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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 August 2017

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Raphael Dwamena

Brighton pull out of a deal to sign Raphael Dwamena from FC Zurich after the striker fails a medical.

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James Tilley

Substitute James Tilley scores his first senior goal as a much-changed Brighton ride their luck to edge past League Two Barnet.

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Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

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

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'Respect the water' this August

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.

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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Would you send your kids to school on this bus?

A school minibus has been filmed ignoring warning lights at a West Sussex level crossing.

New cameras at the crossing near Yapton have caught 150 drivers jumping the red lights in two months.

Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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.

Severe accident: A22 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A22 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between B2102 and A26.

A22 East Sussex - A22 in Uckfield closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B2102 junction and the A26 junction, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

'It's a challenge to break even'

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The summer's been a washout, and local businesses are paying for it.

Missing teenager found safe and well

What's this afternoon's weather going to be like?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It should be bright and warm. Here's my lunch-time forecast.

Families gather to mark air show tragedy

Police anger at appeal of man jailed for 'horror' hammer attack on officers

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A convicted murderer, who launched a "horror film" hammer attack on police officers, could be back on the streets in two and a half years.

Jamshid Piruz lashed out at two police constables with a claw hammer during a break-in on 7 January 2016 in Crawley.

Earlier this year he was jailed for life, with a minimum of six years after admitting burglary, affray and two counts of attempting to cause GBH with intent.

During an appeal hearing, the minimum tariff was reduced to three years.

Piruz has already served six months so could be back on the streets by the end of 2019.

He previously served six years in the Netherlands for locking his female tenant in a room and then slitting her throat.

Jamshid Piruz
Sussex Police
Jamshid Piruz

It is highly frustrating that a male, who is a convicted murderer in another European country, has been treated so leniently by the appeal judge. When located by police, who were searching for him to arrest him for a string of recent offences in Crawley, he was prepared to use significant violence towards officers in an attempt to avoid apprehension. Who can forget the body worn video footage showing the officers with hammer blows raining down on them, before sufficient numbers arrived to subdue and control him. These officers were attacked and assaulted while simply doing their job, investigating crime and seeking to bring criminals to justice.

Matt WebbChairman, Sussex Police Federation

One option for the A27, which runs through the South Downs National Park, was set out 30 years ago.

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Tributes to mark Shoreham air show tragedy

Flowers laid at Shoreham Old Tollbridge

Flowers have been laid at the Old Tollbridge in Shoreham to mark exactly two years since 11 men died in the Shoreham air crash.

Two of the men who died played for Worthing United, Jacob Schilt and Matthew Grimstone, and the club's players will be wearing black armbands during their match tonight.

Today marks the two-year anniversary since the Shoreham air tragedy. Our first team travel to Horsham YMCA this evening, to play a Peter Bentley Cup fixture - kick off 19:45 BST. Maverick's players will wear black armbands, and observe a minutes silence before the match.

Club members and supporters are reminded that there will be no official remembrance event on Tuesday, however those who wish to remember the boys, are encouraged to travel to our first team match. The club will not be open during the day; therefore we recommend that you visit the away match.

Worthing United Football Club

"As we mark the second anniversary of the RAFA Shoreham Airshow tragedy, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and loved ones so very much affected by the great sadness caused by the events on that day. We continue to help with the investigations into the matter and stand ready to help anyone who may need our assistance and support at this time. We would also like to express our gratitude to our many volunteers who assist us through this very difficult time."

RAFA Shoreham Airshow

Sussex Police: Warnings over crystal meth

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are warning of a surge in crystal meth being found on the streets of Brighton and Hove.

Officers say the drug is much more widely available than usual.

One of UK's oldest elms damaged in winds

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Damaged elm tree
Mark Findlay

Mark Findlay sent us these photos of the damaged elm tree in Preston Park, Brighton.

One of the 'Preston Twins' fell down in strong winds at the weekend.

Damaged elm tree
Mark Findlay

Brighton and Hove City Council says it's doing everything it can to try and make sure what remains of the tree survives.

Damaged elm tree
Mark Findlay

Tributes to chefs killed in road crash

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Tributes are being paid to two Uckfield chefs who died after their car left the road and hit a tree.

'Preston Twin' elm tree damaged

A large section of one of the ‘Preston Twins’ elm trees in Preston Park, Brighton, fell down in the strong winds over the weekend.

Brighton and Hove City Council is clearing up what has fallen, and will then need to prune it to make sure the tree is safe.

Once this is done the council's tree experts will assess the condition of the tree and consider whether further action is needed.

A spokesman said: "It’s a magnificent tree and we will do everything in our powers to try and make sure it can survive."

'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.

A27 bypass plans revealed

Plans to improve journeys for tens of thousands of drivers along the A27 through Arundel have been unveiled by Highways England.

Three options for upgrading the road are being put forward, which would cost between £135m and £260m.

It includes two proposed new routes for the A27 to the south of the town and one proposal widening the A27 mostly along its existing route.

Each would create a new dual carriageway to join up the two existing sections of dual-carriageway either side of Arundel.

A public consultation on the proposals starts today and runs until 16 October.


Option 1

A new dual-carriageway from Crossbush junction, passing to the south west of Arundel railway station, re-joining the existing A27 east of Ford Road, which will be widened to a dual carriageway. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path from Crossbush junction.

