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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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Goodnight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today. 

We'll be back tomorrow between 06:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT, with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

If there's anything you think we should know you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

Woman punched by man in unprovoked attack

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been punched in the face during an assault outside a hotel in Worthing.

The attack happened outside the Grand Victorian Hotel in Station Approach at about 21:30 GMT on Friday. 

Two woman were followed by two men as they left the hotel bar.

One of the men tried to pick up one of the victims but let go, causing her to hit her head on the pavement.

The other victim was hit in the face by the second man. 

Police are looking for two men aged around 30, one with a beard. 

Sussex inspector investigated by police watchdog

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The police watchdog is investigating after a Sussex Police inspector was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. 

The officer, who's based at Brighton, is alleged to have had improper sexual relationships with women in the course of his duties 

The force says he's been suspended while the investigation is carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Concern over house building in Winnie the Pooh country

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Ashdown Forest, loved by millions as the home of Winnie the Pooh, may be threatened by thousands of new homes on its doorstep.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J12 for M3.

M25 Surrey - M25 busy but moving and one lane closed anticlockwise at J12 M3, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for A243 and J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J9, A243 (Leatherhead) and J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Spring is in the air

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The weather takes a turn for the better over the next couple of days.

Here's my forecast.

A27: What next for Chichester?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

West Sussex County Councillors are meeting in Chichester tonight to consider "the art of the possible" - in other words, what on earth to do now after the government scrapped a £250m scheme to improve the A27 around the city. 

I understand tonight's event is about getting councillors in the same room to commit to work together, rather than about producing concrete ideas (pardon the pun). 

It comes after the Transport Secretary said he was scrapping the scheme because of a lack of council support. Councillors themselves told us Chris Grayling was wrong on that front. 

But it wouldn't be an A27 meeting without a dash of controversy. UKIP leader Sandra James has already taken to Twitter to complain about the short notice - and uncertainty about who's actually invited.

What part did West Sussex play in World War One?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A research project has been launched by the University of Chichester to discover more about the role West Sussex played in the development of the United States Air Force in World War One.

Downland sale cancelled

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne Borough Council has scrapped plans to sell farmland on the South Downs.

A poll of local people has overwhelmingly rejected the scheme, which the authority proposed as an alternative to cutting local services.

Campaigners feared what could happen to the land were it not in the council's hands.

Liberal Democrat council leader David Tutt says he's now launching a petition calling on the Prime Minister to rethink cuts to local authority funding.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M25 and J3 for A322 Lightwater.

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Witness appeal following fatal collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A286 Henley Hill between Midhurst and Fernhurst.

Emergency services were called at 12.50 GMT yesterday after a silver Mercedes was spotted down a steep embankment.

The driver, a 32-year-old man from London, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The road was closed for around six hours for recovery work.  

Civic honour for war hero

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A 100-year-old war hero and Olympic runner from West Sussex has been awarded a civic honour.

Bill Lucas, who lives in Cowfold, has been awarded a West Sussex Certificate of Achievement - an honour that is presented only a handful of times each year.

Bill flew 81 missions during World War Two as a pilot of heavy bombers. 

He also represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics in London competing in the 5,000 metres. 

He's the country’s oldest living Olympian.

Bill Lucas
West Sussex County Council

Rise in attacks against ambulance crews

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Ambulance driving along road
SECAMB

There's been a rise in the number of assaults recorded on South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) crews.

In total there were 207 attacks logged last year, a 64% increase on the year before. 

The majority of the incidents in the last year were alcohol-related but also involved people who were using recreational drugs and those suffering a mental health problem. 

Last week MPs debated whether there should be a specific offence for assaulting doctors and nurses.  

Ambulance trusts nationally are looking at whether to introduce body worn video cameras for the first time.

Spring is in the air

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's a dry and mild outlook. But will it last? 

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex westbound severe disruption, near B2123 The Drove.

A27 East Sussex - A27 Falmer Hill in Falmer blocked and very slow traffic westbound near the B2123 The Drove junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

Have you seen missing Reece Pateman from St Leonards?

Have you seen missing Reece Pateman from St Leonards?
Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of 16-year-old Reece Pateman who was last seen in St Leonards on Sunday 5 March.

Police say the teenager has a fascination with buses and trains and has previously been found at railway stations in Sussex.

They say he may have travelled to Lewes, Gatwick or further afield in London and also has links to Peacehaven.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J11 for A317 affecting J12 for M3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J12 M3.

