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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 25 May 2017

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue have told us the fire is expected to burn into the night.

We'll be back at 06:00 BST on Friday with the latest on the fire and other news around Sussex.

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Clouds of smoke over East Sussex

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Smoke from tonight's Lewes fire was spotted by our weather watcher David H.

Lewes fire
David H

It's not yet known how the fire started.

Lewes fire
Martyn Leek

Fire to burn 'all night'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Emergency services say the fire at a waste management site in Lewes, believed to be MDJ Light Brothers Ltd, will probably burn all night.

These pictures have just arrived in our newsroom.

More fire crews called in

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say the site contains 200 tonnes of scrap metal.

Lewes fire
Eddie Mitchell

There are now 10 fire engines and about 50 firefighters at the incident, which has closed the A27 around Lewes.

Lewes fire
Eddie Mitchell

Smoke is visible as far away as Worthing, Lancing, Frant and Haywards Heath.

Lewes fire
Eddie Mitchell

Fire visible from Worthing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Smoke from the blaze at the waste management plant is now visible in Worthing.

Lewes fire
Zoe Imbibo

The smoke is thickest over Lewes itself.

Lewes fire
Eruptorsam

Warning to close windows

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Lewes District Council is warning those living nearby to close their windows, as protection from the smoke filling much of the surrounding sky.

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Lewes fire
Rob

Lewes fire from the air

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

These aerial pictures were taken by cameraman Eddie Mitchell.

Lewes fire
Eddie Mitchell

They show the deserted A27, as up to 40 firefighters tackle the blaze.

Lewes fire
Eddie Mitchell

Smoke can be seen as far away as Shoreham and Frant.

Lewes Fire
Eddie Mitchell

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, between A26 and A26.

A27 East Sussex - A27 in Lewes closed eastbound between Southerham Roundabout and Beddingham Roundabout, because of a serious fire.

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

Fire seen all over Lewes area

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

East Sussex Fire and Rescue service says crews from Lewes, Barcombe, Brighton and Uckfield are tacking the blaze.

Lewes fire
Nick Fontana

The site is at a waste management company just off the Southerham roundabout.

Lewes fire
Nick Fontana

The A27's shut between the Beddingham and Southerham roundabouts.

Lewes fire
Thalia Carreno

Smoke cloud seen for miles

Eight fire engines have been sent to Lewes, East Sussex Fire and Rescue have told the BBC.

Fire in Lewes
Chris Curtis

More pictures of the fire

There have been more images of the fire coming in, with reports of the plume being seen from Haywards Heath.

Fire
Tim Mitchell
Fire
Tom Grieves
Fire
Eddie Mitchell

Blaze in recycling centre

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police has said the A27 is closed after a fire broke out in a recycling centre

fire in Lewes
Andrew from Lewes

BreakingLarge fire in Lewes

A large fire at the recycling centre in Lewes has caused the A27 to be closed. More to follow soon.

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Fire
Liam Conway

Facebook Live: On Air

Facebook Live: General election - environment and education

Click on to our Facebook page to see and hear our correspondents discuss environment and education. Coming up after 19:00 BST.

Sunshine or umbrellas?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's a bank holiday weekend on the horizon, so will the sunny weather hold?

Here's my forecast.

Paintballing guns found after weapons reported

Armed officers attended Salisbury Road in Worthing around 13:00 GMT today after a number of weapons were seen in a property.

Officers sealed off the road and entered the house and found the collection of what looked to be rifles. The weapons were examined and found to be paintballing guns and posed no danger to the public.

Paintballing guns found after police search
Eddie Mitchell

General election: What matters to you in your area

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today

I've been to Hastings to speak to a group of knitters - women who live and work in Hastings - about what matters to them ahead of the general election.

Sussex wrap up innings win over Durham

Sussex took the final six Durham wickets they needed on the final day to complete a thumping innings-and-177-run County Championship victory at Hove.

And it looks like they get the chance to soak up a few rays after too.

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Armed officers surround house

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police in Worthing
Eddie Mitchell

Armed police surrounded a home in Worthing after reports of weapons inside.

Sussex Police deployed the officers earlier and have closed Salisbury Road.

The report of weapons being seen was received around 12:00 BST and officers remain at the scene.

The force said this is "not connected to the Manchester attack".

Sussex Police in Worthing
Eddie Mitchell

General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

Yvette Austin

BBC Environment Correspondent

I've been investigating the main issues facing the South East's food producers, as we approach the general election and Brexit.

We'll be live from Hastings in the latest of our election specials from 18:30 BST, and you can send me your questions about the environment in a Facebook Live from 19:00 BST.

