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  2. Live updates on Thursday 20 April

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  1. That's it for Thursday

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, and with you right through to 22:00.

    If you want to get in touch with us you can do so on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. 'One hour a day at home - it's not acceptable'

    Bryony MacKenzie

    Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

    Her son's violent behavioural problems have left him without a school place, and now this mother says her family's in crisis.

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    Video caption: Mother says her son's education is in crisis
  3. Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

    The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

    We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

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    Video caption: These constituencies are the most vulnerable in the South East
  4. Dog owner laughs as child is attacked

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are hunting a man who did nothing to prevent his dog biting a 10-year-old girl in Littlehampton.

    She was with her aunt in a playing field at South Terrace, when her football rolled towards a bench where two men and a woman were sitting with three dogs.

    As the girl went to fetch the ball one of the dogs, described as a slightly fluffy greyhound type, ran at her, chased her and bit her on the left buttock, causing puncture wounds.

    Rather than help, the trio are said to have just laughed.

    The owner of the dog which attacked the girl is described as in his mid-fifties, with dark hair and an American accent.

    Quote Message: The girl was very upset. She is now scared to go to any park for fear of seeing a dog and is even frightened by her own family's dog, which may now have to be re-homed." from PC Darren Porter Sussex Police
    PC Darren PorterSussex Police
  5. Have you seen Leslie?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police say they're concerned about an Eastbourne man who failed to return from a shopping trip to the town.

    Leslie Martin, who's 72, left his home in Elms Avenue between 07:30 and 08:00 BST on 19 April, and hasn't been seen since.

    He was wearing a navy sweatshirt, a blue and black jacket and blue jeans.

    Leslie Martin
  6. It's clouding over

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    There's the chance of rain on the horizon, although it will be feeling warmer.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Nina Ridge
  7. BreakingFarage won't stand for election

    The former UKIP leader and South East MEP, Nigel Farage, has told the BBC that he will not stand in the forthcoming general election. 

  8. Tennis: Konta is aiming for the top

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Eastbourne's Johanna Konta, already number seven in the world, tells us why she's aiming for the very top.  

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    Video caption: Johanna Konta wants to be world number one
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A280 West Sussex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A280 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Longfurlong Lane and The Street.

    A280 West Sussex - A280 Long Furlong in Clapham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Longfurlong Lane junction and The Street junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. Kyle: "there will be no pact" with Greens in Brighton

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Labour MP Peter Kyle speaking earlier to the BBC.

    Sussex's only Labour MP Peter Kyle has ruled out an electoral pact with the Greens in Brighton & Hove. 

    Some had called for Labour not to field a candidate in Brighton Pavilion - held by Green MP Caroline Lucas - and in exchange, the Greens would stand aside for Labour in Hove and Brighton Kemptown. 

    But Peter Kyle told me that, while it made sense for Labour to focus more resources on fighting Tory-held Kemptown than Green-held Pavilion, he would not do a deal with the Greens, and Caroline Lucas would face a Labour opponent on June 8th. 

    Quote Message: A pact is complete anathema to my political philosophy. I don't go away and think 'how can I stitch up an election? Let's get together with another party and tell voters who to vote for.' I don't own votes. It's the voters who tell us what to do, not us who tell the voters what to do. So there will be no pact.
    Quote Message: However, there is a separate issue where we think very carefully about election strategy. Would I rather have Caroline Lucas or a Tory MP? Of course it's going to be Caroline. We have another part of Brighton where there's a Tory MP. So where are we going to focus our resources? It's pretty obvious what we're going to do." from Peter Kyle MP (Lab) Hove
    Peter Kyle MP(Lab) Hove
  11. Arrests follow police hunt in Hastings

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Six people have been arrested following a police hunt in Hastings. 

    Several of those involved were carrying knives and one appeared to have a gun, following a disturbance near the Horntye Sports Centre in the town at around 18:00 BST last night.    

    A 16-year-old boy from Chatham was arrested for firearms offences. 

    Three 18-year-old men from Hastings were arrested on suspicion of possessing knives in a public place. 

    A 46-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested for drugs cultivation and assisting an offender. 

    Additionally, the 16-year-old boy and one of the 18-year-old men were arrested for a knife point robbery of a man that took place in St. Leonards  earlier the same day. 

  12. Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Newspapers (generic)

    The Argus: Brighton and Hove Albion plan to "dominiate" southern England and not go chasing fans around the world

    Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne bandstand’s tribute season will launch on Bank Holiday weekend with ABBA, 80s pop and a firework finale

    Chichester Observer: A ladder manufacturer's donation will help the Building Heroes run courses for ex-soldiers.=

    Hastings Observer: A donation from Bexhill Lions Club has helped Vicky Mozley get support from a specially trained dog. 

    Sussex Express: An overweight van carrying unchilled frozen poultry is found by police running vehicle checks on the A27.

  13. Shaky's coming to town

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Shakin' Stevens was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 80s. 

    He's got gigs coming up in Tunbridge Wells and Hastings. 

    Here are some facts you might not know about him.   

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    Video caption: Shakin' Stevens is touring the South East
  14. Clouding over but warmer tomorrow

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    This afternoon cloud is spreading across most of Kent and Sussex from the north west. 

    Tomorrrow will be warmer than today. I've got your latest weather forecast. 

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the South East
  15. BreakingAlbion invited to parade through city

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Brighton supporters

    An open-top bus parade may be held on Sunday 14 May to celebrate Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League.

    The city council have confirmed they have invited the Seagulls squad to a bus tour and reception, after they clinched promotion on Monday with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

    The parade will be along the seafront and is expected to start late afternoon or early evening. 

    Albion could become league champions after their match tomorrow night. 

  16. Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

    So what do we know about Steve Brown?  

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    Video caption: Meet Countryfile's newest presenter Steve Brown
  17. How do you poo? I mean, do!

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    How do you introduce two sloths to each other? By showing each one the other's poo, of course!

    Keepers at Drusilla's in Alfriston have been hand-rearing a young female, named Flash, and decided it was time she got to know the park's other sloth, Consuella.

    In the wild, the smell of another sloth's faeces alerts them to its presence, so staff spent a week swapping stools between Flash and Consuela's cages. 

    Flash and Consuela

    It seems to have worked, with Consuela now happily climbing in with Flash to socialise.

    Eventually it's planned to move them into a new South American enclosure, with marmosets, tortoises and iguanas.

    Flash and Consuela
  18. Skiving at Poverty Bottom, Newhaven

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    Video caption: Ian Marchant revisits the familiar landscape of Newhaven, to learn how to see it properly.

    Ian Marchant travels back to Newhaven in East Sussex, where he grew up. He knows the landscape well, but he wants to learn to see it differently.

  19. All Albion staff get bonus

    Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed all staff - cleaners, players and directors - will be paid a 10% bonus after they won promotion to the Premier League.

    The team now needs three more points to clinch the Championship title and will be crowned champions if they win at Norwich this Friday.

    Tony Bloom