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Southern Fail: The Musical is a new stage show, mocking the rail firm after more than a year of union disputes.

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Good night from the BBC Live team

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 I were prime minister for the day'

We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country as part of a series called #PMfortheday

Following the threads of history

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The world's most famous piece of needlework now has a 21st Century companion, and they both tell the history of Sussex.

Former US presidential hopeful gives Brighton talk

Bernie Sanders, who battled Hilary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential candidate, is giving a talk at the Brighton Festival.

Here’s what you need to know about him:

Summer's here at last

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The first official day of summer was a beauty, but will the sunshine stay?

Here's my forecast.

Boris visits the sunshine coast

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met voters in Eastbourne today.

Here are his thoughts on social care, Southern Rail and Brexit.

BreakingSouthern bosses respond to suspension of overtime ban

In the last few minutes Southern's parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has responded to the news that Aslef is suspending a ban on overtime.

We are pleased that ASLEF has suspended the drivers’ overtime ban that was due to start this Sunday. This will allow talks to continue, on a wide range of issues including pay. We aim to continue to find a way forward over the next few weeks and finally bring matters to a conclusion."

Nick BrownChief Operating Officer, GTR

BreakingTrain drivers' overtime ban suspended

Southern trains and passengers
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A train drivers’ overtime ban on Southern rail which was due to start on Sunday 4 June has been suspended for two weeks, according to the Aslef union.

They say it is to allow time for negotiations to find a resolution to the long-running dispute over driver-only operation and to "allow all outstanding issues to be discussed".

The union says it will also sit down with the company to try to resolve a range of issues including drivers’ terms and conditions, industrial relations and pay.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We met Southern today, ahead of our overtime ban, which was due to start on Sunday.

"Industrial action is always the last resort; we would much rather talk, and negotiate, than take industrial action.

"The company has indicated that it is prepared to negotiate with us on a range of outstanding issues and, therefore, we have suspended our overtime ban.

"We now have a fortnight to try and find a resolution which will work for passengers, for staff, and for the company, too."

Willie Walsh backs BA boss after IT fiasco

Willie Walsh, the head of British Airways owner IAG, has backed BA's management in his first public statement since the IT fiasco that grounded flights at Gatwick and Heathrow last weekend.

He said Alex Cruz, the BA chief executive, had done a great job.

You can read the full story here.

Election: What's the future for our businesses?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Will the South East's businesses prosper or struggle outside the European single market?

From 19:00 I'll be taking your questions on business and the overall election campaign, live on Facebook.

If there's something you'd like answered, let me know.

Have you got a question for Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

You could get the chance to put it directly to Katy Bourne at the next Crime Panel meeting on 30 June.

Forty-five minutes is set aside at the end of the meeting, which will be at County Hall in Lewes at 10:30 BST, to answer points raised directly by the public.

You can email your questions ahead of the meeting to, although you can turn up on the day and ask them in person.

The meeting, which will also look at the Commissioner's annual report, will be broadcast live here.

'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 us directly, to ask why so few people have heard of Neurofibromatosis.

Bottled water supplied to Eastbourne households

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Ongoing repairs to a burst main have left some people living near Eastbourne without water, or low pressure.

South East Water says despite its teams working through the night, the repairs haven't been effective and a new part for the broken 21" valve will have to be manufactured.

The areas worst affected are Friston, East Dean and Jevington, and bottled water is available from East Dean village hall and the Eight Bells pub in Jevington.

the Eight Bells, Jevington
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Charity box thief caught on camera

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are looking for a man who stole a charity collection box from a café in Lewes.

The box, which was taken from the Riverside café in the Cliffe Precinct, contained cash intended for the Royal Air Forces Association.

Detectives have issued a CCTV image of the man, who was in his 20s and about 5'10", carrying it out of the cafe.

man steals charity box from cafe
Sussex Police

It's a sunny start to a new season

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today is officially the start of summer, and the weather got the memo.

Here's my forecast.

IAG boss Willie Walsh backs BA after IT fiasco
Willie Walsh, the head of British Airways owner IAG, has backed BA's management following the IT fiasco that grounded flights.

