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Video view of King Alfred plans revealed for first time

It could be the biggest ever development on Hove's seafront. Plans for a new multi-million pound leisure centre along with hundreds of new homes were revealed for the first time this morning.

The King Alfred Centre on the historic promenade has been standing since the 1930s but a council-backed scheme could now replace it.

However, similar plans sparked controversy almost a decade ago when world famous architect Frank Gehry was on board. So will this project fare any better?

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Valerie Paynter of the Save Hove campaign, local resident David Jewell, and Robert Starr of the Starr Trust, with video courtesy of LA Architects.

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Police launch hunt for missing woman

Credit: Sussex Police

Police are searching Hove for a woman who has gone missing from her home.

Melanie Bowles, 40, has not been seen since she left home in Godwin Road sometime overnight on December 14 - 15.

Melanie, who is white, 5'3", and of slim build with short brown hair, has five stars tattooed on her right wrist.

She left her car, mobile phone and purse at home. It is not clear what clothing she was wearing when she left.

We are particularly concerned for Melanie as she has recently been depressed, though her disappearance was unexpected.

– Inspector James Davidson, Sussex Police

Hooded handgun robber caught on CCTV holding-up convenience store

A hooded robber wielding what appears to be a 9mm handgun has been caught on CCTV holding up a convenience store in Hove.

The footage shows the man calmly walking into the Elm Stores in Hangleton on September 16.

He walks up to the counter and demands that a female assistant fills up a bag with cash from the till.

He managed to escape with £500, heading towards Hove Cemetery. Police say they later found discarded clothing.

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Brighton College student achieves "best GCSE results in country"

A teenager from Hove has achieved one of the best set of GCSE results in the country.

Polly Milsom who is 16 and attends Brighton College, gained 13 A* grades, with an additional top grade A in advanced maths.

Polly said she was keen to continue training for her favourite sports of cricket, hockey and running at the same time as studying.

Polly Milsom achieved 13 A* grades at GCSE Credit: ITV Meridian

She added she was proud of her results and hoped to either enter the army or become a stockbroker after university.

She said: "I hope to go to university, probably Oxbridge and I have spent six weeks in the summer with the cadets in Canada so I am thinking of doing something with the army or working with banking, I really like maths so possibly a stockbroker, I am going to see how my A-Levels go and what I like doing."

She said that she planned to study maths, further maths, economics and chemistry at A-Level.

"Polly's scores were exceptionally high in each A*. For instance, in English she was 297 out of 300, in design and technology she got 299 out of 300, in biology she got 391 out of 400, and in French she got 293 out of 300. Then she got advanced maths A which is the highest you can get. This qualification is harder than a GCSE."

– Brighton College spokeswoman

Driver fined for pretending a thief had crashed his car

A driver from Sussex who crashed his car and then lied that it had been stolen was caught when his DNA was found on the airbag.

27-year-old Ciaran Fitzgerald, of Ruskin Road, Hove, crashed into two cars on Norton Road, before he fled the scene. Later that day he called the police to report that his car had been stolen.

When his DNA was found to be on the airbag, he admitted he had lied and accepted a police caution for perverting the course of justice.

He was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 12 March and was given eight points on his licence, fined £183 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

"Fitzgerald thought he could get away with crashing his car by claiming his vehicle had been stolen but good work by our CSIs meant we could prove he was behind the wheel when the impact happened. "Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offence in itself. If you are involved in a crash, stay put and call us so that we can investigate."

– Police Constable Dan Patterson
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