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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 17 May

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley, Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for another night, join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Poorly pigeon commutes from Canary Wharf to Crawley

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A commuter from Crawley has rescued an injured baby pigeon from outside his office at Canary Wharf in London and brought him home on the train.

Wotsit the pigeon in a bag
The Born Free Foundation

Lee Fern, who lives in Three Bridges, spotted the stranded pigeon, which he nicknamed Wotsit, earlier this month.

He became increasingly concerned about Wotsit and decided to bring the bird to Horsham-based wildlife charity Born Free.

With no specialist equipment Lee made a nest for Wotsit using a gift bag and napkins from a local convenience store.

Wotsit was very good, but I must admit, the squeaking coming from the bag, did attract some strange looks on the train!”

Lee FernPigeon rescuer

Born Free says Wotsit is in good health and once he's fully rehabilitated he'll be released back into the wild.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.

They were speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #PMfortheday.

'Once I got into sport, anything I wanted to do I could achieve'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

He suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan, but now this Sussex veteran is planning a gruelling coast-to-coast ride across the USA to raise money for disabled comrades.

It's getting fresher but wetter

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We're replacing the muggy weather with sunshine and showers.

Here's my forecast.

Cricket: 'We just let ourselves down' says Wiese

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Reward: Police offer £500 to help catch Joe Nelson

A £500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Joesph Nelson, who is wanted by Police and thought to be in the Hastings area.

Joseph Nelson
Sussex Police

Police want to speak to Nelson in relation to a number of incidents in which he is believed to be involved, including a stabbing in Priory Road, Hastings, on 21 April. The victim, an 18-year-old man from Hastings, sustained five stab wounds during the attack, none of which were life threatening.

Nelson is also wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. He was released from prison in April having been sentenced to five months for burglary offences.

Nelson is described as white, around 6' 4" and of skinny build, with dark brown hair and green eyes.

We believe Nelson is still in the Hastings area and hope this reward will encourage someone to come forward with information about him. We also warn anyone who assists Nelson to evade arrest in any way that we will find and arrest them too, and that they may prosecuted for harbouring and assisting an offender."

Detective Inspector Rob MorlandSussex Police

Make your voice heard before 8 June

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

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.

Top cop says Surrey officers 'smarter' than in Sussex

Brighton's former top cop has described his new colleagues at Surrey Police as "really smart, if not smarter" than his old colleagues back here in Sussex.

Nev Kemp made the comments in a tongue-in-cheek interview with BBC Surrey.

Nev Kemp

He left his position as Chief Superintendent responsible for Brighton and Hove in December after 22 years with Sussex Police.

He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable to Surrey Police last week.

You can hear from Nev himself on BBC Sussex with Neil Pringle.

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.

A birds-eye view of art

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

You have to get airborne to get the best view of Brighton's latest piece of public art.

ICYMI: Running their toughest race

Juliette Parkin

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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.

The Sky Gallery - a treat for the birds?

Robin Gibson

BBC South East Today reporter

Artists in Brighton have transformed the roof of the Holiday Inn building on the seafront - with a giant mural.

View more on twitter

Cloudy with further spells of rain today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The rain will be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day. It will feel rather humid.

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:

Rail talks hit a brick wall

Southern Train

Passengers on Southern rail face more travel chaos after the drivers' union Aslef decided to launch a fresh ban on overtime.

Unfortunately, the company [Southern] has refused to move its position so we have reluctantly informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month."

Mick WhelanAslef General secretary

This is a hugely significant development. The RMT now calls on the company to agree to tripartite talks involving both unions in an effort to negotiate a settlement to this long-running dispute that puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda."

Mick CashRMT General secretary

Govia left 'dismayed' by overtime action

Southern logo

Further to reports of an Aslef overtime ban, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, has issued a response.

After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the Aslef executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible."

We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible."

Nick BrownGovia Thameslink Railway

BreakingTrain drivers to 'refuse to work overtime'

Drivers on Southern Railway will refuse to work overtime from the end of the month after talks aimed at resolving the long-running dispute over driver-only trains broke down, Aslef said.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Student Dom will cast his first vote next month.

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

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

'My vote counts and it's important'

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

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

Birthday girl through to next round in Rome

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta made a strong start at the Italian Open with a straight-set win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in Rome.

The British number one, who turns 26 today, won 6-3 6-0 to claim her second clay-court victory of the year.

Johanna Konta impressed on the Pietrangeli court at Rome's Foro Italico
Getty Images

Konta had a bye in the first round as the fifth seed and will face American Venus Williams or Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in round three.

Virtual reality helps facial palsy patients

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A virtual reality headset is being used at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead to help people with facial palsy.  

Missing Christine Juniper from Horsham found

Missing 63-year-old Christine Juniper from Horsham has been found safe and well. 

Christine had not been seen since Sunday night 14 May but was located by police during the early hours of Wednesday morning 17 May. 

Mural transforms roof in Brighton

Artists in Brighton have transformed the roof of the Holiday Inn building on the seafront - with a giant mural. It took them a month and 400 litres of paint to create The Sky Gallery. 

Partly visible from the street, the work is thought to be one of the largest installations in the country.

We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.
We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country.

Driver charged following fatal crash in Crawley

Police car

Police have charged a man from Three Bridges in relation to a fatal collision in Crawley on 14 October last year.

Travis James Madden, who is 22 and from Three Bridges, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death while uninsured.

Shahid Moghal, 22, died when the Toyota in which he was a passenger left the A2011 Crawley Avenue and collided with a tree.

Mr Madden, who was driving the car, has been released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 7 June.

This morning's local newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers (generic)
Getty Images

The Argus: Mod Mecca planned for seafront terraces

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne MP candidates to debate for first time at public hustings

Chichester Observer: Selsey beach named as part of £31m investment  

Crawley Observer: Concern for missing woman who may be in Crawley

Sussex Express: New A27 survey branded a 'waste of money'  

Soggy start to the day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Cloudy with further spells of rain today. The rain is going to be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day.

ICYMI: When is it safe to swim in the sea?

Planning a trip to the beach soon?

Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water. 

If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

Fears over litter enforcement company

Concerns have been raised about the use of an outside enforcement company to levy on-the-spot fines for litter or dog fouling in West Sussex. 

Arun District Council began trialling a new scheme this week using a firm set up by East Hampshire District Council. 

But a BBC Panorama programme on Monday night claimed some companies are simply out to make money.

There's more on this story on BBC Sussex breakfast with Neil Pringle at 07:05 BST and 08:05 BST.

A beautiful start to the day

We though this gorgeous sunset would be a lovely way to start things off today. Thanks to Simon Cooper who took the picture near Eastbourne, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne Sunset
Simon Cooper

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