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That's it for Thursday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, and with you right through to 22:00.

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'One hour a day at home - it's not acceptable'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

Her son's violent behavioural problems have left him without a school place, and now this mother says her family's in crisis.

Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

Dog owner laughs as child is attacked

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are hunting a man who did nothing to prevent his dog biting a 10-year-old girl in Littlehampton.

She was with her aunt in a playing field at South Terrace, when her football rolled towards a bench where two men and a woman were sitting with three dogs.

As the girl went to fetch the ball one of the dogs, described as a slightly fluffy greyhound type, ran at her, chased her and bit her on the left buttock, causing puncture wounds.

Rather than help, the trio are said to have just laughed.

The owner of the dog which attacked the girl is described as in his mid-fifties, with dark hair and an American accent.

The girl was very upset. She is now scared to go to any park for fear of seeing a dog and is even frightened by her own family's dog, which may now have to be re-homed."

PC Darren PorterSussex Police

Have you seen Leslie?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're concerned about an Eastbourne man who failed to return from a shopping trip to the town.

Leslie Martin, who's 72, left his home in Elms Avenue between 07:30 and 08:00 BST on 19 April, and hasn't been seen since.

He was wearing a navy sweatshirt, a blue and black jacket and blue jeans.

Leslie Martin
Sussex Police

It's clouding over

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There's the chance of rain on the horizon, although it will be feeling warmer.

Here's my forecast.

BreakingFarage won't stand for election

The former UKIP leader and South East MEP, Nigel Farage, has told the BBC that he will not stand in the forthcoming general election. 

Tennis: Konta is aiming for the top

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta, already number seven in the world, tells us why she's aiming for the very top.  

Severe accident: A280 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A280 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Longfurlong Lane and The Street.

A280 West Sussex - A280 Long Furlong in Clapham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Longfurlong Lane junction and The Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Kyle: "there will be no pact" with Greens in Brighton

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Labour MP Peter Kyle speaking earlier to the BBC.

Sussex's only Labour MP Peter Kyle has ruled out an electoral pact with the Greens in Brighton & Hove. 

Some had called for Labour not to field a candidate in Brighton Pavilion - held by Green MP Caroline Lucas - and in exchange, the Greens would stand aside for Labour in Hove and Brighton Kemptown. 

But Peter Kyle told me that, while it made sense for Labour to focus more resources on fighting Tory-held Kemptown than Green-held Pavilion, he would not do a deal with the Greens, and Caroline Lucas would face a Labour opponent on June 8th. 

A pact is complete anathema to my political philosophy. I don't go away and think 'how can I stitch up an election? Let's get together with another party and tell voters who to vote for.' I don't own votes. It's the voters who tell us what to do, not us who tell the voters what to do. So there will be no pact.

However, there is a separate issue where we think very carefully about election strategy. Would I rather have Caroline Lucas or a Tory MP? Of course it's going to be Caroline. We have another part of Brighton where there's a Tory MP. So where are we going to focus our resources? It's pretty obvious what we're going to do."

Peter Kyle MP(Lab) Hove

Arrests follow police hunt in Hastings

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Six people have been arrested following a police hunt in Hastings. 

Several of those involved were carrying knives and one appeared to have a gun, following a disturbance near the Horntye Sports Centre in the town at around 18:00 BST last night.    

A 16-year-old boy from Chatham was arrested for firearms offences. 

Three 18-year-old men from Hastings were arrested on suspicion of possessing knives in a public place. 

A 46-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested for drugs cultivation and assisting an offender. 

Additionally, the 16-year-old boy and one of the 18-year-old men were arrested for a knife point robbery of a man that took place in St. Leonards  earlier the same day. 

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Brighton and Hove Albion plan to "dominiate" southern England and not go chasing fans around the world

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne bandstand’s tribute season will launch on Bank Holiday weekend with ABBA, 80s pop and a firework finale

Chichester Observer: A ladder manufacturer's donation will help the Building Heroes run courses for ex-soldiers.=

Hastings Observer: A donation from Bexhill Lions Club has helped Vicky Mozley get support from a specially trained dog. 

