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  2. Updates on Monday 3 July 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

And remember, if there's something you want to tell us about you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Bringing the curtain down for good?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A unique dramatic tradition in Kent and Sussex is under threat after failing to secure funding.

#ICYMI: Art student shocked by attitudes

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A student has spoken of her shock after people expressed surprise that she was at university - because she is black. #thisisme

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.

Video: 8,000 Lego bricks used to re-create Portman Road

A nine-year-old football fan has recreated the home of his favourite club in Lego.

Joe, who lives in Crawley in Sussex, decided to build a tribute to Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town FC, using about 8,000 bricks.

Dad Phil Bryant's own love affair with the club started in the late '70s during the Bobby Robson era.

"Both my kids follow Ipswich now - I have ruined their lives," he said.

Ipswich Town FC: Lego lover builds stadium tribute

It took Joe about five hours, across a couple of days, to complete the model.

Time to get the sunscreen out again

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The hot weather's on its way back by midweek.

Here's my forecast.

A guide to drone flying

A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.

An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods on Sunday - of nine and five minutes - after the drone was sighted.

Easyjet said four of its flights were diverted, while British Airways said one aircraft was diverted to Bournemouth.

Other flights were put into holding patterns as a precaution. Sussex Police is investigating.

Here's your guide to what you can and can't do with drones.

Police release CCTV of restaurant arson attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police investigating an arson attack on the La Tana restaurant in Ladies Mile Road, Patcham on 18 June have released this CCTV as they continue to investigate.

#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.

Drone causes Gatwick Airport disruption

Plane
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Five flights were diverted because of the drone flying near the runway

A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.

An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods of nine minutes and five minutes on Sunday evening after the drone was sighted.

Easyjet said four of its flights had been diverted, while British Airways said one aircraft had been sent to Bournemouth. Other flights had to fly holding patterns as a precaution.

Severe accident: A26 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A26 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between New Road and Cobdown Lane.

A26 East Sussex - A26 in Fairwarp closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the New Road junction and the Cobdown Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - local roads.

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

Broadband cabling work to resume in town

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Virgin Media will be allowed to restart cabling work in Lewes next Monday.

East Sussex County Council had stopped giving permits to the company to carry out cabling work after concerns Virgin wasn't putting the roads back to the condition it found them in and hadn't been communicating well with residents before and during the works.

Black marks on the pavement in Lewes after Virgin Media finished laying cables underneath
BBC
Residents had complained about Virgin Media's cabling work in Lewes

But after a meeting the company described as 'productive', the council agreed to allow more cabling work.

It said the council would supervise work more closely, and require that it was of a "proper" standard.

We totally support the investment that Virgin Media is providing in our broadband network. Improving broadband connectivity will deliver a huge boost for homes and businesses right across Lewes.

However, the work on the ground must be carried out to a proper standard, and the company must improve its engagement with residents. Following our meeting, we are pleased that Virgin Media has agreed to improve in these areas.”

Rupert ClubbDirector of Communities, Economy and Transport, East Sussex County Council

Severe accident: A22 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A22 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Priory Road and Wall Hill Road.

A22 East Sussex - A22 Lewes Road in Forest Row blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Priory Road junction and the Wall Hill Road junction, because of an accident.

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

#ICYMI: WW2 pilot achieves ambition at 95

German war pilot Hugo Broch has wanted to fly in a Spitfire for as long as he can remember.

At 95 years old he's done just that in the skies over Kent.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

Read more

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

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Think online shopping is a 21st Century invention?

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

Concern for missing girl after friend found

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Georgia Brown
Sussex Police

Police say they're worried about this teenager who's gone missing from home.

Georgia Brown and her friend Hailie Burrows, both 15, disappeared last Tuesday.

Hailie was found safe in London yesterday but Georgia wasn't with her.

She's believed to have connections in Worthing.

#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

Cloudy with a few showers this afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

And we're in for a muggy night - here's my latest forecast.

Worthing man Lewis Miller wanted for GBH

Police are looking for a Worthing man who is wanted on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm.

A 38-year-old man suffered a fractured skull and eye socket during a dispute with another man in a flat in Tarring Road, Worthing, at 20:45 BST on Wednesday.

Lewis Miller, 41, is being sought for questioning and is also wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

Lewis Miller
Sussex Police

Pop-up velodrome rolls into Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Tour de France may have got under way this weekend but closer to home people of all ages have been trying out a different form of cycling.

The StreetVelodrome event returned to Beach House Grounds on Worthing seafront.

I went down to take a look.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers
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The Argus: MP accuses schools of breaching election laws

Chichester Observer: Flights suspended twice at Gatwick due to 'drone observation'

Hastings Observer: Further acts are announced for Hastings Pride

Eastbourne Herald: New lease of life for Eastbourne’s old fire service HQ

Crawley Observer: Flights suspended twice at Gatwick due to ‘drone observation’

#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.

Can You Feel it in Glynde?

Legendary group The Jacksons played at the Love Supreme Festival in Glynde this weekend. Jane Witherspoon went to meet them.

#ICMYI: 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.

Join me on BBC Sussex

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join me on air at 09:00 when we'll be talking about the number of hospital operations being cancelled.

Be part of the debate by calling 03459 570057.

BBC South East Today headlines

BBC South East Today logo
BBC

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

  • A 25-year-old man charged with murdering a woman in Chatham will appear at Maidstone Crown Court later.
  • Police are looking for two women believed to have stolen an envelope full of cash from another woman's handbag in Sevenoaks.
  • Wimbledon gets underway today and after some concerns, Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has announced she'll be taking part.

Eastbourne's Konta to play at Wimbledon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Wimbledon gets underway today and after some concerns, Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has announced she'll be taking part.

The British number one had injury worries after a fall while playing at her home tournament last week.

But she's declared herself fit and plays Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei at 15.45 BST.

Read all about this year's Wimbledon tournament here.

'Drone' causes airport delays

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Drone
BBC

The runway at Gatwick Airport had to be closed twice yesterday after reports of a drone flying nearby.

Five planes were diverted to Stanstead and Bournemouth and several other flights were delayed.

Police are investigating.

Cloudy to start but there's sunshine on the way

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

There could be a few spots of rain this morning but it won't last long, here's my latest forecast.

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.

Welcome to a new week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

If you're feeling down about going back to work after the weekend, then this unusual picture of a field mouse and a cherry should cheer you up a bit.

It was taken in Eric Bausor in Mark Cross and it's our Sussex #photooftheday

Field mouse and cherry
Eric Bausor

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