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  2. Updates on Friday 2 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good night from us

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Thanks very much for joining us for another busy week.

We'll be back on Monday 5 December for another week of news, sport, travel and weather.

For updates over the weekend, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter. If you'd like to get in touch with us, send us a message on either of those sites, or get in touch via email.

Have a great weekend!

'We can demonstrate some kindness and open up our home'

Amanda Akass

BBC Live reporter

South East families are offering their spare rooms for refugees.

Eastbourne car thefts

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There's been a spate of thefts from cars in Eastbourne.

Eight vehicles have been broken into in the last four weeks in North Langley.

Stolen items include jewellery, cash, clothing and electrical devices, moist of which police say were left in open view.

Train delays on Southestern

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rail services between Kent and Sussex are being delayed by a broken-down train.

The 18:33 GMT from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings developed a fault between Wadhurst and Stonegate, with other coastbound services unable to get past.

Southeastern says a rescue train is on its way, and hopes to have the situation resolved by 21:00 GMT.

Off-licences fined for selling alcohol to children

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Four off-licences in Burgess Hill and East Grinstead have been fined for selling alcohol to under-age customers.

Police carried out test purchases, using two 16-year-old volunteers.

Two stores in Burgess Hill and two in East Grinstead were issued with on-the-spot fines.

Sussex Police view the sale of alcohol to children very seriously and I am disappointed that four premises have not met their obligations to keep children safe. Staff and management who sell alcohol to children not only face personal penalties, but also place their licence to sell alcohol in jeopardy."

Sergeant Steve TurnerWest Sussex Licensing Team

A breezy weekend ahead

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But it's not too cold, considering it's December.

Here's your forecast:

Three charged after boy attacked and stabbed in St Leonards

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a 16-year-old boy from St Leonards who was attacked by a gang seven or eight people on Monday 28 November.

He was targeted in the Silverhill area outside Pizza GoGo between 21:30-22:00 GMT. 

He was chased to London Road where he sought refuge in the High Spirits convenience store before the group forced the glass in the door and stabbed him in the lower leg.

The victim received a deep cut to the rear of his lower leg requiring urgent medical attention. He was released from hospital later that night following treatment.

Ethan Fuller, 18, from Bristol Road, St Leonards, has been charged with GBH with intent, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

A boy, 17, from Hastings, has been charged with GBH with intent, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

A boy, 17, from Bexhill, has been charged with GBH with intent and criminal damage.

There are still other suspects outstanding and police continue enquiries to locate and arrest them.

Illicit metal detecting in Eastbourne

Police are keen to talk to two men in connection with illicit metal detecting which took place at Butts Brow, Eastbourne, on Sunday 6 November. The site is close to a memorial for a B24 Liberator bomber crew whose aircraft crashed there during the Second World War.

Seagulls aim for the top spot

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion could go top of the Championship table this weekend as they travel to Cardiff City, if Newcastle lose at Nottingham Forest tonight. 

Brighton, who are second in the table, are unbeaten in 12 league games and travel to Wales in good spirits, but have bad memories from their last trip in February. 

Manager Chris Hughton has described the performance as of the worst of his tenure

However, since that 4-1 defeat the Albion have only lost twice away from home to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs and leaders Newcastle. 

Find out how the Seagulls do with build up and commentary on BBC Sussex from 14:00 GMT. 

Chris Hughton
Rex Features
Matt Harrold

Crawley Town striker Matt Harrold will be out for three months after suffering an Achilles injury.

Read more

South East tops payout league for asbestos in schools

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

More than £2m has been paid out to teachers in Kent and East Sussex, after they were made ill by asbestos in school buildings.

That's more than has been paid out in any other part of the UK.

In the past decade 140 school teachers in the UK have died from asbestos related diseases. 

Southern: A month's travel in compensation

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The government's announced thousands of Southern rail passengers will compensated for all the disruption they've suffered.

Read more here.

It's chilly out there...

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be cloudy and cold over the next few days. Wrap up warm - here's my forecast.

Severe accident: A272 West Sussex westbound

BBC Travel

A272 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between A281 Brook Hill and A24 Worthing Road.

A272 West Sussex - A272 in Cowfold closed and delays westbound between Coach House Roundabout and Buckbarn Crossroads, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Missing Crawley girl found well

Fourteen-year-old schoolgirld, Alice Lastra-Wescombe, from Crawley has been found well.

She had been missing since Tuesday 29 November. She is now back home. 

Police appeal over Shoreham road crash

Police have made a fresh appeal for information after a sports car came off the A27 at Shoreham. 

It happened on the eastbound carriageway near the Southwick Tunnel at around 15:50 GMT on Wednesday. 

The driver had to be freed by firefighters but wasn't seriously hurt. 

The road was blocked for more than two hours causing major delays for other drivers.

Harrold faces three months out after Achilles tear

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Crawley Town striker Matt Harrold has suffered another injury setback after hurting his Achilles. 

Crawley Town striker
Crawley Town

And it's double bad luck for the striker as the injury is in the other leg to the one he injured previously - the club say he looks to be out for three months. 

Harrold will spend the next 4-6 weeks in a protective boot. 

Concern for missing Crawley girl Alice Lastra-Wescombe

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing 14-year-old girl Alice Lastra- Wescombe from Crawley.

Alice was last seen at her home in Oxford Road at 22:00 GMT on Tuesday 29 November. She left a note saying she would be home at 20:00 GMT on 30 November but has not been seen since.

Missing girl
Sussex Police

Slurry pollutes major Sussex river

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Environment Agency says an East Sussex river has suffered serious pollution after a large quantity of slurry went into the water. 

Councils pay out millions in school asbestos claims

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Millions of pounds have been paid out in the South East to former school staff who've been affected by asbestos.

Brighton MC nominated for Brit award

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". 

Rag'n'Bone Man

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."

Rag'n'Bone Man

How do you solve a problem like the railway?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Join me from 09:00 GMT on BBC Sussex when we'll be talking about all things rail. 

If you're a rail commuter you'll be well aware of the problems on Southern over the past months. 

But even if you're not, you can join the conversation by calling 0345 9570057.

Local newspaper round-up


Brighton Argus: £15m compensation for commuters - but Southern won't pay a penny

West Sussex County Times: New charges in South Downs rural car parks are ‘cheaper than chips’, the council’s leader has said

Hastings Observer: A cancer patient said he feared he was "going to die" after he was mistakenly given compressed air instead of oxygen for four hours by nurses.

Rail compensation package to be revealed

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is expected to set out later what compensation Southern passengers will be able to claim.

River Ouse begins to ooze

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

It happened in Bevern Stream, which feeds into the River Ouse, near Lewes. 

It's recognised as an important breeding ground for brown trout. 

The pollution is believed to have come from neighbouring Plumpton Agricultural College - the head there has apologised.

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. 

Winter's here for real

This week saw the official first day of winter, and the weather's certainly getting in the mood.

Here's my forecast.

The weekend's almost here!

This glowing dawn over Eastbourne was taken by Sue Lockhart. It's our Sussex #photooftheday

As always, we're here until 22:00 GMT giving you all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for the county. 

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Eastbourne seafront
Sue Lockhart