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  1. Updates on Tuesday 20 September

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It's goodnight from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST.

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

'We had a little chat and I said sorry for being a bit naughty'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Some of the South East's Paralympic medallists have been telling us about their experiences in Rio.   

Council leader warns of a 'perfect storm' of funding pressures

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Conservative leader of West Sussex County Council has warned of a ‘perfect storm’ of funding pressures and policy changes which she thinks will have a damaging effect on schools and children’s learning. 

Councillor Louise Goldsmith has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, to plead for urgent government support to address issues which have ‘built up over years of under-funding’. 

Louise Goldsmith
BBC

The letter has been prompted by delays to the implementation of a new National Funding Formula for schools, something which local headteachers and the County Council have been calling for. 

ICYMI: Mystery bird artist dubbed 'Planksie'

The identity of a mystery artist who put up 12 wooden bird sculptures has baffled locals who have dubbed him "Planksie".

The colourful figures appeared in Seaford and Newhaven in East Sussex but no one knows who put them there.

They first arrived about the same time as the Artwave arts festival but are not believed to be linked. Read the story here.

Artwork by 'Planksie'
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Protest leads to council meeting being suspended

Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed that the Health and Well-being Board meeting at Hove town hall had to be suspended after the GMB union staged a protest this evening.

Around 20 people were involved and the board meeting could not continue.

The GMB union were protesting over drivers of the new patient transport service not being paid. The room’s now been cleared and the meeting has resumed.

The council says taking over that particular meeting was not the right thing to do as the health and well-being board do not have any power to intervene in the contractual situation with Coperforma.

A look at tomorrow's weather

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's looking like a mixed day. Here's my forecast.

Chris Dent in action for Gloucestershire

Chris Dent and David Payne provide timely resistance for Gloucestershire, who reach 201-7 on day one against Sussex.

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Sussex ambulance drivers protest

There have been protests in Eastbourne and Brighton by ambulance workers who say they haven't been paid for weeks.

It follows the sudden closure of non-emergency ambulance provider Docklands, which shut its doors last week saying debts had forced it out of business.

Twenty staff say they haven't been paid - and their union is urging Sussex NHS managers to take action.

Police release CCTV after Burgess Hill purse thefts

Police want to talk to this woman in connection with purse thefts in the Waitrose store in Burgess Hill.

A woman was shopping in the store in Market Place on Thursday between 11:00 BST and 12:30 BST and while she was looking at the joints of meat, a woman standing nearby stole her purse from her bag.

While she was reporting it to staff, another victim came forward to say she had also her purse stolen. Anyone with information should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 629 of 15/09.  

CCTV from Waitrose in Burgess Hill
Sussex Police

Sussex's local newspaper round-up

Eastbourne Herald: Mother warns of meningitis risk after daughter’s illness

Crawley Observer: County pleased with ‘fair’ adult education Ofsted report

Brighton and Hove Independent: Police arrest 14 people for drug offences at Boundary Festival

A pile of newspapers
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Our Paralympic medallists on the sofa

Don't miss South East Today at 18:30 BST on BBC One to see live interviews with four of the South East's top Paralympic medallists.

What happened #onthisday in Sussex?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police investigate gunshots in St Leonards, the Sussex Police chief constable is questioned over the cost of the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, and two new additions to the Drusillas family.

Here's what happened #onthisday in Sussex.

Queens Square work starts

Work has started on a £3.2m facelift for Crawley's Queens Square. 

It includes new paving, improved lighting, seating, street furniture and a plaza with a water feature. 

The joint project between the borough and county councils, and the Coast2Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, is due to finish next summer. 

Read more here

Artist's impression of Queens Square
Regenerating Crawley

Train service restored

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern Rail says it's restoring the full timetable of services between Seaford and Lewes from next Monday.

Police find cannabis plants in Eastbourne

Police in Eastbourne followed their noses to find the source of a pungent cannabis smell. 

They were called to Pevensey Road after neighbours reported smelling the drug. 

Officers found 18 plants inside a tent in the bedroom of a basement flat. 

A 51-year-old man accepted a formal caution for production of cannabis.   

Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading

Brighton are taking on Reading in the third round of the EFL Cup at 19:45 BST tonight.

Albion boss Chris Hughton will give a debut to Belgium international defender Sebastien Pocognoli, while Sam Baldock will return after a calf problem.

Sebastien Pocognoli
Rex Features

Full-back Rob Hunt will start for the Seagulls, with Uwe Hunemeier and Connor Goldson set to feature after injury.  

