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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 2 May 2017
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Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST. 

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'It was nearly curtains, but it wasn't'

Robin Gibson

BBC South East Today reporter

Hastings artist Danny Pockets was given just six months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He's now in remission. 

Throughout his illness he kept working, and planning for an art exhibition.  

Can we look forward to sunshine tomorrow?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Sorry to get your hopes up, but I'm afraid not.

Here's my forecast for Wednesday. 

Councillor admits planning breaches

Barby Dashwood-Morris
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A senior Sussex councillor has admitted making illegal and irreversible changes to her 600-year-old grade 2 listed home.

Barby Dashwood-Morris made the alterations to her Hellingly home while chair of Wealden District Council's planning committee.

The renovations - including a grand entrance hall with glass staircase - featured on a Channel 4 show in 2013.

In a statement to the court, Councillor Dashwood-Morris said: "We strongly believed at the time these works were authorised or didn't require authorisation."  

But prosecutors called the work a substantial erosion of the house's history.

Ms Dashwood-Morris admitted six counts of breaching planning law and is due to be sentenced on Wednesday.

Police seek witnesses after man punched in the head

Police are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked assault on a man, who was punched in the back of the head when walking along Montague Street, Worthing at 16.25 BST on Thursday 27 April. 

A 28-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of common assault and using threatening or abusive language.

He was questioned and released while an investigation continues.

Police 'extremely worried' about missing man

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Ervin Underdown
Sussex Police

Police are "extremely worried" about missing Ervin Underdown.

The 32-year-old from Balcombe was last seen in Meadow Close on Sunday 30 April at 11:30 BST.

He has recently been diagnosed with depression.

We are becoming more and more concerned for Ervin as time goes by. We are appealing to the public to search any sheds, barns or outbuildings for him where he maybe sheltering, particularly in rural areas."

Inspector Roy HodderSussex Police

Ervin is described as tanned, 5ft 8in tall, with black cropped hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue top and dark coloured jeans. He is a heavy smoker.  

Sussex

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Sussex seal first win of One-Day Cup campaign as their score of 292-6 proves too demanding for Glamorgan at Hove.

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Lib Dem leader visits Sussex on campaign trail

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Lewes is one of the seats Tim Farron's party hopes to win back in the general election.

Kelly Marie-Blundell will contest the seat currently held by Conservative Maria Caulfield. 

Lifeboat rescues yacht in Brighton

Shoreham Lifeboat was called out last night, after a small yacht was blown under Brighton's Palace Pier.

The alarm was raised around 21:00 BST, and it took until midnight for the yacht, which had two people on board, to be towed safely to Shoreham Harbour.

No-one was injured and the pier was undamaged.

Here's a photo of the incident taken by Daniel Moon.

Brighton rescue
Daniel Moon

How do Sussex winemakers protect their vines from frost?

The answer may surprise you...

Man's death no longer treated as suspicious

Sven Legnelius, 93, was found dead at 09:00 BST on Monday, 13 March after falling from a balcony at Marine Court on Marina in St Leonards.

A postmortem found he died from multiple injuries consistent with a fall from a height. His death was treated as unexplained at the time.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft said: "We have undertaken a thorough investigation and although the final moments that led to his death cannot be totally established, there is no evidence of anyone else involved in Mr Legnelius's death.

"The family of Sven have been updated and we continue to support them after what has been a tragic time. The 54-year-old man we arrested has now been stood down without any further action.

"We will now give all the information and continue to assist HM Coroner Mr Craze with his investigation.

"We would like to thank all those who came forward and provided information about this very sad incident."

Haseeb Hameed

The availability of England players for their counties up until July is announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League changed his life. #thisisme

Two women attacked on Brighton seafront

Two women were attacked and robbed on Brighton seafront, Sussex Police have said. 

The two victims, aged 18 and 20, were walking along Kings Road Arches at about 15:45 BST on Tuesday 25 April when they were approached by two women, who attacked them.

The two suspects ran off westwards towards the i360 tower. 

The first woman was described as aged between 16 and 19, with long blonde hair extensions worn in a high ponytail, false eyelashes and fake tan on her legs. 

The second woman is described as aged between 16 and 18, with dark brown hair and was wearing a black dress and a long green cardigan.

Det Con James Botting said: "This appears to be a vicious and unprovoked assault and robbery on two victims. If anyone saw what happened or recognises the suspects please get in touch."

