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  2. Updates on Friday 5 May

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By Bob Dale, Kathryn Langley and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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That's it for now

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel.

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Have a fantastic weekend.

Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at The Oval

Rory Burns and Ben Foakes' fourth-wicket century stand helps Surrey to a seven-wicket win over Middlesex in the One-Day Cup.

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Your guide to election results in the South East

Take a look at this graphic which outlines who won what in the local elections.


Take a look at the all-important weekend weather...

Laurie Evans

Laurie Evans' maiden limited-overs century helps Sussex reach a target of 332 to beat Kent in the One-Day Cup at Canterbury.

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Family tribute to motorcyclist killed in crash

The family of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Crawley have paid tribute to him.  

Michael Armstrong
Sussex Police

Michael Armstrong, 25, was riding his motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with two other cars on Wednesday 3 May at 08:15 BST.  

Michael was the loving father of a daughter aged four-and-a-half, as well as being a son and brother to three siblings. We will remember him as generous, kind and willing to help out anybody who asked if he could. He had a large circle of friends as evidenced by the outpouring of comments and tributes on Facebook. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Family statement

The picture in Sussex

Ballot boxes

The Tories have made gains in East Sussex, winning control of the county council, while maintaining their hold on West Sussex in local elections.

UKIP's support has collapsed, with its presence on both councils wiped out, mirroring the nationwide trend.

Its group leader in East Sussex Philip Howson said: "People think Brexit is finished but it's not."

The Conservatives swept to victory, winning 11 new seats in the West of the county and eight more in the East.

A better weekend ahead

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After this week's disappointing weather, things are looking better for the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Final results are in for Surrey...

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

UKIP 'wiped out' in West Sussex

Conservatives retain control of Surrey County Council

#ICYMI: 'It was nearly curtains, but it wasn't'

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.  

BreakingMan dies after falling from pier

A man has died after falling from Eastbourne Pier.

Emergency services were called to the pier in Grand Parade just after 12:00 BST today after getting reports that a man had fallen into the sea. 

The man was pulled from the water but died at the scene.

The coroner has been informed. 

BreakingConservatives regain East Sussex County Council

'I'm very disappointed with the information coming from head office'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

UKIP is counting the cost of a bad night at the polls, and one local leader told me he's blaming those at the top.

Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks

Oliver Turner

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Cricket balls
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Kent Spitfires are taking on the Sussex Sharks in a south-eastern derby in the Royal London One-Day Cup this afternoon.

Kent haven’t had the best of starts in this season’s competition, having lost both of their opening games including a four-wicket defeat at Somerset on Tuesday.

Sussex picked up their first win in their One-Day Cup campaign in the week after beating Glamorgan to leave them fourth in the South group after their first two games.

The Spitfires have lost two early wickets in their innings after the Sharks won the toss and chose to bowl.

You can hear the commentary here.

#ICYMI: Meet Charlie, the seven-year-old cancer survivor

Peter Whittlesea

BBC South East Today reporter

When Charlie Hewson from Lindfield, near Haywards Heath, was just a baby his parents noticed a swelling on his left leg. 

It turned out to be a rare form of cancer - and ultimately he had to have it amputated.

But that hasn't stopped him from doing anything - especially playing football. 

ICYMI: Duke of Edinburgh to stop public engagements

It's been announced His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. 

The 95-year-old last visited the South East in October.

Counting is underway in Chichester

Voters 'confused' by multiple election campaigns, says candidate

Rolls-Royce workers down tools

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Production of luxury cars is halted in Sussex today, in a row over pensions.

Snapper held under terror laws

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police in Brighton say they acted correctly, when anti-terrorism laws were used to detain a professional photographer and seize his kit, because he was taking pictures of Hove Town Hall.

Eddie Mitchell, who has worked for several media groups including the BBC, was covering an inquest being held in the building, when officers approached him and asked him what he was doing.

He refused to give them his name and they detained him.

He was released after an hour, and his cameras returned, when police were satisfied what he was doing wasn't suspicious.

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I am satisfied that the action my officers took was completely appropriate when the threat level is at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. If the man had identified himself, then the matter could have been resolved in minutes."

Ch Supt Lisa Bell

Local election: 'It's been a brilliant night for us'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Conservatives in Hastings are celebrating this morning, after gaining three seats.  

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Six fire crews called to flat fire in Worthing

Eastbourne Herald: Prime Minister comes to Eastbourne

Chichester Observer: Residents given a month to move out of Selsey care home

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton tea company in ‘record-breaking’ crowdfunding bid

Hastings Observer: Kayaking firefighters complete epic challenge

Crawley Observer: Couple left ‘high and dry’ in mouldy flat

Labour votes 'in wrong places'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The Labour leader of Hastings Borough Council, Peter Chowney, says votes for his party in the East Sussex County Council election were "in the wrong places".  

The Conservatives have taken three seats from Labour in Hastings. 

Labour held four seats and the Tories also held one seat. 

The Conservatives need to win five seats to take overall control of East Sussex County Council.   

Could there be a summer drought?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

With winter rainfall in the South East at its lowest for two decades, one water company has already had to top up a major reservoir.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

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Here's the morning headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • The Conservatives have taken three seats from Labour on East Sussex County Council in Hastings.
  • A man from Kent who threatened to kill a woman after pointing an imitation gun to her head has been jailed. Michael Collett from Broadstairs forced his way into the home of a former partner in June last year - demanding that she speak to him.
  • Parents of children with severe special needs in East Surrey - who are fighting plans to close a local respite care centre - have lodged a formal complaint to the health watchdog. The Beeches centre in Redhill provides short breaks for children and their families.

ICYMI: ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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


A brighter day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

There's going to be more sunshine about today, and it's looking better for the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Conservatives gain three seats from Labour in Hastings

Sussex has so far followed the national trend with the Conservatives winning three new seats on East Sussex County Council. 

Counting has only taken place in Hastings - with all other areas of East and West Sussex beginning counts later this morning.

The Tories increased their vote share by over 14% and gained three seats from Labour.

'Business as usual' in Hastings

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Ballot box

In some ways, last night's result was a return to business as usual for Hastings politics - a straight fight between Labour and the Tories.

UKIP got 22% of the vote in 2013 but didn't bother to field any candidates in Hastings this time around. That meant all the other parties increased their share of the vote - but make no mistake, tonight's winners were the Tories. 

They increased their vote share by over 14%. They gained three seats from Labour - and their new councillors were ebullient. 

"Jeremy Corbyn speaks of standing up for the many, not the few. Well, the many have spoken, and they've voted Conservative." Many had indeed voted Tory - though new Councillor Laurie Loe failed to mention over 1,000 more had voted Labour in Hastings this time round. 

The Tories need a net gain of five seats to regain overall control of County Hall.  

This result sets them well on their way.

The sun's setting on another week

Just like this gorgeous sunset shot taken at Birling Gap by Jamie Evans, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay  

Birling Gap sunset
Jamie Evans

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