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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 August 2017

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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We're off home for the night so we can be back bright and early at 06:00 BST to bring you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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Milly Dowler killer linked to brutal Sussex assault

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The victim of a brutal assault in East Sussex is calling on the police to reopen her case after discovering it's been linked to the killer of Milly Dowler.

Nobody has ever been brought to justice for the attack on Sarah Spurrell.

#ICYMI: 'I live with the guilt of a man's death'

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

Brighton and Hove's Summer of Love

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

About 300,000 people are estimated to have gathered in Brighton this weekend to celebrate Brighton Pride.

This year's event was themed Summer of Love to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Brighton boss: 'Whatever happens, give everything on the pitch'

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has given his first press conference ahead of the team's maiden Premier League season.

The Seagulls host Manchester City at 17:30 BST on Saturday.

I asked him what his final message to his players would be.

Hear more from the Albion Fans Forum

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

'Catherine's so kind, it breaks my heart'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An Eastbourne hotelier got to know a homeless man sleeping outside her hotel, and now she's helping him make a fresh start.

Drugs believed to be crystal meth seized

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Five men have been arrested after police made several seizures of the drug believed to be crystal meth in Brighton and Hove during the last week.

About £1,000 worth of the drug, along with items associated with its process, was seized during a warrant at Cobblers Thumb in New England Road, Brighton, last Thursday night.

Sussex Police said chemicals and substances were also recovered from an address in Pullman Hall, New England Street, Brighton.

On Monday, quantities of what is believed to be crystal meth, GBL and cannabis were recovered from an address in Denis Hobden Close in Brighton.

Fans forum at the Amex

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

I'm at the Amex for the Brighton and Hove Albion FC fans forum.

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Union claims Tube staffing 'crisis' after hurt passenger waited 30 minutes for aid

A rail union has warned of a "growing crisis" of unstaffed London Underground stations after two incidents were revealed of passengers being injured and having to wait for help.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it defied belief that Tube stations were being left unstaffed, adding that they should be closed if employees are not available.

The union gave details of two incidents, including one at Ickenham on 3 August when a member of the public fell down stairs and lay unconscious for over 30 minutes.

The union said it was "pure luck" that he was spotted by a Tube driver, with staff having to be called from other stations - leaving them unstaffed.

London Underground network operations director Nigel Holness said: "Safety is our top priority and fortunately these types of incidents are rare.

"Following a review of staffing levels we are now in the process of putting 325 additional new staff members in our stations."

Man named after Shoreham fishing boat sinking

A man who died after a boat sank off Shoreham has been named as Traiam Dumitrache.

The 50-year-old Romanian national from London was one of four men in a small boat which sank in the early hours of Sunday morning.

One crew member was rescued after clinging on to a buoy for several hours. Two others are still missing.

The boat was believed to have collided with the scallop dredger Vertrouwen, bound for Grimsby.

Traiam Dumitrache
Sussex Police

Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey have spent two weeks training alongside the US military in Michigan

The reserve battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal regiment have been taking part in an exercise designed to get NATO forces practicing working alongside each other.

BreakingDrowned sailor identified.

The man who died when a boat sank off Shoreham on Sunday is named as Traiam Dumitrache - a 50-year-old Romanian national from London.

Traiam Dumitrache
Sussex Police

Amber Rudd targeted by email hoax

Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye Amber Rudd has been tricked into a brief email exchange with a prankster who impersonated the PM's new communications chief Robbie Gibb.

The hoaxer, who has previously fooled White House officials, managed to communicate with the minister before she spotted the windup.

According to The Guardian, he emailed her using her publicly-available contact details and she replied from her private email address.

The Home Office played down the trick.

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Amber Rudd
PA

Severe disruption: A24 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

A24 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, between B2237 Warnham Road and A264.

A24 West Sussex - A24 in Broadbridge Heath closed and queuing traffic northbound between Robin Hood Roundabout and Great Daux Roundabout, because of an oil spillage. Congestion to Broadbridge Heath Roundabout.

