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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Monday 22 May

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  1. Goodnight and thanks for spending time with us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for this sunny Monday, thanks for joining us at the start of this week of lovely weather.

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the local news, weather, sport and travel, right through till 22:00 BST.

    You can get in touch with us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. 'Waking up, not being able to move, it was shocking'

    Briohny Williams

    South East Today reporter

    He travelled thousands of miles to play cricket in Sussex, but now he's in a hospital bed.

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    Video caption: cricketer left paralysed after contracting autoimmune disease.
  3. 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
  4. It's getting hot, hot, hot

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    With a glorious week of weather ahead, I was allowed outside to enjoy the sunshine.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  5. ICYMI: When is it safe to swim in the sea?

    Planning a trip to the beach soon?

    Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

    The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water.

    If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

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    Video caption: Camber sands lifeguards begin training
  6. #MyFirstVote: 'It'll be a birthday to remember'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.

    He’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

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    Video caption: Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.
  7. My vote counts and it's important'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

    Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

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    Video caption: A student from Kent says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.
  8. Far-right candidate: 'shocking' that protests stopped meeting

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Anti-fascist protesters in Brighton
    Image caption: Protesters said Tony Thommes was not welcome in Brighton

    A candidate for the far-right Front National says he's shocked by what he calls "threatening" behaviour from protesters, which meant he cancelled a planned meeting in Brighton yesterday.

    Tony Thommes is standing to represent Northern Europe - a constituency of French citizens living in the UK, Ireland and parts of Scandinavia.

    His party, led by Marine Le Pen, is eurosceptic, wants to tighten borders and combat what it sees as a wave of Islamic extremism.

    Yesterday, as he arrived at a Brighton pub, he was met by anti-fascist protesters.

    Quote Message: Some protesters weren't too keen on me being in Brighton. So when I got there, they were outside the pub, and when they recognised me they were being a bit threatening.
    Quote Message: I tried to go and meet the protesters to ask them why they were protesting democracy, and they started to run towards me, and to push me back. This is shocking. I am just a French parliamentary candidate. I wanted to have real debate with people of all political opinions. from Tony Thommes Candidate, Front National
    Tony ThommesCandidate, Front National
  9. Have you seen missing Alice Lastra-Wescombe?

    Have you seen missing Alice Lastra-Wescombe?

    Police are growing concerned for the welfare of 14-year-old Alice Lastra-Wescombe who has gone missing from Portslade.

    Alice was last seen at around 08.05 BST on Monday when she left home to attend school but never arrived.

  10. Reaction: French election meeting cancelled

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    As we've been reporting, a meeting in Brighton organised by the far-right Front National was cancelled yesterday, after protests.

    Tony Thommes, the Front National's candidate for Northern Europe in the upcoming French parliamentary elections, was hoping to meet potential constituents in a pub.

    He says protesters behaved in a threatening manner, and he had to cancel the meeting.

    If you can read French, you'll see that he has called their behaviour anti-democratic.

    But anti-fascist groups are claiming victory - they say the Front National is not welcome in Brighton.

  11. ICYMI: Running their toughest race

    Juliette Parkin

    BBC South East Today reporter

    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. 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
  13. Jury sworn in ahead of manslaughter trial

    Juliette Parkin

    BBC South East Today reporter

    A jury has been sworn in in the trial of a property developer from Brighton accused of manslaughter after the fatal fall of a carpenter working at a stable block in Stanmer Park.

    David Clark, 55, from Hove fell 20ft in the incident in September 2014 and died the following month in hospital. Another man, Grant Oakes from Hove, is also accused of manslaughter. Both deny the charges.

  14. Monday, sun day!

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It's going to stay rather sunny through today. The cloud may increase this afternoon (boo) but it should stay dry (yay). Here's my lunchtime forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather Kate Kinsella 1330
  15. Sussex wicketkeeper named in World Cup squad

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Sarah Taylor

    Sussex wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has been named in the England squad for the Women's World Cup this summer.

    The 28-year-old took a break from the game last year because of debilitating panic attacks.

    Sussex players Georgia Elwiss and Danni Wyatt will also take part.

    Read more here.

  16. 'Nobody is representing young people'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A University of Sussex student says she feels young people aren't being represented in Parliament.


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    Video caption: Sussex student Eleanor Wemyss believes politicians don't understand young people's issues.
  17. Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus

    Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus

    A fire broke out this morning on an Imberhorne school bus with 20-25 children on board, according to the headteacher.

    They were all safety evacuated from the coach and were kept at a safe distance whilst waiting for alternative transport.

    Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus

    The incident is currently being investigated, we do not yet know what the cause of the fire was.

    Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus