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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Want to get hold of us in the meantime? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

CCTV images show David Harris meeting with a "hitman".
A former TV reporter was recorded and filmed orchestrating the murder of his partner with a 'hitman'.

ICYMI: 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.

You're going to need your wellies

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be cool and wet for a couple of days, but getting better at the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

ICYMI: 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.

Border security and the general election

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

How will leaving the EU affect the way we police our borders? And how will being on the front line of the fight against illegal immigration sway the South East's voters?

Do you have any questions about immigration in the South East, or about the election campaign so far?

I'll be giving you answers on Facebook Live from 19:00. Join us here.

This afternoon's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Brighton and Hove monopoly board to be given reboot featuring seagulls and bust of Norman Cook

Chichester Observer: Flower meadow to be sown at Brinsbury campus

Sussex Express: Two charged in connection with attempted train robbery

Brighton and Hove News: Break in at Brighton tea shop

Worthing Herald: Police chase ends with man’s arrest at railway station

BreakingMan guilty of 'hitman' partner death plot

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man has been found guilty of trying to hire a hitman to kill his partner after becoming "besotted" with a woman he met in a brothel.

David Harris, 68, had denied three counts of soliciting to murder Hazel Allinson, a former TV scriptwriter.

The jury at the Old Bailey heard Harris wanted Ms Allinson's money and full ownership of the £800,000 home they shared in Amberley, West Sussex.

Harris said his meeting with a 'hitman' - who was an undercover police officer - was research for a book he was writing to make some money.

'My biggest concern is Brexit'

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today

With just three weeks until the General Election, we've taken to the water once again to find out what's important for you.

Cricket: 'We just let ourselves down' says Wiese

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

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.

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.

'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.

Drivers have lucky escape after crash

A lorry has overturned after crashing with a car on the A23 at Pyecombe this morning.

Surprisingly both drivers walked away from the accident with only minor injuries.


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.

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

Lorry spills its load after crash with car

Car and lorry in accident
Eddie Mitchell

A lorry has overturned after crashing with a car on the A23 at Pyecombe this morning.

Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway, just north of the A273 Clayton Hill junction, at 09:07 BST.

The lorry was carrying rocks or aggregate, which was shed across the road.

The southbound carriageway has been closed, but northbound remains open, although there is slow-moving traffic.

The driver of the lorry is reported to be uninjured. The driver of the car has sustained a hand injury.

Sussex Police is warning drivers to try to stay away from the area, which is likely to be disrupted for some time.

Grieving couple raise £12k for wood in baby son's name


A couple who lost their newborn baby have raised more than £12,000 towards buying an area of woodland in his name.

Jo Meeke and Matt Gurney's son Puck died in hospital following complications in labour.

They have set up an appeal to create an outdoor space for other grieving families and hospital staff.

Ms Meeke, from Bosham in West Sussex, said she hoped the woodland would help people on the "long journey" of coping with the death of a child.

Severe accident: A23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

A23 West Sussex southbound severe accident, between B2118 Hurstpierpoint and A281 affecting B2118 Hurstpierpoint.

A23 West Sussex - A23 in Pyecombe closed and queuing traffic southbound between Hurstpierpoint and Henfield Turn Off, because of an accident involving Car and a Lorry. Congestion to Hurstpierpoint.

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

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Anger over crackdown on vulnerable disabled people with Blue Badges

Eastbourne Herald: Police warning over rise in car thefts in Eastbourne

Chichester Observer: Lanes reopened following broken-down vehicle on A27 Chichester Bypass

Crawley Observer: It’s just not cricket! ... Mystery of ‘lost’ umpire

Sussex Express: Sherlock star to open Lewes Depot

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.

Do you know which way you're voting?

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

Well here's your chance to hear from all the parties - we're hosting a special general election TV debate which you can watch on Tuesday 30 May at 22:45 on BBC One. Here's more details.

BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin

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

  • Local councils in the South East have received more than 200 allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour by coaches in 28 different sports in five years.
  • A 15-year-old boy from Kent who raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities is being given an award. Jonjo Heuerman, from Dartford, began fundraising at the age of eight after his grandmother died of cancer.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion's Manager Chris Hughton and Chairman Tony Bloom are to be given Freedom of the City.

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.

Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Children playing football

There has been allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour against more than 40 coaches from 13 different sports in Sussex over the last four years.

These are the combined number of reports made to East and West Sussex County Council's designated officer because of child welfare concerns.

Meanwhile, Sussex Police has now received nine allegations of historic abuse in football, since a group of former players spoke out in November.

Cloudy start, but brighter later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We will see a dry but cloudy start across the south east, with the odd spot of rain at first.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

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 our #PMfortheday series.

One day closer to the weekend

This wonderful landscape was taken by Kristie Heath on the beach at Eastbourne, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne coast
Kristie Heath

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