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Protester, 91, loses legal battle to get off 'extremism' database

A 91-year-old political campaigner will stay on a database covering 'extremist' activities after police chiefs won a legal battle at the UK's highest court.

John Catt, from Brighton, wanted details about his attendance at various demonstrations by protest group Smash EDO removed from the database.

John Catt is a member of protest group Smash EDO Credit: PA

He won an appeal in 2013 after arguing that his inclusion on the database breached his human rights as he had not committed any crimes.

The Court of Appeal ruled that while some Smash EDO members were known for violence and criminal behaviour, Mr Catt had not been convicted of any crimes.

But Supreme Court judges today overturned that decision by a majority of four to one.

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Couples to convert civil partnerships into marriages

Couples will be able to convert their civil partnerships into marriages for the first time today.

Ten same-sex couples will make history in Brighton later as they simultaneously convert their civil unions after Parliament approved a change to the law.

Couples to convert civil partnerships into marriages Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Ten registrars will take the couples through the process simultaneously in separate offices at Brighton Town Hall at 10am.

All 10 couples will be given a commemorative certificate to mark their involvement in the day's celebration.

Seagull makes photo finish in Brighton horse race

A seagull caused a flap at Brighton racecourse when it become the first bird to feature in the photo-finish print for a horse race.

Photo finish- Gully gets second behind Richard Hughes. Credit: Facebook/BrightonRacecourse

The bird was caught on camera "swooping for the line" at the end of a half-mile-race, flying in second behind Jewelled, ridden by Richard Hughes.

"We are about a mile-and-a-half from the sea, and there are a lot of seagulls around, but this has never happened before as far as we are aware," racecourse spokesman George Hill told the BBC.

"The bird just happened to be in the right place at the right time," he added.


Father of teen killed in Syria 'proud' of son

The father of a British teenager who died fighting in Syria has told ITV News he is "proud" that his son "sacrificed his own life for the sake of others".

Speaking from his home in Brighton, Abubaker Deghayes said his son was a "nice person" with many friends, although he was "a bit naughty, like any other teenager".

Father hails Brit teen killed in Syria as 'martyr'

The father of a British teenager killed in Syria has described him as a "martyr" and tried to convince him not to fight in the war-torn country.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, whose uncle is a former Guantanamo detainee, is believed to have died in April, after leaving the UK in January.

Mr Deghayes insisted his sons were not "terrorists" but travelled to Syria to defend "those who are weak" after seeing videos of the atrocities online.

His brothers Jafar, 16, and 20-year-old Amer also travelled to Syria. Speaking in Brighton, Mr Deghayes said:

As I far as I know Abdullah went to Syria without my consent, nor his mother's consent, to fight Syrians against the dictator Bashar al-Assad.

– Mr Deghayes

He was killed in a battle. His brother, who is also there, is injured. The third brother who is also there is OK. He is fine.

I never encouraged them, nor anybody, as far as I know. They went of their own free will. I hope he is in peace now.

– Mr Deghayes

Asked whether he believed Abdullah was a martyr, Mr Deghayes replied: "Of course I think, as a Muslim, that my son is a martyr. Anyone who dies for a just cause is a martyr."

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