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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 1 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night from Sussex Live

    That's it for tonight - thanks for joining us!

    We're back at 06:00 GMT tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

     Don't forget 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. Brighton MC nominated for Brit award

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    The Brits have revealed the nominees for next year's Critics' Choice Award.

    The three-strong shortlist is made up of Sussex Garage MC turned singer-songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man, singer and model Dua Lipa, and Sean Paul collaborator Anne-Marie. 

    Rag'n'Bone Man - the soulful singing alter-ego of Brighton-born Rory Graham - said the nominination was "bonkers". 

    Quote Message: Absolutely bonkers, I've been grafting, I built a strong fan base over the years with help from good people that put their faith in me. And now this. I'm very grateful." from Rag'n'Bone Man
    Rag'n'Bone Man
  3. Have you seen this man?

    Lee Paterson

    Police are trying to trace Lee Paterson from Brighton who is wanted on recall to prison.

    Paterson, 39, has connections with Portslade, Hove and Brighton. 

    He was jailed for robbery and has breached the terms of licence on being released.

    Paterson is white, 6', of medium build, with brown hair and blue eyes.  

  4. Disadvantaged children getting 'lost' in the system

    Bryony MacKenzie

    Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

    Children from low income families are being "lost" in the South East education system - with the problem at its worst in deprived coastal communities. 

    But one school is Sussex is flourishing. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Ofsted
  5. Poisoned fish in Sussex

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    A tributary of a major Sussex river has today been polluted by huge quantities of slurry which has killed hundreds of fish and lead to the Environment Agency declaring a level one incident - the highest possible.

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    Video caption: Fish
  6. Missing teenager

    Police are searching for Curtis Sheehan, who is missing from Walberton near Arundel.

    The 15-year-old was last seen leaving his home at 14:00 GMT on 21 November, and officers and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare as he has no access to a mobile phone.

    Curtis is described as white, about 5' 3” and of slim build. He has collar length ginger hair and a freckled complexion.

    He is known to have links to Chichester, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis,

    Curtis Sheehan
  7. Konta confirms split

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Johanna Konta has confirmed she has parted company with her coach Esteban Carril at the end of a year in which she made her debut in the world's top 10.

    Quote Message: After 2.5 successful years working together we have mutually agreed to explore new options. I'm looking into these with my team and once things are confirmed we will share the new set up." from Johanna Konta GB Number 1
    Johanna KontaGB Number 1
  8. Crawley MP welcomes action against Aslef

    The Crawley MP Henry Smith says he's backing legal action against Aslef, adding that their reasons for striking are completely unnecessary. 

    Henry Smith

    Smith claims he's urged the union to call off the strike to avoid going through court. 

  9. Southern strikes: Aslef response

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    In the last half an hour it was announced that Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway is seeking a High Court injunction to stop the union Aslef from striking.

    We've just received this response from Aslef:

    Quote Message: Once more the desperate GTR Southern seek to prevent the voice of their put upon employees being heard. The company that has lost the confidence of the traveling public taxpayer and staff seeks to do anything to prevent the right of free association.
    Quote Message: We will continue to campaign and if necessary fight for safety we feel sorry for all those impacted unlike the Dft and company. I would urge everyone to look at the tactics being maliciously employed and then decide to support those not doing this for financial gain but for the long term good of everyone.' from Mick Whelan General Secretary, Aslef
    Mick WhelanGeneral Secretary, Aslef
  10. BreakingSouthern owner seeks to ban strikes

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    The owner of Southern is attempting to put a halt to strikes planned by the union ASLEF.

    Govia Thameslink Railway, parent company of Southern Railway, has issued proceedings at the High Court to seek an injunction to stop the industrial action.

    The union is planning drivers’ strikes for the run-up to Christmas. 

    The train operator has lodged a court application citing its belief the union's industrial action breaches customers' rights under EU law.

    Following the application to the High Court, this matter is likely to be considered at a hearing in the coming days. 

    Quote Message: We launch legal action reluctantly but now without any other choice. Obviously we would prefer to resolve this directly with ASLEF. We asked the union to withdraw the industrial action and to re-enter discussions but they refused to do so, which means that we now have no choice but to go to court." from Charles Horton Chief Executive, Govia Thameslink Railway
    Charles HortonChief Executive, Govia Thameslink Railway

    We are approaching ASLEF for comment.

  11. GB No 1 splits with coach Esteban Carril

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has parted company with her coach Esteban Carril at the end of a year in which she made her debut in the world's top 10.

    The 25-year-old has not commented yet, but Carril confirmed to the BBC that the partnership has come to an end. 

  12. Winter's officially here...

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    ...which means more cold weather this weekend.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  13. BreakingSouthern strike: RMT changes Christmas strike days

    A three-day strike planned for Southern rail over the Christmas break has been cancelled.

    The RMT had originally scheduled the walkout from 22 December.

    However, it announced a fresh strike from 19 December, which will last 48 hours.

    The union said this was "following consultation with its members". 

    Southern train
  14. Police crackdown: 'Go cold turkey or do not drive'

    Police breathalyser

    It's that time of year again.  

    Now we're into December Christmas parties will be getting underway and we're being warned about the dangers of drink and drug driving. 

    This year Sussex Police has more than doubled the number of officers who are able to breathalyse motorists at the roadside.

    Quote Message: There is no safe limit for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our advice is simple - go cold turkey or do not drive. If you're tempted just think of the consequences; you could lose your job, your home or your life. And remember even if you opt to take the sensible way home at night you may still be over the limit the following morning." from Superintendent Chris Moon Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit
    Superintendent Chris MoonSurrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit
  15. Local newspaper headlines


    Brighton Argus: One in 69 people in Brighton and Hove is homeless

    West Sussex County Times: Mum-of-three in heart-felt battle to save fertility clinic  

    Crawley Observer: Christmas crackdown on drink driving begins

  16. Police concern for missing girl

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Verphy Kudi, 14, told her mum she was staying with a friend in Hove over the weekend but didn't return home to Brighton. Police say she didn't stay with the friend at all.

    Verphy has been sending messages and it is believed she may be in the Brixton or Clapham Junction areas of London.

    If anyone has seen her they should contact police on quoting serial 1025 of 28/11.

    Verphy Kudi