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  1. Updates on 21 September 2017

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Protesters at Sheerness

Greenpeace campaigners board a ship and enter secure areas at a port in an anti-diesel protest.

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Never can say goodbye

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all for today.

But we're back bright and early at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the South East.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Bumper harvest for watermelons

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Britain's largest ever batch of watermelons has been produced at a farm in Kent.

A treasure trove of memories

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

They say today's news is tomorrow's fish and chip paper and in Brighton and Hove one of the city's newspaper archives nearly went that way, until one local man stepped in to save it.

Apes released back into the rainforest

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Three critically endangered orangutans have been returned back to the Bornean rainforest by a Sussex charity.

Prickly warning about hedgehogs

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Queen guitarist Brian May has visited school children to tell them why hedgehogs should be protected.

Southern trains

Aslef and Southern report "significant progress" in rail dispute talks as a proposal is finalised.

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Sussex clinic helps people who hear voices

People who hear voices in their heads are getting help at a special clinic run by mental health experts in Sussex.

The sessions are designed to help people understand their voice-hearing experiences which may have been triggered by trauma or distress.

Severe accident: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, at J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of an accident.

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

Walking on sunshine

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Once we get rid of the drizzle there should be a decent amount of sunshine on the way.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: A29 Surrey both ways

BBC News Travel

A29 Surrey both ways severe disruption, between Cathill Lane and Ruckmans Lane.

A29 Surrey - A29 Stane Street in Ockley closed in both directions between the Cathill Lane junction and the Ruckmans Lane junction, because of a shed load of bricks and an overturned lorry.

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

Michael Burgess

Sussex wicketkeeper Michael Burgess is one of four players to sign new contracts with the Division Two side.

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Luke Wells

Philip Salt's maiden first-class half-century on day three sees Sussex set Durham 264 to win at Chester-le-Street.

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Severe accident: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, at J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - M23 partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of an accident.

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

Young motorcyclist killed in crash is named

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police have named the motorcyclist killed in Uckfield over the weekend.

Kieran Morton, who was 24 and from Manchester, died when his Honda CBR 125 hit a wall and a traffic light.

It happened at the junctions of the High Street and Framfield Road at 23:40 BST on 16 September.

Kieran Morton
Sussex Police

#PhotoOfTheDay: Meet Jamie

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the 12-year-old who's just displayed his photography in an exhibition for the very first time.

Jamie Horton from Margate is the latest in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe accident, at M2 J1.

A2 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on A2 Watling Street London-bound in Cobham at Strood, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J9 for A20 Ashford and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - Very slow traffic on M20 eastbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Primrose flower takes the stage in Brighton performance

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

What music would a flower make as it bursts into bloom? That's the question a group of experimental sound artists are trying to answer in a former church in Brighton.

Greenpeace protesters target VW cars at Sheerness docks
Campaigners have been taking the keys to vehicles awaiting distribution to immobilise them.
Queen's Park, Chesterfield

Derbyshire's County Championship Division Two game with Kent at Chesterfield is rained off for a third straight day.

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Sculpture reaches new heights in Sussex

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The skeletal form of a pier running the full length of the ground floor art gallery at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion is the gallery's latest head turning art exhibition.

Putting the canter in Canterbury

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Theatre sensation War Horse has galloped into Canterbury to begin a UK tour.

Kent man leads relief effort after Hurricane Irma

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

An army officer from Tunbridge Wells is rebuilding lives devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Brigadier John Ridge is currently out in the Caribbean commanding more than 1,200 troops to help secure some of the islands in the region.

Student found dead at university

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A student has been found dead at the University of Kent campus in Canterbury.

The woman, who was in her late teens and in her first year, was found in the University's residential accommodation at 08:37 BST on 17 September.

Police say they aren't treating her death as suspicious.

Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, after M2 J7.

A2 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A2 coastbound in Boughton Street after Brenley Corner, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion on M2 to J6, A251 (Faversham).

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

Unearthing Thanet's lost treasures

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Margate's mysterious caves are set to re-open after a 13-year closure.

