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  1. Updates on Monday 5 December

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And that's it from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Our live page has come to an end for today - thanks for joining us.

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

In the meantime please 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.

The sprawl threatening green spaces

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Green spaces across Sussex are under threat from increasing urban sprawl, according to a leading campaign group.

Charity snowdogs to be auctioned

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Brightly decorated snowdog sculptures that have been positioned around Brighton and Hove are gathered together for one big exhibition before heading off to new homes. 

They will be auctioned off to raise money for Martlets Hospice.

Southern Trains: Questions asked in Parliament

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Caroline Lucas asked the rail minister to intervene directly in the Southern Trains dispute, but was given short shrift.

Police hunt man over charity box thefts

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This slightly blurry CCTV picture's been released after two charity boxes were stolen from a block of flats in St Leonards. 

The break-in happened at Eversfield Place at around 18:10 GMT on 24 November. 

Police want to know if anyone recognises the man in the photo. 

CCTV image
Sussex Police

Weather warning for the South East

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A fog warning is in place for Tuesday morning, with the rest of the day turning mild. Watch my forecast here:

Paul Maynard

The rail minister reaffirms the government will not intervene in the dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT.

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Countryside footbridge reopens

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Footbridge
East Sussex County Council

A footbridge connecting two rural villages has reopened after being refurbished. 

The 50ft (15m) steel-framed bridge crosses a stream running through fields between Vines Cross and Warbleton, near Heathfield. 

It had been closed for a week while rangers from East Sussex County Council's rights of way team replaced the wooden decking.

Rail Minister: 'This strike makes no sense'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The government is calling on unions to call off industrial action planned on Southern rail tomorrow.

Members of the RMT are beginning a three-day walkout in their long-running dispute over the role of guards, while ASLEF has imposed an overtime ban in a row over driver-only trains. 

Police appeal after man dies in Medway

Officers were called to the Ratcliffe Highway, in Hoo, at about 03:05 GMT on Sunday after a pedestrian was hit by a silver Vauxhall Vectra estate.

It took place on the Rochester-bound carriageway between the junctions with Bell’s Lane and Main Road.

The pedestrian, a 24-year-old man from the Hoo area, was taken to a London hospital but died later that day.

Road where crash took place
BBC

MPs debate Southern Rail

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Rail Minister Paul Maynard has been answering questions in the House of Commons about the problems on Southern Rail. 

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas asked him if he had "any idea of the pain" her constituents were suffering.

In response, Mr Maynard told her the best thing she could do would be to persuade the RMT to call off its industrial action.

Southern train
BBC

Tonbridge and Malling's Tom Tugendhat said Network Rail also had to share some of the blame.

East Worthing and Shoreham's Tim Loughton said his constituents were at their wits end, and Lewes' Maria Caulfield described the government's response as "just not good enough".

While Hove's Peter Kyle asked Mr Maynard if he would just say he'll do whatever it takes to find a solution.

Time and again, Mr Maynard called on the unions to call off their industrial action and return to the negotiating table. 

'People have acted surprised I'm at university because I'm black'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Fine Art student Amanda Nsubuga, 20, is proud of her black roots, which she incorporates into her painting.

Here's the first in our week-long series looking at young people's passions. #thisisme    

Warning over Christmas taxis

Partygoers in Rother are being urged to stay safe this Christmas - by only travelling in licensed taxis. 

The council says bogus drivers, who may be driving unsafe and uninsured vehicles, often take advantage of unwary passengers during the festive season. 

Two types of taxis operate in Rother - private hire vehicles, which must be pre-booked through a licensed operator; and Hackney carriages, which can wait at taxi ranks or be hailed in the street.

Private hire licence plate
Rother District Council
Private hire licence plate
Hackney carriage licence plate
Rother District Council
Hackney carriage licence plate

Police concerned for missing teenager

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Bonnie Rose May Clarke was reported missing last Tuesday.

The 16-year-old, from Southwick, went to a takeaway in Shoreham where she works twice a week.

Her shift was due to end at 21:00 GMT but at 18:45 GMT she left and didn't return. 

Bonnie Rose May Clarke
Family handout

She usually wears glasses, speaks with a Welsh accent and was last seen wearing a blue tracksuit.

Anyone who has seen Bonnie or who may have information as to her whereabouts is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1306 of 29/11.

Sunny but cold...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

No change there then...

Here's my forecast.

Government Minister 'to answer Southern questions'

That's according to the Brighton Pavilion Green MP Caroline Lucas...

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So long Snowdogs by the Sea...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove's snowdogs have all been gathered together for a big exhibition before they're auctioned off for charity. 

The 44 snowdogs will be put under the hammer at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange tomorrow to raise money for Martlets Hospice.

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Concern over Post Office closures

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's fresh concern over Post Office closures in Sussex after a weekend which saw staff striking across the county. 

The Post Office in Eastbourne town centre is being moved into a branch of WH Smith in February while branches in Horsham, Newhaven and St Leonards are earmarked for closure.

The Post Office says nothing will change for customers but some people told BBC Sussex they are concerned...

Take a look behind door number five...

It's day five of our Christmas lights advent calendar. Take a look behind the door (sorry, but there's no chocolate).

If you'd like to have your lights featured, leave some pictures in the comments below, or send a video to southeasttoday@bbc.co.uk

Witness appeal over head-on crash

A driver is still in hospital after a head-on collision on the A272 on Friday. 

It happened near Cowfold at around 13:20 GMT. 

Two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries, one has since been discharged. 

Police want to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

Any questions for Ross?

Comedian Ross Noble, who lives in the South East, is joining us for a live Q&A at 18:00 GMT.

Head on over to our Facebook page to watch it, and if you leave a question in the comments we'll put it to him.

Ross Noble
BBC

What's in this morning's newspapers?

Stack of newspapers
Thinkstock

The Argus: Council to run up £36k legal bill fighting i360 information case

Eastbourne Herald: £1m grant for flying doctors

Sussex Express: Southern compensation ‘papering over cracks of appalling service’

Shelter appeal

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

An appeal's been launched to raise £20,000 to ensure that a homeless shelter in Brighton remains open this Christmas. 

ICYMI: 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. 

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

Amanda Akass

BBC Live reporter

These South East families are offering their spare rooms to refugees.

'People have acted surprised I'm at university because I'm black'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Fine Art student Amanda Nsubuga, 20,  is proud of her black roots, which she incorporates into her painting. 

Here's the first in our week-long series looking at young people's passions. #thisisme    

Frost and fog...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got a chilly start to the day. 

Here's s your forecast.

Gunman threatens supermarket staff

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

A suspected shoplifter pulled a handgun out and threatened staff at Sainsbury's in South Coast Road, Peacehaven, at around 20:40 GMT on Sunday 4 December. 

He fled on foot in the direction of Dorothy Avenue and police are currently searching the area to try to trace the man. 

No one was hurt.

It is believed the man stole a quantity of alcohol.

Sainsbury's gunman
Sussex Police

He is described as white, 6', aged 40-50, of stocky build with a shaven head and possibly foreign.

He was wearing a white top, black jacket, black scarf and blue jeans with green/brown trainers with white soles. He was carrying a white plastic bag.

Anyone seeing the man or having other information is asked not to approach him but to telephone 999 and ask for police.

The weekend's over...

... but at least we're a week closer to Christmas!

We're here to keep you company, and get you up to date on all on Kent's news, sport, travel and weather up until 20:00 GMT.

Rose Jones sent us this huge flock of birds in front of Brighton's West Pier. It's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

Flock of birds
Rose Jones

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