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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 2 March 2017

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  1. That's it for tonight

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us, we'll be back tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    In the meantime you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook , or by sending us an  email .   

  2. Official report into Shoreham Airshow crash to be released tomorrow

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is due to publish the official report into the cause of the Shoreham Airshow disaster on Friday.

    The families of the 11 victims have been shown the final conclusions ahead of its release.

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    Video caption: A report into the Shoreham Airshow disaster is due to be publised on Friday 3 March
  3. Key facts: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

    Plans for a new "garden village" in Surrey could force an air ambulance service to relocate, it is feared.  

    Redhill Aerodrome is one of five sites shortlisted for the 4,000-home development.

    Bosses at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT), which is funded by donations, fear it could cost up to £10million to find a new base.

    The proposals are part of Tandridge District Council's  plan  to meet government housing targets.

    Here are some key facts about the service:

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    Video caption: Plans for a new "garden village" in Surrey could force the air ambulance to relocate
  4. Families of shoreham air disaster gather ahead of final report

    The families of the 11 men who died in the Shoreham air disaster have gathered for a private briefing today, before investigators publish their final report. 

    Shoreham aircrash

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will give conclusions tomorrow. Its report will not apportion blame but is set to look at the cause of the crash and make safety recommendations.   

    Candles Shoreham
  5. No sign of today's sunshine this weekend

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Broadcast Meteorologist, BBC Weather

    Looks like we had the best weather of the week today - the weekend is looking unsettled with scattered showers. Here's my forecast. 

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    Video caption: Weather 1830
  6. Blow to dreams of second Brighton mainline

    Gatwick Express train

    Hopes of a new mainline from Brighton to London have been dealt a massive blow after a government report said there was a "poor transport case" for the idea.

    Campaigners had hoped to reopen the line between Uckfield and Lewes.

    However, a report commissioned in the July 2015 budget has said the best way to tackle congestion on the current mainline is to make improvements around Croydon.

    Analysis: Ben Weisz, BBC Sussex Political reporter

    The report was finished last April, but has only just been published.

    "It says rising demand can be met by de-cluttering the existing Brighton Mainline at Croydon, and that the case for other projects, like BML2, is poor.

    "Rail Minister Paul Maynard says he accepts these findings - but has said that campaigners might still be able to persuade the Government to allow a second mainline - if funded privately.”

  7. Man speaks out at child abuse inquiry

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    A man from Eastbourne who was sent to Australia as a child, has spoken out about the abuse he suffered while over there. David Hill has been giving evidence at a child abuse inquiry that commenced this week.

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    Video caption: A man who was sent to Australia as a child has spoken of the abuse he suffered while there
  8. Man convicted of possessing offensive weapon wanted by police

    Police are looking for a Crowborough man who's wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

    Stephen Durrant, who's 25, was released in July 2014, after receiving six years for possession of an offensive weapon.

    Stephen Durrant
  9. World Book Day: Your photos

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for sending us your brilliant World Book Day photos. 

    Can you can spot your little Harry Potter, BFG or Cat in the Hat in this montage?

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    Video caption: World Book Day: Your photos (South East version)
  10. A27: MP calls for 'unity'

    Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has entered the row about the A27 in Chichester.

    She says the scheme was cancelled because of a lack of leadership and community cohesion. 

    She's heavily involved in a separate scheme to upgrade the A27 in her constituency between Lewes and Polegate - and she's calling on residents to make sure the same doesn't happen there. 

    Quote Message: The cancellation of the Chichester scheme was the result of a complete lack of a coherent vision of what the area wanted from the upgrade, mainly due to an absence of community cohesion and leadership. As the Chairman of the A27 Reference Group, I refuse to let this happen to us with the Lewes to Polegate stretch.
    Quote Message: Success can only be achieved if there is full co-operation between all of us and that we approach it with an effective and unified strategy. from Maria Caulfield MP Lewes
    Maria Caulfield MPLewes
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    Video caption: Theresa Stratton was filmed stealing money from the man she was looking after
  12. A27: Did councillors really withdraw their support for Chichester scheme?

