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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates from Tuesday 6 September

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

That's all for our live reporting for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with all the very latest news about the Southern rail strike.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, drop us a line on by TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.

Have a lovely evening.

Paralympics: 'It's not quite hit home yet'

Stuart Maisner

Let's meet two more of our Sussex Paralympians - about to compete in Rio - Judo's Natalie Greenhough from Crawley and table tennis player Will Bayley from Groombridge. 

Herstmonceux murder: man jailed

A man from Battle's been sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend in Herstmonceux.

Concern for missing teenagers

Police are concerned about these two teenagers who've gone missing from West Sussex. 

Kudzai Chemhuru, who's 16, was last seen on 1 September at his house in Goring; while 15-year-old Edward Little was last seen in Upper Boundstone Lane two days earlier. 

It's believed they could be together in Worthing, Brighton and Hove or London. 

Missing teenagers
Sussex Police
Kumar Lama

The case against a UK-based Nepalese colonel accused of torture in his home country collapses after costing an estimated £1m.

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Gerald Palmer and Carrie Izzard

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 29 times and left her to die is jailed for at least 22 years.

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Jofra Archer

Sussex bowl out Leicestershire for 135 at Grace Road, before the visitors collapse to 182-7 in reply on day one.

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Southern: Hourly trains to be reinstated on Seaford branch

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

"It's a bit annoying to be honest." Surely something of an understatement from one Seaford-bound commuter I chatted to at Lewes nearly a month ago, during the last rail strike.

Another didn't mince his words. "It's a total mess".  

Now, after nearly two months of bus replacements that saw the Seaford branch fall completely silent, commuters are cautiously welcoming the reinstatement of hourly trains from the end of this month.

The local MP Maria Caulfield says she'll be keeping her eye on Southern to make sure they deliver. 

With another rail strike about to get underway, so too will passengers. 

'Thank you US Open for another good year!'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta tweets it's been a 'good year' in her US Open campaign. Konta was knocked out of the US Open in the last 16 by Anastasija Sevastova yesterday. 

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Could left-leaning parties have electoral pact?

Green Caroline Lucas and Labour's Peter Kyle on electoral reform and working together.
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and Labour's Peter Kyle debate electoral reform, but do not seem close to working together on an electoral pact.

The Brighton MP said voters want candidates who have policies in common to be "a bit wiser" at elections.

But her neighbouring Hove MP told her there were "red lines that your voters would not cross" and that voters would see an "Establishment stitch-up".

Lewis Dunk: Brighton defender signs five-year contract

Lewis Dunk has agreed a new five-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 24-year-old defender has made more than 150 appearances for the Seagulls and scored 11 goals.

Read more here.

Lewis Dunk
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Southern strikes: 'We can't go back to the 1970s' says Wealden MP

Commuters are bracing themselves for rail disruption as RMT members at Southern Trains stage a two-day walkout from midnight tonight.

The company, which is in dispute with the union over the role of conductors, says it expects to run 65 per cent of its emergency timetable. 

Nus Ghani MP

Shana Grice murder: trial date set

A man's due to go on trial in March next year charged with murdering a Sussex teenager.

Tyre fitter Michael Lane appeared at Hove Crown Court today and denied killing Shana Grice, who was found dead at her home in Mile Oak last month.

The 27-year-old from Thornhill Rise in Portslade was remanded in custody.

Shana Grice
Family handout

This afternoon's top stories

Stuart Maisner

A patient transport service defends itself from criticism, a Sussex MP takes a prestigious new position, and rail strike preparations. Here are the Sussex headlines this afternoon.

End of the bus 'chippy smell'

The Argus

Could the distinctive chippy smell of the Big Lemon bus fleet in Brighton soon be a thing of the past? Read the Argus report here.  

Bus company co-founder Tom Druitt
Argus

BreakingSussex MP takes over as Chair of Home Affairs Select Committee

Stuart Maisner

Tim Loughton, the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, will take over as interim chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

It follows the resignation of chairman Keith Vaz, who's stepping down after a newspaper claimed he paid for the services of two male sex workers.  

Find more on the story here.

Tim Loughton
BBC

Warm and humid afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's muggy out there, but we can expect some sunshine over the next few days.   

Lunchtime report: Leicestershire v Sussex

Adrian Harms

Reporting live for BBC Sussex

Cricket pitch
BBC

A tough morning for Leicestershire after Sussex decided to bowl first under cloudy skies and a greenish looking pitch, which has made for favourable bowling conditions.

