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  1. Live updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

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By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

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Smoking tower

Police warn the death toll will rise, after a huge fire destroyed the housing block in west London.

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That's all from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We're off to get ready for another busy day tomorrow reporting on BBC Music Day and the unveiling of our blue plaques.

We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Remember if there's anything you'd like to tell us about you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Factfile: ABBA's Brighton connection

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A blue plaque will be unveiled at the Brighton Dome tomorrow in honour of ABBA as part of BBC Music Day. #localmusiclegends

ICYMI: Quentin Blake's latest exhibition for his home town

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of the world's most famous children's illustrators explores darker themes in his new exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery.

Grenfell Tower: Brighton & Hove to review fire safety

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Brighton and Hove City Council will review fire safety in council-owned housing stock, after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.

Two further sprinkler systems would also be installed to council blocks, subject to consultation.

Labour councillor Anne Meadows confirmed the review before leading a minute's silence at the start of the council's Housing and New Homes Committee, which she chairs.

A council spokesperson said their thoughts were with those affected by the fire in London, and they "cannot speculate on the potential cause or causes of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

Councillors in Hove observe a minute's silence at the start of their meeting.
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A minute's silence was held at the start of a council meeting in Hove this evening.

Sussex man prepared for jail over election comments

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex entrepreneur says he's prepared to go to jail for offering to buy young people who voted a particular way in the General Election a drink.

Grenfell Tower fire: 'It's awful, we need to learn lessons'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Hastings Borough will be working with its housing provider Optivo, to learn from whatever emergences from investigations.

Blue plaque announced for ABBA Brighton venue

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton Dome, the venue where ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, is to be honoured with a blue plaque, as part of BBC Music Day.

Right Said Fred were on the judging panel.

#localmusiclegends

ABBA Brighton blue plaque to be unveiled

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A plaque commemorating ABBA winning the Eurovision song contest at the Brighton Dome is set to be unveiled tomorrow. #localmusiclegends

When are the blue plaques being unveiled tomorrow?

School goes online to fund sports centre

A school in Brighton has launched an appeal to help fund a state-of-the-art sports centre.

Patcham High School, which was attended by TV star Katie Price, wants to build a sports hall, 4G football pitch and netball centre at a cost of £4m.

Katie Price said in a statement: "I loved my sport when I was at Patcham. Running was my big thing and I was really proud to represent the school. As a mum I know how important physical exercise is for kids and I reckon the kids at Patcham High deserve the best facilities they can get.

"I still have friends who live in and around Patcham and I think the new sports hall and the all-weather pitches will be brilliant for them and their families and anyone else in the area who's into sport."

Grenfell Tower fire: Harley Facades statement

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Harley Facades Limited, based in Crowborough in East Sussex, says it completed the refurbishment work to Grenfell Tower.

It says this included the installation of exterior cladding.

Harley Facades says it doesn't manufacture the Aluminium Composite Material panels itself, which it says are commonly used in the refurbishment industry.

This is an incredibly tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the residents and their families who have suffered such a personal loss. We will fully support and cooperate with the investigations into this fire. At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower."

There will be many questions about this whole incident and so you will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of (the) fire or its causes in advance of these inquiries. At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”

Ray BaileyManaging Director, Harley Facades Limited

Grenfell Tower fire: Brighton and Hove to review safety in city's housing stock

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Brighton and Hove City Council will review fire safety in council-owned housing stock, after last night's devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London.

Two further sprinkler systems would also be installed to council stock, subject to consultation.

Grenfell Tower fire
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Labour councillor Anne Meadows confirmed the review, but refused to speculate on the cause of the London fire.

She led a minute's silence at the start of the council's Housing and New Homes Committee, which she chairs.

A pilot sprinkler system, funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was completed in 2016 at Somerset Point, a high rise seniors housing scheme in the city. We have been able to increase the housing capital budget for works to reduce fire risk. We're proposing sprinkler systems in two further high rise blocks in the city, subject to resident consultation in the blocks concerned.'

SpokesmanBrighton and Hove City Council

Charity in seagulls catapult warning

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Seagulls
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A charity is urging parents to think twice about buying catapults for their children after seeing and treating several seagulls which had been shot with pellets or ball bearings.

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service issued the warning on its Facebook page after treating a gull that had been badly injured in Hailsham.

Simon Jenkins is reporting live from Hailsham this morning.

There will be more on this on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle. You can listen here.

Grenfell Tower fire: Rydon company statement

Grenfell Tower fire
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Rydon, which is based in Forest Row in East Sussex, has released this statement after six people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.

Rydon completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation) on behalf of the Council, which met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.

We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time.

Given the ongoing nature of the incident and the tragic events overnight, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment further at this stage.

