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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 2 March 2017

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That's it for tonight

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us, we'll be back tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

In the meantime you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook , or by sending us an  email .   

Official report into Shoreham Airshow crash to be released tomorrow

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is due to publish the official report into the cause of the Shoreham Airshow disaster on Friday.

The families of the 11 victims have been shown the final conclusions ahead of its release.

Key facts: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Plans for a new "garden village" in Surrey could force an air ambulance service to relocate, it is feared.  

Redhill Aerodrome is one of five sites shortlisted for the 4,000-home development.

Bosses at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT), which is funded by donations, fear it could cost up to £10million to find a new base.

The proposals are part of Tandridge District Council's  plan  to meet government housing targets.

Here are some key facts about the service:

Families of shoreham air disaster gather ahead of final report

The families of the 11 men who died in the Shoreham air disaster have gathered for a private briefing today, before investigators publish their final report. 

Shoreham aircrash
PA

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will give conclusions tomorrow. Its report will not apportion blame but is set to look at the cause of the crash and make safety recommendations.   

Candles Shoreham
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No sign of today's sunshine this weekend

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Broadcast Meteorologist, BBC Weather

Looks like we had the best weather of the week today - the weekend is looking unsettled with scattered showers. Here's my forecast. 

Blow to dreams of second Brighton mainline

Gatwick Express train
Gatwick Express

Hopes of a new mainline from Brighton to London have been dealt a massive blow after a government report said there was a "poor transport case" for the idea.

Campaigners had hoped to reopen the line between Uckfield and Lewes.

However, a report commissioned in the July 2015 budget has said the best way to tackle congestion on the current mainline is to make improvements around Croydon.

Analysis: Ben Weisz, BBC Sussex Political reporter

The report was finished last April, but has only just been published.

"It says rising demand can be met by de-cluttering the existing Brighton Mainline at Croydon, and that the case for other projects, like BML2, is poor.

"Rail Minister Paul Maynard says he accepts these findings - but has said that campaigners might still be able to persuade the Government to allow a second mainline - if funded privately.”

Rafael Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says the Championship title is far from decided, despite Tuesday's 2-1 win at Brighton.

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Man speaks out at child abuse inquiry

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A man from Eastbourne who was sent to Australia as a child, has spoken out about the abuse he suffered while over there. David Hill has been giving evidence at a child abuse inquiry that commenced this week.

Man convicted of possessing offensive weapon wanted by police

Police are looking for a Crowborough man who's wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

Stephen Durrant, who's 25, was released in July 2014, after receiving six years for possession of an offensive weapon.

Stephen Durrant
Sussex Police
Ryan Lock

Emma Vardy

BBC News

The former chef died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group.

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World Book Day: Your photos

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for sending us your brilliant World Book Day photos. 

Can you can spot your little Harry Potter, BFG or Cat in the Hat in this montage?

A27: MP calls for 'unity'

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has entered the row about the A27 in Chichester.

She says the scheme was cancelled because of a lack of leadership and community cohesion. 

She's heavily involved in a separate scheme to upgrade the A27 in her constituency between Lewes and Polegate - and she's calling on residents to make sure the same doesn't happen there. 

The cancellation of the Chichester scheme was the result of a complete lack of a coherent vision of what the area wanted from the upgrade, mainly due to an absence of community cohesion and leadership. As the Chairman of the A27 Reference Group, I refuse to let this happen to us with the Lewes to Polegate stretch.

Success can only be achieved if there is full co-operation between all of us and that we approach it with an effective and unified strategy.

Maria Caulfield MPLewes
Theresa Stratton was filmed stealing money from the man she was looking after
Theresa Stratton was filmed stealing money from the man in her care.

A27: Did councillors really withdraw their support for Chichester scheme?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

As we reported yesterday, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has cancelled the £250m A27 upgrades at Chichester.

In his letter to Highways England, he said his decision was, in part, due to a loss of support for the scheme by local councils. 

Letter from Chris Grayling
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In his letter, Chris Grayling pointed to "the withdrawal of support by local councils" as a reason to cancel the scheme.

That's not how the councillors see it. A row is now emerging as council leaders feel Chris Grayling has misrepresented their views. 

Chichester District Council voted in September to support one of the options recommended by Highways England.

They've since called for a new consultation, but never withdrew support for the scheme itself. And council leader Tony Dignum has issued a statement , effectively saying Chris Grayling misrepresented the council's position.

The district council had sought a rerun of the consultation to include a wider range of options than those offered by Highways England. The council also was not satisfied that any of the online options as presented, satisfactorily addressed access to and from the Manhood Peninsula and the A27.

"Contrary to the Secretary of State's statement, the district council did not withdraw its support for Highways England Option two, subject to significant mitigations, nor have we withdrawn our promised over £12 million share of the funding."

Cllr Tony Dignum (CON) Leader, Chichester District Council

And then there's the County Council. Yesterday, Tory leader Louise Goldsmith told me she'd recently written to Chris Grayling making it clear she still supported the upgrades. 

Here's that letter - which I've highlighted. 

Letter from Louise Goldsmith to Chris Grayling
Louise Goldsmith
Cllr Goldsmith expressed concerns about the consultation process - but doesn't appear to withdraw support for improving the A27

I'll let you be the judge of whether these two councillors can be said to have "withdrawn support" from improving the A27. 

