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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 17 May

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley, Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another night, join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    If you'd like to get hold of us in the meantime you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. Poorly pigeon commutes from Canary Wharf to Crawley

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A commuter from Crawley has rescued an injured baby pigeon from outside his office at Canary Wharf in London and brought him home on the train.

    Wotsit the pigeon in a bag

    Lee Fern, who lives in Three Bridges, spotted the stranded pigeon, which he nicknamed Wotsit, earlier this month.

    He became increasingly concerned about Wotsit and decided to bring the bird to Horsham-based wildlife charity Born Free.

    With no specialist equipment Lee made a nest for Wotsit using a gift bag and napkins from a local convenience store.

    Quote Message: Wotsit was very good, but I must admit, the squeaking coming from the bag, did attract some strange looks on the train!” from Lee Fern Pigeon rescuer
    Lee FernPigeon rescuer

    Born Free says Wotsit is in good health and once he's fully rehabilitated he'll be released back into the wild.

  3. What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.

    They were speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #PMfortheday.

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    Video caption: We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.
  4. 'Once I got into sport, anything I wanted to do I could achieve'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    He suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan, but now this Sussex veteran is planning a gruelling coast-to-coast ride across the USA to raise money for disabled comrades.

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    Video caption: Eastbourne Afghanistan veteran to cycle across USA, raising money for Help for Heroes
  5. It's getting fresher but wetter

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    We're replacing the muggy weather with sunshine and showers.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. Reward: Police offer £500 to help catch Joe Nelson

    A £500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Joesph Nelson, who is wanted by Police and thought to be in the Hastings area.

    Joseph Nelson

    Police want to speak to Nelson in relation to a number of incidents in which he is believed to be involved, including a stabbing in Priory Road, Hastings, on 21 April. The victim, an 18-year-old man from Hastings, sustained five stab wounds during the attack, none of which were life threatening.

    Nelson is also wanted on recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. He was released from prison in April having been sentenced to five months for burglary offences.

    Nelson is described as white, around 6' 4" and of skinny build, with dark brown hair and green eyes.

    Quote Message: We believe Nelson is still in the Hastings area and hope this reward will encourage someone to come forward with information about him. We also warn anyone who assists Nelson to evade arrest in any way that we will find and arrest them too, and that they may prosecuted for harbouring and assisting an offender." from Detective Inspector Rob Morland Sussex Police
    Detective Inspector Rob MorlandSussex Police
  7. Make your voice heard before 8 June

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Fed up of shouting at the radio?

    BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are hosting an election debate that might be right up your street.

    Put your questions to the politicians in East Grinstead on 30th May.

    You can apply for tickets here.

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    Video caption: Promo for BBC Sussex debate
  8. Top cop says Surrey officers 'smarter' than in Sussex

    Brighton's former top cop has described his new colleagues at Surrey Police as "really smart, if not smarter" than his old colleagues back here in Sussex.

    Nev Kemp made the comments in a tongue-in-cheek interview with BBC Surrey.

    Nev Kemp

    He left his position as Chief Superintendent responsible for Brighton and Hove in December after 22 years with Sussex Police.

    He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable to Surrey Police last week.

    You can hear from Nev himself on BBC Sussex with Neil Pringle.

  9. Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

    Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

    If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

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    Video caption: Here's how you can get involved in the BBC South East Today general election debate trail
  10. A birds-eye view of art

    Robin Gibson

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    You have to get airborne to get the best view of Brighton's latest piece of public art.

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    Video caption: Holiday Inn, Brighton, turned into one of country's largest art installations
  11. ICYMI: Running their toughest race

    Juliette Parkin

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    These Brighton women won't let cancer beat them.

    Their running club is celebrating a major milestone, despite some having up to six sessions of chemotherapy.

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    Video caption: Survivors of cancer form a running group in Brighton
  12. The Sky Gallery - a treat for the birds?

    Robin Gibson

    BBC South East Today reporter

    Artists in Brighton have transformed the roof of the Holiday Inn building on the seafront - with a giant mural.

    View more on twitter
  13. Cloudy with further spells of rain today

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    The rain will be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day. It will feel rather humid.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Kate Kinsella
  14. General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

    Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

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    Video caption: General election 2017: How do I register to vote?
  15. Rail talks hit a brick wall

    Southern Train

    Passengers on Southern rail face more travel chaos after the drivers' union Aslef decided to launch a fresh ban on overtime.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately, the company [Southern] has refused to move its position so we have reluctantly informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month." from Mick Whelan Aslef General secretary
    Mick WhelanAslef General secretary
    Quote Message: This is a hugely significant development. The RMT now calls on the company to agree to tripartite talks involving both unions in an effort to negotiate a settlement to this long-running dispute that puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda." from Mick Cash RMT General secretary
    Mick CashRMT General secretary
  16. Govia left 'dismayed' by overtime action

    Southern logo

    Further to reports of an Aslef overtime ban, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, has issued a response.

    Quote Message: After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the Aslef executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible."
    Quote Message: We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible." from Nick Brown Govia Thameslink Railway
    Nick BrownGovia Thameslink Railway