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Kent Online: Russell Brand backs Gravesend artist Claude Barry

The Argus: Anger as rough sleepers pitch tents outside Brighton Town Hall

Get Surrey:Huge 54 metre long gantry installed across M23 ahead of 38-hour Gatwick Airport road closure

Hastings Observer: Restoration of former Observer building given boost as fundraiser extended

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath farmer saves fox cubs after car hits pregnant mother

Chichester Observer: Chichester man dies from pneumonia after fall at hospital

Worthing Herald: St Paul's closure rumours addressed by trustee

West Sussex County Times: Windows smashed in Horsham vandalism spree

Brighton & Hove Independent: Lancing woman jailed for violent homophobic assault after Brighton Pride

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne PC faces misconduct charges after person injured in 'drunk' argument

Brighton and Hove News: Ten seafront lanterns removed after corrosion found

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Kent Online: Benny the Beluga whale inspires Swanscombe artist to create life-size sculpture

The Argus: Brighton and Hove Auction House given 'Picasso' art to sell

Get Surrey: Widow's grief at month-long wait for husband's body

Hastings Observer: Shark jaws stolen from Hastings Fishermen’s Museum

Mid Sussex Times: Public outpouring of joy over little lost dog found after 11-day hunt

Chichester Observer: Reports of explosion at Westhampnett tip

Worthing Herald: Pair jailed over shocking act of public indecency outside Worthing’s Guildbourne Centre

West Sussex County Times: ‘Car mad’ Horsham teenager dies two months after passing driving test

Brighton & Hove Independent: Liquidators appointed for Brighton chocolate shop

Eastbourne Herald: A new chairman at East Sussex County Council has been chosen for the forthcoming municipal year.

Brighton and Hove News: Plans for extra floor on Art Deco block refused

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Kent Online: Kent's best beaches revealed

The Argus: Brighton man calls for Jeremy Kyle to be sacked after being on ITV show

Get Surrey:Over 3,300 Surrey families have lost money needed to live on due to benefits cap

Hastings Observer: Hastings man sent to prison for handling stolen computer

Mid Sussex Times: New changes to £65 million Burgess Hill redevelopment to go on show

Chichester Observer:Three jailed for Bognor Regis drugs supply after 2kg of cocaine seized

Worthing Herald:Ex-Worthing auction house could be turned into boxing academy

West Sussex County Times:Record numbers pound streets of Crawley and surrounding area for Run Gatwick event

Brighton & Hove Independent:Later licence for West Street nightclub Popworld turned down

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man fined for driving without due care and attention

Brighton and Hove News:Brighton man faces trial charged with two counts of rape

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Kent Online: HGV trainer still going strong aged 82

The Argus: Daredevil risks his life as he scales high-rise crane for 'selfie'

Get Surrey: Record numbers of people being admitted to Surrey hospitals due to being obese

Hastings Observer: Hastings man guilty of dangerous driving

Mid Sussex Times: Gatwick Gary: Man abandoned as a baby at airport finally traces birth parents

Chichester Observer: Sussex father's shock after catching a 2ft-long rat in his back garden

Worthing Herald: Southwick allotment holder in land dispute with ‘totally irresponsible’ council

West Sussex County Times: Warning over toxic caterpillars in Horsham area

Brighton & Hove Independent: New Labour leader elected in Brighton and Hove

Eastbourne Herald: Serious decline in performance’ at Lewes Prison despite special measures

Brighton and Hove News: CCTV released in bid to catch motorbike thieves

Gunman robs bookmakers

Ladbrokes in Worthing
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A man armed with a gun entered a betting shop and demanded money from staff before leaving with the cash.

The robbery at Ladbrokes in Broadwater Street East, Worthing, happened at about 19:00 BST on Sunday.

The suspect was wearing a grey top and grey jogging bottoms and had his face covered.

Staff were unharmed, Sussex Police said.

Anyone who saw a man in the area acting suspiciously is asked to contact police.

Dragonfly project in Dorset extended

Melanie James

BBC Radio Solent

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A Dorset project to help victims of domestic abuse is to be extended.

The Dragonfly project uses the symbol of a dragonfly to show people in an abusive situation where they can find confidential support and advice.

The project trains people to become champions within communities. They're able to receive and respond to disclosures of domestic violence and abuse.

