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  2. Updates from Monday 8 August 2016

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Brighton

Alex Bysouth

BBC Sport

Brighton stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games as they draw with visitors Stoke.

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Woman filmed repeatedly hitting man with riding crop in Sussex
A woman was filmed hitting a man during a hunt in Sussex.

'I thought I was going to die'

Peter Whittlesea

BBC South East Today reporter

An 89-year-old describes the terrifying moment she became trapped on a railway line, after being struck by a level crossing barrier.

Missing: Have you seen Megan?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who hasn't been seen for nearly a week.

Megan Westbrook was last seen on Wednesday 15 November at her home in Bognor Regis.

It's thought she could have travelled to Worthing or Durrington.

Megan Westbrook
Sussex Police
Harry Kewell

Crawley boss Harry Kewell apologises after a confrontation with fans but says reports of the incident have been "exaggerated".

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Charity provides mental health support for teenagers
Addaction provides support for youngsters who might not be able to get help on the NHS.
Football

Craig Mackail-Smith scores an 11-minute hat-trick as Wycombe get back to winning ways with a 4-0 thrashing of Crawley.

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Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A2011 and M23 J9.

M23 West Sussex - Queuing traffic on M23 northbound between J10, A2011 (Crawley) and M23 J9, Gatwick Airport, because of all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe accident, at J9 for M23.

M23 West Sussex - M23 entry slip road closed, queuing traffic and two lanes closed southbound at J9, M23 (Gatwick Airport), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bewl Water

Bewl Water reservoir in Kent is 34% full but Southern Water says we're coping better than in 1976.

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Concerns for missing Bexhill man

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Police are asking for the public's help in finding Benjamin Tyler who has gone missing from his home in Bexhill.

Benjamin, 32, was last seen in Brighton in the early hours of Wednesday 15 November and it's believed he may have traveled to the area in his car.

Benjamin Tyler
Sussex police

Sussex hit-and-run victim named

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A woman who died after being involved in a hit-and-run on the A24 in Horsham has been named as Rebecca Nevins.

Rebecca Nevins
Sussex police

Ms Nevins, 70, of Manor Fields in Horsham, died when her car crashed into another vehicle that had earlier been stolen during a house burglary in Goring on Friday 10 November.

Her family said 'she lit up the lives of everyone she met' and that she will be 'sorely missed by everybody.'

A 23-year-old man from Staines-on-Thames has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Tomer Hemed

Israel international Tomer Hemed extends his contract with Premier League club Brighton until the summer of 2019.

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Royal Sussex County Hospital

The hospital trust, Care Quality Commission and Sussex Police are investigating Joan Blaber's death.

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Eurovision: You Decide comes to Brighton Dome

Eurovision: You Decide, the show which decides the UK entry for the annual song contest will take place in the Brighton Dome in February.

The venue hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 when Abba won with Waterloo.

Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw will co-host the event with self-confessed Eurovision "superfan", Mel Giedroyc.

The show on Wednesday 7 February will be broadcast live on BBC Two.

Eurovision: You Decide
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What do you call a chilled out octopus?

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Giant Pacific octopus
Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings is looking for a name for its new male Giant Pacific octopus.

Do you have a suggestion for their cephalopod who has been described as "chilled out" and loves interacting with his keepers?

The largest recorded specimen had an arm span of 10m (33ft) and weighed 370kg (600lb).

The Giant Pacific is known to be very intelligent and there have been cases of them sneaking out at night to raid other aquariums.

Severe accident: A259 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between B2132 Yapton Road and A259 Flansham Lane.

A259 West Sussex - A259 Worms Lane in Flansham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B2132 Yapton Road junction and the A259 Flansham Lane junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Darryll Rowe convicted of infecting sexual partners with HIV
One of Darryll Rowe's victims says being deliberately infected with HIV is "like rape".

Severe accident: B2082 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

B2082 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Playden Lane and A268 Rye Road.

B2082 East Sussex - B2082 Iden Road in Playden closed and busy but moving in both directions between the Playden Lane junction and the A268 Rye Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'There was menace in his voice, he was happy with what he did'

Daryll Rowe has been found guilty of GBH and attempted GBH after he deliberately infected men with HIV.

One of his victims has agreed to speak to us anonymously.

BreakingDaryll Rowe guilty of infecting men with HIV

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man coerced others into unprotected sex and sabotaged condoms for those he could not persuade to deliberately infect them with HIV, a jury has ruled.

Daryll Rowe, 27, denied five counts of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and five counts of attempted GBH.

Jurors at Lewes Crown Court found him guilty on all counts.

During the trial Rowe claimed to believe months of drinking his own urine had cured him of the virus.

But after sex with some of the men he texted mocking messages, including "I have HIV LOL. Oops!" and "I'm riddled".

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between B2109 Avis Road and Bishopstone Road affecting Sutton Avenue.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Seaford Road in Newhaven closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Denton roundabout and the Bishopstone Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the Sutton Avenue junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Children's TV star shocks market town

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Dylan Sprouse, star of The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, has been spotted taking a stroll around Horsham.

The American actor, who has more than four million Twitter followers, was spotted having breakfast in Bill's.

He has not responded to the waves of Twitter users pleading to know why he is in the market town, or if he fancied a pint, but dozens agreed it is one of the "most exciting" things to have happened in the town.

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Starlings take to the skies in Brighton

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly with the birds?

This stunning footage shot over Brighton takes us up close and personal with a murmuration of starlings.

Sweet-toothed burglars steal children's chocolate

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Robbers who broke into a bungalow in Peacehaven stole some chocolate while searching for valuables after several wrappers were found left discarded on the floor.

The offenders forced a rear window to get into the house in St Peter's Avenue on Monday 6 November while the family were out for the day.

They are believed to have struck between 15:00 GMT and 15:45 GMT after spending significant time outside.

As well as the chocolate, the burglars stole a valuable Tag Heuer wristwatch and an iPad tablet.

St Peter's Avenue
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Life-saving equipment stolen from station

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Man sought over defibrillator theft in Lancing
British Transport Police

A CCTV image has been released of a man wanted in connection with the theft of life-saving equipment from a West Sussex railway station.

A defibrillator was taken from Lancing station in the early hours of 4 November, British Transport Police said.

The station was also vandalised with windows of the waiting room and staff room being smashed.

A ticket machine was broken and graffiti sprayed at the station, police said.

Severe accident: A22 East Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

A22 East Sussex southbound severe accident, between A26 and Harvey's Lane.

A22 East Sussex - Slow traffic on A22 southbound in Little Horsted between the A26 junction and the Harvey's Lane junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, between A277 Brighton Road and A26 affecting B2123 The Drove.

A27 East Sussex - Queuing traffic on A27 eastbound in Lewes between Ashcombe roundabout and Southerham Roundabout, because of earlier tree cutting. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the B2123 The Drove junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New campaign for sexual exploitation victims

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Boy (generic)
Science Photo Library

A campaign aimed at raising awareness of sexual exploitation of boys and young men in Sussex has officially launched.

The YMCA Wise Project premiered a series of short films, made in Brighton and Hove, which depict different models of exploitation through a number of scenarios.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne welcomed the launch after a report commissioned by her office found boys and young men risk being overlooked as potential victims of sexual exploitation.