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

Public vote for selling off parts of South Downs announced today

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The result of a public vote on a controversial scheme to sell off part of the South Downs is expected to be announced today.

Eastbourne Borough Council wants to put 3,000 acres up for sale, and it's asking residents to choose between the sale of the land or cuts to services.

The poll is not legally binding but councillors have said they will abide by the people's vote.  

Rise in attacks against ambulance crews

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

South East Coast Ambulance
SECAMB

There's been a dramatic rise in the number of assaults recorded on South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) crews.

In total there were 207 attacks logged last year, a 64% increase on the year before. 

The majority of the incidents in the last year were alcohol-related but also involved people who were using recreational drugs and those suffering a mental health problem. 

Last week MPs debated whether there should be a specific offence for assaulting doctors and nurses.  

Ambulance trusts nationally are looking at whether to introduce body worn video cameras for the first time.

A journey on the #M25...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Our reporter has stopped off at Cobham Services - find out how his journey across the M25 is going here.   

View more on twitter

Appeal for driver following collision in Uckfield

Police appeal
Sussex Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 25-year-old man was hit by a vehicle in Uckfield.

The victim and his friend were crossing the High Street between Costa Coffee and Natwest bank at around 10.20 GMT on Sunday, 26 February.

While crossing, the victim was hit by the rear trailer being towed by a van. He was knocked to the floor and sustained a fractured kneecap and torn ligaments. It's thought that the driver may be unaware that they collided with the man.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for A243 and Cobham Services.

M25 Surrey - Delays on M25 clockwise between J9, A243 (Leatherhead) and Cobham Services, because of pot-hole repairs. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Football: Albion defender out for about six weeks

Henry Monk

Sports Reporter, BBC Sussex

Brighton and Hove Albion have been dealt a massive blow as defender Shane Duffy will be out for a minimum six weeks with a foot injury.

The Irishman limped out of Saturday's loss to Nottingham Forest after fracturing his fifth metatarsal. The defender is due to have an operation potentially tomorrow.

In other team news striker Chuba Akpom will be assessed ahead of the trip to Rotherham tomorrow night Meanwhile Sebastian Pocognoli remains out.

View more on twitter

Hawkins' top tips to becoming a snooker pro

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Want to know what it takes to be a snooker pro?

World number seven Barry Hawkins, from the South East, shares his Top 5 Tips. 

'I'm married now' says singer Adele

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

In case you were wondering,  Adele has finally confirmed she has married Brighton's Simon Konecki   after months of media speculation.

Adele confirms marriage
BBC Newsbeat

The singer was on stage in Brisbane, Australia, talking about her track Someone Like You, when she said, "I'm married now".

There had been  rumours the pair had wed  and Adele had also referred to him as her husband at the Grammy awards.

Big hint, but apparently we had to wait for her to say the actual words for it to be official...

Delays on London-bound trains from Epsom

One of the London-bound lines through Epsom is blocked which may cause cancellations and delays to services to both Southern and South West Trains.   

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Where are the M25 traffic hotspots?

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

M25
PA

It's one of the most congested motorways in Europe, with thousands of people driving on it every day.

But where are the "traffic hotspots" on the M25?

Latest figures from Highways England show the junction that had the longest average delays between 2015 and 2016 was the A282 in Kent going northbound between the A296/A225 and A206, near the Dartford Crossing.

Most of the others in the top ten were around junctions 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Surrey.

Business groups are warning about the impact of congestion on roads across the region, if it gets worse in the future.

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership says that future economic growth could be "choked off" if there is no investment to reduce it and suggests some firms could eventually move out of the area.

I'll be reporting live on this issue and travelling on the motorway this morning - you can listen on  BBC Sussex  and  BBC Surrey .

Wish Jack luck...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

He's off for a journey on the M25 this morning during rush hour to see how bad the traffic is today.

We do treat him...

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How has the M25's traffic affected your life?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

We've all heard someone say 'I'm stuck on the M25, I'll be there when I can' - but is it something that affects your life on a daily basis?

Do you dread your commute? Or even just travelling across it at weekends to see friends or family?

I want to hear from you - the phone-in starts at 09:00 GMT on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.   

M25: Behind the scenes

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Our reporter Jack Fiehn is exploring what happens behind the scenes at Godstone where Highways England watch traffic on monitors. 

View more on twitter

BreakingMissing Sabah Slimani from Crawley found

Sussex Police say Sabah Slimani, who went missing from Crawley last month, has been found safe and well.