Funding has now been secured to continue the Dragonfly project in Dorset and to extend it to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex.

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KentOnline: Thieves steal hundreds of pounds from Wildwood Discovery Park near Canterbury

The Argus: The Old Market and Brighton Women's Centre team up

GetSurrey: Staines school to scan pupils for knives following rise in knife crime

Hastings Observer: Wet and windy start to day in Hastings and Rother

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill town centre redevelopment: Residents invited to open day

Chichester Observer: Goodwood pilots to fly silver spitfire around the world

Worthing Herald: Adur Repair Cafe set for launch in Shoreham

West Sussex County Times: Broadbridge Heath bypass closes as downgrade begins

Brighton & Hove Independent: Trainlines between Worthing and Littlehampton blocked after person hit by a train - Chichester lines also affected

Eastbourne Herald: New drug cabinet provided to DGH by Eastbourne charity

Brighton and Hove News: Vine Street restaurant given alcohol licence despite neighbour concerns

New coastal landmark takes shape

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Construction work is underway on the WOW - Worthing Observation Wheel.

Worthing Observation Wheel under construction
Worthing Borough Council
The wheel will be nearly as high as Nelson's Column

The 150ft (46m) wheel will be close to the beach in Montague Place, and an area will be fenced off so that concrete foundations can be laid.

Montague Place, Worthing
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Montague Place from the beach

The parts of the wheel itself are being constructed in the Netherlands, and eight lorries will eventually be needed to deliver them for assembly in June.

Worthing Borough Council has awarded a three-year lease to deKoning Leisure Ltd, which will operate the wheel between April and October every year, when it will be dismantled for the winter.

Worthing Wheel under construction
Worthing Borough Council

I really will enjoy watching the WOW rise into the sky to become an iconic landmark on our ever-improving seafront. I’m sure visitors and residents alike will enjoy the WOW for years to come.'

Cllr Kevin JenkinsExecutive Member for Regeneration, Worthing Borough Council

New coastal landmark taking shape

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Construction work is due to begin on the Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW).

Worthing observation wheel under construction
Worthing Borough Council
The wheel will be nearly as tall as Nelson's Column

The 150ft (46m) wheel will be close to the beach in Montague Place and from 7 May an area will be fenced off so that concrete foundations can be laid.

Montague Place, Worthing
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Montague Place from the beach

The parts of the wheel itself are being constructed in the Netherlands and eight lorries will eventually be needed to deliver them for assembly in June.

Worthing Borough Council has awarded a three-year lease to deKoning Leisure Ltd, which will operate the wheel between April and October every year, when it will be dismantled for the winter.

The Worthing wheel under construction
Worthing Borough Council

I really will enjoy watching the WOW rise into the sky to become an iconic landmark on our ever-improving seafront. I’m sure visitors and residents alike will enjoy the WOW for years to come.'

Councillor Kevin JenkinsExecutive Member for Regeneration, Worthing Borough Council

Tory council leader loses seat in Arun

The Conservative council leader in Arun, West Sussex, has been unseated by an independent candidate.

Gillian Brown and her Tory colleague Trevor Bence lost out to independents Hugh Coster and Anthony Dixon.

The council, where the Tories had held a comfortable majority, is yet to return a full set of results.

Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council

The Conservative Party have held control of Worthing Council after winning five of the 11 seats available, six fewer than they won the last time these seats were up for election in 2015.

Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council
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Only 11 of the 37 seats on the council were up for election this year. The Conservative Party won five seats, Labour also won five seats, the Lib Dems won one seat, and neither independent candidates nor UKIP won any seats. Including the seats that weren't up for election this year, the council is made up as a whole of 21 Tory councillors, 10 Labour councillors, three Lib Dem councillors, two independent councillors and one UKIP councillor.

A full breakdown of results for Worthing will be available from the council website, and for full national results use the BBC's live results service.

This story has been generated using BBC election data and some automation.

No change of power in Worthing

The Conservatives have held on to power in Worthing, although they have lost six of their seats on the borough council.

They were defending 11 seats, with five going to Labour and one being lost to the Lib Dems

The Conservatives now have 21 seats on the council, Labour have 10 and the Lib Dems three.

The Tories needed a majority of 19 in order to keep control..

When are your local council results due back?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Election count in Tandridge
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Overnight we have seen the Tories lose overall control in Tandridge, Surrey.

