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Homeless choir performs as Brighton's rough sleeper numbers almost double

A choir full of people who once slept on the streets has played in Brighton this week - as new figure's show the city's homeless population has almost doubled.

Today the Government announced a new £1.25million grant to help tackle the 'homeless crisis' in the city. But campaigners say its not nearly enough.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Arthur Richford and Emma Broomfield from the Choir With No Name, Cllr Clare Moonan of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Andy Winter of the Brighton Housing Trust.

CCTV image released after homeless man set on fire

Homeless man set on fire Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives have released a CCTV image after a homeless man reported being set on fire whilst he slept.

Sussex Police are looking for three men in connection with the incident in Worthing.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday, November 6th.

The 51-year old homeless man, who was sleeping in the Royal Arcade, suffered injuries to his head, cheek and eyelids.

His rucksack was also stolen

Officers would like to speak to the three people pictured in the above image as part of the ongoing investigation.


Anger that one in four homes at Brighton Marina sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers

There's been anger in Brighton after it was revealed around a quarter of new homes in its Marina development have been sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers.

The city now has the third highest levels of homelessness in the country, and campaigners say the development is doing nothing to solve Brighton's housing crisis - with residents priced out.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Living Rent campaigner David Gibson, Andrew Goodall of Brunswick Developments, and Cllr Anne Meadows of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Plans to be announced to tackle homelessness

Plans to be announced on homeless problem Credit: ITV News Meridian

Brighton and Hove Council will announce plans to solve its homeless problem .

A new report aims to ensure nobody in the city needs to sleep rough by 2020. Charities believe more than 50 homeless people have died in the last three years.

Here's Cllr Claire Moonan from Brighton and Hove City Council:

New centre supports homeless forces veterans

Falklands veteran Simon Weston and comedian Jim Davidson have opened a new centre to help armed forces veterans.

It'll provide accommodation and support for servicemen and women struggling to adjust to civilian life.

The first resident will move in tomorrow, after living on the streets.

Richard Jones reports.

Are police criminalising homeless people for begging?

Sussex Police have been accused of criminalising homeless people who ask passers-by for money.

Almost seven hundred beggars in the county have been prosecuted in the last five years.

Critics say taking the homeless to court makes life even more difficult for them, costs money and rarely stops the problem.

But police say they only arrest those who are a nuisance to the public.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Knight, who campaigns for the homeless, and Supt James Collis of Sussex Police.


How safe are you from becoming homeless?

As most of us look forward to a cosy Christmas at home with family and friends, there are others who'll spend it alone and on the streets.

Now, a charity in Sussex has released a hard-hitting film, showing just how quickly someone can become homeless.

The Brighton Housing Trust says more people in the city are sleeping rough than ever before. Malcolm Shaw spoke to the charity's Chief Executive, Andy Winter.

Bournemouth station blasted with 'bad' music to drive away rough sleepers

High-pitched songs by children's cartoon band Alvin and the Chipmunks are being played all night long at Bournemouth's main bus and train station - in an attempt to drive away rough sleepers.

The council and police had previously played bagpipe music over the tannoy at Bournemouth Travel Interchange to stop homeless people congregating.

The decision to play 'annoying' songs has been controversial amongst local residents. More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for the plug to be pulled.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Interviewees: Carla Johnson (petition organiser), Cllr David Smith (Bournemouth Borough Council), Paul Noblet (Centrepoint homeless charity)

The sound of the bagpipes and high-pitched Chipmunks aimed at people sleeping rough

Homeless people are being deterred from sleeping rough at a bus and railway station in Bournemouth - they are being subjected to bagpipes music and high-pitched songs by the Chipmunks.

A petition against the scheme has been signed by nearly 4,000 people, who say the homeless should be offered help and not subjected to bagpipes or the Chipmunks.

The local council says the move is designed to target anti-social behaviour.

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