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Good night from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

If you'd like to contact us in the meanwhile, you can find us on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or send us an  email

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Seagulls boss to start Brighton Marathon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is the official starter for this year's Brighton Marathon.

He hasn't run a marathon himself but he's told us he knows why people want to...

Brighton Marathon: 'I admire those that run it'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thousands of runners are making their final preparations for this Sunday's Brighton Marathon.

This year's official starter is Seagulls manager Chris Hughton.

He's never run one, but we'll let him off as he's been busy...

Sussex head coach: 'We want promotion to division one'

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Sussex have been boosted by the early arrival of South African all-rounder David Wiese who's available for the first Championship game against Kent starting on Good Friday.

Meanwhile head coach Mark Davis has told the BBC the team are looking to do well in all three competitions this season.

Will this week's mixed weather improve?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a dry, bright few days ahead.

Here's my latest forecast.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Printing press
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The Argus : Two police officers charged with assault that left man with head injury

Eastbourne Herald : Town centre pub is demolished

Chichester Observer : A view to a thrill for Bond fans

Mid Sussex Times : Woman dialled 999 and asked police to order her a takeaway  

Brighton and Hove News : Thousands of plastic nurdles washed up on city beaches

Hastings Observer : Scores of cars damaged in Hastings and St Leonards

Sussex cricket captain: 'Last year was frustrating'

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Sussex skipper Luke Wright says he's looking to make a concerted effort to secure promotion back to Division One of the Championship. 

The all-rounder missed the start of last season through injury.

Sussex have been boosted by the early arrival of South African all-rounder David Wiese who'll be available for the first Championship game against Kent starting on Good Friday.

Luke Wells looks certain to miss that game though as he continues rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Piltdown preserve is the most a-peel-ing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A company in Piltdown, East Sussex, has won a top award for its marmalade, and an order from Fortnum and Mason.

ICYMI: Air ambulance to stay put

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.       

Settlement reached after Bednest cot death

Grace Roseman
Family handout

A settlement has been reached after a seven-week-old baby was found dead in a bedside cot. 

Esther Roseman told an inquest last year that she discovered baby Grace lifeless in the Bednest crib at their home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, on 9 April 2015.  

Her daughter's head was "hanging over the side" of the second-hand cot and she was "angled slightly upwards".

A coroner issued a  safety warning  about the cot last year and expressed concerns about a lack of instructions.

Both NCT and Bednest as organisations unreservedly apologise for their respective parts in the tragic death of Grace Roseman and have reached a settlement on a confidential basis with the Roseman family.

NCT and Bednest would like to make it clear that no blame should be attached to any member of Grace’s family in relation to this tragic incident.

NCT and Bednest

Funding for Shoreham air crash memorial

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Councillors in Adur have agreed to give £25,000 towards a memorial to the 11 men killed in the Shoreham air crash.

The memorial will feature five pieces of art along the banks of the River Adur, and will cost a total of £150,000.

The tragedy happened when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 during the Shoreham Air Show in 2015.

Shoreham Memorial
Adur & Worthing Councils
The memorial will include seating
Shoreham Memorial
Adur & Worthing Councils
Eleven arches will be engraved with dedications to each of the victims

It's been a sunny morning...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

But make the most of it. 

Here's my lunch-time weather forecast.

Rampion excavator 'currently immobilised'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rampion excavator
Eddie Mitchell

It's not looking good for this piece of machinery which is being used on the Rampion off-shore wind farm.

The company behind the scheme said: "We can confirm that the elevated excavator working off Lancing Beach is currently immobilised and the operating personnel are safely back onshore.

"For safety reasons a guard vessel is on site and buoys have been placed around the excavator.

"We are awaiting the next low tide to seek to move the vehicle.”

Two PCs charged after man injured in Eastbourne

Two police officers have been charged following an incident in Eastbourne in the early hours of Thursday January 5.

Police were called to South Street at 02:07 where paramedics reported that they were treating a 33-year-old man with a head injury.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his head, face and hand.

Robert Rangeley, 35, a PC based in Eastbourne and Paul Bridger, 32, a PC based at Lewes, have both been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They have been bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 26 April.  

Brighton & Hove Albion return to top of Championship

BBC Sport

Brighton
Rex Features

Brighton & Hove Albion moved two points clear of Newcastle at the top of the Championship with a routine home win against strugglers Birmingham City.

