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That's it for tonight

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, weather and travel.

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Concern over butterfly decline

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's been a worrying decline in butterflies in Sussex, according to a wildlife charity.   

Butterfly on someone's finger

Butterfly Conservation says it urgently needs volunteers to help create and restore butterfly habitats in the county. 

The charity hopes conservation work will help boost the number of species found locally. 

Sussex Police: 'Do you recognise these men?'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These men are being sought by police in connection with a robbery in Hove.   

CCTV images
Sussex Police

It's after three men forced the front door of a house in Kingsway on Tuesday 28 February, between 03:10 and 03:25 GMT. 

Once inside the men trapped the occupants in their bedrooms while they searched the house. 

Brighton marathon: What you need to know

It’s nearly time for this year’s Brighton Marathon, when thousands of runners will take to the city’s streets. Here are some key facts about the event:

The age of steam may have long passed - but some people just can't Lego

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An exhibition of Lego charting the history of Britain is just about to open on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden with one of the world's most famous trains at its centre.  

Could we be in for the warmest day of the year?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's a little rain, some sunshine and some real warmth in my forecast.

Police release CCTV image after street robbery

CCTV image of man in Brighton
Sussex Police

Police have released a CCTV image of man they want to talk to in connection with a street robbery in Brighton.

A man was walking along East Street between 04:00 BST and 05.00 BST on Sunday 12 March when he was approached by a man who started talking to him.

They walked into an alleyway and the victim was punched in the face and he fell over. He then stole his wallet containing cash and cards before running off.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 306 of 12/03.  

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Theresa May has invoked Article 50, formally declaring the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

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

Teenage cyclist seriously injured in crash

The 14-year-old boy was on his BMX when he was knocked down in Braybrooke Road in Hastings. 

It happened at 21:00 BST on Monday when he was in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa driven by a 22-year-old woman from the town. 

The cyclist suffered a serious head injury and was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he is in a serious condition. The driver wasn't hurt.

Anyone with information should email or call 101 quoting Operation Jaywick.  

Historic Article 50 letter delivered

The clock has started ticking after we formally handed in our official divorce notice to the European Union.

We will have two years to unwind four and a half decades of EU membership, start replacing reams of EU law with a domestic equivalent and work out our future ties to the continent.

So what are some of the main areas of negotiation? 

Three break-ins may force shop to shut

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A shop owner says he may be forced to close his store after three break-ins in the last 10 years. 

Ben Mitchell says the future of The Stores Department, in Uckfield, is "in the balance" due to increased insurance premiums.  

Shoreham aircrash memorial sculptures to honour victims
Time has been taken over the memorial's design, a council leader has said.

Motorcyclist who died after crash is named by police

Police are appealing for information after the death of Jacob Packham, 23, from Pelham Place in Seaford. 

Jacob's motorbike was involved in a crash with a Land Rover Defender towing a horsebox in Station Road, Berwick, at about 12:15 BST on Sunday 19 March, near the entrance to the Arlington Reservoir.

He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. He died on Thursday 23 March.

The Land Rover was driven by a 58-year-old man from Berwick, who suffered minor injuries.

Police want to speak to witnesses, especially the occupants of a dark-coloured people carrier which drove over the level crossing at Berwick railway station just before the motorcyclist.

The Flying Scotsman - made out of Lego

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This. Is. Amazing.

I've been along to see an eight-metre-long Lego model of the Flying Scotsman and three Pullman carriages which are going on display at the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden, Kent.

The models were created by Bright Bricks, which featured in Channel 4’s “Inside Lego at Christmas”.

I'll bring you more on this later.  

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Shoreham memorial sculptures to honour victims

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A council leader has spoken about plans for a memorial to the victims of the Shoreham air crash.

A series of memorial sculptures will be installed along the banks of the River Adur, close to the scene.

The designs, which are in the very early stages, will honour the victims and their families, the first responders and the local community, said Neil Parkin, who is leader of Adur District Council.

They include 11 lights which will be lit all day and night, an arch formed of 11 individual arches, "discrete areas of relatively solitary seating" and bespoke oak seats.

Read our full story here .

Shoreham air crash memorial design
Worthing and Adur Councils
Shoreham air crash memorial design
Worthing and Adur Councils

'He was a wonderful, wonderful man'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

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

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.

Chris Hughton feels there is an 'enthusiasm for change' over roles for black managers

Chris Hughton feels there is a "real enthusiasm for change" to give equal opportunities for black managers in the English game.

The Brighton boss is one of three black first-team managers employed at one of England's 92 professional clubs.

He is keen for the change he says he has already seen at grassroots and in academies level to be replicated in first teams at the highest level.

"There is no doubt that the balances are not right," said Hughton.

"It is going to be about talking around the table as much as possible, highlighting it as much as possible and looking to see change.

Chris Hughton
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"Where I have seen change is at grassroots level and academy level. I think everybody wants to see that at first-team level up through the leagues.

"I do think there is a real enthusiasm to want change."

In June last year, Football League clubs  approved proposals to introduce a 'Rooney Rule'  for academy jobs in a bid to increase the number of black and ethnic minority coaches.