Protected peregrine falcon has been found shot in Ninfield

A protected peregrine falcon has been found shot in Ninfield, East Sussex, sparking an investigation by police and the RSPB.

A protected peregrine falcon has been found shot in Ninfield
Sussex Police

The female bird was found alive but injured by woods at Lunsford Cross on 10 May, and the East Sussex Wildlife Animal Rescue were called to recover the bird.

A protected peregrine falcon has been found shot in Ninfield
Sussex Police

An X-ray revealed a recent fracture to its right wing consistent with a shot injury.

A further three shotgun pellets were discovered: two in the bird’s stomach and one in its left wing. These were considered historic and the vet concluded that the bird had also been shot at an earlier date.

The peregrine has undergone surgery and is recovering at the rescue centre.

Summer is here (for now at least...)

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It's going to stay dry and warm day with copious amounts of sunshine today. Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Missing: Have you seen Hailie?

Police are searching for 15-year-old Hailie Burrows, who has been missing from her Worthing home since Monday evening.

Police are searching for 15-year-old Hailie Burrows
Sussex Police

Hailie is white, 5'5" and slim, with blonde shoulder length hair.

She was wearing a mauve high neck top open at the shoulders, blue jeans, a hooded grey poncho and grey/blue Nike trainers.

Teenage pregnancy rates down

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Midwife doing ultrasound
BBC

The number of teenagers getting pregnant has dropped right across the South East, according to new figures.

Surrey and Brighton and Hove have seen the biggest decreases with around 20% fewer teenage pregnancies between March 2015 and March 2016 when compared to the previous 12 months.

Medway continues to have the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the South East.

Gold for Sussex tennis player Chris Baily

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Now the sport may not have the mainstream profile of the Olympics or Wimbledon, but a Sussex man has won gold at the first international tennis tournament for visually impaired people.

'Nobody is representing young people'

A University of Sussex student says she feels young people aren't being represented in Parliament.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Girl, 17, took own life after abuse

Eastbourne Herald: Pirates emerge from the sea in Eastbourne

Hastings Observer: St Leonards flats plan given green light amid residents’ objections

Worthing Herald: Southwick station artwork unveiled

Chichester Observer: ‘Bring back A-boards,’ say Chichester sweet shop owners

Brighton and Hove News: Fire service wants full-time recruits for the first time in eight years

#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.

#PMfortheday: Teens on education, wages and the homeless

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We asked teenagers from across the South East what they would do if they were in charge of the country.

#PMfortheday

Police increase armed patrols

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

In the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, be prepared to see more armed police on the streets of Kent and Sussex.

RNLI lifeguards to patrol Hastings beach

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Lifeguards on the beach
BBC

Lifeguards will begin patrolling one of Hastings' beaches for the first time this weekend.

The council has operated its own lifeguard service for years but they'll now be provided by the RNLI.

The charity's latest figures show 32 people lost their lives at the South East coast in 2016.

The RNLI will also start patrolling at Camber Sands this weekend.

Green Party launches manifesto

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Green Party launched its manifesto earlier this week.

The party is hoping to add to the one seat it currently holds in Brighton.

Coming up on BBC Sussex this morning

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

Here's a taster of what's coming up on the programme.

Severe accident: A29 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A29 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Park Street and A264 Horsham Road.

A29 West Sussex - A29 Stane Street in Slinfold closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Park Street junction and the A264 Horsham Road junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

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.

'Don't come straight to A&E'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Health bosses in West Sussex are urging people to think before going straight to A&E over the bank holiday weekend.

Hospital sign
BBC

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust runs East Surrey hospital in Redhill as well as services in Crawley.

They're reminding us hospitals are for serious emergencies only and that if people don't have a life-threatening illness they should book an appointment with their GP or visit a walk-in centre.

Getting ready to fly the nest

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Chichester Cathedral's four peregrine falcon chicks are doing well, after a visit by an expert to check them over.

The birds, thought to be three males and a female, were weighed and had rings put on their legs.

Peregrines, which have come back from the brink of extinction in the UK, have been nesting in the Cathedral's south turret every year since 2001, producing over 50 chicks in that time.

You can follow the fortunes of this year's brood on a live webcam here.

Peregrine falcon chick
RSPB

The birds are all fit and healthy. It’s great to see how involved people have been with their story, voting on the gender of the chicks on twitter and viewing them through our online webcam after visiting. It’s a really accessible way for people to get closer to nature”

Sara HumphreyRSPB

The mercury keeps rising

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got another warm day ahead, but it's getting more muggy.

Watch my forecast for more.

'My teacher said just look for the kind people'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

How do you talk to children about the Manchester Arena bombing?

I've been to two of the South East's schools to find out how pupils are being helped to understand what happened.