In Kent, the Conservatives have lost control of Folkestone and Hythe but the party has held Medway and Dartford.

These are the estimated results times for each county in the South East:

Kent

  1. Maidstone 12:45
  2. Dover District 13:00
  3. Ashford 14:00
  4. Thanet 14:00
  5. Sevenoaks 15:30
  6. Swale 15:30
  7. Tonbridge & Malling 16:00 -18:00
  8. Canterbury City 17:00
  9. Tunbridge Wells 17:00
  10. Gravesham Borough 18:00

East Sussex:

  1. Eastbourne 16:00
  2. Rother 16:00
  3. Brighton & Hove 17:00
  4. Lewes 17:00
  5. Wealden 17:00

West Sussex

  1. Worthing 11:00
  2. Chichester 12:00
  3. Crawley 16:00
  4. Horsham 16:00
  5. Arun 16:00
  6. Mid Sussex 19:00

Surrey

  1. Mole Valley 15:00
  2. Woking 15:00
  3. Spelthorne 15:00
  4. Reigate and Banstead 16:30
  5. Waverley 18:00
  6. Runnymede 18:00
  7. Elmbridge - Unsure

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Pair arrested over Worthing kidnap released

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Two people arrested over the kidnap of two men in Worthing have been released under investigation, Sussex Police said.

Two men were seen being forced into a white van in Grafton Road by a group of men at about 21:50 BST on Thursday.

The van drove off and was stopped by police at 22:30 in The Strand, where the driver and a passenger were arrested.

The 37-year-old man of no fixed address, and the passenger - a 31-year-old woman from Worthing - were both arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

Det Sgt Simon Smith said: “We have currently not been made aware of any victims. We are urgently seeking the identity of the two men being seen to be put in the van and ensure their safety."

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Hastings Observer: Hastings Jack in the Green: What you need to know

Kent Online: Man with meat cleaver arrested in Rochester

Chichester Observer: Plan to split Chichester store after closure confirmed

Eastbourne Herald: New purpose-built church to be developed in Eastbourne town centre

Worthing Herald: Meet the Worthing man who 'walks' his parrot at the park

Mid Sussex Times: Overnight break-in at Hassocks farm

Brighton and Hove News: Thousands from Brighton and Hove face losing their vote in European elections

Brighton and Hove Independent: Male politicians come out in support of Brighton suffragette statue

The Argus: Brighton seagull swallows entire pigeon whole

Get Surrey: Police searching for suspects after 'distinctive' pink van stolen in Weybridge

Crawley Observer: Crawley Chief Inspector pops to the shop to buy cakes for her officers, ends up arresting shoplifter

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Hastings Observer: Gold-coloured hippo statue thrown off Hastings Pier

Kent Online: Police have launched a probe after five takeaways and a taxi were sent to a woman's house.

Chichester Observer: Man arrested after being found with knife in Bognor Regis High Street

Eastbourne Herald: Adorable lambs help students with exam stress at East Sussex College

Worthing Herald: Search for two men kidnapped and forced into van by group of men in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex letter writer's tirade against men wearing shorts goes viral

Brighton and Hove News: Crystal meth gang supplied Brighton chemsex parties, court hears

Brighton and Hove Independent: The Big Lemon rolls out on-demand bus in Hangleton

The Argus: Woman bares bum in park as bad behaviour plagues Worthing

Get Surrey: Meet the UK's youngest ever solo pilot - a schoolboy from Camberley

Crawley Observer: Woman flown to hospital after falling from balcony at Gatwick Airport

Two arrested over Worthing kidnap

Grafton Road, Worthing
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Two people have been arrested after two men were reported being bundled into a van in Worthing, Sussex Police said.

The two men were seen being forced into a white van in Grafton Road by a group of men at about 21:50 BST on Thursday.

The van was stopped at about 22:30 in The Strand, in the Durrington area and the driver - a 37-year-old man - and a woman passenger, aged 32, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

The two men who were seen being put in the van have not yet been found, police said.

