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Good night from the BBC Live team

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another week, we'll be back on Monday from 06:00 GMT with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us, and have a lovely weekend.

Views sought on Hastings street drinking

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

People in Hastings are being asked for their views on banning begging and street drinking in the town centre.

It's after complaints antisocial behaviour is having a serious impact on businesses and the local economy. 

View more on twitter

Train complaints soar

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern train

Passenger complaints about trains operated by Southern rail's parent company soared at the end of last year, according to new figures. 

Four times as many complaints were received by Govia Thameslink Railway between October and December, compared to the same period a year earlier. 

The operator says the figures are "disappointing but not surprising" in light of industrial action. 

It claims complaint rates have since started to fall as the performance of its trains has improved. 

It's Red Nose Day!

To celebrate, we asked Crawley comedian Romesh Ranganathan to give us a joke.  

We'd love to hear what you've done to raise money for Comic Relief. Let us know on  Twitter , on  Facebook , or by sending us an  email .    

A lovely but slightly chilly weekend

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

It'll be dry and bright. But wrap up warm in those chilly winds.   

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, at A293.

A27 East Sussex - A27 in Portslade-By-Sea entry slip road closed eastbound at Shoreham Harbour turn off, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

The Seagulls' promotion race: Your thoughts

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton and Hove Albion have just eight games to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. 

So how are Seagulls supporters across the globe feeling ahead of the Championship run-in?

We’ve been asking for your videos. 

Here's another of our friends from Seagulls Downunder . Richard Parker lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

If you'd like to send us your thoughts in 45 seconds, email me at

Dame Vera Lynn becomes first ever 100-year-old to hit the charts

Vera Lynn
Decca Records/PA

Dame Vera Lynn, who celebrated her 100th birthday this week, has become the first 100-year-old to have an album not only in the Official UK Album Charts, but in the Top 3. 

Vera Lynn dominated the charts when they first launched in 1952. 65 years ago the 'Forces' Sweetheart' had three singles in the Top 10 simultaneously. 

Westminster attacker: The Northiam years

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Westminster terrorist, Khalid Masood, lived in Northiam for a while, on the Sussex-Kent border, where he attacked an innocent man with a knife in the village pub.

Westminster attacker: 'Pleasant kid'

The Westminster killer, Khalid Masood has been described as a 'pleasant kid'. John Harvey went to school with Masood in Tunbridge Wells. 

Westminster attacker described as violent cocaine user by former acquaintance

A man who claimed he knew Westminster terror suspect Khalid Masood, when he was known as Adrian Elms, as a casual acquaintance in the early 2000s in Eastbourne told the BBC that he was a cocaine abuser with a reputation for violence. 

The 41-year-old former electrician, who did not want to be named, said: 

I first met him in a pub around Christmas Eve 2001 around the time my father died. I was introduced to him as 'black Ady'. We weren't good friends. I believe he had just got out of jail at the time. Some mutual friends had had a call from his cousin saying 'this guy has just got out of prison, come meet him, he's alright.' I didn't speak to him much that evening. He was very polite. He was an angry guy, you could tell. He wasn't the kind of guy you would want to upset. I didn't see him again for a few months, by then he was living temporarily with a friend."

He described visiting them both in the flat they shared in Eastbourne between 2002- 2003.

The next time I saw him it was summer 2002 then he was on steroids, though he wasn't huge. There was a brothel a few doors down and I remember Ady saying he had seen prostitutes sleeping in the back garden. He didn't talk much. One time I noticed a Koran and I made a joke like: 'Are you reading that?' He did not seem the religious type at all. He never talked about religion ever. He took quite a lot of cocaine and he seemed to like women with pink hair . He had one girlfriend, maybe she was his wife later on, and she had silicone breasts., So I didn't think he was a religious Muslim at all. But I spoke to my friend who lived with him for a while and he said he used to read the Koran all the time." He continued: 'He was really polite. Everyone who met him said he was really polite, but he had a reputation for being a bit of a psychopath. He was in a pub one night and two guys were playing pool something was said and he battered them both with pool cues."

He described a minor mix-up over whether they had accidentally dated the same woman. 

