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Good night from Sussex Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for tonight, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST, with all the news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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100 British Modern Artists in one room

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The autumn exhibition opening this weekend at Hastings' Jerwood Gallery is a bit of a paradise for arty name-droppers. 

David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth are - just for starters - three among 100 British Modern Artists inhabiting room after room of colourful pictures and sculptures. 

What happened #onthisday?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An ambulance driver confrontation, calls for a whistleblowing inquiry, and illicit tobacco seizures. 

I've been looking at the stories happening #onthisday in Sussex.

'When you talk to older residents they remember a sense of community and independence'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One hundred years ago property developer Charles Neville created a new community between the South Downs and the Sussex coast.

Post Men

Who's your favourite? Mr Strong? Mr Bump? or perhaps, Little Miss Naughty? 

From today, as well as being found on children's book shelves and on TV - you'll also be able to see Mr Men and Little Misses on stamps.

It's all to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the books, originally created by South East author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves.

It's getting cooler

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

How's tomorrow's weather shaping up?  Here's my forecast

Bruno set to be fit for Wigan trip

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton and Hove Albion captain Bruno is on course to be fit for the trip to Wigan on Saturday, according to manager Chris Hughton.

The defender came off in the midweek win over Wolves with a groin problem.

Striker Tomer Hemed is set to train tomorrow. Hughton is expecting the Israeli International to be available for selection. 

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The news will be a huge boost for Chris Hughton. Bruno, 36, has been an ever-present in the league side so far this campaign and started every game last season.

The Spaniard has helped the Seagulls to eight clean sheets.

Centre back Lewis Dunk is suspended for the trip but Hughton has Connor Goldson at his disposal. The defender will be keen to get game-time and impress after signing a new four-year contract.

Coastal protection scheme is approved for Sussex beach

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A £1m scheme to provide coastal protection at a section of Medmerry Beach has been approved. 

The work will include installing a 180m-long timber splash wall and the replacement of two dilapidated groynes.   

Medmerry Beach
Bunn Leisure

There will be a 170m extension to the existing Environment Agency rock armour along the beach frontage, which will offer greater stability for the beach which in turn will reduce erosion. 

Four years ago £17m was spent securing coastal protection at West Sands, building two L-shaped offshore rock breakwaters at either end of their beach frontage.

Medmerry Beach
Bunn Leisure

Crunch in fruit workers blamed on Brexit

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The effects of Brexit could see seasonal workers from abroad choosing to stay away from the UK, leaving farmers facing a shortage of fruit pickers.

It's being claimed potential workers are reluctant to come here by reports they wouldn't be welcome. 

The National Farmers Union is urging the government to introduce a Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme. The change would mean farmers could recruit from outside Europe.

Police hunt Worthing robbers

A service station manager from Worthing has been robbed of thousands of pounds in takings as he headed to the bank with them. 

Two men pushed him to the ground at around 10:30 BST yesterday on Southfield Road in the town, and snatched his cash bag.

Police are looking for two men aged around 30, who were both dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms and grey hooded tops.

Railways: The Making Of A Nation

Hundreds of thousands of us in the South East use the railways to commute.

A BBC documentary explores how Britain's expanding rail network was the spark to a social revolution, starting in the 1800s and continuing through to modern times.

Railways: The Making Of A Nation, tonight on BBC Four at 20:00 BST  

Some trains cancelled, others reinstated: News from our Transport Correspondent

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

Gatwick Express will cancel services until mid December because of leaves on the line.

Parent company Govia Thameslink Railway says it will stop 33 trains a day. Although it is normal for trains in the area to be affected by slippery rails, it is highly unusual for services to be cancelled just in case there are problems. 

The company says it is being done to allow other services to operate more reliably on a line that is close to maximum capacity. 

Gatwick Express train
Gatwick Express

Meanwhile Southern railway says the last services suspended under an emergency timetable last July will finally return at the end of this month. It had previously been cancelling at least 340 trains a day. 

