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Make the most of tomorrow's weather...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

As Friday's looking like a washout. Watch my forecast here:  

Can the Seagulls soar to the top of the table?

Brighton and Hove Albion are currently second in the Championship. Can they make it to the Premier League?

Care worker filmed on CCTV stealing from pensioner

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

This video shows the moment a care worker from Littlehampton in West Sussex, stole money from a pensioner she was looking after.

Theresa Stratton, 39, stole £130 from the wallet of 74-year-old David Skerritt at his home in Rustington, West Sussex.  

Her family recorded the theft on CCTV and have given the BBC the footage.

Smallest ever Rolls Royce arrives at West Sussex hospital

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Young patients at St Richard's hospital in West Sussex have been given a very special new toy to help make visits much less daunting.

Engineers at Rolls Royce have custom-built an electric car for children to drive between the ward and the operating theatre.

Secondary school placements revealed to parents

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Pupils
BBC

Families across the country are finding out which secondary schools their 11-year-olds will be attending come September.

Over 80% of pupils have been given their first choice school in Brighton and Hove with applications up from 2,429 to 2,517 this year. 

In East Sussex - where 85% got their top preference - applications rose to 5,592 from 5,240 in 2016.

And in West Sussex, 90% of pupils were offered their first preferred school.

Youngsters at Chichester hospital get a new toy
Patients will be able to drive through the paediatric unit's corridors past mock traffic signs.

Farmer in tears after sheep killed in dog attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

About a dozen sheep have died after a dog attack at a farm near Polegate.

It happened yesterday morning near the Cuckoo Trail.

Several of the sheep attacked were due to lamb.

Some of the sheep were killed by the dogs, with others so badly injured they had to be put down.

I was crying as I had to shoot some of them as they were too injured to survive. It's not the dog's fault, it's the owners. I know people let their dogs off the lead but they should be able to control them."

Peter SandgroveFarmer

It's estimated the farmer will have lost around £3,000. The dogs were not seen close enough but it is believed they were one black dog and one tan coloured dog."

Sgt Tom CarterSussex Police

Care worker filmed on CCTV stealing from pensioner

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Theresa Stratton
BBC

A care worker from West Sussex has been found guilty of stealing from a pensioner she was looking after.

Theresa Stratton, 39, of Dorset Close, Littlehampton, took £130 from the wallet of 74-year-old David Skerritt at his home in Rustington.

The theft was captured on a CCTV camera installed by his family.

The jury found Stratton - who claimed she had borrowed the money with the permission of Mr Skerritt - guilty following a trial at Chichester Crown Court.

She is due to be sentenced on 10 March. 

The judge warned her she will "almost certainly" face a prison sentence, saying there had been a high degree of betrayal of trust.

Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of the new campaign.

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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.  

What are your kids dressing up as for #WorldBookDay?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

If you're a parent we're sure you won't have forgotten it's  #WorldBookDay  tomorrow...

So which literary character is your child dressing up as this year?

If you're struggling for an idea here are a few snaps from last year that might give you some last minute inspiration...

Here are Ava, Flynn, Oliver, Zanthe, William and Mya.

We'd love to see your photos or videos of this year's World Book Day tomorrow. Send them to us on  Twitter , Facebook , or by sending us an  email .

Ava, 3, as the witch from Room on the Broom
Marc Dumbleton
Ava, 3, as the witch from Room on the Broom
Flynn, 10, as Mrs Twit
Darren Edwards
Flynn, 10, as Mrs Twit
Oliver, 7, as Where's Wally
Wendy Davis
Oliver, 7, as Where's Wally
Zanthe, 5, as the star from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Marc Dumbleton
Zanthe, 5, as the star from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
William, 3, as Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Kerry Hartley
William, 3, as Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Mya, 7, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Anushka Rampling
Mya, 7, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Today's top newspaper headlines

The Argus : 'Shops are growing target for criminals', claim councillors

Chichester Observer : Chichester A27 scheme cancelled

Eastbourne Herald : County council spending £20,000 on parking meters for new pound coins

Hastings Observer : Conquest consultant and unit named best for surgical training

Brighton and Hove News : Announcement on new school site expected this month

Glenn Murray in action against Newcastle United

Brighton striker Glenn Murray believes the Seagulls can immediately bounce back from their defeat by Newcastle United.

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Grayling: Lack of council support behind cancelling A27 scheme

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

As we've been reporting, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has cancelled a Highways England scheme to improve the A27 at Chichester. 

