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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 August 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining the team today, we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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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.

ICYMI: Warnings over crystal meth

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.

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.

Walking on sunshine?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It's looking bright for the bank holiday weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook cry in GCSE wait

Tanya Gupta

TV presenter Zoe Ball and her estranged husband DJ Norman Cook sat and "had a little cry in the car" while their son went to collect his GCSE results.

Woody Cook being hugged by his father Norman Cook
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The family celebrated outside Brighton College after Woody Cook got his grades. The teenager now wants to do A Levels in film studies and drama.

Ball gave her son a hug and said: "I'm so proud of him."

She revealed: "Norman and I just had a little cry in the car. We had to wait for ages and his dad's still waiting."

'Half-hour wait'

The DJ - better known as Fatboy Slim - gave the teenager a hug and told him: "Well done. Done it, done it."

And he then said to his son: "Thanks for coming straight back out, you know how I said come straight out, it's been half an hour now."

Woody Cook and his mother Zoe Ball
PA

The teenager said he achieved an eight in English Language and a seven in English Literature while also picking up a six in maths - higher than the four he had been expecting.

Woody also received A grades in drama, DT (design technology), science and additional science and a B in computing.

He said he was hoping to gain A* in some of these subjects and he would be requesting a re-mark.

Missing: Have you seen Jack?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're concerned for a man who went missing from St Leonards a fortnight ago.

Michael Hutson, who prefers to be known as Jack, left the Woodlands Centre for Acute Care after going out for a cigarette break.

He's on prescription medication for mental health problems, and police fear for his safety.

Michael Jack Hutson
Sussex Police

Severe accident: A259 West Sussex eastbound

BBC News Travel

A259 West Sussex eastbound severe accident, at B2233 Yapton Road.

A259 West Sussex - A259 Grevatt's Lane in Climping, Littlehampton blocked, delays and stationary traffic eastbound at the B2233 Yapton Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to Bridge Road Roundabout and to the B2132 Yapton Road junction.

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

Bikecam footage of fatal accident released to promote safety
Sussex Police have released footage of a fatal motorbike accident in Chichester to promote safer riding.

I am in shock, says student with three grade 9s

Lawrence Schofield
TANBRIDGE HOUSE

Lawrence Schofield, is one of only 2,000 students in England to get 9s in English, English literature and maths, the top possible in the new system.

"Very happy - but somewhat in shock," is the way the 16-year-old described himself after opening his results at his school in Horsham.

He also achieved A*s in all his other subjects, which are still marked under the old system.

"Staying positive and trying not to panic," are his tips for doing well.

Read the full story here.

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

Police bodycam captures hammer attack

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.

Footage shows death of biker

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Footage of a fatal accident, shot by the motorcyclist who died, has been released by Sussex Police in a hard-hitting road safety message.

Sunny spells and staying dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

More of the same tomorrow too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Albion seek to allay concerns over traffic on A27 to IKEA development

Eastbourne Herald: Ellie donates her hair to children's charity

Brighton and Hove Independent: Man arrested at Brighton railway station

Crawley Observer: Fears town will become a 'tarmac desert'

Worthing Herald: Flooding fears for 'fragile' Lancing as IKEA plans floated

Hastings Observer: Local window firm hold raffle and auction to raise funds for hospice

Brighton and Hove News: Blatchington Mill pupils celebrate 'exceptional' GCSE results

Send us your GCSE results photos and videos

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Students at Heathfield Community College
Heathfield Community College

Thousands of you are collecting your GCSE results today from schools and colleges across Sussex.

If you've been to get yours, send us your stories, pictures and videos.

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

#ICYMI: From teenage party to award-winning festival

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It started as a teenage house party.

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

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.

'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.

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.

ICYMI: 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.

'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.

When did you last go for a walk?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

That's what we're talking about this morning on BBC Sussex.

Join the conversation from 09:00 BST by calling 03459 570057.

'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.

GCSE results: Half a million pupils get their grades

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than half a million teenagers will learn their GCSE results this morning.

It's the first year of a new grading system in maths and English.

But some education experts have concerns.

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.

There's a chill in the air this morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

But it's looking like a pleasant day to come.

Here's my latest forecast.

Good morning

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

What a great shot of Eastbourne Pier by Anthony Morris - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne Pier
Anthony Morris

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