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Have a great weekend

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another busy week.

We're back bright and early at 06:00 BST on Monday with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution explains how to keep safe in the sea
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution explains how to keep safe in the sea

Camber inquest: 'Death by misadventure'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands beach last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded.

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Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Can You Feel it in Glynde?

Jane Witherspoon

BBC South East Today reporter

Legendary group The Jacksons are on their way to Sussex to play in the Love Supreme Festival in Glynde this weekend. I went to meet them.

Eastbourne tennis star withdraws from home tournament

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

British number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Aegon International tournament in her home town of Eastbourne after injuring her spine.

Konta was through to the semi-finals after beating world number one Angelique Kerber yesterday, despite slipping and falling in the second set.

But today she announced she has a spinal injury and will not be able to continue.

A mixed bag for the weekend

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There'll be a bit of rain, some sun and reasonable temperatures. Here's my forecast.

Camber deaths: 'Beaches are unsafe places'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Rother District Council says it has made improvements after the deaths of seven men at Camber beach last year.

In a statement, Dr Anthony Leonard, the council's executive director of business operations, said lifeguards were now in place working alongside the existing beach patrol team.

Families of some of the victims blamed the absence of lifeguards for their deaths.

Today a coroner recorded verdicts of misadventure and said it wasn't clear whether deploying lifeguards at Camber Sands would have prevented the deaths.

Amber Rudd: 'We have some of the safest waters in the world'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye Amber Rudd issued this statement following today's inquest verdict.

Amber Rudd MP
Reuters

Today’s verdict that the deaths of seven men who drowned in two separate incidents were caused by misadventure is a reminder of how seriously water safety must be taken. We have some of the safest waters in the world, but we need to continue to educate local residents and tourists of the dangers of rip tides and rough waters.

Over the past year I have been in regular contact with the local council about their actions to make Camber Sands a safer place to enjoy during the busy summer months. I welcome that the RNLI will provide lifeguards during this period and that a Beach and Water Safety Group has been established to review and propose changes to the local council. Camber Sands is a picturesque destination for tourists and it is a great place to visit. We must all continue to work together to ensure the safety of our local residents and tourists.

Amber Rudd MP(Con) Hastings & Rye

Camber: 'I can't believe this is happening in the UK'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The sister of one of the men who died at Camber last summer has told a press conference the beach wasn't safe.

Earlier a coroner concluded the deaths of seven men there were due to misadventure.

The coroner said it was "not known" whether having lifeguards at the time would have prevented the deaths.

Rother District Council said it has made improvements "year on year" at Camber in response to risks identified. But even with lifeguards, the council said the sea can be unpredictable.

Camber: 'Will they now apologise?'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A lawyer for relatives of a group of five men who died at Camber has told a press conference Rother District Council still has questions to answer.

The young men died in August last year, just a month after two other men drowned in the same area.

A coroner has concluded all seven deaths were due to misadventure.

The coroner said it wasn't clear whether deploying lifeguards at Camber Sands would have prevented the deaths.

Rother District Council said it has made improvements "year on year" at Camber in response to risks identified.

Dr Anthony Leonard, the council's executive director of business operations, said lifeguards were now in place working alongside the existing beach patrol team.

He said in a statement: "Like their families, we would not want anyone else to have to suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one in these circumstances."

Severe congestion: A27 West Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 West Sussex eastbound severe congestion, at A2025 Grinstead Lane.

A27 West Sussex - A27 Upper Brighton Road in Lacing blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at Lancing Roundabout. On the roundabout.

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

Camber Sands inquest: The evidence

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded. Here's some of the evidence the inquest was given.

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Camber deaths: 'There's always danger'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands beach last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded.

Tragedy struck as Mohit Dupar, 36, tried to reach Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, as he got into difficulty on 24 July, but both died.

A month later five young friends aged between 18 and 27 drowned at the same beach after being seen playing volleyball in the sea.

