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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for this week. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 06:00 GMT on Monday, with all Sussex's news, sport travel and weather.

We hope you have a great weekend.

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

All change for the weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Take a brolly and a jumper out with you this weekend. Here's my latest forecast.

Hunt for pair of sex attackers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Extra police patrols are taking place in East Grinstead after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted by two men.

The 16-year-old was walking home in London Road just after midnight on 15 March.

She took a short cut down an alley between Imberhorne Lane and Halsford Lane where the attack took place.

We are appealing for anyone who may have information that could help with this investigation. We have increased patrols in the area and have already conducted a number of house to house enquiries.'

Detective Sergeant Lindsay Russell Sussex Police

Southern strike: 'This dispute needs to be pushed forwards'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RMT says its workers on Southern are to stage a fresh 24-hour strike on 4 April. 

They're due to walkout in their ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors. 

Earlier this week the RMT attacked a fresh agreement between Southern management and the train drivers' union Aslef as " an old deal in a new envelope ".

That deal will be put to Aslef members in a referendum. 

RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access for nearly a year now and it is disgraceful that we have continued to be carved out of the talks process. That is a kick in the teeth for our members.

This dispute needs to be pushed forwards and RMT would be prepared to reconsider our action if we get a commitment to a firm date for genuine and meaningful talks."

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

Concern for missing teenager

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thirteen-year-old Leon Anderson hasn't been seen since Wednesday.

He was last seen at an address in Westview Close in Peacehaven, around 18:00 GMT.

He's five feet seven, slim and was wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black shirt and black and white Nike trainers.

Leon Anderson
Sussex police

Baker joins the Big Lemon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Norman Baker and Tom Druitt on a Big Lemon bus
The Big Lemon

The former MP for Lewes, Norman Baker has been announced as the new Managing Director of the Big Lemon Bus company. 

The Big Lemon runs bus routes and coach hire services in and around Brighton and Hove using waste cooking oil from local restaurants.

Next month it's launching two electric buses powered by solar energy generated on the roof of the bus depot. 

Mr Baker has served as Chair of Bus Users UK since leaving Parliament in 2015 and he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport between 2010 and 2013.

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

Runners reaction: Was Brighton Half Marathon was too short?

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

The Brighton Half Marathon's being investigated over claims it's been 500ft short for the last three years.

I've been trying to keep up with these runners in Brighton to find out what they think.

Hundreds of South East drug drivers caught

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Drug driving arrests in Kent and Sussex have doubled in two years.  

Which South East building deserves an architecture award?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

i360
BBC

Fourteen buildings, including the i360 viewing tower in Brighton, have been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects South East awards 2017.

Other buildings nominated across the South East include Kingsdown House in The King's School in Canterbury, Command of the Oceans at Chatham's Historic Dockyard, Hastings Pier and Brighton College.

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 25 May.

'Our grandaughter's been taken away from us because of somebody's stupidity'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The number of arrests for drug driving in Kent and Sussex have doubled in two years, since it became a specific offence.

The law was changed after a campaign by the family of a girl killed by a driver who'd been smoking cannabis.

Was the Brighton Half Marathon too short?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton Marathon
Brighton Marathon

An investigation is underway over concerns the Brighton Half Marathon has been 500ft short for the last three years. 

Organisers have confirmed they've been contacted by UK Athletics after a number of competitors contacted them. 

In a statement they say they're investigating fully. 

In 2012 organisers apologised to runners after finding the course that year had been a third of a mile too long.

All change for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

Well the Spring-like weather couldn't go on for ever, could it? 

There's rain and wind on the way for the weekend. Here's my latest forecast. 

Attempted robberies may be linked

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are linking two attempted robberies in Hastings on Monday. 

A masked man tried to rob Priory Stores in Priory Road at about 21:35 GMT. 

He demanded cash but left empty-handed when a staff member pressed a panic alarm. 

Officers say he was wearing a dark coat with fur trim. 

We believe this could be linked to an attempted street robbery shortly afterwards by the junction between Parker Road and Beaconsfield Road. Three people were approached by a man wearing a dark coat with fur trim and blue material covering his face. He demanded money but then left empty-handed in a black VW with dents and scratches down the side."

Detective Constable Cally FoxSussex Police

Have you seen Mark?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Mark Croft
Sussex Police

Police say they're worried about a Worthing man who hasn't been seen for over a fortnight.

Mark Croft, who's 54 and of no fixed address, was reported missing by his family on March 1.

It's thought he was seen in the Goring area. If you think you've spotted him, you can call police on 101 or email here .

Seagulls: Record renewal rate

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion players
PA

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed a record number of season ticket renewals for next season, even though they don't yet know which league they'll be playing in. 

98% of the existing 20,000 ticket holders have booked for another year. 

Meanwhile the Seagulls' next home game against Blackburn Rovers, after the international break, has already sold out. 

This morning's newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Rates rise will 'kill off' some of city's most famous pubs

Chichester Observer : Royals inspire run to raise awareness

Brighton and Hove News : Brighton Gogglebox family prepare to share private passions on public stage

Hastings Observer : Attempted robbery at Hastings store

Eastbourne Herald : Eastbourne Herald downland poll results revealed

#ICYMI: BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we spoke to South East actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's been working on.

You can find out more about School Report  here#bbcschoolreport

#ICYMI: 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  . 

BreakingSouthern: Fresh strike scheduled

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RMT says its members on Southern rail will stage a fresh 24-hour strike on 4 April in their row over staffing and the role of conductors. 

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: 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

Do you work with your other half?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join the conversation on BBC Sussex at 09:00 GMT.

Call 03459 570057.

What's the weather got in store?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

A chilly start but more sunshine to come.

Here's your forecast.

Traders anxious ahead of water main works

Steve Dale

BBC Sussex reporter

Traders in Lindfield are urging South East Water to minimise disruption when they complete the connection of a new £1m water main in the village next month.

Three years ago some people there told us sales were down by up to 70% because the main road in the village was closed at the north end for waterworks.

The top of the High Street will be blocked for a month from late April.

I went along to ask businesses how they're feeling ahead of the works. You can hear what people had to say on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening  here .  

Teenager talks about anorexia battle

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Florence says she found it difficult to come forward and seek help.  

Rise in drug driving arrests

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

A police officer next to a police car
BBC

Two years on from the introduction of road-side drug driving tests, BBC Sussex has found that the number of motorists arrested for the offence has doubled in just a year.

According to figures from Sussex Police, there were 457 arrests in 2016 - up from 236 the year before.

The BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle will be speaking to a man whose grand-daughter was killed in a crash involving a driver who had been smoking cannabis.

You can hear his story by listening here .

It's nearly the weekend...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And this should get you in the weekend mood - it's a stunning picture taken in Burwash by Kristie Heath - it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .

We'll be here throughout the day with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

Burwash
Kristie Heath

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

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

And if you get there before us - have a great weekend.