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  1. Updates on Tuesday 25 July 2017

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  1. That's it for Tuesday

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

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

    We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 BST, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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

  2. ICYMI: New single-use syringe described as 'revolutionary'

    A Sussex businessman has come up with a new way of delivering vaccines that could revolutionise healthcare across the world.

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    Video caption: New single-use syringe described a 'revolutionary'
  3. Seagulls making a winning start

    Brighton and Hove Albion are 3-0 up in their pre-season friendly at Southend United.

    Chelsea's 20-year-old striker Izzy Brown is in the Seagull's line-up, after joining for a season-long loan.

    Brighton's next warm-up match is at Norwich on Saturday.

  4. Umbrellas needed tomorrow

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    Don't be fooled by any early sunshine.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  5. 'An absolute insult', says severely disabled man forced to prove his illness

    Piers Hopkirk

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    A terminally ill man has been forced to fill out a lengthy form to prove his disability - even though the authorities have been aware of his illness for the last 12 years.

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    Video caption: Terminally ill man told to prove his disability even though authorities were aware of it.
  6. ICYMI: 'By the time we were there, she was gone'

    Brothers Lee and Luke Payne speak out for the first time about their sister's murder.

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    Video caption: Brothers Lee and Luke Payne speak out about Sarah's murder
  7. Missing French woman may be with street community

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police in Brighton say they're worried about a young French woman who's gone missing in the city.

    Anissa Moktharia, who's 22, hasn't been seen since midnight on 23 July, near Over Street.

    She may have been spotted sitting on a bench in New Road around 15:30 BST the following day.

    Anissa Moktharia

    It's thought she may be living with Brighton's street community.

    When she disappeared she was wearing blue denim shorts, a grey t-shirt, beige jacket and blue hat.

  8. 'He'd been shot seven times... four pellets remain in his skull'

    The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks

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    Video caption: The south east is one of the worst parts of the country for reports of airgun shootings
  9. Loud and proud

    John Young

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Here's Brighton Gay Men's Chorus celebrating half a century since a very significant change to the law.

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    Video caption: Brighton Gay Men's Chorus celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised.
  10. Brighton's pride in revamped shelter

    One of Brighton's art deco bus shelters has been transformed for the city's Pride.

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    Video caption: One of Brighton's art deco bus shelters has been transformed for the city's Pride.
  11. Stolen cylinders 'could be dangerous'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A gang used a stolen car to steal gas cylinders from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

    A red Ford Fiesta with stolen number plates was used to drive into the car park, before the thieves took the cylinders from a store room.

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    It happened at 02:43 BST on 18 July.

    Police say the bottles may be dangerous if they aren't used correctly.

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  12. People smuggling by air and water

    Colin Campbell

    Special Correspondent, BBC South East

    Migrants trying to cross the Channel are using increasingly sophisticated and desperate methods, with attempts foiled in the air and on the water this week.

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    Video caption: Migrants are using land and sea routes to try to get into Kent
  13. Full steam ahead for outstanding collection

    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
  14. Southern satisfaction: Travelling in the right direction?

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    After 15 difficult months of industrial action and the resulting bad PR, Southern's owners will no doubt be looking for a win.

    Today's National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) results probably aren't the victory Southern's looking for - and whilst the company is keen to seize on the fact that it has seen an overall improvement in satisfaction, it's still being outperformed by all of its competitors on almost every measure of customer approval.

    Although most news reports today focus on the overall satisfaction score of passengers, the survey does break results down into key areas of performance, allowing us a useful insight into what passengers are thinking about their rail services and where the problems are.

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    Punctuality

    At 57% Southern has the lowest levels of satisfaction by quite a long way, second from bottom is Thameslink at 65%. This won't make for happy reading as both franchises are run by the same parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

    By comparison, the majority of train operators on this list received a satisfaction score somewhere in the 80s or above.

    This does, however, represent an improvement for Southern - scoring 5% higher than it did this time last year.

    The survey also measured separately how rail users felt about the way operators dealt with delays, Southern is bottom of that table too.

    Satisfaction is low across all train companies on this particular issue. The results do still compare very unfavourably for Southern in spite of this: 28% of passengers were happy with how Southern deals with delays, and a further 40% said they're dissatisfied, one of the few examples on any of these tables where dissatisfaction was higher than satisfaction.

    Compare that to the top performer Grand Central, which saw 81% of its customers satisfied and 6% dissatisfied.

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    Value for money

    Southern is at the bottom of this table too, but this time it has some company with two other operators sharing a satisfaction score of 38%.

    Unlike the punctuality figures, when it comes to value for money passengers across the board don't seem to be too happy about what they're paying to travel.

    The top performer again was Grand Central at 78%, but that's unrepresentative of most other operators' results, with most scoring somewhere in the 50s.

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    Cleanliness

    In almost every area of this survey Southern's performance has either improved or stayed the same, with the exception of cleanliness.

    The NRPS asked passengers for their thoughts on upkeep and repair of the train, cleanliness of the inside and cleanliness of the outside.

    The survey shows how the most recent figures compare to the last two surveys, and from that we can see that these three measures of cleanliness were improving across Southern only to backslide in the latest results.

    If you want to read more, you can find the full results of the survey here.

  15. Sunshine before the rain

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    Enjoy any sunshine you can this afternoon as there's plenty of rain on the way tomorrow.

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  16. Thinking of buying a dog? Be careful who you get it from

    Calls to the RSPCA complaining about unscrupulous puppy sales have risen in the South East.

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    Video caption: Complaints about puppy dealers in the South East are rising
  17. Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A teenager from Bexhill who was warned she could face weight loss surgery if she didn't slim down has managed to lose nine and a half stone naturally.

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    Video caption: Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight
  18. Reading bedtime stories while on duty

    A new app helps connect armed forces families by giving parents a chance to read stories while away from home.

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    Video caption: Reading bedtime stories while on duty