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  2. Updates on Wednesday 28 June 2017

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What caused the Seaford cliff collapse?

Sections of the cliffs at Seaford have been roped off following several collapses.

But what's the cause?

Have you got raspberry ripple flavour?

Here's how a zoo keeps its animals cool in the really hot weather.

'Your car will be like an oven'

In extremely hot weather it only takes minutes for a car to become a death trap for your dog.

Here's what the RSPCA has to say.

Plans for increased rail services across the South East

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Plans have been unveiled for new services into and across central London from the South East, when new Thameslink trains begin running next year.

Rail travellers from 80 more stations will have direct access to St Pancras International, Farringdon for Crossrail, City Thameslink and Blackfriars.

The proposed changes introduced from May 2018 include new Thameslink routes through London between:

  • Cambridge and Brighton
  • Horsham and Peterborough
  • Cambridge and Maidstone East (with some extensions to Ashford International)
  • Luton and Kent Medway Towns
  • Littlehampton and Bedford
  • East Grinstead and Bedford
Thameslink train
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Southern: Calls for both sides to 'get back round the table'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

With an overtime ban by drivers on Southern trains due to start tomorrow, Lewes MP Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Parliament.

The drivers' union Aslef, which is implementing an overtime ban over the introduction of Driver Only Operation trains, says the ban "reflects the total loss of trust and goodwill between train drivers and the company".

What Southern services will be affected tomorrow?

Southern has produced this map showing which routes will be affected by the overtime ban tomorrow. The company says:

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service.
  • On routes shown with a dashed grey line, there will be a limited service at peak times only
  • On routes shown in brown, there will be a reduced service and passengers are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible

More information about which services will be affected - as well as a bigger version of the below map - is available on the Southern website by clicking here.

Southern overtime ban map
Southern

Stabbed man found in Crawley street

A man's been stabbed in the chest in Crawley.

The 30-year-old was found at the junction of Shackleton Road and Rhodes Way, around 00:30 BST on 26 June.

Two men, aged 23 and 27, and a 25-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.

Detectives believe the attack happened at a property in Hogarth Road.

Rhodes Way, Crawley
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Rhodes Way, Crawley

Appeal after driver suffers cardiac arrest

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police in Hailsham are trying to find out what happened to a man before he suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car.

It's believed the 82-year-old from Seaford may have given a lift to a stranger about 25 minutes before he became ill.

He was treated at the side of the road by paramedics and taken to hospital in Hastings where he's in a critical condition.

Sussex Police are asking for information from anyone who saw a man in his 30s or 40s getting into a vehicle in the Lower Horsebridge area during the evening on Sunday 25 June.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and released on bail until 21 July.

#ICYMI: Do you need your grass cut?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of the world's more unusual sports was invented in Sussex - here's a look at lawnmower racing.

#ICYMI: Is this the world's first online delivery being ordered?

Think online shopping is a 21st Century invention?

A South East inventor came up with the idea over 30 years ago.

Pilots demand more action against laser pens

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

There's been an increase in laser pen attacks on aircraft.

Last year there were 1,200 incidents of pilots having the powerful lights shone into their cockpits, including a police helicopter flying over Crawley and an RAF Chinook helicopter over the South Downs.

laser pen
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The light from a small laser pen...
laser pen light
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can expand instantly...
laser pen light
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filling an aircraft's cockpit...
laser pen light
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and blinding the crew

Gatwick and Heathrow Airports have also both reported a growing number of incidents.

The British Airline Pilots' Association says it wants a specific offence created to cover the misuse of laser pens.

When a laser pen is pointed at an aircraft it can dazzle and distract the pilot, and has the potential to cause a crash. Last year's incident figures remain dangerously high, with the equivalent of more than three laser attacks a day across the UK.'

Brian StruttonGeneral Secretary, British Airline Pilots' Association

#ICYMI: Car restoration woman suffers sexism and ageism

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Twenty-year-old Kelly Culver, who runs a business restoring classic American cars, says she has encountered sexism and ageism from people who think she does not know what she is talking about.

Things can only get better

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's still pretty soggy out there. But it's gradually improving for the weekend.

Operation begins to remove stranded digger

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The removal of an 80-tonne excavator, which has been stranded off the coast at Lancing for almost three months, is underway.

The digger, used in the construction of an offshore wind farm, was being taken back to the beach when it became stranded 1,968ft (600m) offshore on 4 April.

Eddie Mitchell
BBC

Southern overtime ban due to 'total lack of trust'

Southern logo
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Southern rail passengers face fresh disruption to their journeys on Thursday with the train drivers' union Aslef due to introduce a ban on overtime.

General Secretary Mick Whelan said the ban reflects the "total loss of trust and goodwill between train drivers and the company".

"Drivers work overtime on an entirely voluntary basis and have no contractual obligation to do so", he said.

However, Southern's passenger services director Angie Doll said the action was going to be "very inconvenient" but the company would be putting in a "revised timetable".

