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Goodnight from Sussex Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today.

We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, from 06:00 GMT, with the latest news, sport, travel and weather, and updates on how the South East is faring as Storm Doris arrives.

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Severe disruption: M23 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J8 for M23 and M23 J9.

M23 Surrey - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M23 southbound between J8 M23 and M23 J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Yellow weather warning in place

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Expect gale force winds, thanks to Storm Doris.

Here's my latest forecast.

Final Shoreham air disaster report due next week

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Air accident investigators say they will publish their final safety report into the Shoreham air disaster next week. 

11 men died when a vintage Hawker hunter Jet crashed on the A27 in August 2015.

photo of 11 victims
BBC/Sussex Police/ Facebook

Families of the victims have been calling for the publication of the findings by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. 

Sussex police are also investigating the role played by pilot Andy Hill, who survived the crash.  

Doris hits South East's trains

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Speed restrictions are being introduced on the South East's rail network on Thursday, as the region prepares for Storm Doris.

Trains will be limited to 50mph, to allow drivers extra stopping time if trees or other debris is blown onto tracks.

Southern says the speed limit means it won't be able to run its full service, with only one direct Brighton to Victoria train an hour between 11:00 GMT and 18:00 GMT.

Southeastern says its coastal routes, from Ashford to Ramsgate and Hastings to Battle, will be the most affected.

Southeastern train

This is part of our standard planning for stormy weather, but it will mean changes to journeys for some passengers. Your safety is our top priority.'

Andy Derbyshirechief operating officer, Network Rail South East route
Passengers at Brighton station

We will continue to work with Network Rail to monitor the necessity of these important safety measures, but we advise all passengers to check before they travel and to allow more time for their journeys.'

Ellie BurrowsTrain Services Director at Southeastern

Wanted: Have you seen this man?

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Aaron Barrett is wanted on recall to prison having failed to abide to the terms of his release licence.

Aaron Barrett still
Sussex police

Barrett, who is 26-years-old, was jailed in 2016 for dangerous driving. He was living in Surrey on his release but previously lived in Brighton where he still has many contacts.   

He's around 6ft and of stocky build. Police are warning people not to approach him but to call 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

Calls for Coperforma to be investigated

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

The Shadow Health Secretary called for an inquiry during a visit to Hove into the controversial contract for non-emergency patient transport across Sussex. 

The multi million pound deal was awarded to Coperforma last year but the company faced harsh criticism for long delays in providing NHS patients with hospital transport. 

Man airlifted to hospital after scaffolding fall

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police car outside Eastbourne pier
Jules Anderson

A man's been flown to hospital by air ambulance after falling from scaffolding onto the beach in Eastbourne this morning. 

Police and ambulance services were called to Grand Parade close to the pier just after 08:00 GMT. 

It's not known how badly the man's been injured.

Breezy with patchy rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

There is a yellow weather warning on the way - find out why.

Coperforma: Shadow health minister visits Sussex

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


The Shadow Health Secretary, Jon Ashworth, will be in Hove today to meet staff who provide non-emergency patient transport across Sussex. 

Coperforma, the private company which took over the service last April, was stripped of its multi-million pound contract with the NHS in November. 

The firm had faced serious criticism over its performance, including reports of missed appointments and non-payments. 

The South Central Ambulance Trust is due to formally take over the service from April.

'Without guards, travel is unsafe'

Steve Dale

BBC Sussex reporter

The RMT says about 500 of its members on Southern rail are on strike today in their 29th day of action in nearly a year. 

Meanwhile, a Sussex woman has joined the picket line at Brighton station.

Miriam Binder speaks on behalf of Disabled People Against Cuts.

Southern said it expects to run 75% of its normal service today despite the industrial action.

Police ask for help in finding Nicholas Leon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Nicholas Leon
Sussex Police

Nicholas Leon is being sought by police as they believe he might be able to help with their investigation into various incidents in Wealden district. 

The 32-year-old from Crowborough also has links to Hailsham and Polegate.

Loo closure plan 'flushed away'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Public toilets sign

The Women's Institute has won a victory to keep public toilets open in Ore, East Sussex. 

More than 60 people protested outside the toilets earlier this month, demanding they stay open.

Hastings Borough Council has removed the proposal from its draft budget that goes before councillors today. 

Severe disruption: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between Marine Parade Road and B2106 Terminus Road.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Seaside Road in Eastbourne closed in both directions between the Marine Parade Road junction and Memorial Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

Join me at 09:00 GMT on BBC Sussex

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'll be broadcasting from the University of Surrey this morning, here's why.

Join me from 09:00 GMT on BBC Sussex.

Have you seen this man?

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Police want to speak to this man following a rape in Eastbourne.

image of man police want to talk to about the rape
sussex Police

This follows reports of a man in his early 20s being raped by another man in a street near the train station just after 21:00 GMT on 15 February.

The man in the photo is described as 5ft 10in and of slim build.

Disruption for passengers on strike day 29

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern train

There's more disruption facing passengers on Southern rail today. 

It's the 29th day of strike action by the RMT union. 

The dispute is over changes to the role of guards, making drivers responsible for safety and operating the doors. 

Southern's parent company has already imposed the changes on guards and says it expects 75% of services to run today. 

Last week drivers rejected a deal with the firm. 

Their union Aslef is still in talks. 

A breezy day

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a mild day ahead, but it will be blustery.

Here's my forecast.  

We're almost halfway through the week

We're here to keep you company with all of today's news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex until 22:00 GMT.

Stuart M Clout sent us this gorgeous sunset taken at Brooklands Park, Worthing, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay

Brooklands park
Stuart M Clout

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