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  2. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today.

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

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Mandarin lessons come to Sussex school

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

St Catherine's College in Eastbourne has become the first state school in East Sussex to teach its pupils Mandarin.

Missing: Have you seen Andre?

Andre Gordon
Sussex Police

Police are looking for a teenager who's been missing for a week.

13-year-old Andre was last seen in Slinfold on Tuesday 14 March at 12:00 GMT. There was a possible sighting of him in the Walthamstow area of London on Thursday 16 March at 17:00.

Andre is black, slim, with short hair, brown eyes and was wearing black jogging bottoms, a black top and black trainers.

Wet wet wet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The rain is finally arriving. And it's feeling pretty cool too. 

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Printing press
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The Argus : Brighton and Hove City Council's downland sale cancelled

Chichester Observer : MPs appeal for changes to new school funding formula

Eastbourne Herald : University staff to strike over ‘demotions and redundancies’

Hastings Observer : Hastings Rock 2017 cancelled

Brighton and Hove News : Grand plans for Palace Pier revealed as it opens Brighton’s largest soft play

Vicar encourages tributes after Battle crash death

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The Dean of Battle has encouraged people to leave a tribute at his church after a mother of three was run over and killed by a car in Battle on Sunday. 

Tribute to woman who died in Battle collision

Debbie Masters named
Sussex Police

The family of a woman who died after she was hit by a car while out walking in Battle have paid tribute to her.

Debbie Masters, 37, sustained fatal injuries after a car collided with her and her family in Upper Lake, Battle, on Sunday 19 March. She died in hospital.  

Debbie was a loving wife and mother, who was adored by her husband, and will be missed forever, not matter what."

Debbie's family

BreakingNew Southern strike date announced

Members of the RMT union working on the Southern network will strike on 8 April, the day of the Grand National.

More to follow as we get it.

World's first Down's syndrome table tennis coach

#GetInspired

On World Down Syndrome Day meet Harry Fairchild, who coaches at Brighton Table Tennis Club and is aiming to become world champion.

Watch his inspiring story and discover how table tennis has transformed the lives of Harry and those closest to him.....

The table tennis coach with Down's Syndrome

Check out our Get Inspired guides if you want to get involved in table tennis or disability sports.

Four people arrested for drug production in Pulborough

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Four people have been arrested in connection with drug production in Pulborough.

BBC
Sussex Police

A 48-year-old man from Pulborough has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of possession of class A drug, abstracting electricity, production of class B drug. 

A 64-year-old man from Pulborough, a 44-year-old woman from Taunton and a 28-year-old woman from Pulborough have been arrested on suspicion of production of a class B drug.

What's in store weather-wise?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather presenter

Staying sunny this afternoon but there's rain on the way.

Here's your forecast.

Fund set up for family of a mother of three

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A special fund is being set up for the family of a mother of three young boys who died after being hit by a car in Battle.

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.   

Here's how to protect yourself from being scammed

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

This week on BBC Sussex we're taking a closer look at elder abuse.

Pauline Jackson and Robin Strange sit on the Sussex Elders Commission. 

Hear their top five tips for avoiding a scam below.

Dame Vera Lynn: Factfile

There were huge celebrations yesterday for the 100th birthday of The Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

Here are some facts you may not know about her.   

Brawl at Varsity university rugby match investigated

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A brawl that broke out among spectators at a university sports event is under investigation by police.

Bottles were thrown at the crowd and security staff during the Varsity rugby event between the universities of Brighton and Sussex.  

You can read our full story here .

Video from The Tab 

Concern over drug abuse in schools

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Two hundred and sixty children were suspended from schools in Sussex in a single year because of drugs or alcohol. 

13 were permanently excluded. 

Last year Sally (not her real name) discovered her teenage son was taking drugs. 

Spitfire flypast to mark Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday

Council gets funding boost to buy Horsham site

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Novartis site in Horsham
BBC

West Sussex County Council has secured more than £3.5m towards buying the former Novartis site in Horsham.

The global healthcare company left the 20-acre site in June 2014. 

The council revealed last year it had finalised the purchase, with the intention of turning it into a science park and housing development. 

