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Hastings Pier fight taken to court

Hastings Pier is at the centre of a row between the local council and businesses

Hastings Council has taken a fight to the highest court in the land. The local authority is mounting a last ditch bid to avoid paying compensation for closing part of the pier ten years ago.

The dispute is between the council which said part of the structure wasn't safe, and the companies that were based on the pier, which were affected by having no customers. The judges at The Supreme Court have been hearing the argument from both sides. From Middlesex Guildhall, Andrea Thomas reports.

Compensation battle over Hastings Pier goes to High Court

Hastings Pier officially reopened in May after a devastating fire Credit: ITV Meridian

A battle over compensation for the closure of Hastings Pier reaches the Supreme Court today.

Hastings Council is making a last attempt to avoid paying businesses for shutting part of the pier in 2006 for health and safety reasons.

Lawyers are trying to secure the money for creditors of one of the traders.

Two charged with murder of missing man

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings on 17 December Credit: ITV

Two people have been charged with the murder of a man whose body has never been found.

Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings last December. He hasn't been seen since. Ben Walton and Stacey McClymont from Exeter, have been charged by officers.

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In or out? Fishermen give us their views on the EU Referendum

With the EU referendum just weeks away, some of us are still deciding whether to vote in or out. And nowhere is the debate more impassioned than in the fishing industry.

Many inshore fisherman say quotas imposed by Brussels have destroyed their livelihoods.

Others say the limits on what can be caught have been vital to protect dwindling fish stocks.

Malcolm Shaw reports now from Hastings, where fishing has been a way of life for over 1000 years.

Hastings Pier officially re-opens

Hastings Pier has been officially reopened - six years after a devastating fire. Over ninety thousand people have visited the restored pier over the last month. But today's official gala - ahead of tonight's concert by Madness - shows Hastings Pier is back in business. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Beatrice Rapley, Learning and Education Manager; Simon Opie, Chief Executive of Hastings Pier Charity and Sid Saunders, a resident of Hastings.

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