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Have a great weekend

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us in the Sussex Live team for this week.

We'll be back bright and early on Monday morning with all your latest news and updates - join us from 06:00 BST.

As usual, if you'd like to get in touch in the meantime you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.    

Have a great weekend.

Deaf blind runner's 100 medals challenge

Former Saltdean resident James Clarke is getting ready for his final run of a 100 Medals Challenge tomorrow.

The 38-year-old, who now lives in Surrey, has a rare genetic condition called Usher Syndrome, which affects his hearing, sight and balance.

He'll do the last of 100 runs tomorrow in Saltdean surrounded by his friends and family who are travelling from all over the world to join him.

Read more here.

James Clarke
The Saltdean Zone

Sussex Police: 'It's a miracle nobody died'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These horrific images released by Sussex Police show what happened after two young drivers raced each other on a dual carriageway near Worthing.

Man jailed for attempted murder of girlfriend

A Brighton man's been jailed for 20 years for stabbing his girlfriend more than 100 times after she refused to get him a drink of water. 

Jamiv Usman attacked the 19-year-old in front of her two-year-old son at their home. 

Police found the knife dumped in a hedge nearby.

They say it's a miracle she survived. 

Jamiv Usman
Sussex Police
Sussex Police

Newspaper round-up

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne pub demolished to make way for homes.

The Argus: Police hunt gunman linked to seven robberies spanning Lancing, Worthing and Sompting.

West Sussex County Times: Series of overnight break-ins in village.

Hastings Observer: Arrest after teen stabbed in Hastings.

New UKIP leader is South East MEP

It was announced today that the South East MEP Diane James had been elected as UKIP's new leader. 

The result was revealed at the UKIP party conference in Bournemouth at lunchtime and will see Ms James succeed the previous party leader, Nigel Farage.

The heatwave's over!

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

 The sunshine came to a dramatic end today, but what's the weekend got in store? Here's my forecast.  

'It means I'm not the only one'


Newsround asked some disabled children for their views about the Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics have been a massive success for ParalympicsGB - but what has it meant to children with disabilities in the UK?

Well, who better to ask than the children themselves?

If you want to find out more about disability sport click here - or find inclusive options on our full list of guides.

Police: If you see this man, call 999

Police want to speak to Frederick Johnathon King, also known as Fred King Junior, about a vicious attack on a man in Hailsham. 

Officers say he shouldn't be approached and that anyone who sees him should call 999. 

Fred King Junior
Sussex Police
Flooded Didcot parkway

Flash flooding hits parts of England as thunderstorms dump almost half a month's rain in some parts within hours.

Read more

Revealed: John Lewis plans for Brighton

John Lewis has published plans for a new department store in Brighton. 

The retailer wants to convert the current Boots shop on the corner of Queens Road and North Street. 

They say the new store will create 250 jobs. 

The plans are being displayed at a public exhibition in Queens Road today and tomorrow. 

John Lewis plans
John Lewis

This afternoon's headlines

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are looking for a Hailsham man over an attack in the town, a couple are wanted after computer equipment is stolen in Hove, and the gold paint on Eastbourne pier is here to stay.

I've got your #3in30 for Sussex.

Brighton and Hove Albion latest

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

The Seagulls travel to Burton Albion this weekend, in the first ever league meeting between the sides.

Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua is out with a knee injury, while striker Sam Baldock will be assessed after missing Tuesday's 1-0 win over league leaders Huddersfield with a calf problem.

Read a preview of the match here.

And don't forget to join me and former Albion striker Warren Aspinall for full build-up and match commentary from 14:00 BST tomorrow on BBC Sussex.

Kazenga LuaLua
Rex Features

UKIP new leader: Reaction in Sussex

Our political reporter Ben Weisz has been getting reaction to the news that UKIP has elected a new leader.

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New UKIP leader: 'Age of velvet collars, pints and a fag is over'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Nigel Farage and Diane James

Power here has changed from one South East MEP to another, but it's one who could not be more different. 

