pastor from Ipswich who was training to be a life coach to provide help to those who need it including the vulnerable. His work as a town pastor meant that he used to work during evenings in the city centre of Ipswich proving support for those often found vulnerable through drink and drugs. He was also a prominent member of his local church."

"Far from protecting the vulnerable, this investigation has shown him to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing; someone who targeted a lone woman walking home in the early hours of the morning and violently assaulted her in an unprovoked attack. Jay admitted that during that evening leading up to the attack and the early hours of the morning immediately afterwards, he was having a sexual conversation with another woman who he was having an online affair with, discussing his liking for bondage, domination and sado-masochism. After the assault, he admitted masturbating in his car in a public place."

"I would urge anyone, no matter where they are from or how long ago the offence occurred, if they believe they are the victim of an assault, sexual or otherwise, to report it to police on 101. Your call will be handled sensitively and confidentially."

– Detective Inspector Mick Jones

Lifeboat crews search for missing Brighton diver

The diver was last seen off Great Yarmouth Credit: Caister Lifeboat

A large search is underway for a 68-year-old diver from Brighton who's gone missing off the Norfolk coast.

Two coastguard helicopters and three lifeboats are trying to find the man, who was last seen 10 miles off Great Yarmouth.

Lifeboat crews from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Caister and Lowestoft have joined the search.


Elderly pedestrian dies after being struck by police car on 999 call

An elderly pedestrian has died after being hit by a police car responding to a 999 call in Brighton.

It happened on Edward Street in Kemptown, near the junction with Devonshire Place, just before 1 o'clock this morning.

Eyewitnesses say the two officers involved looked visibly shaken as they tried to resuscitate the man.

Sussex police described it as a 'tragic incident'. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating, as Tony Green reports.

Road closures after man dies in police car incident

Public transport has also been affected by the closures

Edward Street in Brighton is closed in both directions after a fatal incident this morning. A police car collided with a pedestrian who died at the scene.

There is slow traffic due to the accident between Chapel Street and Egremont Place / Upper Rock Gardens. Police are at the scene. The closure is also affecting public transport in the area.

Investigation continues after police car fatal crash

Police at the scene this morning Credit: Eddie Mitchell

An investigation is continuing after a pedestrian died following a serious collision involving a police car answering a 999 call in Brighton

The collision happened in the Devonshire Place area in Kemptown at 12.50am this morning. The man died at the scene. The road is closed while investigations are carried out.

Pedestrian dies in collision with police car on 999 call

The road was closed off for forensic investigations after the fatal collision Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A pedestrian has died after a serious collision involving a police car answering a 999 call in Brighton has died.

The collision happened in Devonshire Place area in Kemptown at 12.50am this morning. The man died at the scene. The road is closed for forensic investigations to be carried out.

The incident happened near the junction of Edward Street and Devonshire Place in Brighton Credit: Bing

Sussex Police said the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the police online quoting Operation Hertford.


Police refuse to check CCTV to catch bike thieves

When David Bailey had his bike stolen in Brighton, he thought there was a good chance the theft would have been caught on CCTV.

David, a solicitor, had left the £1000 mountain bike chained up, directly below a camera operated by Sussex Police.

But he was staggered when the force told him the crime wasn't serious enough for them to spend time checking the footage, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Malcolm spoke to Cyclists David Bailey and Malcolm Harave

Former Brighton bus driver jailed for sex offences against women and girls

Former bus driver, Mark Spalding, has been jailed Credit: Sussex Police

A former bus driver has been jailed for nine years after admitting sexual offences against girls and young women.

Mark Spalding, 29, formerly of Brighton, but now living in Thakeham, admitted eight sexual assaults, against a woman aged 21, a woman aged 30, a girl aged 14 and a girl aged 13. He also admitted inciting the younger girl into sexual activity.

The offences were committed over a period of 19 months while Spalding was working for Brighton and Hove Buses.

First shipment of Brighton's 'bike share' scheme arrives

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The first shipment of bicycles has finally arrived for Brighton's new 'bike share' scheme.

By early September 450 will be available for the use of residents and tourists.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been given the exclusive first ride of one.

Andy spoke to Operations Manager, Duncan Blinkhorn and Scheme Manager, Ian Davey.

Revellers descend on Brighton for Pride

300,000 people expected at Brighton Pride Credit: ITV Meridian

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to descend on Brighton this weekend for one of the UK's biggest annual summer Pride celebrations.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline the event in Brighton and Hove in what will be the duo's first Pride performance in 20 years, organisers said.

Other acts include Years & Years, Louisa Johnson and David Morales. Saturday is the main day of celebrations, with a carnival parade starting at Hove Lawns followed by a ticketed event in Preston Park.

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The streets of Brighton will be a rainbow of colours this weekend as the city prepares to celebrate Pride.

The first ever LGBT event took place in the city in 1973.

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300,000 people are expected to attend but this year's party will have special significance as it's been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England.

Sangeeta spoke to the Managing Director of Brighton Pride, Paul Kemp, earlier today.

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