Sussex Express: An overweight van carrying unchilled frozen poultry is found by police running vehicle checks on the A27.

Shaky's coming to town

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shakin' Stevens was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 80s. 

He's got gigs coming up in Tunbridge Wells and Hastings. 

Here are some facts you might not know about him.   

Clouding over but warmer tomorrow

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

This afternoon cloud is spreading across most of Kent and Sussex from the north west. 

Tomorrrow will be warmer than today. I've got your latest weather forecast. 

BreakingAlbion invited to parade through city

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton supporters
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An open-top bus parade may be held on Sunday 14 May to celebrate Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League.

The city council have confirmed they have invited the Seagulls squad to a bus tour and reception, after they clinched promotion on Monday with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

The parade will be along the seafront and is expected to start late afternoon or early evening. 

Albion could become league champions after their match tomorrow night. 

Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

So what do we know about Steve Brown?  

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

Skiving at Poverty Bottom, Newhaven

Ian Marchant revisits the familiar landscape of Newhaven, to learn how to see it properly.
Ian Marchant travels back to Newhaven in East Sussex, to learn to see a familiar landscape through fresh eyes. He grew up round here, bunking off school with his mates on the South Downs and the derelict Newhaven Fort (now beautifully restored). 

There's a weird mix of things to look at in panorama here: a glimpse of the iconic Seven Sisters (white cliffs, anyone?), stereotypically English rolling green hills, the industrial business of the ferry port to Dieppe and a new and massive biomass incinerator that upset local residents when it was built. But it's all potentially beautiful, depending on how you look at it.

While his friends the Bugman, the Starman and the Painter were all busy looking at bugs, stars and landscape, what was Ian doing? Since he left the town, the South Downs has become a National Park and the air above it is now an International Dark Skies Reserve. 

It's time for Ian to return to the birthplace of Wreckless Eric to find out.

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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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.

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.

The council says this 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
Clrs Emma Evans and Clive Roberts with one of the new trucks

Shaky's coming to town

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shakin' Stevens was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 80s. He's got gigs coming up in Tunbridge Wells and Hastings. Here's some facts you might not know about him.  

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.

BBC Sussex and Surrey phone-in

Mark Carter

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm in the hot seat today for this morning's phone-in.

Following revelations from Princes William and Harry about how they reacted to their mother's death we would like to hear your stories of dealing with bereavement. 

Nigel Farage 'undecided' on whether to stand in election

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Nigel Farage

South East MEP and former UKIP party leader Nigel Farage told Radio 4's Today programme: "I haven’t decided [whether to stand] I still have to weigh it up.

"I have got to weigh up where am I best to be in terms of having an impact in Brexit."

He said he would decide "over the next couple of days".

Farage failed to get elected in South Thanet at the last general election. 

Rise in reported rapes

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The number of rapes reported to police in Kent and Sussex has almost trebled in the last four years. 

More than 2,300 cases were reported in 2016 compared to just over 840 in 2012. 

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Police say the rise could be down to increased confidence in reporting rape.   

Severe disruption: A3 Surrey both ways

BBC News Travel

A3 Surrey both ways severe disruption, between A333 Portsmouth Road and Old Portsmouth Road affecting B2171 London Road Liphook.

A3 Surrey - A3 Hindhead Tunnel closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A333 Portsmouth Road junction near Hindhead and Thursley, because of a vehicle fire. Congestion to Liphook.

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

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.

A chilly start but warming up

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

If you haven't been outside yet, you'll need something warm to wear. Watch my forecast to find out more.

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.

The weekend's almost here already

Jamie Joy sent us this lovely black and white pic from Weir Wood Reservoir. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Weir Wood reservoir
Jamie Joy

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