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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

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The sun sets for 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.

Sussex just got a little bit smaller

Fifty-thousand tonnes of chalk fell from cliffs at Seaford this afternoon. A major search and rescue operation quickly established no-one had been injured.

Thunderstorms could be coming

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

The heatwave's coming to an end, and it's going to be stormy for some of us.

Here's my forecast.

'I saw what I thought was smoke'

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

This beachgoer witnessed the moment thousands of tonnes of chalk cliff collapsed at Seaford, sparking a major search and rescue operation for possible casualties.

'It goes like an oven'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

In the current scorching temperatures it only takes minutes for a car to become a death trap for your dog.

Restaurant targeted in arson attempt

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are investigating an arson attack on a restaurant in Brighton.

Firefighters were called to La Tana in Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, about 00:30 BST on 18 June.

La Tana restaurant, Patcham
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The restaurant was empty, but the occupants of a flat above it had to be evacuated.

A 52-year-old man from Hove has been arrested on suspicion of attempted arson to endanger life, two counts of criminal damage, blackmail and possesion of class A drugs with intent to supply.

He's been released under investigation.

First pictures: Seaford search and rescue operation

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

I'm on the beach at Seaford as a large scale search and rescue operation is underway.

Here are the first pictures from the scene.

Helicopter 'stood down'

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

The search and rescue helicopter has been stood down. It appears there are no casualties after cliff fall.

Large scale search operation after 'significant cliff fall' at Seaford Head

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A large search and rescue operation is currently underway at Seaford Head after multiple 999 calls were received at 16:00 BST reporting a "significant cliff fall".

Seaford Head
BBC

There are no reports of any missing people in the area. However a large scale search operation has been launched due to the sheer scale of the cliff fall.

We will continue to search this area until we are satisfied that no one has been injured or trapped in this fall. We are advising beach goers to keep away from the scene and we are currently cordoning off the area in the interests of public safety. I cannot stress enough that this rock fall clearly shows how unstable cliff edges can be, so please keep your distance from cliff edges, at both the top and the bottom of the cliffs at all times.’

Kaimes BeasleyUK Coastguard
Seaford Head
BBC

BreakingCliff Fall at Seaford Head

A large scale search operation is currently under way after cliff fall at Seaford Head. Newhaven and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams, the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd, along with the East Sussex Fire and Police Services are currently on scene trying to establish if anyone was caught in the cliff fall.

Novak's Sussex-bound

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will be competing at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

The former World Number One has accepted a wildcard for the tournament, which starts at Devonshire Park on Friday.

Novak Djokovic
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It's the Serbian's first time playing at the event, and sees him start as the top seed in the men's draw.

Is it hot enough for you?

Let us know if you're loving or loathing the heat.

You can do that on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Here's what people in Gravesend told presenter Rob Smith.

It's a scorching midsummer's day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

As temperatures hit the thirties again today, the records are tumbling.

But it's all about to change. Here's my forecast.

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.

Have you got raspberry ripple flavour?

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.

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

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.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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The Argus: My kids were my motivation says father who shed 71kg in 13 months

Chichester Observer: Headteachers call for action over school funding

Worthing Herald: Lancing youth charity thanks hard-working volunteers

Hastings Observer: Registration opens for The Big Sleep 2017

Sussex Express: Tenant sought for historic Turkish Baths in Lewes

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton and Hove’s hidden legal crisis

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

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.

Shoreham: Police investigation '95% complete'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Victims of the Shoreham air disaster
BBC/Sussex Police/Facebook

Sussex Police says its criminal investigation into the Shoreham air disaster is now 95% complete.

11 men were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 during a stunt at the airshow in August 2015.

Pilot Andrew Hill, 53, is being investigated for possible manslaughter by gross negligence.

He's been questioned voluntarily under caution.

The inquest is expected to take place in September of next 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.

Baldock agrees new deal with the Seagulls

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

Sam Baldock
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The deal will keep the 28-year-old at the Amex until the end of the 2019/20 season.

He played a key role in the Seagulls' promotion-winning campaign, scoring 12 goals last season.

Wanted: Have you seen this man?

CCTV image of wanted man
Sussex Police

This man is wanted by Sussex Police after an attack in a Crawley pub left a man with a serious head injury.

At about 23:00 BST on Saturday a 28-year-old man was outside the front of the Grasshopper pub in Ashdown Drive when he was attacked by a man who punched him in the head.

He was treated in hospital for what is believed to be hairline skull fracture and two broken front teeth. He also had a bleed on the brain but his condition improved and he was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The suspect, whose image is being published, is described as being white, with an Eastern European accent, in his 20s, stockily built and with a goatee beard.

#BigBusTour: Danny Pike visits East Grinstead

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

The Mid Sussex town of East Grinstead is the latest stop on the BBC Sussex bus tour.

Join Danny Pike on air at 09:00 BST - here's a taster of what's coming up in the programme.

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
BBC

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.'

Andy PrendergastGMB Union

Parents warned of grooming dangers

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.

Overnight repairs to buckled track

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern train
BBC

Engineers from Network Rail have spent the night repairing part of the track in Brighton after it buckled in the hot weather.

Passengers endured severe delays yesterday as trains had to travel at reduced speeds between Gatwick and Brighton.

Services were limited to just five miles per hour in the Preston Park area.

The relentless heat continues

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to get even hotter today, but relief is finally on the horizon, with thundery showers expected tomorrow.

Watch my forecast for more.

A new day breaks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sunrise
Steve Pond

And this picture of a sunrise at East Grinstead by Steve Pond is fantastic. It's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

We'll be here till 22:00 BST keeping you updated with all the news, sport, travel and (importantly) weather.

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