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Thousands give up booze for Dry January

It's that time of year when lots of people make pledges to give something up, or change their lifestyle. In the first month of the year, many have made a New Year's Resolution to give up booze.

Thousands of people are taking part in Dry January, the campaign that encourages people to ditch the drink for a month. Watch Andrea Thomas' report.


'Race' attack victim could lose eye

A man could lose an eye after being brutally attacked in Brighton by a gang in a suspected racial assault in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The 23-year-old and a friend were targeted as they walked down Lewes Road at around 3.25am.

A member of the public grabbed one of the attackers and flagged down a passing police car as the rest of the gang ran off.

Det Insp Miles Ockwell, of Sussex Police, said the victim is thought to have been subjected to a barrage of racist abuse leading up to the attack.

This was a very serious assault and the victim remains in the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he may lose an eye as a result of the attack.

"We believe that racist language was directed towards the victim and his friend before they were attacked and we are keen to establish the exact circumstances."

– Det Insp Miles Ockwell

A 19-year-old man from Burgess Hill was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of Class A drugs and cannabis, and was released on police bail until March 6.