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Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens 'at risk'

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Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens has been added to Historic England's most 'at risk' register.

It is now said to be threatened and in urgent need of repairs.

22 sites in total have been added to the register this year.

Brighton's Royal Pavilion Gardens are in urgent need of repairs Credit: ITV Meridian

These include the No 2 Battery in Gosport, Hampshire and Northumberland protected wreck site in Kent.

However 32 sites have been removed from the register.

These include the Argos Hill Windmill in East Sussex, Newbury Battlefield in Berkshire and St John the Baptist Church on the Isle of Wight.

Over the past year, Historic England has offered £612,000 in grants to help some of the region's best loved and most important historic sites.

The Heritage at Risk Register 2017 reveals that in the South East, 89 Grade I and II buildings, 214 scheduled monuments, 94 places of worship, 25 registered parks and gardens and 64 conservation areas are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

The Heritage at Risk Register helps us to target resources to those sites which are most threatened. We are delighted to have removed so many places of worship from the Register this year in the South East. Much of this success was achieved through giving expert advice for the Heritage Lottery Fund's 'Grants for Places of Worship' scheme. Although this scheme has now closed, we continue to work with the HLF and the communities who care for these important buildings to improve their condition and seek new and innovative uses for them."

– Clare Charlesworth, Heritage at Risk Principal for Historic England in the South East


Schoolchildren take part in biggest outdoor virtual reality classroom

The biggest virtual reality primary school lesson outside of the classroom has taken place on Brighton's beach.

Under the gaze of the i360 and next to the historic West Pier, 140 children journeyed to Rio de Janeiro and Mont Blanc.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to organiser Mark Slade and Tracey Bower from Hertford Infants School.

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.

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