Environmental protestors target north Kent docks

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Greenpeace says its members have boarded a ship bringing Volkswagen diesel cars into the UK through Sheerness, while breaching security in the docks as well.

The environmental campaign group says protestors used kayaks and boats to pull up alongside the vessel in the Thames Estuary around 08:30 BST this morning.

Greenpeace Sheerness protest
Greenpeace

They're now hanging from the ship's unloading door, and say they'll stay there until VW agrees to take the cars back to Germany.

It also says another 40 of its volunteers scaled a fence around the port, getting into the vehicle park and taking the keys from several thousand Volkswagen cars which have already been landed, while labelling the engines with anti-diesel messages.

Greenpeace have released several pictures which they say were taken during this morning's protest.

Greenpeace Sheerness protest
Greenpeace
Greenpeace Sheerness protest
Greenpeace
Greenpeace Sheerness protest
Greenpeace

Concerns over school sex abuse 'ignored'

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Concerns about an alleged sex offender who families believe abused boys at a Sussex school went ignored by the authorities, parents have claimed.

Darren Turk, ex-head of care at Frewen College, killed himself a day before he was convicted. The verdicts were later overturned but appeal judges found nothing to suggest they were unsafe.

Helping the police with their enquiries

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should our police forces make more use of volunteers?

Does it free officers for front-line work, or is it policing on the cheap?

'The Home Office called and said send him to Kabul'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Asylum seeker Samim Bigzad was flown to Kabul, despite a high court ruling saying he should be returned to the UK.

Samim, who's been living in Ramsgate and says he'll be killed by the Taliban if he returns to Afghanistan, claims news of the ruling arrived in time for the Home Office to take him off his connecting flight at Istanbul.

We took action to comply with the court order and worked to return Mr Bigzad as soon as possible despite significant logistical challenges in securing the necessary documentation and limited flight availability."

While we maintain that it was too late to disembark Mr Bigzad from the Istanbul to Kabul flight by the time the injunction was served, some 10 hours after the removal process began, the Home Office has followed the orders of the court and returned Mr Bigzad to the UK while he challenges the removal decision."

Home Office statement

Homeowner assaulted during break-in

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man was attacked when he disturbed burglars at his home in Lightwater.

The gang had forced open the front door around 20:20 BST, but the homeowner returned around 20:45.

One of the burglars assaulted him, before they all drove off in a silver vehicle.

Pin badge stolen in Lightwater
Surrey Police

They escaped with a large amount of jewellery, including a distinctive pin badge (pictured above).

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic anticlockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a lorry fire.

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

Is your job traditionally associated with the opposite sex?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex and Surrey

Do you spend your time doing something that's generally associated with the opposite sex? I could be your job, or perhaps one of your hobbies. That's what I'm discussing on this morning's phone-in, and I'd like to hear about your experiences.

Join me on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey from 09:00 BST.

Machete used in Brighton gang fight

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are investigating reports that a machete was wielded during a gang fight which spread through Brighton during Tuesday's rush hour.

Glass bottles and road signs were also used as weapons during the fight, which started near the London Road junction with Viaduct Road at about 17:45 BST.

Viaduct Road, Brighton
Google
The gangs started fighting in London Road and Viaduct Road

The men got into two cars, believed to be a black BMW and a Ford Focus, and continued the fight on the seafront at Kings Road.

The man seen carrying the machete was of Asian appearance, and was wearing white trousers and a black top.

Kings Road, Brighton
Google
The fight spread to the seafront at Kings Road

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting M25 J1B.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles. Congestion on A282 to Dartford.

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

Unbottling the bottleneck

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Today sees the official opening of the A21 dual carriageway between Tonbridge and Pembury, a £70m upgrade which Highways England says will be used by 35,000 drivers a day.

Sussex doctors first in region to fit new pacemaker

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Surgeons at the Eastbourne District General Hospital are believed to be the first in the South East to fit a new type of heart pacemaker.

Blowin' in the wind

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The last of the 116 turbines making up the Rampion Wind Farm in the channel off Brighton has now been installed.

Family fundraising for girl with rare condition

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

This girl's joints dislocate more than 40 times a day.