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  2. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, we'll be back on Monday morning from 06:00 BST with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

If you'd like to contact us in the meanwhile, you can find us on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

Thanks for joining us!

It's a muggy weekend, but you still might need a brolly

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There will be a mix of sunshine and showers, this weekend. Be prepared for it to be muggy though, and temperatures warm up through Sunday.

MPs discuss online abuse and intimidation

Three Kent and Sussex MPs were subjected to abuse during the election campaign.

They've now spoken out about their experiences.

No change to Sussex fire services

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner has decided not to add the fire service in West Sussex to her remit.

The government's called for commissioner's to take over responsibility for their local brigades from County Councils.

East Sussex fire engine

Katy Bourne had asked for the feasibility of the idea to be investigated across Sussex, but today a meeting of the West Sussex Fire Authority was told the County Council would stay in charge.

But the Commissioner does believe £7m can be saved over the next decade, by working more closely together.

Our emergency services are already working together to share premises, fleet management and communication platforms. With real determination and leadership there are opportunities to work even more creatively together."

Katy BourneSussex Police and Crime Commissioner

We are delighted that Ms Bourne has seen the central role West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service plays in our County Council and decided it is safe and well where it is. We look forward to working closely with her to continue to develop and build the modern fire service our residents deserve."

Louise GoldsmithLeader, West Sussex County Council
Jane Austen superfan Zack dresses in authentic Regency clothes
The self-taught tailor enjoys wearing Regency clothes inspired by Hampshire author Jane Austen.

Goalie signs new deal with the Seagulls

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Niki Maenpaa
Getty Images

Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed a new contract with Finnish international goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.

The 32-year-old has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the club, extending his stay until June 2018.

Maenpaa joined Albion from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2015, and he has made nine cup appearances and one Championship start for the club over the past two seasons.

Niki has been a great asset for the club over the past two years, and I am really pleased he has committed his future to the club. He has not played as many games as he would have liked, through no fault of his own, but his attitude has been fantastic throughout that time and his contribution to the squad should not be underestimated."

Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion

Report says Brighton council 'missing targets'

Brighton deckchairs

Brighton and Hove City Council is missing its targets in almost two thirds of the things it's trying to do, according to a report.

Residents were surveyed to find out what it's like to live in the city and one in five said they don't think they have enough money to pay their rent, keep their house warm or to buy enough food.

Figures also show a growing proportion of children are living in poverty.

And only 65 affordable homes were built last year - against a target of 236.

Local athlete represents GB at world championships

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The World Para Athletics Championships begin at London Stadium tonight.

Among those going for a medal for Great Britain is East Grinstead's Abbie Hunnisett.

RMT announce further strike action in Southern Rail dispute

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Rail union RMT has come out in support of the Aslef union strike on Southern Rail.

The RMT told its own driver members not to book in for any shifts on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August - the same days as Aslef announced it would be striking.

The strike is part of the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard.

The unions want the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services."

All steam ahead for outstanding collection

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Take a look at this extraordinary collection of railway memorabilia at the end of a Hastings garden.

Evacuation from tower block

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Flats on the 17th floor of a Brighton tower block were evacuated when a fire broke out just after 09:00 BST.

One person was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke, after the blaze at the 24-storey Sussex Heights, which is thought to have been caused by an electrical item.

Send in the clouds

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Temperatures are rising over the weekend, but we won't see much sunshine.

Here's my forecast.

New technology to prevent accidents on railway tracks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shocking footage has been released showing youngsters taking pictures on and walking across railway lines.

It comes as Network Rail and British Transport Police announce they're introducing new technology in the South East to send warnings to people on their mobile phones when they're approaching level crossings.

'Someone asked me what he wanted to have for tea'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Meet Eddie - the 15-year-old boy who took over Southern's Twitter feed for an afternoon.

Women get equal pay for equal play

Lewes Football Club believe they've become the first to pay female players the same amount as men.

'It was a real experience and one I'll never forget'

A 20-year-old pilot from Horsham has become the youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbird display team.

Beth Moran started flying a year ago after deciding she wanted to do something positive following the Shoreham air disaster.

She took to the skies over RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

The F16 combat jets are in the UK as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations and will fly this coming weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Blind student invents app to help people access science

Illness robbed Daniel Hajas of his sight aged 16.

Now he and colleagues at the University of Sussex have come up with a new invention which could open up the doors of academia for blind people across the globe.

Williams ends Konta's Wimbledon hopes

Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta's hopes of reaching the Wimbledon final ended with a straight-set defeat by Venus Williams.

The five-time champion American 10th seed won 6-4 6-2 in 73 minutes, making it to her first Wimbledon final since 2009.

Sixth seed Konta, had hoped to become the first British woman in a Wimbledon final for 40 years. However, she will break into the top five for the first time in the next rankings.

In a tight contest, Williams worked her way to victory with smarter serving and more effective returns.

The 37-year-old American is the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

"I've played a lot of finals here. One more win will be amazing. It won't be a given but I'll give it my all,” she told BBC Sport.

"The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo."

Airgun attacks on pets and and wildlife in the South East

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

These animals were killed and maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns in the South East.

Should the weapons be licensed?

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I hear the story of two Sussex Police officers who've been awarded for their bravery after enduring a violent attack.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST

Missing: Have you seen Morgan and Joliebelle?

Morgan Gillet (left) Joliebelle Wheeldon (right)
Sussex Police

Two 12-year-old girls, who've been missing since Wednesday, are believed to be together.

Morgan Gillett (left) and Joliebelle Wheeldon (right) both went missing after initially attending school in Worthing at 08:30 BST on July 12, but left together soon after.

Morgan is white, 5' 2", of slim build with very long straight brown hair and brown eyes. She is thought to be wearing a red PE top with her name on the front, a black Adidas jumper and black leggings or skinny jeans.

Joliebelle is white, 5' 2", of medium build with shoulder-length blonde hair and is wearing a grey top, blue jeans and Adidas Superstars trainers.

It is thought that they may be in the Shoreham area, but could have travelled elsewhere. There are concerns for their welfare because of their age.

Anyone who has seen them or has information about their whereabouts is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 251 of 12/07.

#ICYMI: 'They've basically saved our daughter's life'

How a community in Crawley rallied round to send a little girl to America for life-saving surgery.

All steam ahead for outstanding collection

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Take a look at this extraordinary collection of railway memorabilia at the end of a Hastings garden.

'I had to try and do something'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

A man from Haywards Heath is campaigning to force a social media site to remove material which promotes self harm and suicide.

Richard Harrington attempted to take his own life five years ago.

He says other people on Tumblr made him feel he didn't deserve to be alive.

The social media site has not responded to a request from BBC South East for a comment.

If you have been affected by this and would like advice or support - visit the BBC Action Line where you can find information on issues surrounding self harm.

What's the weekend weather got in store?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Here's my all-important forecast for the weekend.

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To start things off here's a great pic by Nathan Lang of the night sky above Eastbourne. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Night sky
Nathan Lang