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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 1 August 2017

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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That's it for tonight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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#ICYMI: Loud and proud

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

Man dies after sea rescue

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police have confirmed a man has died in the sea off Seaford.

Emergency services were called to the beach by a member of the public at about 17:00 BST.

A 75-year-old man is believed to have been swimming before getting into difficulties.

Terry Purcell sent us this video of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance landing near Seaford sailing club.

Teenager stabbed by gang

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's been stabbed in an attack by a gang in Crawley.

It happened near the Pelham Drive roundabout, around 19:45 BST on 27 July, when the 17-year-old was attacked by six men.

It's thought they used a small knife or screwdriver.

Pelham Drive roundabout in Crawley
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Pelham Drive roundabout in Crawley, the scene of the attack

The youth was treated at the East Surrey Hospital, but wasn't badly injured.

Some wet and windy conditions to come

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It may be August but we're in for some blustery and wet weather over the next day or two.

Here's my latest forecast.

Man dies after sea rescue

A man has died after a rescue operation was launched in the sea off Seaford this afternoon.

Emergency services were called by a member of the public this afternoon.

Sussex Police, the Coastguard and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was also called to the scene at about 17:00 BST.

Sussex Police confirmed that a man died at the scene.

RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month

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.

Seven men died in the sea at Camber last summer.

Police and coastguard called to Seaford

Sussex Police officers are currently in Seaford after a man was reported to be in difficulty in the sea.

The emergency services were called by a member of the public this afternoon. The Coastguard and the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance was also called to the scene at about 17:00 BST.

We'll bring you more details when we have them.

Project to help protect future of bees

Almost £1m of lottery funding is being spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees.

Murder conviction over missing Hastings man's death

A man has been found guilty of murdering Karl Bunster, 37, from Hastings.

Mr Bunster was last seen in Mann Street in the town on 17 December 2015 and his body has not been found.

Ben Walton, 49, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, Devon was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice.

Stacey McClymont, 29, of the same address was acquitted of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Both will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Karl Bunster
Sussex Police
Karl Bunster was last seen in 2015

Newport sign defender White on loan

Ben White Brighton
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Newport County sign teenage defender Ben White on loan from Premier League new boys Brighton.

Ben White Brighton

Newport sign defender White on loan

Newport County sign teenage defender Ben White on loan from Premier League new boys Brighton.

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August begins brightly

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Enjoy this afternoon's sunshine, as the clouds will be back tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Consultation on Ikea store plans

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Ikea flags
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More than 1,200 letters are being sent out to invite people to have their say on plans for a new Ikea superstore and 600 homes in Lancing.

Brighton and Hove Albion has submitted its proposal for a multi-million pound development at New Monks Farm.

The application also includes the creation of a new roundabout on the A27, a 28-hectare country park, and a school and community hub.

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.

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

On the 50th 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 tonight at 21:00 BST.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season in full swing, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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

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

'Avoid instincts' when in dangerous waters

Going against your instincts could help save your life in dangerous waters, warns the RNLI.

The charity advises to avoid the natural reaction to panic and splash around the water. Instead, allow yourself to float for a few minutes while you consider the best options of survival.

The recommendation comes as more people drown along the coast in August than any other time of year. Many people visit beaches in South East England during the summer holidays.

Pensioner sought after knocking over man

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are looking for a woman, thought to be in her 80s, who drove off after knocking down a man in a supermarket car park.

The victim, who's in his 70s, was hit as he was using a zebra crossing at the Tesco in Broadpiece, Littlehampton.

The woman, who was driving a small silver or grey car, stopped to ask him if he was OK, and left when he told her he was.

Tesco in Littlehampton
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Tesco in Littlehampton, where the collision happened

He'd actually suffered bruising which required treatment at the Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.

The driver's described as around 5ft 2in, with short grey hair and glasses.

What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

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The Argus: Albion smash kit sales record and sell-out first three games

West Sussex County Times: Historic village church reopens after £380,000 renovation

Chichester Observer: Figures reveal 84% of West Sussex speed cameras not in use

Mid Sussex Times: MP slams ‘intolerable’ closure of railway station ticket office

Eastbourne Herald: Busy Eastbourne road to close at night

Hastings Observer: Visit hospice gardens open this weekend for all to see

#ICYMI: Book shines a light at the end of the tunnel

Briohny Williams

Reporter, BBC South East Today

'The Recovery Letters' is a collection of messages from people who've suffered with severe depression.

