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It's the end of another day

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the county's news, sport, travel and weather, all the way through till 22:00 BST.

And if there's something you think we need to know, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Award for hit record could fetch a sky-high price

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Sussex man who's auctioning a piece of musical history, after finding it in a park three decades ago.

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.


There's plenty of sunshine tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But make the most of it, because it's back to cloud and rain for the rest of the week.

Here's my 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.    

Could the South East be hit by a drought?

There's concern the combination of a dry winter and spring could result in a drought.

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

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live 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. 

A year of #Southernstrikes

Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

#ICYMI: ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says wheelchair rugby league has changed his life.

We interviewed Ben as part of our #thisisme series. 

Thief steals church donation box near Crawley

Police have released images of a man who they suspect to have stolen a charity box from a church.

Thief steals church donation box near Crawley
Sussex Police

On Saturday, 29 April a man walked into St John The Evangelist Church on Church Road in Copthorne, near Crawley and stole a donation box.

He then left walking past people enjoying the church's facilities.  

He has grey hair, a yellow high visibility jacket and was carrying a bag.

Thief steals church donation box near Crawley
Sussex Police
Dale Stephens

Brighton central midfielder Dale Stephens signs a new four-year contract following promotion to the Premier League.

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An evening with the stars

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There's a rare chance to see the early work of astronomer Sir Patrick Moore in Chichester next month.

Notebooks belonging to Sir Patrick, who lived in Selsey, have been digitised by staff at West Sussex Record Office, and will be the subject of a talk by Dr John Mason from the South Downs Planetarium, a friend of Sir Patrick for 45 years.

Sir Patrick Moore's notebooks
The Patrick Moore Collection
A page from Sir Patrick's notebooks

The event celebrates the 60th anniversary of the BBC's Sky at Night programme, presented by Sir Patrick from its launch until his death in 2012.

It takes place at the West Sussex Record Office on 27 June at 19:00 BST.

Sir Patrick Moore
West Sussex County Council

Tory 'welcomes support of patriots' as UKIP stands aside

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

view of Crawley town hall
So far Labour, the Lib Dems and Tories have announced they will stand in Crawley on the 8th June.

As the Crawley Observer reported last week, UKIP has decided not to contest Crawley at next month's General Election. UKIP's Allan Griffiths told the paper that supporting Tory Henry Smith, who campaigned to leave the EU, was the "sensible and mature course of action". 

Well, today, Henry Smith told BBC Sussex he welcomed the "support of patriots" in ensuring Brexit is a success. 

A clear majority - 58% of Crawley electors - voted to leave the EU in last June's referendum. However, we need to secure the result, which some still don't respect, for a strong and stable future.

In that on-going effort which I'm proud to be a part of, I welcome the support of all patriots in this election and beyond."

Henry SmithConservative Candidate, Crawley

Labour, however, pointed out that Mr Smith had previously said that UKIP 'hated' Crawley

BreakingHealth boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

A young woman who spoke about her problems with mental health services as part of a specially-commissioned BBC South East animation has received an apology from the NHS trust.

Sophie, who is in her early twenties, said that despite a series of suicide attempts, she wasn't given the help she needed.

Months later she's still on a waiting list for specialist support. 

Today Helen Greatorex, the Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, said: "I saw the film about your experience of our services and felt so sorry about what happened to you Sophie that I had to write to you."

She added: "It is not right or fair that people in distress (as you were) feel unsupported by mental health services.

"My letter to you Sophie, therefore has two purposes. The first is to offer you my personal and unreserved apology that your experience of services was not what we would want for anyone.

"The second is to say that we completely agree that things need to change, and as you can see, we are working on those changes now."

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

Dale Stephens to stay at the Amex

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Midfielder Dale Stephens has signed a new four-year- deal with Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 27-year-old was a key member of the squad which won promotion to the Premier League.

Dale Stephens
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Dale has been brilliant ever since I arrived at the club. It was well documented last summer that he had a desire to play in the Premier League, which was understandable - but he put that to one side, has shown a great level of professionalism and was an integral part of the team which won promotion.'

Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC

The cold's gone, but the cloud's still here

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's gradually starting to warm up and that looks set to continue, but it's staying cloudy.

Here's my latest forecast.

Six month wait for mental health treatment 'sets you up for failure'

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Sophie tried to kill herself three times in the space of a week, months later she's still waiting for specialist treatment.

She told us her experiences of the mental health system in our special feature to mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. #sophiesstory

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Record number of cuts to school teaching staff

Chichester Observer: Warning after police officer phone scam sees woman hand over £12,500

Crawley Observer: Company says sorry to cyclist after collision video is released  

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

Hastings Observer: Coastal Currents festival will be bigger and better than ever  

'It's a way to get things off my chest'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

 ‘I’ll go back to London and big up Canterbury’, says podcast student Gillian. #thisisme

Have you got a question about the general election?

Throughout the election campaign, our News Correspondents will be taking your questions about the big issues and talking points.

If you've got something you'd like to ask, then let us know.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email#SEVote

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.    

Does that make them birds of pray?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

This year's batch of peregrine falcon chicks have hatched at Chichester Cathedral.

You can follow their progress here.

Fresh RMT and Southern talks

Fresh talks have been announced to try to resolve the year-long dispute over the role of conductors on Southern Railway.

Southern rail talks

The company will meet the RMT union next week, although an exact date hasn't yet been set. 

The union has already held 31 days of strike action over the issue and all previous attempts to find common ground have ended in failure. 

Separate negotiations with the train drivers' union, Aslef, are also continuing.  

Can we share the roads better?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I want to know if you think we can share roads on country lanes and in our towns better.

You can join me from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex - I want to hear from you today. 

Investigation into house fire

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An investigation is underway after around 40 firefighters were called in to deal with a house fire in Lewes. 

It started at around 14:00 BST yesterday afternoon at the property on Prince Edwards Road.

Fire investigators say they're now looking into how it started.  

Pioneering photographer's work goes on show

The Beatles, Edith Piaf, Indira Ghandi all came before her lens - and her ground breaking photo journalism led to travels around the world. 

Now 91-year-old Marilyn Stafford lives on the Sussex coast, and an exhibition of photos she took during the 1950s opens in St Leonards. 

Marine challenge for those with Multiple Sclerosis

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter


A sailor from Brighton is launching a challenge to take 65 adults with Multiple Sclerosis on a week long sailing mission. 

Robert Munns hopes to help the group reach 15 countries in just one week using a flotilla of boats. 

He was inspired by his own experiences learning to sail with MS, which can affect vision and movement.

Warmth at last!

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The chilly spell looks set to start improving over the next few days.

Here's my latest forecast.

Peaceful Peacehaven

This shot of the cliffs at Peacehaven was sent to us by Alan Jeffrey. We love it, and it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Alan Jeffrey

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