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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another night, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month

    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.

    Seven men died in the sea at Camber last summer.

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    Video caption: RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month
  3. #ICYMI: Book shines a light at the end of the tunnel

    Briohny Williams

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    'The Recovery Letters' is a collection of messages from people who've suffered with severe depression.

    The book, compiled by James Withey from Hove, aims to help those still going through dark times.

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    Video caption: Letters written by former mental health patients help others with depression
  4. When will the drizzle go?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    It's looking set to get drier, but we should still expect some patchy rain.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the latest forecast for the south east
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A272 West Sussex westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A272 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between B2139 Coolham Road and West Chiltington Lane.

    A272 West Sussex - A272 in Coolham blocked westbound between the B2139 Coolham Road junction and the West Chiltington Lane junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. #ICYMI: Loud and proud

    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.
  7. 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.

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    Video caption: Sophie, from Seaford, has a rare genetic condition
  8. What was it like to come out as gay in 1976?

    Simon Fanshawe meets Tony Whitehead who faced a backlash from his employer after coming out as a homosexual in 1976.

    Back in 1976, the 22-year-old worked for British Home Stores who had a reputation as a family company.

    When Tony appeared in a TV documentary about 'coming out', it provoked a reaction from his employer which resulted in his resignation.

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    Video caption: The story of Tony Whitehead who came out as gay in a TV film in 1976.

    In the film he was seen kissing another man at Brighton Station.

    On the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which legalised male homosexuality, Tony reflects on 'coming out' in the 1970s.

    He also describes how his treatment provoked protests and demonstrations from gay rights activists across Britain.

  9. Grandmother retires as UK's first female jumbo jet pilot

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    The first woman from the UK to pilot a jumbo jet has retired after landing at Gatwick Airport for the last time.

    Yvonne Kershaw, a 64-year-old grandmother from Petworth in West Sussex, landed the Virgin Atlantic flight from Cancun in Mexico.

    Yvonne Kershaw

    Mrs Kershaw joined the airline in 1990 and was granted command of the Boeing 747 aircraft three years later.

    She said it had taken passengers a few years to get used to seeing a woman coming out of the flight deck.

    "I suppose normally they would expect to see a silver-haired fox flying the aeroplane in command," she said.

    "Breaking down those barriers wasn't easy but nobody ever said it would be."

  10. Concern for missing man

    Lee Hobden

    Police are concerned about a missing Brighton man.

    Lee Hobden, 39, was last seen at around 05:30 BST on Tuesday morning leaving the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the city.

    He did not return home to Mouslecoomb Way or turn up to work.

    Anyone who has seen Lee or has any information is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 01/08.

  11. Project to help protect future of bees

    Almost £1m of lottery funding is being spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees.

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    Video caption: Kent project to help protect future of bees
  12. Air collision near Eastbourne avoided thanks to pilot

    Two aircraft only just missed colliding with each other over East Sussex because one of the pilots took evasive action, it has emerged.

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    Video caption: Light aircraft in near miss near Eastbourne
  13. Hope you remembered your umbrella

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a wet and windy journey home from work for most of us.

    And a wet and windy afternoon for the school holidays.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  14. 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.

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    Video caption: Heart surgery at 24 – the remarkable story of a Premier League footballer’s return
  15. Man jailed for life for murder of Hastings man

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    Ben Walton, 49, from Devon has been jailed for life and told he will serve at least 30 years in prison for the murder of Karl Bunster.

    Mr Bunster, 37, from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street on 17 December 2015 and his body has never been found.

    Stacey McClymont, 29, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

    McCymont was given a two year prison sentence at the hearing at Croydon Crown Court.

    Karl Bunster
    Image caption: Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings in December 2015
  16. 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?

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    Video caption: Scientists are using a field in Sussex to carry out an experiment on Japanese knotweed.