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  1. Updates on Monday 16 January

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Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 GMT.

Hope you can join us then. 

Lance Corporal James Brynin

A soldier will not face prosecution over the death of a comrade he shot in Afghanistan, a coroner says.

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Dame Lynn to celebrate 100th birthday with concert

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The family of Dame Vera Lynn are organising a special concert to mark her 100th birthday.

Dame Vera, who lives in Ditchling, is best known for her version of the 1942 song The White Cliffs of Dover. 

She was awarded the Burma star in the 1980s.

Alopecia patient calls for bald emoji to help represent hair loss

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Jade Jarvis

A woman with alopecia has launched a petition calling for emoji of bald men and women to help represent people with hair loss.

Jade Jarvis, 24, from Eastbourne developed alopecia when she was 16.

It's a condition that affects around one in every 100 people nationwide and Jade says you may well know someone with it but not realise it. Read the full story here.

Wrap up warm - it's a cold one

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Unsurprisingly (as it's January) it's quite chilly out there - here's a look at the forecast. 

Have you got a story we should be investigating?

Our award-winning BBC South East Investigations team has brought you stories of people smuggling, scammers, flytipping and dangerous criminals.

This year we want to continue exposing people breaking the law - with your help. 

'It would be a real big loss to young people'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

East Sussex County Council says by no longer being a provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme it can save nearly £300,000.

But the proposal hasn't gone down well with young people.

Man in hospital after vicious attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's in a critical condition after being attacked on the seafront in St Leonards.

It's believed the 58-year-old was attacked by two men in the early hours of Sunday 8 January.

The pair punched him several times, before they ran off towards Hastings Pier.

Detectives say they're particularly interested in speaking to a man and a woman seen walking along the lower promenade around the time of the assault.

'If your funding reduces, then you have no choice'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Cuts to services and an increase of nearly 5% in council tax bills are being proposed.

But the leader of East Sussex County Council says there was no alternative when the authority was drawing up next year's budget proposals.

Police concerned for missing 14-year-old

Elysia-Mai Dhiman has not been seen since she left her home in Lewes Road, Crawley, at 17:00 GMT on Saturday 15 January.

She has made no contact with friends or family since her disappearance. Sussex Police says she also has links to East Grinstead.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting serial 0920 of 15/01.  

Elysia-Mai Dhiman
Sussex Police

Severe accident: A23 West Sussex southbound

BBC Travel

A23 West Sussex southbound severe accident, between B2117 and A281.

A23 West Sussex - A23 in Albourne closed and queuing traffic southbound between Albourne Junction and Henfield Turn Off, because of an accident.

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Cuts 'will hit the vulnerable hardest'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The leader of the largest opposition group on East Sussex County Council has told me his group will seek to amend the Conservatives' draft budget proposals. 

Things have changed since October, which is good news. But there are still some high impact cuts in there which will hit the vulnerable in our community the hardest.

We're also concerned about cuts that are perhaps just being delayed a year until after the County Council elections, on such things as special educational needs and grass cutting."

Cllr David TuttLeader of the Liberal Democrat Group, East Sussex County Council

What's in Sussex's newspapers this afternoon?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A pile of newspapers

The Argus: Gun brandished in brawl outside takeaway in Bexhill.

Eastbourne Herald: Major mystery investor ploughs money into Arndale Centre.

Brighton and Hove News: Work to renovate Corn Exchange to start next month.

Crawley Observer: Horsham to host world premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie.

Brighton and Hove Independent: Tickets on sale for Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Chichester Observer: Chichester student with brain tumour backs awareness campaign.

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex woman hosts wedding fair for terminally ill friend.

Hastings Observer: Chocolate sculpture will grace Sussex Coast College. 

Where could the axe fall?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Here are some of the headlines from East Sussex County Council's budget plans for 2017-18...

  • A third of the day centre budget for older people could be cut, saving £69,000;

  • A cut of £258,000 over two years to the Wealden Community Support Team, which supports adults with learning disabilities in their own homes;

  • Fewer family key workers and reduced opening hours for Children's Centres, saving over £1.3m;

  • Library opening hours reduced, saving £700,000;

  • No longer acting as a provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme from 2018, which along with other measures will save £296,000;

  • Sharing more back office functions with Surrey County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council, saving nearly £1.5m.

Remember, they are all plans at this stage. They will be debated by the council at a later date.

Severe accident: A27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between A259 Havant Road and A259 Fishbourne Road West.

A27 Hampshire - A27 closed eastbound between Emsworth Junction in Emsworth and Fishbourne Roundabout in Chichester, because of an accident involving truck.

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BreakingCouncil unveils £17m savings plan

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Details of East Sussex County Council's budget plans have just been published.