Simon Boxall from the National Oceanography Centre gave evidence at the inquest.

Camber Sands: Facts and figures

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

  • Camber Sands gets 1.5M visitors a year, with as many as 25,000 on a busy summer day.
  • It's three miles long and stretches half a mile out to sea.
  • Swimmers' safety is controlled with yellow, orange or red flags, although risk assessment's in 2013 and 2016 recommended that Rother District Council should consider lifeguards.
  • On August 24 2016, the day of the tragedy which cost the five men their lives, there was no rip tide, but the current would have been strong, moving at a metre a second, about 2mph, towards the beach.
  • At that speed, a sandbar could be covered in three feet of water inside 15 minutes. The power of the current would have been the equivalent of 2 tonnes of water pushing against someone in the water.
  • There were no fatalities at Camber between 1974 and 2012, but since then nine people have died, including the seven men who were killed last summer.
  • Since then a daily lifeguard patrol of six has been introduced.
Camber Sands
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BreakingCamber Inquest: ' Death by misadventure'

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today correspondent

'Death by misadventure' verdict at the inquest on all seven people who died at Camber Sands last summer.

Heavy showers to be expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Sunshine and showers throughout the South East, but it looks dry for Saturday.

Fire engine involved in accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An investigation is underway after a fire engine collided with a pedestrian.

It's understood the vehicle was responding to an emergency call when the incident happened on the A259 Littlehampton Road in Goring, yesterday afternoon.

Rip tides not responsible

Our correspondent Bryony MacKenzie is at the Camber inquest and has tweeted this:

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View more on twitter

Tennis star praises Eastbourne crowds

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Novak Djokovic says he feels at home on and off the court in Eastbourne.

The former world number beat Donald Young in their Aegon International quarter-final yesterday.

He'll now play promising young Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.

Konta pulls out of Eastbourne

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of the Eastbourne tournament.

A statement released this morning says she suffered a back injury, after falling during her win over Angelique Kerber last night.

Johanna Konta
Reuters

She was due to play Karolina Pliskova in today's semi-finals.

Seaside artwork taking shape

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The transformation of Worthing's Grafton car park into a spectacular work of art is gathering pace.

Worthing Borough Council is working with a team of local architects and a street artist to cover the building in bright colours and bold patterns.

Grafton car park being painted by street artist
BBC

The finished piece is due to be revealed on 4 July.

#ICYMI: Singer says performing is 'mind-blowing'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A singer-songwriter has described performing on stage as "an absolutely mind-blowing experience". #thisisme

Reward offered after break-in

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A £500 reward's being offered for information about a burglary in Eastbourne.

Jewellery, a sewing machine and golf clubs were taken from the house in Brodrick Road.

Police want to speak to Philip Adrian Eastwood, who's 25 and from Holly Place in Eastbourne.

Philip Eastwood
Sussex Police

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

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BBC

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

  • Police are continuing to investigate a murder in Chatham after a woman in her 20s was stabbed to death in the dockside outlet centre yesterday.
  • Eight men have been arrested and toxic waste removed from a farm in Tonbridge in a £3m fuel fraud investigation.
  • Interventions to stop people committing suicide on rail lines have risen by a third in Kent and Sussex.

On BBC Sussex and Surrey this morning...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

As a Brighton food bank also hands out sanitary products, I'm discussing whether it's time to ditch the tampon tax.

Join me from 09:00 BST on 03459 57 00 57.

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.

The clouds are clearing

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a brighter day today, but watch out for those showers this morning.

Here's my forecast.

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Monks' Walk and Parsonage Lane.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Rectory Lane in Winchelsea blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Monks' Walk junction and the Parsonage Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

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.

What a stunning picture

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's looking a bit autumnal outside - but this stunning picture should cheer you up a bit.

It was taken in Hastings Old Town by Kristie Heath - and it's our Sussex #photooftheday

Hastings Old Town
Kristie Heath

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