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  1. Our live coverage has ended for today
  2. Updates on Monday 10 April 2017

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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

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That's it for today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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

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Runners swelter on hottest day

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There could be a few sunburnt faces today after thousands took part in Brighton Marathon and huge crowds turned out to support them.

Man attacked in Eastbourne

Police are investigating after a Polish man in his early 40s suffered serious head and stomach injuries after being attacked in Eastbourne.

It happened in the Langney Road area on Sunday.

Officers were called to the scene at 05:00 BST. The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A chilly start to Tuesday

Sarah Keith-Lucas

BBC Weather

The weather will turn cloudy in the afternoon. 

Seagulls triumph at football awards

It’s been a great season for Brighton and Hove Albion so far, with the Seagulls currently sitting top of the Championship as they bid for promotion to the Premier League. 

So how did the team get on at the EFL awards?

Who is Poly Styrene?

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

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

Gatwick sets passenger record

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Plane on runway at Gatwick
PA

Gatwick says it's set a new world record for a single runway airport after welcoming 44m passengers in a year. 

The figure for the period between April last year and March this year was helped by growth in long haul flights to north America. 

More than 3.3m passengers passed through the airport last month, the most ever recorded for March. 

Triumphant Bethan finishes the Brighton marathon unaided

Triumphant Bethan finishes the Brighton marathon unaided

Being part of a marathon has long been the dream of Bethan Griffiths, who has cerebral palsy.

The 22-year-old from from Stourbridge took part in the Brighton Marathon with the help of Becky Amor and Andy Woolway, from the National Star College in Gloucestershire.

They pushed her in an all-terrain wheelchair for 25 miles but she was determined to cross the finish line unaided.

Bethan wanted to take part in the race in memory of her mother, Amanda, who died of motor neurone disease last year. 

CCTV released after armed robbery

CCTV from Bolnore Village
Sussex Police

Police have released CCTV after an armed robbery at a supermarket near Haywards Heath.

At 21:44 BST on Sunday 9 April a man entered the Co-op store in Middle Village in Bolnore Village and approached a member of staff.

He revealed what looked to be a gun and demanded to be taken to the manager.

The worker and the manager went into the office where money was handed over from the safe before the man left the store.

Local elections: Deadline approaches for voter registration

Elections to our county councils take place in less than four weeks and the Electoral Commission is warning time is running out for anyone not yet registered to vote.

It says voters must be registered by the deadline of midnight this Thursday. You can do it  here .

Ballot box (generic)
PA

It's not long until the local elections...

Elections to our county councils take place in less than four weeks.

Here's our Political Editor Helen Catt with more details.  

Decriminalising homosexuality: An apology at last

It has been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised private homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in England and Wales, in 1967.

In 2016 the government announced that gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences in England and Wales would receive posthumous pardons.

George Montague from Brighton was convicted in 1974 of gross indecency with a man - the conviction was repealed in May 2004. The 93-year-old, who has fought for an apology, finally received one from the Home Office.

BBC Radio 4's  World at One  programme is marking the anniversary of the decriminalisation all this week.

It's getting cooler this week...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a fantastic weekend, temperatures will fall over the coming days, but it will stay mostly dry. 

Here's my weather update.

Calls for clampdown on airport drinking

There are calls for a clampdown on drinking at airports such as Gatwick following a rise in passengers disrupting flights.

A House of Lords Select Committee has found alcohol is too easily available, and people are drinking even before breakfast.

Sussex Police also sent under 18s to buy alcohol at the airport and found all but one of the premises were selling to them.

The committee wants restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol at airports - which are currently exempt from the 2003 Licensing Act. 

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And Briohny will have more on this on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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The Argus : Brighton Zip ready to deliver summer boost to beleaguered Madeira Drive

Worthing Herald : Daughter of Duke of Norfolk dies at 76

Eastbourne Herald : Man seriously ill after gang attack in Eastbourne

Chichester Observer : Bracklesham firefighter to row across Indian Ocean for Parkinson’s disease

Mid Sussex Times : Police release CCTV image after armed robbery at Co-op

Brighton and Hove News : Southern criticised over marathon queue to leave Brighton station 

Hastings Observer : ‘Total chaos’ at railway station after marathon

Brighton and Hove Independent : Knockaert crowned Championship player of the year

Crawley Observer : Pipped by a rhino but head completes marathon in style

Saxophones worth £140k stolen in Sussex music shop raid

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

CCTV footage of thieves stealing saxophones from a family-run music shop has been released in bid to catch the perpetrators.

Instruments worth more than £140,000 were taken from Sax.co.uk in Crowborough during a spate of break-ins.

