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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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Brighton beat Birmingham to go top

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

'It means everything to them'

#PeoplesCup

Nick Elgar is the coach of disability team Woking Wolves and dad to two of its players. 

He tells us what it means for his two disabled boys and the rest of the Wolves team to be able to play competitive football...

FA People's Cup semi-finals - Woking Wolves

To see more stories from the semi-finals of the FA People's Cup , watch our highlights programme, available now on the iPlayer.

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:    

Southern row: 'We could take more action'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Simon Weller, the Assistant General Secretary of Aslef, has described the relationship between Southern and its staff as "utterly toxic".

He says if the two sides can't resolve the dispute the union could take more strike action.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Printing press
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The Argus : Four arrests during raid on Brighton seafront premises

Eastbourne Herald : Planners approve demolition of Polegate’s former railway station

Chichester Observer : ‘There’s no such thing as waste’

Mid Sussex Times : Famous Sussex gardens may re-open to the public

Brighton and Hove News : Brighton tennis club praises homeless man’s service

Hastings Observer : Hastings celebrates £800k funding boost for White Rock area  

Social media porn offender sentenced

Oliver Whiting stole photos of female acquaintances and posted them on pornographic sites with obscene comments. 

He was sentenced today at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.

A cold but bright start tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It should stay dry though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Birmingham City

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

The Seagulls host Birmingham City at the Amex tonight.

A win would take them top of the Championship and extend their lead on Huddersfield to 12 points (for 24 hours at least).

Join me for all the action on BBC Sussex from 19:00 BST.

Would-be burglar targets pensioner

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Detectives investigating an attempted distraction burglary in Rustington have released an efit of the man they think is responsible.

He managed to get into an elderly woman's flat in Arundel Garden by claiming he was working on a water leak in the property upstairs.

It's thought he left empty-handed.

efit of burglar
Sussex Police

Fire in Churchill Square

Air ambulance to stay put

We can exclusively reveal that the future of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is secure. 

Air ambulance
KSSAAT

Fears were raised when it was announced that development at Redhill Aerodrome could mean it would have to move - but today it's been announced that a new 25 year lease has been signed for the operation to remain at the aerodrome.     

Southern row: 'There's a complete lack of trust'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The train drivers' union Aslef says it's no surprise members rejected Southern's latest offer to resolve the dispute over Driver Only Operation.

Hastings to benefit from coastal funding

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Hastings Borough Council has been awarded a grant of more than £800,000 to go towards reviving the White Rock area of the town

The grant, from the Coastal Communities Fund, will be used to help renovate Rock House and Rock Alley. 

Traditional beach huts will be installed east of the Pier to encourage use of this area of the beach.

It follows the announcement yesterday of Hastings being named Pier of the Year.   

White Rock
Hastings Borough Council

A grey day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've had a rather overcast morning already, and it doesn't look like things will get better this afternoon.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

PCC cleared of wrongdoing

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has been cleared of wrongdoing following a lengthy investigation into a Facebook post made during the campaign for the 2016 election. 

In that post, she said she'd never claimed expenses. In fact, she'd actually claimed £385, once, for a rail journey in 2012. 

The complaint was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commissioner, who then referred it to the Crown Prosecution Service to see if a criminal offence had been committed. 

Police and Crime Commissioners are allowed to claim travel expenses - some claim thousands of pounds worth each year. The complaint was about whether she'd knowingly misled voters.

In the end, the CPS determined there was no case to answer. The report will be published soon - but Katy Bourne said she was pleased by the news. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne
BBC

I was always confident that the facts would speak for themselves and I am pleased the Crown Prosecution Service has determined there is no case to answer.

For almost five years I have been subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment, stalking and malicious allegations from a particular individual.

Unfortunately I am unable to say anything further until police investigations have been concluded.”

Katy Bourne (Con) Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

'Revenge porn' man sentenced

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man who stole pictures from the social media accounts of female friends and posted them on pornographic sites has been spared jail.

Oliver Whiting from Eastbourne left obscene comments alongside the pictures and encouraged others to do the same.

He'd earlier admitted 11 counts of making offensive posts, and today Hastings Magistrates' Court handed him a six-month suspended sentence.

He was also ordered to attend a sex offenders treatment programme and was banned from using social media.

He was told his violation and degradation of women required punishment in order to deter others.  

Oliver Whiting
BBC

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:    

Kit removed from ambulances over weight concerns

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The South East Coast Ambulance Service is being forced to remove equipment from some of its ambulances, and limit the number of people who can travel in them. 

It's because the vehicles are getting too heavy to be safe on the road. 

Forty five out of a fleet of 300 will only be allowed to transport a maximum of two crew members and a patient and 18 of those ambulances have had kit removed.

Rail users' misery turned into musical satire

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Southern Fail logo
Mark Brailsford

The trials and tribulations of being a commuter on Southern Rail has been turned into a satirical stage show. 

Southern Fail - The Musical has been created using parts of The Treason Show, a comedy sketch series running in Brighton for 17 years. 

Director and producer Mark Brailsford said he hoped the musical would hold a mirror up to the rail operator, forcing it to reflect on its conduct. 

Satire doesn't really change the world, but it can add its little ten pence. It channels people's anger and shines a mirror up to the issue."

Mark BrailsfordDirector and producer

It centres around two commuters, from different backgrounds, who become friends and team up to stand up to the firm. 

The show is on 10 June at Shoreham Ropetackle and 24 June at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre. A crowdfunding page has been set up to take the show to other venues further along the rail line and into London. 

Woman claims she was stalked by Michael Lane, the killer of Shana Grice
Ellie May says Michael Lane stalked her before killing Shana Grice.

Southern strike: 'They want them to do something, not fiddle around'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Talks resume today between Southern and the RMT, after the drivers' union Aslef voted to reject the latest deal.

But the RMT involved in the dispute has a warning for their colleagues.

Southern rail: Aslef members reject latest proposed deal

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BBC

Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern railway.

Members voted by 372 votes (51.8%) to 346 (48.2%) against the proposed deal.

General secretary Mick Whelan said: "We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote."

Govia Thameslink Railway said it was "hugely disappointing" as the agreement had "the full support and recommendation" of Aslef leaders.

Read more here .

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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The Argus : Speed cameras are turned off... but ssh! It’s a secret

Eastbourne Herald : Lifeboat rescue after flare fired near Eastbourne pier

Hastings Observer : Local woman is Premium Bond millionaire  

Mid Sussex Times : Children lose out in dispute over a patch of land

Chichester Observer : Woman rushed to hospital after fire at flats

Brighton and Hove News : Two men robbed a woman in her Brighton home after answering a “for sale” advert that she placed on Gumtree. 

And the winner is...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Hastings Pier, which was was almost destroyed in a fire seven years ago, has been voted Pier of the Year.

The newly restored pier beat off Worthing in the competition.  

Spring takes a break

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Grey skies today, but the sun will be back tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Shana Grice murder: 'He'd send me pictures of my own bedroom window'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Another young woman says she fears she could easily have been a victim of the Portslade killer Michael Lane.

Good morning

This lovely view of Pett Level beach was sent to us by Jenny Coney, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Pett Level beach
Jenny Coney

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