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  1. Updates on Monday 19 December 2016
  2. Our live coverage has ended for today

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By Claire Cottingham and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight Sussex

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's all from your Sussex Live team for another day. 

We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest news. 

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email, with your stories and views. 

Football sex abuse scandal comes to Sussex

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police has become the latest force to announce it's investigating allegations of historical child sexual abuse in football. 

Concern for missing 15-year-old

Verphy Kudi's gone missing from home in Brighton. 

Police say she came home from school on Thursday, packed a bag and left the house. 

They believe the 15-year-old could be in the Brixton or Clapham Junction areas of London.  

Verphy Kudi
Sussex Police
Rail/post/airline strike picture

A series of strikes called ahead of Christmas show "contempt" for ordinary people, says Downing Street.

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Brollies at the ready

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A grey start on Tuesday, and not getting much better for midweek.

Here's my forecast.

Strikes across the South

Emily Hudson reports on strikes in the lead up to Christmas.

Severe accident: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe accident, at J10 for A2011 affecting J9 for M23.

M23 West Sussex - M23 exit slip road partially blocked and one lane blocked southbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of an accident involving 3 cars. Congestion to J9, M23 (Gatwick Airport).

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Five facts about David Walliams

He's one of the country's top comedians, famous for TV shows such as Little Britain, and as a judge on Britains Got Talent - and David Walliams is also one of Britain's most successful children's authors.

Now his book, The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the theatre and premiered at the aptly named Hippodrome in Eastbourne.

Here are some facts you (probably) didn't know about him...

Where should the line be drawn?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

What would be the result of relocating UK border controls from Calais to the UK? And how likely is that to happen?

Flood defences washed away by high tide

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

New measures to protect seafront homes from flooding in Pagham have been washed away. 

Your local papers today...

Newspaper (generic)

The Argus: A woman was left with a broken jaw after a vicious beating by a group of men in an alley

Chichester Observer: Court could be saved after Government backtrack

Mid Sussex Times: Hurstpierpoint house fire being treated as arson

Gianfranco Zola

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Glenn Murray's stoppage-time header for Brighton ensures Gianfranco Zola's first game as Birmingham boss ends in defeat.

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How would you describe Southern rail in three words?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Christmas greetings from Strictly winners

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's Christmas week... so here's some special celebrity messages for you including this year's Strictly winners and music legends Sister Sledge.    

Cloudy, wet and windy

Aisling Creevey

BBC weather

It's not looking great out there in the build up to Christmas - here's my forecast. 

Funding crisis for HIV charity

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A charity in Brighton which supports people with HIV says it may have to close because of NHS funding cuts.

The Sussex Beacon - which has been open for 25 years - treated more than 200 people last year. It costs more than £2m to run.

Trustees say it may have to shut by June next year without other funding and have described the situation as devastating.

Have you seen this man?

Police in Brighton are looking for 32-year-old Robert Cole, who is wanted for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence.

He was released from prison on 22 November, part way through an eight week sentence imposed at Brighton Magistrates Court on 26 October for possession of an offensive weapon.  

Man wanted on recall to prison
Sussex Police

Calais people smugglers switch operations to Paris

Colin Campbell

BBC South East Special Correspondent

Did you miss this exclusive investigation?

People smugglers who operated in Calais' migrant camp are continuing their criminal activity in broad daylight in Paris

A BBC South East Today investigation has discovered the smugglers offer guaranteed safe passage to the UK for just £3,000. 

Our undercover researcher was told he would be taken to Dover hidden in the back of a truck containing products from the supermarket chain Lidl. 

Lidl said they instigated an urgent investigation. 

Home in time for Christmas

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

International Animal Rescue, based in Uckfield, has helped two critically-endangered orangutans return to their home in the Borneo rainforest.   

'First Hippo on the Moon' takes to the stage

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

A theatre production of characters from David Walliams' new children's book 'First Hippo on the Moon' has premiered in Eastbourne.

It will also be playing at theatres around the country, including Kent.

Worthing-based Southern Water fined £2m for beach pollution

More than 20 beaches were closed to swimmers in June 2012 after sewage was discharged into the sea.

The closure of all beaches in Thanet in Kent was caused by a failure at the Southern Water Foreness Point Sewage Pumping Station after heavy rain.

Southern Water Director Simon Oates said: "We apologise unreservedly for the failure of the waste water pumping station at Foreness Point near Margate.

“Since 2012 we have invested £4 million in the site and have a further £6 million investment plan. We’re working hard with partners such as the Environment Agency and Thanet District Council to ensure that the area's bathing water is cleaner than ever.

Pollution on Thanet beaches

“Thanet's beaches are some of the best in the country, boasting seven blue flags and three seaside awards. Many now consistently achieve ‘excellent’ bathing water quality alongside 'excellent' status in tourism surveys.

“We will continue to invest in the site and work with our partners to ensure Thanet’s bathing waters are clean now and in the future.”

