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  1. Updates on Monday 21 November 2016

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Goodnight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's all for our live coverage today, we'll be back with you from 06:00 GMT tomorrow morning.

In the mean time, if you'd like to get in touch then you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.

Have a great evening.

Southern: Latest walkout starts

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's more disruption for train passengers from tonight.

Oh, what a circus!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

On Monday's afternoon show on BBC Radio Kent, Pat and Erika were marking the anniversary of the first human cannonball in 1871.

They asked for your stories of circus life and heard from Madge in Crawley, who's 85 and one of four generations of her family to perform under the big top.

She told Pat and Erika how she got to join the act.

Cancer victim nominated for award

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex teenager who video blogged her battle with a rare brain cancer has been nominated for an award by the British Online Creators Association.  

A weather warning still in place tomorrow

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Storm Angus hasn't quite finished with us.

Here's my forecast.

Ice rink accused of discrimination

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton Pavilion ice rink is being accused of excluding disabled people after the mother of a two-year-old who uses a wheelchair was unable to book a skating session for her daughter. 

Severe accident: A272 West Sussex both ways

BBC Travel

A272 West Sussex both ways severe accident, near Brookfield Lane.

A272 West Sussex - A272 in Tillington closed in both directions near River turn off, because of an accident.

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Petition to investigate care home

Over 1,000 people have signed a petition to investigate a care home where 19 residents died due to safeguarding failures three years ago.

In an inquest in 2013, a coroner said Orchid View in Copthorne, near Crawley, was riddled with "institutionalised abuse". Of the 19 residents who died, five of the deaths "had been attributed to by neglect". The families of those five victims, and the other 14 victims, have fought for a Public inquiry. 

The West Sussex coroner said the home, then run by Southern Cross, was "mismanaged and understaffed". Orchid View has since reopened under a new name and new management.

Orchid view
BBC

Oh buoy... historic boats could sail again

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The future of two historic pleasure boats left to rot on a beach in Eastbourne could be guaranteed thanks to local fundraisers. 

They're campaigning to raise £30,000 in anticipation of a £3.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Former UKIP leader resigns from party

Former UKIP leader Diane James has resigned from the party, saying it is "time to move on".

The MEP for South East England said her relationship with UKIP had become "increasingly difficult".

Ms James stood down as leader last month after just 18 days in charge, having been elected to replace Nigel Farage.

She said she will stand as an independent in the parliament.

Diane James
PA

Seafront blaze: Demolition to begin

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Some of the fire-damaged buildings on Bognor Regis seafront will start to be demolished in the next 24 hours. 

A fish and chip shop and former club were destroyed in the blaze on the Esplanade in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

Fire crews and the council met at the site today.

They say knocking down the damaged buildings will make the area safe and allow residents to get access to their flats.

Buildings damaged by fire
Eddie Mitchell

Storm Angus isn't done yet

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

But things are getting better tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Cancer victim nominated for an award

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex teenager who video blogged her battle with a rare brain cancer has been nominated for an award by the British Online Creators Association.

Woman suffered serious injuries in crash

A 56-year-old Brighton woman was flown by air ambulance to the city's Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries following a car crash in Worthing.

It happened at around 09:15 GMT on Saturday in the westbound carriageway of the A27 outside the Coach and Horses public house, Castle Goring, Worthing.

A blue Ford Focus estate car travelling west was in collision with a brown Mini Cooper leaving the Coach and Horses public house, blocking the westbound carriageway.

The Mini driver is currently in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 33-year-old man from Portslade, suffered chest and ankle injuries. He was treated at Worthing Hospital and was later discharged.

Anyone with information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Durford.

BreakingExclusive: 562 households stopped from losing homes

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

I've learned that Brighton and Hove City Council and its partners, like the Brighton Housing Trust, have prevented 562 households from becoming homeless since April. 

That's almost as many as for the whole of 2015/16. 

The interventions include mediating disagreements with landlords, and even persuading them not to sell up. 

And with further benefit changes and Christmas spending ahead, councillors fear these teams will have their work cut out for them this winter. 

