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Computers stolen from University of Sussex

Police are investigating the theft of 16 iMac computers, together worth more than £15,000, from the University of Sussex in Falmer Road, Brighton.

They are thought to have been stolen by intruders who entered a building between 5.45pm and 9.30pm on Monday, 27 January.

The theft was discovered by a cleaner early the next day.

We want to hear from anyone who may have noticed suspicious people, vehicles or activity on the university campus on that Monday evening, or who may have information concerning the computers' whereabouts. They are asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 290 of 28/1."

– Detective Constable Scott Moore, of Brighton CID

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The fish that could inspire the military - full report

Marine biologists are celebrating the birth of 25 baby cuttlefish - the first ever second generation offspring to be born at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

They are being used for research into camouflage by Sussex University as they have the ability to change their skin patterns in less than a second.

Andy Dickenson went to see them in action and spoke to cuttlefish researcher Kerry Perkins.

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Baby cuttlefish born will help researchers with study

Three of the twenty-five baby cuttlefish that have been born so far Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre
Cuttlefish are able to change their skin pattern to camouflage themselves Credit: Brighton Sea Life Centre

A batch of cuttlefish eggs laid by adults that were themselves born at Brighton Sea Life Centre have begun to hatch out.

Twenty-five babies have so far been born. They will be part of a study by the University of Sussex to look at how cuttlefish are able to change their skin patterns for camouflage.

Curator Carey Duckhouse said, "We have provided a special laboratory in the Brighton Sea Life Centre which University researchers are using to learn more about how the cuttlefish brain passes such swift and precise instructions to its body.

"They are genuinely amazing and fascinating creatures and the fact that we are now captive-rearing them means we can provide plenty of subjects for the University's research and rotate them regularly to ensure they suffer no ill effects."

University sit in ends with eviction

Police move in to evict protesters Credit: @occupy_sussex

A sit in at the University of Sussex ended in eviction today.

The protest occupation was in the Terrace Room in Bramber House - the main student services building on the Sussex campus.

Eviction underway at University of Sussexc Credit: @occupy_sussex

The eviction of the 25 remaining occupiers followed a High Court hearing where an eviction order was issued.

The protest was in relation to the University's plans to work with external partners for catering and facilities management.

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University buys author Virginia Woolf's diaries

The diaries of the writer Virginia Woolf have been bought by the University of Sussex at a Sotheby's auction. The diaries reveal personal details of the author's final years, giving an insight into her daily life.

Virginia Woolf lived in Lewes in Sussex in the early 1900s.

The University of Sussex was able to raise the £60,000 for the journals with the help of the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and individual donors.

Man arrested over assault on MP

A man has been arrested in connection with an attack on a Conservative MP near Brighton as he arrived at a talk on squatting.

Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove in East Sussex, had rocks and tomatoes thrown at him as he attended the event at the University of Sussex on November 14.

He was invited to talk about his involvement in changing the law to criminalise squatting but was surrounded by a mob of non-students before the debate could start.

Security officials barricaded him and his staff in a room until the police arrived and took him away to safety in a van.

One of Mr Weatherley's team suffered a slight injury caused by a stone which had been thrown, according to police.

Sussex Police said that a 24-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of affray and he remains in custody.

Mr Weatherley has been campaigning for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010.

Furry friends prepare for radio debut

One of the hedgehogs helping with research. Credit: Andy Dickenson

A herd of rescue hedgehogs who were nursed back to health at the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in Hastings are helping with pioneering research. The hedgehogs are being tagged with tiny little radio transmitters and then released into the woods around the University of Sussex. campus.

The species is reported to be in decline in some parts of the south.