It wasn't the same girl but they worked in the same shop that was how it happened. When it got cleared up Ady said something like: 'If I didn't know you, I would stab you in the face'. I mean he was joking, then he stabbed that guy Dan Smith in the face."

The pair lost touch in the mid 2000s until he noticed the name 'Adrian Elms' in a newspaper report following the attack on Wednesday.

I saw the name, but the photo didn't look like him. Then I messaged a friend of Facebook and he was like 'yeah, that's the same guy, that's Ady'."

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, at A293.

A27 East Sussex - A27 in Portslade Village entry slip road closed eastbound at Shoreham Harbour turn off, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Puppy stolen during Barnham break-in

A 13-week-old puppy called Barney has been stolen from a house in Barnham, as well as a blue Vauxhall Meriva car - later found set alight - two laptop computers, £400 cash and a handbag.  

Stolen puppy
Sussex Police

The Golden Retriever puppy was taken during the burglary that happen in the early hours of Thursday morning 23 March.  

A settled picture for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It'll stay dry with some brightness for the weekend, although a bit breezy at times. 

Westminster terrorist with South East links

The man who killed at least four people in an attack in London was born in Kent, and was previously jailed over a knife crime in Eastbourne.

Before he ploughed a rented car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer outside Parliament, Khalid Masood, was born in Dartford under the name Adrian Russell Elms. 

Arson damages school near Arundel

Arson damages school near Arundel
Sussex Police

Extensive damage has been caused to a primary school in Yapton. 

The fire started around 02:00 GMT on Saturday March 11 in a bin next to the school on North End Road and caused extensive damage to the building and playground.

'First picture' of Westminster attacker revealed

This photo of Huntleys School for Boys football team in Tunbridge Wells is believed to include Westminster attacker Khalid Masood. 

At the time he was called Adrian Ajao.

Adrian Ajao
Huntleys School for Boys

Hotel room Westminster attacker stayed in

This is the room Khalid Masood stayed in at Preston Park Hotel before carrying out an attack on London.

'He was calm, yet he was on his way to commit mass murder'

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

Michael Petersen told me he met the London attacker at a hotel in Brighton the day before it happened.

Hotel manager says attacker 'checked out peacefully'

Khalid Masood stayed at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton before he travelled to Westminster to launch his attack.

The hotel's manager, Sabeur Tuomi, said he was "joking and smiling" and "checked out peacefully". 

Man describes Khalid Masood day before attack

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

Michael Petersen saw Khalid Masood at a Brighton hotel the day before the Westminster attack.

He described him as a "perfectly normal guy".  

Westminster attacker's South East links

Here's what we know so far:


Have you been a victim of financial fraud?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join me in conversation on BBC Sussex at 09:00.

Westminster attacker believed to have stayed in Brighton hotel

The Westminster attacker Khalid Masood is believed to have stayed at the Preston Park Hotel in Brighton before he launched his attack, according to BBC sources.

Preston Park Hotel

Witnesses have told the BBC the hotel has been searched by police.

Severe accident: A23 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A23 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between A270 Viaduct Road and Oxford Place.

A23 East Sussex - A23 Ditchling Road in Brighton closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the A270 Viaduct Road junction and the Oxford Place junction, because of an accident involving vehicle and pedestrian.

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

Staying windy but more sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

Plus there's some pleasant weather to come this weekend.

Here's your forecast.

Whole village films Red Nose Day video

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Are you doing something special for Red Nose Day this year?

Well, one East Sussex village has got right into the swing of Comic Relief!

About 200 people from Rotherfield have filmed their own music video...

London attack: Killer's links to Sussex

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Khalid Masood on a stretcher at the scene of the attack

The man behind Wednesday's terror attack in London stayed in Brighton the night before it happened, it has emerged.

Khalid Masood is also believed to have lived at various addresses across Sussex.

The 52-year-old drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman.

Last night police confirmed a 75-year-old man had died in hospital, taking the death toll to five.

Read the full story here

Boost for dairy farmers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Small dairy farmers in the south east are hoping a new branding for free range milk will help their survival in the future.    

The weekend's almost here

We'll be here to keep you company until 22:00 GMT, with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

Sarah Thornely snapped this lovely sunset at Newhaven's West Beach, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Newhaven sunset
Sarah Thornely

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