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Youth services under threat as council cuts £21m

It's a problem facing many local authorities across our region - how to maintain services when government funding is being cut.

In Brighton and Hove, the city council says it needs to save more than £20m this year. Services for young people are particularly at risk.

But are the cutbacks necessary and what effect will they have? Malcolm Shaw reports.

More than 20 calls made to alert police of incident

At least seven people were arrested by police investigating reports of a large-scale brawl involving up to 50 youths in West Sussex. Locals reported weapons being used in the confrontation in Dorsten Square, Bewbush, Crawley, on Sunday night. A number of people neededhospital treatment, but none of their injuries are thought to be serious,police said.

Sussex Police received more than 20 callsabout the disorder, which is believed to have erupted between two rivalfactions. Six people were detained on suspicion of affray and at least one on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.


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Annual Easter pilgrimage at Cathedral

Hundreds of young people have joined the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Around five hundred children aged under eighteen made their way across East Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service was held.

David Johns reports, speaking to the Most Reverend Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) and French pilgrim Audrey Vanpeperstraete.

Teenagers take first steps towards their careers

Video. With employment figures out today, the number of unemployed 18 to 25 year olds has fallen. So as teenagers begin to start thinking about their career options, there are some tough decisions to make.

Finding a job, trying to get an apprenticeship or going to university are just some of their options. But what exactly is on offer for young people in the Thames Valley?

Rachel Hepworth went along to find out. She spoke to Alison Robb-Webb from Oxford City Learning, Natalie Murray who is in her second year of an apprenticeship and Holly Chalmers from BMW Recruitment.