The shop, which has been running in the town for 11 years, has been targeted three times in just six weeks.

The owner, Christine Straker, said it had "devastated" her and all the staff.

Kick-start your career with street cricket

As the County Cricket season  gets underway today,   England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game...

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the  Get Inspired guide.

Easter getaway: When is busiest by road, rail and air?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than 20 million cars are expected to be on the roads and more than 200 rail engineering works are taking place over Easter.

The busiest day for the great getaway will be Thursday, with drivers being warned some journeys could take 90 minutes longer than usual.

Unsurprisingly the M25 is included as well as the Dartford Crossing.

Network Rail is also carrying out a number of works on the railways.

You can read the full guide here

Biker dies after crashing into trees

A motorcyclist died after his bike left the road and crashed into trees on the A272 while travelling between Billingshurst and Petworth early on Sunday morning.

The incident happened east of the main road's junction with Crimbourne Lane, near Wisborough Green, at around 07:20 BST.

A 53-year-old man from Rudgwick, near Horsham, who had been riding a blue BMW motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The A272 was closed for more than six hours while emergency services investigated the crash. No other vehicle was involved.

Anyone with information is asked to report it here  quoting Operation Cassidy, by emailing collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police or calling 101.

What a great day for a 26 mile race

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thousands of runners took to the streets of Brighton in glorious sunshine to run this year's marathon.

Can you spot anyone you recognise?

Women's football: Honouring the trailblazers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Lewes FC Ladies are donating gate receipts from their last four home matches this season to women's charities.

It's in honour of the pioneers of the women's game who were big news a century ago.

#ICYMI: Piltdown preserve is the most a-peel-ing

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

Southern rail chief's pay hits £495,000 after strike-hit year

Charles Horton
BBC

The chief of the Southern rail network was paid £495,000 during a year in which the service was hit by strikes and falling profits.

Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), was paid £478,000 in pay in the last financial year, while also earning £17,000 from Southern Railway Limited, the groups' accounts showed.

It comes during a prolonged battle between Southern and the unions over so-called driver-only operated trains, which has led to disruption for millions of passengers.

Its parent company also suffered a profit slump of more than £15 million in the last year, latest figures showed.   

GTR runs Southern, as well as Thameslink, Great Northern and the Gatwick Express routes.

GTR's accounts showed Mr Horton, as the group's highest-paid director, was previously paid £493,000 in 2015.

A spokesman for the group said: "As a matter of policy we do not discuss the remuneration of any of our employees." 

Brighton Marathon: 'The crowd was immense'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Stuart Hawkes from Tipton won this year's Brighton Marathon.

He praised the crowds for their support.

Helen Davies claimed the women's title in a time of 2:42:40.

Meet the self-confessed 'proud forger' of famous paintings

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

David Henty has been reported to the police, he's served a prison sentence for forging passports and he's banned from selling his work on some online auction sites.

Despite that, his copies fetch thousands of pounds - and in June he'll exhibit his versions of Van Gogh, Caravaggio and Modigliani masterpieces in Brighton. 

Join me on BBC Sussex this morning

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

There's a special programme on BBC Sussex  at 09:00 BST reflecting on yesterday's Brighton Marathon.

Afterwards I'll be taking your calls on 03459 570057.

Town centre to create 'heat network'

Crawley town centre is to receive more than £1m to create its own so-called "heat network".

The system works by capturing the heat generated in electricity production that would otherwise be wasted.

It will then be used for businesses and homes.

It's hoped it will bring down energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. 

Brighton Marathon: 'Building the nerves does help'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Twelve thousand runners turned out in Brighton for the city's eighth marathon yesterday. 

Stuart Hawkes won the men's race in just under two-and-a-half hours.

He beat Brighton Phoenix runner Jon Pepper, who had led for part of the race.

Before the race he told us how he was feeling...

Thousands take part in eighth Brighton Marathon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Huge crowds turned out to watch the 26.2 mile race around the city.

Some runners had to be treated for dehydration as temperatures reached 17C.

You can hear more and a special programme from 9am on BBC Sussex by listening here .

Hope you made the most of the warm weekend weather...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Because it's going to feel quite a bit cooler today.

Here's my morning forecast.

Calls for clampdown on airport drinking

Mna drinking pint of beer (anonymous)
PA

There are calls for a clampdown on drinking at airports such as Gatwick following a rise in passengers disrupting flights.

A House of Lords Select Committee has found alcohol is too easily available, and people are drinking even before breakfast.

Sussex Police also sent under 18s to buy alcohol at the airport and found all but one of the premises were selling to them.

The committee wants restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol at airports - which are currently exempt from the 2003 Licensing Act. 

You can hear more on this story on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here .