BBC South East Today lunchtime headlines

BBC South East Today
BBC

Here are the lunchtime headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • Southern Rail would be stripped of its franchise and re-nationalised if the Liberal Democrats were to have their way, according to the party's leader Tim Farron on a visit to Lewes.
  • A hospice in Brighton which supports people with HIV has been saved from closure thanks to donations from the public.
  • The number of nightingales has fallen by 90% over the last 50 years and Kent is said to be one of their last strongholds. 

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.

Tim Farron: Lib Dems would take Southern into national ownership

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been in Lewes today and has spoken to BBC Sussex's political reporter Ben Weisz.

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Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, at J10a for B2036 Balcombe Road.

M23 West Sussex - Broken down vehicle on M23 northbound at J10a B2036 Balcombe Road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

Missing: Have you seen Ervin?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There's concern over a man missing from Balcombe.

Ervin Underdown, who's 32, had been staying with relatives, but vanished while they were out for the day on 30 April.

He's 5' 8" and was wearing a light blue top and dark jeans.

Ervin Underdown
Sussex Police
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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Seafront sculpture celebrates town's history

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A sculpture celebrating Seaford's maritime past has been unveiled. 

The Shoal is made up of a collection of steel mackerel in the design of a bench.

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.

Mind the funding gap

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's set to be one of the biggest issues in next month's general election, and this week the Sunday Politics asked two of the South East's leading Conservative and Labour politicians how they see the future of adult social care.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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The Argus: Firm threaten to remove school bus service due to anti-social behaviour

Eastbourne Herald: Lifeboat crew saves lives of stranded fishermen  

Chichester Observer: Top reader wildlife photos are revealed

Brighton and Hove Independent: Out-of-control bonfire sets vehicles and buildings alight

Hastings Observer: Labour council leader to take on Amber Rudd in Hastings and Rye

Sussex Express: Pigeon beaten and left for dead in bin bag

Severe accident: A27 West Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A27 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between East Hampnett Lane and Meadow Way.

A27 West Sussex - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A27 westbound in Tangmere between the East Hampnett Lane junction and Tangmere Roundabout, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League changed his life. #thisisme

Lifeboat rescues yacht in Brighton

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Shoreham Lifeboat was called out last night, after a small yacht was blown under Brighton's Palace Pier.

The alarm was raised around 21:00 BST, and it took until midnight for the yacht, which had two people on board, to be towed safely to Shoreham Harbour.

No-one was injured and the pier was undamaged.

Here's a photo of the incident taken by Daniel Moon.

Boat rescued from under Brighton Pier
Daniel Moon

Points on the cards for scruffy cabbies

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Taxi
BBC

Taxi drivers in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath could have their licences revoked for smoking in their cab under a new penalty point scheme. 

Mid Sussex District Council will start recording incidents to provide extra protection for passengers. 

Other offences include using a mobile phone that isn't hands free or not dressing suitably.

And you can hear more with Neil Pringle on BBC Sussex at 07:05 BST. 

Rowdy pupil warning

The Argus

Here's today's front page of The Argus.

The Argus
The Argus

Don't leave home without your brolly

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A bright start, but showers later.

Here's my forecast.

Cricket: Sussex v Glamorgan

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sussex head coach Mark Davis has confirmed new signing Jerome Taylor should be available for today's Royal London One-Day Cup match against Glamorgan at Hove.

Jerome Taylor
Rex Features

Read a full match preview here.

The Sharks have had one draw and one defeat in the competition so far.

BBC South East Today morning bulletin

BBC South East Today
BBC

Here are this morning's headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • A hospice in Brighton which supports people with HIV has been saved from closure thanks to donations from the public. The Beacon, which opened 25 years ago, offers overnight beds and day patient services. 
  • Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of two teenage girls who've gone missing from home in Crawley. Jessica McCubbing, 14, and Olivia Joel, 13, were last seen getting on to a rail replacement bus on Sunday morning.
  • An investigation has been launched after a man was left seriously injured in a collision in Margate. Police and fire crews were called yesterday afternoon to All Saints Avenue to a crash between two vehicles.

Care home residents with dementia helped by life drawing

Residents at a care home in East Sussex are taking art classes to help improve their confidence and self-esteem.    

It's the start of the working week

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Kristie Heath took this lovely picture in Upper Dicker - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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