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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 10 May 2017

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That's it for the first half of the week

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for today, now it's downhill to the weekend from here.

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, all the way through to 22:00 BST, with news, sport, travel and weather.

And if there;s anything you'd like to tell us about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

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.   

'You could be talking to your colleague, next minute, wrapping his body in a blanket'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The memories of a 101-year-old war veteran from Shoreham are immortalised in print.

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

Bikers hit by car

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two motorcyclists were taken to hospital, after being hit by a car near Easebourne.

Police believe the 22-year-old man driving a Volkswagen Golf lost control on the westbound A272 and collided with the bikes, which were travelling in the opposite direction.

A 46-year-old man from London was treated for a fractured wrist, and a 65-year-old man from Surrey suffered a broken leg and wrist.

It happened around 15:25 BST on 30 April.

You'll be needing your brollies for the rest of the week

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Feeling muggy with thundery showers, and watch out for Friday morning.

Here's my forecast.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

Read more

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.

#SEVote

Man flees before trial starts

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are searching for a man who fled Lewes Crown Court just before he was due to stand trial.

Matthew Johnson, who's 25-years-old and from Worthing, was due to appear in relation to a serious assault against a woman in August 2016.

He's described as 5ft 6in and muscular, and has also has links to Leatherhead in Surrey.

Matthew Johnson
Sussex Police

Missing man: Body found in woods

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police searching for a man who went missing in Balcombe have found a body.

Ervin Underdown, who was 32, hadn't been seen since 30 April, when he went missing from Meadow Close.

The body - which Sussex Police believe to be Mr Underdown - was found in Tilgate woods, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, just before 10:30 BST earlier.

Although no formal identification has yet been made, Mr Underdown's next of kin have been informed.

Ervin Underdown
Sussex Police

'It's given me hope'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

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

Robert Munns believes that sailing can help people with MS to overcome their fears and help them deal with their condition.

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

This 26-year-old theatre technician says he's "living his dream".

#thisisme

ICYMI: Pioneering photographer's work goes on show

The Beatles, Edith Piaf, Indira Ghandi all came before her lens - and her groundbreaking 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 has opened in St Leonards. 

Sparkles of frost this morning, but short lived

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It was a chilly start this morning, but that sunshine has warmed it up out there. Can we expect the same tomorrow?

Sunshine across the county

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

What a perfect seaside picture! Enjoy.

If you've got a picture you can send it to us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Brighton
BBC Weather

Reunion for fox cubs

Fox cub siblings Erica, Leif and Buck were found injured and alone in Sussex.

But now they've been reunited with their lost brother after being taken to the Fox Project, a Tunbridge Wells-based charity. 

Orphaned Fox Cub’s Lucky Reunion
Orphaned Fox Cub’s Lucky Reunion

Erica and her brother Leif were picked up on Wednesday 3 May after they become trapped in an enclosed garden in Brighton.

Erica suffered a fractured back leg, so they were both taken to Arthur Lodge Vets in Horsham for treatment.

When they were discharged to the centre in Kent they were reunited with Buck, who had become separated from his siblings and brought in several days before.

Buck was found in the same area as Erica and Leif.

Problems for rail passengers this afternoon...

Health 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 bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to SEVote@bbc.co.uk with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

'It's really daunting not knowing who to vote for'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've been speaking to first-time voters across the South East to find out what the key issues are for them in the forthcoming general election. 

#myfirstvote#SEVote

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.

Drawing from Patrick Moore
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.

Patrick Moore
West Sussex County Council

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. 

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… 

Award for hit record could set 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.

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

#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. 

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.

Man arrested after window fall

Police officer (generic)
BBC

A man has been arrested after another man fell from a window in Newhaven.

Officers were called to Elphick Road just after 17:30 BST yesterday and a man was taken to hospital for treatment although his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Police say it's being investigated as an assault.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We gave three teenagers 20 seconds to outline what they'd do if they were in charge of the country.

#PMfortheday 

It's the middle of the week...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

And here's a sublime picture taken by Kristie Heath to keep us going. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay. 

Bluebells
Kristie Heath

We'll be here until 22:00 GMT with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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