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Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving medical treatment

Jamie Stephen Halifax has escaped from police custody Credit: Sussex Police

At 00.40am on 27 July, Sussex Police were informed that a prisoner, Jamie Stephen Halifax, had escaped from prison. This occurred while he was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton, where he had been receiving medical treatment. On 5June, Halifax, 25, was convicted of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon and had been on remand at HMP Lewes awaiting sentence on a date to be fixed when he escaped.

Officers attended andlaunched an extensive search, but at this time Halifax is still at large. He isdescribed as white, 5'4"-5'8", of slim build and with shaven brownhair. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a light blue t-shirt and whitetrainers.

Halifax, who has alarge tattoo spelling "Lauren" on his neck, was last seen runningalong Bristol Gate on the east side of the hospital.

Anyone seeing Halifax,or who may know of his whereabouts, is asked not to approach him but to call Sussex Police, either by dialling 999 if immediately in view, by phoning 101 orby,quoting serial 79 of 27/14


Role of Quakers as Conscientious Objectors

Brighton Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street is hosting a major exhibition of “Quaker Service in a Time of War”, commemorating the many local Quakers who served their country as Conscientious Objectors during the 1914-18 World War.

Leonard Devereux Credit: Friends Meeting House

Local Quakers such as Leonard Devereux, who objected to military service on religious and conscientious grounds, had to face an often hostile Tribunal to be allowed to serve in other ways.

Leonard joined the Friends Ambulance Unit from 1915, and after first aid and ambulance training served for the rest of the War on ambulance trains, keeping a vivid diary of his experiences.

Ambulance train Credit: Friends Meeting House

Leonard lived in Prestonville Road, worked as a solicitor’s clerk and was involved with the Brighton Quakers Adult School in Ship Street before the War. The Devereux family, like many others, had strong connections to Brighton Quaker Meeting, and Leonard’s daughters were both married in the Meeting House.

The exhibition is open until the 24th July

Brighton MP to listen to those who use cannabis as pain relief

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas is to listen to arguments put forward by a group in favour of using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

She speak at tonight's launch meeting of the United Patients Alliance and hear evidence about why the drug can be of benefit to those with health issues.

There is an ongoing debate about the use of cannabis to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and provide pain relief.

Guest speakers and medical cannabis patients will talk at the event on how the drug has improved their quality of life. It takes place at the Brighthelm Centre at 7.30pm.

Ms Lucas, the Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion backs a carefully regulated assessment into cannabis being permitted for medicinal purposes.

She said: "It’s vital that drugs policy is driven by an evidence based approach and I look forward to hearing more about the evidence about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, which has looked at the experience of some states in the US, where there has been regulated supply to meet medical need under strict regulation."

– Brighton MP Caroline Lucas

Also speaking at the event, Professor David Nutt, who has campaigned for Dutch style cannabis cafes. He thinks if they were introduced, it would lower the nation's alcohol problem.

Brighton MP CarolineLucas Credit: PA

South has two of the best amusement parks in the top 10

Paultons Park in Romsey, Hampshire has been named the second best amusement park in the UK according to millions of visitors on TripAdvisor.

Brighton Pier has also been ranked the sixth best in the country.

Here are the top 10 best amusement and water parks in the UK according to TripAdvisor

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
  • Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romesy
  • Alton Towers, Farley
  • Drayton Manor, Tamworth
  • Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey
  • Brighton Pier, Brighton
  • Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green
  • Sundown Adventureland, Retford
  • GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli
  • Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea


Brighton's Mystique at Film and Comic Con

Holly Wilson from Brighton dressed as the X Men character Mystique Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court always attract colourful characters. None more so than Holly Wilson from Brighton who dressed as the X Men character Mystique. She was joined in the queue by Hayden Cheyney from Brighton who dressed as Skeletor from Masters of the Universe.

Hayden Cheyney from Brighton dressed as Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Future of Brighton Hippodrome in doubt?

The future of a building once once known as a jewel in the UK theatre's crown could be decided next week. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones once played at the Brighton Hippodrome but it has been left derelict for almost ten years.

Now it could be re-developed as an eight screen cinema. But 11,300 people have signed a petition against the plans. Andy Dickenson reports.

Tables and bottles thrown during Brighton violent clashes

Four people police want to speak to involved in violent clashes in the Sussex city Credit: Sussex Police

Police have released images of people they want to speak to in connection with violent clashes which broke out during a protest in Brighton.

Two groups were involved in the fight - where tables, chair, pint glasses and bottles were thrown at police by people outside The Dorset pub.

More people police are appealing for information on regarding the fight in Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

The fight is believed to be connected to the march where hundreds of nationalists and anti-fascists paraded through the city to the seafront on the 27th April.

Police made 27 arrests and six people have been charged.

Detective Inspector Vicki Harris said:

Police want to speak to those pictured about the violence in Brighton Credit: Sussex Police

"Our attention has been focused on this nasty incident which happened in front of a lot of people out shopping and we are determined to catch these people. Some of these people we believe to be from the Sheffield area, however some of them could be from elsewhere in the country."

Three arrested over murder are bailed

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder in Sussex have been bailed.

Detectives launched an investigation after a 30-year-old man died at an address on Upper Rock Gardens in Brighton. Ambulance staff couldn't revive him.

Three men - aged forty one, twenty eight and twenty four - and all from the city - have been bailed until September

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