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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Live Reporting

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  1. The sun sets for 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. Sussex just got a little bit smaller

    Fifty-thousand tonnes of chalk fell from cliffs at Seaford this afternoon. A major search and rescue operation quickly established no-one had been injured.

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    Video caption: drone footage of cliff fall
  3. Thunderstorms could be coming

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Weather presenter

    The heatwave's coming to an end, and it's going to be stormy for some of us.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Sarah Keith-Lucas
  4. 'I saw what I thought was smoke'

    Natalie Graham

    South East Today reporter

    This beachgoer witnessed the moment thousands of tonnes of chalk cliff collapsed at Seaford, sparking a major search and rescue operation for possible casualties.

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    Video caption: swimmer witnesses thousands of tonnes falling from cliff in Seaford
  5. 'It goes like an oven'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    In the current scorching temperatures it only takes minutes for a car to become a death trap for your dog.

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    Video caption: dog owners are warned how quickly a hot car can become a death trap
  6. Restaurant targeted in arson attempt

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are investigating an arson attack on a restaurant in Brighton.

    Firefighters were called to La Tana in Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, about 00:30 BST on 18 June.

    La Tana restaurant, Patcham

    The restaurant was empty, but the occupants of a flat above it had to be evacuated.

    A 52-year-old man from Hove has been arrested on suspicion of attempted arson to endanger life, two counts of criminal damage, blackmail and possesion of class A drugs with intent to supply.

    He's been released under investigation.

  7. First pictures: Seaford search and rescue operation

    Natalie Graham

    South East Today reporter

    I'm on the beach at Seaford as a large scale search and rescue operation is underway.

    Here are the first pictures from the scene.

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    Video caption: Search operation at Seaford Head
  8. Helicopter 'stood down'

    Natalie Graham

    South East Today reporter

    The search and rescue helicopter has been stood down. It appears there are no casualties after cliff fall.

  9. Large scale search operation after 'significant cliff fall' at Seaford Head

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A large search and rescue operation is currently underway at Seaford Head after multiple 999 calls were received at 16:00 BST reporting a "significant cliff fall".

    Seaford Head

    There are no reports of any missing people in the area. However a large scale search operation has been launched due to the sheer scale of the cliff fall.

    Quote Message: We will continue to search this area until we are satisfied that no one has been injured or trapped in this fall. We are advising beach goers to keep away from the scene and we are currently cordoning off the area in the interests of public safety. I cannot stress enough that this rock fall clearly shows how unstable cliff edges can be, so please keep your distance from cliff edges, at both the top and the bottom of the cliffs at all times.’ from Kaimes Beasley UK Coastguard
    Kaimes BeasleyUK Coastguard
    Seaford Head
  10. BreakingCliff Fall at Seaford Head

    A large scale search operation is currently under way after cliff fall at Seaford Head. Newhaven and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams, the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd, along with the East Sussex Fire and Police Services are currently on scene trying to establish if anyone was caught in the cliff fall.

  11. Novak's Sussex-bound

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will be competing at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

    The former World Number One has accepted a wildcard for the tournament, which starts at Devonshire Park on Friday.

    Novak Djokovic

    It's the Serbian's first time playing at the event, and sees him start as the top seed in the men's draw.

  12. Is it hot enough for you?

    Let us know if you're loving or loathing the heat.

    You can do that on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

    Here's what people in Gravesend told presenter Rob Smith.

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    Video caption: People in Gravesend enjoy the heatwave
  13. It's a scorching midsummer's day

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    As temperatures hit the thirties again today, the records are tumbling.

    But it's all about to change. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: South East weather forecast with Kate Kinsella.
  14. 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
  15. Have you got raspberry ripple flavour?

    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
  16. Sussex MP calls for urgent meeting over 'sex for rent' ads

    The Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, wants immediate action to stop young people being targeted by men offering free accommodation in exchange for sex.

    An exclusive BBC South East investigation highlighted the controversial online adverts earlier this year.

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    Video caption: Peter Kyle wants immediate action
  17. Today's Sussex newspaper headlines


    The Argus: My kids were my motivation says father who shed 71kg in 13 months

    Chichester Observer: Headteachers call for action over school funding

    Worthing Herald: Lancing youth charity thanks hard-working volunteers

    Hastings Observer: Registration opens for The Big Sleep 2017

    Sussex Express: Tenant sought for historic Turkish Baths in Lewes

    Brighton and Hove News: Brighton and Hove’s hidden legal crisis