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  2. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

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ICYMI: 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.

Biker killed in crash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A motorcyclist's been killed in a three-vehicle collision in East Grinstead.

It happened on the A22 Beeching Way at 17:50 BST on 15 June.

The man who died, a 24-year-old from Croydon, was riding a blue Suzuki.

A black Renault Clio and a green Toyota Yaris were also involved.

Historic lido set to reopen

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Volunteers have raised millions of pounds to save one of the UK's last surviving outdoor pools.

Brighton celebrates Jo Cox's life

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton will be honouring the late MP Jo Cox tomorrow, with the city's inaugural Refugee Week event dedicated to her memory.

Blakers Park will be the scene of a Great Get Together, with stalls selling tea and cakes, and delicacies on offer from Brighton's Syrian community.

Jo Cox, murdered MP
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Jo Cox

The Kemptown Gallery will also be holding a series of exhibitions on a refugee theme, with a talk tomorrow evening by Sudanese poet and songwriter Bashir Al Gamar.

He's lived in Brighton since fleeing his homeland in 1993, following his imprisonment for writing a poem.

Bashar Al Gamar
Brighton and Hove City of Sanctuary
Bashar Al Gamar

Seagulls sign international shot-stopper

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Australian international goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The 25-year-old joins from Spanish side Valencia, but had a loan spell at Belgian side KRC Genk towards the end of last season, where he kept 11 clean sheets in 24 appearances.

Mathew Ryan
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He'll arrive next month, after taking part in the Confederations Cup.

He won the Belgian cup during a spell with Club Bruges, and was chosen as Belgian pro league Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

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Ryan's joined on a five-year deal for a club record transfer fee, and played all three matches for Australia in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His arrival follows the departure of David Stockdale to Birmingham, announced this week.

Mathew Ryan
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For somebody of Mathew's age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain. He has also competed in European competition and made a number of appearances at international level.'

Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion

Appeal for witnesses after boy attacked in Rye

Police are seeking information after a young boy was attacked in a Rye play park.

At about 17:00 BST on 29 May, the 12-year-old boy was at the play park on Tilling Green when he was punched and stamped on by another boy, sustaining scrapes and bruises to his head, arms, left leg and mouth.

The suspect is described as white, aged about 13, of medium build with dark brown hair.

He was wearing a black shirt and black jogging bottoms.

ICYMI: Rugby player rebuilds himself after car crash

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.

It's a barbecue weekend

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

You'll be needing the sunscreen for the next couple of days, as summer really gets started.

Here's my forecast.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of the new campaign.

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#ICYMI: Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Fatal collision in Fairlight

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision involving a cyclist and car in Fairlight.

The incident happened on Battery Hill shortly before 07:00 BST yesterday.

Officers and paramedics attended to find the cyclist, a man aged in his 50s from Bexhill.

He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The car, a white Vauxhall Agila hatchback, was driven by an 88-year-old Hastings woman, who was uninjured.

Moyet mistaken for a Brighton 'bag lady'

The singer Alison Moyet, who enjoyed several hits in the 1980s with the likes of Is This Love?, says she's been offered food by strangers because she looks like a "bag lady".

Moyet mistaken for a Brighton 'bag lady'
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Moyet, who is currently studying sculpture, told The Graham Norton Show that nobody spots her when she travels from her home in Brighton to college in London.

I get the late train (back) and no-one recognises me - I look a sight and am as rough as you like. I actually think people avoid me because I look like a bag lady!"

I was on the train the other night and managed to get a seat - there were two businessmen opposite me and a smart young lady next to me and I was crammed in with all my bags and covered in plaster and clay and as she was leaving she pushed over her leftovers and said, 'Would you like my food?"'

Alison MoyetSinger

Motorcyclist killed in three-vehicle collision

A 24-year-old man from Croydon has been killed after his motorcycle collided with two cars on the A22 Beeching Way, East Grinstead.

The collison happened yesterday at 17:50 BST on the A22 Beeching Way, East Grinstead.

The occupants of the other vehicles – a black Renault Clio and a green Toyota Yaris – were uninjured.

British Airways technology chaos will cost £80m

The IT meltdown that grounded thousands of British Airways passengers at Gatwick and Heathrow will cost the airline at least £80m, it has emerged.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA owner International Airlines Group, told investors its initial assessment of the gross cost "is in the order of £80m"

Full story here.

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Need a lift to the station?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A new station for the Volks Railway in Brighton has been delivered.

A crane was used to put the building in place, on Madeira Drive near the Sea Life Centre.

Volks railway station being craned into place
Brighton and Hove City Council

It'll become the Aquarium station and will also house a new visitor centre.

It's part of a £1.65m programme, paid for by the Heritage Lottery fund, which also includes restoring three original carriages.

Families left angry after council's orders

Briohny Williams

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Families whose loved ones are buried in a cemetery in West Sussex say their local council is "heartless, cold and callous" for sending letters giving them 21 days to remove photos and mementos from gravesides.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: ‘Police cuts have put us at greater risk of terror’

Eastbourne Herald: Stephen Lloyd MP - I’m delighted to be back

Hastings Observer: When Suffragette leader Pankhurst held court at Warrior Square

Mid Sussex Times: ‘Fantastic’ safety system prevents fire disaster

Brighton and Hove Independent: Celebrating Sussex Day

One-of-a-kind lido reopens just in time for scorching weekend

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

After seven years and £3m of community funding, Saltdean Lido will re-open its doors tomorrow.

Saltdean Lido
BBC

Built in the 1930s, it's Britain's only Grade-II listed outdoor swimming pool and one of just three remaining outdoor seaside pools in the country.

It's hoped that as many as 300,000 people a year will use the lido once it re-opens.

Severe accident: A24 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

A24 West Sussex northbound severe accident, between A272 and Mill Straight.

A24 West Sussex - A24 Worthing Road in Southwater blocked and slow traffic northbound between Buckbarn Crossroads and Southwater Turn off, because of an accident.

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

'My concerns are being so high in a tower block'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton family who say the Grenfell Tower disaster, and terrifying experience of their own, has made them afraid to stay in their home.

When Jeremy met ABBA!

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Here's the moment Jeremy Vine met Bjorn Again at the unveiling of a plaque to ABBA at the Brighton Dome last night.

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Time to crack out the fans and air conditioning

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's going to be warm today - but over the weekend it's going to get close to boiling.

Here's my latest forecast.

Rocking all over the South East

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues have been honoured on BBC Music Day.

Good morning Sussex

Welcome to Friday. The weekend is nearly here.

This lovely image of Eastbourne beach was taken by Kristie Heath. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne
Kristie Heath

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