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Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

That's all from our live page for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 09:00 BST.

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Enjoy the evening sunshine!

Driver jailed over Eastbourne car crash deaths

A driver's been jailed for 6 years over a road crash in Eastbourne in which two people were killed. 

Jodan Hunt was sixteen times the legal drug driving limit when he lost control of his car on the seafront last month. 

He smashed into several other vehicles, killing Richard Clements-Lewis from Buxted and his passenger, Maria Smith from Eastbourne. 

The 24-year-old from Hobart Quay admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. 

Jodan Hunt
Sussex Police
Car wreckage
Sussex Police

Update: Bexhill stabbing

A 19-year-old man's been charged after another man was stabbed twice in the back in Bexhill.

Frazer Robson from Cuthbert Close is accused of wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

A 35-year-old man was attacked in the town yesterday - he was airlifted to hospital and later discharged.

Seagulls midfielder: 'I'll honour my contract'

Brighton and Hove midfielder Dale Stephens says he'll honour the remaining ten months of his contract.

The 27-year-old had a transfer request rejected by the club on deadline day yesterday, preventing him from moving to the Premier League.

Read more here.

Dale Stephens
Rex Features

Southern strikes: Commuters turn to buses

National Express says it's seen a 75% increase in demand for bus travel between Brighton and London because of strike action by workers on Southern trains. 

The coach firm says it'll continue to add extra seats on its services as needed. 

RMT members are due to stage a 48-hour walkout on 7 and 8 September in the continuing dispute over the role of guards.  

National Express coach
National Express

Transport Secretary: Rail strike is 'unacceptable'

Stuart Maisner

The planned RMT strike on Southern railway next week is unnecessary, according to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who's urged the union to call it off. 

It comes as he announced £20m of Government funding to improve the Southern network.

'They're going to see the stars of 2020, and aspire to something similar'

Bob Dale

It's a sport that's climbing in popularity. Bouldering has become an Olympic sport, with athletes competing in Tokyo 2020.

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister and MP for Chatham and Aylesford has been to watch some Sussex children who hope to be the medal winners of the future.

Cash boost for mental health trust

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust has been given almost £1m from the Government to try and keep people out of police cells when they have a mental health crisis.

It's another bright day but...

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

It might be about to change at the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Southern railway: £20m fund unveiled to 'improve' services

Stuart Maisner

Government action comes after months of disruption, strikes and a reduced service on rail routes in south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.  

The full story is here.

Gatwick Express train death man 'next to warning notice'

A man who was killed when he leaned out of a train window and hit his head on a gantry was standing next to a warning notice, a report has said.

Simon Brown, from East Grinstead, died on the Gatwick Express on 7 August.

Read the full story here.

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Scuba tragedy: Victim was from Sussex

Police say a man who died in a scuba diving accident in Cornwall on Tuesday was from Horsham. 

He hasn't been formally identified but his family have been told. 

A 12-year-old girl was taken to hospital and later discharged.

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BreakingSouthern Rail: Union anger

The RMT union, which is currently in a dispute with Southern Rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway, has reacted angrily to the news of a £20m government fund to address the problems facing the franchise, saying it "stinks of another multi-million pound taxpayer subsidy".  

If there’s money to prop up this private outfit why isn’t there cash available to make sure that the guards and safety are protected on their trains? If this huge chunk of money was allocated to maintaining the safety-critical role and the jobs of the train guards on the Southern services we could have avoided the strike action that has been forced on us again next week."

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

BreakingSouthern Rail: Transport Secretary's statement

Two million pounds of the £20m will be spent on rapid response teams to fix faults more quickly, and £2.5m on train maintenance.  

We need to get to grips with things that go wrong on this part of the network. That is why we are putting in place a £20m scheme to tackle the cause of breakdowns that too often cause frustrating and damaging delays on the network."

Chris Grayling MPTransport Secretary

BreakingSouthern Rail: GTR statement

Southern operator Govia Thameslink Railway has just issued a statement, reacting to the Government's planned investment of £20m.

Network Rail and Southern will continue to work closely together to ensure this investment delivers real, tangible benefits for our passengers and the new project board will ensure the programme is effectively delivered."

BreakingSouthern Rail: Government steps in

The Government has unveiled a £20 million fund and a new review board to improve Southern rail services and "get to grips" with problems on its network.

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

A Bexhill stabbing, a mental health grant, and Konta collapses. These are our Sussex headlines this morning.

On this day

Bob Dale

A memorial to a communist dictator, fresh anti-fracking protests and a royal honour for a young carer - here are the headlines from one, three and five years ago on #onthisday

Southern Rail: Home Secretary 'disappointed'

The Home Secretary has written to the boss of Southern Rail over the problems affecting the network.

Amber Rudd, whose constituency of Hastings and Rye is affected by the issues, has joined with her fellow Sussex MP Huw Merriman to raise concerns over how commuters are suffering.

Good morning

We'll be keeping you updated with the county's news until 17:00 BST. If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

This bright picture of the Eastbourne seafront was sent to us by Joseph Peters, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne seafront
Joseph Peters