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A group of five 'dinner ladies' from Balfour Primary School in Brighton have won more than £2m on a lottery syndicate ticket.

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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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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".

Read: Father hails British teen killed in Syria as a 'martyr'

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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Teen killed in Syria nephew of ex-Guantanamo detainee

The British teenager killed in Syria is the nephew of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, was killed in Syria. Credit: ITV Meridian

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, is the nephew of Omar, who was held in the United States as an enemy combatant at the detention centre between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

Read: Family of killed British teen didn't know he was in Syria

Family of killed British teen didn't know he was in Syria

The family of a British teenager who was killed in Syria said they had no idea he was in the war-torn country.

Abubaker Deghayes, the father of 18-year-old Abdullah, said he found out about his son's death on Facebook.

At the moment we do not have details of his death. All that we know is that he was killed in Syria. The family is mourning.

We are all in mourning. I'm trying to find out what's happened. At the moment we don't have any details. We found out on Facebook.

I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria. I need to find out. I might go and travel to see.

He was a youngster who didn't communicate a lot. With parents, once they grow, they don't tell you much about their lives.

– His father Abubaker Deghayes

Read: Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes to British teenager Abdullah Deghayes, who was killed in Syria, have been left on social media.

Friend Louis Tierney wrote on Facebook: "Miss you like mad! Love you mate forever in my heart xxxxx."

Other friends have taken to Twitter:

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R.I.P this is such a shock, can not get my head around it. Everyone's gonna miss you Abdullah Deghayes. much love xxx

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

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Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

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