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Hastings Observer: Small village shop puts Hastings and Bexhill to shame over Mozambique cyclone appeal

Kent Online: Couple arrange Stockbury's newest three-day Chickenstock festival in July

Chichester Observer: Selsey house demolition - Backlash prompts response from Chichester District Council

Eastbourne Herald: 'Sheer greed' of Eastbourne man in stealing £54,000 from Gardners Books over five years

Worthing Herald: Search for armed robbery suspect in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill regeneration: ‘Next is still on the cards and has always been on the cards’

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton's toxic transport crisis

Brighton and Hove Independent: Disinfectant set off gas alarms at Brighton seafront hotel

The Argus: Fatboy Slim to play at Hove Old Market in May

Get Surrey: Councillors 'shocked' and 'horrified' after man in 50s stabbed four times in Sunbury

Crawley Observer: Crawley man admits possessing 278 indecent images of children

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Hastings Observer: Sussex town is the smallest in England to still have a Mayor and Corporation

Kent Online: Former Tally Ho pub in Canterbury must be converted back from house to bar

Chichester Observer: Hundreds gather for open air baptisms on Easter Sunday in Chichester

Eastbourne Herald: Police and council respond to petition to dig up garden in search of body of missing Polegate teen

Worthing Herald: Dogs Trust Shoreham dog of the week Benny acts like a giant puppy

Mid Sussex Times: ‘Wonderful news’ as Mid Sussex charity awarded £5,000

Brighton and Hove News: Police ask public to help find Brighton man missing since before Easter

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fraud investigation as Brighton women lose thousands after being promised jobs abroad

The Argus: City clean boss hits back as union holds ballot on strike action

Get Surrey: Slow M25 and M3 traffic due to crash and emergency repairs - live updates

Crawley Observer: Gatwick based trust offers bursaries for children with paralysis

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Hastings Observer: Morris dance set to celebrate St George’s Day.

Kent Online: Migrant's death under coach 'misadventure'

Chichester Observer:Train disruption between Gatwick and Three Bridges

Eastbourne Herald: Two cars on fire in early hours

Worthing Herald: Police warn of 'disturbing hugging scam'

Mid Sussex Times: Stephen Lawrence Day - Police officers take time to reflect

Brighton & Hove News: Councillor speaks of 'highs and lows' in office

Brighton & Hove Independent: Meet the Sussex Police cyber crime head

The Argus: Man dangles boy over cliff edge

Surrey News: Dentist to face misconduct hearing

Crawley Observer: Our shared interest in protecting the planet

Evidence of rabbits in UK in Roman times, say academics

A bone from a rabbit found at Fishbourne Roman Palace
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Rabbits have been hopping around the UK since the Roman period, experts have been able to scientifically prove for the first time.

Tests on a rabbit bone, found at Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, have shown the animal was alive in 1AD.

The 1.6in (4cm) piece of a tibia bone was found in 1964 but it remained in a box until 2017, when a zooarchaeologist realised that it came from a rabbit.

Academics believe the animal could have been kept as an exotic pet.

Analysis, including radiocarbon dating, was carried out by researchers at the universities of Exeter, Oxford and Leicester.

South East unemployment picture better than national

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Unemployment in the South East is at 3.3% according to the latest official figures.

Across the UK the proportion of people aged 16 and over not in work is at 3.9%, lower than at any time since the end of 1975.

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Unemployment in the South East is below the national average

You can read more about the national picture here.

Concern over missing man

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're concerned about the welfare of a man who hasn't been seen for over a week.

Colin Cooksey, who's 43, hasn't been seen since 6 April.

Missing person Colin Cooksey
Sussex Police

Colin, who sleeps rough, was last seen in Arundel Road, Worthing, and was wearing a grey jumper, black jeans, a black anorak, blue trainers and a black hat.

He's known to frequent both Worthing and Brighton.

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Hastings Observer: Hastings Street Food Festival to return in May

Kent Online: Anger as parking permit fees double in Canterbury within two years

Chichester Observer: Outrage over decision to demolish 'charming' historic Selsey home

Eastbourne Herald: Bid to transform Eastbourne’s oldest building into ‘high end’ B&B

Worthing Herald: Police operation at Worthing level crossing snares 10 people

Mid Sussex Times: Bomb squad called to Mid Sussex

Brighton and Hove News: Moulsecoomb playground reopens after parents raise funds for £70k revamp

Brighton and Hove Independent: Janet Muller killing to feature in real crime TV series

The Argus: Dealer used 15-year-old boy to sell class A drugs

Get Surrey: Huge house fire at Hamhaugh Island in Shepperton

Crawley Observer: Bikes stolen after hole cut in hedge to access garden