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Portsmouth boost their hopes of automatic promotion by climbing to third in League Two with a comfortable win at Crawley Town.

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It's goodnight from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from your Local Live team for another busy day. 

We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

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Woman crushed to death by horse

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A woman has died after being thrown from her horse during a hunt.

Sue Webb, 64, from East Sussex, fell at a jump and was crushed when the horse, Ron, landed on top of her.

Sue Webb mounted on a horse
Peter Webb
Sue Webb mounted on a horse

“She was energetic and articulate. Not only was she a great rider, she loved sailing in the summer and was a great homemaker.

She was enthusiastic person who enjoyed life. And she enjoyed giving as much as she could to other people too. She will be tremendously missed.”

Peter WebbSue Webb's husband

She was riding with the Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds at the time and was secretary of the group.

Ron escaped unscathed.

Seagulls win again

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton remain in second position in the Championship - and on course for the Premier League - after a two-nil win at Rotherham this evening.

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Another goal for the Seagulls

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton are now two-nil up at Rotherham with just 10 minutes to go. Another step closer to the Premier League!  

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Young man targeted by armed robber

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's been robbed at gunpoint in Brighton. 

It happened just after 00:35 GMT on 23 February but police have only just released details. 

The 22-year-old victim was approached in St George's Terrace by a man who demanded his phone and money. 

The suspect ran off towards Upper Bedford Street.

Update: Road reopens in Hove after powder spillage

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police say it has now reopened the road in Hove following an earlier powder spillage. 

Traffic is able to pass through Sackville Road at the junction with Portland Road. 

Two passers-by were treated at the scene for breathing difficulties.


Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

No goals yet in Seagulls match

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's been no goals at half time in the big Championship match between Brighton and Rotherham.  

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Update: Police cordon in Hove contines after powder spillage

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police has issued this statement about the earlier powder spillage: 

"At 5.15pm today a quantity of white powder was reported to have been seen on the ground in Sackville Road, Hove, at the junction with Portland Road, extending up to 100 metres.  

"The immediate area has been cordoned off as a precaution while emergency services investigate the circumstances. A split bag of dehydrated lime used in building and construction work has been found at the scene and we are considering the possibility that this may be responsible for the spillage. Such powder can cause irritation to breathing.

“The fire service are in attendance to assess the best way for them to clear up the material.

“Two passers-by are being treated at the scene for breathing difficulties but their conditions are not assessed as serious.

“There is nothing to suggest any criminal or terrorist intent.”

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Sussex actress up for Olivier award

Actress Sophie-Louise Dann, who is from Bexhill, has just been nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Gary Barlow’s new West End musical, based on the Calendar Girls story.

Wet wet wet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's a lot of rain on the way. Here's my latest forecast.

Breaking Update: Spillage of white powder causes breathing difficulties

Chemical incident in Hove
Nick Irimescu

An eyewitness says that at around 17:15 GMT a large bag fell off a lorry and spread over the road.

Cars then drove over it and the eyewitness says the dust affected people passing by. 

He says that at the moment traffic is blocked for cars and pedestrians.  

Chemical incident in Hove
Nick Irimescu
Chemical incident in Hove
Nick Irimescu

Severe disruption: A2023 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A2023 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between Wordsworth Street and Portland Road.

A2023 East Sussex - A2023 Sackville Road in Aldrington closed in both directions between the Wordsworth Street junction and the Portland Road junction, because of a spillage on the road.

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

Spillage of white powder causes breathing difficulties

Chemical incident in Hove
Nick Irimescu

Two people have suffered breathing difficulties after a spillage of a "large quantity" of white powder across a road.

It happened at 17:13 GMT in Sackville Road in Hove.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says 100 sq m of road has been affected and the area has been cordoned off. It says it's being treated as a hazardous materials incident.

Police, paramedics and the Environment Agency are on the scene.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

Chemical incident in Hove
Nick Irimescu

Praise for children who helped save their dad's life

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Children from Brighton who raised the alarm after their dad suffered a heart attack at home have been praised by the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Campaigners A27 improvements meeting

The A27 in Chichester

Councillors, community groups and campaigners met last night to pledge their support in finding a way forward for improvements to the A27 at Chichester. 

The meeting was called by West Sussex County Council Leader, Louise Goldsmith, after the news last week that the planned improvements to the road had been cancelled by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. 

Cllr Goldsmith said: “Following the events of the last week I thought it imperative that the community unites to demonstrate our willingness to work together to find a way forward. 

“I am so grateful to everyone who came last night and for all the views which were expressed. My wish is that we all now work together to explore the ‘Art of the Possible for Chichester’ and the current challenges we face on the A27. 

“I was heartened by the response from the community and I think we have a unique opportunity to now work towards a solution which is right for Chichester.” 

The MP, Andrew Tyrie, and Chichester District Council Leader, Tony Dignum, were among those who attended the meeting at County Hall, Chichester, along with the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, and Chichester College Principal, Shelagh Legrave OBE. 

After the meeting the County Council says it will arrange community workshops to draw on the expertise and knowledge of people locally and to bring in outside experience and impartiality where needed. 

Police appeal after man 'glassed'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was glassed in the face during a fight in a pub in Burwash on Friday night.

Police and ambulance were called to the Bear Inn in the High Street at midnight.

A 22-year-old man was found to have suffered a cut to his forehead which was bleeding heavily. He was taken to Eastbourne General Hospital for treatment.