The funding has been awarded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Teenager found dead in Eastbourne

A 13-year-old boy has been found dead at a house in Eastbourne. 

Paramedics were called to Fairlight Road at 13:12 GMT yesterday. 

They couldn't resuscitate the teenager and he was declared dead at the District General Hospital.

Sussex Police say there are no suspicious circumstances. 

Decision day for Horsham FC

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's make or break day for Horsham Football Club. 

After years of looking for a permanent home, plans for a brand new ground go before the council's planning committee today. 

Almost 240 objections have been made against the club's revised proposals for the site of Horsham Golf and Fitness in Southwater. 

View more on twitter

This morning's newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Rats! Doctors’ supplies eaten ahead of rowing record bid

Brighton and Hove News : Ruby Wax to front Frazzled Cafe mental health chats in link up with M&S

Brighton and Hove Independent : Duke of York’s cinema staff go on strike  

Chichester Observer : ‘Significant concerns’ identified prior to Chichester court closure

West Sussex County Times : West Sussex pubs in line for welcome tax relief

Hastings Observer : Hastings and Rother WASPI marches in London demo

Worthing Herald : Accident involving car and motorbike near Tesco

Crawley Observer : Woman’s shock over whopping £9,500 electricity bill

Battle fatal crash: Police investigation continues

Battle crash scene
Nick Fontana

Police are continuing their investigations after a  mother-of-three young boys died after being hit by a car on the pavement on Battle High Street on Sunday .

She was pushing her baby son in a pram when a car mounted the pavement and hit her.

She has been named locally as Debbie, although formal identification has not yet taken place.

Her husband and children have now all been released from hospital. 

Severe accident: A27 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A27 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between The Causeway and Maltravers Street affecting Woodcote Lane.

A27 West Sussex - Slow traffic on A27 Arundel By-Pass in both directions in Arundel between causeway roundabout and Ford Road Roundabout, because of an accident involving four vehicles and a spillage earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A284 Lyminster Road to the Woodcote Lane junction.

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

Students burning a flag

A number of people were injured during clashes at a Varsity sports event between the universities of Sussex and Brighton.

Read more

Join me on BBC Sussex at 9

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Today we're talking about drug abuse by school pupils in our area.

Join the conversation from 09:00 GMT by calling 03459 570057.

Almost £9m given out in rail compensation

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Rail Minister has revealed that nearly 40,000 Southern rail season ticket holders have been given refunds as part of a one-off  compensation scheme .  

You can find more details on the scheme from Southern rail here

Community in shock after woman's death in Battle

Tributes have been paid to the mother of three young boys who died after being hit by a car on the pavement in Battle on Sunday.

She was pushing her baby son in a pram when a car mounted the pavement.  

Her husband and children have now all been released from hospital. 

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

What are you doing for Comic Relief?

Red noses, t-shirts and getting dressed up - this is what our presenters have been doing for Comic Relief so far. 

Tell us what you're doing on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday - A message from a Beatle

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Tributes came in from all over the world for Dame Vera Lynn yesterday as she celebrated her 100th birthday .

They included this one from a famous singer whose voice you might just recognise...  

A cold and crisp day to come

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather presenter

It's chilly this morning but there'll be blue skies and sunshine later.

Here's your forecast.

Southern pays out £9m in compensation

Southern trains
Getty Images

Thousands of Southern rail season ticket holders have been paid a total of almost £9m in compensation since December for delays to services.

The government says disruption has been down to track and signal failures, engineering work, poor performance by the operator and industrial action by the RMT union.

The Rail Minister has announced that nearly 40,000 passengers have applied for refunds as part of the one-off compensation scheme .  

Battle fatal crash: Police investigation continues

Battle crash scene
Nick Fontana

Police are continuing their investigations after a mother-of-three young boys died after being hit by a car on the pavement on Battle High Street on Sunday .

She was pushing her baby son in a pram when a car mounted the pavement and hit her.

Her husband and children have now all been released from hospital. 

There will be more on this on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle this morning - you can listen here .

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This stunning picture of West Dean by Ian Jeffrey isn't a bad way to start the day - it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .   

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

West Dean
Ian Jeffrey

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