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The sun sets on another day

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and don't find it too warm for sleeping overnight.

We'll be greeting the new day from 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00.

If there's anything you think we need to know, or if you have any great pictures of how the heatwave's affecting you, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Anger at 'use taps' comment from ambulance bosses

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Ambulance staff are angry that they'll no longer receive free bottled water.

They've also accused managers at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) of being "patronising", for sending an email telling them to use "devices known as taps" instead.

Secamb ambulance
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The trust is having to cut costs, and needs to find £15m in savings, and says water dispensers are available at all ambulance stations.

This is coming from people on big salaries, in big buildings, who have as much water as they can drink all day, and quite simply, we're disgusted.'

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#ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

Sunscreen at the ready

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

After a sunny Tuesday, Wednesday is set to get even hotter.

I'll have a raspberry ripple

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As the South East continues to swelter, staff at one of the South East's most popular wildlife parks are helping their animals keep cool.

Sam Baldock

Brighton striker Sam Baldock agrees a new three-year contract with the club to run until the summer of 2020.

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Severe accident: A272 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A272 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Wooddale Lane and Silver Lane.

A272 West Sussex - A272 Coneyhurst Road in Billingshurst closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Wooddale Lane junction and the Silver Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Man arrested after dog left in parked van

A man has been arrested after a dog was left in a parked van for more than four hours.

A passer-by saw a van shaking, and looked inside to see a young Alsatian male crossbreed in a "major state of distress" at The Gatehouse car park in Chichester, West Sussex, police said.

The dog and owner were taken straight to a local vet and it is beleived the dog will recover.

It has been seized from the owner and will be taken into care by the RSPCA.

The owner, a 39-year-old man, from Littlebourne near Canterbury, has been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.

#thisisme

Rocking all over the South East

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

Serious head injury after pub attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A barman at a pub in Crawley was left with a fractured skull, after being punched by a drunk who'd been thrown out.

It happened outside the Grasshoper in Ashdown Drive, around 23:00 on 17 June.

The 28-year-old staff member hit his head as he fell, and was rushed to the East Surrey Hospital, where he was treated for a bleed on the brain and two broken teeth.

suspect in Crawley assault
Sussex Police

The suspect is described as stocky and in his twenties, stocky and with an Eastern European accent, and was one of two men asked to leave the pub.

Woman drowns off Sussex coast

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been confirmed dead after being pulled from the sea off the West Sussex coast.

It happened on East Wittering beach near Chichester at around 14:30 BST yesterday.

It's not yet clear if she got into difficulties while swimming.

Unlike nearby West Wittering, which gets extremely busy on hot days, there are no lifeguards at East Wittering.

Another hot and sunny afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

And we're heading for another muggy and humid night.

Here's your latest forecast.

#BigBusTour: It's another scorcher in Petworth

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Danny Pike's been hearing about the town's new cricket club.

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Delay to Hastings Library reopening

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's been a delay to the reopening of Hastings Library, which has been shut since February last year for a revamp.

The building, in Claremont, was due to open its doors again this year but the reopening is now scheduled for for spring 2018.

A new corbel stone for the front of Hastings Library
East Sussex County Council
A new corbel stone will replace the degraded one at the front of the library

East Sussex County Council says the delay is needed to give contractors more time to protect the fabric of the historic building.

The council says the refurbishment has unearthed a number of structural issues which need to be carried out in line with conservation guidelines.

A new roof and lift have already been put in.

A new ceiling raft for Hastings Library’s refurbished entrance lobby
East Sussex County Council
A new ceiling raft will be installed in the entrance lobby

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Niagara Falls lights up in Albion’s colours

Eastbourne Herald: East Sussex men warned of high skin cancer risk

Chichester Observer: Heatwave: How hot does it need to be before you can ask your boss to go home?

Worthing Herald: First class fundraising to reopen Findon’s post office

Hastings Observer: MBE for ex-Hastings mayor and councillor

Brighton and Hove News: Train driver shortlisted for national award after track death

Summer safety warning after fires in the open

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The fire service in East Sussex has issued a warning after a series of fires in the open last night.

They were called to eight fires in sheds, an outdoor toilet block and a bin.

Fire crews say sunlight shining through glass can start large fires so bottles and jars should always be taken home and put in a recycling bin, while barbecues should never be left unattended.

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Every year in the UK 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.

You won't need to Squeeze in at this festival...

Squeeze were one of the biggest British bands of the 70s - featuring the very distinctive vocal of Chris Difford.

These days he lives in Sussex - and is still very much involved in the music scene.

Over the weekend Chris Difford has curated the music for the first ever festival at Groombridge Place, called Joy.

Here are some things you (probably) didn't know about Squeeze.

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at A269 London Road.

A259 East Sussex - A259 King Offa Way in Bexhill closed and slow traffic in both directions at the A269 London Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

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.

Parents warned of grooming dangers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Parents of secondary school pupils in Brighton and Hove receive letters warning of the risks of grooming and sexual exploitation.

Experts say those dangers are very real.

Man killed in tractor crash

Main Road, Birdham
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A man in his 70s has been killed when the car he was driving crashed with a tractor near Chichester yesterday afternoon.

The crash happened on the A286, Main Road in Birdham, close to the junction with Crooked Lane, at just after 14:30 BST, Sussex Police said.

The driver of the car was declared dead at the scene. Any witnesses have been asked to contact police.

#BigBusTour: Join me in Petworth

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm broadcasting from historic Petworth this morning for today's leg of the BBC Sussex #BigBusTour.

Join me on air at 09:00 BST.

Sussex MP calls for urgent meeting over 'sex for rent' ads

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, wants immediate action to stop young people being targeted by men offering free accommodation in exchange for sex.

An exclusive BBC South East investigation highlighted the controversial online adverts earlier this year.

ICYMI: Historic lido reopens

How's this for perfect timing? As temperatures soared over the weekend, Britain's only Grade-II listed lido reopened.

Volunteers raised millions of pounds to save the outdoor pool.

We went to visit it just before its grand opening.

Feeling hot hot hot (still)

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got another day of hot weather ahead, but it may start to cool off in the coming days.

Here's my latest forecast.

'It's immoral not to offer them a vote'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

One South East MP wants to change the law so they will be able to at the next general election.

Pebbles at Pett Level

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Pebbles and sea
Pett Level

Thanks to Kristie Heath for this wonderful shot at Pett Level - it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

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

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