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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for another night, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us.

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.

#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.

When will the drizzle go?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It's looking set to get drier, but we should still expect some patchy rain.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Severe accident: A272 West Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A272 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between B2139 Coolham Road and West Chiltington Lane.

A272 West Sussex - A272 in Coolham blocked westbound between the B2139 Coolham Road junction and the West Chiltington Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

#ICYMI: Loud and proud

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

12-year-old fronts charity campaign

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Sophie, from Seaford, has a rare genetic condition. Now she's the face of a national charity campaign.

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.

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.

Grandmother retires as UK's first female jumbo jet pilot

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The first woman from the UK to pilot a jumbo jet has retired after landing at Gatwick Airport for the last time.

Yvonne Kershaw, a 64-year-old grandmother from Petworth in West Sussex, landed the Virgin Atlantic flight from Cancun in Mexico.

Yvonne Kershaw
PA

Mrs Kershaw joined the airline in 1990 and was granted command of the Boeing 747 aircraft three years later.

She said it had taken passengers a few years to get used to seeing a woman coming out of the flight deck.

"I suppose normally they would expect to see a silver-haired fox flying the aeroplane in command," she said.

"Breaking down those barriers wasn't easy but nobody ever said it would be."

Concern for missing man

Lee Hobden
Sussex POlice

Police are concerned about a missing Brighton man.

Lee Hobden, 39, was last seen at around 05:30 BST on Tuesday morning leaving the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the city.

He did not return home to Mouslecoomb Way or turn up to work.

Anyone who has seen Lee or has any information is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 01/08.

Project to help protect future of bees

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

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.

Hope you remembered your umbrella

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet and windy journey home from work for most of us.

And a wet and windy afternoon for the school holidays.

Here's my forecast.

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.

Man jailed for life for murder of Hastings man

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Ben Walton, 49, from Devon has been jailed for life and told he will serve at least 30 years in prison for the murder of Karl Bunster.

Mr Bunster, 37, from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street on 17 December 2015 and his body has never been found.

Stacey McClymont, 29, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

McCymont was given a two year prison sentence at the hearing at Croydon Crown Court.

Karl Bunster
Sussex Police
Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings in December 2015

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?

'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.

NOTE: You may find some of the images in this report distressing.

Fifty years after homosexuality was legalised, is it safe to be gay?

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.

On Mid Morning today...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Everybody needs good neighbours, but when disputes arose how did you resolve them?

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

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

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Here are the headlines from the breakfast bulletin:

  • Border Force operations at Gatwick Airport are "under considerable strain", according to an independent inspection.
  • Investigators are looking into how a seventy-five year old man got into difficulties and died off the coast at Seaford in East Sussex yesterday.
  • The Medway Maritime Hospital is reporting that it failed to hit the government's target to see 95% of patients within four hours in its A&E department in June.

What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

Pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Mother's emotional plea - 'don’t let my girl be homeless on birthday'

West Sussex County Times: Motorcyclist taken to hospital with serious injuries after collision

Chichester Observer: New project sees council team up with company to support food and drink producers

Mid Sussex Times: Albert becomes one of the oldest to abseil 100m tower

Eastbourne Herald: Thieves target Eastbourne parking machine

Hastings Observer: Get gurning in memory of Popeye

Mental health affects physical health too

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

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

Man dies after sea rescue

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.

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

A grey, wet day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A cloudy start, and there's rain on the way.

Here's my forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We really are in the summer season now, so we hope you're enjoying the warm, sunny weather.

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

Upper Beeding
Alan Robinson

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