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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

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  2. Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove disability

    Piers Hopkirk

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    The Department for Work and Pensions has apologised to a terminally-ill man, after writing to him twice in a month, asking him to prove he qualifies for benefits.

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    Video caption: MND sufferer told twice in a month he has to prove his disability
  3. Investigation into air gun attack

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    Sussex Police want to speak to 18-year-old Connor Brooker in connection with an air gun attack on a 17-year-old boy in Brighton.

    Sussex Police handout

    It's thought the victim was shot at several times with a small handgun at 19:45 BST on Wednesday 3 May in an alleyway off St Cuthman's Close.

    Three pellets hit him in the back of his leg, leaving him with bruises.

    The force is asking anyone who sees Connor Brooker to call 999 and to not approach him.

  4. 'Animals for sale are an easy thing to do'

    Chrissie Reidy

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    A cruel trade in exotic pets is threatening the very existence of the orangutan, but an Uckfield charity is doing all it can to save these creatures from extinction.

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    Video caption: Two orphaned orangutans are rescued by a Sussex charity
  5. Brighton academic wrongly told she'd be deported

    A Brighton academic, who's from Finland, and married to a British man, has spoken of her dismay about receiving a letter wrongly telling her she'd be deported.

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    Video caption: Finnish woman wrongly told she'd be deported
  6. 'My first proper memory was being raped'

    Danni Smith was raped, beaten, starved and imprisoned by his stepfather, who shared him with other paedophiles.

    He's won a five-figure payout from Brighton and Hove City Council, because social workers knew about the abuse for two years but left him to suffer in the house.

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    Video caption: Abuse victim speaks out after compensation award
  7. From Barbados to Bede's: West Indies star schooled in Sussex

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    He's the star West Indies cricketer, who hit the winning runs to beat England in the latest Test match at Headingly. But did you know Shai Hope's sporting skills were honed in East Sussex?

    Shai Hope at his old school in East Sussex

    Hope may have been born in Barbados, but it was during his time at Bede's School near Hailsham that his promise as an outstanding batsman was first spotted.

    Shai Hope with Alan Wells

    The 23-year-old's talent was scouted in 2011 by Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede's (pictured above). He saw him playing in Barbados and brought him back to Sussex to play cricket for the school, where he was the first 11 captain for two years.

    Shai Hope at Bede's

    Since being capped for his country Hope has returned to his old school to say thank you.

    Shai Hope at Bede's
  8. The sun will come out tomorrow

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    After someone appeared to flick the switch between summer and autumn overnight, the sunshine's due to make a return.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  9. Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

    Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

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    Video caption: Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East
  10. Can you see the wood for the trees?

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    It took National Trust volunteers 15 years to restore an area of woodland at Sheffield Park. To celebrate, they've installed a sculpture trail.

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    Video caption: Artwork has been installed to celebrate the restoration of a patch of woodland in Sussex.
  11. Missing wreck diver named

    A scuba diver missing off the Norfolk coast has been named as Brighton man Terry Tonkin.

    The 67-year-old had been diving on a wreck when on Monday the coastguard was called after he failed to return to a dive vessel which had departed from the Port of Lowestoft.

    The group had been in the water 15 miles (24.1km) offshore from Great Yarmouth when the alarm was raised.

    After 14 hours, the search by the coastguard was suspended pending further information.

  12. Do you think they prefer Picasso or Van Gogh?

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    They may not be able to tell us, but researchers have found that babies already know what they like in a piece of art.

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    Video caption: University of Sussex psychologists say babies aged 4-7 months have artistic preferences
  13. Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We've been out to meet some of the people who regularly contribute to our #PhotoOfTheDay.

    Catch our films starting next week.

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    Video caption: Meet the regulars behind #photooftheday
  14. Some rain heading your way

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    It's going to be a cloudy, wet and cool day today. Here's your weather update with Alina Jenkins.

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    Video caption: Weather with Alina Jenkins
  15. This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers (generic)

    The Argus: Mod misery as scooter stolen before ride-out

    Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne Friends of the Earth react to chemical haze

    Hastings Observer: BMX riders from far and wide to compete in Hastings competition

    Worthing Herald: Missing man may be in West Sussex

    Mid Sussex Times: Demolition of ‘eyesore’ gas holder begins to make way for Lidl

    Brighton and Hove News: Brighton girl missing since carnival

  16. Hopes fade for missing diver as search called off

    Hopes are fading for the family of a diver who went missing off the Great Yarmouth coast on Monday night.

    The search for the 68-year-old from Brighton was called off yesterday afternoon after 14 hours of air and sea searches.

    The man failed to surface after diving a wreck from the Raider V.

    His family say they do not want him to be named yet, but have told the BBC of their shock.

    Raider V

    The missing diver's niece says the family still have hope he'll be found alive but if he isn't, they will take comfort in the fact he was doing something he loved.

    Tommy Williams, from Caister lifeboat, says the search teams did their best to find him.

    "We do it for the families. If it was my relative out there I would want all the accessible crews, life boats and helicopters out there looking for them.

    "We have done our job and I'm pretty happy with what we have done."