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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove disability

Piers Hopkirk

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The Department for Work and Pensions has apologised to a terminally-ill man, after writing to him twice in a month, asking him to prove he qualifies for benefits.

Investigation into air gun attack

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

Sussex Police want to speak to 18-year-old Connor Brooker in connection with an air gun attack on a 17-year-old boy in Brighton.

Sussex Police handout
Sussex Police

It's thought the victim was shot at several times with a small handgun at 19:45 BST on Wednesday 3 May in an alleyway off St Cuthman's Close.

Three pellets hit him in the back of his leg, leaving him with bruises.

The force is asking anyone who sees Connor Brooker to call 999 and to not approach him.

'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.

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.

'My first proper memory was being raped'

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.

From Barbados to Bede's: West Indies star schooled in Sussex

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

He's the star West Indies cricketer, who hit the winning runs to beat England in the latest Test match at Headingly. But did you know Shai Hope's sporting skills were honed in East Sussex?

Shai Hope at his old school in East Sussex
Bede's School

Hope may have been born in Barbados, but it was during his time at Bede's School near Hailsham that his promise as an outstanding batsman was first spotted.

Shai Hope with Alan Wells
Bede's School

The 23-year-old's talent was scouted in 2011 by Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede's (pictured above). He saw him playing in Barbados and brought him back to Sussex to play cricket for the school, where he was the first 11 captain for two years.

Shai Hope at Bede's
Bede's School

Since being capped for his country Hope has returned to his old school to say thank you.

Shai Hope at Bede's
Bede's School

The sun will come out tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

After someone appeared to flick the switch between summer and autumn overnight, the sunshine's due to make a return.

Here's my forecast.

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.

Ollie Robinson

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Late hitting from Ollie Robinson takes Sussex to a dramatic one-wicket win over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

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Can you see the wood for the trees?

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

It took National Trust volunteers 15 years to restore an area of woodland at Sheffield Park. To celebrate, they've installed a sculpture trail.

Missing wreck diver named

A scuba diver missing off the Norfolk coast has been named as Brighton man Terry Tonkin.

The 67-year-old had been diving on a wreck when on Monday the coastguard was called after he failed to return to a dive vessel which had departed from the Port of Lowestoft.

The group had been in the water 15 miles (24.1km) offshore from Great Yarmouth when the alarm was raised.

After 14 hours, the search by the coastguard was suspended pending further information.

An ex-Jim Clark Lotus 25

Goodwood's Revival motor racing festival thrills a sellout crowd of 150,000, many in period costume, as it celebrates the "halcyon days of motor racing".

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Do you think they prefer Picasso or Van Gogh?

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

They may not be able to tell us, but researchers have found that babies already know what they like in a piece of art.

Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've been out to meet some of the people who regularly contribute to our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Catch our films starting next week.

Some rain heading your way

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

It's going to be a cloudy, wet and cool day today. Here's your weather update with Alina Jenkins.

RMT members on strike

The RMT claims a deal between Govia Thameslink and Aslef has been signed off by the government.

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This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Mod misery as scooter stolen before ride-out

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne Friends of the Earth react to chemical haze

Hastings Observer: BMX riders from far and wide to compete in Hastings competition

Worthing Herald: Missing man may be in West Sussex

Mid Sussex Times: Demolition of ‘eyesore’ gas holder begins to make way for Lidl

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton girl missing since carnival

Hopes fade for missing diver as search called off

Hopes are fading for the family of a diver who went missing off the Great Yarmouth coast on Monday night.

The search for the 68-year-old from Brighton was called off yesterday afternoon after 14 hours of air and sea searches.

The man failed to surface after diving a wreck from the Raider V.

His family say they do not want him to be named yet, but have told the BBC of their shock.

Raider V
BBC

The missing diver's niece says the family still have hope he'll be found alive but if he isn't, they will take comfort in the fact he was doing something he loved.

Tommy Williams, from Caister lifeboat, says the search teams did their best to find him.

"We do it for the families. If it was my relative out there I would want all the accessible crews, life boats and helicopters out there looking for them.

"We have done our job and I'm pretty happy with what we have done."

At the hospital

The Greens want an EU investigation into the chemical cloud that left 150 people needing treatment.

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Motorbiker filmed his own fatal accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

This week is National Motorcycle Week of Action.

How afraid of crime are you?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

The fear of crime could be affecting your wellbeing, according to new research.

I'd love to know what you think, join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST

Search for diver suspended

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

A search for a man from the Brighton area who was reported missing after diving in the North Sea has been suspended.

Dicing with death

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Visitors to the Sussex coast are still risking their lives at the County's famous chalk cliffs, according to the National Trust.

Get the brollies out

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It's cooling down and getting wet, but it will eventually clear up.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Investigation into poison cloud underway

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

What did cause the toxic cloud which affected hundreds of people at Birling Gap?

Good morning from your Sussex news team

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

What a wonderful shot of these famous cottages at Cuckmere Haven - thanks to Alan Jeffrey it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Cuckmere haven
Ala Jeffrey

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

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