Clubs must now include at least one suitably qualified BME candidate on the interview shortlist if such an application is received.

In addition, 10 of the 72 EFL clubs have volunteered to pilot a similar scheme in their first-team recruitment process during 2016-17.

Hughton was speaking at  Tuesday's Black List Awards,  which celebrate African and Caribbean achievement in the British game.

The 58-year-old was awarded for his coaching of Brighton, who are currently second in the Championship.

Darren Moore, who is at West Brom, also picked up an award in the coaching category while Chelsea ladies forward Eniola Aluko won in the player category and former Manchester United and Newcastle striker Andy Cole scooped the Keith Alexander award.

Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley was recognised in the administration category along with Chelsea's technical director Michael Emenalo.

(Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Trussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson

Five different art works will be located along the banks of the River Adur, close to the crash scene.

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Terrorist was former Sussex university student

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

London terrorist Khalid Masood was a former economics student at the University of Sussex.

The 52-year-old father killed four people including PC Keith Palmer outside the Houses of Parliament last week. He was at the university through the mid 90s using the name on his birth certificate, Adrian Elms. 

Khalid Masood
Daily Mail/SOLO Syndication
Khalid Masood

We were saddened to learn of the attack in Westminster, London.

Adrian Russell Elms studied at the University of Sussex twenty years ago. He undertook a Bachelor of Economics with Economic History from 1994-1997."

University of Sussex spokeswoman

Burglars target tool store

CCTV of man near Uckfield shop
Sussex Police

Burglars targeted a tool and equipment shop in Uckfield and stole professional power tools.

The offenders broke into The Stores Dept on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate just before 19:25 BST on Sunday, forcing open shutters, activating an alarm and making off between three and four minutes later in a white Transit-style van.

It's thought that there may have been a number of offenders, all wearing hooded tops or hats, head torches and gloves.

Police want to speak to the man in this CCTV image in connection with the raid. 

Anyone with information is asked to report it here or call 101 quoting reference 1104 of 26/03.  

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus : Mayor’s seven trips to China and hospitality received investigated

Eastbourne Herald : Missing teen may be in Eastbourne  

Hastings Observer : Woolly wonderland on Hastings Pier  

Brighton and Hove News : New appeal to find trio who broke into Hove home and robbed occupants

Chichester Observer : Corn Exchange café plans approved

Worthing Herald : Campaign for footpath on road used by ‘juggernauts’  

Investigation launched into school fire

More and more people being rescued by lifeboat

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


More than 2,000 people in the South East were rescued by the RNLI last year. 

Figures show the number of lifeboat launches are up by 13% on the year before.

The charity's asking people to take more care at the coast and respect the water.

Cash cuts 'threaten school standards', say MPs

A teacher and pupils in a classroom
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The biggest school funding shortages in England since the 1990s are threatening to damage standards, says a report from MPs overseeing public spending.

The cross-party Public Accounts Committee criticises "delusions" in government over the budget situation.

Head teachers said the Department for Education had "buried its head in the sand" over the extent of financial problems.

The Department for Education has said that funding is at record levels.

School leaders have been protesting against funding cuts - with headteachers across Sussex sending a joint letter last week calling for a re-think on budget plans .  

Read the full story here .

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

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

Brighton attraction reopens after latest breakdown

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton i360 and bandstand

Brighton's i360 viewing tower will reopen today. 

The multimillion-pound attraction has been plagued by technical problems since it launched last August.

The latest breakdown was on Saturday evening, and it's been closed since then while technicians tried to discover the cause. 

A spokesperson for the i360 confirmed the fault "has been resolved" and the "system fully tested".

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Have you had to take on extra responsibility after a bereavement? 

Join the conversation with me on BBC Sussex at 09:00 BST.

If you want to take part, call me on 03459 570057.

Shoreham memorial plans revealed

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These early designs show the proposed permanent memorial to the Shoreham air crash. 

Artist's impression of Shoreham memorial
Artist's impression of Shoreham memorial

The memorial will honour the 11 men who died, the first responders who helped at the scene, and the community. 

It'll consist of five different works and cost £180,000 to construct. 

It's being funded by public bodies and local businesses.  

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.    

Increase in animal cruelty cases in the South East

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RSPCA says there's been a sharp rise in the number of animal cruelty cases in Sussex and Kent in the last year.


The charity investigated more than 2,200 allegations in East Sussex, up 13% on the year before. 

Kent saw almost 5,500 complaints, up 3%. 

Nationally the RSPCA says it received a call every 27 seconds.    

Fire investigation underway at West Sussex school

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A fire engine

There's been a fire at a school in Billingshurst, West Sussex. 

Fire crews spent most of yesterday evening at the Weald secondary school. 

The leisure centre next door had to be evacuated. 

It's thought the fire started in a ground floor classroom.

A grey start to the day...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

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

It's the middle of the week...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

But will the weather be as wonderful as it was in Alfriston recently, as this photo from Angie Parsons shows? It's a lovely pic and our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Angie Parsons

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

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