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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

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The end of another week

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Thanks very much for joining us this week.

We're going home for the weekend, but we'll be back on Monday from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Enjoy your weekend.

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.

Mark Connolly

Defender Mark Connolly signs a new three-year deal with the League Two club on the eve of the 2016-17 season.

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VR brightens up dementia patients' lives

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Virtual reality has been gaining in popularity amongst the gaming community, but in Horsham it's being put to an unexpected use: helping people with dementia.

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.

A mixed bag of weather this weekend

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

We're in for a wet Saturday but things are looking dry and brighter on Sunday.

Here's my latest forecast.

Seaford death: Man identified

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man who died in the sea off Seaford earlier this week has now been provisionally identified, according to Sussex Police.

He's thought to be a man in his early 80s from Brighton.

The man was found unconscious at the water's edge just after 16:00 BST on Tuesday.

He was given medical treatment by paramedics from the air ambulance but they couldn't revive him.

A post mortem examination has confirmed he drowned.

Brighton Pride: 'The message is so important'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Preparations are well under way for this weekend's Brighton Pride.

The festival attracts an estimated 300,000 people to the city over the three days.

One of the big artists performing this year is Rozalla.

Wham Stadium

Accrington Stanley sign defensive duo Tom Dallison and Tyler Forbes on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion until January 2018.

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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.

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.

Investigation after rape of teenage girl in Hastings

Detectives in Hastings are investigating the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the town.

It's reported to have happened last Saturday evening.

Police say the teenager was attacked by a man she met in Alexandra Park.

They're asking anyone who was near the park or in the St Helen's Road area to get in touch.

Officers say they're supporting the victim and her family.

A year of ups and downs

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A happy first birthday to the Brighton i360.

And it's been an eventful 12 months.

Enjoy the sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

A very summery afternoon's in store.

Here's my forecast.

BreakingSouth East Coast Ambulance Service report shows bullying culture

BBC graphic

A damning report into an ambulance trust has revealed a culture of bullying and harassment with concerns over "toxic" atmospheres, sexual grooming and a fear of speaking out.

When bullying claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) emerged in February the trust commissioned an independent review.

About half the workforce surveyed experienced bullying in the past year.

The trust said the report revealed "unacceptable" behaviour. Read more here.

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

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

'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.

Court appearance over hold-up

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's due in court, after a pub in Crawley was held up at gunpoint.

A man threatened staff with a gun at the Swan in Horsham Road about 13:10 BST yesterday.

The robber escaped with cash. A 29-year-old man is due before magistrates this morning, charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The Swan pub in Crawley
The Swan pub in Crawley, where staff were robbed at gunpoint

Drugs arrests ahead of Pride weekend

Tanya Gupta

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs-related offences ahead of Brighton Pride.

Sussex Police said four raids were carried out and drugs including suspected crystal meth seized.

Det Insp Julie Wakeford said it meant the substances "won't be on the streets during this weekend's celebrations".

Five men and a woman were arrested. Two are in custody, but the others have been released while inquiries continue.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin


Here are the headlines form the breakfast bulletin:

  • Final preparations are underway for the UK's biggest Pride Festival in Brighton this weekend.
  • Police are trying to identify an elderly man whose body was found in the sea off Seaford earlier this week.
  • The World Athletics Championships begin in London tonight and some of the South East's best athletes will be taking part over the next few days.

Forty-one year wait ends for Labour

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Labour has gained its first seat on Worthing Borough Council in 41 years after Beccy Cooper won the Marine Ward by election.

The vote was triggered when the late Conservative councillor Joan Bradley stepped down in May.

Members of the shadow cabinet including Emily Thornberry and Angela Rayner have tweeted their congratulations.

On Mid Morning today

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I'm talking about the difficulty of looking for a job in later life.

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

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?

Mental ill health linked with shorter life expectancy

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

The sun's on it's way back

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After this week's autumnal weather, summer returns today.

Here's my forecast.

Brighton Pride: What you need to know

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton Pride has been a fixture in the city's calendar since 1973 and organisers say this year will be "bigger and better than ever".

The event attracts in the region of 300,000 people to the city over the weekend.

Here are a few useful facts.

The weekend's almost here!

We loved this shot of people enjoying themselves at Beachy Head - hopefully the weather will be as clear there this weekend.

Thanks to Mike Belford for the shot, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Beachy head
Mike Belford

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