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  2. Updates on Tuesday 25 April 2017

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Rangers share first-ever film footage of rare water voles

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The National Trust ranger team at Winchelsea has shared their first-ever film footage of rare water voles.

The water dwellers have disappeared from almost 90% of Britain’s rivers and streams. So what do we know about the creatures?     

Woman attacked by shark in front of children

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A father from Deal has told us how his son-in-law punched a shark on the nose until it let go of his daughter.  

A chilly start to Wednesday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

And there's even the possibility of hail. Here's my forecast.

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.

More protection for famous forest

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Ashdown Forest
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Planners say they fear banning any new development near the Ashdown Forest will have a significant impact on housing in the area.

Wealden District Council has confirmed it will protect the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation by not allowing any development, unless it can be shown not to generate additional traffic.

It follows a High Court Case quashing housing plans by Lewes District Council, which could have widespread implications for neighbouring local authorities trying to deliver on their local plans.

Tracking down Sussex's finest food and drink

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Fancy a bespoke tour of Sussex's local produce scene? The South Downs Local Food Detective wants to cater to your needs.

Justice Secretary response to sex for rent scandal

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Justice Secretary says she'll be looking into the issue of sex for rent, uncovered by a BBC South East investigation.

She was responding to a question by the South East's only Labour MP.

Southern strike: 'It's worse than the miners' dispute'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RMT and Southern are locked in talks for a second day to try and resolve their dispute over driver-only operated trains. 

On Wednesday union members will be demonstrating outside Parliament to mark a year since the strikes began.

Deceptively sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It may look lovely outdoors, but it's been a chilly morning and that's set to continue through the day. Expect some showers too.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

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

No decision on airports till June

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There'll be no decision on a new runway in the South East until after the general election.

The Davis Commission recommended expansion of Heathrow, but Gatwick's owners are still hopeful they'll get the go-ahead instead.

Heathrow Airport
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Heathrow

The current public consultation ends on 25 May, but the Department for Transport has told the BBC it'll be for the next government to respond to whatever points it raises.  

Gatwick Airport
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Gatwick Airport

Concerns over muscular dystrophy support in South East

People supporting patients with the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy say they're getting a raw deal from the NHS in the South East.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Drugged thug jailed for ten years for attack where victim thought he would die

Eastbourne Herald: Police name motorcyclist who died in Polegate collision

Mid Sussex Times: Is street artist Banksy really leaving his mark in Sussex again?

Chichester Observer: Musicians perform for horn legend on 100th birthday

Brighton and Hove Independent: HIV experts to discuss Brighton’s ‘Fast Track City’ status

Did you see this crash between a car and a cyclist?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a cyclist and a car early on Saturday 22 April. 

Emergency services were called to Teville Road, Worthing, just after 07:30 BST.

The cyclist, a 71-year-old man from Worthing, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with a serious head injury. He remains in hospital.

More protection for famous forest

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Ashdown Forest
BBC

Planners say they fear banning any new development near the Ashdown Forest will have a significant impact on housing in the area.

Wealden District Council has confirmed it will protect the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation by not allowing any development, unless it can be shown not to generate additional traffic.

It follows a High Court Case quashing housing plans by Lewes District Council, which could have widespread implications for neighbouring local authorities trying to deliver on their local plans.

Gang attack puts man in hospital

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two young men have been attacked by a gang in Worthing, leaving one of them in hospital.

The men, aged 19 and 20, were walking from Rowlands Road into Gratwicke Road around 22:30 BST on 17 April, when the group of four or five youths approached them riding BMX bikes.

The teenager was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly, while the other man escaped.

The injured man was taken to Worthing Hospital, where he was treated for cuts to the head.

Tracking down Sussex's finest food and drink

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Fancy a bespoke tour of Sussex's local produce scene? The South Downs Local Food Detective wants to cater to your needs.

There's an election coming up

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

With all of the focus on the upcoming general election, you may have forgotten that next week the polls open for local council elections.

Today I'm hosting a special local election debate on BBC Sussex.

Join me from 09:00 BST

Primary school website hacked by Turkish nationalists

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's believed a Turkish nationalist group is behind a cyber attack on a Chichester primary school's website.

Parents logging onto the site of North Mundham Primary on 23 April were greeted by a red logo, along with Turkish music and messages, including one which said "hello admin system hacked".

Experts believe it's the work of a cyber hacking group known as Ayyildiz Tim.

Sussex Police says it doesn't believe the attack poses any serious threat, and that it's malicious rather than hostile.

Albion: 'It's been a party almost every day'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion captain Bruno Saltor says he's enjoying every single moment of the club's promotion celebrations to the Premier League.    

Boy attacked in Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's suffered head injuries after being attacked from behind in Worthing. 

The 17-year-old was walking in Montague Street last Thursday afternoon when two men assaulted him.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to hospital. 

Home Secretary to tackle 'sex-for-rent'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

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The Home Secretary and Hastings MP Amber Rudd has told BBC South East that tackling sexual exploitation is a key government priority.

It follows our investigation into adverts offering free accommodation to people - in exchange for sex.

Charities have condemned "sex-for-rent" as exploitative and preying on the vulnerable.

It comes as another South East MP, Peter Kyle, has revealed he plans to raise the issue in the Commons this week.

Nobody should feel obligated to have sex with anybody else other than by choice – and the law on rape and sexual abuse is clear.

Protecting women and girls and tackling exploitation are issues I care deeply about and both are key priorities for this Government."

Amber Rudd MPHome Secretary

A rubbish day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a really chilly start, we've got rain and the chance of thunder on the way.

Here's my forecast.

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.

Good morning Sussex

What a great photo of a pheasant surveying his domain at Wakehurst Place. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay taken by Scott Sinden.

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