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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 26 July 2017

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  1. That's it for Wednesday

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Half the week is over and that's it for us for today.

    Thanks for joining us today, and we hope you'll be back tomorrow, when we're live between 06:00 BST and 22:00 BST.

    We'll bring you all the local news, sport, travel and weather, and you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. 'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    On the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality, is it safe to be gay now?

    Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

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    Video caption: Fifty years after homosexuality was legalised, is it safe to be gay?

    'Is it safe to be gay in the UK?' is on BBC2 on Tuesday, 1 August at 21:00 BST.

  3. ICYMI: 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
  4. Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight

    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
  5. A mixed bag for Thursday

    The day will start dry, but then showers start to approach.

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    Video caption: South East weather
  6. ICYMI: 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
  7. '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
  8. 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.
  9. Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

    A 15-year-old from Hove has been given a scholarship to play basketball in America.

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    Video caption: Sussex teen gets basketball scholarship in USA
  10. 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
  11. Did you see KFC stabbing?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    People who were in a fast food restaurant in Brighton at the time of a stabbing are being asked to get in touch with police.

    An 18-year-old man was knifed in the stomach in KFC on London Road on Saturday evening.

    The victim is seriously ill but stable in hospital.

    Police say CCTV shows at least seven customers in the restaurant at the time, with three men and a woman clearing seeing what happened.

    Officers are still looking for 18-year-old Jordan Ash in connection with the attack.

    Jordan Ash
    Image caption: Jordan Ash from Brighton is being sought by police.

    A 23-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.

  12. 'An absolute insult', says severely disabled man forced to prove his illness

    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.
  13. 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
  14. Have you seen Paul Baker?

    Paul Baker, who's gone missing

    Police in East Sussex are looking for missing 30-year-old Paul Baker.

    Paul, of no fixed address, was last seen in Five Ashes, near Mayfield, on Monday evening (24 July) and had been on the way to stay with a friend in Crowborough.

    Officers are concerned as Paul has recently been suffering from depression.

    Police have had a report that he was seen in Maidstone yesterday (25 July) and that is being followed up. He may also be in the Crowborough area.

  15. Is it really summer?

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It looks more like autumn out there today.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: The weather forecast for Kent, Sussex and Surrey with Kate Kinsella
  16. Bexhill claims world record for largest Charleston dance

    Bexhill is hoping to take the Guinness Book of Records world record for the most number of people dancing the Charleston for five minutes.

    1,086 people took part at the town's annual Roaring 20s event on the lawns at the De La Warr Pavilion.

    The previous record was set in October 2015 in London with 975 dancers.

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    Video caption: Bexhill claims world record for largest Charleston dance
  17. What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

    Stack of newspapers

    The Argus: £1.7 million Brighton Zip opens to the public

    West Sussex County Times: Witness appeal after police pursue stolen car

    Sussex Express: Police search for missing woman

    Hastings Observer: Queen of Goggle box comes to the Ore Community Cafe

    Brighton and Hove Independent: Eye witnesses to Brighton stabbing urged to come forward

  18. Did you witness police pursuit from Sussex to Surrey?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Witnesses are being sought to a police chase yesterday afternoon from Ringmer, East Sussex, all the way into Surrey.

    Police were called to reports of a burglary in Lewes Road at 14:50 BST, in which someone stole car keys and drove off in a new light blue BMW worth about £50,000.

    The vehicle was located travelling north on the M23 and onto the M25.

    At about 15:30 BST the pursuit came to an end when the car stopped on Hurst Drive in Walton-on-the-Hill and the driver ran off.

    Police say they're looking for a man in his late 20s, wearing a white shirt and white baseball cap.

    They particularly want to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage.