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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 January 2017

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Anthony Knockaert

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Anthony Knockaert scores twice and three players are sent off as Brighton beat Sheffield Wednesday to go top of the Championship.

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Another day closer to the weekend...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We're off for the evening, thank you for joining us today.

Don't forget if you have a story, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

We'll be back at 06:00 GMT, hope you can join us then.

'Brighton Cathedral' to be restored

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

It's known locally as "Brighton Cathedral" and the tower of St Peter's Church is a much-loved city landmark, which has fallen into disrepair. 

But now the first phase of a huge £1.7m restoration project has been completed which has seen the top section of the tower repaired and the roof replaced.

Aquarena plans approved

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Councillors have approved plans to redevelop the Aquarena site on Worthing seafront.

There are 141 homes planned in the project, part of which will be 15 storeys tall. 

Over 2,000 residents had signed a petition against the plans, saying they were too tall, too incongruous and harmed nearby listed Beach House. 

In the end, the six Tory councillors voted in favour, with Lib Dem councillor Hazel Thorpe the sole opponent. 

Councillors debate plans in Worthing
The meeting was held in Worthing Assembly Hall to accommodate hundreds of members of the public

Get ready with your can of de-icer

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's another frosty start for tomorrow - here's my forecast.

Armed robber strikes in Hastings

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police in Hastings are searching for a man who held up a convenience store, claiming he had a gun.

The man, who was smoking a cigarette, threatened a member of staff at the Costcutter in Mount Pleasant Road, between 20:15 and 20:30 on 15 January, claiming the weapon was hidden in a bag.

He ran off with cash from the till, and detectives are keen to trace a passer-by who tried to stop him by kicking him in the shins, as the robber ran along Mount Pleasant Road.

Southern trains

A strike by conductors on the Southern rail network will still go ahead next week after the RMT was barred from ongoing talks, the union says.

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This afternoon's local newspaper headlines


The Argus: GPs under pressure as seventh practice closes

Eastbourne Herald: Strike by Southern guards still on

Brighton and Hove News: Council to open first in-house temporary housing for homeless people

Crawley Observer: Warning over ‘aggressive’ fox on the prowl  

Brighton and Hove Independent: Police warning as Hove targeted by thieves  

Chichester Observer: ‘Perfect girlfriend’ mannequin scares burglars

Mid Sussex Times: Mums Fall Ill 324 Times Over Their Youngster’s Childhood  

Hastings Observer: Hastings’ Dee Day White ‘questioned by Home Secretary’s Special Branch’

RMT Southern strike to go ahead

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The RMT's confirmed a rail strike planned for next week will go ahead.

The union had asked to be included in talks between Aslef and Southern Rail, brokered by the TUC, over the company's plans to introduce driver-only-operation (DOO) trains.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash says his union has been "excluded" from the talks, and so industrial action will go ahead on Monday.

Southern says it would be happy for the RMT to join the talks if the union were to follow Aslef's lead and suspend the strike.

Not only is RMT a recognised drivers' union on Southern but it is also our guards members who have made huge personal sacrifices in the long fight for passenger safety. The notion that some sort of deal can be done which leaves those Southern guards out in the cold is ludicrous".

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT union
Southern Trains
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WSCC Tax rises

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Just returning to discussion of council tax rises - WSCC's plan for 4-4-4 rises actually leaves Band D tax 38p higher in 2020 than 5-5-2.


But WSCC plans leave Band D taxpayers £37 better off than a 5-5-2 rise over the course of 4 years.


Lib Dem raise concerns at continuing cost of agency social workers

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

At the West Sussex County Council meeting - the liberal democrats are questioning costs of agency social workers. 

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Southern rail service

A long-running dispute over the role of conductors on the Southern rail network has resulted in a series of strikes. Just how bad have the operator's commuter services become?

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West Sussex Budget: councillors grilling

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Here in Chichester, councillors get their first chance to scrutinise West Sussex County Council's budget plans. 

Council tax is set to rise 3.95%, with £16.8m savings in 2017/18.

I'll be here to bring you updates on what Labour, UKIP, Lib Dem and, yes, Tories are saying about Conservative Cllr Jeremy Hunt's plans. (No, not that Jeremy Hunt.)

Councillors at West Sussex county council

Are you up for the FA People's Cup?


Ever dreamed of lifting a trophy on the pitch at Wembley? Well, here's your chance.

BBC Get Inspired has again teamed up with the Football Association to launch the 2017 FA People's Cup, a free five-a-side knockout competition that gives the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.Watch as Radio 1Xtra DJ Nick Bright shows his (almost) silky ball skills, while explaining how you can get involved - and for all the information you need, read our Get Inspired guide.