The age of velvet collars, pints, and a fag down the pub is very much over with Diane James. She's a much more straight down the line person.

A popular choice, she polled 8,451 votes in this leadership election, more than twice the number of her nearest rival, Lisa Duffy. 

Diane James

Talking to people here at the UKIP conference, I know she's widely seen as a unifying figure, and that's going to be really important. UKIP is at risk of fracture at the moment, as it tries to decide what its future is in a world where the main reason it was founded - Brexit - has been achieved. 

That's going to be her biggest job here - deciding the future of the party. 

And she has some big shoes to fill. It's clear from the UKIP membership here at today's conference that Nigel Farage is absolutely loved.

H.G.Wells, the origins

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We go back in time for the 150th anniversary of H.G. Wells's birth tonight, the Kent author who was inspired by the South East (and even had aliens blow up parts of Surrey!)

Well, Stephen Baxter, a science fiction author, explains the origins of that book, The War of the World.

BreakingUKIP elects a new leader

UKIP deputy chairman and South East MEP Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.        

Country Music Success

A British music duo have been making history in the world of country music. 

Twin sisters Lizzy and Catherine Ward Thomas have shot straight to number one in the UK  album charts. 

Next month they bring their UK tour to Brighton.

What happened #onthisday in Sussex?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The A27 fully reopens for the first time since the Shoreham air crash, an attempt to evict protesters at Balcombe fails, and Southern launches a competition to build more carriages. 

Here's what happened #onthisday in Sussex.

Ordeal of kittens trapped in narrow drainpipe

West Sussex County Times

Three tiny kittens who were plucked to safety after becoming trapped in a narrow drainpipe are now looking for new homes. Read more in the West Sussex County Times report here.   

Kittens rescued from drainpipe
West Sussex County Times

Southern Railway shortlisted for a community award

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

After passengers have endured months of union strikes and disruption on the line, Southern Railway have been shortlisted for a community award. 

Govia Thameslink Railway is in the running for a Passengers Matter award thanks to the Association of Community Rail.

Southern train

Southern services have been disrupted for months because of staff shortages and industrial action in a long running dispute over the role of conductors. 

The Unions have reacted with disbelief to news. 

The only 'hard work and community dedication' going on at Southern Rail is from the frontline staff who are being attacked and undermined by the company bosses at every turn."

Mick CashRMT union general secretary

Brighton Seafront Development

The go ahead has been given for an £11m project to rebuild the Victorian Shelter Hall on Brighton seafront. 

The City Council says it's become structurally unsound and must be rebuilt.

Beauty in books

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A new exhibition at a museum in Ditchling, East Sussex, is showcasing works of literature from the late 19th and early 20th century.  

Sussex's local newspaper stories

Stack of newspapers

The Argus: Police hunt gunman linked to seven robberies

Eastbourne Herald: New homes plan put on hold  

Brighton and Hove News: Charities awarded £400k funding to help jobless adults find work

The headlines in Sussex

A charity match for a Sussex firefighter, a Worthing robbery is linked to other thefts and approval's given for an £11m development on Brighton seafront. 

Here's your Sussex #3in30 with Dan Maclaren.

Concern over Gatwick night flight proposals

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eight MPs from the South East have written to the government in protest at proposals by Gatwick to charge less for night flights than daytime flights.  

Goodbye sunshine

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Hello rain.

We've got heavy showers coming ahead for the rest of the day. 

Here's my weather report.

'I'm not buying a flint cottage in Snowdonia...'

South East MEP Nigel Farage is preparing to deliver his final speech as UKIP leader at the party's annual conference.

But is this the last we'll be seeing of him...?

ICYMI: Councillors refuse to endorse A27 improvements

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

All five options to improve a bottleneck on the A27 at Chichester have been rejected today by West Sussex county councillors.   

Good morning from your BBC Live team

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all the news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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Thanks to Will Snelling for this picture of Seven Sisters - it's our #photooftheday

Seven Sisters
Will Snelling