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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates Wednesday 26 April 2017

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Step back in time

Steps are back and are performing at the Brighton Centre in November.

Here are five, six, seven, eight things you (probably) don’t know about the band.

BreakingLiberal Democrats help Caroline Lucas

The Lib Dems will not contest the Brighton Pavilion constituency, in order to help the Green party's co-leader Caroline Lucas #sevote

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Fatal crash victims named

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police have named two people who died when their car came off the road and crashed into a garden near Horsham. 

Twenty-five year old Ricarda Chapman from Handcross, and 17-year-old Lewis James Gardner-Smith from Lower Beeding died on 18 April. 

The crash happened 200m north of the junction of the A281 and Picts Lane. 

Officers are urging anyone who saw what happened to get in touch. 

The chilly weather continues

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A frosty start in some places, turning rainy later. Here's my forecast for Thursday.

Colin Pritchard

The 72-year-old ex-Anglican priest is accused of offences dating back up to 30 years.

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Train travelling along a track

Rail, Maritime and Transport union members will walk out on Friday in a row over the role of guards.

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Radio 1 says sorry after actor uses offensive slur

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw apologised to listeners this morning after Hollywood star Orlando Bloom used an offensive word on his breakfast programme.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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RMT protest outside parliament to mark #SouthernStrike anniversary

A demonstration organised by the RMT union was held in Westminster to mark one year since the strikes on Southern began.

The #Southernstrikes one year on

There was a demonstration earlier outside Parliament to mark a year since the Southern strike began. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers…  

Hot water bottles for one more night

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Another freezing night, then temperatures start to improve.

Here's my forecast.

Missing: Have you seen Julie?

Julie Percival
Sussex Police

Sussex Police are very concerned for missing Worthing woman Julie Percival.

The 45-year-old was last seen leaving for work at 09:00 BST yesterday and although it seems that she has returned to her home in Woodlea Road, she has not been seen since.

It appears that Julie has returned home as her mobile phone is there and post has been opened.

We are very concerned for Julie's welfare as it is unlike her to not be in touch with her family. She is white, 5' 8" with long black hair and most often uses public transport."

PC Ian VaseySussex Police

BreakingFormer police inspector jailed making indecent images of children

Bryony MacKenzie

Correspondent, BBC South East Today

A former police inspector who admitted making and distributing indecent images and videos of children has been jailed for nine years.

Timothy Ryton, who worked for the Kent force, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today.

The officer pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images of children, two of taking indecent videos, two of distribution, and two of voyeurism unrelated to a child at a previous hearing.

The judge described Ryton, a police officer of 27 years and who served in Iraq, as 'deeply disturbed, calculating and wicked'.  

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Decison day for £1bn new neighbourhood

Eastbourne Herald: Can you identify woman who stole money in Eastbourne?

Mid Sussex Times: ‘Confidence boost’ for town and retail plans revealed

Chichester Observer: Midhurst woman arrested over ‘railway trespass’ in Chichester

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton beach is the top seaside destination for May Bank Holiday

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.

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.

Justice Secretary response to sex for rent scandal

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.

Do gun ownership laws need tightening?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

That's what I'm discussing on my phone-in this morning, and I'd like to hear your views.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

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.  

Southern Strike: 'People have lost their jobs, missed out on family time'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The dispute between the RMT and Southern has its first birthday today and commuters say they've been paying the price.

The #Southernstrikes one year on

Later today there will be a demonstration outside Parliament to mark a year since the Southern strike began. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers…  

More cold to come

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got another chilly start, and no sign of improvement.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

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

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

RMT members will demonstrate outside Parliament later to mark a year since the Southern rail strikes began. 

Welcome to Wednesday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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Jackie A Hawkins

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