Latest Southern strike starts tonight

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Guards on Southern trains will begin another 48 hours of strike action tonight, causing fresh disruption for commuters. 

Members of the RMT union will walk out at midnight, in their second strike in just a month. 

It's part of an on-going dispute between the union and rail operator, over changes to the role of conductors. Southern claims 62% of the normal timetable will be running. 

How will the strike affect your journey? We'd love from you - you can emailFacebook or tweet us. 

RMT staff on strike
BBC

Man arrested after crash

A man has been arrested after a crash in Portslade.

At about 14:45 GMT on Wednesday, police were called after a blue Vauxhall Corsa crashed into a wooden fence post. It then continued down the grass bank towards Victoria Recreation Ground, where it crashed into a tree.

The passenger, an 18-year-old woman from Lancing, and the driver, a 27-year-old man also from Lancing, were taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries. They have both since been discharged.

A 27-year-old man from Lancing, arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, has been bailed until 16 December pending further enquiries.

Severe disruption: A23 East Sussex both ways

BBC Travel

A23 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between Edward Street and Richmond Parade.

A23 East Sussex - A23 Grand Parade in Brighton closed in both directions between the Edward Street junction and the Richmond Parade junction, because of a building fire.

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Colin Calderwood on the sideline for Brighton

Colin Calderwood's move to Aston Villa as assistant manager from Brighton is confirmed by the West Midlands club.

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Southern train

A plea for beleaguered Southern rail passengers to tell the RMT union how they feel about ongoing strikes was a mistake, admits a boss.

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Another Southern Rail strike set to begin

Guards on Southern trains will begin another 48 hours of strike action tonight, causing fresh disruption for commuters.

Members of the RMT union will walk out at midnight, in what is the second strike in just a month.

It's part of an on-going industrial dispute between the union and Govia Thameslink, over changes to the role of conductors. Southern says it will be providing additional services on the Tonbridge to Redhill line and that 62% of the normal timetable will be running.

Southern train
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Walkway to be closed for three months

The popular walkway known as Dukes Mound near Brighton Marina will close for three months from today.

It will allow essential structural repairs to the high retaining wall which supports the A259 seafront road above.

Overall the council estimates millions of pounds are needed on Brighton seafront.

X-ray released after nightclub attack

Police have released this x-ray of a 20-year-old man's jaw after he was attacked at a nightclub in Brighton.

The man was in the smoking area of the Hub, in Kings Road Arches, in the early hours of Tuesday 1 November when a man approached him and accused him of kissing his girlfriend.

He was then punched in the face and was hospitalised for three days after having surgery on a broken jaw. This included titanium plates being inserted into the bone.

x-ray
Sussex Police

What a moment for this tennis volunteer

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Tom Elliott presented Andy Murray with the ATP World Tour Finals trophy last night at the O2 in London.

It was in recognition of his work at Crawley Lawn Tennis Club.

Tom Elliott presenting Andy Murray with the ATP World Tour Finals trophy
BBC

Inquiry call after train cancellations cause 'dangerous chaos' for fans

The rail regulator is being urged to launch an investigation after football fans were left "stranded" when Southern Rail trains were cancelled following an evening game on Friday.

Brighton and Hove Albion said there was at the end of its game against Aston Villa on Friday because of several "late and unannounced" cancellations of services from Falmer station.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Mick Cash called for an inquiry, saying: "The dangerous chaos at Falmer after the game was entirely down to the sheer managerial incompetence of Southern Rail.

Fans queuing to get on trains at Falmer
Ryan McAndrew

"They were running short formations and cancelling services on the hoof due to their pathetic lack of advanced planning for this major fixture.

"The attempt to lump the blame on frontline staff who worked flat out to try and keep passengers safe is disgusting." 

A Southern spokesman apologised to fans, saying: "Unfortunately, we were unable to provide our usual additional service for home games due to a temporary shortage of train crew. We worked through the evening to try to provide cover for these trains, but we were unable to on this occasion."   

School closed after damage caused by Storm Angus

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Willingdon Primary School in Eastbourne is closed today because of flooding and damage to the roof.

Emergency work is underway, but the school says they’ll know more about reopening after the assessment today.

