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Brighton has large number of ongoing roadworks in UK

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest number of ongoing roadworks in Britain.

According to a new survey by LV Road Rescue, a total of 369 roadworks are underway in the area.

LV Road Rescue managing director Peter Horton said "Local authorities face a difficult challenge to repair and maintain our roads this year, particularly given the impact of the adverse weather we have seen in recent months.

"With more cars on the road than ever, it will be hard to carry out roadworks without impacting drivers."

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest number of roadworks in their area Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Growing controversy over school's academy status

Scores of parents in Sussex are opposed to their children's school being converted into an academy. Around 150 attended a public meeting where many backed taking direct action.

Among the options being considered - a "strike" where they keep children away from classes or sending pupils to school not wearing school uniform.

The head teacher and governors say they are just consulting on the move which would remove the 1500 pupil Hove Park School and Sixth Form from local authority control and give the school extra freedoms.

The case raises serious questions about whether the process of converting to an academy is robust enough if it can still go ahead amid strong opposition. Critics say there should definitely be a ballot of parents rather than just a vote of the governing body. Christine Alsford reports.


Hove man jailed for historic sex offences

Michael James Green, 71, of Aldrington Close, Hove, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Hove Crown Court today.

Green had been found guilty of four counts of sexual offences against young boys, with the remaining count ordered to lie on the court file.

Michael James Green has been sentenced to nine years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

He has now been sentenced to eight years for buggery and an additional 12 months for indecent assault, with 12 months for each of two further indecent assaults, both of which sentences are to run concurrently with the first 12 months sentence.

The convictions resulted from an investigation into information received in 2011 that a young boy had been sexually assaulted by Green in the early 1980's.

Three further victims forward during the investigation, and Green was convicted of one offence of buggery against the boy in Havant, and of indecent assault against the three other victims, all in Hove. A further charge of buggery against the first boy was ordered to lie on the court file.

All the boys were aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the offences which took place between 1981 and 1982. Green had met them separately in Havant and South London whilst he was engaged in the running of junior cycle speedway clubs.

More than 1,500 apply for jobs at new supermarket

Hundreds of people have applied for a job at a new Waitrose store in Hove Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

More than 1,500 people have applied for 100 jobs at a new Waitrose store in Hove, which is due to open in Spring this year.

The window for applications closed last week after the jobs were first advertised in January.

Waitrose has received 1,550 applications for the new roles, which include full and part-time positions across all departments.

Nick Mort, opening branch manager at the new Waitrose in Hove, said: "We have had a phenomenal response to our recruitment drive and are really encouraged by the calibre of applications we’ve received. We are delighted that so many people are eager to work for our business."

Man arrested after Hove hit and run

Police have arrested a 24-year-old London man and recovered a vehicle from a London address following a hit and run in Hove.

The incident happened at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove at 11.09pm on Christmas Day.

The man has been released on bail until February while enquiries continue.

The collision involved a blue Skoda Octavia taxi and a silver Vauxhall Insignia, which left the scene.

A teenage boy who was a passenger in the taxi suffered serious head injuries and has since undergone surgery in an effort to save the sight in his right eye.

The taxi driver sustained minor injuries.


Serious eye injury for teen after hit and run

A 16-year-old boy had glass enter his eye following a hit and run in Brighton where his taxi collided with a car that sped off.

The boy was a front-seat passenger in the taxi which crashed shortly after 11pm on Christmas Day at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove.

The blue Skoda taxi was travelling east to west along Church Road when a silver Vauxhall Insignia saloon travelling south to north along Sackville Road collided with its nearside.

The taxi went out of control and mounted the pavement.

The teenager from Southwick suffered head injuries, including glass fragments entering his eye and the driver suffered whiplash- both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact 101 or sightings of a badly damaged silver Vauxhall Insignia in the Hove area.

Police car crash in Hove

A police car has been involved in a crash with another vehicle in Hove Credit: ITV News Meridian

Emergency services are currently dealing with a road traffic collision in New Church Road, Hove, involving a police car and another vehicle.

The collision happened at 3pm at the junction of Saxon Road, which has been closed. Mornington Crescent is also shut. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

There are no details of injuries at this time. A further update will be released later.

Police hunt onesie robbers

Police are hunting a pair of onesie wearing robbers who stole a 12-year-old boy's iPad.

The boy was approached by the robbers in Hangleton Way in Hove at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

They put him in a headlock before stealing his iPad and bag.

One of the thieves was wearing a white onesie and the other a black one. Both had their hoods pulled up with only their eyes exposed and were wearing gloves.

Detective Sergeant Maureen Lambert said: "The victim is very upset about what happened and we are determined to catch those involved."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1034 of 13/11, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Free lunch for Sussex school children

Primary school children in Brighton and Hove are being offered a complimentary lunch over the next few days.

Brighton and Hove Council is marking National School Meals Week with a programme of free lunches spread over the seven days.

The idea is to ensure all pupils get the chance to sample a free meal while minimising disruption to lunchtimes.

The campaign is being run by the council and their school meals contractor Eden Foodservices.

Some pupils may never have had a school lunch, so we’re excited about being able to offer them the chance to try one. We want as many people as possible to know about the quality of the food we offer. We use Red Tractor meats, MSC fish, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and local free range eggs. We hope that this mass sampling will mean more children may be tempted to have a school lunch in future. Not all children get a nutritious, healthy meal every day so increasing uptake of our school meals could have wider health benefits."

– Cllr Sue Shanks
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