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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 January

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from Local Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 06:00 GMT tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 GMT, with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

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'Men who are no longer alive, who's going to apply on their behalf?'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thousands of gay men convicted of sexual offences that have now been abolished, have been posthumously pardoned.

It follows the case of World War Two hero Alan Turing, from St Leonards, who helped crack the enigma code, but was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man.

But some campaigners want the legislation to go further.

Plaque marks home of Campbell's Bluebirds

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Burgess Hill site where record-breaking cars and boats were born receives recognition.

A wet and windy week continues

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

Make sure you have a brolly with you for the rest of the week. Here's my latest forecast.

Owner grieves after cat is shot

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Fang the cat
Joceline Colvert

A cat has died after being shot with an airgun.

Twelve-year-old Fang was taken to a vet after returning to his owner in Haywards Heath looking unwell.

An X-ray revealed a pellet in his abdomen which had perforated his intestine seven times.

Fang was transferred to a specialist vet for surgery but died a few days later.

At first I hoped they could take the pellet out and Fang would be OK, but that small pellet had caused so much terrible internal damage that he was not able to recover. We are devastated at losing him and horrified that anyone could do such a horrible thing.

Joceline ColvertFang's owner
Fang the cat
Joceline Colvert

Sussex record breakers honoured

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A blue plaque's been unveiled on a bank in Burgess Hill to mark the site where Donald Campbell's CN7 car was designed.

The car was used to set one of the many records he held, a pursuit which ultimately cost him his life.

Watch: Death of Donald Campbell

Sussex charity helps with rescue of orphaned monkeys

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An Uckfield-based charity is helping rescue injured monkeys in Costa Rica. 

Calls for term 'honour killing' to be banned

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A South East MP is calling for the term "honour killings" to be banned because she says it diminishes the seriousness of the crimes it describes.

Seagulls midfielder heads to Swindon

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Rohan Ince
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Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Rohan Ince has joined League One side Swindon Town on loan until the end of the season.

He passed a medical at the County Ground earlier today, and will be available for Swindon's local derby against Oxford United on Sunday lunchtime.

Manager Chris Hughton said: "Rohan has again found his chances limited this season, so this move gives him the opportunity to play football under a coach he knows well.

"Despite the lack of opportunities, he has been really professional, worked hard in training, and this loan is a good one for all three parties, the player and both clubs."

The former Chelsea youngster has been limited to just seven appearances in cup competitions this season, featuring in the EFL Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and FA Cup.

Ince has made 90 senior appearances for Albion, since being handed his debut by Oscar Garcia in 2013. He also played ten games for Fulham during a loan spell at Craven Cottage last season.

Road rage leads to crash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A driver has been banned for two years and sentenced to 200 hours community service, for an act of road rage which caused a high-speed crash on the A27 near Shoreham.

Lee Allwright, 29, of West Street, Storrington, aggressively overtook a BMW, prompting the driver to immediately flash his lights.

Allwright braked hard, causing the BMW driver to stop in the middle lane, where it was rammed by an empty bus.

The whole incident, on 27 November 2015, was captured on the bus CCTV camera.

This could have been much more serious and could have resulted in someone being injured or killed. Allwright's actions show his total disregard for anyone else and how a moment of madness has cost him his licence."

PC Jon Bennion-JonesSussex Police

Investigation after blood found outside shop

Police are appealing for witnesses after blood was found outside the Co-Op store in Test Road, Sompting.

Officers were called at around 07:15 GMT today by a member of the public who saw the blood on the cashpoint and pavement.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 162 of 31/01.

Renewed appeal in fatal hit-and-run investigation

Scene of a hit-and-run in Brighton
Eddie Mitchell

Police investigating the death of a pensioner in a hit-and-run in Brighton three weeks ago are appealing for the driver of a light-coloured hatchback to come forward.

Sergeant Richard Hornsey from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "It's possible that the driver or other occupants of this car make this journey regularly and the three week anniversary might prompt their recollection.

"The car is a light-coloured five-door hatchback, possibly a silver or grey Renault, that was travelling down Edward Street at about 21:55 GMT on Tuesday, January 10. It had to stop suddenly in the junction with Grand Parade and Old Steine.

"I would stress that the driver is not a suspect, but they may have important information that could assist our investigation and I would urge them to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Beresford."

Jonos 'John' Sasvari, 78, of Little Preston Street, Brighton, died after being hit by a car at the junction between Old Steine and St James's Street.

A 33-year-old man and a 35-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an accident. They have both been bailed until February 27 while investigations continue.  

Thousands sign petition to save centre

More than 19,000 people have signed a petition to save a suicide prevention service in East Sussex.

The Place of Calm offers support to people who are suicidal or in mental health crisis, particularly in the Beachy Head area.

Beachy head
Eddie Mitchell

Seventy people have stayed at the centre since it opened 18 months ago but is facing closure when its funding ends in March.  

BreakingMurray completes permanent move

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Glenn Murray from AFC Bournemouth on a permanent transfer, on undisclosed terms.

Murray has scored 15 goals in 28 appearances since his loan arrival from the Cherries this summer and has agreed a deal until June 2019.