Glenn Murray's 20th goal of the season put Albion ahead on two minutes, turning in Bruno's cross on the run.

Birmingham frustrated the hosts for the rest of the half, but Tomer Hemed chested in a second early on after the break to ease the pressure.

Uwe Hunemeier's fierce shot made it three, before Che Adam's consolation.

Read more here .

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Anger at the 'utter devastation' of beauty spot which is ripped up

Brighton and Hove Independent : Churchill Square car park remains closed after fire

Worthing Herald : Artists’ ‘honour’ in selection to sculpt airshow memorials  

Chichester Observer : Underfunding of schools an ‘embarrassment’ for Tories

Crawley Observer : Parents’ little miracle ... and three more are on the way

Eastbourne Herald : Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival to feature schoolchildren’s Towner artwork  

Mid Sussex Times : Hundreds of riders set off on Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride

Brighton and Hove News : Former council leader hits back over Madeira Terraces funding, saying council's bid ignored key conditions 

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

Air ambulance to stay put

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 it's now been announced that a new 25-year lease has been signed for the operation to remain at the aerodrome.       

#ICYMI: Southern row: 'The concessions aren't significant enough'

Kathryn Langley

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.

Motorcyclist injured after Liphook crash

A 19-year-old motorcyclist from West Sussex was air-lifted to hospital last night after a crash in Hampshire. 

Portsmouth Road
Goog

His bike was hit in collision with a car in Portsmouth Road, Liphook, just after 20:00 BST.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while over the alcohol limit. 

He is due to appear before magistrates in Basingstoke on 18 April.    

#ICYMI: 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.

Sussex company wins marmalade award

An East Sussex firm has won a top award for its marmalade... and an order from Fortnum and Mason.

Ouse Valley Foods from Piltdown took Double Gold in the 12th "World's Original Marmalade Awards".

They beat off strong competition from more than 30 countries, impressing the judges with their Sweet Orange and Fennel flavoured spread.

You can hear the company's owner speaking to Neil Pringle on BBC Sussex just before 09:00 BST.

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.

Hastings seafront
Hastings Borough Council

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 this week of Hastings being named Pier of the Year.   

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:      

Concern over MOT test shortage

Jane Vickers

BBC Sussex reporter

Traders in Sussex say a shortage of registered MOT examiners in the area is damaging business.

You can hear more on this story on  BBC Sussex breakfast with Neil Pringle.

Enjoy this morning's sunshine

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's clouding over this afternoon.

Here's my forecast.

What's coming up on this morning's news bulletins?

Small firms in business rates warning

A high street
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Small businesses in Sussex say crippling rises in their business rates mean they'll struggle to survive.

Restaurants, pubs, hotels and other independent firms have received their bills for the new financial year - with some reporting rises of as much as 428%.

The BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle will hear from the owner of two Sussex pubs after 08:00 BST to find out whether the discount has made any difference to him. You can listen here .

Brighton beat Birmingham to go top

Glenn Murray
Rex Features
Glenn Murray repeated his own feat, as the first player to hit 20 goals for Brighton in a season since 2010-11

Brighton and Hove Albion moved two points clear of Newcastle at the top of the Championship with a routine home win against strugglers Birmingham City.

Glenn Murray's 20th goal of the season put Albion ahead on two minutes, turning in Bruno's cross on the run.

Birmingham frustrated the hosts for the rest of the half, but Tomer Hemed chested in a second early on after the break to ease the pressure.

Uwe Hunemeier's fierce shot made it three, before Che Adam's consolation.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:  "It was certainly scrappy, the fact we got the early goal normally motivates a team to go on but then we had a difficult period where we rested on that one goal, and you can't afford to do that against anybody.

"I was agitated in that first half, we needed to be more like ourselves. Fortunately we worked better in that second half and took our moments when we needed to do.

"Glenn is one who will always score, he has a knack, even when he's not playing well he gets in the right place at the right time.

"Our hard work has put us in the position [top of the league] but the last two games have shown us it can go either way. If you're not at the levels, it can go dramatically against you."

An interesting picture to start the day...

Jeff Penfold took this picture inside Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion - we liked it so much that it's our Sussex  #photooftheday .

De Le Warr Pavilion (internal)
Jeff Penfold

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