We have, of course, approached Chris Grayling for a comment, and we'll let you know if he gives us one. 

Don't forget your brolly tomorrow

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It looks like today was the best day of the week - and watch out for tomorrow morning's commute.

Here's my forecast.

Big plans for Bognor

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Plans to spend millions of pounds redeveloping Bognor seafront have been published.

The Regis Centre would be replaced by a winter garden and a new theatre, with new homes on the site of a car park.

The seafront itself could see a new hotel, restaurants and a roof garden and performance space above the new theatre.

Arun District Council says £100m in investment's already been secured for the project.

Regis Centre development
Urban Delivery
The proposed new theatre
Artist's impression of Bognor
Urban Delivery

This study encapsulates the bold and innovative thinking we feel is needed to unlock the full potential of Bognor Regis. These sites have been waiting too long for the redevelopment proposed and the time is now right to make it happen.'

Karl Roberts Director of Place, Arun District Council

Go-ahead for Aquarena development

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Worthing Borough Council can go ahead with its planned redevelopment of the redundant Aquarena swimming pool building, after the government decided not to step into the planning process.

The Secretary of State has decided the council can grant planning permission for the seafront site to be turned into homes, businesses and leisure facilities, with 42 of the new apartments being affordable.

Aquarena site plans
Roffey Homes
Artist's impression of the new development

I am delighted that the Secretary of State has decided not to intervene in the determination of application for the redevelopment of the Aquarena site. This decision is fully in line with the Government's Localism agenda which seeks to ensure that planning decisions are made at the local level and to only intervene where there are planning issues of more than local importance.'

Bryan Turner Executive member for regeneration, Worthing Borough Council

Care worker filmed on CCTV stealing from pensioner

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

This video shows the moment a care worker from Littlehampton 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.  

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

You can read the full story here .

'In 10 years this was the worst month I've ever known'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Commended by the ambulance service for trying to save seven men who drowned at Camber last summer, this volunteer says the tragedies left him needing counselling.

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

Sussex announce a small operating profit of £1,000 in 2016, after a £139,000 loss in the previous 12 months.

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Can the Seagulls soar to the top of the table?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion are currently second in the Championship.

Can they make it to the Premier League?  

Here are some things you (probably) didn't know about their season so far.

Shoreham air crash

Relatives of 11 men killed in the Shoreham air crash attend a briefing on investigators' findings.

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Smallest ever Rolls Royce arrives at hospital

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Young patients at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester 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.

Chichester A27 bypass scheme 'cancelled'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The A27
BBC

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.

There will be more on this during the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle - you can listen  here .

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

Pet Shop Boys to headline Brighton Pride

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Pet Shop Boys
BBC

The organisers of Brighton Pride say they're "really proud" to announce that the Pet Shop Boys will be headlining the Summer Of Love Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 5 August.

It'll be the band's 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

Sussex Police 'needs to improve'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police "requires improvement", according to government inspectors.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has published its annual report into forces across the country, rating how effective they are in four areas - preventing and investigating crime, protecting and supporting vulnerable people and tackling serious and organised crime.

The Inspectorate warns of the effects of cutbacks and says there's a "national crisis" of a shortage of detectives, leading to "an unconscious form of rationing".

It highlights Sussex as one of the forces which assessed domestic abuse victims over the phone rather than face-to-face.

Read the full story  here .

Police officer
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We've got the feedback, we take it really seriously, the challenge is for people like me, in leading Sussex Police with the chief constable, to make sure that we reconcile the savings that we've got to make with doing the very, very best we can to protect people, and we'll do it.'

Bernie O'Reilly Deputy Chief Constable, Sussex Police

Humble brag...

BBC South East Today won best Nation and Regions news programme at the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2017 last night.

Here are our presenters Polly Evans and Rob Smith, with the Editor Quentin Smith and Special Correspondent Colin Campbell.

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RTS graphic showing BBC South East won award
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Make the most of today's weather...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Because Friday's looking like a washout.

Watch my forecast here.

Shoreham Airshow disaster families 'want answers'

Tanya Gupta

Emergency services at crash scene
BBC

The families of the 11 men who died in the Shoreham air disaster are gathering before investigators publish their final report.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will give its conclusions tomorrow.

The report will not apportion blame but is set to look at the cause of the crash and make safety recommendations.

Leslye Polito, whose son died when a jet hit the A27 in 2015, said like all the families, she wanted answers.

The vintage Hawker hunter jet crashed on to the dual carriageway, destroying several vehicles and bursting into flames.

The families are attending a private briefing on the report on Thursday.

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  today...

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...

We'd love to see your photos or videos of this year's World Book Day. Send them to us on  TwitterFacebook , 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
Oliver, 7, as Where's Wally
Wendy Davis
Oliver, 7, as Where's Wally
Mya, 7, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Anushka Rampling
Mya, 7, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Flynn, 10, as Mrs Twit
Darren Edwards
Flynn, 10, as Mrs Twit

Is your child seat fitted properly?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Road safety experts believe around two-thirds of children aren't being strapped in properly, and this week the law is getting tougher.

Our reporter Matt Davison tried fitting one of the latest models.

A great picture to start the day...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's a bit chilly outside, but this lovely shot of Worthing Pier taken by Alan Robinson will help your mood - it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .

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

Worthing Pier
Alan Robinson

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