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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 13 April 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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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... 

Full steam ahead for the holidays

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of the world's most famous steam engines is spending Easter in Sussex.

The Flying Scotsmen will be at the Bluebell Railway until Wednesday.

Dry and Bright

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

The Easter weekend is looking mainly dry and bright. Here's my forecast.

Decriminalising homosexuality: Man receives apology

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George Montague from Brighton was convicted in 1974 of gross indecency with a man - the conviction was repealed in May 2004.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.

£1.1m may have been paid twice by council

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

BBC Sussex has learned West Sussex County Council knew about a list of £1.1m of possible duplicate payments - bills it had paid twice - back in 2013. But it only took steps to recover that cash late last year.

Opposition councillors say they're worried some of the payments may now be too old to recover. But the council insists it has introduced "robust processes" to deal with the issue.

A shortlist of 196 possible double payments, totalling £1.1m, was made in June 2013 by Andrew Rowson, who was under contract to the council at the time. He says the council failed to help him verify his list, or recover the payment. The council says Mr Rowson refused to hand over information without being paid upfront, and says it never saw the detailed list. 

View from outside County Hall, Chichester
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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.  

Have you got a story which needs to be investigated?

If so get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East investigations team. 

Virgin Trains East Coast staff to stage 48-hour strike

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast - which run rail services through Stevenage - are to stage a 48-hour strike in a row over the role of guards and jobs, the RMT union has announced.

Virgin East Coast train
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The stoppage, on 28 and 29 April, follows recent strikes by three other train operators in rows over staffing.

The union said it wanted "explicit clarification" from Virgin on the future role of guards.

Virgin, which operates services between London, north-east England and Scotland, has yet to comment.

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?

Getting cloudier

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

But it will still be nice and dry this afternoon.

Here's my latest forecast.

Rise in rail trespassers

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

More people than ever are risking their lives by trespassing on train tracks in the South East according to Network Rail and the British Transport Police.

Last year there were more than 1,000 trespassing incidents in the region. That's a 17 per cent rise on the previous year. 

Police say trespassing increases during the spring and summer holidays. 

'How I coped with Facebook death threat'

Caroline Ansell MP talks about the moment police told her someone had threatened to kill her.  

Missing teen found safe and well

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

 A missing 13-year-old boy has been found safe.

Hamza Chebbi, was reported missing from Worthing but returned home of his own accord on Wednesday.

A Sussex Police spokesman thanked the public and media for their help.

Motorcyclist seriously injured after mystery crash

Sussex Police is searching for witnesses after a red Yamaha motorcycle crashed on the A22 near East Hoathly.

Little is known abou the circumstances leading up to the point the the MT07 bike left the road near the Blackberry Farm leisure attraction.

A 50-year-old man from Willingdon sustained serious injuries, including multiple fractures, and was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Brighton. 

It happened shortly after 10:30 BST on Wednesday.

He is currently in a stable condition.

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

West Sussex County Council knew about over £1m worth of possible duplicate payments - bills it had paid twice - back in 2013, but it only took steps to recover that cash late last year.  

I'd like to know what you think about that, you can join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 GMT

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. 

Man jailed for threatening to kill Caroline Ansell MP

A man has been jailed for four months for making threats on Facebook to kill his local MP.

Mark Sands, 51, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, threatened to go to the home of Conservative MP Caroline Ansell and stab her "to death".

The factory worker had been angry at proposed disability cuts, magistrates heard, and was charged after police said he had made "a credible threat".

Mrs Ansell said she was used to "low-level abuse" but this was different. You can read the full story here.

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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 tonight. You can do it here.

Ballot box
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Online adverts 'exploit homeless for sex'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Young, vulnerable people are being targeted with online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for sex, a BBC investigation has found.

The deals, which are legal, are on classified ad sites such as craigslist.

Charities have described the adverts as exploitative and Hove MP Peter Kyle wants them made illegal. Craigslist, which on one day carried more than 100 such adverts, has not commented.

One student described how she felt her only option was a "sex-for-rent" deal.

The woman said: "He took me into his living room, got me drinks, and then after that it was just straight upstairs and go for it."

You can read the full story here.

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

If you’ve been affected by this you can contact the Centrepoint Helpline.

Free phone 0808 800 0661 (Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00 BST) or by clicking here

A dry, sunny day

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

But it will be mostly mild, with some patches of cloud.

Here's my forecast.

Spring in full bloom

Well, it certainly is at Sheffield Park according to this photo. It's a great picture taken by Jeff Penfold and it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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

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Sheffield Park
Jeff Penfold