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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 2 May 2017
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  1. That's it for now

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST. 

    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.   

  2. 'It was nearly curtains, but it wasn't'

    Robin Gibson

    BBC South East Today reporter

    Hastings artist Danny Pockets was given just six months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

    He's now in remission. 

    Throughout his illness he kept working, and planning for an art exhibition.  

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    Video caption: Sussex artist Danny Pockets' exhibition
  3. Can we look forward to sunshine tomorrow?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Sorry to get your hopes up, but I'm afraid not.

    Here's my forecast for Wednesday. 

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    Video caption: Weather 1830
  4. Councillor admits planning breaches

    Barby Dashwood-Morris

    A senior Sussex councillor has admitted making illegal and irreversible changes to her 600-year-old grade 2 listed home.

    Barby Dashwood-Morris made the alterations to her Hellingly home while chair of Wealden District Council's planning committee.

    The renovations - including a grand entrance hall with glass staircase - featured on a Channel 4 show in 2013.

    In a statement to the court, Councillor Dashwood-Morris said: "We strongly believed at the time these works were authorised or didn't require authorisation."  

    But prosecutors called the work a substantial erosion of the house's history.

    Ms Dashwood-Morris admitted six counts of breaching planning law and is due to be sentenced on Wednesday.

  5. Police seek witnesses after man punched in the head

    Police are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked assault on a man, who was punched in the back of the head when walking along Montague Street, Worthing at 16.25 BST on Thursday 27 April. 

    A 28-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of common assault and using threatening or abusive language.

    He was questioned and released while an investigation continues.

  6. Police 'extremely worried' about missing man

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Ervin Underdown

    Police are "extremely worried" about missing Ervin Underdown.

    The 32-year-old from Balcombe was last seen in Meadow Close on Sunday 30 April at 11:30 BST.

    He has recently been diagnosed with depression.

    Quote Message: We are becoming more and more concerned for Ervin as time goes by. We are appealing to the public to search any sheds, barns or outbuildings for him where he maybe sheltering, particularly in rural areas." from Inspector Roy Hodder Sussex Police
    Inspector Roy HodderSussex Police

    Ervin is described as tanned, 5ft 8in tall, with black cropped hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue top and dark coloured jeans. He is a heavy smoker.  

  7. Lib Dem leader visits Sussex on campaign trail

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Lewes is one of the seats Tim Farron's party hopes to win back in the general election.

    Kelly Marie-Blundell will contest the seat currently held by Conservative Maria Caulfield. 

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    Video caption: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has been on the campaign trail in Lewes
  8. Lifeboat rescues yacht in Brighton

    Shoreham Lifeboat was called out last night, after a small yacht was blown under Brighton's Palace Pier.

    The alarm was raised around 21:00 BST, and it took until midnight for the yacht, which had two people on board, to be towed safely to Shoreham Harbour.

    No-one was injured and the pier was undamaged.

    Here's a photo of the incident taken by Daniel Moon.

    Brighton rescue
  9. How do Sussex winemakers protect their vines from frost?

    The answer may surprise you...

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    Video caption: Wine producers are taking unusual steps to protect vines during the cold
  10. Man's death no longer treated as suspicious

    Sven Legnelius, 93, was found dead at 09:00 BST on Monday, 13 March after falling from a balcony at Marine Court on Marina in St Leonards.

    A postmortem found he died from multiple injuries consistent with a fall from a height. His death was treated as unexplained at the time.

    Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft said: "We have undertaken a thorough investigation and although the final moments that led to his death cannot be totally established, there is no evidence of anyone else involved in Mr Legnelius's death.

    "The family of Sven have been updated and we continue to support them after what has been a tragic time. The 54-year-old man we arrested has now been stood down without any further action.

    "We will now give all the information and continue to assist HM Coroner Mr Craze with his investigation.

    "We would like to thank all those who came forward and provided information about this very sad incident."

  11. ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League changed his life. #thisisme

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    Video caption: Young man says wheelchair rugby changed his life.
  12. Two women attacked on Brighton seafront

    Two women were attacked and robbed on Brighton seafront, Sussex Police have said. 

    The two victims, aged 18 and 20, were walking along Kings Road Arches at about 15:45 BST on Tuesday 25 April when they were approached by two women, who attacked them.

    The two suspects ran off westwards towards the i360 tower. 

    The first woman was described as aged between 16 and 19, with long blonde hair extensions worn in a high ponytail, false eyelashes and fake tan on her legs. 

    The second woman is described as aged between 16 and 18, with dark brown hair and was wearing a black dress and a long green cardigan.

    Det Con James Botting said: "This appears to be a vicious and unprovoked assault and robbery on two victims. If anyone saw what happened or recognises the suspects please get in touch."

  13. BBC South East Today lunchtime headlines

    BBC South East Today

    Here are the lunchtime headlines from BBC South East Today:

    • Southern Rail would be stripped of its franchise and re-nationalised if the Liberal Democrats were to have their way, according to the party's leader Tim Farron on a visit to Lewes.
    • A hospice in Brighton which supports people with HIV has been saved from closure thanks to donations from the public.
    • The number of nightingales has fallen by 90% over the last 50 years and Kent is said to be one of their last strongholds. 
  14. Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

    If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team.

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    Video caption: South East Today investigates promo
  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, at J10a for B2036 Balcombe Road.

    M23 West Sussex - Broken down vehicle on M23 northbound at J10a B2036 Balcombe Road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Missing: Have you seen Ervin?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There's concern over a man missing from Balcombe.

    Ervin Underdown, who's 32, had been staying with relatives, but vanished while they were out for the day on 30 April.

    He's 5' 8" and was wearing a light blue top and dark jeans.

    Ervin Underdown