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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another day.

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

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Man on the run after police stop in Crawley

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's escaped after being stopped by police on a routine patrol in Crawley. 

It happened at about 20:00 GMT on 15 February in Woolborough Close. 

The driver, a 21-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. 

Another man in the car ran off. 

Budget 2017: Five key points
Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Spring Budget. Here are five key points from his speech.

Former Paralympian visits Sussex children

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

One of Britain's greatest Paralympians has been in Sussex sharing the secrets of her success.

Baroness Grey-Thompson visited children at Chailey Heritage in Lewes.

Cyclist attacked in Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 47-year-old man's been attacked while out cycling in Worthing. 

The victim was dragged to the ground and punched and kicked several times by three men wearing dark clothing. 

His wallet and mobile were taken.

Police say it happened in Chapel Road at 20:15 GMT on 27 February. 

Two men from Worthing have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail until 3 April. 

How the Spring Budget affects you
From fuelling up to funding schools, how will Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget affect you?

Stolen cars found

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they've recovered five cars stolen from a garage in Bexhill-on-Sea at the weekend.

A total of eight vehicles were taken from Central Car Sales in London Road overnight between 19 and 20 February.

Adult education in West Sussex gets good report

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The adult education service, which provides courses for around 6,500 learners in West Sussex, has achieved a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.

At a previous inspection in November 2015, the adult education service was deemed inadequate. 

But this time around Ofsted inspectors praised the overall effectiveness of the service, concluding it is ‘a good provider’.

Categories that received a ‘good’ rating during the inspection include:

•         Effectiveness of leadership and management •         Quality of teaching, learning and assessment •         Personal development, behaviour and welfare •         Outcomes for learners •         Adult learning programmes  

An improving weather picture

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's getting drier and staying very mild. Here's my latest forecast.

Fire service in hoverboards warning

A family from Saltdean is urging others to be wary of buying hoverboards 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. 

Social care cash 'nowhere near enough' says council leader

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Brighton & Hove's Labour council leader says measures in the Budget don't go far enough to help him address a social care funding crisis. 

He also worries that the city's self employed workforce will struggle with new tax rises. 

“The Conservative Government’s National Insurance increase on the self-employed will hit 15-20% of the city’s workforce, many of whom are already affected by benefit reductions.

The money for social care is nowhere near enough to address the crisis, and as yet we don’t know where it is coming from. On past experience it will be from the budgets of local councils already slashed by 20% in a year, or already announced money brought forward.

This Budget won’t help our council, our small businesses or our public services in Brighton and Hove.”

Cllr Warren Morgan (Labour) Leader, Brighton & Hove City Council
Chancellor Philip Hammond

The chancellor upgrades growth forecasts and outlines £2bn more for social care in a Budget Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says shows "utter complacency".

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Budget 2017: Social care gets a boost.

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A major announcement on funding for social care.

£2 billion 'additional funding' for social care to be given to councils between now & 2020 #Budget2017

'£1,000 discount is a pathetic joke'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Sussex landlords are less than impressed by the government's Spring Budget announced today.

The Conservatives pledged a £1,000 discount in business rates for pubs and small businesses. 

Lewes has thirteen pubs whch form lively community hubs, but some of them are forecast a 200% rates rise (in excess of £40,000) so this gesture, they say, doesn't scratch the surface. 

This hike is massive slap in the face to local pubs and a disaster for the communities we serve. The £1,000 discount is a pathetic joke.

There is nothing on the horizon to suggest that margins are going to grow massively in the near future so anything short of a total overhaul will end in carnage for our pubs.

This discount will make absolutely no difference to pubs like ours.

Tony Leonard Landlord of The Snowdrop in South Street

It's dull and wet

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Will the wet and mild weather continue? Here's my latest forecast.   

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.  

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of a broken down horsebox. Traffic is coping well.

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

Couple check paperwork

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

Here is how the first of two Budgets this year could have a big impact on your household finances.

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Budget 2017

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The MP for Brighton Pavilion gives Philip Hammond's first announcement a cautious welcome.

I campaigned for hardship fund to help #brighton businesses facing rates hike so welcome more support - devil will be in detail #budget2017

Budget 2017: Help for pupils on free school meals

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

More help for children on free school meals announced by the Chancellor, if they get into grammars.

Children on free school meals will get free transport to selective schools. Chancellor says they travel, on average,3 x as far #Budget2017

Budget 2017: Cheers for breweries

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Good news for the South East's breweries.

Pubs are looking like winners in the Budget - £1k discount on business rates and no rise in alcohol duty #Budget2017

Budget 2017: National Insurance

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A big announcement on National Insurance.