The victim was assaulted when he went to play a game of pool in the pub and the suspect argued it was his turn to play.

He then punched the victim in the face twice and picked up a glass and hit him in the face with it. The suspect then left the pub and may have been driven off in a vehicle with friends.

He was aged between 19 and 24, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall, slim, with short brown hair with a gelled spike on top. He was wearing a grey top beneath a black sleeveless body warmer and dark bottoms.

Anyone with information should report it at quoting serial 14 of 04/03.

London Bridge station closed

The police have closed London Bridge station due to a security alert.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said it was due to a suspicious vehicle. 

Violent burglars attack elderly victim

Sussex Police

Police are investigating after a 'violent burglary' at a house in Littlehampton.

It happened in Hearnfield Road at 11:40 GMT on Tuesday 28 February and police have now released this efit in connection wit the inquiry.

The 90-year old resident answered the door and was met by two men asking if they could use the phone.

Once the door was opened they pushed him to the floor, and one of the suspects kept guard over him, refusing to help him to his feet, whilst the second searched his house.

However they subsequently made off without taking anything.

The victim was unhurt but badly shaken.

Detective Constable Gavin Percival said: "We should all be disgusted at the behaviour of these two cowards. If you know anything about this offence or who committed it please do not hesitate to contact the police."

Any witness or anyone with information is asked email  101 quoting serial 572 of 28/02.

Injured Albion defender wishes team good luck

What's the rest of the day's weather looking like?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Check out my lunchtime forecast to find out.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season in full swing, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at Southfields Road.

A259 East Sussex - A259 The Goffs in Eastbourne closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Southfields Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Gorillaz announce first UK live performance since 2010 at their own festival

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn

British band Gorillaz have announced their first UK live performance since 2010 - and it will be at their very own festival.

The animated group posted a message on Twitter revealing they will be hosting a festival named Demon Dayz - the title of their second record - on June 10 at Dreamland in Margate.

So far Gorillaz are the only act on the bill, although the message says other performers will be announced. 

In January, Gorillaz debuted Hallelujah Money, their first track since 2012.

The virtual band was created by created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist and designer Jamie Hewlett, who studied at Northbrook College in Worthing, in 1998 and put out four studio albums. 

Fire service in hoverboards warning

A family from Saltdean is urging others to be wary of buying hover boards for their children after their one caught fire.

Sue and Jonathan Ivatt thought they had taken all of the appropriate safety measures when they bought the device.

They also took the added precaution of buying a small fire extinguisher and trained their son to use it in case of an emergency.

Despite all these precautions, one day whilst being used by their son in his bedroom, the hoverboard overheated and started to smoke.

They took it outside and the fire service were called.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has now issued the following advice:

  • Watch the press and trading standards websites for product safety messages and recalls.
  • Never leave hoverboards charging overnight or when you are out.
  • Only use the charger that was supplied with the product.
  • Stop using the hoverboard immediately if it begins to overheat.
  • Ensure that your home is fitted with sufficient smoke alarms which are kept tested and maintained.
  • Ensure that you and your family know what to do in case of fire and that you have an emergency plan which includes alternative escape routes, not having to search for keys or alternative phones. 

Southern 'aiming to run most of its services' during strike

Train operator Southern says it's aiming to run most of its services during the RMT’s strike on Monday, 13 March.

The company says that during the RMT's last strike, on 22 February, it ran almost nine out of 10 trains.

Passenger Services Director Angie Doll said: “We've shown that we can now run almost all our services during an RMT strike.

"Our on-board supervisors are now established in their roles and passengers are beginning to see the benefits of having someone whose sole job is customer service.”

Local newspaper headlines

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The Argus : Jobs go as Budgens stores close

Brighton and Hove News : Ofsted praises Hove school for taking effective steps to improve

Brighton and Hove Independent : Hanover and Elm Grove set for parking restrictions

Chichester Observer : Trump’s car to be auctioned at Goodwood

Hastings Observer : Residents’ anger over Ore alleyway used as dumping ground for fly-tipping

Mid Sussex Times : Family lost ‘almost everything’ in devastating blaze

Worthing Herald : Worthing welcomes new district commander

Eastbourne Herald : Developers put in new plans for WRVS Centre

Government urged to tackle 999 ambulance abuse callers

An ambulance control centre worker

Calls have been made for harsher penalties to protect ambulance control room workers from abusive callers.

Figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws revealed hundreds of verbal attacks in the past three years including threats to kill, racist and sexual slurs.

The union Unison has urged the government to bring in tougher punishments to deter abusive callers.

The Home Office said sufficient laws were already in place.

In one example recorded by other ambulance trusts:  

  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust confirmed threats to kill, threats of violence and sexually inappropriate comments had been made to its staff

Read the full story here .

Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team. 

#ICYMI: Are living room gigs the future of pop?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

When you think of watching live music, you probably don't expect to do it from the comfort of your own home.

But as more and more small venues in London and the South East are closing down, is the future of music the living room gig?

We've been to the village of Eccles in Kent to find out.

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. 

Sussex inspector investigated by police watchdog

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police headquarters

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).

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. 

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.

Civic honour for war hero

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Bill Lucas
West Sussex County Council

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.

A mostly dry day...

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

And we should see some sunny spells although it's a chilly start.

Here's my morning forecast.