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Seagull attacks: 'Don't feed them and they won't be a problem'

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has spoken out about managing seagulls, with numerous complaints being made about the birds' aggressive behaviour in Brighton.

A spokesperson for the animal charity said: "If we feed gulls they will grow more confident, they will learn that we are a source of food. They will not then distinguish between food offered and people simply walking around carrying food, cafe tables outdoors and the like."

Seagulls at Hove seafront Credit: PA

Brighton and Hove City Council have already said that culling the birds, which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, might not be an option.

It is working on ensuring food waste is properly disposed of to avoid attracting the birds to control the population.

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In a statement, the council said: "Nuisance alone is not considered to be a reasonable justification for culling."

Despite the population of the birds declining in coastal areas, they are continuing to "do well" in urban areas, according to the RSPB.

The charity said: "Councils who have identified gulls as a nuisance would be right not to encourage feeding. And, to be honest, a diet entirely of chips and ice cream probably isn't giving the birds their five a day!"

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Complaints about seagull numbers in Brighton

There have been complaints about seagulls throughout the region Credit: ITV

A seagull cull in Brighton and Hove may not be an option for controlling the large numbers in the city. That's according to the council which receives numerous reports about the birds. Seagulls are frequently criticised for swooping down to take food, and have gained a reputation for aggravating people. The local authority is trying to stop them nesting.

Head of East Sussex Heath Trust resigns

Darren Grayson was in charge of the East Sussex health trust for five years Credit: ITV Meridian

The head of the East Sussex health trust has resigned saying he can no longer offer the long-term commitment needed for the role.

Darren Grayson was in charge of the trust for five years.

In March IT and the Conquest and Eastbourne hospitals - which are under its control - were all rated inadequate.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr Michael Wincott from East Sussex County Council.

School praised for improving performance

Children at Herne Bay Juniors enjoying the library's new books Credit: ITV Meridian

A school that was told it needed to improve by Ofsted just over a year ago has now been praised by inspectors for its work to improve performance.

Herne Bay Juniors is among 103 primary schools in Kent and Medway that are rated as needing improvement. But in East Sussex, which has less than one third of the number of Kent's schools, there are just 6 requiring improvement. And in Brighton and Hove, there's one.

Abigail Bracken's been to Herne Bay to see how one school is managing to turn itself around...

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'Something must be done': Brighton's homeless crisis on the rise

Brighton & Hove's homeless crisis has reached unprecedented levels according to a new report by the city's housing trust.

In the last year almost six hundred people have been reported as sleeping rough in the city. A lack of affordable homes, alcohol and drug abuse, and a poor support network for people with mental illnesses have all been blamed for the rise.

In the video below, Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust tells ITV Meridian how the situation is worsening.

Landlord fined after tenants left with 'leaky showers and broken toilets'

A Landlord from East Sussex has been fined more than £2,000 for failing to make repairs and leaving tenants with leaky showers and broken toilet seats.

59-year-old Alan Filsell of London Road, Hailsham, ignored repeated requests to make repairs to a block of bedsits, which are located on the same road.

Wealden District Council says the condition of the property failed to meet required standards and contained potential hazards.

The property, called Gidleigh Lodge, has shared facilities and housed up to 20 people.

The owner failed to provide adequate, safe bathroom fittings and manage repairs despite repeated assurances to the Council that improvements would be carried out

– Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing and Benefits.

Man dies and four arrested in Worthing crash

A 27 year old man from Worthing has died after a van crashed into a tree.

Four men from Sussex - two in their twenties and two in their thirties - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have since been bailed.

The collision happened at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The four survivors were treated for their injuries at Worthing Hospital.

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