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

Drying up as we head through the afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tomorrow is looking dry and bright too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Ben Brown

Captain Ben Brown says Sussex are "hunting down" a Division Two promotion place after winning four of their last five games.

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High expectations of trust as improvements begin

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust's Care Quality Commission rating has been revised from "inadequate" to "requires improvement".

It’s an interesting report from the CQC.

They are very keen to point out the work the staff (as opposed to the board) have done to improve things at the trust.

Immediately prior to the inspection in April managers from the Western Sussex Hospitals trust had taken over Brighton and Haywards Heath. In other words they had not had time to influence improvements.

The lack of consistent leadership will have slowed the pace of change and improvement at the trust and that is highlighted by the fact that there are still a huge number of issues for that new management team to address.

There will now be high expectations of the new chief executive and her management team to address those issues and build on the improvements already seen.

Severe disruption: A24 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

A24 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, between B2133 and A283 The Pike.

A24 West Sussex - A24 in Ashington closed and queuing traffic southbound between the B2133 junction and the A283 The Pike junction, because of an overturned lorry. Police directing traffic.

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

Michigan mission for South East soldiers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A hundred and forty part time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Roofs damaged in tornado strike

Chichester Observer: Disabled mum’s book charts ‘amazing journey’ since accident

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne general election expenses revealed

Hastings Observer: Timeless rural show returns

Brighton and Hove Independent: ‘Gentleman’ who toured with Buddy Holly remembered

Crawley Observer: Teens campaign against mental health service cuts

Soldier's military mission

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be taking part in a live firing practice battle in the US state of Michigan.

The reservists from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment will be supported by the full range of American military hardware - including helicopters, heavy artillery, and fighter jets.

'Respect the water' this August

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

Fight or flight?

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

There have been more than 100 incidents of drunk or disruptive passengers at Gatwick in four months.

Sussex Police say they have also made 27 arrests between mid-April and the end of July.

They say the incidents have mainly been on inbound flights.

Gatwick airport runway
PA

Airlines UK want it to become a criminal offence for passengers to consume alcohol purchased at the airport, on a plane, in an attempt to curb so-called air rage.

But the Airport Operators Association says alcohol related incidents are still incredibly rare.

Should well behaved dogs be made to wear a leash?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Are the rules around keeping dogs on a leash fair, or draconian? One Sussex woman is claiming the latter after she was fined hundreds of pounds after twice being caught with her dog off the leash.

I'd like to know what you think on this morning's BBC Sussex phone-in. Join me from 09:00 BST.

Burst pipe leaves Newick taps dry

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

People in Newick have been left with little or no water after a main burst in the early hours of this morning.

The company says the main, which burst at about 05:00 BST, should be fixed by 10:30 BST.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and reassure customers that we are working hard to fix the main as quickly as possible."

South East Water

A year of ups and downs

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton i360 has just celebrated its first birthday.

And it's been an eventful 12 months.

Scooter rider jailed

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

A man has been jailed for six months for dangerous driving on his scooter in Crawley.

Saif Khan from Ealing, in west London, tailgated cars on the M23 and reached speeds of 100 mph.

After leaving the motorway at junction 10, the 22-year-old jumped two red lights and drove on the wrong side of a dual carriageway before eventually crashing and breaking his hand.

Signs of summer?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We should finally see some dry weather later today, but that won't last long.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Sussex hospital trust improves but stays in special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton
BBC

An NHS trust is to remain in special measures despite an improvement in staffing levels contributing towards a better Care Quality Commission rating.

Following an inspection in April, the overall rating for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been revised to Requires Improvement.

The CQC praised a new self-rostering approach to medical cover in the Royal Sussex County Hospital's A&E unit.

There was also increased consultant cover at the Princess Royal Hospital.

However, the CQC said it was recommending that the trust should remain in special measures "for a further period".

What a great picture to start the day

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Well, it's not been a very good week weather-wise, but it is August so we've all got to make the best of it.

And here's a picture which should brighten your morning a little bit - this brilliant picture was taken in Brighton by Laura Rose Kirby - it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

Brighton
Laura Rose Kirby

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