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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 18 April 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for tonight, but we'll be back again at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, you can reach us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

General Election 2017: Will there be more than one issue?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

MPs will vote tomorrow on whether to trigger an early general election.

South East politicians from each of the main parties gave us their reaction.

Rare primates get second chance

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

Seagulls in the Premier League

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the reaction of fans after Brighton & Hove Albion secured promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 win against Wigan at the Amex.   

Seagulls: 'This is their moment'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says winning the Championship is now his priority after securing promotion.   

Full steam ahead for the holidays

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.

Hot water bottles and sunscreen

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Cold nights and sunny days - it's spring in the South East.

Here's my forecast.

Have you seen Codi?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're concerned about a 14-year-old who's gone missing.

Codi Milner was last seen heading towards Southwick train station around midday on 15 April.

She was wearing a dark navy Nike tracksuit and carrying a black Nike holdall.

Codi also has links to the Eastbourne area.

Codi Milner, missing teenager
Sussex Police

How many of these Seagulls facts did you know?

Brighton Albion have made it to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.

Speaking of history, we've compiled some facts about the Seagulls that you may not have known.

Is your local beach a deathtrap for wildlife?

Yvette Austin

BBC Environment Correspondent

Environmental campaigners say there's a growing problem of plastic litter washing up on the South East's beaches.

Mother dead after 4-week hospital battle

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

After more than four weeks fighting for her life in hospital, Valerie Austen has died.

The 59-year-old mum from Horndean in Hampshire, was injured in a three-vehicle collision on the A272 at Rogate, West Sussex, last month.

Married for 41 years to Mick Austen, the pair had two children and five grandchildren.

The customer care manager had been en route to an appointment when she was involved in the crash with a Renault box van and a Peugeot 307 car.

Valerie Austen
Sussex Police
Valerie Austen

Her death has been a tragedy for us, and not least for mum's grandchildren, who idolised her, just as she did them. She was a very kind, very generous and invariably happy person, full of fun and younger than her years.

Lisa WalshDaughter of Valerie Austen

General Election 2017: Analysis from our Political Editor

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Here's my take on what will a snap general election mean for the South East.

On their way to the Premier League

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton fans and players celebrated one of the biggest days in the club's history.      

Jimmy Robertson

Jimmy Robertson says he felt at home in his third Crucible showing despite his World Championship run ending in round one.

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Cool but mostly dry

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Did you take off your winter duvet? Then this forecast's not for you.

Anthony Knockaert

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

Nearly 20 years since they almost dropped out of the Football League, BBC Sport looks at how Brighton have been reborn.

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How the South East voted last time

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Prime Minister wants a general election on 8 June. Here's the current political make-up of the South East.

Fans celebrate with players

It was a night to remember for some Brighton and Hove Albion fans - they got the chance to celebrate with the club's players.

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Green co-leader reacts to general election announcement

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Caroline Lucas MP
BBC

Green Party co-leader and MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, gave the following reaction:

Today's announcement means that people are rightly given a say over the direction this country is going to take. Only the Green Party offers a bold, positive vision for a different kind of Britain."

Former MP to stand again in Eastbourne

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Former Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd says he is definitely standing again in Eastbourne at the general election on 8 June. 

He says he voted fiercely to remain, but that he told the people of Eastbourne he would respect the result of the referendum.

He says he gave his word that he wouldn't attempt to stop Brexit and given that Eastbourne voted to leave his position hasn't changed.

Stephen Lloyd
BBC

General Election: 'The plan for Britain needs to be realised'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley is one of the first of the South East MPs to react to news that Theresa May has called a General Election on 8 June.   

View more on twitter

BreakingTheresa May announces general election

The Prime Minister says she wants to hold a general election on 8 June

Fans celebrate Albion win

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

I spoke to Seagulls fans celebrating Brighton's historic win just moments after the final whistle.

View more on twitter
Anthony Knockaert Solly March

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Championship leaders Brighton are promoted to the Premier League after they beat Wigan and Huddersfield draw at Derby.

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On their way to the Premier League

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton fans and players celebrated one of the biggest days in the club's history.    

Rave arrests

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Eleven people have been arrested after an illegal rave on farmland, Sussex Police said.

An estimated 200 people were at the event off Falmer Road in Brighton early on Sunday morning. 

More here

Police at Brighton rave
BBC

Seagulls in the Premier League

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the reaction of fans after Brighton & Hove Albion secured promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 win against Wigan at the Amex.  

Severe disruption: A2038 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A2038 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between A27 and A2023 Nevill Road affecting Woodland Drive.

A2038 East Sussex - A2038 King George VI Avenue in Brighton closed and slow traffic in both directions between Hove turn off and the A2023 Nevill Road junction, because of an overturned car. Congestion on A2023 Nevill Road to the Woodland Drive junction.

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

How Brighton went from football league survivors to Premier League promotion
The story of how Brighton & Hove Albion went from Football League survival to promotion to the Premier League.

Calls for freedom of the city

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has called for the Seagulls chairman to be given the freedom of the city. 

View more on twitter

Seagulls: 'This is their moment'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says winning the Championship is now his priority after securing promotion. 

Whatever happened to Spring?

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's a chilly start out there with some rain in places. 

The party is underway

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

I was on the pitch celebrating promotion to the Premier League with the Seagulls supporters.

View more on twitter

Brighton fans celebrate victory

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Here are the Brighton fans behind me celebrating victory after the final whistle at the Amex.

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Seagulls promoted: What we know

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

  • This is the first time Brighton & Hove Albion have been in the Premier League.
  • They last played in the old First Division in 1983.
  • They reached the FA Cup Final that year but got relegated.  
  • The Seagulls will be the 48th side to play in the Premier League. 
  • The city's council leader has called for the club's chairman to be given freedom of the city. 
Albion fans celebrate
BBC

It's the start of the working week

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

And thanks to Obie Hannah for this photo of Arlington Reservoir. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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

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Arlington Reservoir
Obie Hannah