Rydon company statement

Here's your weather forecast

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It'll stay warm and dry, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Concerns raised about Grenfell Tower in London 'for years'

Grenfell Tower fire in London
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The residents of Grenfell Tower had reportedly raised fire safety concerns for several years before the blaze that engulfed the block of flats in west London on Wednesday, according to a community action group.

It comes as London Fire Brigade said there had been a "number of fatalities" at the tower block.

Grenfell Tower in north Kensington was completed in 1974 in the brutalist style of the era, comprising of 120 flats over 24 storeys.

It received a £10m ($12.7m) refurbishment in 2015/16 with the work being carried out by Sussex-based Rydon Construction as part of a £67m borough wide regeneration project.

The firm said it was "shocked to hear of the devastating fire", adding the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

The tower is managed by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Full story here.

This morning's Sussex local newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Cannabis has extended my life

Hastings Observer: Taxi treat for needy children

Crawley Observer: No gender pay gap at council

Chichester Observer: Chi-Fest offers nine hours of free live music

Funding boost for children’s health in Sussex

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Schools in East Sussex will receive extra funding to develop a scheme aimed at improving children’s physical and mental health.

Last year, 183 schools and colleges across the county received a share of £1.8m from East Sussex County Council to develop and implement school health improvement plans.

Football
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Schools were able to access a £10,000 grant to introduce activities such as increasing physical activity and improving healthy eating.

Now, all schools and colleges in the county will be entitled to an additional £7,000 to further develop activities to boost health thanks to an extra £1.2m of county council funding.

Factfile: ABBA's Brighton connection

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A blue plaque will be unveiled at the Brighton Dome tomorrow in honour of ABBA as part of BBC Music Day.

The plaque will be shortly after 18:30 BST. You'll be able to watch it live on our BBC South East Today programme from 18:30 BST.

#localmusiclegends

BreakingBrighton's Premier League fixtures released

Brighton and Hove Albion's first ever Premier League match will be at home to Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season.

Brighton Premier League fixtures released
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That’s followed by trips to Leicester and Watford, before a home game against West Brom. The Seagulls will host rivals Crystal Palace in November just after an away trip to Manchester United.

Full fixtures here.

'Our thoughts are with the residents and emergency service colleagues'

Sussex firefighters pay their respects to those involved in the Greenfell Tower fire.

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White peacock causes havoc in Handcross

An albino peacock has been spotted in Handcross, West Sussex.

Eyewitness Tess Fenter, 54, saw the bird outside her mother-in-law's home after hearing him around the village.

White peacock causes havoc in Handcross
Tess Fenter

It was absolutely beautiful, but we've no idea where it came from. It just appeared and it was around the village for three days.

Tess Fenter

Mayfield rugby player rebuilds himself after car crash

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

He suffered horrific injuries after a car crash in New Zealand.

Now, one year later, Joe Sandford works four days a week, and is able to drive again.

He's planning a fundraising event at Heathfield Rugby Club for the head injury charity Headway.

Single punch leaves man in hospital

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A businessman visiting Brighton has been seriously injured after an apparently motiveless attack.

The 50-year-old from Edinburgh was walking along the seafront on Kings Road, when he was hit in the face by another man.

He fell to the ground, suffering a serious head injury as he landed.

Kings Road, Brighton
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Kings Road, Brighton

The attack happened at 01:15 BST on 10 June.

The suspect is described as black, about 5'10", of large build and was wearing a dark clothing with a hood up.

The victim's still being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The reason for this vicious attack is not currently clear and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious along that stretch of pavement or nearby in the moments before the attack, or who saw the attack itself.'

Detective Constable Shirley WhiteSussex Police

Nottingham Open: Johanna Konta claims 300th win

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Johanna Konta
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British number one Johanna Konta reached the second round of the Nottingham Open after compatriot Tara Moore was forced to retire.

Konta was 6-2 3-0 up when British number four Moore pulled up injured.

The 26-year-old from Eastbourne, who is ranked eighth in the world, has now amassed 300 career singles victories and will play Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the second round.

You can read the full story here.

Blue plaque announced for ABBA Brighton venue

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton Dome, the venue where ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, is to be honoured with a blue plaque, as part of BBC Music Day.

Right Said Fred were on the judging panel.

#localmusiclegends

A pleasant and warm day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A dry and mostly sunny day with only a little cloud developing through the day. It will feel very warm with only light winds.

Here's my forecast.

This lovely weather looks set to continue...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

And this stunning shot of Wakehurst Place by Jeff Penfold is sure to get you in the mood for summer. It's our Sussex #photooftheday.

If you've got a picture of Sussex which you think could make our #photooftheday feature, please get in touch.

Wakehurst Place
Jeff Penfold

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Sussex until 22:00 BST.

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