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  2. Updates on Monday 12 December

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Goodnight from the late crew

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another busy day.

The early team are back at 06:00 GMT with your morning updates.

Of course we want to hear from you - you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email, especially if you see something we should be covering.  

Protests at Leith Hill

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A new camp has been set up to protest at oil drilling at Leith Hill. 

It's in Brockham village and joins the one that's been at Bury Hill Wood since the end of October. 

Opponents say the drilling will harm the character of the landscape and have a detrimental impact on the public's enjoyment of the area. 

Leith Hill protest

Southern strike in numbers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

So what impact will the latest Southern strike, which starts tomorrow, have on services and passengers?   

Festival ticket seller admits fraud

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A 19-year-old man from Brighton has pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation  - over the sale of tickets to a music festival on the Isle of Wight in September 2015.

Sussex Police had been contacted by more than 150 people who claimed they hadn't received Bestival tickets they'd paid for. 

Ben Hyland-Ward will be sentenced on 20 January.


'Our proposal is entirely reasonable'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern Rail has today repeatedly apologised for the impact of the ongoing industrial dispute with the RMT and Aslef, over the change to role of guards and safety concerns about driver-only operated trains. 

But in an interview with BBC South East Today's Polly Evans, a senior manager said he believed the short term pain was worth it to have a more efficient service. 

A rainy outlook

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There's rain in my forecast. But it should be clearing by tomorrow afternoon.

BreakingStrike by postal workers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Post Office workers are to stage five days of strikes next week in a dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures, the Communication Workers Union has said.

Council gets tough on illegal traveller sites

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

New legislation, giving the police more power to move on illegal camps from parks in Brighton and Hove, is being welcomed by the local leader of the opposition.

Stroke victim urges hair industry to educate staff

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A father from Hove who suffered a stroke after having his head bent back while getting his hair washed in a salon is urging the industry to do more to educate its staff on "beauty parlour syndrome".

Read more here.

Southern owner responds to strike appeal loss

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Govia Thameslink Railway, the owners of Southern, have issued a response to a judge's refusal to grant an injunction blocking a series of strikes. 

"Naturally we are disappointed with this decision. This is wholly unjustified and unnecessary industrial action. The widespread use of drivers operating trains is perfectly safe both in Southern and elsewhere in the UK where a third of trains operate this way every day."

"We will now be asking for urgent and immediate talks between GTR and Aslef - talks that we hoped to get moving over the weekend. Our aim is to find a resolution to their dispute so we can bring an end to the misery being suffered by the travelling public".

Charles HortonChief Executive, Govia Thameslink Railway

BreakingOwner of Southern Railway loses its appeal

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The owner of Southern Railway has lost its appeal against a judge's refusal to grant an injunction blocking a series of crippling strikes by train drivers. 

Transport Secretary says sorry to MPs and constituents caught up in strike

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Chris Grayling says "it is difficult to resolve any of the other problems on this network while the union leadership seem hell bent on fermenting this dispute".

See his letter in full below.

In response, Mick Cash from the RMT, said the union had made it clear to Mr Grayling that they were prepared to meet him.

He added: "It is now down to the Transport Secretary to set out the status of those talks and to make it clear that he is now taking direct responsibility for his contractors – GTR/Southern. If he does that then serious and meaningful talks can take place."

Letter from Chris Grayling
Department for Transport
Letter from Chris Grayling
Department for Transport
Letter from Chris Grayling
Department for Transport

Students exam fears over Southern strike

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Students in Lewes are worried about the effect of the Southern strike on their studies. 

Seventeen-year-old gets life changing surgery

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A gymnast from East Grinstead is due to have life-changing surgery today in America - after the NHS withdrew funding for his operation here. Jamie Kaye, 17, suffers from a severe curvature of the spine.

He'll have a chord put in his spine which will correct it as he grows. 

The trip is costing £150,000 and the family have managed to crowdfund £8,000 of that. 