He joined Albion on a season loan deal in July 2016; and he has now scored 71 of his 165 career goals for the Seagulls. 

Glenn has made a big contribution in the first half of the season, not only in terms of his goals, but as a senior member of the squad. "

BBC
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He has done exactly what we had hoped he would do when we took him on loan from Bournemouth in the summer, and has been a crucial part of our team and squad so far this season. I am delighted that he wants to commit his long-term future to the club"

Chris HughtonBrighton Manager

Bexhill explosion: 'It really has made a mess'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Residents have been responding after the British Transport Police were called to Bexhill station following reports that a cash machine had been blown up.

Albion recall goalkeeper

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Christian Walton
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Brighton and Hove Albion have recalled goalkeeper Christian Walton from his loan spell at Luton Town, as a precautionary measure, following an injury to Niki Maenpaa.

Walton, 21, returns to provide back-up for first-team goalkeeper David Stockdale, while Maenpaa recovers from the shoulder injury sustained during Saturday's FA Cup tie at Lincoln City.

Manager Chris Hughton said: "While Niki's injury is not as bad as we first feared, he will be sidelined for a short period of time, and during his period of rehabilitation we will need goalkeeping cover for David Stockdale. 

"Christian has been playing regularly at Luton Town and has really benefitted from his time there; ideally he would have continued, but he is now needed back here to ensure we have proper cover in the goalkeeping position." 

Walton has played 33 times for Luton this season, adding to his four senior appearances for Albion, and ten games played on loan during spells at Bury and Plymouth Argyle.

South East Today presenter Rob Smith feeling 'pugnacious'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Yeah, I'm not really sure what that means either - but Rob Smith is celebrating the launch of Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2017. #comicrelief

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Camber lifeguards plan on track, says council

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Plans to introduce a seasonal lifeguard service at Camber Sands are on track as part of Rother District Council’s budget proposals.

It comes after thousands signed a petition calling for lifeguards on Camber Sands during the summer after seven people died there last year.

Two people died after swimming at the beach in July. A further five people on a day trip to the area died in August.

Lifeguards
BBC

In December, the council allocated more than £50,000 in its draft 2017/18 budget to allow for possible provision of lifeguards at the beach.

The council say it is working with local and national agencies, including the National Water Safety Forum, in developing a beach and water safety plan.

How your donations helped Comic Relief

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

This year's Comic Relief appeal is launched today.

Here's how your donations helped here in the South East on the last Red Nose Day in 2015.

A day in the life of Crawley Old Girls

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Did you miss this on last night's Inside Out?

Crawley Town was the first football club in the country to set up a team for older women.  

You can see the full video on the BBC iPlayer here.

Firefighters tackle Cuckfield house blaze

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service tackled a roof fire in Whitemans Green, Cuckfield overnight.

It happened at about 04:00 GMT.

It took two hours to put out. 

BreakingInce to head to South West?

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

BBC Sussex understands that Albion midfielder Rohan Ince is set for a loan move to League One Swindon Town on deadline day. Manager Chris Hughton has earmarked him for a move for some time after not breaking into the first team squad. 

Talks continue at Brighton and Hove Albion to turn Glenn Murray's loan deal into a permanent move today. The agreement is being reported at around £3m. 

Albion goalkeeper Nikki Maenpaa will be assessed after an injury at Lincoln on Saturday. The Seagulls could bring in cover today or recall Christian Walton from his loan at Luton Town. 

Rohan Ince
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Good news for Sussex cricket fans

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Ross Taylor
Getty Images

Sussex have re-sign New Zealand legend Ross Taylor, who featured in all formats in 2016, for this summer's T20 Blast.

The 32-year-old batsman played in all three formats for the Hove side last season as an overseas player.

Taylor, who has played 73 Twenty20 internationals for the Black Caps, scored 394 runs at an average of 56.28 for Sussex in T20 competition in 2016.

That'll be some exciting cricket on its way this summer then!

Ross Taylor

Sussex re-sign NZ's Taylor for T20

Sussex re-sign New Zealand international Ross Taylor, who featured in all formats in 2016, for this summer's T20 Blast.

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BreakingGas cylinder used to blow up cash machine

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A gas cylinder was used to break into a cash machine outside Bexhill railway station, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Emergency services were called just after 04:00 GMT to the explosion in Sea Road. 

The area has been made safe and there were no reported injuries.

Eye witness at Bexhill station

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

David Stappleton says the road is closed after reports of an ATM exploding at Bexhill station.

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BreakingReports of ATM explosion at Bexhill station

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Behill explosion
Don Ball

We have reports that part of Bexhill railway station has been cordoned off due to an ATM exploding at around 04:00 GMT. 

Eye witnesses say a small section of the station roof has collapsed as result. The freestanding ATM outside the station has reportedly been 'obliterated'.

Behill
David Stappleton

We have contacted the British Transport Police and are awaiting a statement. 

Behill
Don Ball

The Cake Kit Cellar Show

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Thanks to Joel for this...

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Well, we asked Kate if she does in fact sell cake kits on the side.

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I'm glad we got that one sorted. We can all move on with our lives now.