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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.

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