Steve Magoffin took a wicket with the first ball of the match having Paul Horton caught behind, but thereafter the Sussex bowling failed to exploit the conditions as Dexter and Robson completed a solid 50 partnership.

However Robson was bowled by one that kept horribly low, and the ever reliable Magoffin trapped Leics skipper Cosgrove for four runs.

Neil Dexter has shown sound technique, mixing watchful defence with some classic cover drives, and he may well benefit if the forecast sun arrives and batting gets easier.

Watch: A green looking Grace Road

Richard Rae takes a look at the pitch at ahead of Leicestershire V Sussex

Today's Argus front page

The Argus

The Argus leads today on the jailing of a teacher who raped a pupil at his school. Visit the website here.

Argus front page
Argus

British Airways apologises to delayed passengers

Passengers at Gatwick have been affected by delays after an IT glitch affected check-in desks.

The airline said passengers were able to check in at Gatwick and Heathrow airports "although it is taking longer than usual". It advised passengers to check in online.  

Read the latest story here.

Passengers at Heathrow airport
PA

'We have 185 years of uniformed volunteers'

Stuart Maisner

Sussex Police has launched pilot schemes where members of the public work alongside paid staff to allow officers to concentrate on core duties.  

Chief Inspector Simon Nelson was interviewed on the BBC Sussex breakfast show this morning.

'It was like a bomb exploding in my face'

Bob Dale

Six weeks after he was caught in a petrol fire, leaving him with 30% burns, a South East MP is praising the work of the Sussex burns unit that treated him

Gordon Henderson, who represents Sittingbourne and Sheppey in Kent, is warning others not to repeat his mistake of throwing petrol on a bonfire.

Coperforma: The situation 'reaches critical levels'

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

Four companies contracted by Coperforma - the non-emergency ambulance service - have told NHS managers they're unable to "operate effectively". 

This extensive letter outlines ambulance bosses significant concerns with the way Coperforma are running the patient transport service in Sussex. 

Coperforma website
Coperforma

It's is the first time we have heard this from the ambulance providers. They say Coperforma has "refused any assistance". 

The letter says the situation has reached "critical levels now" and that they are "disgusted" at the position Coperforma has put them in. 

Coperforma staff member
BBC

They raise a number of serious financial concerns and are threatening "legal proceedings" in ten days time or face an "immediate reduction in the provision of services".      

British Airways delays at Gatwick

Stuart Maisner

British Airways passengers at Gatwick are facing delays after an IT glitch affected check-in desks.  

Full story here

British Airways plane
BBC

Coperforma: 'The service can't collapse'

Stuart Maisner

It's being claimed the non-emergency patient transport service, Coperforma, is on the brink of collapse. The company says that "patient service is operating virtually on target".

Tymal Mills

Callum Scowen

BBC Kick Off Reporter

England T20 bowler Tymal Mills discusses the back condition which has limited him to the shorter formats of cricket.

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Cricket: Sussex in action at Leicester

Sussex take on Leicestershire at Grace Road today in a county championship Division Two match. Regular updates here as well as on BBC Sussex throughout the day.  

Grace Road, Leicester
BBC

Paralympics: 'A spot on the podium would mean everything'

Competition begins in the Rio Paralympics on Thursday. Eastbourne's Joe Townsend is looking forward to the challenge.

University of Sussex raises tuition fees

Stuart Maisner

The University of Sussex is among those which have increased their tuition fees to a minimum of £9,250 from 2017. Full BBC story here.  

Students
BBC

#OnThisDay

Stuart Maisner

A tribute to two Worthing footballers, an MP reprimanded and a school assembly poll. Here's our look at the stories making the news #onthisday one, three and five years ago. 

This morning's headlines

Stuart Maisner

Ambulance service criticism, rail strike preparations and police volunteers. Here's this morning's top stories for Sussex.

How are the roads looking?

BBC Travel

There are no major dispruptions in Sussex this morning. For more detailed information visit the BBC Travel site here or tune into BBC Sussex breakfast.

Road map
BBC

Sunshine or rain?

Will you need your suncream or a brolly this morning in Sussex? Here's my forecast.

ICYMI: Patient transport service on brink of 'collapse'

The non-emergency ambulance service in Sussex is on the brink of "collapse", according to a group of companies who are contracted by Coperforma to provide the service.

Good morning from your Sussex Live team

Stuart Maisner

We'll have all the news, travel and sport updates you need up to 22:00 BST. 

Let's start the day with this lovely photo of Winchelsea beach sent in by Philip Huddleston. Thanks Philip! 

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Winchelsea
Philip Huddleston