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  2. Live updates on Monday 15 May 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for tonight, we'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to reach us in the meantime, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.      

Thanks for joining us.

'We're going to have to be at our very best'

Sussex's Joe Marler will be part of the British Lions squad heading for New Zealand.

How does the England forward think he'll fare against the mighty All Blacks?

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:  

The six-year-old boy who's one in a million

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eddison Miller has a rare condition that stops him going outside without a special mask.

He's been telling us how it makes him feel.

It's getting humid

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be close tonight, and warm tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

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

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. 


Eastbourne deaths prompt warning over '100% pure' cocaine

Two drug users have died in Eastbourne, prompting police to issue a warning to others over an extra-strong batch of heroin and cocaine being sold in the seaside town.

Sussex Police said the deaths and a number of overdoses have occurred since April - and in a couple of cases the cocaine was found to be nearly 100% pure. 

Running their toughest race

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

These Brighton women won't let cancer beat them.

Their running club is celebrating a major milestone, despite some having up to six sessions of chemotherapy.

Police thank Seagulls fans

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion fans have been thanked by police for making yesterday's promotion celebration such a success.

Nearly 60,000 people lined the route for the open-top bus parade from Madeira Drive to Hove Lawns, marking the club's promotion to the Premier League.

There were no arrests and the crowds had dispersed by 20:00 BST. 

Chief Constable Giles York and PC Darren Balkham
Sussex Police

It was a great day and I'd like to thank everyone, including the club and their stewards, but especially the supporters who turned out in such numbers, for making our job a pleasure. We look forward to joining them in seeing the Seagulls playing in the Premier League next season.'

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June: 

The deadline to register is 22 May 2017

A grey start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It was a wet and cloudy start to the working week for most of us, but is it going to get better?

Here's my forecast.

Brighton and Hove Albion's parade

Brighton and Hove Albion's open-top-bus parade
Brighton and Hove Albion have been celebrating promotion to football's Premier League with an open-top-bus parade.

A year of #SouthernStrikes

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

Talks between Southern and the RMT have resumed today. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

Student Dom will cast his first vote in June. 

He’s one of a number of first-time voters we’ve been speaking to ahead of the general election. 


Refugee play opens in Brighton

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A teenage Afghan refugee who now lives in Bognor is one of the stars of a play set in the Calais Jungle.

Borderline runs for three nights from tonight at the Warren, as part of the Brighton Fringe.

Satire based on Calais Jungle opens in Brighton

It features Naqeeb, who's studying at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College after reaching the UK via the camp.

The production's described as a tragi-comic satire, and was put together by volunteers and refugees working together in Calais.

'My vote counts and it's important'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.


Make your voice heard before 8 June

Fed up of shouting at the radio?

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are hosting an election debate that might be right up your street.

Put your questions to the politicians in East Grinstead on 30th May.

You can apply for tickets here.

Bikers killed in separate crashes

Two motorcyclists died in separate collisions on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the first crash on the A26, south of Crowborough at around 15:00 BST.

A 24-year-old man from Tonbridge, who was with a group of other motorcyclists, collided with a Ford driven by a 70-year-old woman from Crowborough. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two hours later, another crash claimed the life of a second motorcyclist on Beachy Head Road, near Eastbourne. 

His bike and a car collided near to the junction with Warren Hill.

The 26-year-old man from Newhaven died at the scene.

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

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

Severe accident: A21 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent both ways severe accident, between Bewlbridge Lane and Rosemary Lane.

A21 Kent - A21 in Lamberhurst blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Bewlbridge Lane junction and the Rosemary Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, near B2095.

A259 East Sussex - A259 in Hooe blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the B2095 junction, because of an accident.

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

Is litter a problem in your area?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'll be taking your calls from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.

Get involved.

Seagulls' open-top bus parade

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the promotion of Brighton and Hove Albion to football's Premier League. 

An open-top bus with the Seagulls players on board slowly made its way along the seafront to Hove Lawns.  

It took about two and a half hours for the bus to crawl along the seafront from the Palace Pier to Hove Lawns, where players greeted fans on a specially-erected stage.

The Seagulls last played in the top flight of English football in 1983 when they also reached the final of the FA Cup. 

Sussex local newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Pig’s trotter hung in racist protest against plans for Muslim centre

Eastbourne Herald: Motorcyclist dies in Beachy Head collision

Chichester Observer: Chichester Hospital Radio to benefit from studio refit

Crawley News: Half of South East drivers admit to speeding in 20 mile per hour areas, survey reveals

Sussex Express: Rain and wind forecast across Sussex this week 

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

Outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

For some it's a dry start, but it will be short lived. Here's my forecast.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

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

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo

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

  • Kent's biggest water company is to target homes with high meter-readings to encourage people to use supplies more efficiently
  • Fresh talks between the RMT Union and Southern get under way today, aimed at ending the bitter rail dispute over driver-only operated trains
  • Police are to continue questioning four teenagers in connection with the death of a homeless man at a beauty spot near Maidstone 

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 with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate. 

It's the start of the week

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

And what nicer way to kick it off than this photo of Seaford Head by Alan Jeffrey. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Seaford Head
Alan Jeffrey

We'll be here with you all the way up until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.  

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