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Man sentenced after parking row attack

Robert Downs has been jailed for three years Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been sent to prison for three years for attacking a man in a row over parking in Brighton.

Robert Downs, 23, unemployed from Baranscraig Avenue in Brighton pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and was sentenced on October 23 at Lewes Crown Court.

Shortly after 6.30pm on Thursday May 15 the victim, a 53-year-old from Brighton, confronted Downs whose car was parked on the grass in Preston Park. As the victim walked away, Downs hit him over the head with a bottle and after he had fallen to the ground, stamped on his head.

"Downs viciously attacked the victim leaving him with severe cuts and bruises to his head and face. There were a number of witnesses in the park at the time and his behaviour was completely unacceptable. I would like to thank all the witnesses who came forward and their contribution helped in securing this conviction."

– DC James Botting

Crackdown on dangerous parking around schools

The crackdown on parents in Brighton parking illegally outside primary schools is continuing today.

Yesterday a parking warden was pushed to the ground by a parent outside the Rudyard Kipling school when they were asked to move their car.

Parking enforcement officers and police are issuing fines to parents who park dangerously.

"Our Safer Routes to School programmes are encouraging more and more children to travel to the classroom on foot, bike or scooter. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school."

– Councillor Pete West, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee

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E-petition sparks council debate on Sunday parking fees

Sunday parking charges in Brighton & Hove are to be discussed by the full council

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.

The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.

More than 1,250 people have signed an e-petition calling for the removal of Sunday parking charges

South West Trains hit back over rise in parking charges

The biggest rail company in the country hit back at critics of its rises in station car parking charges.

South West Trains said there will be no increase at Guilford, Southampton Central and Woking railway stations.

The company are also investing millions to increase the number of spaces at car parks in Fleet, Farnborough and Winchester.

Some individual tickets will go up by just under 7%. Stations like Basingstoke and Brookwood will see daily charges rise by 50p to £8.

But others will be frozen and season tickets will go up by 1.2%.

Unions have been accused of issuing inaccurate figures over this years rise.

Over £1000 a year to park at railway station in Sussex

Thousands of rail passengers have been hit by inflation busting rises to park at stations, sparking a major row.

Commuters in Basingstoke will now have to pay £8 a day, which is up by 50p. Brighton saw prices rise from £12 a day to £12.50.

Those who live in Hayward Heath in West Sussex face paying £1,138 for an annual permit.

Southern have raised its average overall rise to around 5% and 3.5% for season tickets, while South West Trains said they had increased parking charges by 3.8%. The two companies introduced the biggest increases.

Southern says it has invested 8.2 million pounds on car park facilities and has added 1,100 extra spaces across the network.

Southeastern said its rise was 3%, about 20p or 30p for most people.

First Great Western said it had no increases and are in fact cutting weekend parking at stations by 50%.

VIDEO: More parking at Hampshire stations

Over the coming months more car park spaces are being built at busy stations - to deal with the problem of overcrowding.

Farnborough station will see the biggest increase - with an extra 243 bays. Fleet will see an extra 153 parking spaces.

And at Winchester 113 spaces will be created. The bad news? Major disruption while the work gets underway as Sally Simmonds reports.

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