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  2. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Exeter remained in the hunt for an automatic-promotion place with a well deserved win at Crawley in League Two.

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Ayoze Perez celebrates

Ian Westbrook

BBC Sport

Newcastle score twice in the final 10 minutes to come from behind to beat Championship promotion rivals Brighton.

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Sussex MP helps team to pancake day victory

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex MP was on the winning team at Westminster's annual Parliamentary pancake race outside the Houses of Parliament.

The Shrove Tuesday charity event pits MPs, peers and the press pack against each other.

Man told to 'investigate' car theft himself

When Kevin Standing's Jaguar was stolen from his driveway in Patcham, he didn't expect this response from the police.

A dry start to Wednesday...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But then the heavens open in the afternoon. Watch my forecast here.

Southern rail staff to strike again

Southern rail staff  have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards .

Southern train

The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

Gatwick pilots targeted with laser pens

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Laser pen

There were 55 laser pen attacks on aircraft at Gatwick last year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority. 

The West Sussex airport is in the top ten most targeted in the UK.

Earlier this month, the Department for Transport announced plans to introduce new legislation meaning people who shine lasers at pilots could be jailed or face hefty fines.

Footballers come together over cancer patient

Amanda Akass

BBC Live reporter

Alex Stedman was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this month.

The 22-year-old works for Crawley Town FC and footballers across the country have been helping him raise money for charity.  

Monkeys go bananas over pancake treat

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Squirrel monkeys
Drusillas Park

These squirrel monkeys at Drusillas have had a Shrove Tuesday treat after pancakes were added to their lunch menu and served up in a frying pan. 

But if you're looking for tips on the perfect pancake, I'm not sure it's a recipe to try at home...

They were made from a mix of porridge oats, baby rice, baby formula and whey powder, bound together with sunflower oil and sweet potato... all the foods that keep the monkeys fit and healthy. 


It's getting closer...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Lawro: 'This is Brighton's year'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion take on closest rivals Newcastle United this evening. 

Just one point separates the two front-runners for promotion to the Premier League.

Follow the game  online  or there's full commentary on BBC Sussex from 19:00 GMT.  

Sideswiped by a foreign HGV

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Left-hand drive lorries were involved in nearly 350 accidents in the South East last year.

Now there are calls for continental vehicles to be fitted with technology to stop incidents such as this.

It's a wet and cold end to February

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

Winter's not done with us yet.

Here's my forecast.

Pancake Day celebrations at Chichester Cathedral

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These choristers at Chichester Cathedral have been celebrating Shrove Tuesday in the traditional way. 

I don't know about you but I'd never be able to catch my pancake if I'd flipped it that high!

Chichester Cathedral choristers celebrating Shrove Tuesday
Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral choristers celebrating Shrove Tuesday
Chichester Cathedral

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspapers (generic)

The Argus : 'My £40k Jaguar was stolen and police told me to investigate crime myself'

Chichester Observer  : Aldingbourne man to be sentenced for sex offences against young girls

Eastbourne Herald  : Efit released in appeal after teen sexually assaulted in Eastbourne

Hastings Observer : Town swinging for Fat Tuesday Festival

Brighton and Hove News : Strikes by Southern drivers and guards blamed for loss at train company

BreakingAnother Southern strike date announced

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern Trains

The RMT Union has announced a new strike date in its ongoing dispute with Southern Rail.

The union's members will walk out for 24 hours on 13 March, in its long-running dispute with Southern over driver-only operation on trains.

The dispute has been ongoing since April 2016.

Pensioner badly injured in road accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An 81-year-old woman's in a serious condition after being hit by a car in Seaford.

It happened as she was walking along the A259 Buckle bypass just before 18:30 last night.

The accident involved a white Citroen DS3 being driven by a 20-year-old man from Seaford.

The road was closed for three hours while the incident was investigated.

Seagulls set to soar to the top?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Amex Stadium
Rex Features

It's a season-defining moment for Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex tonight.

The Championship leaders welcome Newcastle United, the side chasing them for the title.

The Seagulls have the best home record in the league, and United have the best away record.

Both sides are runaway favourites for the two automatic promotion spots to the Premier League.

Man badly injured in attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's had his jaw broken in the centre of Brighton.

It happened in London Road, around 10:45 GMT on 22 February, when the 26-year-old was attacked by a man in his mid-twenties and wearing a green tracksuit.

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm talking about teachers and their workloads on this morning's show.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 GMT. 

Taxi firm hit by armed robbers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

CCTV of safe bandits
Sussex Police

Two men armed with large knives have stolen a safe from a taxi firm in Chichester.

The pair walked into the offices of Starline in Market Road around 00:30 GMT on 27 February.

They threatened a member of staff, who managed to escape and call police.

The thieves were seen with the safe, running towards the Cattlemarket car park.

Warnings over hospice budget cuts

The chief executive of a hospice in Brighton is warning hospices need more time to adapt to budget cuts.

It's after The Sussex Beacon, which cares for people with HIV related illnesses, had its funding cut.

Lifeguards on Camber

Camber Sands in East Sussex will be patrolled in the summer following seven deaths last year.

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Beefeater to replace ravens with seagulls

Amanda Akass

BBC Live reporter

Alan Kingshott was born in Newhaven and he's about to move back to the Sussex coast to enjoy his retirement. 

But in recent years he's been living in the Tower of London as Chief Yeoman Warder, effectively the Tower's top Beefeater.

The next Richard Branson?

Meet Steve Williams, a Littlehampton commuter so fed up with Southern he wants to start his own train company.    

Cold start to the day

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It will be wet and cold today. Watch my forecast to find out more.  

Good morning Sussex

We'll be with you until 22:00 GMT with all of Sussex's news, sport, travel and weather.

Andrea Heribanova took this atmospheric shot of West Pier in Brighton, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

West Pier in Brighton
Andrea Heribanova

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