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STUART McGINLEY: Our brave police officers are human too

It was only a matter of weeks ago that a police officer was brutally stabbed and killed as he tried to protect the public and MPs outside the houses of parliament.

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

A royal shift in mental health attitudes

Christmas has come very early indeed for political nerds - a full three years in fact - after our Prime Minister swapped her holiday hiking boots for running shoes.

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LEGAL CORNER: Victims’ rights: too important to be thrown out with the Brexit bathwater

Since 1972, the European Parliament has been issuing directives to EU member states including the UK, with the aim of laying down a legal framework of minimum requirements and guiding principles for each national government to translate into their own national laws.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country Walk: Up Marden to Piglegged Row

There are bluebells nearly all the way on this 4 miles (6.4kms) walk in the woods.

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On the left is the Duke of Monmouth mounted on a white steed. He was an illegitimate son of Charles II who made claim to the English throne. His rebellion failed and the Duke was tried for treason and executed. On the right a highwayman is depicted at his business. Robert Congden became such a man after deserting from Monmouths army.

Sussex highwayman’s Dutch connection to rebel Duke

Robert Congden was born into a well-off Midhurst family in 1662.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Wild orchid season opens

The wild orchid season has opened once again, drawing ever more enthusiasts out into the wild countryside to hunt for the 51 species in Britain, 26 (at least) of which are in Sussex.

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LEGAL CORNER: Probate costs set to rise steeply under new court fee regime

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that court fees charged for applications for a grant of representation after a death will be substantially increased later this year (May 2017), despite a public consultation that overwhelmingly opposed its proposed changes.

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Alexia Rowley - Parenting the role of a lifetime

Alexia Rowley on why having a child really is for the long term

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Duncton to Burton Park

This is a pretty little walk for Easter of only 2.3 miles (3.5kms) with spring flowers and spring pools gushing out of the chalk Downs.

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AIR ACES: A stunning talk to a packed audience

Speaking at the Air Aces March meeting, Wing Commander (Ret’d) Bill Ramsey spoke about his long and varied flying career to a packed audience of over 160 people at the Chichester Park Hotel.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: An Easter feast of flowers

Easter is a movable feast and all because of the moon, which got it right this year. March full moons after the equinox give us March Easters, which is a bit early for spring flowers.

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

A storm in a chocolate teacup

This is the week when the nation winds down early for a four-day weekend which, for many, will involve visiting family and stuffing our faces with Hot Cross Buns and cheap chocolate.

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An Oromo family enjoying a trip to beach

Bringing communities together

Many Sussex people will have taken part in Red Nose Day 2017 last month which raised an astonishing £71 million

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Ashford Hangers to Steep Church

I walked this 3.3 mile (5.5kms) route on 20 March and it is to commemorate the death 100 years ago on 9 April 1917 of Edward Thomas, the WW1 poet from Steep, Petersfield.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Good butterfly season anticipated

This week 2,000 volunteer butterfly recorders like myself start another season of work.This will be my 42nd year making weekly counts of butterflies at Kingley Vale national nature reserve.

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LEGAL CORNER: Watch your step — don’t let the new rules trip you up

It is well known that, in these days of austerity, local authorities have suffered from swingeing cuts in government grants and are having to make significant savings in many areas.

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STUART McGINLEY: Ridiculous fees are unfair on tenants

You may remember me saying last year how I was about to get a foot on the housing ladder and buy a house, sadly the deal has fallen through so we are back to square one!

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LEGAL CORNER: Lord Chancellor’s attention to detail brings welcome relief

In February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate used in the calculation of personal injury claims would be reduced from 2.5 per cent to minus 0.75 per cent, with effect from 20 March 2017.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Bosham channel

Civilised though it is with all modern facilities, this little village shares space all around with a teeming mass of wildlife.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Harbours crucial for endangered birds

Chichester, Medmerry and Pagham are among the world’s harbours and estuaries highlighted by 100 international scientists as being of crucial importance to some critically endangered water birds.

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