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  2. Updates on Monday 20 February 2017

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  1. Goodnight from Sussex Live

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today, we'll be back from 06:00 GMT tomorrow, all the way through to 22:00 GMT, with all the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    And if there's something you'd like to tell us about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

    Thanks for joining us!

  2. Thousands stolen from church fundraisers

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thieves have stolen £7,500 raised by a Sussex church for charity work in Africa.

    The money, which was in US dollars, was snatched from the bag of Reverend Lynda Hulcoop, of the Southwick Christian Community Church, shortly after she'd collected it, ahead of flying to Zimbabwe.

    CCTV of minister being robbed

    Two women followed her from the Sainsbury's store in Old Shoreham Road, West Hove, and took the bundles of notes from her bag as she was looking the other way.

    Church members had raised the cash through church sales and other events, for educational projects.

    Quote Message: Many people had donated and worked very hard to raise these funds for educational support of children, for a special needs school, for the support of a disabled young man who had recently tragically lost his mother. Having just spent the last two weeks living among these lovely but poverty-stricken people trapped in such dire circumstances and surviving on so little, I am left feeling even more deeply the horrible injustice of this incident." from Reverend Lynda Hulcoop Minister, Southwick Christian Community Church
    Reverend Lynda HulcoopMinister, Southwick Christian Community Church
  3. How do you do a wee when it's -40C?

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    Video caption: How female explorers face challenges of south pole trek

    A team of British soldiers are preparing to become the first all-female group to walk across Antarctica.

    They will have to endure temperatures of -40C and walk for up to nine hours a day carrying more than their own body weight in supplies.

    Exercise Ice Maiden is currently training in Norway for the 80-day south pole challenge in September. Among the many challenges is coping with extreme cold when you need a loo break.

    Among them is Sophie Montagne from East Sussex.

  4. Sussex sheep worrying 'worst in the country'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    More sheep are dying in Sussex due to incidents with dogs than in any other part of the country, according to police figures. 

    In the latest, in Boreham Bridge near Ninfield in East Sussex, 18 sheep were killed and many more may have lost the lambs they were carrying. 

    It's thought the sheep were spooked by two dogs, causing them to stampede and break out of their field and onto the road, where some of them were hit by a car. 

    Dead sheep
    Damaged car
  5. 'Working in a male dominated industry is very amusing'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    20-year-old Kelly Culver is following her dream - starting up a business to restore and sell classic American cars. #thisisme 

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    Video caption: thisisme cars
  6. No coats till Thursday

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    The early taste of spring is staying for a couple more days.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  7. This afternoon's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    The Argus: Thousands stolen from church minister in theft at Hove supermarket

    Eastbourne Herald: Delight as historic Pevensey church secures Heritage Lottery funding

    Chichester Observer: Olympian opens Chichester’s first trampoline park

    Brighton and Hove News: Anger at ‘secret’ plans for third homeless hostel in small Hove street

    Sussex Express: Immediate pay rise for Lewes Prison officers up to £5,000

  8. NHS spending 'too much' on agencies

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    NHS managers in Sussex say they're spending too much money on agency fees, and they urgently need to recruit and retain more staff. 

    The Sussex Partnership NHS Trust runs mental services across the county. It says more than £6m has been spent on agency staff this year.

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    Video caption: Sussex Trust spending too much on agency staff
  9. Appeal to find crash and dash driver

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    This CCTV footage shows a van smashing into the back of a parked car outside a house in Saltdean. 

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    Video caption: Hit and run CCTV footage

    It happened at 02:45 GMT on 25 January.

    The man who owns the now written-off car is appealing for help in finding the culprit, as Sussex Police isn't currently treating this as a crime.

  10. Mild Monday and spring is on the way

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    Patches of sunshine across the South East today, feeling very mild this afternoon. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  11. SS Mendi tragedy commemorated 100 years on

    The lives of more than 600 men who died in the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel have been commemorated 100 years on.

    SS Mendi

    The ship was hit in thick fog off the Isle of Wight by a cargo steamship.

    The men on board were South Africans travelling to France to assist the allies in World War One.

    Bodies were washed up along the Sussex coast and buried locally, including at Newtimber, near Brighton, where a memorial service was held on Saturday.

  12. Hero's welcome for Briton Ryan Lock killed fighting IS in Syria

    The body of a Briton who died after travelling to Syria to fight so called Islamic State has arrived back in the UK to a hero's welcome.

    Ryan Lock

    Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester in West Sussex, died fighting alongside Kurdish forces near Raqqa on 21 December.

    It is believed he turned a gun on himself to avoid being taken hostage.

    Dozens of people, including members of the Kurdish community, held roses and framed pictures of the former chef who went to school in Havant, Hampshire, as his coffin arrived at Heathrow Airport.

  13. 'Working in a male dominated industry is very amusing'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    20-year-old Kelly Culver is following her dream - starting up a business to restore and sell classic American cars. #thisisme 

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    Video caption: thisisme cars
  14. Hero's welcome for Chichester man killed in Syria

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The body of a Chichester man, who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria, is back in the UK.

    You can read the full story here.

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    Video caption: Chichester man's body returns home to hero's welcome
  15. This morning's newspaper headlines

    Newspapers

    The Argus: Drusillas Park near Alfriston accidentally kills “several” rainbow lorikeets with rat poison

    Sussex Express: Firefighters rescue horse from ditch near Polegate

    Chichester Observer: Tories defeat Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP budget amendments

  16. Today we're celebrating young carers

    Danny Pike

    Presenter, BBC Sussex

    I'm back on your radio at 09:00 GMT. 

    Here's what's coming up on the programme.

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    Video caption: Coming up on today's Danny Pike show
  17. Food thefts cost shops more than £15m

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Food

    More than 24,000 reports of food theft from shops have been made in Kent and Sussex in the past five years, according to new figures. 

    The study shows offenders ranged from 10 to 92 years old. 

    The Association of Convenience Stores said thefts cost shops in the South East more than £15m last year.