The book, compiled by James Withey from Hove, aims to help those still going through dark times.

On BBC Sussex and Surrey Mid Morning...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

As the holiday season gets underway, I'll be talking about beach safety.

Join me from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex and Surrey, on 03459 57 00 57.

Mental health affects physical health too

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

New research finds life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years shorter than average.

What is Japanese knotweed?

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?

What was it like to come out as gay in 1976?

Simon Fanshawe meets Tony Whitehead who faced a backlash from his employer after coming out as a homosexual in 1976.

Back in 1976, the 22-year-old worked for British Home Stores who had a reputation as a family company.

When Tony appeared in a TV documentary about 'coming out', it provoked a reaction from his employer which resulted in his resignation.

The story of Tony Whitehead who came out as gay in a TV film in 1976.

In the film he was seen kissing another man at Brighton Station.

On the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which legalised male homosexuality, Tony reflects on 'coming out' in the 1970s.

He also describes how his treatment provoked protests and demonstrations from gay rights activists across Britain.

Air collision near Eastbourne avoided thanks to pilot

Two aircraft only just missed colliding with each other over East Sussex because one of the pilots took evasive action, it has emerged.

Sex-for-rent deals illegal, says minister

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

An MP is calling for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted after the justice secretary told him such arrangements were already a criminal offence.

A BBC South East investigation found that some landlords were targeting vulnerable young people with "sex for rent" deals.

They argued there was no compulsion on people to respond to such adverts.

But Justice Secretary David Lidington has revealed that such offers may breach the Sexual Offences Act.

Landlords that BBC South East spoke to in April said they did not believe they were breaking the law, one describing the deals as a "sex with benefits" arrangement, another as a "win-win situation".

But Hove MP Peter Kyle pledged to force website operators to ban "exploitative" adverts.

He took the case to the Ministry of Justice and has now been told by Mr Lidington that "such acts/arrangements are already a criminal offence in England and Wales by virtue of the Sexual Offences Act 2003".

Mr Lidington said in a letter: "Taken together, these [provisions] essentially mean that an offence is committed when a person offers accommodation in return for sex, as they are inciting/causing another person to have sex with them in return for 'payment'."

A woman in bed with her head in her hands
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Adverts seen by BBC South East included one posted by a Maidstone man asking for a woman to move in and pretend to be his girlfriend, another publicising a double room available in Rochester in exchange for "services" and one in Brighton targeting younger men.

Tenants told the BBC they feared they would lose their accommodation if they did not comply with requests for sex.

But Mr Lidington's letter suggests police already have the weapons to take action against landlords imposing such demands on tenants and says the offence carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

Mr Kyle said: "This is an incredibly significant moment, and it's going to protect vulnerable people enormously.

"Right now there are people out there advertising accommodation in return for sex. I want to see them prosecuted; I want to see them go through the courts process; I want to see them convicted, and I want to see them go to jail."

Balbir Chatrik, director of policy at Centrepoint homeless charity, said: "These landlords need to know this is not acceptable and they need to feel the full force of the law if they resort to these kind of adverts."

A pinch and a punch...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A bright start for the first day of August, but tomorrow's not looking so pleasant.

Here's my forecast.

Mental health service users die earlier, report finds

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Hospital sign
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People with mental health problems in Sussex live up to 20 years less than the rest of the population, research has found.

The report also says mental health service users are between two and four times more likely to die of cancer, and 20% of all Accident and Emergency attendances and admissions are attributed to mental health services users, who make up only 7% of the population.

Patient in a hospital bed
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The figures have been published by Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a group of 24 health and social care organisations.

The mental health trust for Sussex has described the findings as "shocking".

The fact you end up living up to 20 years less if you are someone using mental health services is truly shocking. Its shows that health and social care services aren't meeting the physical health needs of people with mental health problems.

Getting a grip on this is about saving lives. It's also about making sure we use every penny of public money as wisely and effectively as possible. By reducing smoking rates among people with mental health problems, for example, we could reduce 1,000 hospital admissions a year, saving £1.8m that could be invested elsewhere."

Sam AllenCEO, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Heart surgery at 24 – the remarkable story of a Premier League footballer's return

Brighton defender Connor Goldson is preparing to play Premier League football after a remarkable recovery from heart surgery.

Happy August

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's the beginning of August so hopefully we have lots of sunshine to look forward to.

To kick the day off we bring you this lovely picture of Upper Beeding by James Brown - it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay

Upper Beeding
James Brown

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