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Tribute to pilot who was shot down in dogfight

The remains of a wartime Hurricane which was shot down during a dogfight over Sussex lay buried and undiscovered for more than 50 years - until in 1996 parts of the aircraft were dug up. They've been in a museum ever since.

That was until today, when some sections of the plane were presented to the landlord of a pub in Hove - named after the pilot and located just yards away from where he lost his life.

Charlotte Wilkins takes up the story and speaks to Keith Arnold, a local historian & John Samuels - an eye witness.

Tribute to Battle of Britain pilot

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The WW2 Hurricanes that the pilot would have been flying when he crashed in Hove Credit: PA Wire

A Hove pub, named after a pilot who was killed, will today be presented pieces of a crashed WW2 Hurricane.

The Noble House is named in honour of Dennis Noble who was killed when the aircraft was hit during the Battle of Britain.

A Battle of Britain historian will present the pub with long-awaited pieces from the Hawker Hurricane after the crash site was filled in and the aircraft could not be found.

Brighton careers website shortlisted

A careers advice website by young people in Brighton has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

BEACH, the Brighton Employability Advice and Careers Hut, is designed to bring together Brighton and Hove Council, schools and local employers.

The website has been nominated for a Eurocities award in the 'smart jobs' category.

The online page exists within the Jobs Board page.

Gary Peter, founder of, said: "We are delighted that this fantastic service has been recognised by people in and outside of the city. We have partnered with experts from within the public and private sector to make this work and the results are outstanding."

Hove to extend cycle and pedestrian path

A one-kilometre extension of a cycle lane could make it the longest in the country.

Plans have been put forward to extend the segregated bike and pedestrian lane in Hove to 2.7km.

The route already runs from Dyke Road to the Upper Drive and would be extended to Nevill Road.

The £1.4m cost would be met by a successful bid by the council for government Cycle City Ambition funding.

This would contribute to the core network of cycle and pedestrian routes we are setting up across the city. By reallocating some space to these lanes we have made cycling and walking safer and more attractive especially to younger and inexperienced riders."

– Councillor Pete West, Chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee


Standing up to the bullies

The Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has been in Sussex today to see a school's ground-breaking work to tackle homophobic bullying. Blatchington Mill in Hove has appointed some of its students as "equality commissioners" to challenge prejudice.

The school says it's vital that all youngsters feel safe and valued, or their education can be seriously affected.

Malcolm Shaw has been speaking to Ed Milliband, Stephen Murtagh, a victim of homophobic bullying, Equality Commissioners Rosie Bradley and Joshua Drabble and Deputy Headteacher Nick Wergan.

Thieves con vulnerable pensioner

E-fit of thief
E-fit produced of the man on his first visit to the pensioner Credit: Sussex Police

Thieves who conned a vulnerable pensioner out of £1,400 later returned to steal more cash from him.

The 85-year-old from Hove was first targeted at his home where he was told his roof needed repairing.

The offender then pretended to call the man's accommodation officer and told the victim to pay £1,400 and that the money would be refunded.

The work was due to be carried out the next day but no one turned up.

On Monday July, 1 the offender returned to the pensioner's home claiming to be working in a neighbour's garden when he dropped a hedgetrimmer into the victim's garden.

The offender persuaded the man to go out in the garden with him to get the trimmer whilst an accomplice went into the man's home.

The pensioner challenged the men but they denied any wrong doing and left the house empty handed.

The offender was described as white, about 40-years-old with short brown hair. He was wearing loose grey and black clothes and a grey cap.

On the second visit the man was said to have dyed his hair black.

Sussex Detective Sergeant Liam Tinkl said: "We believe the men returned to the pensioner's home because they saw him as an easy target. We need to speak to anyone who may have seen the men or who recognises the description so that we can catch them before they prey on any more vulnerable people."

Brighton strike action suspended

A bin strike which led to rubbish bags piling up on the streets of Brighton has been suspended.

Hundreds of members of the GMB union at Brighton and Hove council walked out last week in a row over pay, but a new offer is now being put to workers.

The GMB said industrial action had been suspended for 28 days so workers could be consulted on a new offer.

Mark Turner, the GMB's branch secretary, said:

"We have made significant progress over recent days. The proposal significantly reduces or in some cases eliminates the losses for individual staff members which arose under the previous offer, although there are still some areas that must be addressed."

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