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By Bob Dale, Kathryn Langley and Claire Cottingham

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  1. 'I'm very disappointed with the information coming from head office'

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    UKIP is counting the cost of a bad night at the polls, and one local leader told me he's blaming those at the top.

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    Video caption: East Sussex UKIP leader loses seat and blames national leadership
  2. Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks

    Oliver Turner

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Cricket balls

    Kent Spitfires are taking on the Sussex Sharks in a south-eastern derby in the Royal London One-Day Cup this afternoon.

    Kent haven’t had the best of starts in this season’s competition, having lost both of their opening games including a four-wicket defeat at Somerset on Tuesday.

    Sussex picked up their first win in their One-Day Cup campaign in the week after beating Glamorgan to leave them fourth in the South group after their first two games.

    The Spitfires have lost two early wickets in their innings after the Sharks won the toss and chose to bowl.

    You can hear the commentary here.

  3. #ICYMI: Meet Charlie, the seven-year-old cancer survivor

    Peter Whittlesea

    BBC South East Today reporter

    When Charlie Hewson from Lindfield, near Haywards Heath, was just a baby his parents noticed a swelling on his left leg. 

    It turned out to be a rare form of cancer - and ultimately he had to have it amputated.

    But that hasn't stopped him from doing anything - especially playing football. 

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    Video caption: Charlie Hewson who has a Charlton badge on leg
  4. ICYMI: Duke of Edinburgh to stop public engagements

    It's been announced His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. 

    The 95-year-old last visited the South East in October.

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    Video caption: Brighton i360 gets royal visitor
  5. Rolls-Royce workers down tools

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Production of luxury cars is halted in Sussex today, in a row over pensions.

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    Video caption: Strike by Rolls-Royce workers in Goodwood
  6. Snapper held under terror laws

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police in Brighton say they acted correctly, when anti-terrorism laws were used to detain a professional photographer and seize his kit, because he was taking pictures of Hove Town Hall.

    Eddie Mitchell, who has worked for several media groups including the BBC, was covering an inquest being held in the building, when officers approached him and asked him what he was doing.

    He refused to give them his name and they detained him.

    He was released after an hour, and his cameras returned, when police were satisfied what he was doing wasn't suspicious.

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    Quote Message: I am satisfied that the action my officers took was completely appropriate when the threat level is at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. If the man had identified himself, then the matter could have been resolved in minutes." from Ch Supt Lisa Bell
    Ch Supt Lisa Bell
  7. Local election: 'It's been a brilliant night for us'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The Conservatives in Hastings are celebrating this morning, after gaining three seats.  

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    Video caption: Councillor Matthew Beaver on Conservative gains in Hastings
  8. Today's Sussex newspaper headlines


    The Argus: Six fire crews called to flat fire in Worthing

    Eastbourne Herald: Prime Minister comes to Eastbourne

    Chichester Observer: Residents given a month to move out of Selsey care home

    Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton tea company in ‘record-breaking’ crowdfunding bid

    Hastings Observer: Kayaking firefighters complete epic challenge

    Crawley Observer: Couple left ‘high and dry’ in mouldy flat

  9. Labour votes 'in wrong places'

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    The Labour leader of Hastings Borough Council, Peter Chowney, says votes for his party in the East Sussex County Council election were "in the wrong places".  

    The Conservatives have taken three seats from Labour in Hastings. 

    Labour held four seats and the Tories also held one seat. 

    The Conservatives need to win five seats to take overall control of East Sussex County Council.   

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    Video caption: Labour votes in Hasting were 'in the wrong place'
  10. Could there be a summer drought?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    With winter rainfall in the South East at its lowest for two decades, one water company has already had to top up a major reservoir.

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    Video caption: Drought warnings after low rainfall
  11. BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

    BBC South East Today logo

    Here's the morning headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

    • The Conservatives have taken three seats from Labour on East Sussex County Council in Hastings.
    • A man from Kent who threatened to kill a woman after pointing an imitation gun to her head has been jailed. Michael Collett from Broadstairs forced his way into the home of a former partner in June last year - demanding that she speak to him.
    • Parents of children with severe special needs in East Surrey - who are fighting plans to close a local respite care centre - have lodged a formal complaint to the health watchdog. The Beeches centre in Redhill provides short breaks for children and their families.
  12. ICYMI: ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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


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    Video caption: Young man says wheelchair rugby changed his life.
  13. A brighter day

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    There's going to be more sunshine about today, and it's looking better for the weekend.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  14. Conservatives gain three seats from Labour in Hastings

    Sussex has so far followed the national trend with the Conservatives winning three new seats on East Sussex County Council. 

    Counting has only taken place in Hastings - with all other areas of East and West Sussex beginning counts later this morning.

    The Tories increased their vote share by over 14% and gained three seats from Labour.

  15. 'Business as usual' in Hastings

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Ballot box

    In some ways, last night's result was a return to business as usual for Hastings politics - a straight fight between Labour and the Tories.

    UKIP got 22% of the vote in 2013 but didn't bother to field any candidates in Hastings this time around. That meant all the other parties increased their share of the vote - but make no mistake, tonight's winners were the Tories. 

    They increased their vote share by over 14%. They gained three seats from Labour - and their new councillors were ebullient. 

    "Jeremy Corbyn speaks of standing up for the many, not the few. Well, the many have spoken, and they've voted Conservative." Many had indeed voted Tory - though new Councillor Laurie Loe failed to mention over 1,000 more had voted Labour in Hastings this time round. 

    The Tories need a net gain of five seats to regain overall control of County Hall.  

    This result sets them well on their way.

  16. The sun's setting on another week

    Just like this gorgeous sunset shot taken at Birling Gap by Jamie Evans, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay  

    Birling Gap sunset

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