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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Tuesday 29 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from Sussex Live

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us, that's all for another night!

    We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT with more news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

    Remember you can send us your news, videos or pictures on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email. We'd love to hear from you. 

  2. Parents worry over drug gangs

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Parents in Brighton have been speaking out after after detectives revealed that drugs gangs are using children as young as 12 to sell crack cocaine and heroin in the county. 

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    Video caption: Drugs
  3. Ice scrapers at the ready

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Drivers heading off early tomorrow will definitely need them.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  4. Getting ready for icy weather

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Our councils are keen to show that they're prepared for icy weather this winter. 

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    Video caption: Gritters
  5. Youngsters caught up in drug dealing

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne is promising a "robust response" after detectives revealed that drugs gangs are using children as young as 12 years old to sell crack cocaine and heroin in the county. 

    The officers, who've arrested 50 dealers in Brighton, say school children have been offered hundreds of pounds to sell class A drugs. 

    Former member of a drugs gang, Francis Osei-Appiah says some children can be as young as 10 years old.

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    Video caption: Drug reform
  6. Dymchurch crash: Level crossing instructions ignored

    Amanda Akass

    BBC Live reporter

    The driver of a tractor which collided with a miniature steam train at level crossing in Dymchurch in September failed to follow instructions posted on signs at the crossing.

    That's according to a report published today by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. 

    The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway train was carrying up to 80 passengers when the engine and first carriage came off the tracks on 10 September. No one was seriously injured.

    Steam engine on its side

    The tractor driver hadn't called the railway operators to check he had time to cross, as instructed by signs nearby.

    He did stop to let the train pass but judged his position incorrectly and left the tractor partly blocking the line.

    Investigators say railway operators should make sure they give proper briefings to those authorised to use crossings - and to consider taking action to reduce potential risks when they're being heavily used. 

    Sign with instructions on how to use the crossing
  7. Missing teenager found

    A missing teenager from Worthing has been found.

    Chloe Byrne, who went missing on Tuesday 22 November, has been located in Kent safe and well.

    Chloe Byrne
  8. Gangs using children to sell drugs

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Children as young as 12 are being used by drugs gangs in London to sell crack cocaine and heroine in Sussex. 

    That's the claim today from a senior Sussex Police officer, echoing recent reports that gang-leaders also frequently travel from the capital to Kent to do the same. 

    This morning, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex said enough was enough:

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    Video caption: Bourne
  9. Residents unhappy with parking cuts

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Campaigners are in Brighton today, demonstrating against proposed cuts to the funding of parks.

    The Citypark's budget was £4m last year - that's an annual cost of £14 per resident. Well now the council's planning to cut that funding by £600,000 between now and 2020 in Brighton and Hove.

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    Video caption: protests
  10. CEO of British Airways i360 steps down

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Eleanor Harris is to step down from her role as CEO of British Airways i360 in 2017 to concentrate on her consultancy work.

    The company say she will work with the board to find a new executive director for the Brighton attraction. 

    Quote Message: It is fair to say that the poor train services between Brighton and my home in London have made my life a bit more challenging. And I have two young children that I do not see enough of. This will all now change.
    Quote Message: The last 10 years of my life have been devoted to delivering this wonderful world-class tourist attraction." from Eleanor Harris CEO of British Airways i360
    Eleanor HarrisCEO of British Airways i360
    CEO Eleanor Harris
  11. Teen arrested after reports of gun at college

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A teenager has been arrested after reports a gun was seen at Bexhill College.

    Students claimed they had seen someone raise their jumper to reveal the weapon in his waistband.

    Police then searched the surrounding area.

    A 16-year-old boy from Hastings, who isn't a student, has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm in a public place and resisting a constable.

  12. Problem potholes to be repaired

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The South East is set to benefit from £53m worth of investment for road improvements.

    The money will be used for projects including the repair of almost 90,000 potholes across across Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

    The funding also covers improvements to the most dangerous roads in the area where the risk of fatal or serious collisions are highest. 

    A pothole
  13. It was a white one this morning...

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    And the frost's here for a couple more nights.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  14. Drop in number of people taking up swimming

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A swimmer

    The number of people swimming at least once a week has fallen in the past 10 years.

    Despite the focus on sport given by London hosting the Olympic Games in 2012, according to figures compiled by Sport England, in Kent there's been a drop of just under 30% and in Sussex and Surrey there have been falls of nearly 19% and 23% respectively.

    However swimming remains the most popular participation sport in the country. Read the full story here.

  15. Singing helps Parkinson's sufferers

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A singing group from Sussex has made a film to highlight how singing can dramatically improve the quality of life of those living with Parkinson's disease.

    The Parkin Songsters want more people to take up singing.

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    Video caption: Singing group for people with Parkinson's makes film
  16. The Christmas tree made of 600 reused green plastic bottles

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Crawley Christmas tree

    I think it's safe to say the countdown to the festive season is now officially on... and this year the Christmas tree in Crawley is getting a distinctly eco-friendly twist. 

    The tree, which will stand outside the town's library, is made of 600 reused green plastic bottles. 

    The council says around 96m of them weren't recycled in West Sussex last year that could have been. 

    The official lights switch-on is taking place at 16:30 GMT on Thursday 1 December.

    Crawley Christmas tree
  17. Rail Minister unhappy about new strike action

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    The Rail Minister Paul Maynard says he's "extremely disappointed" with the announcement that members of the train drivers' union ASLEF have voted overwhelmingly to strike in a dispute over driver-only trains.

    Quote Message: I am extremely disappointed that ASLEF has announced it is planning to go on strike. We are investing record amounts in improving our railways and we need everyone in the rail industry to work together to deliver for passengers.
    Southern train
    Quote Message: ASLEF drivers have voted to walk out in a dispute over who presses the button to close the train doors. Driver only operated services have been safely in use for years, so to stop the roll out of modern trains is ludicrous. These trade unions want to take the rail industry backwards, but we must modernise and move forward if we are going to deliver the service passengers expect.” from Paul Maynard Rail Minister
    Paul MaynardRail Minister
  18. Police looking for man who failed to return to open prison

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Malcolm Lall

    Malcolm Lall, 51, failed to return to Ford Prison on Monday 21 November, after being allowed to leave temporarily the previous Friday. 

    He is serving eight-and-a-half years for grievous bodily harm and robbery offences in Brighton after being convicted in December 2013. 

    He has links to Brighton and surrounding areas, but also has connections in Kent, London, Surrey and Hampshire.

  19. What can we do to tackle air pollution?

    Air pollution is responsible for 50,000 premature deaths in the UK each year, an environmental report has warned.

    In the wake of last week's report we are looking at ways that people are tackling this issue. How can we solve the issue?

    It could be a simple change in your day to day routine or an advance in the world of business or technological innovation.

    Use the tool here to send us your ideas for solutions.

    London smog