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  2. Updates on Tuesday 20 June

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  1. The sun sets on another day

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

    We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and don't find it too warm for sleeping overnight.

    We'll be greeting the new day from 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00.

    If there's anything you think we need to know, or if you have any great pictures of how the heatwave's affecting you, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Anger at 'use taps' comment from ambulance bosses

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    Ambulance staff are angry that they'll no longer receive free bottled water.

    They've also accused managers at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) of being "patronising", for sending an email telling them to use "devices known as taps" instead.

    Secamb ambulance

    The trust is having to cut costs, and needs to find £15m in savings, and says water dispensers are available at all ambulance stations.

    Quote Message: This is coming from people on big salaries, in big buildings, who have as much water as they can drink all day, and quite simply, we're disgusted.' from Andy Prendergast GMB Union
    Andy PrendergastGMB Union
  3. #ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

    Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

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    Video caption: Clair Norris joins the cast of Eastenders
  4. Sunscreen at the ready

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Weather presenter

    After a sunny Tuesday, Wednesday is set to get even hotter.

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    Video caption: South East weather
  5. I'll have a raspberry ripple

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    As the South East continues to swelter, staff at one of the South East's most popular wildlife parks are helping their animals keep cool.

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    Video caption: Lemurs and pigs keep cool and safe in the heat at Drusillas Park
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A272 West Sussex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A272 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Wooddale Lane and Silver Lane.

    A272 West Sussex - A272 Coneyhurst Road in Billingshurst closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Wooddale Lane junction and the Silver Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

  7. Man arrested after dog left in parked van

    A man has been arrested after a dog was left in a parked van for more than four hours.

    A passer-by saw a van shaking, and looked inside to see a young Alsatian male crossbreed in a "major state of distress" at The Gatehouse car park in Chichester, West Sussex, police said.

    The dog and owner were taken straight to a local vet and it is beleived the dog will recover.

    It has been seized from the owner and will be taken into care by the RSPCA.

    The owner, a 39-year-old man, from Littlebourne near Canterbury, has been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

  8. ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

    University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.


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    Video caption: Podcast student says she loves Canterbury
  9. Rocking all over the South East

    The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

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    Video caption: blue plaques to music legends unveiled in Woking, Maidstone and Brighton
  10. Serious head injury after pub attack

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A barman at a pub in Crawley was left with a fractured skull, after being punched by a drunk who'd been thrown out.

    It happened outside the Grasshoper in Ashdown Drive, around 23:00 on 17 June.

    The 28-year-old staff member hit his head as he fell, and was rushed to the East Surrey Hospital, where he was treated for a bleed on the brain and two broken teeth.

    suspect in Crawley assault

    The suspect is described as stocky and in his twenties, stocky and with an Eastern European accent, and was one of two men asked to leave the pub.

  11. Woman drowns off Sussex coast

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A woman's been confirmed dead after being pulled from the sea off the West Sussex coast.

    It happened on East Wittering beach near Chichester at around 14:30 BST yesterday.

    It's not yet clear if she got into difficulties while swimming.

    Unlike nearby West Wittering, which gets extremely busy on hot days, there are no lifeguards at East Wittering.

  12. Another hot and sunny afternoon

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    And we're heading for another muggy and humid night.

    Here's your latest forecast.

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    Video caption: The lunchtime weather with Kate Kinsella
  13. #BigBusTour: It's another scorcher in Petworth

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Danny Pike's been hearing about the town's new cricket club.

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  14. Delay to Hastings Library reopening

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    There's been a delay to the reopening of Hastings Library, which has been shut since February last year for a revamp.

    The building, in Claremont, was due to open its doors again this year but the reopening is now scheduled for for spring 2018.

    A new corbel stone for the front of Hastings Library
    Image caption: A new corbel stone will replace the degraded one at the front of the library

    East Sussex County Council says the delay is needed to give contractors more time to protect the fabric of the historic building.

    The council says the refurbishment has unearthed a number of structural issues which need to be carried out in line with conservation guidelines.

    A new roof and lift have already been put in.

    A new ceiling raft for Hastings Library’s refurbished entrance lobby
    Image caption: A new ceiling raft will be installed in the entrance lobby
  15. This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines


    The Argus: Niagara Falls lights up in Albion’s colours

    Eastbourne Herald: East Sussex men warned of high skin cancer risk

    Chichester Observer: Heatwave: How hot does it need to be before you can ask your boss to go home?

    Worthing Herald: First class fundraising to reopen Findon’s post office

    Hastings Observer: MBE for ex-Hastings mayor and councillor

    Brighton and Hove News: Train driver shortlisted for national award after track death

  16. Summer safety warning after fires in the open

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The fire service in East Sussex has issued a warning after a series of fires in the open last night.

    They were called to eight fires in sheds, an outdoor toilet block and a bin.

    Fire crews say sunlight shining through glass can start large fires so bottles and jars should always be taken home and put in a recycling bin, while barbecues should never be left unattended.

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    Every year in the UK 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.

  17. You won't need to Squeeze in at this festival...

    Squeeze were one of the biggest British bands of the 70s - featuring the very distinctive vocal of Chris Difford.

    These days he lives in Sussex - and is still very much involved in the music scene.

    Over the weekend Chris Difford has curated the music for the first ever festival at Groombridge Place, called Joy.

    Here are some things you (probably) didn't know about Squeeze.

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    Video caption: Facts you (probably) didn't know about Squeeze