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  1. Our live coverage has ended
  2. Updates on Tuesday 11 April 2017

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

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That's all for today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Our day has ended - thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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Sussex cricketer Sarah Taylor joins England training camp

Sussex and England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has taken her first steps in a return to action following an indefinite break from the game to deal with anxiety problems. 

The 27-year-old has joined England at their training camp in the UAE for the first time since May 2016.

Sarah Taylor
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Lancing Beach wind farm excavator stranded at sea

An 80-tonne excavator used in the construction of an offshore wind farm is stranded at sea.

The digger was being used off Lancing Beach in West Sussex, to backfill cable duct trenches along the sea bed for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

It was being driven back to the beach when it became stranded 1,968ft (600m) offshore on 4 April.

Rampion said diesel on board was removed and a plan was being developed to retrieve the digger. Read more here.

Digger
Eddie Mitchell

ICYMI: 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?

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.

The spring sunshine is here for a while.

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There's plenty of sunshine coming up, but the nights are staying cold.

Here's my forecast.

Rare primates get second chance

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Uckfield-based charity International Animal rescue is helping to save these slow lorises, critically-endangered primates seized by the authorities in West Java.

Bognor thieves take gold watch

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A gold Rotary watch was stolen during a burglary in Bognor. 

Thieves broke in by smashing a window at the house in Ancton Drive. 

They also took a set of house keys during the incident on 5 April. 

Rise in obesity hospital admissions

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Is the NHS prejudiced against obese people? 

One Sussex woman says she was forced to go private for life-saving weight-loss surgery.

Last year obesity was a factor in more than 33,000 hospital admissions in Kent, Sussex and Sussex. 

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." 

Valuable gardening equipment stolen in Battle burglary

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have stolen £85,000 worth of equipment from a tree surgery business in Battle. 

They used bolt cutters to remove padlocks at the Armadillo Group in Telham Lane some time between 31 March and 5 April. 

An all-terrain vehicle, chainsaws and a wood chipper were among the items taken from a shipping container on the site.

#ICYMI: 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.  

Gatwick's 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much

Man drinking alcohol (anonymous)
PA

Gatwick Airport says it has a 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much.

It comes after a House of Lords Select Committee found that alcohol is too easily available at some airports and that some people were drinking even before breakfast.

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

Here's Gatwick's statement.

The vast majority of our 44 million passengers behave responsibly, but the airport operates a zero tolerance approach for the very small number that cause disruption through the consumption of too much alcohol.

As a signatory of UK Aviation’s Industry Code of Conduct, Gatwick works closely with airline, retail and security partners to minimise the impact of disruptive passengers and, where possible, to prevent the issue occurring in the first place. Measures taken include intelligence-led security patrols targeting both potential problem flights and also individuals or groups identified as intoxicated, and early intervention measures so staff can report problem passengers to the police at the earliest possible stage, including at check-in or in licensed premises. Frequent public facing awareness campaigns highlighting the consequences of excessive drinking at an airport are also run in conjunction with Gatwick Police.

Gatwick does not tolerate underage drinking and all outlets selling alcohol operate a strict challenge policy and will refuse to serve alcohol to any customers who are unable to prove their age when challenged.

Evidence suggests that Gatwick’s policy on disruptive passengers is working with fewer incidents reported in 2016, compared to the previous year. These measures are being improved during 2017 and are kept under constant review to ensure they are as robust as possible.

Gatwick AirportSpokesman

It's a dry and bright day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

And it's looking fine in the run up to the Easter Bank Holiday.

Here's my forecast.

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.  

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?

Rise in obesity hospital admissions

An anonymous woman walking down the street
PA

A woman who paid privately for weight loss reduction surgery says she would have died without the treatment.

There were more than 780 admissions in Sussex, Kent and Surrey last year, a 6% rise on the year before.

In a programme tonight on BBC2 Karen Hardwicke, from East Sussex, describes the choice she had to make in deciding whether to wait or pay for her own surgery.

We'll have more on this on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

ICYMI: 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.

Sussex cricketer Sarah Taylor joins England training camp

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sarah Taylor
Getty Images

Sussex and England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has taken her first steps in a return to action following an indefinite break from the game to deal with anxiety problems. 

The 27-year-old has joined England at their training camp in the UAE for the first time since May 2016.

Search for Brighton man released from prison

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are looking for Chadley Perry Parsons after he broke the terms of his release from prison.

Chadley Perry Parsons
Sussex Police

The 23-year-old from Brighton had been serving a 26-month sentence for false imprisonment. 

He was released on licence on 22 March but officers say he's failed to comply with the terms of the licence.   

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

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Easter eggs
Getty Images

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  . 

One-in-three South East care homes 'unsatisfactory'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than a third of care homes in Kent and Sussex are unsatisfactory, according to a charity.

Independent Age says more than a third of homes in the South East are rated as "inadequate" or "requires improvement".  

Should weight loss surgery be funded by the NHS?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join the conversation with me on  BBC Sussex  at 09:00.

Call 03459 570057 or find us on Twitter .

'Moby Dig' still stranded off Sussex coast

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This 80-tonne digger has been stuck in the sea off the Sussex coast for a week.

Digger stranded off Sussex coast
Eddie Mitchell
Digger in the sea off Worthing
Eddie Mitchell

The company behind the Rampion offshore wind farm say they're still trying to work out how to remove the excavator.

It became stranded after completing its work to fill where ducts had been dug for cable installed last year.

Meanwhile a survey by the Worthing Herald has come up with a name for the piece of kit: "Moby Dig".

Calls for clampdown on airport drinking

Beer drinker
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. 

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.

A lovely day

We've got plenty of sunshine around today, but there will be a few bits of cloud too.

Here's my forecast.

A sunny day by the sea

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Can you get a more classic shot of Sussex than this one taken by Kristie Heath of Eastbourne Pier, which is our  #photooftheday ?

If you can we'd love to see it.

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

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

Eastbourne Pier and seagull
Kristie Heath