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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 January

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  1. That's all from Sussex Live

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from your Sussex Live team for today - but we'll have snow updates on our special live page. 

    We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest on the weather situation as well as the rest of the day's news.

    Stay safe and warm.

    If you'd like to get in touch we'd love to hear from you.

    You can contact us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. It's snowing!

    Snow is settling across Sussex.

    We're getting reports of snow settling in Crawley and Haywards Heath.

    We'd love to see your pictures and videos. #SESnow

    Snow in Crawley

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

    Snow in Crawley
  3. Brighton’s student housing boom prompts complaints

    The growth in student housing in Brighton has led to a big rise in complaints to the council’s planning department.

    In just nine months more complaints have been made to Brighton and Hove City Council than in the whole of the previous year.

    Brighton housing

    The council’s head of planning enforcement Robin Hodgetts said that the “proliferation” of shared houses – known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – had become an increasing priority.   

    Brighton Housing

    The council’s enforcement team received 576 complaints about potential breaches of planning rules in the 2015-16 year, many of which were about student housing.

    In the current year – since the start of last April – the team has received 680 complaints.

  4. Cash boost for West Sussex groups

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    More than 20 West Sussex community groups are getting a new year boost.

    They've been awarded a share of £19,000 from the county council's Small Grants Fund. 

    The fund aims to promote the wellbeing of residents by encouraging them to connect, be active and keep learning.

    The successful applicants include:

    • Arun Community Church, Friday Night Youth Club
    • 7th Crawley Scout Group
    • Heene Community Association
    • Rustington Platinum Social Club
    • Worthing Lido Murals 
  5. Southern strike: 'It is heartbreaking'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    With no end in sight to the bitter industrial dispute on the Southern rail network, businesses near Eastbourne station have been telling us about the devastating impact on their trade. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Strike Businesses
  6. BreakingTwo men bailed after Brighton hit-and-run

    Two men have been bailed after a hit-and-run crash during a police pursuit in Brighton which ended with an elderly pedestrian being killed.

    Police are still working to trace the family of the victim, a 78-year-old local man, who died.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the circumstances of the police pursuit.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC Travel

    A23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, before Gatwick Way.

    A23 West Sussex - A23 in Charlwood closed northbound before North Terminal Roundabout, because of unsafe structures.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  8. Corbyn: Government 'pulling strings' in Southern dispute

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    EXCLUSIVE: The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has accused the government of "pulling the strings" in the Southern rail dispute. Speaking to me earlier today, he said the situation "cannot go on".  

    Video content

    Video caption: Corbyn
  9. BreakingAnother strike announced on Southern

    Southern railway guards are to stage a fresh 24-hour strike on January 23 in their long-running dispute over staffing, the RMT union announced.

  10. 'They just don't care'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Transport Secretary has condemned the Labour Party for failing to speak out against the unions behind the Southern rail crisis, which has led to disruption for thousands of South East commuters. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Strike Grayling
  11. Will there be snow later?

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    Here's my forecast for the weather this evening and tomorrow.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather south east
  12. West Sussex: Tax rises and spending cuts likely

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    County Hall, West Sussex

    Tax rises and spending cuts, but extra money for early years intervention. 

    That's likely to be the story for West Sussex, where the county council has just published its draft budget proposals for next year. 

    Rising social care costs and falling income from the government means that, like many councils, West Sussex needs to save £16m next year.

    Money will be saved from supported housing, the healthy child programme, and the council's 'reablement' service. 

    But there'll be extra money for the council's Think Family programme. 

    Councillors will make a final decision on the budget in February. 

  13. Line reopens after bridge collision

    The line between Horsham and Three Bridges has reopened after a vehicle crashed into it.

    Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said Network Rail had inspected the bridge and found it to be safe.

  14. Will Gritney Spears and Usain Salt be out tonight?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Gritter lorry

    If you're wondering whether the gritter lorries will be out later or exactly which roads they treat... take a look at the East Sussex and West Sussex county council websites.

    There's also lots of other information about what to do if council services are disrupted because of bad weather.

  15. Looking back: Snowmaggedon 30 years ago today

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    With the first snow of the winter a possibility later, we look back to 30 years ago today to one of the heaviest storms in living memory.

    Video content

    Video caption: snow v2
  16. Always be prepared...

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    We just LOVE talking about the weather don't we and today is no exception.

    The Met Office says we could get some snow later today... and as the Scouts say, it's good to be prepared...

    Weather forecast