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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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Vincent Janssen

Brighton fail to sign Tottenham's Vincent Janssen following an unsuccessful search for a striker, but secure goalkeeper Tim Krul on loan.

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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today and for the month of August.

We'll be back tomorrow, welcoming in September from 06:00 BST, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 BST.

Join us through the day for the latest in news, sport, travel and weather.

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Police scale back involvement over gas cloud

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Police have scaled back their involvement in the gas cloud investigation.

Following the 'toxic mist' on the East Sussex coastline on Sunday 28 August, the Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency launched an investigation with Sussex Police.

With the focus now predominantly on the possibility of a ship as a source, police involvement is now limited to support the other agencies.

Investigations are continuing and may take several days to conclude.

Severe accident: A21 East Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

A21 East Sussex northbound severe accident, between A2100 London Road and John's Cross Road.

A21 East Sussex - A21 John's Cross Road in John's Cross closed and slow traffic northbound between the A2100 London Road junction and the John's Cross Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

'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.

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.

Remembering Diana

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

It's been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, but her legacy lives on through people like Diana Award winner Jonjo.

How do you learn to treat sick patients without harming them?

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

This mannequin can breathe and sweat.

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but it's actually state-of-the-art equipment being used to train medical staff at Eastbourne DGH.

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.

Lookout for more rain this afternoon

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Expect heavy downpours this afternoon with some sunny spells.

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.

Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

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

Catch our films starting next week.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Tot with E.coli is sent home with Calpol

Eastbourne Herald: Thousands pound the streets for big community health initiative

West Sussex County Times: Royal super-fan’s poignant tribute to Diana Princess of Wales

Worthing Herald: Gruffalo author launches new book in Steyning

Mid Sussex Times: Option to close rubbish tip for part of week ‘not acceptable’

Brighton and Hove Independent: Firefighters to carry out high-rise exercise in Brighton

Chichester Observer: Fines for litter droppers and dog foulers proposed for Chichester district

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.

'Animals for sale are an easy thing to do'

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.

Investigation into poison cloud underway

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

Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove his 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.

ICYMI: 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.

Weather looking much happier today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Expect some cloudy weather this morning, showers this afternoon but some nice spells of sunshine throughout the day.

Good morning from your Sussex news team

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Thanks to Jim Vallance for this picture of clouds resembling the British Isles. It was taken in Horsham and is our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Jim Vallance

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