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  1. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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Picket line Piccadilly Station

The industrial action affected thousands going to Blackpool for the Illuminations switch-on.

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That's it from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with all the latest, news, sport, travel and weather.

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Half a billion development put forward for Hastings

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Developers are promising Hastings a golden future, with a new harbour and marina bringing hundreds of millions of pounds to the town.

Men jailed for firearms offences in Sussex

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

Two men from West Sussex have been jailed for smuggling sub-machine guns into the UK.

Still of mobile-phone footage showing Dan Sullivan's arrest

A father and son say they were unable to respond to police orders to get down for medical reasons.

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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.

BreakingToxic mist: Shipwreck could be to blame

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

The coastguard says a shipwreck could be to blame for the toxic mist which forced coastline evacuations in East Sussex last weekend.

Emergency services dealing with the toxic mist
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Southern strikes continue

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

After staff walked out on the trains today, the RMT Union will be doing it all again on Monday - it's part of the ongoing dispute with Southern over the introduction of driver-only operated trains.

BreakingFormer Cardinal dies

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster and Bishop of Arundel, has died, the Catholic Church says.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
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Motorbiker filmed his own fatal accident

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

Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove his disability

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.

It's already feeling autumnal out there

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

Expect some sunny spells this afternoon with the odd scattered shower.

Seagulls chairman 'disappointed' after transfer window

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

The Brighton and Hove Albion chairman has expressed his disappointment at failing to sign an additional striker for the club.

The Seagulls had hoped to bring in Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen, who Spurs bought for £17m last summer, on loan but the 23-year-old Netherlands international turned down the move.

In an open letter to supporters, Tony Bloom said the club's recruitment team worked tirelessly throughout the summer to identify targets and prepare the ground for the transfers window, which closed last night.

But he said "fortune did not come our way".

Vincent Janssen
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The Seagulls were unable to secure Spurs striker Vincent Janssen

Talks for Deportivo La Coruna forward Florin Andone and Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar also broke down.

However Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul did arrive on a season-long loan.

Tony Bloom said they had scored "many excellent signings".

The club was promoted to the Premier League last season.

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.

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.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Hunt is on for graffiti tagger who has left their mark on several city sites

Eastbourne Herald: Arsonists set hay bales ablaze in Polegate field

Chichester Observer: Repairs for leaking Chichester Cathedral roof in ‘enormous’ project

Sussex Express: Police seek witnesses after lamping incident

Hastings Observer: Anger after rubbish is left in St Leonards church ground

Brighton and Hove News: Old American Express site in Brighton sold

Can you see the wood for the trees?

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

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.

Is it time for a Brighton congestion charge?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'd like to know whether or not you think a congestion charge is a good idea, and would it help ease the traffic on our busiest roads?

You can join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

BreakingNine G4S staff at immigration removal suspended

G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation.

The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers "mocking, abusing and assaulting" people being held there.

It says it has seen "widespread self-harm and attempted suicides" in the centre, and that drug use is "rife".

G4S said it was aware of the claims and "immediately" began an investigation.

The security firm said it had not been provided with recorded evidence, but added: "There is no place for the type of conduct described."

More to follow.

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.

Goodbye summer, hello autumn!

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a bright but chilly morning with some stray showers later this afternoon.

Do plans for Hastings rock?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A major redevelopment of Hastings old town and beach front could bring £500m into the town, according to plans revealed this morning.

Hastings Harbour Quarter Limited, a company set up specifically for the project by developers and architects, has approached the council with the scheme.

Plan for Hastings
Michael Drain Architects Ltd
This plan has been released by Hastings Harbour Quarter Ltd

The company wants to build a new marina, a protected launching and landing site for the town's fishing fleet, up to 1,300 new homes and improve transport links.

Hastings Old Town
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Hastings Old Town

It's being given a cautious welcome by Hastings Borough Council, which will discuss it on 11 September, but leader Peter Chowney says he wants at least 25% of the properties to be affordable.

Hastings seafront
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Hastings fishing fleet could benefit from the plan

The 'point of no return' is a long way away, but the potential benefits for Hastings are significant, so we owe it to our community to take the scheme seriously to see if it can benefit the town and its residents.'

Cllr Peter ChowneyLeader, Hastings Borough Council

This scheme has the potential to deliver fantastic new opportunities for our town through boosting the supply of housing, improving local transport, creating jobs and providing new facilities for our fishing fleet.'

Amber RuddMP for Hastings

It's Friday!

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

And thanks to Sam Ellis for this picture of Goring-by-Sea - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Sam Ellis

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

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