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  2. Updates on Tuesday 23 May 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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BreakingBREAKING: UK terror threat has been raised to 'critical'

Theresa May has said the UK terror threat has been raised to "critical" and soldiers will be deployed alongside police at key locations.

Debut director supports terror victims

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A young Brighton film director, whose debut work is being premiered as part of the Brighton Festival, has decided to donate tonight's profits to the Manchester appeal.

Elliot Hasler's film, Charlie's Letters, is based on his great-grandfather's experiences in Italy during the Second World War.

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Stars and audience pay tribute to Manchester victims

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A performance of the Addams Family at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre included a tribute to those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.

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'It's not a real understanding of how it affects people'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

It can cause cancer, blindness and disfigurement, and affects one in 3,000 children.

But one young woman contacted me directly, to ask why so few people have heard of Neurofibromatosis.

A hot week ahead

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

As the week goes on, temperatures are still rising.

Here's my forecast.

'We grabbed each other and ran'

Ryan Denyer, from Brighton, has told the BBC how he was within metres of the bomb exploding at the Manchester Arena.

Ryan Denyer
Ryan Denyer

The concert had just finished and we were following the crowds out to the foyer through a walkway to get access to the car park when the bomb exploded.

A few feet in front of us the wall had burst open and we could feel the heat and see the smoke and fire. We just grabbed each other and ran for the doors, people were screaming and getting trampled on. The police were on the scenes within seconds and got everybody away from the area.

Outside there were still members of the public trying to sell us t-shirts and I don't think they knew what was going on. Some people were saying it was balloons, fireworks or a bomb - everyone was saying something different."

Ryan Denyer

Sussex Police response to Manchester terrorist attack

Following the attack at Manchester Arena last night, Ass Ch Con Steve Barry, from Sussex Police, said: “As details continue to emerge about what happened we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the victims, some of whom we now know to be children, and their families."

He added: “There is no current evidence of any specific threat to community safety in Sussex and Surrey and policing across the county continues to operate as usual."

Manchester attacks: The county reacts

The county has been reacting to the news that 22 people have died following a suicide bomb in Manchester Arena.

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Conservative candidate for Lewes Maria Caulfield.

Heartbreaking news from Manchester. Our thoughts with those affected and thanks as ever to emergency services.

Green Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas.

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Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade Peter Kyle.

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Tim Loughton, Conservative candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham.

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Labour candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham Sophie Cook.

Prince William 'shocked and saddened'

The Duke of Cambridge has sent a message of condolence

Manchester attack: Councillors offer statement of support

The leaders of the three political groups on Brighton and Hove City Council have released a collective statement about the terrorist attack in Manchester last night.

We are shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. That any person or organisation can target innocent young people at a pop concert is unfathomable. This act is intended to frighten and divide us, but we will not be cowed and we stand together strong; united in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds. We send our deepest sympathy to all affected by this horrendous attack. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and friends of those who have died and been injured.

pic of Jayden Parkinson

Lamia Estatie

BBC News

Mistake or fake? The pictures and stories trending on social following the Manchester attack.

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Police move to reassure the public

Colin Campbell

BBC South East Special Correspondent

Police patrols are being stepped up across the South East in the wake of the Manchester attack.

Gatwick white powder 'harmless', say police

A white powder that caused the evacuation of a plane at Gatwick Airport has been found to be harmless, Sussex Police has said.

The suspicious powder was found in an overhead locker at around 10:30 BST on Tuesday.

Passengers were removed from the EasyJet flight while the substance was investigated by specialist fire officers.

Just after 14:00 BST, it was advised the powder was harmless and the passengers were being returned to the plane to continue their journeys, police said.

BreakingRMT suspend strikes after terror attack

The RMT union has suspended the 24-hour strike scheduled for Tuesday 30 May on Southern Rail following the attack in Manchester.

Twenty-two people died when a suicide bomber targeted a pop concert at Manchester Arena.


In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action scheduled for Tuesday 30th May on Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Southern Rail."

Mick CashRMT General Secretary

Sussex Police response to Manchester terrorist attack

Sussex Police say officers are continuing to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a ‘severe’ threat level, which has been in place since 2014, and means that an attack is highly likely.

They add that there is no current evidence of any specific threat to community safety in Sussex and Surrey and policing across the county continues to operate as usual.

