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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 30 March 2017

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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we'll be back tomorrow with your latest news, sport, travel and weather in Sussex.

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

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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:  

University staff to strike

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Staff at the University of Brighton are going on strike tomorrow in a dispute over job losses, what they claim are plans to limit promotions and downgrade teaching staff. 

Two more strike days are planned for 26 and 27 April.

Members of the University and College Union will also begin working to contract from tomorrow. 

University of Brighton
BBC

The warmest day of the year

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's been a stunning day in many places with temperatures peaking at 21.8C. 

But will it last? 

Walking on sunshine

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's officially been the warmest day of the year with temperatures hitting 21.8C in Gravesend.

That makes it the warmest March day in five years.

We'd love to see pictures of how you've been enjoying the sunshine.  

This lovely image of Teston Lock was sent in by Sheila Eddy.

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

Teston Lock
Sheila Eddy

'You see a plane and you know something's going to happen'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Eyewitnesses have been describing the moment a light aircraft crashed into the sea off Shoreham. 

Both people who were on the plane swam ashore unharmed. 

Loo rolls fund school lessons

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Pupils have been asked to bring in supplies such as toilet paper, glue and sticky tape to help fund their school.

St John's Primary School in Crowborough says money saved on buying supplies will help them provide more interesting lessons. 

First image of crashed plane

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the first image of a light aircraft which came down this afternoon in the waters off just off the shoreline in Shoreham.

Two people escaped the Cessna and swam to shore.  

Crashed plane at Shoreham
PA
Air crash off Shoreham

The pair reportedly swam to shore after the light aircraft came down in the water off Shoreham, West Sussex.

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BreakingPlane crashes into sea

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Two people have escaped from a plane which crashed into the sea at Shoreham. 

They swam ashore after the plane came down close to the beach. 

The plane, believed to be a Cessna crashed about 15:30 BST. 

AFC Sudbury fans to benefit from 'Pay What You Like' day

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Teenager's bike stolen in Brighton

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's been robbed of his bicycle in Brighton. 

The 17-year-old from Lewes was cycling with a friend in Surrenden Road when he was attacked. 

It happened on Tuesday 21 March at 16:20 GMT. 

Police say the attacker was aged between 16 and 18 and wearing a black hooded top with red writing on the front and back and black tracksuit bottoms. 

He was with a group of boys of similar age. 

They're urging anyone with information to come forward.

Will the sunshine continue?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Will this bright and sunny weather last until the weekend?

Police hunt Worthing sex attacker

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been sexually assaulted by a man in Worthing. 

The attacker approached the 29-year-old near Broadwater Green in the early hours of Saturday 25 March. 

He tried to talk to the victim and then pulled her into Grove Road and assaulted her. 

Police say he's white, in his early to mid-twenties, 5ft 9in, clean shaven with blonde or light brown messy hair.

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:  

Delray Rawlins

Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins signs a one-year contract to stay at Hove until the end of the 2018 season.

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This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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The Argus : I lived with my father’s killer and he convinced me he was alive and well

Hastings Observer : Most common birds spotted in East Sussex revealed

Brighton and Hove News : Brighton hospital’s new boss promises £30m A&E upgrade

Worthing Herald : Girl still missing ten years later

Sussex Express : Plastic prices, EU and Brexit blamed for ending contract

New lease of life for Sussex red phone boxes

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A competition is underway to find the most imaginative use of a redundant red telephone box in Sussex.

Old red phone box
BBC

Run by the Sussex Heritage Trust and the Sussex Association of Local Councils, it aims to help save the British icon from extinction. 

There's already a raft of nominees, including phone boxes used as coffee shops in Brighton, one in Steyning that's a defibrillator, and a village library in Bosham.

Have you got an idea? Get in touch on Twitter or Facebook .

Article 50 letter delivered - what next?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

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.

Here's a reminder how the South East voted.

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.    

Peaches the parrot accidentally poisons dogs (they're fine by the way)

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Peaches
BBC

Three pet dogs have been poisoned by a parrot at their home in the village of Nutley, near Uckfield.

Peaches mimicked her owner's voice while the family were out, called her canine companions over to her cage one by one and fed them grapes, which are toxic to dogs.

Boris, Cassie and Gus
BBC

The dogs - Boris, Cassidy and Gus - were given emergency treatment by their vet and have made a full recovery.

You can hear from the vet on  BBC Sussex  with Neil Pringle at 08:50 BST.

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I'm meeting a Sussex rock band where all the members have learning disabilities.

I'd like to know whether you've ever overcome a disability?

Join me from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex .

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.  

Eastbourne's Konta makes history

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Johanna Konta
Getty Images

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has made history by becoming the first Briton to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Masters .

She battled from a set down to beat world number five Simona Halep. 

She'll face Venus Williams in the last four. 

NHS boss in the hotseat

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals was placed in special measures by the health watchdog last year.

Now it's getting new management and a multimillion pound investment in emergency care.

We put the new chief executive, Marianne Griffiths, in the hotseat.

Bright and sunny

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got a mild start, but it's going to get rather warm in the afternoon.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

The stars above Sussex...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Will give way to sunshine quite soon, but this picture - by Maxine Thompson - shows the majesty of the Milky Way above Birling Gap. It's a fantastic shot and our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Birling Gap
Maxine Thompson

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

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