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  2. Updates on Tuesday 28 March 2017

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More witnesses to Masood pub attack

The landlord of a pub where the Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood carried out a knife assault 17 years earlier says he was known locally as "a bit of a head case".

Alan Bellfield was behind the bar at the Crown and Thistle in Northiam on the night Masood got into an argument with another customer and slashed his throat.

Masood, who was born in Kent, was jailed for two years after admitting the attack.  

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Theresa May is expected to invoke Article 50 tomorrow and formally declare the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

Here's a reminder how the South East voted in the referendum.

A grey start to Wednesday...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

But will it get any better? I've some answers for you in my forecast.   

MP: 'Communities need to be open'

A gang of Albanians who conspired to supply cocaine across Brighton and Hove has been jailed. 

Eight out of the nine men - all Albanian - were in the UK illegally, the BBC understands. 

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade, says all communities should be aware of criminality.  

John Surtees: 'Unforgettable legend'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The only man to have won a grand prix world championship on two and four wheels, John Surtees has been laid to rest today.

You've been paying your tributes on social media.

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

A great man, a great champion and a great ambasador. RiP twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/s…

@bbcsoutheast Great loss to motor sport.Should have been made Sir John Surtees though.R.I.P.John

50 years since Jimi Hendrix gig

It's 50 years since Jimi Hendrix played at the Brighton Dome.

Here are some facts you may not know about him.

He shot, he scored: It's Peter Ward

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

We've been asking Brighton and Hove Albion fans around the world for their thoughts on the Championship run-in.

We've already heard from fans in Australia, New Zealand, Laos and the Netherlands. 

This time it's only ex-Seagulls striker and fan Peter Ward, who now lives in the USA.

If you'd like to send us your thoughts in 45 seconds, email me at sussexsport@bbc.co.uk

Police chase arresting nine Albanians in Brighton
Nine men who were selling cocaine across Brighton and Hove have been handed prison sentences.

Severe accident: A273 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A273 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Underhill Lane and School Lane.

A273 West Sussex - A273 Clayton Hill in Clayton closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Underhill Lane junction and the School Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

No-one wants a rubber Robert Mugabe

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Five puppets used in the iconic satire programme Spitting Image have failed to sell at auction in Sussex today.

The rubber creations, which included Robert Mugabe and Sir David Attenborough, were expected to reach up to £2,500.

Spitting Image Robert Mugabe
Summers Place, Billingshurst
Spitting Image David Attenborough
Summers Place, Billingshurst

I360 update: Attraction to re-open

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The British Airways i360 will re-open tomorrow. 

Technicians have been working on the Brighton attraction for the past few days after it broke down at the weekend. 

We would like to thank our customers for their patience and look forward to welcoming them back on board."

British Airways i360 spokesperson

'He was a wonderful, wonderful man'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The funeral of motor racing legend John Surtees took place in Sussex today.

Born in Tatsfield, Surrey, he was the only man to have won a world championship on both two and four wheels. In his later years he owned the karting track Buckmore Park in Kent. 

Seagulls around the world: Netherlands

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Are you a Brighton and Hove Albion supporter living in another country? 

How are you feeling about the last eight games of the season?

Here are the thoughts of our friends Lido and Werner from  Dutch Seagulls

Fancy sending us your 45 second video? Email sussexsport@bbc.co.uk.    

Do you know who this cyclist is?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

He could have vital information about a fatal collision on the A27 at Polegate yesterday afternoon.

Cyclist
Sussex Police

He was travelling on the westbound carriageway at 17:10 BST when a motorcyclist collided with a tipper lorry.

The 33-year-old biker died at the scene. 

The lorry driver, a 45-year-old man from Eastbourne, wasn't injured.   

Drugs gang arrested after car chase

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the moment police arrested several members of an Albanian members of a gang supplying class A drugs across Brighton and Hove. They've been jailed for a total of 45 years. 

Police swoop on drugs gang

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Nine Albanian members of a gang supplying class A drugs across Brighton and Hove have been jailed for a total of 45 years. Here's the moment several were arrested.  

Twenty20

English cricket's new eight-team, city-based Twenty20 tournament moves a step closer as the ECB reveals further details.