School closed
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How accessible are services in Sussex?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I want to hear from you this morning - call me now on 03459 570057. 

Countdown to the Community Heroes Awards

We're now just one week away from revealing the winners of this year's BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards.

Among the finalists are police officers and firefighters who have risked their lives to save members of the public, people who've spent their lives fundraising - and those who've devoted time to care for animals.

On this morning's BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle we'll be hearing from Judith Shrubb who has been shortlisted in the Carer Award category. And you can see a full list of the finalists here.

Community Heroes Awards
BBC

Capturing history

Between now and January you can see the work of one of the world's top rock photographers at the Lucy Bell Gallery in St Leonards.

Southern Rail conductors' strike ad campaign 'a mistake'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A rail executive has admitted that an "absolutely shocking" advertising campaign urging passengers to contact the union at the centre of a bitter dispute over changes to the role of conductors was a mistake.

The move by Southern Railway led to a flurry of complaints by its passengers against the company rather than the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, which has been taking industrial action for months in protest at the controversial changes.

Alex Foulds, deputy chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, which owns Southern, faced criticism over the adverts when he was questioned by councillors in the London Borough of Lambeth. 

Southern adverts
BBC

Mr Foulds said the adverts were a "mistake", adding that the RMT had also made mistakes, describing the current climate as "very tense".

He apologised for the level of service being provided by Southern, whose services have been delayed, disrupted or cancelled for months because of the industrial action, staff shortages and other problems.

The latest strike by members of the RMT union is due to start from midnight. 

What's in today's papers?

Pile of newspapers
Thinkstock

The Argus: Storm Angus leaves a trail of destruction across Sussex.

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne battered by Storm Angus.

Worthing Herald: Collision in Ferring partially blocks road.

Crawley Observer: Children in the South East struggling to learn about money.

Chichester Observer: Dinosaur poster wins boy a national prize.

Hastings Pier rebuilt - using Lego

Facebook post about the Lego Pier plans
Facebook

A man who has produced a virtual Lego design of Hastings Pier is asking people to vote for his model in the hope the company will produce the item.

Neil Marsden from Tunbridge Wells needs the support of 10,000 people to see the project realised.

He will be speaking to Neil Pringle on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show this morning - and you can find out more about the design here

Cancer victim's blog up for an award

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A teenage vlogger who shared her battle with cancer on YouTube has been nominated for an award. 

Charlotte Eades, who died from a brain tumour a week before her 19th birthday in February, has been nominated for a British Online Creators Association (BONCA) Award for her 'Stand up for Cancer' video.

On her YouTube channel the teenager from Brighton inspired many with her humour and frank videos as she battled the disease.

Charlotte Eades
BBC

Wow, what a day (and night)

Thank you to everyone who raised money for Pudsey and the Children in Need gang.

Here's a look at just some of your fundraising events.

More strong wind on the way

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It was a difficult weekend for some as Storm Angus hit.

And we're due to get some more very strong wind tonight and into tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

This might make Monday morning commuters a little bit jealous...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Commuters waiting for the 07:00 GMT from Ashford International had something of a pleasant surprise last week.

Their usual train had been replaced with one of the world's most famous names in rail travel - the Belmond British Pullman. Not only did they travel in style, but they also enjoyed a three course breakfast.

Take a trip on the Belmond British Pullman by watching our video.

The children who hit their parents

An increasing number of children under the age of 10 in Sussex are being violent and abusive to their parents, with many assaults kept secret as families are too embarrassed or ashamed to report them.

The domestic violence charity RISE says it is already supporting many parents being attacked by children as young as 11.

The BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle will be speaking to the Break For Change programme in Brighton and Hove during this morning's programme. You can listen here.  

A woman with her head in her hands
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Good morning Monday

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

After we took a bit of a battering from Storm Angus over the weekend, I'm kicking this new week off and we'll be with you until 22:00 GMT with all the news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

Thank you to James Brown for this lovely picture of Eastbourne - it's our Sussex #photooftheday.

Remember you can send us your news, videos or pictures on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.      

Eastbourne
James Brown