Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 20 December 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all for today

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT.

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.

'This is how high streets die'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's been free to park in some West Sussex towns and villages for as long as anyone can remember. 

But now budget pressures mean the council wants to start charging in one of them and residents aren't happy.

'I might have 20 years, I might have 20 minutes'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

He has a notable collection of artwork, but after being diagnosed with cancer, writer Patrick Goff is donating much of it to the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. 

Southern strike: How's it affected you?

Over two-thirds of people who responded to a BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey survey on Southern Rail are considering changing their lives in the new year because of the problems in 2016.

Here are some of the key findings…

RSPCA: 'Four pets are being dumped every hour'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RSPCA says a growing number of pets are being abandoned in the South East at Christmas, including these six Staffordshire bull terrier puppies. 

They've been treated at a rescue centre and it's hoped they'll now go to good homes.

Southern strikes: Economic impact estimated at hundreds of millions

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A study looking at the effect of the ongoing Southern rail strikes has put the loss to the regional economy at around £300m. 

The University of Chichester based its calculation on commuters who are late for work, miss work or have had to work from home.

'We don't know anything, and it's heartbreaking'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A family are preparing to spend Christmas in Brighton without their father, after he vanished while on holiday in Europe.

Exhaustive searches have failed to find any trace of 61-year-old David Wood.

Racist hate crimes rise since Brexit

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The number of racist hate crimes reported to police have gone up dramatically in Kent and Sussex since the EU referendum, a BBC study shows. 

In the first three months following vote in June, recorded incidents rose by 66% in Kent to more than 600. In Sussex there were over 450 reports made to police. 

Tamanna Miah is a anti-racism campaigner from Sevenoaks, who has been a victim of abuse. 

Queues for the Gatwick Express at London Victoria

A bill to establish a rail ombudsman "with real teeth" passes its first hurdle in the Commons as Southern rail passengers endure another strike.

Read more
Alan Knight

A lodger is handed a life sentence for stabbing his landlord 29 times after a row about cleanliness.

Read more

Youngsters urged to beware of sea danger

Brighton beach
BBC

Brighton and Hove City Council says the recent mild weather has drawn more people onto the beaches and many have been dangerously close to the water - with some youngsters dodging the waves.

To discourage swimmers having a Christmas Day dip access to the beaches around Brighton Pier will be closed.

'I might have 20 years, I might have 20 minutes'

Piers Hopkirk

BBC South East Today reporter

After being diagnosed with cancer, a Sussex man is donating his notable collection of artwork to the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. 

Fresh with sunny spells

Wendy Hurrell

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine , but don't be fooled - wrap up warm. Here is my forecast for the next few days. 

Karl Bunster

The jury is discharged in the trial of two people accused of murdering a man whose body was not found and a retrial ordered.

Read more

Police concerned about missing teenager

Stefan Selvage, 15, has gone missing from Findon Valley, Worthing.

He was last seen on Saturday 17 December at 19:30 GMT when he was dropped off at West Worthing railway station for a planned sleepover with a friend, who lives nearby.

He later made contact with his guardian to say he had travelled to Portsmouth, but has not been in touch since.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1372 of 18/12.

Stefan Selvage
Family handout

Woman suffers broken jaw after being assaulted

A woman's jaw was broken during a "vicious, unprovoked attack" in Brighton.

It's believed the 24-year-old victim was attacked by a group of three or four men at around 06:00 GMT on Saturday 17 December. 

The woman says she remembers walking into Little East Street and then waking up in hospital.

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 218 of 17/12. 

Drawing the line

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?

Your local newspaper headlines...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Newspapers (generic)
Thinkstock

The Argus: Santa saves the day after i360 malfunctions again.

Chichester Observer: Man dies in industrial incident at Chichester Food Park.

Mid Sussex Times: RMT says Southern Rail Christmas truce ‘in government’s hands’.

Hastings Observer: MP Amber thanks hard working posties for a first class Christmas.

Missing boy found safe and well

Hassan Chebbi, from Brighton, has now been found safe and well, say Sussex Police.  

Happy Christmas from the stars

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here’s the latest in our celebrity Christmas messages, including another star of Strictly Come Dancing...

Demonstration to be held against parking charges

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Campaigners against plans to charge for parking in Steyning say up to 500 people will participate in a demonstration there later.

With about 70 independent shops on the High Street they're worried removing free parking will mean shoppers instead go to supermarkets.

Horsham District Council is proposing to introduce similar schemes in other towns and villages. 

Swinging home for Christmas

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Two critically-endangered orangutans have been returned to the Borneo rainforest after learning how to survive in the wild with the help of an Uckfield based charity.

Rail/post/airline strike picture

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

Read more

Football sex abuse scandal in 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.   

Christmas lights advent calendar - Day 20

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Our Christmas advent calendar is on Day 20 – 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 southeasttoday@bbc.co.uk  

Police concerned about missing teenager

Hassan Chebbi
Sussex Police

Missing Hassan Chebbi, 15, has links to Brighton and Lancing. 

He was being looked after in Hayling Island in Hampshire and was last seen there at 14:00 GMT on Thursday 15 December.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1607 of 16/12.

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.   

Rise in hate crimes after EU vote

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

New figures exclusively obtained by BBC South East reveal that the number of racist hate crimes reported to police have gone up dramatically in Kent and Sussex since the EU referendum.

In the first three months following the vote in June, recorded incidents rose by 66% in Kent to more than 600.

In Sussex there were more than 450 reports made to police. 

The back of a police officer
PA

Southern rail strikes: How have they affected you?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Over two-thirds of people who responded to a BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey survey on Southern Rail say they are considering changing their lives in the new year because of the problems in 2016.

Here are some of the key findings…

And you can hear more on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle this morning by listening here.

And we want to hear how you've been affected by the strikes. You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Southern rail strikes: 'Christmas truce in ministers' hands'

Tanya Gupta

A Christmas "truce" in the ongoing Southern rail strikes saga is in the hands of the government, the union at the centre of the dispute has said.

Commuters are facing a second day of delays in a 48-hour strike by guards over proposed changes to their roles.

Commuters at a station
EPA

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said he would be willing to "thrash out a workable solution" with the government.

But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the unions had failed to come to the table for talks. Read the full story here.

Brollies at the ready

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A grey start to Tuesday, and not getting much better for the middle of the week.

Here's my forecast.

Only five sleeps to go...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We're getting excited - are you?

In the meantime we'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel across Sussex until 22:00 GMT.

To start the day off we bring you this festive snap of Wakehurst Place by Rebecca Sampson - it's our Sussex #photooftheday.

Wakehurst Place
Rebecca Sampson

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 you think we should be covering.