Here's the letter he wrote to Highways England yesterday, setting out why he was pulling the plug. 

In it, he suggests that local councillors' calls for a new consultation and lack of support for Highways England's suggested options were behind his decision.

Letter from Chris Grayling
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A27: Highways England 'disappointed' at Chichester scheme cancellation

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

This just in from Highways England, who were told yesterday by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that he was cancelling their planned £250m Chichester bypass scheme. 

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to engage with our consultation last summer on improving the A27 through Chichester. We are obviously disappointed at this decision as the improvement would have brought significant strategic benefits to the region. But any improvement had to be right for Chichester and there was no overall consensus. We will continue to work with partners to monitor the route’s performance and to carry out any short term measures we can to help road users, the local community and the region.”

Jim O'Sullivan Chief Executive, Highways England

BreakingPet Shop Boys to headline Brighton Pride

The Pet Shop Boys
BBC

The Pet Shop Boys will be headlining the Pride Summer Of Love Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 5 August.

It'll be their first Pride performance in 20 years.

The band will be in Brighton after their ‘Super Tour' show.

“We are really proud to welcome the Pet Shop Boys to headline our most fantastic Pride Festival ever. Having worked with some of the world's most important artists, their impressive history and amazing contribution to popular culture is undeniable. Add to that their community conscience and campaigning, and they are the perfect act for the finale of our Summer Of Love Festival.”

Paul KempDirector of Brighton Pride

A27 cancellation a 'massive own goal'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The Tory MP for Arundel says local campaigners are to blame for the Chichester bypass scheme being cancelled. 

Those who campaigned against the improvements to the A27 southern Chichester bypass have inflicted a massive own-goal on West Sussex. By lobbying for an unfeasible northern bypass, and undermining the process, they have effectively lost £200 million of infrastructure investment in the area, while road users will continue to face appalling congestion around Chichester.

I warned that this would happen if the opposition continued and I am very sorry that it has. I will do my best to support my colleague Andrew Tyrie in lobbying for the Government to restore the scheme in future, but I’m afraid that we have learned the hard way that negative political manoeuvring has a serious cost.

Nick Herbert MPArundel and South Downs
Chris Hughton: Brighton boss "hard done by after defeat
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton speaks to BBC Sussex following Tuesday's 2-1 Championship defeat by Newcastle United.

BreakingChichester Bypass scheme 'cancelled'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

A27
BBC

I've just learned that the £250m A27 improvements around Chichester have been cancelled by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling. 

The so-called Chichester Bypass would have improved several bottlenecks around the city, but it had proved controversial, with some residents and councillors calling on Highways England to consider other options. 

But now the Transport Secretary has written to Highways England to cancel the scheme. A similar scheme at Arundel will go ahead, I understand.

As always, I'll bring you more on this decision as I get it. And you can also listen on BBC Sussex here .

A31 crash update: Two 'pedestrians' seriously injured

Two people were seriously injured in a crash on the A31 in the New Forest on Tuesday.

A31 at Stoney Cross
Stacey Harris

It happened at about 15:50 near Stoney Cross and involved a Volkswagen Golf and a Mercedes.

The occupants of the Golf - a 73-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from West Sussex - were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

South Central Ambulance Service said they were out of their vehicle and on the slip road at the time of the crash. Hampshire Constabulary said it was investigating "to ascertain exactly what happened".

The 68-year-old driver of the Mercedes, from Winchester, was uninjured. No arrests have been made. 

More talks after rejected deal

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The train drivers' union Aslef is due to resume talks with Southern rail managers today, in the ongoing dispute over driver-only operated trains.

A previous deal struck between union bosses and the rail company was rejected by ASLEF members earlier this month. 

Yesterday, the RMT union announced they will stage another 24-hour walkout on 13 March.

Farmer in tears after sheep killed in dog attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

About a dozen sheep have died after a dog attack at a farm near Polegate.

It happened yesterday morning near the Cuckoo Trail.

Several of the sheep attacked were due to lamb.

Some of the sheep were killed by the dogs, with others so badly injured they had to be put down.

I was crying as I had to shoot some of them as they were too injured to survive. It's not the dog's fault, it's the owners. I know people let their dogs off the lead but they should be able to control them.

Peter SandgroveFarmer

It's estimated the farmer will have lost around £3,000. The dogs were not seen close enough but it is believed they were one black dog and one tan coloured dog.'

