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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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Bob Dale

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'Animals for sale are an easy thing to do'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A cruel trade in exotic pets is threatening the very existence of the orangutan, but an Uckfield charity is doing all it can to save these creatures from extinction.

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.

Tributes to Eastbourne mum killed in Russia

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex mother was killed and her daughter left in a coma while on holiday celebrating qualifying for her dream career.

Alena Busmiene
Alena Paldanova
Alena Busmiene was in Russia celebrating her exam results

Tributes have been paid to Alena Busmiene, of Eastbourne, who was on holiday in Russia with her six-year-old daughter Ariana.

The taxi they were travelling in was involved in a crash.

Russian-born Alena qualified as a pharmacist in July having studied at the University of Brighton.

Her friend Alena Paldanova, who was on the same university course, described Alena as "a real fighter".

Alena was so friendly and caring. She was a real fighter. She was a single mum and went to university when her daughter was very little. She handled everything on her own - she wanted a better life for Ariana. She'd tell you the truth even if you didn't want to hear it. I still can't believe it's happened. My brain knows, but my heart doesn't want to know."

Alena PaldanovaFriend

She said Ariana was still in hospital in Russia but was beginning to communicate with her family.

A JustGiving page has been started to raise money for the six-year-old.

'My first proper memory was being raped'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Danni Smith was raped, beaten, starved and imprisoned by his stepfather, who shared him with other paedophiles.

He's won a five-figure payout from Brighton and Hove City Council, because social workers knew about the abuse for two years but left him to suffer in the house.

Ain't no sunshine?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Is the sun going to reappear for the end of the week?

Here's my forecast.

Brighton academic wrongly told she'd be deported

A Brighton academic, who's from Finland, and married to a British man, has spoken of her dismay about receiving a letter wrongly telling her she'd be deported.

#ICYMI: From teenage party to award-winning festival

It started as a teenage house party.

Now LeeFest is one of the South East's biggest music festivals.

Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

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.

FA to investigate reports of Leicester fans' homophobic chanting

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester Presenter

The Football Association is to investigate last weekend's Leicester City home game against Brighton after complaints of homophobic chanting from Leicester fans.

The FA has told BBC Radio Leicester it will be reviewing observations of the game and have asked LCFC for their response. The football governing body says it will take time before reaching a verdict.

One man was charged after the game last Saturday with chanting indecently.

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Coin find could lead to prison

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man from Sussex could be jailed for three years in Turkey, after taking some ancient coins from the seabed while on holiday.

Toby Robyns, who's 52 and from Southwick near Brighton, found the coins while snorkelling on holiday in Bodrum.

They were found in his hand luggage as he passed through security for his flight home.

Toby Robyns
Toby Robyns is facing three years in a Turkish jail

His family returned home on Saturday, while he's reportedly being detained at Milas prison, on suspicion of smuggling historic artefacts.

The Home Office says it's liaising with the Turkish authorities.

This was an innocent, albeit foolish, mistake and we now need to ensure Mr Robyns is treated fairly and properly.'

Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and Shoreham MP

Bexhill: Man rescued from under wall

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's been rescued by firefighters after becoming trapped under a wall in Bexhill.

Crews from Bexhill and Battle were sent to Mill View Road in Sidley just after 11:00 BST.

An air ambulance was also called in and the man was given treatment at the scene.

Some decent sunny spells to come

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

And feeling quite warm this afternoon too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Fresh blow to families as officers reveal they cannot use damning Shoreham report as evidence

Eastbourne Herald: Council garages to be sold off

Crawley Observer: Bah-humbug outcry over town centre shop’s Christmas display

Worthing Herald: Outrage over planned overnight closures on the A27

Hastings Observer: Memorial seats unveiled at historic lifeboat site

Brighton and Hove News: Bonfire warning after backyard blaze in Hove

Chichester Observer: Family drives through 23 countries for ‘fantastic’ charity

'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.

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.

ICYMI: 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.

James Tilley

Teenage forward James Tilley says his goal for Brighton in the EFL Cup was reward for two years of hard work since his debut.

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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.

TRAVEL: Delays on Southern trains between Lewes and Wivelsfield

Do you have your drinking under control?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

New research shows a growing number of over-50s have problems with alcohol and substance abuse.

On this morning's BBC Sussex phone-in, I'd like to know whether or not you've got a handle on your drink or drug use.

Join me on air from 09:00 BST.

Would you send your kids to school on this bus?

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

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.

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.

'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.

Another lovely day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

We've got a nice, bright and dry day ahead of us.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

It's the middle of the week...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And this photo of the South Downs in Sussex by Caroline Donegan is a wonderful way to start Wednesday. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

South Downs
Caroline Donegan

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