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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back at 06:00 GMT.

And remember, you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email . We look forward to hearing from you.  

#ICYMI: Your amazing pictures

Thank you for all of the amazing pictures you've been sending us on  TwitterFacebook  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.

#ICYMI: Visiting the South East's beautiful gardens

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Gardens across the South East that are opening to the public under the banner of the National Gardens Scheme have been announced.

You can see more details  here .   

BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we've been speaking to South East based actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's up to.

You can find out more about School Report  here . #bbcschoolreport   

The appeal of BBC News School Report

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Lily and Renee, from Cardinal Newman School in Hove, have been telling us why they loved working on BBC News School Report. More about the project  here

Flat fall victim named

A 93-year-old man who died after falling from a block of flats in St Leonards has been named by police.

Sven Legnelius died on Monday morning. 

A 54-year-old man from St Leonards was arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until 10 May. 

Have you seen missing Leon?

Leon Anderson
Sussex Police

Police are worried about Leon Anderson from Peacehaven. 

The 13-year-old hasn't been seen since yesterday evening. 

Officers say he was wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black long-sleeved shirt and black and white Nike trainers.

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.     

Mental heath campaign comes to Hove school

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

As part of BBC News School Report day, Brighton based Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens has taken his mental health campaign into a Hove school.  

You can find out more about #IAMWHOLE  here .

You can find out more about School Report  here

BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we've been speaking to south east based actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's up to.

You can find out more about School Report here .

Enjoy the spring sunshine while you can

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

The weekend's looking wet and windy.

Here's my forecast.

Decision on expanding Sussex railway

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A decision will be made today over whether to approve controversial plans to expand an historic steam railway line in Sussex. 


          A decision will be made today over whether to approve controversial plans to expand an historic steam railway line in Sussex.
Rother Valley Railway

The Rother Valley Railway wants to reinstate the track between Robertsbridge and Bodiam. But it's controversial with some as it includes a level crossing on the A21.  

'I felt not human'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Florence was diagnosed with an eating disorder at the age of 14. 

She's been telling us about her experience as part of BBC News School Report day.

Mental heath campaign comes to Hove school

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

As part of BBC News School Report day, Brighton-based Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens has taken his mental health campaign into a Hove school.

You can find out more about #IAMWHOLE here .

You can find out more about School Report  here

This morning's newspaper headlines

A newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Labour party member to fight expulsion over prison term

Brighton and Hove News : Ambassadors for Brighton wanted – to boost trade as Victorian town hall becomes business hub

Chichester Observer : 10,000 strong family committed to ‘outstanding’ hospital care

Worthing Herald : Shoreham parents shocked after pupils placed at school miles away

Hastings Observer : Major flood at Hastings seafront skate park

#ICYMI: Amy starts a new life thanks to Sussex charity

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Snatched from the wild and locked up until she was crippled, Amy the orangutan has been rescued from her life as a pet in Borneo by Uckfield-based charity International Animal Rescue.   

Doubts surrounding 20mph zones

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Doubts have been raised about whether 20mph speed limits are making Brighton's roads safer. 

20mph signs
BBC

There are plans to bring in a 20mph limit in and around Upper Beeding. 

Some Conservative councillors are suggesting the £80,000 set aside for enforcing the zones would be better spent on improving safety at dangerous junctions.   

#ICYMI: This dog is lucky to be alive

Police are hunting for a callous driver who threw a dog out of a van on a busy motorway near Gatwick Airport. 

Police believe the vehicle was travelling at up to 70mph, and the dog was left with severe injuries including two broken legs. 

Is it possible to have a good divorce?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

That;s what I'm discussing on this morning's BBC Sussex phone-in.

Join me from 09:00 GMT.

The appeal of BBC News School Report

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Lily and Renee, from Cardinal Newman School in Hove, have been telling us why they loved working on BBC News School Report.

You can find out more about the project here

Southern Rail: what's in the ASLEF deal?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

I've seen a copy of the deal announced yesterday between train drivers' union ASLEF and Govia Thameslink, who own the Southern franchise.

The differences between this one and the deal that got rejected are subtle, but potentially significant. 

There are slightly fewer circumstances a train could be sent off without an onboard supervisor (OBS). Upgrades to CCTV cameras (used to dispatch a train by the driver) would be rolled out a year earlier. And all new OBSs would be given 'PTS' training - safety training that enables them to walk on the track. 

Will this wash with drivers? Does it answer their safety concerns? Remember - the margin was pretty close last time, so not too many minds need to change for a deal to stick.

In any case, we'll see on 3 April, when their ballot delivers its results. 

You can see the full details of the deal below.

Page one of Aslef deal
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Is the sunshine here to stay?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year, but what's in store for us today?

Watch my forecast to find out.

Waxwings at Wakehurst

Waxwing
John Rieley

John Rieley of Lindfield has sent us these lovely pictures taken at Wakehurst Place.

One bird that my wife and I have always wanted to see is the Waxwing so when we heard that some had been seen at Wakehurst, only just up the road from us in Lindfield, we decided to become 'Twitchers' and see if they were still there. We were not disappointed. Not only was it a beautiful morning but about half a dozen were present and I was able to get these photos of them in the 'Pocket Handkerchief tree'.

If anyone decides to visit ask at the desk and you will be directed to where they are. Don't delay - they may decide to return from whence they came. I believe morning and late afternoon are the best times.

John Rieley
Two waxwings
John Rieley
Waxwing
John Rieley

Rizzle Kicks star meets school reporters

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's a look at a story we're featuring today on BBC News School Report day.

We'll bring you updates throughout the day.

Southern strike deal: Passengers give their reaction

We spoke to passengers in Eastbourne after it was revealed a deal aimed at ending the dispute between Southern Railway and the Aslef union over driver-only trains has been agreed.   

You can read the full story here .

Not a bad way to start the day...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This stunning picture taken in Ditchling has been sent to us by James Brown - it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .

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

Ditchling
James Brown

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