Services between Southampton and Brighton will be the last ones to be brought back. This means Southern Railway has recruited sufficient staff to operate the full timetable.

Eastbourne archaeological dig for Roman villa

If you've noticed a bit of activity down at Eastbourne pier over the last couple of days, this is why. English Heritage are working with the Durotriges Project to try and find a long-lost Roman villa.

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The RMT union suspends one of its strike days on Southern rail routes after a request from the British Legion.

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Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Mr Men Stamps, Raymond Briggs movie and Casualty star in concert. Here's our showbiz bulletin.   

Posthumous pardons follow the case of Sussex code-breaker

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thousands of gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences are to receive posthumous pardons, the government has announced, following the case of Sussex-based Alan Turing.

This afternoon's weather

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Will you need a brolly for this afternoon? Watch my forecast here:

Rail strike called off for one day

The planned rail strike by Southern rail guards has been called off on 3 November, however, it will continue the following day.

This decision has been made after close consideration and following a personal request from the British Legion. The union recognises the very special importance of that particular day and as a result has decided to suspend the action planned for 3 November. The rest of the scheduled action goes ahead as planned."

Mick CashGeneral secretary, RMT union

BreakingSouthern rail strike called off

The RMT has suspended a planned strike on Southern rail on 3 November following a request from the British Legion, the union has announced.

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A former vicar is charged with sexual offences against young girls dating back to the 1970s.

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Newspaper round-up


Here's what some of our local papers are covering this afternoon.

The Argus: Southern to reinstate full timetable by end of the month.

Chichester Observer: Bognor man held at knifepoint in his own home.

Sussex Express: New ambulance centre opens its doors in Polegate.

Hastings Observer: Action plan to tackle crime in central St Leonards.

Some Enchanted Evening

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Singer and actor Lee Mead brings his show "Some Enchanted Evening" to Tunbridge Wells next week.

Here are some facts you (probably) don't know about him.     

What happened #onthisday in Sussex?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An ambulance driver confrontation, calls for a whistle-blowing inquiry, and illicit tobacco seizures. 

I've been looking at the stories happening #onthisday in Sussex.

Tennis: Konta in race for last WTA Finals place

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta can only be overtaken by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the race to qualify for the WTA Finals. 

Konta is in line to take the eighth and final place at the season-ending event, but the Briton is not competing this week in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow as she recovers from injury.

Full story here.

Johanna Konta

BreakingSouthern to restore more services

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Southern rail says it will restore 63 more services to its timetable from next Monday (24 October), including trains to Hove, Worthing and Bognor  

A further 46 services will resume on 31 October, including services between Brighton and Southampton and Hastings and Ashford. 

This will complete the restoration of all Southern services removed as part of the revised timetable introduced earlier this year.

Full details here

Southern train

ICYMI: Petition in support of former Sussex bishop

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A petition has been handed in to the Church of England urging it to re-examine the case against a former Sussex Bishop.   

Final day of latest Southern strike

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's the third and final day of the latest wave of strike action to hit Southern trains.

Coming up on BBC Sussex

Here's what's coming up on Danny Pike's show on BBC Sussex this morning.

This morning's headlines

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police hunt a man after a schoolgirl is assaulted in Dartford, it's the third day of a strike by Southern rail workers, and concerns over the number of ambulances being called to emergency hostels in Brighton.

I've got your 3in30 headlines for the South East.

Front page of The Argus

Here's today's front page of The Argus newspaper.

The ARgus
The Argus

Airport expansion: 'This government will take a decision'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A judgement will be made this month on whether a new runway will be sited at Gatwick or Heathrow, according to Theresa May, speaking during Prime Minister's Questions this week.

Pack a brolly, just in case

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a cool few days ahead. Here's your forecast.  

Good morning from Sussex Live

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

Peter Grevitt sent us this autumn sunset over Heathfield. It's today's #PhotoOfTheDay.  

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