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  2. Live updates on Friday 19 May

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    That's all from us for this week, we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 with the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

  2. Do you know which way you're voting?

    Natalie Graham

    South East Today reporter

    Well here's your chance to hear from all the parties - we're hosting a special general election TV debate which you can watch on Tuesday 30 May at 22:45 on BBC One.

    Here are more details:

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    Video caption: #SEVote #GE2017
  3. 'It's been an extremely difficult day'

    Jon Hunt

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    This Crawley school was put into lockdown, after its playing field was taken over by travellers.

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    Video caption: Crawley school put into lockdown after travellers camp on playing field
  4. South East piers and their celebrity links

    Lee Gibbs

    BBC Live editor

    Tomorrow marks one year since Hastings Pier reopened.

    A sell-out show by Madness marked the official opening.

    So what celebrity links are there to piers across the South East?

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    Video caption: These celebrities have links to the South East's piers.
  5. The brolly can go away for the weekend

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After this week's rain, the weekend's looking much better.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Georgina Burnett
  6. Award is out of this world

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    An exhibition dedicated to Chichester astronaut Tim Peake, staged in his home city, has won a major award.

    The Novium Museum told his life story, from growing up in West Sussex, to his stint on the International Space Station as the first British European Space Agency astronaut.

    This week the event scooped best Temporary or Touring Exhibition 2017 at the Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence, beating off competition from, amongst others, Royal Museums Greenwich and Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton and Hove.

    Novium Museum team receive top award

    Tim Peake took to Twitter to congratulate the team.

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  7. Water restored to thousands of homes

    John Young

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    All 3,500 households that lost water after a major mains pipe burst north of Lewes in the early hours of this morning have had their water reconnected.

    South East Water has apologised for the incident, the second in the area on the same pipe in nine months.

    The company said it was under privately owned land that was difficult to access.

    Six schools had to close as a result in an area that included Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton and Chailey.

    The company delivered bottled water to communities that were affected.

    A spokeswoman this afternoon told the BBC that the company would consider compensation 'on a case by case basis' if customers contact them.

  8. Albion make first summer signing

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Brighton and Hove Albion are set to announce their first signing since winning promotion to the top flight.

    Attacking midfielder Pascal Gross will join from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04.

    The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year-contract with the Albion, after making nearly 200 appearances in the top two tiers of the German league.

    Pascal Gross
    Quote Message: He offers something different to our existing midfielders, as an attacking midfielder in a more advanced position, operating behind the forward line; he will give us a different and new option going into the new season.' from Chris Hughton Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC
    Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC
  9. Travellers told to leave school field immediately

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    A group of travellers who have occupied the field of a Crawley school have been given notice to leave with immediate effect.

    According to West Sussex County Council 22 caravans are currently on site having forced entry on to the school field by cutting a padlock.

    The group have been served with notices under the Education Act 2002 and are required to leave the premises immediately.

  10. Travellers move onto school playing field

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    A group of travellers has moved onto a school playing field in Crawley, and police are in attendance.

    About 30 vehicles and caravans belonging to a group of travellers arrived at Hazelewick School this morning.

    The first vehicles pulled up on a verge close to the school entrance just before 11:00 BST and as further travellers arrived, they moved on the school playing field.

    They are believed to be the same group that was at Manor Royal who left after being given notice to quit by the landowner.

    Police officers are at the scene liaising with West Sussex County Council as the landowners and assessing the site.

  11. The sun is set to shine this afternoon

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    It was a gloomy start to the day, but it's going to brighter with some sunny intervals developing this afternoon.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Elizabeth Rizzini
  12. ICYMI: 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
  13. Sussex welcome South African tourists

    Sussex Sharks welcome the South Africa to The County Ground today as the tourists begin their preparations for the three-match ODI series with England, and the ICC Champions Trophy.

    This 50-over match, one of two warm-up games, is due to begin at 14:00 BST at Hove.

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  14. '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
  15. 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