#PMfortheday: Teens on education, wages and the homeless

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

It's part of our #PMfortheday series leading up to the general election.


Southern Rail users' misery into musical satire Southern Fail
Southern Fail: The Musical is a new stage show, mocking the firm after more than a year of union disputes.

BreakingWright steps down as Sussex captain

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Luke Wright has decided to step down in his role as Sussex county captain.

Wright steps down as Sussex captain
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The 32 year-old batsman, who has been with the club since joining from Leicestershire in 2004, has taken the decision to relinquish the captaincy in the club's "best interests going forward".

Wright took over as T20 Blast captain ahead of the 2015 season. He then took over the captaincy across all three formats of the game in 2016, following Ed Joyce's decision to end his own reign as skipper.

I have always been someone that loves and enjoys the game, but over a period of time now whilst being captain, this has not been the case and it has affected me both on and off the pitch."

Luke WrightSussex Batsman

Not one... not two... not three...

Seven ducklings have been rescued after being abandoned in Princes Park in Eastbourne.

Seven ducklings have been rescued after being abandoned in Princes Park in Eastbourne
East Sussex WRAS

Fearing that their mum had left them, rescuers Kai Ahmed and Chris Riddington attended on site and began to search the area.

The mum had been seen the previous day with ten ducklings but she was no longer present.

The youngsters are thought to be no more than a week old and were not interested in seed or bread.

Rescuers are now looking after them and the babies are now tucking into food.

Seven ducklings have been rescued after being abandoned in Princes Park in Eastbourne
East Sussex WRAS

Police launch summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers

Sussex Police launch their summer drink and drug driving campaign today - also known as Operation Dragonfly.

Police launch summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers
Sussex Police

Around 300 officers are now fully qualified to test motorists for drugs on the roadside.

' insensitive'

Briohny Williams

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Harmless thrill-seeking or disrespectful?

There's anger at the use of a notorious suicide spot for extreme sports.

Sussex local newspapers

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The Argus: Family’s anguish over death of great-gran

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne nursery’s eager welcome for police

Chichester Observer: ‘Truly exceptional’ Roman bath house uncovered in Priory Park

Crawley Observer: Hope for little Verity whose heart could stop at any time

Brighton 'feels the Bern'

Bernie Sanders
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The former US president hopeful Bernie Sanders is to deliver a speech in Brighton.

Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton to become the Democrat candidate for the presidential election last year.

Mr Sanders is promoting his new book at the Brighton Dome as part of the Festival.

CCTV shows violent East Sussex robbery

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These dramatic images have been released by Sussex Police as they investigate a violent robbery at a service station in East Sussex.

It happened at the Esso garage in Mayfield Road, Cross In Hand, in the early hours of Saturday 25 March.

BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin

Ian Palmer

BBC South East Today

BBC South East Today logo

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • A woman in her 90s has died after a car collided with her wheelchair in the grounds of Maidstone hospital.
  • Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing pensioner from Sevenoaks.
  • The former US president hopeful Bernie Sanders is to deliver a speech in Brighton.

'Safety concerns' over rough sleepers in Brighton

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Traders in St James' Street have signed a petition after "recent incidents" concerning rough sleepers.

The 22 business owners agree there is an increasing number who are drunk or drugged up, act aggressively and leave human and dog waste on their doorsteps.

The group is calling on Sussex Police and the council to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

They steal, and try to push their way into my cafe to use the loo, bang on my shop front window and shout racist remarks. People are too scared to walk on our street at certain times of the day."

Bengu SaitOwner of Diva Espresso and Sandwich bar

Don't say it too loud...but I think summer is here

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Some of us woke up to some early mist and fog patches - but that'll quickly clear. It will be a dry, bright and warm day across all parts with increasing amounts of sunshine and light winds.

'People have written in with their stories, the silly announcements they've heard'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Turning tears of frustration into tears of laughter - the Brighton Fringe show based on woes of Southern commuters.

Is the sunrise as nice as this where you are?

This was the view in Hastings earlier in the week, as captured by Graham Ridley, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Hastings sunrise
Graham Ridley

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