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BBC Sport

Brighton comfortably beat out-of-form Derby to move level on points with Championship leaders Newcastle.

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That's all from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

Is there something you'd like to tell us about? We'd love to hear from you.

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ICYMI: 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. 

Rejuvenation of Haywards Heath to begin

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Work begins on rejuvenating roads in the Haywards Heath area next week.

America Lane in Bentswood is getting a makeover to give the shopping parade a boost.

At the same time, engineers will make the road safer for motorists and pedestrians by renewing and adding traffic calming measures there.

Work will be done in four phases:

  • Installing new blockwork paving, planters, bins and cycle racks for the shopping parade area in America Lane;
  • Renewing four traffic calming tables in America Lane;
  • Installing two new road humps in Westlands Road; 
  • Resurfacing America Lane and Allen Road.   
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Your summer photos in March

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's been a glorious day across the South East. Temperatures peaked at a balmy 17 degrees in Dover. And you've been sending us your summery March photos.

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

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John D - Gillingham
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GeoffG - Hailsham

What has Friday's weather got in store?

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Friday's looking cloudy to start but brighter later.

Here's your forecast.

#ICYMI: 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 told us it would be out fixing the potholes.  

Chichester barn fire 'arson'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's been a major fire at a farm near Chichester.

Fire crews were called to New Barn farm at Funtington at about 06:15 GMT where 100 tonnes of hay had been set on fire. 

Damage was also caused to two Caterpillar diggers and some tools. 

Detectives believe those who started the fire may have left the site onto the B2146 and onto Downs Road.

They're urging people with information to come forward.  

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Returning to freedom

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Tortured and left to die, Reva the orangutan was saved by the Uckfield charity International Animal Rescue.

This afternoon's newspaper headlines

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The Argus : Cyclist, 47, dragged from his bike, beaten and robbed by three men

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

Chainsaws stolen from farm

Ten Echo chainsaws were stolen during a break-in at Tulleys Farm in Turners Hill Road, Crawley.

The incident took place at around 22:00 GMT on 9 February when six men broke into the property.

They had a good look around the site before making off with the chainsaws which are estimated to be worth a total of £2,000.

Keeping hens healthy

Yvette Austin

BBC Environment Correspondent

There's new hope for the South East's poultry farmers in the battle against avian flu.

Spring has sprung

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Even though tomorrow and the weekend will be cooler than today, it looks like the weather's taking a turn for the better.

Here's my forecast.

Police issue warning to dog owners

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Kent Police have issued a warning to dog owners to keep their pets under control in the run up to the lambing season, after sheep were attacked at a farm in Sandwich Bay.

Farmers in Sussex are suffering a higher number of sheep deaths caused by dogs than anywhere else in Britain.

The National Farmers Union says the cost of sheep-worrying claims in the South East rose by 80% last year.   

Travel: A272 closed after crash

Expanding schools further is 'simply not practical'

Brighton and Hove City Council have released a statement following the launch of a petition after almost 150 children didn't receive any of their three preferred secondary schools in their area. 

We have always tried our best to ensure parents are offered a place in their catchment school if they apply for one. However, we have never been able to guarantee this. Dorothy Stringer and Varndean have both taken their full number of students this year. They are operating at the limits of their capacity, and expanding them further is simply not practical.


          Brighton and Hove City Council have released a statement following the launch of a petition after almost 150 children didn't receive any of their three preferred secondary schools in their area.
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Parents who are unhappy with the school they have been offered can if they so wish lodge an appeal. The panel that hears appeals is independent of the council. It is not bound by the council's admission priorities, and its decisions are binding on the council and on schools. Parents who aren't offered a catchment area place will automatically be entered in the reallocation pool for their first preference school if a place become available.

The council has a legal duty to have enough school places available across the city as a whole for all residents who request one. As in all previous years we have fulfilled this legal duty.

Dan Chapman The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council's children, young people and skills committee
Former Paralympian visits Sussex children
Chailey Heritage needs to raise £800,000 for a new arts and education centre.

Luna the owl happy to be back home

Simon Jenkins

Reporter, BBC Sussex

Luna the lusty owl is 'doing well' after going missing for a month from Aldingbourne, West Sussex says her owner Kevin.   

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.     

Your amazing pictures

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for all of the amazing pictures you've been sending us on Twitter , Facebook  and by  email .

We loved them so much that we decided to create a music montage of just some of the best.

Please keep them coming.

Crews tackle straw blaze

Crews from Sussex and Hampshire have been tacking a fire which broke out in straw bales in a field near Chichester.  

The fire broke out at the farm shortly after 06:00 GMT.

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#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.   

The overnight cricket millionaire

Tymal Mills has signed a £1.4m deal but his mum still tells him off for buying expensive trainers.  

Man on the run after police stop in Crawley

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. 

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?

Crowdfunding bid to save lollipop lady

Jane Vickers

BBC Sussex reporter

There are fears a child could be killed unless funding can be found to keep a lollipop lady outside an East Sussex school.  

Parents from Denton Community Primary School in Newhaven have resorted to online fundraising to pay for the service - after East Sussex County Council cut funding in 2014.   

Petition launched in school places row

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A petition has been launched urging Brighton and Hove City Council to make sure almost 150 children who didn't receive any of their three preferences for a secondary school get a place in their catchment area.

More than 750 people have signed the document - calling on the authorities to prioritise the pupils over and above others entering the re-allocating process - who already have a place in their catchment.

Last year it was revealed that across the country an extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with a population bulge.

Among those who've signed the petition is Niki Lang. She'll be giving her views on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle this morning - you can listen here .

Cyclist attacked in Worthing

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. 

Look forward to some pleasant sunny spells today

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's a mild start to the day, then the clouds will clear and it'll be bright afternoon.

Here's your morning 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.    

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.

Welcome to Thursday

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A very good morning from the team here at Sussex Live.   

We'll be here bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Sussex until 22:00 GMT. 

This wonderful aerial picture of Cuckmere Haven was sent to us by Leo Ferenc -it's our Sussex  #photooftheday

Cuckmere
Leo Ferenc

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