Madeline Homer, Chief Executive of Thanet District Council, said: “This is clearly a regrettable incident which impacted on the area and I am pleased that Southern Water has taken full responsibility for it today.

"I am however extremely heartened that in recent years Southern Water has made significant investment to improve the site and is taking a much more collaborative approach to ensuring that Thanet’s bathing waters continue to improve and are amongst the highest quality in the country."

BreakingWater company fined £2m

Worthing-based Southern Water has been fined £2 million for "catastrophic" pollution of Thanet beaches in 2012. 

More to follow. 

TUC's Frances O'Grady and Treasury select committee member Chris Philip clash over strikes
TUC's Frances O'Grady and Treasury select committee member Chris Philip clash over strikes

'It wasn't about Grace any more'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A couple from Haywards Heath say they're shocked and hurt the manufacturer of a cot in which their baby daughter died tried to suggest her toddler sister may have been involved.   


Sussex Police is investigating claims of sexual abuse at football clubs after allegations were made against six coaches.

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Christmas greetings from Strictly winners

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's Christmas here's some special celebrity messages for you including this year's Strictly winners and music legends Sister Sledge.  

What's in this morning's papers?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Pile of newspapers

The Argus: Sussex Police investigating historic sexual abuse by six football coaches.

West Sussex County Times: Olly Murs excited about bringing summer shows to Sussex.

Chichester Observer: Bognor darts player thrilled to take on Van Gerwen.

Eastbourne Herald: Willingdon parish council introduces a community hub.

'We can't promise operations won't be cancelled'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

An NHS Trust says it's writing to the government asking what contingency plans will be put in place if the Southern strikes continue.  

Sussex Police report sex abuse claims involving six football coaches

The force says six separate reports have been made of sex offences allegedly committed in the county by six different football coaches.

None of the six reports relate to either of Sussex's most senior clubs - Brighton and Hove Albion or Crawley Town, The Argus in Brighton reported.

Football teams across the country have been implicated in the growing scandal gripping the sport. 

Anonymous picture of children playing football

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "As of 13 December we have received six separate reports, since this November, that non-recent sexual offences have been committed in Sussex by six separate football coaches.

"Each report is being assessed by staff in our public protection department. We will not be releasing any further information about any of the reports at this time."   

Three words to describe Southern rail...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

In three words, describe your Southern rail experience in 2016.

Take part in our Southern survey here.

@BBCSussex Third world transport

@BBCSussex @KevStemp Stranded miles away

@BBCSussex excruciating painful experience

Man in Santa hat

Dan Macadam

Business reporter

With strikes on Southern rail services and at the Crown Post Office, among others, are we facing a Christmas of Discontent?

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Arrest following Peacehaven caravan fire

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after fire destroyed a caravan parked outside a house in Peacehaven on Saturday 17 December.

The man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with intent. 

The caravan was burnt out and the occupants of the house were evacuated, but were uninjured and later given the all clear by firefighters to return.

Flying home for Christmas

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

He's used to much warmer climates than a beach in East Sussex. Now, Norman, the red-footed booby bird is on his way home.   

Council leader and MP call for government intervention on Southern strikes

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

As passengers endure another day of Southern strikes in the build up to Christmas, Brighton and Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan and the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, have both made a plea to the government to get involved.  

Southern are once again advising passengers there will be no services on some routes and a revised service on all other routes as members of the RMT start a fresh 48-hour strike

Where are the Calais migrants?

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Nearly two months after the closure of the Calais 'Jungle', charities claim there's a growing number of migrants who need aid in the nearby Dunkirk camp.

Volunteers from Brighton have even set up a children's school to give the youngsters somewhere safe to have lessons. 

You can hear my report on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here.  

A migrant in the Calais Jungle

Hospice fulfils patient's final wish

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

St Wilfrid's Hospice in Chichester helped fulfil a patient's wish to see snow for the last time. 

They managed it with the help of a friend of a member of staff, who lent them a snow machine.

Lifeguards plan for Camber Sands

Plans to introduce lifeguards at Camber Sands have been put forward by Rother District Council.

In its draft budget for the next financial year £51,000 has been put aside to pay for lifeguards.

The council has come under pressure to introduce more safety measures on the beach after seven men died in the water over the summer

Camber Sands beach

There's another Southern rail strike today (in case you hadn't noticed)

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Southern is advising passengers there will be no service on some routes and revised service on all routes as members of the RMT union start a 48-hour strike.  

Strikes by train drivers last week brought all services to a halt and left services severely disrupted on Thursday. 

You can find out which services will be running today by going here.

Southern train

How is the #Southernstrike affecting you? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Post office staff go on strike

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Twelve post offices across Sussex will be closed today and tomorrow as staff strike over jobs, pensions and plans to close some branches.

Workers at several outlets including Bexhill, Crawley, Eastbourne and Worthing will walk out in a dispute over jobs, pensions and proposed branch closures.

But the Post Office insists the majority of its branches will not be involved. The two day strike is not expected to affect Royal Mail deliveries in the run up to Christmas.

Post Office protest

You can hear more on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here.