Spine go fund me
Go Fund Me

Southern strike: 'I think it's time to make these strikes unlawful'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

As Southern Rail advises passengers not to travel at all tomorrow, one Sussex MP, who's also a commuter, calls for a change in the law.

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's all a bit gloomy and grey out there - no chance of sunshine. Here's my forecast for the next few days. 

Passengers on platform

Strike-hit rail operator Southern warns passengers not to travel on Tuesday, irrespective of the outcome of a last-ditch bid to halt further action.

Read more

Injury boost for the Seagulls

Henry Monk

Sports Reporter, BBC Sussex

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has received some good news as defender Liam Rosenior will return to first team training next week.

The right-back has been out for just over three months from an ankle ligament injury.

Meanwhile winger Jamie Murphy is expected to train today and be in contention for the game with Blackburn tomorrow night after limping off early in the victory over Leeds.


Southern: 'Don't use our services tomorrow'

Southern rail has advised commuters not to travel tomorrow irrespective of the outcome of today's Court of Appeal hearing.

The rail franchise will head to the High Court in an attempt to secure an injunction against the drivers' strike.

Southern says that given the timing of the court's decision, which will be later this afternoon, it will be too late to get trains and drivers in the correct position for tomorrow.

Southern train

No Southern trains due to Strike

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Southern rail are advising customers to completely avoid travelling with them tomorrow as the franchise is hit by more strikes over the next few days.

This time it's Aslef, the union for train drivers, who are taking action. Southern has already been hit by a series of strikes by the RMT union in a long-running dispute over guards' roles.

On Thursday, Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink (GTR) failed at the High Court to ban Aslef, the drivers' union, from staging walkouts.

Southern had warned any further walkouts by drivers will lead to no services on most routes.  

Southern rail

Routes shown in grey show there will be no service and Southern rail say you will not be able to travel. On red and purple routes, Southern have advised that there will be a significantly reduced service. 

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Lewis Avenue and A269 Dorset Road.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Hastings Road in Hastings closed in both directions between Ravenside Roundabout and the A269 Dorset Road junction, because of an accident involving three cars.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Southern strikes: 'It's going to be the death of Seaford if they carry on'

Piers Hopkirk

BBC South East Today reporter

If this week's strike by train drivers goes ahead, one Sussex town of could lose its rail connection completely.  

Driving up the cost of parking

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How much is your council making from parking charges? And what's that money being spent on?    

Home Secretary calls Southern strike 'totally unacceptable'

Amber Rudd

The Home Secretary and Hastings MP, Amber Rudd, has condemned the latest strikes on Southern rail over Christmas.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Home Secretary is reported to have said:

It is totally unacceptable that our local area and communities will suffer further strikes over driver-only operated trains when they already run safely across much of the UK network, and when current staff will take home the same pay following the changes proposed by the train company.

Southern's plans, opposed by the unions, will lead to better journeys for passengers. I call on both sides to come together and bring an end to this miserable period of strikes and industrial action suffered by our constituents."

Christmas lights advent calendar - 12 December

Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 12 – let’s take a look behind the door.

What are your lights like? We'd love to see - send us some pictures or video in the comments below, or to

New law 'racist', say travellers

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Travellers in Brighton have started a petition against a council by-law which would make it harder for them to pitch in the city's parkland.

The Public Space Protection Order is due to come into force in the New Year and would let council officials issue £75 fines for inhabiting a tent or caravan on 12 parks in the city

Police would be able to arrest travellers if they don't move within 12 hours.

Poor driving conditions this morning

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A foggy morning for much of the South East, but what will the rest of the day bring us? 

When are the Southern strikes taking place?

Here's a helpful graphic to show when the Southern strikes are taking place over the next month.

Welcome to the start of the week

A very good morning from the Local Live team in Sussex, we're here until 22:00 GMT with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel in your area.

We kick things off this morning with this beautiful picture taken by James Brown, it's our #photooftheday taken of Brighton Pier.

Of course we want to hear from you - you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email, especially if you see something we should be covering.

Brighton Pier
James Brown