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  2. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today and for this week.

We'll be back from 06:00 BST on Monday, all the way through to 22:00, with news, sport, travel and weather.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

In the meantime, have a great weekend.

What's the weekend weather outlook?

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

No heatwave, but it's not going to be a bad weekend.

Here's my forecast.

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.

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.

ICYMI: Car restoration woman suffers sexism and ageism

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

20-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.


Cricket: Sussex appoint new captain

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Ben Brown has been appointed as Sussex captain after Luke Wright stepped down from the role earlier this month.

The wicketkeeper, 28, had been vice-captain at the Division Two county, and skippered the side when Wright missed games through injury last season.

He has spent his entire career with Sussex, playing more than 200 games for the club.

He was born in Crawley and went to Ardingley College.

Full story here.

Ben Brown
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Seven Sisters death 'a tragic accident'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Police say early enquiries into the death of a woman falling from a cliff at Seven Sisters Country Park yesterday indicate it was a tragic accident.

At around 14:20 BST emergency services responded to reports of the incident just east of Cuckmere Haven.

Police, fire, coastguard and ambulance all attended and the body of a woman, believed to be in her 20s, was found at the foot of the cliff.

Officers say there is no evidence to suggest the woman’s death occurred as a result of an erosion to the cliff and it is in no way connected to recent Seaford Head incidents.

Another cliff collapse at Seaford

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sections of the cliffs at Seaford have been roped off following a further collapse - the third in 24 hours.

Eastbourne tennis: Factfile

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's everything you might want to know about the Aegon International Tennis tournament which is getting underway in Eastbourne.

Johanna Konta
BBC Sport
Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is number five seed
  • 50,000 people expected to attend over the nine days
  • Finals are played Saturday 1 July
  • Total prize money for the women's and men's events is over £1.2m
  • 8,400 tennis balls will be used
  • A team of 120 ball girls and boys
  • 1,500 bottles of champagne
  • 500 punnets of strawberries
  • 8,000 bottles of water
  • Johanna Konta, who's from Eastbourne, is the 5th seed
Len Hodkin with his mother Sally Hodkin 58

Nicola Edgington attacked Sally Hodkin and another woman with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath.

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Putting the big questions

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Here's my full exclusive interview with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Unison conference in Brighton.

I grilled him over Labour's chances in the South East and this week's Gibb report into the problems faced by Southern rail passengers.

'It goes like an oven'

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

Cooler for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It'll be mainly dry and bright with a few outbreaks of rain.

Southern plans new timetable if Aslef drivers' overtime ban goes ahead

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Southern Railway plans to operate a revised timetable if drivers belonging to the union Aslef begin an overtime ban on Thursday 29 June.

The company plans to operate 75% of its weekday services on Thursday and Friday, 29 and 30 June, and is working to improve on this number from Monday 3 July.

Full details of changes here.

Southern train

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Transport service 'let down dying woman'

Chichester Observer: Air raid shelter will bring history to life

Eastbourne Herald: Parents asked for views on plans to expand primary school

Hastings Observer: Family pay tribute to 'extremely caring husband and father'

Brighton and Hove News: Our highest priority has always been tenant safety, says council leader

Crawley Observer: Young designer aims to put her stamp on Christmas

Ben Brown

Wicketkeeper Ben Brown is appointed as Sussex captain after Luke Wright stepped down from the role in May.

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Report finds senior church figures colluded with ex-bishop over abuse

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Senior figures in the Church of England "colluded" with the disgraced former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, who abused young men - an independent review has found.

BreakingGrenfell Tower block failed a safety test

The Grenfell Tower blaze in London started with a fridge fire and its outside cladding failed a safety test, police say.

Forest Row based construction firm Rydon carried out the recent multi-million pound refit of the building in Kensington, which left 79 people missing or presumed dead

Grenfell tower fire

Eastbourne tennis gets underway

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne tennis tournament

Qualifying starts today in the Aegon International tennis at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne.

Earlier this week the three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic accepted a wildcard for the tournament.

Also taking part this year will be former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Eastbourne tennis star Johana Konta.

Warning over 'selfie culture' after cliff falls

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Coastguards are warning people not to be tempted to take photos close to cliff edges in Sussex.

It's after more than 50,000 tonnes of chalk fell into the sea at Seaford in just two days.

Arriva Rail North train

The long-running dispute centres on union concerns about staffing and driver-only-operated trains.

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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.

Welcome to Eastbourne

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

It's the final stop on our BBC Sussex #BigBusTour.

Join me on air from 09:00 BST.

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.

Cladding to be removed from tower block

Taplow tower fire in 2012
Camden New Journal

Camden Council says it will remove external cladding from five tower blocks after refurbishment overseen by Forest Row based firm Rydon Construction.

Tests carried out on the panels at the Chalcots Estate showed the cladding fitted to five tower blocks was identical to that at Grenfell Tower.

Camden Council agreed a contract with Rydon Construction - the same firm that oversaw the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower - to refurbish the Chatlcots Estate in May 2006 at a cost of £66m, with completion due in 2010.

Fires have occurred before on the estate, including on the 17th floor of Taplow Tower in January 2012.

The cladding will be removed "as quickly as possible", the council said.

More on this story here.

The cool off continues

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Temperatures are continuing to drop across the South East today, and we'll see a bit more cloud too.

Watch my latest forecast for more.

'I saw what I thought was smoke'

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

It's the end of the week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne Pier
Jay Field

And we'll be here up until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks to Carole Adams for this wonderful picture of Botany Bay. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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