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  2. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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It's nearly Friday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow to help you through Friday, all the way to 22:00 BST.

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'An absolute insult', says severely disabled man forced to prove his illness

A terminally ill man has been forced to fill out a lengthy form to prove his disability - even though the authorities have been aware of his illness for the last 12 years.

ICYMI: Loud and proud

Here's Brighton Gay Men's Chorus celebrating half a century since a very significant change to the law.

Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

A 15-year-old from Hove has been given a scholarship to play basketball in America.

ICYMI: Full steam ahead for outstanding collection

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

Commuters on a Southern Railway train from West Sussex to London Victoria station

The data showed on the most crowded train 1,366 people typically crammed into carriages designed for 640.

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It's getting wet, wet, wet

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

I'd suggest your weekend plans include something indoors for Saturday.

Here's my forecast.

'He'd been shot seven times...four pellets remain in his skull'

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks.

Cash boost for East Sussex arts

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Almost £12m is being given to arts projects in East Sussex over the next four years.

Arts Council England is investing the money to support school visits to the opera and visual arts.

The spiral staircase at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion
The spiral staircase at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion

Seven venues, including the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and Hastings-based Project Art Works are among the recipients.

Police are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the incident

A 37-year-old man was discovered with serious injuries but died at the scene.

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'Opportunities missed' to stop radicalisation of two Sussex teenagers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Police and child protection workers missed opportunities to prevent the radicalisation of two Sussex teenagers killed in Syria, according to a serious case review

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, and his 17-year-old brother Jaffar died in 2014, after leaving home in Brighton to fight for a group affiliated to Al Qaeda.

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between B2103 Warren Hill and Gilberts Drive.

A259 East Sussex - A259 East Dean Road in East Dean closed in both directions between the B2103 Warren Hill junction and the Gilberts Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

Sunny afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

The cloud's lifting to give us a nice afternoon.

Here's my forecast forecast.

Man stabbed to death

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's died after being stabbed in St Leonards.

Police were called to Clyde Road at 12:41 BST.

A 37-year-old man was found with serious injuries in Wishing Tree Road.

Police at murder scene in St Leonards
Eddie Mitchell

Paramedics tried to save him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

A section of the road has been sealed off while the investigation is carried out.

Police investigate stabbing in St Leonards
Eddie Mitchell

A 21-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police investigate stabbing in St Leonards
Eddie Mitchell

Severe congestion: A24 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

A24 West Sussex southbound severe congestion, between A280 Long Furlong and A24 Warren Road.

A24 West Sussex - Very slow traffic on A24 Findon By-Pass southbound in Findon between Findon Roundabout and Offington Corner.

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

Humble beach hut gets modern makeover

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne's got a new beach hut... but how it looks might surprise you.

All aboard! Southern train tops overcrowding list

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The country's most overcrowded train is a Southern service running through Sussex and into London, new figures reveal.

The 07:16 service from East Grinstead to London Bridge typically squeezes 1,366 people into a dozen carriages designed for 640.

The Department for Transport, which released these figures, said additional carriages cannot be added to the train but when the Thameslink Programme is completed next year there will be extra services on routes south of London to boost capacity.

Southern train

It's not the only local service to face overcrowding, the 06:57 Brighton to Bedford and 16:26 Bedford to Brighton trains both feature in the list of the 10 busiest trains in England and Wales.

The figures relate to standard class passengers on weekday services in autumn last year. The average proportion of passengers carried in excess of capacity on peak services in major cities was 3.8%.

People are rightly angry that they pay more in fares year after year, but never get a seat, and have to stand crammed into someone else's armpit. With such high levels of overcrowding, the Government cannot expect people to pay for yet another fares hike in January."

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What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

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The Argus: 1,000 jobs go unfilled as bosses struggle to fill positions

West Sussex County Times: Park redevelopment plans halted after public outcry

Chichester Observer: Three caravans and 'loads of rubbish' remain on Chichester field

Sussex Express: Train timetable consultation ends today

Mid Sussex Times: 'A lunch break search left me open to identity fraud - and you could be vulnerable too'

Eastbourne Herald: Fire in Eastbourne sparks investigation

Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight

A teenager from Bexhill who was warned she could face weight loss surgery if she didn't slim down has managed to lose nine and a half stone naturally.

ICYMI: Reading bedtime stories while on duty

A new app helps connect armed forces families by giving parents a chance to read stories while away from home.

'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

On the fiftieth anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality, is it safe to be gay now?

Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

'Is it safe to be gay in the UK?' is on BBC2 on Tuesday 1 August at 21:00 BST.

What is Japanese knotweed?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Scientists are using a field in Robertsbridge to carry out an experiment to try and get rid of one of Britain's most invasive plants.

But what is Japanese knotweed and why is it such a problem?

Should the public pay for local infrastructure projects?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help preserve Brighton's Madeira terraces, and I'd like to know what you think about the idea.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

ICYMI: New single-use syringe described as 'revolutionary'

A Sussex businessman has come up with a new way of delivering vaccines that could revolutionise healthcare across the world.

'I live with the guilt of a man's death'

Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life.

A mixed bag of weather today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We're in for some sunshine and showers and it's feeling a bit cool for this time of year.

Here's my latest forecast.

Welcome to Thursday

And to kick things off here's a wonderful shot of the sky above Burgess Hill by Brian Hallett - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Burgess Hill sky
Brian Hallett

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

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