FA People's Cup: keepy-uppy challenge with Radio 1Xtra's Nick Bright

Will the sun continue?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It was a chilly but sunny start to the day, but are there any big changes in store? 

Here's my weather forecast.

LGBT award for Sussex police officer

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of Brighton's most senior police officers has been honoured for his championing of LGBT rights.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp has been named Senior Champion of the Year in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for 2017.

Chief Superintendent Kemp received the accolade for his work as head of policing in Brighton and Hove.

Making a stand as champion bought me into conflict on a personal level with a member of my family and sometimes the public and so I am sadly aware of the prejudice and discrimination that LGBT people have experienced. My own experience only made me more resolute."

Chief Superintendent Nev KempSussex Police
Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp
Sussex Police

Closing the funding gap at West Sussex County Council

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Less money coming in from Government, and rising costs: from carer's wages to agency social workers. Not to mention that more and more people need to use the council's social care services. 

West Sussex County Council was on course to spend £41.6m more than it brought in next year. It needs to close that gap. 

So, council tax will rise by 3.95% - £47.70 for a Band D taxpayer, and it will make savings of  £16.8m. 

The council thinks it can make many of those savings by making services more efficient, rather than cutting them.

So, fewer people will have more than one care worker. The council's waste contract is being re-negotiated. Supported housing will be provided to fewer people who the council says don't need it. 

A photo of County Hall in Chichester
Further savings will be debated at County Hall in Chichester

But some opposition councillors warn that those who lose out on services may then need more expensive help later on. And there will be some cuts too - an end to a programme helping people lose weight, and confirmation that 3-in-1 travel passes for young people are no more. 

And rather than shelve plans to redesign services for the very young - the council will use over £8 million of its reserves, in the hope that its new Think Family initiative saves money in the long run. 

This morning's local newspaper headlines


The Argus: Student attack victim was "failed" by university

Brighton and Hove News: Clueless Nick Cave tweet goes viral

Chichester Observer: Chichester waits for Andrew Tyrie to break his silence on the A27 

Hastings Observer: Hastings’ Dee Day White ‘questioned by Home Secretary’s Special Branch’

McDonalds stabbing: Arrest made

A 19-year-old has been charged following a stabbing in McDonalds restaurant in London Road, Brighton, on the afternoon of Tuesday January 17. 

Elson Brito of Francis Street, Brighton, has been charged with wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place.

He will appear before Brighton magistrates this morning.

An 18-year-old man from Brighton was recovering from injuries to his abdomen and arm in the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

First phase of iconic church restoration completed

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

The scaffolding is coming down at one of Brighton's Grade II listed churches. 

Sections of the tower have been restored at St Peter's which is also known as 'Brighton Cathedral'.

The project has been carried out with funding of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Holocaust remembered

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Two Sussex MPs are calling for a formal debate in Parliament to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.


Peter Kyle, the MP for Hove and Huw Merriman, the MP for Bexhill and Battle, visited the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz last year, along with pupils from twelve South East schools. 

They're urging colleagues to continue the annual tradition of a commemorative debate in the House of Commons.

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm back on BBC Sussex from 09:00 GMT this morning.

This morning's show is all about the environment.

Blogger raises awareness for hair loss

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

When she was 16, Jade Jarvis, who lives in Eastbourne, started losing her hair. She found coping with alopecia incredibly stressful but learned to accept it, and has now found the confidence to campaign for more awareness.  

Southern and Aslef talks resume today

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Talks are expected to continue today between the rail union Aslef and Southern. 

Members of the union were due to walk out for three days next week in a dispute about the role of guards on the trains, but suspended industrial action and a ban on overtime to allow talks to take place. 

southern train

Meanwhile, Southern says it plans to run more than 70% of its trains next Monday - when the RMT Union is due to go on a separate strike.  

Australian Open 2017: Another win for Johanna Konta

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta eased through to the Australian Open third round in Melbourne.

Ninth seed Konta, 25, produced a confident display to beat 19-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3 6-2.

Johanna Konta
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Konta, who will face Denmark's 17th seed Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday, faced one of the most promising players in the women's game.

The big-serving Osaka, ranked 48th, had a chance to break Konta in the eighth game but missed a forehand and then looked on helplessly as the Briton fired down two aces to hold serve.

Konta took advantage of her opponent's loss of focus to break to love and then served out the opening set in clinical fashion.

The Briton dominated the second set to secure her 10th win of 2017.

"I love playing on these amazing courts and I'm looking forward to staying here as long as possible," she said.

A cold and sunny morning

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's a crisp morning out there in the South East - here's my forecast.  

Good morning

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

It's Thursday and we're here until 22:00 GMT with all the news, sport, weather and travel news in Sussex. 

To kick the day off here's our #photooftheday - it's a great shot of Horsham by Sarah Hume.

Sarah Hume

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