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  2. Updates on Thursday 29 September

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  1. Good night from Sussex Live

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today - thank you for joining us throughout the day.

    We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with Kent's news, sport, weather and travel.

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

  2. 'We've had instances of cars ploughing into the back of stationary vehicles'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The Government has been accused of blatantly ignoring safety concerns over proposals to remove hard shoulders from parts of the M23 and M25.

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    Video caption: Smart motorways extended in Kent and Sussex
  3. What's the weather going to do this weekend?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Sunday looks good, but Saturday could be a disappointment.  

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  4. Sussex newspaper round-up

    The Argus: Man tasered at station as police make fifth arrest in armed robbery case

    Mid Sussex Times: Man airlifted from Tough Mudder

    Chichester Observer: Open day at St Richard’s Hospital to find new staff

    Stack of papers
  5. Secamb: 'Geraint Davies has to go'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    There are calls for the acting Chief Executive of the South East Coast Ambulance Service to leave his post, following the announcement that the trust has been placed in special measures.

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    Video caption: Secamb Palmer
  6. What happened #onthisday?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    An East Sussex health boss resigns, a flood at Crawley hospital, and a small plane crashes at Shoreham - here's what happened #onthisday in Sussex.

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    Video caption: On This Day for Sussex
  7. Missing man in Cuckfield

    Police are concerned about the welfare of missing 51-year-old Richard Skipp from Cuckfield.

    He left his home on Monday morning to go to work and has not been seen since. 

    He is described as white, 5' 7” and of medium build with short, curly brown hair and blue eyes. 

    Richard Skipp
  8. 'The board should have put patient safety first'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There are calls for the whole board of the South East's ambulance service to quit, after the damning report by the Care Quality Commission.

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    Video caption: Charlie Elphicke calls for resignation of Secamb board
  9. Tennis: Konta loses in China

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Johanna Konta's run at the Wuhan Open in China has come to an end in the quarter finals against Petra Kvitova.

    Johanna Konta

    The 25-year-old from Eastbourne lost in straight sets 6-3 6-4,  but she's still in the hunt for a place at the end of season WTA Finals event in Singapore. 

    The top eight players qualify for that tournament. Konta's currently in 10th place.

  10. 'You want to make a work that speaks to everyone'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

     A Brighton artist's giant bronze 'thumbs up' has been unveiled as the latest sculpture on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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    Video caption: Plinth
  11. It is soggy out there

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    There's a lot of rain around today. But is it an improving forecast?

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  12. Come and meet our wet team in Hastings

    The BBC Sussex bus is in Hastings until 16:00 BST broadcasting live. Come and meet our soggy team. 

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  13. Pevensey whale skeleton put back together

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A giant whale skeleton, found on a Pevensey beach in Victorian times, has been put back together, bone by bone after a museum refit.

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    Video caption: Whale
  14. BreakingLove found guilty of Biddenden murder

    Mark Love has been found guilty of murdering 73-year-old Roy Blackman (below) at his home in Biddenden in March.

    He's also found guilty of aggravated burglary after the home of champion clay pigeon shooter George Digweed in Northiam was burgled.

    He will be sentenced at 14:00 BST at Maidstone Crown Court.  

    Roy Blackman
  15. Secamb special measures: Staff performed 'exceptionally' under pressure

    The ambulance trust covering Kent, Sussex and Surrey has been rated 'Inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission.

    Inspections by the regulator has 'serious concerns' about the South East Coast Amulance Trust (Secamb), and it will now be placed into special measures by the NHS.

    But in spite of harsh criticism for the trust's bosses, the staff have been highly praised by inspectors.

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    Video caption: Secamb CQC 2

    In a statement the trust said: "Secamb is committed to improving the quality of its service and would like to reassure the public that it has already been working hard to implement a number of important changes."

  16. Secamb: "Disappointing but not surprising" says Eastbourne MP

    The Conservative MP for Eastbourne, Caroline Ansell, has been giving her reaction to the news that the South East Coast Ambulance Service has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission.

    Quote Message: People in Sussex are rightly concerned about what has happened and what will happen, and I know I will be wanting detailed answers on how the service intends to improve.” from Caroline Ansell MP Eastbourne
    Caroline AnsellMP Eastbourne
    Caroline Ansell