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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

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Man treated for burns after flat fire

An investigation has been launched after a man suffered burns in a flat fire.

Firefighters were called to the ground-floor flat at Devonshire Court in The Drive, Hove, just before 19:00 BST today.

They dealt with a fire in the kitchen and the man was given treatment at the scene.

Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour. 

Sam Caulfield

The men are also charged, along with two women, with perverting the course of justice.

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Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - One lane closed on M23 southbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Who is Poly Styrene?

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

A new film about X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene is in the works.

Here are some facts you might not have known about her...  

Have you seen David Reid?

David Reid
Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of 47-year-old David Reid from Eastbourne.

David, who suffers from mental health problems, was spoken to by police in London on Saturday 1 April but has not been seen after he walked out of Charing Cross police station.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, of heavy build, with black spiked shoulder length hair and a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing a long green trench coat, blue jeans and flip flops.

Anyone who sees David or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 quoting serial 404 of 02/04. If he is in danger or in need of urgent medical attention, dial 999.

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.

Two men charged with murder

Police investigating the death of Sam Caulfield in Crawley last summer have charged two men with murder.

Sam, 21, from Mayfield, suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen at a property in Spencers Road, Crawley, at around 03:00 BST on Saturday, June 18.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he died.

John Mitchell, 21, of Mowbray Drive, Crawley and Macauley Lawless, 21, of Ifield Road, Crawley, answered bail today were charged with murder.

They were remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Mitchell and Lawless were also charged with perverting the course of justice.

Leah Delgado, 23, of Ifield Road, Crawley and Jessica Roberts, 25, of Spencers Road, Crawley, were also charged with perverting the course of justice. 

Roberts appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court today where she was bailed to attend Lewes Crown Court on 3 May.

Delgado was released on bail to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on 19 April.

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Police appeal for witnesses after Hove fatal crash

At 12:43 BST yesterday, police were told that a Kia Echo saloon driven by a 70-year old man had been driven off the road in Hangleton Way, Hove, gone through a fence at Hove Park School and crashed into two parked and unattended cars in the car park.

The man received treatment from paramedics but died at the scene an hour later.

The coroner's officer has been informed.

The car's passenger, a 13-year old boy, was shocked but unhurt. No one else was involved in the crash.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police at collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Pablo.

You can also report online to here or call 101.

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

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.  

Connor Goldson

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says he is delighted with the success of defender Connor Goldson's heart surgery.

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Walking on sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It's going to be glorious and very warm for the next few days. Here's my latest forecast.

Brighton Marathon: What do you need to know?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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...  

Middlesex celebrate County Championship win

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

With the County Championship season starting on Friday, BBC Sport takes a look at some of the main talking points.

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Staff 'devastated' by £140,000 saxophones thefts

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The owner of a family-run music shop says saxophones worth more than £140,000 have been stolen in a spate of break-ins.

Sax.co.uk in Crowborough has been targeted three times in just six weeks.

Owner Christine Straker says on the first occasion thieves stole £40,000 worth of instruments, on the second a saxophone so rare its value is unknown was stolen, and on Wednesday the culprits made off with around £100,000 worth of goods.

Ms Straker said it had "devastated" her, and all the staff.

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The business has had a base in the East Sussex town for around 11 years. 

Ms Straker, 59, said: "Police have told me they believe this is the work of one organised criminal gang, and from the way they've broken in it's clear they know exactly what they are doing."

Sussex Police have been contacted for a comment.

Seagulls boss to start Brighton Marathon

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...

Claims over dog microchipping

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Dogs Trust says more than 40,000 people in the South East are breaking the law by not having their dogs microchipped.

The rules changed this time last year requiring all dogs to be fitted with a chip. 

It's meant to make it easier to reunite lost pets with their owners. 

The charity says 10% of stray dogs kept in local authority kennels last year couldn't be reunited with their owners simply because they didn't have up-to-date microchip details. 

Dog and microchip
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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.

Judges overturn conviction of man found guilty of sex offences after his death

A bid to overturn the child sex abuse conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty by a jury after his suicide during his trial has succeeded.

Darren Turk, 54, died last June while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15 at Frewen College in Northiam between 1996 and 2002.

After his death, a jury at Lewes Crown Court found him guilty of 10 child sex-related offences and not guilty on six counts.

Mr Turk's family criticised the decision of the trial judge to allow jurors to return verdicts after he had died.

Today, three judges in the Court of Appeal said the verdicts were wrongfully returned and must be set aside as a nullity with the convictions annulled. 

#ICYMI: 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.  

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Police discover drug factory at OAP’s mock Tudor terrace house

Eastbourne Herald : Eastbourne landmark is bought for housing

Chichester Observer : Drivers shaken following crash on Long Furlong

Mid Sussex Times : Medical centre given ‘outstanding’ care rating

Brighton and Hove News : £9m construction trades training centre opens in Brighton

Hastings Observer : Helicopter out in search for missing 11-year-old

Severe accident: A280 West Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A280 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between A24 Findon By-Pass and Longfurlong Lane affecting A24 Findon Road.

A280 West Sussex - A280 Long Furlong in Findon closed and queuing traffic westbound between Findon Roundabout and the Longfurlong Lane junction, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion on A24 Warren Road to Offington Corner.

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

Tune in to Danny Pike

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning on my show we'll be talking about step families. 

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

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 air crash memorial plans
Adur and Worthing Councils
The memorial will include seating
Shoreham air crash memorial plans
Adur and Worthing Councils
Eleven arches will be engraved with dedications to each of the victims

Your breakfast bulletins this morning

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Here's a look at the top stories we're covering on BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletins this morning.  

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Feeling hot, hot, hot

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It's going to get very warm for the weekend. Here's my latest forecast.

Missing 11-year-old in Hastings

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police are concerned for the safety of an 11-year-old boy who's gone missing in Hastings. 

Lewis Davis was last seen in the town centre at around 14:00 BST yesterday afternoon. 

He's 5ft (1.5m) tall and was wearing a Nike tracksuit. 

Lewis Davis
Sussex Police

Seagulls boss: 'I'm delighted and looking forward to it'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton says he's proud to be involved in one of the city's major events.

He's this year's official starter for the Brighton Marathon.

Good morning

Simon Cooper sent us this picture of the wind turbines at Stone Cross, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Stone Cross turbines
Simon Cooper

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