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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

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Che Adams

Birmingham City cruise into the EFL Cup second round as Che Adams' hat-trick helps them dominate League Two Crawley Town.

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That's it for now

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

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BreakingCrawley crash out of the cup

Crawley Town have been thrashed in the first round of the EFL cup.

They lost five-one at Birmingham City.

An Eastbourne hotelier gives a homeless man a fresh start
Eastbourne hotelier Catherine Clifford has befriended Kevin Trott who was sleeping outside her hotel.

Police seek man after Hove street robbery

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been pushed over and robbed of her handbag by a man in Hove.

It happened in Clarendon Road during the early hours of this morning.

The 33-year-old victim ran after the man but he escaped through the Goldstone Flats car park.

The peach-coloured bag contained £50, a passport and two bank cards.

Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Worthing collision

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are seeking witnesses to a serious collision involving a motorbike and a car in Worthing.

The crash happened in South Farm Road at 13:20 BST.

The biker, a 42-year-old local man, is critically ill in hospital with chest and leg injuries.

The driver of the BMW, a 67-year-old woman, wasn't hurt.

When will we get our summer back?

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

There are more heavy downpours on the way for tomorrow. Here's my latest forecast.

Crawley Town are in cup action this evening

Carabao Cup
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Live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Birmingham City and Crawley Town.

Che Adams

Birmingham City 5-1 Crawley Town

Birmingham City cruise into the EFL Cup second round as Che Adams' hat-trick helps them dominate League Two Crawley Town.

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Jofra Archer

Paceman Jofra Archer takes three wickets in five balls at New Road as Sussex beat Worcestershire by nine wickets.

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This evening's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Dad swam for four hours to survive but friends still missing

West Sussex County Times: Controversial plans for new ice rink in town park

Chichester Observer: Notice ordering travellers to leave Birdham site is upheld

Bognor Observer: Arrest made over two Bognor burglaries

Sussex Express: Police warning after supermarket shoppers targeted by thieves

Mid Sussex Times: 'Every officer' called as police hunt garage thieves

Eastbourne Herald: Songs of Praise being recorded in Eastbourne

Hastings Observer: Crews tackle St Leonards fire

Rye Observer: Royal Mail warn of fake 'missed delivery' cards

A year of ups and downs

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton i360 has just celebrated its first birthday.

And it's been an eventful 12 months

#ICYMI: 'I live with the guilt of a man's death'

Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life.

Michigan mission for South East soldiers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A hundred and forty part time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

What is Japanese knotweed?

Scientists are using a field in Robertsbridge to carry out an experiment to try and get rid of one of Britain's most invasive plants.

But what is Japanese knotweed and why is it such a problem?

Supermarket shoppers reminded to be on alert for thieves

Police are reminding supermarket shoppers across Sussex to be on the alert for thieves.

This follows a recent spate of incidents in which customers have been watched whilst entering their PIN numbers and have then had their purses and wallets stolen as they leave the store. Suspects then withdraw large amounts of cash from nearby cash machines before the victims are aware.

The two men pictured, working with others, are believed to have been successful in obtaining nearly £20,000 by targeting victims in this way.

The men in the photo, taken at Sainsbury's in Worthing on 20 June, are described as of Eastern European appearance, one bald and the other with dark hair.

Since November last year there have been 22 such reports in Sussex.

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Sussex Police

'Catherine's so kind, it breaks my heart'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An Eastbourne hotelier got to know a homeless man sleeping outside her hotel, and now she's helping him make a fresh start.

'Respect the water' this August

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

Missing teenager found

Missing 14-year-old Regan White has been found.

The teenager, who went missing on 28 July, returned home on Monday (August 7).

Missing teenager found

Missing Jenny Doyle has been found, says Sussex Police.

Jenny, 15, who was last seen in Peacehaven on 16 August, has been found safe and well in Brighton.

You'll need your umbrellas...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The forecast says rain, which is expected to go into tomorrow.

Here's my afternoon forecast.

Heart surgery at 24 – the remarkable story of a Premier League footballer's return

Brighton defender Connor Goldson is preparing to play Premier League football after a remarkable recovery from heart surgery.

Taking your dog for a paddle

Paddleboarder with a dog

This would definitely be a contender for our #PhotoOfTheDay.

We've heard of taking your dog for a walk, but taking your dog for a paddle is a new one on us.

IT was taken this morning near the Splashpoint swimming pool in Worthing.

If you've got a picture to send us, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Paddleboarder with a dog

Huge straw fire 'believed to be arson'

A fire destroyed about 500 tonnes of straw in the early hours - and firefighters are treating it as a suspected arson attack.

It happened at about 01:20 BST off the A259 at Colworth, between Bognor and Chichester.

Firefighters were met by the three-storey blaze, which was built up in two stacks.

They sent two pumps and a 4x4 vehicle to tackle the blaze.

The farmer has now been informed and fire crews will return to the scene this afternoon.

