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  2. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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  1. Goodnight from the BBC Live team

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today, we'll be back on Monday morning from 06:00 BST with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    If you'd like to contact us in the meanwhile, you can find us on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

    Thanks for joining us!

  2. It's a muggy weekend, but you still might need a brolly

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    There will be a mix of sunshine and showers, this weekend. Be prepared for it to be muggy though, and temperatures warm up through Sunday.

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    Video caption: BBC South East Today weather
  3. MPs discuss online abuse and intimidation

    Three Kent and Sussex MPs were subjected to abuse during the election campaign.

    They've now spoken out about their experiences.

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    Video caption: MPs discuss online abuse and intimidation
  4. No change to Sussex fire services

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner has decided not to add the fire service in West Sussex to her remit.

    The government's called for commissioner's to take over responsibility for their local brigades from County Councils.

    East Sussex fire engine

    Katy Bourne had asked for the feasibility of the idea to be investigated across Sussex, but today a meeting of the West Sussex Fire Authority was told the County Council would stay in charge.

    But the Commissioner does believe £7m can be saved over the next decade, by working more closely together.

    Quote Message: Our emergency services are already working together to share premises, fleet management and communication platforms. With real determination and leadership there are opportunities to work even more creatively together." from Katy Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
    Katy BourneSussex Police and Crime Commissioner
    Quote Message: We are delighted that Ms Bourne has seen the central role West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service plays in our County Council and decided it is safe and well where it is. We look forward to working closely with her to continue to develop and build the modern fire service our residents deserve." from Louise Goldsmith Leader, West Sussex County Council
    Louise GoldsmithLeader, West Sussex County Council
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    Video caption: Jane Austen superfan Zack dresses in authentic Regency clothes
  6. Goalie signs new deal with the Seagulls

    Johnny Cantor

    BBC Sussex commentator

    Niki Maenpaa

    Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed a new contract with Finnish international goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.

    The 32-year-old has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the club, extending his stay until June 2018.

    Maenpaa joined Albion from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2015, and he has made nine cup appearances and one Championship start for the club over the past two seasons.

    Quote Message: Niki has been a great asset for the club over the past two years, and I am really pleased he has committed his future to the club. He has not played as many games as he would have liked, through no fault of his own, but his attitude has been fantastic throughout that time and his contribution to the squad should not be underestimated." from Chris Hughton Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion
    Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion
  7. Report says Brighton council 'missing targets'

    Brighton deckchairs

    Brighton and Hove City Council is missing its targets in almost two thirds of the things it's trying to do, according to a report.

    Residents were surveyed to find out what it's like to live in the city and one in five said they don't think they have enough money to pay their rent, keep their house warm or to buy enough food.

    Figures also show a growing proportion of children are living in poverty.

    And only 65 affordable homes were built last year - against a target of 236.

  8. Local athlete represents GB at world championships

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The World Para Athletics Championships begin at London Stadium tonight.

    Among those going for a medal for Great Britain is East Grinstead's Abbie Hunnisett.

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    Video caption: Local athlete represents GB at world championships
  9. RMT announce further strike action in Southern Rail dispute

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Rail union RMT has come out in support of the Aslef union strike on Southern Rail.

    The RMT told its own driver members not to book in for any shifts on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August - the same days as Aslef announced it would be striking.

    The strike is part of the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard.

    The unions want the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services.

    Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services."

  10. All steam ahead for outstanding collection

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Take a look at this extraordinary collection of railway memorabilia at the end of a Hastings garden.

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    Video caption: An extraordinary collection of railway memorabilia at the end of a garden
  11. Evacuation from tower block

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Flats on the 17th floor of a Brighton tower block were evacuated when a fire broke out just after 09:00 BST.

    One person was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke, after the blaze at the 24-storey Sussex Heights, which is thought to have been caused by an electrical item.

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    Video caption: Flats on 17th floor evacuated after fire in Brighton tower block
  12. Send in the clouds

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures are rising over the weekend, but we won't see much sunshine.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Lucy Martin
  13. New technology to prevent accidents on railway tracks

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Shocking footage has been released showing youngsters taking pictures on and walking across railway lines.

    It comes as Network Rail and British Transport Police announce they're introducing new technology in the South East to send warnings to people on their mobile phones when they're approaching level crossings.

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    Video caption: New technology to try to stop accidents on level crossings
  14. 'Someone asked me what he wanted to have for tea'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet Eddie - the 15-year-old boy who took over Southern's Twitter feed for an afternoon.

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    Video caption: 15-year-old work experience boy takes over Southern Rail Twitter feed for a morning
  15. Women get equal pay for equal play

    Lewes Football Club believe they've become the first to pay female players the same amount as men.

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    Video caption: Football club pays women the same as men
  16. 'It was a real experience and one I'll never forget'

    A 20-year-old pilot from Horsham has become the youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbird display team.

    Beth Moran started flying a year ago after deciding she wanted to do something positive following the Shoreham air disaster.

    She took to the skies over RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

    The F16 combat jets are in the UK as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations and will fly this coming weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

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    Video caption: Beth Moran from Sussex is the youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds
  17. Blind student invents app to help people access science

    Illness robbed Daniel Hajas of his sight aged 16.

    Now he and colleagues at the University of Sussex have come up with a new invention which could open up the doors of academia for blind people across the globe.

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    Video caption: Blind student invents app to help people access science
  18. Williams ends Konta's Wimbledon hopes

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    Video caption: Venus Williams beats Johanna Konta to secure her place in the 2017 Wimbledon final

    Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta's hopes of reaching the Wimbledon final ended with a straight-set defeat by Venus Williams.

    The five-time champion American 10th seed won 6-4 6-2 in 73 minutes, making it to her first Wimbledon final since 2009.

    Sixth seed Konta, had hoped to become the first British woman in a Wimbledon final for 40 years. However, she will break into the top five for the first time in the next rankings.

    In a tight contest, Williams worked her way to victory with smarter serving and more effective returns.

    The 37-year-old American is the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

    "I've played a lot of finals here. One more win will be amazing. It won't be a given but I'll give it my all,” she told BBC Sport.

    "The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo."