2010 REVIEW OF THE YEAR: February

A CHELSEA fan made almost £17,000 when he sold a Jose Mourinho Premiership medal at auction.

Dean Juckes of Sovereign Harbour put Mourinho’s 2006 replacement medal, which Mr Juckes caught when the then Chelsea manager threw his second winner’s medal into a crowd of home fans, under the hammer fetching £16,800.

EASTBOURNE residents saw an above-inflation increase to their tax council tax - with the average homeowner paying more than £1,600 for the first time.

People living in average Band D properties had to fork out an extra £42 a year despite sector-wide pay freezes as the recession continued and cash-strapped councils cast around for further cash streams.

Cremation fees also increased from £407 to £450 - a rise of 10.6 per cent.

TAXPAYERS had to cough-up more than £11 million in the last two years to compensate for medical blunders by the trust which controls Eastbourne District General Hospital, the Herald revealed.

The patient claims were paid by the NHS Litigation Authority, a medical insurance body which in 2010 received £2.3 million by East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the organisation which runs the DGH and Conquest Hospital in Hastings,