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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Friday 24 February

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  1. The end of another week

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us today. 

    We'll be back on Monday morning from 06:00 GMT, with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Breakingi360 to close all weekend

    Brighton's i360 will be closed all weekend, following a breakdown earlier today. 

    Passengers were temporarily stuck in the pod of the attraction, which stopped moving due to a damaged data cable.

    British Airways, which runs the i360, says it's contacting all customers who have booked tickets for this weekend to offer alternative flights or refunds.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A23 West Sussex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, between A2300 and A281.

    A23 West Sussex - One lane closed on A23 southbound between Hickstead and Henfield Turn Off, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. A drizzly and damp start

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Weather presenter

    But will it brighten up throughout the weekend? 

    Here's my forecast.

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  5. This afternoon's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    The Argus : Driver being hunted after Fiat Punto left abandoned after crashing into a CCTV mast

    Chichester Observer : Thousands raised at ‘Swinging Sixties’ charity ball

    Mid Sussex Times : 17-year-old Hurstpierpoint girl hospitalised after collision  

    Hastings Observer : Clinical trial will see the Conquest offer brand new treatment

    Brighton and Hove News : Brighton and Hove mayor pays tribute to council worker and party activist

  6. i360 flights cancelled

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Passengers on Brighton's i360 found themselves temporarily stuck after the pod stopped mid-flight.

    i360 tower

    The passengers are now said to have disembarked from the pod. 

    The reason for the stoppage has not yet been explained, although we've put that to British Airways, which operates the attraction.

  7. Car hits girl on walk to school

    Police are seeking witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was hit by a car this morning. 

    The child, who was walking to school, was unhurt when the incident happened at 07:45 GMT in Hillcrest Avenue.

    The driver of what was described as a black van or people carrier stopped and spoke to the girl before moving off. 

    Police would now like to speak to him.

  8. Dry with blue skies

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    Will the good spells of sunshine last? Find out in my latest weather forecast.

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  9. Man burned in Hastings fire

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A man's been taken to hospital suffering from burns after a fire in Hastings his morning. 

    Crews were called to a ground floor flat in Manor Road just before 07:009 GMT.

    It's believed the fire started accidentally.    

  10. Southern: 'The RMT's action is increasingly ineffective'

    Southern rail has responded to a call made earlier by the RMT for urgent talks with the firm. 

    The union wants the two sides to meet ahead of a RMT meeting next week which is due to consider further strikes by its members. 

    Talks between the RMT and Southern broke down last week. 

    Quote Message: We ran nearly 9 in 10 train services during the RMT strike two days ago and over half (54%) of our on board supervisors (OBS) and conductor staff reported for work on the day too.
    Quote Message: The RMT leadership should recognise these facts and that our passengers are noticing that the RMT's action against them is increasingly impotent and ineffective. The union should now bring their saga of strikes to an end. We are reviewing their letter and our response to it." from Spokesperson Southern
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  11. Hinch snatches Keeper of the Year

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    West Chiltington's Maddie Hinch has been named Female Goalkeeper of the Year for 2016.

    The Sussex star helping the Team GB Women's Hockey team win gold. 

    Well, we assume they mean goalkeeper... not golakeeper. 

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  12. Captured on CCTV: The moment robbers threaten staff with huge knife

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    This dramatic footage has been released by police investigating an armed robbery at a supermarket in Brighton.

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    Video caption: Knifepoint robbery captured on CCTV
  13. RMT: 'We need urgent talks over role of guard'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Southern trains

    The RMT has called for urgent talks with Southern rail over its plans for the role of the train guard. 

    The union has written to the managing director of the firm's parent company, Govia Thameslink. 

    In the letter the RMT's General Secretary, Mick Cash, says he wants the two sides to meet ahead of a union meeting on 28 February which is due to consider further strikes by its members. 

    Talks between the RMT and Southern broke down last week. 

    Earlier this week in a letter to union members, Southern said it was considering imposing individual sanctions should the RMT call further industrial action.  

  14. Join me on BBC Sussex this morning

    Danny Pike

    Presenter, BBC Sussex

    I'm back on your radio at 09:00 GMT. Here's a taster of what's in the programme.

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    Video caption: Coming up on today's Danny Pike programme
  15. Councillors save city youth services

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Youth club members

    A big cut to youth services in Brighton and Hove has been reversed by councillors in the city. 

    The council was due to slash up to 75% of the service's funding at last night's budget meeting. 

    But the Green Party and Conservatives put forward an amendment, which saw it reduced to £220,000.

    The overall budget was passed after seven hours of debate.

    It'll see council tax go up by 4.99% and cuts to other services of about £20m.  

  16. The calm after the storm...

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather presenter

    A lot less windy today and there could even be some sunshine.

    Here's my forecast. 

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    Video caption: Friday's weather forecast for the South East