Longboarding women - it's not about boys

It can be hard to get into longboarding when you are the only girl at the skate park.

Plans for increased rail services across the South East

Plans have been unveiled for new services into and across central London from the South East, when new Thameslink trains begin next year.

Rail travellers from 80 more stations will have direct access to St Pancras International, Farringdon for Crossrail, City Thameslink and Blackfriars, speeding journeys and relieving congestion.

The proposed changes introduced from May 2018 include new Thameslink routes through London between:

  • Cambridge and Brighton
  • Horsham and Peterborough
  • Cambridge and Maidstone East (with some extensions to Ashford International)
  • Luton and Kent Medway Towns
  • Littlehampton and Bedford
  • East Grinstead and Bedford
Thameslink train
BBC

Rain stops play at Eastbourne tennis

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

These would-be spectators at the Aegon International in Eastbourne seemed to be still enjoying themselves, despite the rain yesterday.

'I'm excited to be in a new place'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

He didn't get very far into his match yesterday because of the rain.

But speaking before the tournament got underway, world number four, three-times Wimbledon champion and winner of 12 grand slams Novak Djokovic said he was looking forward to playing in Eastbourne.

Cliff fall woman identified

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A woman who fell to her death at Seven Sisters Country Park has been formally identified.

Emergency services were called to the incident just east of Cuckmere Haven on Thursday afternoon.

The woman has been identified as Hyewon Kim, 23, from South Korea. She had been studying English in the UK.

Early inquiries indicate her death was a tragic accident and the full circumstances will be subject to an inquest.

#ICYMI: Emaciated dog on road to recovery

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Snoopy the lurcher, who was found abandoned and starving on a busy roadside, is making a full recovery, thanks to the people who rescued her.

A pay and art display

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A car park on Worthing sea front is being turned into the town's latest work of public art.

Over the next week the Grafton car park is being transformed from a concrete block to what's being promised will be "a dazzling riot of bright colour and bold pattern".

Grafton car park, Worthing
Worthing Borough Council
Grafton car park

The work's being carried out street artist Ricky Also, along with ECE Architecture and the agency Creative Forage.

It's the team's latest art project for Worthing - in 2015 they produced a display of mirrored beach huts and doorways on the beach.

Mirrored beach hut and doorways on Worthing beach
Worthing Borough Council
Mirrored beach hut and doorways

The installation, which will be unveiled on 4 July and remain until September, will cost £14,000, with Worthing Council and ECE Architecture footing the bill.

Mirrored beach huts and doorways on Worthing beach
Worthing Borough Council

We wanted to challenge ourselves to deliver something bigger and better than ever, showcasing our creativity and taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.'

Stuart EatockManaging director, ECE Architecture

Worthing is becoming a brilliant mix of the traditional and the innovative and I'm sure this will bring a wow factor to the seafront.'

Cllr Kevin JenkinsECE Architecture

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Greens were 'reckless' in original designs for £18m project claims Labour councillor

Chichester Observer: Woman pulled from the water at East Witterings ‘died of natural causes’

Eastbourne Herald: Spate of crime hits Ratton

Hastings Observer: Police searching for wanted St Leonards man

Brighton and Hove News: The Mazda Fountain has survived the latest round of council discussions on the future of the Valley Gardens project.

Crawley Observer: Concern for welfare of missing 16-year-old from Crawley

There's a chill in the air after a night of downpours

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

You may not be happy about it, but your plants will be, as the rain is set to continue for a few days.

You can expect much of the same cloudy skies and showers today, but how's it looking for the rest of the week and into the weekend?

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo
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Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • There's been a rise in the number of laser pen attacks on aircraft at Gatwick Airport according to Sussex Police.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion have sacked their commercial manager for gross misconduct.
  • A French judge has ruled against aid groups wanting to set up a new camp to house migrants in Calais.

Information on 'train travelling burglar' sought by police

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary where a man go into a property and stole a purse and car keys.

The offender tried to steal a vehicle from the drive but was disturbed by the householder and ran off in a northerly direction.

Tom Carpenter, of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team, said: "The suspect is believed to use the rail network to travel around before walking considerable distances to target premises."

The suspect is described as white, 45-50, of average build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a blue top and carrying a dark "duffel type" bag with cream-coloured straps.

The burglary was at a property in Church Street, West Chiltington, at around 10.10pm on Thursday 8 June.

Ambulance thefts putting lives at risk

There have been a number of thefts from ambulances and public places recently.

Here's where thieves have struck in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Rise in laser pen attacks

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

There's been a rise in the number of laser pen attacks on aircraft at both Gatwick and Heathrow in the last year.

Here's a closer look at the figures.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

It's been a bit of a mixed week weather-wise - what's today going to be like? We'll bring you the full details in our forecast shortly.

This picture should brighten up your morning - it's Upper Beeding Brooks by Alan Robinson - and it's our Sussex #photooftheday

Upper Beeding Brooks
Alan Robinson

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