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  1. Updates on Friday 6 January

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Tomer Hemed

Championship leaders Brighton ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory over MK Dons.

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That's it for the week

It's the end of our live page and the end of the week. Thanks for joining us.

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

In the meantime you can still get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

Mild weekend ahead

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A damp and cloudy weekend awaits for most of us in the South East.

What's in today's papers?

The Argus: Water main explodes on busy Brighton road

Brighton and Hove Independent: 1,200 Brighton homes without water after burst main

West Sussex County Times: Council calls for views on extending village bus services

Bognor Regis Observer: War memorabilia stolen in Bognor break-in


'They are all thinking about how they can advance their war and their battles'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton's Labour MP says the blame for the Southern Rail dispute lies with the company AND the unions - and others.

Win your way to the FA Cup Final


Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

Sign up to the FA People's Cup and you could win your way on to the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf at half-time during the FA Cup Final.

Entries are now open and you can find out all the details here.

'It's too late to say he wants to get people round the table'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of Brighton's MPs says it's far too late for the transport secretary Chris Grayling to offer talks to solve the Southern Rail dispute.

Three ambulance bosses quit in a day

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Three senior executives from the South East Coast Ambulance Service have resigned in the last 24 hours.

The trust says medical director Rory McRae is standing down for personal reasons, as is non-executive director Dr Katrina Herren.

It was also confirmed this afternoon that Professor Andy Newton is stepping down as executive paramedic director, although he'll stay with the trust as a consultant paramedic.

Secamb is currently in special measures.

Rory McRae
Rory McRae is standing down for personal reasons

Self-harm: Experts say more cooperation is needed

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's been a rise in the number of people going to hospital in the South East because of self-harming.

Experts say there needs to be more cooperation between organisations that provide help for young people with mental health illnesses.

Ebay logo

A dedicated Ebay buyer travels more than 1,700 miles (2,800km) to pick up items listed as collection-only.

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'It's difficult to deliver change while the staff are on strike'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, says Southern Rail's ongoing problems can only be fixed once the unions call off their industrial action.

It's getting warmer for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After this week's cold snap, the weekend's looking warmer but dull.

Here's my forecast.

Seagulls v MK Dons in the FA Cup - a preview

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion take on MK Dons in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend. 

Here's my match preview:

Man who didn't turn up to court sought by police

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Shane Parker
Sussex Police

Shane Parker is being sought by police after he failed to appear in court on theft charges. 

He's accused of theft from a motor vehicle in the Chichester area last August. 

The 28-year-old from Havant, in Hampshire, also has links to the Oxfordshire area. 

Sussex Police are asking anyone who knows where he is to contact them quoting the serial number 1494 of 22/08.

Manager of the month for Seagulls boss

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Chris Hughton
Paul Hazlewood

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has been named Championship Manager of the Month for December. 

Unbeaten and 13 points from 15. Not too shabby.

Unhappy teenage girl

Hospital admissions of children for self-harming rise by 51% in three years in south east England, according to NHS data.

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'I don't have the power to force unions to stop striking, I wish I did'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Transport Secretary says the unions should call off their industrial action on Southern, after this week's report by the Office of Road and Rail.

Have you seen stolen rare bike?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Manx Norton motorcycle
Sussex Police

A very rare and expensive motorcycle's been stolen from Hastings. 

The Manx Norton motorcycle, similar to the one above, is worth £22,000.

Police say it's a rare collectable vintage machine in immaculate condition.

It was taken from Pelham Place some time between between 11.30 GMT and 13:00 GMT on Monday.

Bus hits bus stop while turning

Jane Vickers

BBC Sussex reporter

Bus Stop smash

According to witnesses, this bus stop was hit by a bus in Hove which was doing a 3-point turn.

bus stop smash

What's in this morning's papers?

Stack of newspapers

The Argus: MP’s appeal to end domestic abusers questioning their victims in court.

Eastbourne Herald: Dad pays tribute to popular Eastbourne builder.

Bexhill Observer: Met Office warning issued for Sussex.

West Sussex County Times: Single vehicle crash closes M23 near Pease Pottage.

Jonty Jenner

Jersey international Jonty Jenner hopes a spell playing in South Africa will help his chances of breaking into the Sussex squad.

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Quick round up...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Lets take a look at the top stories that are dominating your headlines this morning:

Chris Grayling

  • The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has reiterated his call to Aslef and the RMT to suspend their strike action on the Southern rail network next week to give time for meaningful talks. 
  • There's been a 40% increase in the number of times young people have been admitted to hospital because of self harming in the South East in the last three years.
  • Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is out of the Shenzhen Open. She lost in three sets to Katerina Siniakova in the semi-finals. 

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm back on the air from 09:00 GMT - this is what's coming up on my show.

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A23 and J10a for B2036 Balcombe Road affecting B2110.

M23 West Sussex - M23 blocked and stationary traffic northbound between J11, A23 (Pease Pottage) and J10a B2036 Balcombe Road, because of an overturned car. Congestion on A23 to Handcross.

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Konta out of the Shenzhen Open

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has suffered a shock defeat in the Shenzhen Open semi-finals, losing in three sets to world number 52 Katerina Siniakova.

The British number one lost 1-6 6-4 6-4 to her 20-year-old opponent in China.

Third seed Konta - the world number 10 - was the highest-ranked player remaining in the draw.

Johanna Konta

Southern: Your view?

Have you got a view about Britain's worst rail strike in 20 years?

If so, we want to hear it.

We'd love you to be part of our special Question Time style debate at the Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead.

If you live or work in the South East and would like to get involved, all you need to do is send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number.

ICYMI: Driver-only system 'is safe'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

An independent report's found the system where drivers operate train doors is safe to use on the Southern rail network. Unions have described it as a "whitewash".  

Fears over city's tennis courts

Tennis player

There are fears Brighton and Hove could lose its park tennis courts under plans being considered by the city council. 

The council's making a loss of £100,000 a year on the courts' upkeep. 

It's looking at a plan to handover their running a maintenance to a social enterprise. 

So far more than 600 people have signed a petition against the idea. 

You can hear more on this story with Neil Pringle at 07:45 GMT on BBC Sussex

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a cold morning to start with.

Here's your forecast.  

It's the end of the week...

And we're here until 22:00 GMT tonight, with all of Sussex's news, sport, travel and weather.

This lovely pic of Cuckmere Haven was taken by Amy Hartley -  it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay. 

Cuckmere Haven
Amy Hartley

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