National Insurance for self-employed is going up by 1% - and then another 1% in 2019 #Budget2017

2017 Budget underway

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The Chancellor Philip Hammond starts with some important news for small businesses.

Chancellor says he's listened to concerns over business rates.Says he'll give £300m to councils to help businesses affected by big rises

There'll also be £1k business rate discount for pubs with a rateable value of less than £100k #Budget2017

Business rate rises is something a number of South East MPs have been raising with government #Budget2017

Great news that campaigning and discussing with @hmtreasury and @CommunitiesUK is seeing a reform to #businessrates #highstreetsmatter

'Obsessed' man killed ex-girlfriend before setting fire to her bedroom, court told

Shana Grice
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A spurned boyfriend who became obsessed with his ex-girlfriend cut her throat before torching her bedroom after police had warned him to stay away, a court was told.

Michael Lane, 27, is accused of murdering 19-year-old Shana Grice after she decided to renew a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ashley Cooke.

Prosecutors claim Lane refused to accept their break-up and that he decided no one else would be allowed to form a relationship with Miss Grice.

Lewes Crown Court heard Lane told a friend he was unhappy she had "gone back to her ex" and said: "She'll pay for what she's done."

In the months before she was murdered, Lane allegedly stalked Miss Grice, put a tracker device on her car and turned up unannounced at the home she shared with two friends in Chrisdory Road, Mile Oak, Brighton.

Six months before the killing, Miss Grice reported to police that she was being stalked by Lane.

Jurors also heard that Mr Cooke's car was damaged, with a note left on it reading: "Dear Ash, Shana has and always will cheat on you. Happy New Year." 

Lane, who got to know Miss Grice when they both worked at Brighton Fire Alarms, was warned by police to stay away from her, jurors were told.

Five months later, on July 9 last year, Lane was cautioned by police for another incident after he stole a key to her back door before letting himself in as she hid under her duvet, the court heard. 

Opening the Crown's case, prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said: "Unfortunately, Michael Lane had become obsessed by Shana.

"During their relationship, he stalked her. He put a tracker on her car and followed her movements.

"That obsession with her translated into killing her. He would not allow anyone else to be with her."

Lane, of Thornhill Rise, Portslade, denies murder. 

The trial continues.

Uwe Hunemeier

German defender Uwe Hunemeier says he is pleased to be back in first-team contention at a crucial point in Brighton's season.

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BreakingMissing teenager found

Missing Worthing teenager Demie Murray has been found safe and well, say Sussex Police.

The 16-year-old was last seen on Thursday 2 March.

She was found last night.  

#ICYMI: 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.    

Albion sign Norway defender until end of season

Vegard Forren
Rex Features

Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed a deal to sign Norway defender Vegard Forren until the end of the season.

Forren, 29, arrives as cover for centre-back Shane Duffy who is set to miss the majority of the rest of the campaign with a broken metatarsal.

Capped 33 times by his country, he  failed to make an appearance for Southampton  after joining the club from Molde in Norway in January 2013.

He returned to Molde after Saints, who released him in January.

Injured T20 cricketer becomes overnight millionaire
Tymal Mills has signed a £1.4m deal but his mum still tells him off for buying expensive trainers.

Hawkins' top tips to becoming a snooker pro

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 tops global university ranking

Graduates (generic)
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The University of Sussex appears at the top of global university rankings which look at individual subjects.

Sussex is rated the world's best for development studies while Loughborough is top for sport.

But the most top places are taken by two US universities - Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Among UK universities, Oxford is rated top in the most subjects - English, geography, anatomy and archaeology.

Read the full story here .

This is what to expect in the spring 2017 budget

Philip Hammond will announce how the government will spend its money later today.

Crawley Town 0-2 Portsmouth

Football
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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.  

Read the full story here .

'Be bold for change'

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

On International Women's Day, I want to know if you think women are more equal than ever or can more be done?

The phone-in starts from 09:00 GMT on BBC Surrey and Sussex. 

Praise for children who helped save their dad's life
Rob Williams suffered a heart attack and collapsed at home.

Sussex actress up for Olivier Award

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Actress Sophie-Louise Dann, who's 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. 

But what's it like working with the Take That star?

Rotherham United 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Anthony Knockaert
Rex Features

Second-placed Brighton score two second-half goals to beat the Championship's bottom side Rotherham.

Read the full story here .  

Steyning woman's pain over potholes

Steve Dale

BBC Sussex reporter

A disabled woman from Steyning in West Sussex is urging the county council to repair potholes in the town.

West Sussex County Council says it'll be out fixing the potholes today.

You can hear more on this story with Neil Pringle on BBC Sussex throughout this morning. You can listen  here .