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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow, bringing you news, weather, sport and travel until 22:00 BST.

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Royal quizzed by kids

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

On a visit to a Sussex school, the Countess of Wessex fielded very important questions from the pupils.

Appeal over double fatal crash

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police in a West Sussex village are trying to find witnesses to a crash that killed two people. 

They were in a black Vauxhall Meriva that came off the road and crashed into a garden in Lower Beeding, not far from Horsham.

It happened on the A281 Brighton Road yesterday. 

The driver, a 25-year-old woman, and a man in his late teens died at the scene.  

How the South East voted last time

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

MPs have voted in favour of holding a general election on 8 June.

If you're not already au fait with the political make-up of the South East, we've compiled it into a handy video for you.

Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

So what do we know about Steve Brown?

It's still too soon to switch to the lighter duvet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Another chilly night, with more spring sunshine tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

New fleet for Adur and Worthing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

If you live in Adur and Worthing you'll soon be seeing a new fleet of refuse trucks on the streets.

It means your bins will continue to be emptied every week, rather than fortnightly or even less frequently. 

The 24 new trucks are made by Dennis Eagle and cost a total of £4.2m.

They'll be on the road by the start of summer, with the current fleet being offered up for public auction.

New refuse trucks for Adur and Worthing
Adur and Worthing Councils
Cllrs Emma Evans and Clive Roberts with one of the new trucks

Cash stolen by armed man in Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man holding a knife has robbed a watersports shop in Worthing. 

It happened at Worthing Watersports in Alinora Crescent on Monday at about 14:20 BST. 

Worthing Watersports

The man threatened the shop's two owners before one of them handed over £50. 

Police say he had dark brown collar-length straight hair. 

He left the shop and rode away on a black BMX bike.

BreakingRail delays expected

Network Rail says major disruption to and from London Euston is expected until 20:00 BST, following a line side fire near South Hampstead. 

Southern trains are being affected by the delays.

How do you poo? I mean, do!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How do you introduce two sloths to each other? By showing each one the other's poo, of course!

Keepers at Drusilla's in Alfriston have been hand-rearing a young female, named Flash, and decided it was time she got to know the park's other sloth, Consuella.

In the wild, the smell of another sloth's faeces alerts them to its presence, so staff spent a week swapping stools between Flash and Consuela's cages. 

Flash and Consuela
Drusilla's Park

It seems to have worked, with Consuela now happily climbing in with Flash to socialise.

Eventually it's planned to move them into a new South American enclosure, with marmosets, tortoises and iguanas.

Flash and Consuela
Drusilla's Park
Tony Bloom: Brighton & Hove Albion owner enjoys 'amazing' promotion feeling
Brighton owner Tony Bloom says it was an "easy decision" to invest in the club because of his love for the Seagulls.

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.    

The sunny and chilly weather continues

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Have you put your winter jumpers away? You may want to rethink. 

Could this robot seal help dementia patients?

Amanda Akass

BBC Live reporter

Researchers at the University of Brighton claim this robotic seal called Paro, which uses artificial intelligence, can help people with dementia.

Flying Scotsman takes off

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

After spending the Easter break here, today is your last chance to see one of the world's most famous steam trains on the Bluebell Railway.  

A very grand piano

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Royal fingers may have tickled these ivories, and after nearly two centuries George IV's piano is back in his opulent Brighton home.

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.  

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.

Sussex local newspaper headlines

Newspapers (generic)
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The Argus:Man stabbed twice for refusing to give up phone at Saunders Park, Brighton

Eastbourne Herald: Holidaymaker blasts young people sitting on cliff edge

Chichester Observer: Water contamination risk from drilling ‘unacceptable’

Hastings Observer: Crowd gets a shock as ‘Jesus’ drops cross through window in Hastings

Sussex Express: Crews tackle Ashdown Forest fire

All Albion staff get bonus

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed all staff - cleaners, players and directors - will be paid a 10% bonus after they won promotion to the Premier League.

The team now needs three more points to clinch the Championship title and will be crowned champions if they win at Norwich this Friday.

Tony Bloom
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Is it an election too far?

Join BBC Sussex's Mark Carter from 09:00 BST to air your views on the snap general election.

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.

Three injured in Bexhill fighting

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A young woman needed specialist surgery after being injured in fighting between several groups of people in Bexhill over the Easter weekend.

The 20-year-old suffered a serious laceration to her face, after a shop window was smashed in La Collina Gardens, St Leonards Road, on 16 April.

Police had first been called to Eversley Road just after 02:30 BST, but the disturbance quickly spread to surrounding streets.

Two men, both aged 23, also needed treatment at the Conquest Hospital.

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

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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

Chilly start to the morning

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

But will it brighten up later? Watch my forecast to find out.

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.  

Good morning from the BBC Live team

Thanks to Sue Lockhart, who took this shot at Seaford. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay  

Seaford cliffs
Sue Lockhart

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