Option 3

A new dual-carriageway from Crossbush junction, south of the current A27, rejoining the A27 at a new junction near Havenwood Park. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path between Crossbush junction and Yapton Lane.

Option 5A:

A new dual-carriageway following the same route as option 3 between Crossbush junction and Ford Road. From Ford Road the route continues west passing between the South Downs National Park and Binsted Woods, re-joining the existing A27 at a new junction near Yapton Lane. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path between Crossbush junction and Yapton Lane.

The single carriageway A27 through Arundel has been a missing link in the road network for decades. Now, major improvements are finally within reach. People’s input will be vital in finding the right way forward, and I encourage anyone with an interest in the A27 to get involved – whether they’re commuters, or live nearby, depend on it for business or to keep in touch with friends and family or use it to access one of the many leisure destinations along the south coast.

Arundel has a special environment and a unique cultural heritage and, while building any new road will have an impact, we are committed to delivering the improvements responsibly and have developed our proposals with the environment very much in mind. Again, people’s ideas about how we can protect and enhance the environment are very welcome indeed.”

Valerie StephensProgramme Manager, Highways England

Details about the plans are available here until 23:45 BST on 16 October 2017.

BreakingA27 bypass plans revealed

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Three options have been put forward for the A27 at Arundel:

  • Dual existing route
  • Dual carriageway through Torrington or;
  • Dual through Binsted woods.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

Teenager threatened with a knife and robbed

It happened in the Barn Cottage Lane area of Haywards Heath on Wednesday night (16 August).

The victim was walking along the road when he was approached between 21:15 BST and 21:45 BST.

He was threatened with a knife before having his belongings stolen.

There are believed to be two suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1518 of 16/08.

Police appeal after woman's handbag stolen

Woman in CCTV
Sussex Police

Police want to speak to this woman about the theft of an elderly woman's handbag.

The victim, a 95-year-old from Hove, was shopping at the Co-op store in Blatchington Road, Hove, between 13:00 BST and 13:15 BST on Friday 11 August when her white leather handbag was taken from her shopping basket.

The handbag had personal items and cash inside.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 730 of 11/08.

What's Danny talking about this morning?

Do you know where Lilly-Rose Jay is?

Lilly-Rose Jay
Sussex Police

Police are concerned for teenager Lilly-Rose Jay from Chichester who has been missing since Saturday (19 August).

Lilly, 15, went missing from a relative's home on Saturday (19 August) and it's believed she may still be in the area or has travelled to the Wembley area of London.

Sussex Police say it's possible that Lilly may be with Charley Tilbury, 15 from Chichester, who has been missing from the area since Wednesday (16 August).

Anyone with information should report it online or call 101 quoting reference 1257 of 19/08.

This morning's newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Two years after Shoreham Airshow disaster, the families’ fight for justice continues

Crawley Observer: Drink-driver caught after colliding with parked car outside Crawley pub

Hastings Observer: 'Shocked' St Leonards father finds terrapin covered in EDL graffiti

Brighton and Hove News: Whitehawk Inn wins plaudits for improving its information and advice service

Eastbourne Herald: Fire service promises to reinvest the £4.4m from sale of Eastbourne HQ

Worthing Herald: Teenager praises hospital after six-hour allergic reaction ordeal

Chichester Observer: Police appeal over Chichester stabbing

Mid Sussex Times: Crisis-hit transport service ‘back in action soon’

Teenager who died in crash identified by police

A police officer (generic)

A teenager who died in a car crash on the A264 near Five Oaks has been identified as Fraser Hallam.

Fraser, 19, from Pulborough, was pronounced dead at the scene and one other passenger, a 19-year-old man from Billingshurst, suffered serious injuries.

They were travelling in a green Ford Focus on Five Oaks Road at around 20:10 BST on Thursday (17 August) when it careered off the road.

The driver, a 22-year-old man from Billingshurst, sustained minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs and has been released under investigation.

Police would like to speak to the driver of a car they believed to be in front of the Ford Focus at the time of the collision.

We are keen to speak to the driver of a car we believed to have been in front of the car that suffered a collision. Tragically Fraser Hallam lost his life in this accident and we are keen for anyone with information to come forward. If you were the driver of a blue car, possibly a BMW 1 series, we would like to speak to you.”

PC Robin ElshofSussex Police

Anyone with information should email or call 101, quoting Operation Zuber.

A27 bypass plans to be revealed

Traffic in A27

Plans are to be unveiled for a new Arundel bypass this morning, and it's likely to pass through ancient woodland.

There's been strong local opposition to the scheme that will take the A27 road south of the town.

Highways England will start a public consultation on how best to remove a notorious traffic bottleneck with the aim to start building the new road in 2020.

Tell us what you think. You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Can we have our August back please?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's a misty start but it should stay dry for most of us.

Here's my morning forecast.

Teenager with water allergy launches YouTube channel

A teenager from St Leonards who suffers from a rare allergy to water has started her own YouTube channel to raise awareness of the condition.

A great photo to start the day

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A great photo taken at Beachy Head by James Brown is today's #PhotoOfTheDay

Beachy Head
James Brown

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