Sergeant Tom CarterSussex Police

#ICYMI: MPs take part in pancake race - but did they win?

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.

Update: Lines reopen after serious accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern says all its lines are now open again between Hastings and Eastbourne after a person was hit by a train at Bexhill just before 06:30 GMT this morning.

Ongoing disruption is expected though, with other operators accepting Southern tickets.

⚠️ All lines now open between #Hastings & Eastbourne. Cancellations & delays up to 20 mins expected twitter.com/SouthernRailUK…

⚠️ @Se_Railway will accept our tickets between #Hastings/Ashford Intl & London (but not on High Speed services) twitter.com/SouthernRailUK…

It's tight at the top as Seagulls lose late on

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Newcastle players
Rex Features
Newcastle won in the last ten minutes

Brighton's Championship title hopes were dented last night, as Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez scored in the last 10 minutes to give rivals Newcastle a dramatic late victory.

The Seagulls looked set to open up a four-point lead over the Magpies thanks to an early penalty from Glenn Murray.

But Diame equalised when Christian Atsu's shot looped up off his boot.

And then Atsu crossed from the left for substitute Perez, who had only come on seven minutes earlier, to fire home.

It leaves the Albion in second place, two points behind United but still six points clear of Huddersfield.

The full match report is  here .

I've seen the penalty and there is no doubt Clark has his hands all over him. The referee was in a good position to see it. I think it was a penalty. But then it's one of those really unfortunate goals. I wondered at the time how it had gone in.

Glenn Murray's penalty
Rex Features
Glenn Murray's opens the scoring

But that gives Newcastle momentum going into that last period. I didn't think we were at our best today but I still thought we would go on to win.

Chris Hughton Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion

Rail disruption set to continue through rush-hour

British Transport Police is investigating after a person was hit by a train at Bexhill this morning.

They say it happened at 06:27 GMT.

Southern says it's having a serious effect on its services in East Sussex.

⚠️ All lines blocked between #Hastings & Eastbourne due to a person being hit by a train twitter.com/SouthernRailUK…

⚠️ @Se_Railway will accept our tickets between #Hastings/Ashford Intl & London (but not on High Speed services) twitter.com/SouthernRailUK…

Serious accident blocks rail line

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern rail says its lines are blocked between Hastings and Eastbourne after a person was hit by a train at about 07:00 GMT this morning.

The accident happened between Eastbourne and Ashford International.

Southern says it's calling in replacement buses, and that Southeastern trains will be accepting Southern tickets.

A dry start to Wednesday...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But then it's looking like heavy rain in the afternoon.

Watch my forecast here.

Brighton's i360 tower to reopen today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

British Airways i360
British Airways i360

It was closed when passengers were left stranded in its viewing pod on Friday .

Bosses planned to re-open it on Monday after a damaged data cable caused passengers to be stuck for more than an hour.

A spokeswoman said: "British Airways i360 will re-open on Wednesday 1 March following successful work to replace a damaged data ribbon.

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience and look forward to welcoming them back on board.”

Severe accident: A27 West Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 West Sussex eastbound severe accident, between B2132 Shellbridge Road and Binsted Lane.

A27 West Sussex - A27 in Walberton blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the B2132 Shellbridge Road junction and The White Swan, because of an accident.

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

More bad news for many Southern commuters

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Commuters at London Victoria station
PA

If you're heading to the station this morning, or maybe you're already on a train heading to work, this may not make pleasant reading. 

Almost nine out of every 10 Southern rail passengers will not be compensated for poor service, it's been claimed.

The government  announced compensation packages in December  for season ticket holders hit by long-running disruption.

About 84,000 passengers are eligible for refunds compared to an estimated 590,000 who are not, according to the London Assembly's Labour group.

A Southern train
Philip Toscano

Annual season ticket holders will receive a payment equivalent to one month's travel, with quarterly, monthly and weekly season ticket holders able to claim an equivalent payment for the ticket type.

But those who pay as they travel with cash or cards will receive no payment under the scheme.

A Labour spokesperson said it was "damned insulting" to exclude passengers who pay as they go.

Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR), which runs the rail line, apologised for "many months of disruption and misery".  

Read our full story  here .

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

This stunning picture of Birling Gap has been sent to us by Maxine Thompson - it's our Sussex #photooftheday .  

We'll be here until 22:00 GMT with your latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

Birling Gap
Maxine Thompson

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