BreakingEasyjet plane evacuated at Gatwick

An Easyjet plane has been evacuated at Gatwick Airport after a suspicious white powder was found on board, it has been confirmed.

Sussex cricketer at Manchester Arena during attack

England and Sussex cricketer Danielle Wyatt confirms she was at Manchester Arena last night where 22 people died after a suicide bombing.

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Manchester attack: 'It was one of the most horrific and scariest things I have ever seen'

The Argus

A teenager inside the Manchester Arena during Monday night’s terror attack has described the 'horrific' scenes as thousands ran for their lives, The Argus reports.

Read the full story here.

Security tightened at Brighton station

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Police officers are patrolling Brighton Railway Station following the attack on Manchester Arena. 22 people were killed and 59 hurt in a suicide bombing in the city last night during an Ariana Grande concert. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection.

British Transport Police say extra officers are patrolling at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country. This will include both armed and unarmed officers.

Sussex and Durham stand together for Manchester

Sussex and Durham stand together for Manchester
Sussex Cricket

Sussex cricketers are wearing black armbands today in the wake of the Manchester attack.

A minute's silence was also held ahead of the match. It's day three of their four-day County Championship match with Durham.

Commentary is available here.

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Manchester attack: Flags fly at half mast across the South East

Injured people after the Manchester attack

Flags will fly at half mast on council buildings across the South East in respect of people killed, injured or affected by the Manchester attack.

Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in an attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened in the foyer at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, detonated an improvised explosive device.

Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, and an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.

In the South East, flags are flying at half mast on Kent County Council and West Sussex County Council buildings, at East Sussex County Council's headquarters County Hall in Lewes, at Medway Council in Chatham and at Brighton and Hove town halls. A flag is also flying at half mast at Rochester Castle.

A minute's silence will be held ahead of a performance of The Addams Family at The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury tonight.

#MyFirstVote: 'It'll be a birthday to remember'

Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.

He’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

Air crash witness to make documentary

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Emergency services at the scene of the Shoreham air crash

An eyewitness to the Shoreham Airshow crash is making a documentary about how he coped with the trauma of witnessing the disaster.

Ben Bowie was with his family when the Hawker Hunter vintage jet crashed onto the A27 in front of him in August 2015, killing 11 motorists.

He's currently looking for others who may have witnessed the crash and want to take part in the documentary.

Rail consultation extended

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southeastern train

Rail passengers now have longer to give their views on how they'd like trains to be run in Kent and East Sussex in the future.

At the moment Southeastern oversee almost 2,000 train services every weekday but their current contract to run the franchise expires in December 2018.

A public consultation asking commuters what they'd like to see delivered by the next operator has been extended until the end of June.

Brighton taxi protest cancelled

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

A planned protest by Brighton and Hove taxi drivers has been cancelled out of respect for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Brighton and Hove taxi

About 50 cabs were due to take part in a "go-slow" convoy in Hove, as part of a national day of action against the online taxi firm Uber.

According to a spokesperson for the GMB union, the protests will be rearranged for another day.

Calls for tougher policy over aircraft noise

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Campaigners from around the UK's major airports have been demanding better regulation to control the expanding aviation industry.

Plane taking off at Gatwick

A group from Gatwick were among those who went to Downing Street to ask the next government to take more interest in people living near airports and under flight paths.

They'd like to see tougher policy to control aviation noise and emissions.

City cabbies in go-slow protest

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Cabbies in Brighton and Hove are taking part in a national day of action against the online taxi firm Uber, with a "go-slow" convoy in Hove.

Brighton and Hove taxi

About 50 cabs are taking part and they'll be handing in a 600-strong petition to Hove Town Hall at midday.

They say the company, which began operating in the city last year, is flouting its promise to only use Brighton and Hove licensed vehicles and swamping Brighton with mini cabs from London and as far away as Liverpool.

Uber says it follows all the same rules as other private hire operators in the city.

Another beautiful day

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We've got a lovely warm day ahead, but you might see a few bits of cloud later.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

'Waking up, not being able to move, it was shocking'

Briohny Williams

South East Today reporter

He travelled thousands of miles to play cricket in Sussex, but now he's in a hospital bed.

What a beautiful sky

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thanks James Brown for this photo of Clayton - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

James Brown

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