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Safety concerns ahead of Lewes Bonfire celebrations

Thousands attend the event every year Credit: ITV Meridian

Sussex Police is advising people, who do not live locally, against travelling to Lewes Bonfire tomorrow over concerns for public safety.

50,000 people are expected to pack the streets for the celebrations.

Concerns have been raised about dangerous over-crowding at the event.

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A number of roads will be closed and some train services will be cancelled on the night to dissuade people from attending.

The emergency services and Southern Railway, who are responsible for the closures, say public safety is their priority and they haven't made the decisions lightly.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP Brighton Kemptown, Lab

Firm fined £100k after fatal human cannonball stunt

Stuntman Matthew Cranch died after his safety net collapsed

A stunt firm - has been fined - 100 thousand pounds - after a human cannonball stunt - went tragically wrong. Matthew Cranch - died after being fired into the air - at the county showground in Kent.

The director of the company escaped a jail sentence at Maidstone Crown Court today. He was given a 12-month community order. The court heard that a mechanism triggering release of the safety net was not properly set. Derek Johnson reports.

In the report we hear from Tracey Beattie from Maidstone Borough Council.


Company director acquitted in health & safety case over tyre fitter's death

Matthew Hoare, 21, died after a tyre he was inflating exploded

A company director has been acquitted over the death of a young tyre fitter

Twenty-one year-old Matthew Hoare was killed instantly when a five-foot tractor tyre exploded as he inflated it. Andrew Wright, a company director of Watling Tyres in Canterbury, was on trial for failing to implement health and safety guidelines at the garage.

The incident happened at Watling Tyres in Canterbury

Contractor fined thousands for roof fall

A Dorset contractor has been fined after an employee fell through the roof of a building.

David Clark was one of the workers employed by Michael Fry to replace a barn roof at a farm in Winfrith, Dorset.

Mr Clark was standing on the roof of a lean-to building when it collapsed beneath him.

He fractured three vertebrae, broke a rib and couldn't work for nearly two months. He has since retrained for a different career.

Yesterday, contractor Mr Fry was charged with exposing workers to serious risk by breaching a Height Regulations Act at Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £2,000 and made to pay costs of £9,440.

The incident happened on December 14, 2011 and was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

The dangers of working at a height are well known, yet poor safety standards and lack of safeguards still exist among some contractors. Employers have a legal duty to manage safety and failing to do can end in tragedy."

– James Powell, Healthy and Safety Executive