Biggest Pride yet

The police say early indications are that more than 160,000 party-goers took part in yesterday's Brighton Pride.

There were around twenty arrests for suspected drug and public order offences. St John Ambulance treated about 100 casualties, the majority for alcohol related injuries.

Around 50 officers, staff and supporters representing the national Gay Police Association, Sussex Police and other police forces from across the UK, led the carnival parade for the seventh year running.

They were joined by Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Giles York and Hampshire's Assistant Chief Constable Steve Dann.

The police say they received a very positive response from the crowds lining the route and in Preston Park.

The event's police commander Superintendent Steve Whitton said: "Once again, people have attended in their thousands to line the streets and take part in the Pride celebrations.

"Given the huge numbers we have seen attending today, it has been a peaceful and successful event with very few isolated incidents.

I'd like to thank all the organisers, the emergency services and all the participants for making the event such a great success."

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