12-year-old fronts charity campaign

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Sophie, from Seaford, has a rare genetic condition. Now she's the face of a national charity campaign.

Mental ill health linked with shorter life expectancy

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

New research finds life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years shorter than average.

Southern rail talks with RMT union 'stall' with no agreement

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Southern rail trains

Govia Thameslink’s HR Director Andy Bindon has written to staff – confirming no agreement with the RMT and no further talks planned with that union.

They also say there is a “schedule of meetings in place over the next couple of weeks” with the Aslef union.

It comes after talks with the RMT aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern rail "stalled" with no agreement yesterday.

Unfortunately, the RMT union did not present any new proposals in yesterday's talks. Modernisation is urgently required to future-proof our railway. Alongside investment in better infrastructure and new trains, this includes transforming working practices. We hope the RMT will get on board with these essential improvements to give our passengers the service they deserve."


Seagulls land international midfielder

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Dutch International Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven, in a deal thought to be worth a club record £6m.

The 25-year-old central midfielder has scored 43 times, and joined PSV from Vitesse Arnhem in 2015.

He's played in both the Champions and Europa leagues, and has five international caps.

Davy Propper

Don't miss the Albion's first ever Premier League game LIVE on BBC Sussex, this Saturday. The build-up starts from 14:00 BST with Danny Pike at the stadium, then the pre-match show with Johnny Cantor and former Albion striker Warren Aspinall, ahead of commentary on Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City from 17.30 BST.

Part-time soldiers take part in a military exercise in US
More than one hundred soldiers from the South East have been taking part in a joint military exercise in the USA.

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Albion fans are stocking up for the start of the season with record sales in the club shop.

Chichester Observer: Ongoing four-storey bail fire was probably ‘arson’.

Worthing Herald: HGV burnt out by fire on A24 last night.

Eastbourne Herald: Concern for missing teenage girl.

Hastings Observer: Hundreds protest against St Leonards post office closure plans.

Brighton and Hove Independent: Work begins on 'new cultural quarter' for Brighton.

Crawley Observer: Jeremy Corbyn visits Crawley in tour of marginal seats.

Mid Sussex Times: Completion of hospital’s £8million expansion

Brighton and Hove News: Promising teen headlines Brighton Acoustic Session.

On today's Mid Morning Show...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I'm talking about secondary ticketing sites, and whether fans are being ripped off.

Join me from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.

And you can join the debate by calling 03459 57 00 57.

Brighton and Hove's Summer of Love

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

About 300,000 people are estimated to have gathered in Brighton at the weekend to celebrate Brighton Pride.

This year's event was themed Summer of Love to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Police concerned about missing teenager

Nerys Garrett
Sussex Police

Police are concerned about 15-year-old Nerys Garrett, who has gone missing from Golden Cross, near Hailsham.

She was last seen at midnight on Sunday (August 6). She has gone missing before and it is thought she may have arranged to be picked up and headed for London.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen her in Golden Cross around the time she went missing, particularly if she was seen getting into a vehicle.

Anyone with information should email or call 101 quoting serial 795 of 07/08.

Investigation continues after Shoreham sea rescue

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Shoreham lifeboat rescue
Eddie Mitchell

Sussex Police are working with the Marine Accident Investigations Branch to try and discover how a boat sank off the coast of Shoreham on Sunday, leaving one man dead and two others unaccounted for.

A man was rescued from the water in the early hours of the morning and the search for the missing men was suspended on Sunday afternoon.

The four men on board were all Romanian nationals. Two are from Brighton and two, including the survivor, are from London.

The five-metre boat they were travelling in left Shoreham Harbour shortly after midnight on Sunday morning for a fishing trip.

The 45-year-old survivor has told police the boat was struck by another vessel at about 02:00 BST.

We are now trying to establish the circumstances and to identify the other vessel involved. An earlier appeal for information prompted a significant number of calls and I would like to thank people for their prompt responses, which enabled us to quickly identify who had been involved. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who have been involved in this tragic incident."

Det Ch Insp Rachel CarrSussex Police

Jeremy Corbyn condemns 'all Venezuela violence'

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "very sad" at lives lost in Venezuela and condemned violence done "by any side".

The Labour leader called for a dialogue in the country, where more than 120 people have died during months of anti-government protests.

He has been under pressure to condemn President Nicolas Maduro, after voicing support for him in the past.

Mr Maduro has been accused of behaving like the "dictator of an evil regime" by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

In the latest developments, Mr Maduro said a search was under way in Venezuela for 10 men who escaped with weapons after an attack on a military base.

Mr Corbyn was speaking at an event in Crawley yesterday.

Read the full story here.

You'll need your umbrellas today

It's looking like a wet couple of days - and there's a yellow weather warning in place.

Here's my morning forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Well, the weather might not be what we'd all like it to be in August, but some things never change.

We've been sent another brilliant picture for our #PhotoOfTheDay feature - today's entry was taken in Uckfield by Mike Belford, and it should brighten up your day a little bit.

Mike Belford

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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