You can listen on BBC Sussex and there will be text commentary on the BBC Sport website.  

Zac Toumazi

Sussex chief executive Zac Toumazi will step down at the end of 2016, having been in the role since January 2013.

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Here's your lunchtime weather forecast

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

And it's not looking great. Here's my forecast.

Southern train

Troubled Southern Railway is to restore trains between Seaford and Brighton cut as part of an emergency timetable 10 weeks ago.

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'Trying to get a job with a conviction is very hard'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

How difficult is it to find work when you've been convicted of a crime? 

Unlock, a South East charity, says too many employers are discriminating against ex-offenders.  

Cricket latest: Gloucs v Sussex

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Gloucs v Sussex
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Not a difficult decision for Sussex to bowl first on an overcast chilly morning in Bristol, where play was delayed for half an hour due to bad light. 

The visitors have exploited the conditions, beating the bat on numerous occasions as Gloucestershire struggled to 33-3 at lunch and taking 24 overs to make those runs. 

Steve Magoffin has taken one of the wickets, bringing his haul for the season to 60.

See the full scorecard here.

Road delay warning

Drivers are being warned of delays on the roads of Sussex again this afternoon as work continues on the Shepham Wind Farm. Police are escorting an abnormal load from Clacket Lane services on the M25 down to Polegate.

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Look who's back

Will Bayley, who won gold at the Rio Paralympics with victory in the men's class 7 table tennis final, has jetted back to the UK.

Bayley, from Groombridge, was a silver medallist at London 2012.

He beat Brazil's Israel Pereira Stroh 3-1 before celebrating by jumping on the table.

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ICYMI: Dirty beaches in the South East

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

There are growing concerns across the South East about the significant rise in sea pollution in the English Channel.

This September volunteers are taking part in the Great British Beach Clean. 

Is this the shortest cycle lane in Sussex?

It was spotted by a BBC Sussex reporter - and no, it doesn't continue 'behind' the camera.  

If you've spotted a shorter cycle lane, please get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.  

Cycle lane in Sussex
BBC

BreakingSouthern Rail: Seaford and Lewes services restored

The full timetable between Seaford and Brighton will be restored from Monday 26 September.

It will mean the return of half-hourly service for passengers whose services have been mostly replaced by buses since a temporary reduced weekday service was introduced on 11 July. 

The replacement of many of the Seaford trains with buses was understandably hard-felt by the local community and we’re sorry for the hassle and inconvenience to everyone the reduced timetable caused."

Alex FouldsPassenger Services Director, Southern

Brexit windfall for local growers

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A study by a trade association has found consumers are more likely to seek out fruit grown locally in light of the Brexit result.

Nuwan Kulasekara

Sri Lanka bowler Nuwan Kulasekara is released on bail after he is involved in a crash in which a motorcyclist dies.

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Is this the most romantic marriage proposal ever?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Here's how Ben Edwards proposed to his partner Abi Muggeridge on the i360 in Brighton.

It happened yesterday and Abi described it as a "complete surprise".

Abi, from East Grinstead, said: "He said 'What's that down there?' I looked and thought 'That's amazing', but I didn't realise it was for me until I turned round and Ben was down on one knee.

Picture of marriage proposal from Brighton's i360
Ben Edwards

"Then people started cheering and someone passed me a glass of Champagne. It was amazing."  

When they got to the bottom, their friends and family had gathered to help them celebrate.

Abi, who is expecting a baby in three weeks' time, says they haven't set a date yet.  

Abi Muggeridge
Ben Edwards
Abi Muggeridge
Ben Edwards

This morning's headlines

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Non-emergency ambulance drivers protest about unpaid wages, district councillors meet to discuss options for A27 improvements at Chichester, and we're more likely to choose local apples after Brexit. 

I've got your #3in30 headlines for Sussex.

What happened #onthisday in Sussex?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police investigate gunshots in Hastings, the Sussex Police chief constable is questioned over the cost of the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, and two new additions to the Drusillas Zoo family.

Here's what happened #onthisday in Sussex.

Sussex newspaper round-up

The Argus: Strain on police as 300 rapes per year reported in Brighton.

Chichester Observer: Selsey Academy rebuilding job set to start after fire.

Brighton and Hove News: Naked beachcombers clear litter from Brighton beach.  

Pile of newspapers
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What's today's weather got in store?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's definitely feeling autumnal. Here's my Sussex forecast.

Good morning from Sussex Live

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

Thanks to Tracy Owen for this stunning picture of Eastbourne - it's our #photooftheday

Eastbourne
Tracy Owen