The authority's looking to save £17m next year, with a proposal for a 4.99% increase in council tax.

The savings are smaller than predicted in October. Since then, the Government has given the council extra tax raising powers, and extra money for adult social care. 

More details to follow.

East Sussex County Council's offices

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

BBC Travel

A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, after A23 London Road.

A27 East Sussex - A27 closed and very slow traffic eastbound after Patcham, because of recovery work.

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Amy Dicketts

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

Some creative commuters are occupying their travelling hours with a productive pastime. Here is a look at some of their efforts.

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A chilly afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've had a morning of mixed weather, but what does the rest of the day hold in store? Find out in my forecast.

Seagulls v Sheffield Wednesday

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion hope to have three men back for Friday night's home match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Gaetan Bong has been out injured, Dale Stephens has been ill, and Lewis Dunk was suspended. 

The Seagulls will go top of the Championship if they win.

East Sussex Budget: 'no red lines'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

We're waiting with bated breath for East Sussex County Council to publish its draft budget - expected some point this afternoon. 

I don't imagine it will be particularly cheery reading. 

Back in November, I spoke to the cabinet member responsible for the budget. He told me that, with plans to save £23.8m in 2017/18 and a projected overspend of £12.7m this year, the council would need to reign in spending wherever it could. 

There are no red lines. We're looking everywhere. We're talking to our political colleagues. Everything and anything that the council currently does, we're looking at different ways of doing it, different ways of providing the same service at a lower cost, in a different way, using modern technologies."

Cllr David Elkin(Con) Lead Member for Resources, East Sussex County Council
Cllr David Elkin addresses East Sussex County Council
Cllr Elkin has warned fellow councillors to expect tough decisions

Police appeal over stolen bikes

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Yamaha motorbike
Sussex Police

Thieves have taken three motorbikes that had been locked up in Rye, Hastings and Bexhill. 

Police say the thefts took place over four days from 6 January. 

Officers are looking for the red and white Yamaha bike pictured above, a white Yamaha and a blue Honda. 

They're asking anyone who's seen any of the bikes to report it online at or call 101 quoting Operation Yamaha. 

Southern trains

Strike-hit Govia Thameslink renews a recruitment campaign to hire trainee drivers in a bid to reduce Southern rail disruption.

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What's in the Sussex papers this morning?

Stack of newspapers

The Argus: Health group warns exceptional has become commonplace at overstretched hospital

Mid Sussex Times: New rubbish tip charges ruled ‘illegal’ by Government says Tory

Eastbourne Herald: Youngster’s charity cake sale

Southern driver recruitment plans

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

A recruitment campaign by Southern Rail to hire trainee drivers is being launched today, in an attempt to reduce delays and disruption on the network following months of strike action.

Southern Train

The company says it wants to maintain a pool of 200 trainee drivers to reduce reliance on driver overtime.

It comes after 11 MPs in the South East signed a letter yesterday calling for tougher laws to prevent more strikes in the future.    

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

We've got a sport themed show this morning.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 GMT.

Court appearance after controlled explosion

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

A man is due in court today charged with making an explosive substance after the bomb squad was called to a block of flats in West Sussex. 

Bomb squad

The building in Hassocks was evacuated and police carried out a controlled explosion on Saturday. 

50-year-old David Smith, who's unemployed, will appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court later.   

Severe accident: A29 West Sussex both ways

BBC Travel

A29 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between A284 London Road and Baycombe Lane affecting A27.

A29 West Sussex - A29 in Slindon blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Whiteways Lodge Roundabout and the Baycombe Lane junction, because of an accident involving an overturned car and a fuel spillage. Congestion to the A27 junction.

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Councils face growing primary school demand

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Councils in Sussex say they are having to find new ways to provide additional primary school places in September to try and keep up with growing demand. 

Last night applications for primary school places closed. 

School Children

East Sussex County Council said it was expecting to provide so-called "overspill" classes in Hastings to try and accommodate more children. 

Meanwhile, West Sussex County Council has set aside nearly £24m in next month's budget to provide more primary school places.    

ICYMI: Police hammer attack

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police have released to us body camera footage of the moment officers were attacked by a convicted murderer as they tried to arrest him. 

Officers tasered Jamshid Piruz in Langley Green in January last year but it failed to stop him and he attacked them with a hammer.

On Friday the Dutch national - who has already served a sentence for murder in the Netherlands - was sentenced to life in prison.

Bring a brolly

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Because it looks like it's going to be wet. Find out more in my forecast.

Good morning from Sussex Live

We'll be here bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Sussex until 22:00 GMT. 

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Eastbourne bandstand
Sue Lockhart

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