Read more

Make the most of the sunshine

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's staying very mild but turning much cloudier.

Masood known as 'a bit of a head case'

The landlord of a pub where the Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood carried out a knife attack 17 years earlier says he was known locally as "a bit of a head case".

Alan Bellfield was behind the bar at the Crown and Thistle in Northiam on the night Masood got into an argument with another customer and slashed his throat.

Masood, who was born in Kent, was jailed for two years after admitting the attack.  

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Inquiry ordered into stalking and harassment cases handled by Sussex Police

Hastings Observer : Tributes paid to Hastings former RAF captain

Brighton and Hove News : CCTV of St Patrick's Day assault suspect released

Chichester Observer : ‘Grayling is public enemy number one in West Sussex’

Eastbourne Herald : Iconic landmark is not for sale say council bosses

Brighton and Hove Independent : Pro -Europe campaigners to 'stage a show of unity' against a 'hard Brexit'

Average speed cameras switched on in Brighton

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The first fixed average speed cameras in Sussex are being switched on in Brighton today.

Speed camera
BBC

The cameras scan car number plates at two locations and calculate the average time it's taken to travel between them. 

The police and council hope it'll reduce collisions and congestion along Madeira Drive on the seafront. 

More cameras will be activated in Hastings in May. 

#ICYMI: 'I feel let down and isolated'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The mother of an autistic child in Newhaven says she’s falling through the cracks in the welfare system despite appeals for help from a number of agencies.  

Schoolgirl gives up sweets and chocolate to raise money for homeless people

Zoe Byrne
Family handout

Zoe Byrne is giving up sweets, chocolate and sugary treats for a month to raise money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre.

The 10-year-old, who attends Mile Oak Primary School, launched her charity challenge earlier this month and is trying to raise £1,000.

First Base Day Centre in Brighton provides support for people struggling with homelessness.

Zoe wants the money she raises to go towards food, toiletries and washing powder.

Will average speed cameras make you drive slower?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

The cameras are introduced in Brighton from today, and I'd like to know what you think about them.

Join me on the BBC Sussex phone-in from 09:00 BST.

Sussex Police: 'Too many vulnerable people in custody'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police officers
BBC

Concerns have been raised about the number of people detained by Sussex Police under the mental health act. 

A report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons has found there's been a rise recently. 

It follows an unannounced inspection of custody suites. 

The report says limited access to hospital beds meant "too many vulnerable people were still being brought into custody". 

The force insists it's always focused on keeping people safe.

New signs for Brighton Palace Pier

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The owners of the renamed Brighton Palace Pier say they'll replace its signage in the coming months. 

The Grade II listed structure was bought last year for £18m.

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Greenways and B2118 Roedean Way.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Marine Drive in Brighton blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Greenways junction and the B2118 Roedean Way junction, because of an accident.

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

Khalid Masood mother 'shocked and saddened'


          The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "shocked, saddened and numbed" by his actions.
BBC

The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "shocked, saddened and numbed" by his actions.

Janet Ajao said she had "shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident".

Masood killed three people when he drove a car into pedestrians last Wednesday. He then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.

Meanwhile, police say no evidence has been found of links between Masood and so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda.

Mrs Ajao, from Trelech in Carmarthenshire, said: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.

"I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us."

Masood, 52, who was born in Kent and stayed in Brighton before the attack, was previously known as Adrian Ajao.

The i360 will be closed again today

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

British Airways i360
BBC

The British Airways i360 will be closed again today while technicians continue investigations and checks after it broke down at the weekend .

A spokesman said: "We are contacting customers who have pre-booked tickets and offering them the opportunity to return within three months or claim a refund.

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this causes.”   

It comes less than a month after it  closed for four days  when a damaged data cable caused passengers to be stuck for more than an hour.  

Is the good weather here to stay?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got a dry and sunny day coming up, but it might not last.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

Check out this stunning picture...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Alan Robinson sent us this stunning picture - here's what he had to say about it: "Sun comes out of the Brighton Racecourse Stand. Picture taken from Shoreham Harbour Entrance."

It's so good - and such a great way to start the morning - that it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .

Shoreham
Alan Robinson

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all of Sussex's news, sport, travel and weather.  

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