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    As we reported yesterday, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has cancelled the £250m A27 upgrades at Chichester.

    In his letter to Highways England, he said his decision was, in part, due to a loss of support for the scheme by local councils. 

    Letter from Chris Grayling
    Image caption: In his letter, Chris Grayling pointed to "the withdrawal of support by local councils" as a reason to cancel the scheme.

    That's not how the councillors see it. A row is now emerging as council leaders feel Chris Grayling has misrepresented their views. 

    Chichester District Council voted in September to support one of the options recommended by Highways England.

    They've since called for a new consultation, but never withdrew support for the scheme itself. And council leader Tony Dignum has issued a statement , effectively saying Chris Grayling misrepresented the council's position.

    Quote Message: The district council had sought a rerun of the consultation to include a wider range of options than those offered by Highways England. The council also was not satisfied that any of the online options as presented, satisfactorily addressed access to and from the Manhood Peninsula and the A27.
    Quote Message: "Contrary to the Secretary of State's statement, the district council did not withdraw its support for Highways England Option two, subject to significant mitigations, nor have we withdrawn our promised over £12 million share of the funding." from Cllr Tony Dignum (CON) Leader, Chichester District Council
    Cllr Tony Dignum (CON) Leader, Chichester District Council

    And then there's the County Council. Yesterday, Tory leader Louise Goldsmith told me she'd recently written to Chris Grayling making it clear she still supported the upgrades. 

    Here's that letter - which I've highlighted. 

    Letter from Louise Goldsmith to Chris Grayling
    Image caption: Cllr Goldsmith expressed concerns about the consultation process - but doesn't appear to withdraw support for improving the A27

    I'll let you be the judge of whether these two councillors can be said to have "withdrawn support" from improving the A27. 

    We have, of course, approached Chris Grayling for a comment, and we'll let you know if he gives us one. 

  13. Don't forget your brolly tomorrow

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    It looks like today was the best day of the week - and watch out for tomorrow morning's commute.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the lunchtime weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  14. Big plans for Bognor

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Plans to spend millions of pounds redeveloping Bognor seafront have been published.

    The Regis Centre would be replaced by a winter garden and a new theatre, with new homes on the site of a car park.

    The seafront itself could see a new hotel, restaurants and a roof garden and performance space above the new theatre.

    Arun District Council says £100m in investment's already been secured for the project.

    Regis Centre development
    Image caption: The proposed new theatre
    Artist's impression of Bognor
    Quote Message: This study encapsulates the bold and innovative thinking we feel is needed to unlock the full potential of Bognor Regis. These sites have been waiting too long for the redevelopment proposed and the time is now right to make it happen.' from Karl Roberts Director of Place, Arun District Council
    Karl Roberts Director of Place, Arun District Council
  15. Go-ahead for Aquarena development

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Worthing Borough Council can go ahead with its planned redevelopment of the redundant Aquarena swimming pool building, after the government decided not to step into the planning process.

    The Secretary of State has decided the council can grant planning permission for the seafront site to be turned into homes, businesses and leisure facilities, with 42 of the new apartments being affordable.

    Aquarena site plans
    Image caption: Artist's impression of the new development
    Quote Message: I am delighted that the Secretary of State has decided not to intervene in the determination of application for the redevelopment of the Aquarena site. This decision is fully in line with the Government's Localism agenda which seeks to ensure that planning decisions are made at the local level and to only intervene where there are planning issues of more than local importance.' from Bryan Turner Executive member for regeneration, Worthing Borough Council
    Bryan Turner Executive member for regeneration, Worthing Borough Council
  16. Care worker filmed on CCTV stealing from pensioner

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    This video shows the moment a care worker from Littlehampton stole money from a pensioner she was looking after.

    Theresa Stratton, 39, stole £130 from the wallet of 74-year-old David Skerritt at his home in Rustington.  

    Her family recorded the theft on CCTV and have given the BBC the footage.

    You can read the full story here .

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    Video caption: Theresa Stratton was filmed stealing money from the man she was looking after