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  1. Updates on Friday 27 January

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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Jamie Strickland

BBC Sport

Lincoln City reached the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time in 115 years with a superb victory over Championship leaders Brighton at Sincil Bank.

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That's all from us for this week

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you get up to.

We're back bright and early at 06:00 GMT on Monday. 

Remember, if there's something you'd like to tell us about we'd love to hear from you.

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

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A23.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J11, A23 (Pease Pottage), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Breaking art records in Hastings

Robin Gibson

BBC South East Today reporter

Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson has broken records for both the most artworks and the largest picture ever displayed at the Jerwood in Hastings.

I went to meet him.

#ICYMI: Cancer drug campaigner goes to Parliament

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A woman has gone to Parliament as part of her campaign to get the government to fund a cancer drug.

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, say it is open to an approach from the drug's manufacturer about ideas for how they could support its use on the NHS.  

Lincoln City v Brighton & Hove Albion - the facts


  • Lincoln City have reached round four of the FA Cup for the first time since 1975-76, when they were managed by Graham Taylor
  • Lincoln have only been beyond round four once, losing to Glasgow Rangers in 1886-87

Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Brighton have progressed in three of their last five FA Cup fourth round ties, with Arsenal knocking them out in 2012-13 and 2014-15
  • The Seagulls have won their last two away FA Cup fourth round matches, beating Port Vale in 2013-14 and Watford in 2010-11
  • Brighton have progressed from their last eight ties against non-league teams in the FA Cup, but have needed replays in the last three

This afternoon's newspaper headlines

Pile of newspapers

The Argus: Pedestrian seriously injured after being knocked down by car

Eastbourne Herald: Wealden MP marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Brighton and Hove News: Empty council buildings may be used to shelter homeless

Crawley Observer: Tim Peake’s flying visit

It's going to feel a bit warmer...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But we might see rain over the weekend.

Here's my weekend forecast.

'Brighton Mainline 2' plan to be pitched

A £6bn plan to build a second rail line linking the Sussex coast to London will be pitched to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on Monday.

The "Brighton Mainline 2" proposals would include restoring an old line between Hever and Uckfield, building 20km of new track around Lewes and running trains into Canary Wharf in London through a tunnel.

BA cabin crew to stage six days of strikes over pay

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a further six days of strikes in February in a dispute over pay, according to the union Unite.

The latest strikes will begin on Sunday 5 February.

BA cabin crew have so far staged two stoppages, resulting in the cancellation of flights.

The proposed strike will begin on 5 February and run until Saturday 11 February but will exclude Wednesday. Read the full story here.

British Airways planes
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Empty buildings plan for homeless people

An anonymous homeless person

People sleeping rough in Brighton could soon be offered the chance to stay in empty council buildings during freezing weather following a vote last night.

It comes as new figures show the city has had the highest increase in rough sleeping in the country.

A total of 144 people are now living on the streets of the city - twice as many as last year. 

Police investigate robbery in Hastings

A 23-year old cashier was attacked at the Subway shop in Bank Buildings on Wednesday 11 January. 

She was working behind the till when the robbery took place between 19:45 and 20:00 GMT.

A man entered, selected some food, but when he went to pay he jumped over the counter and started to grab money from the till. When the cashier tried to prevent this the man got away with a small quantity of cash. 

The cashier was shaken and sustained a minor finger injury.

A very similar incident happened earlier that day at Sainsbury's Local, in nearby Station Plaza.

Police believe the two incidents may be linked.

Anyone with information should contact the police via quoting serial 1211 of 11/01.

Auschwitz remembered

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

Pupils from 12 South East schools have been to visit the site of one of the world's worst atrocities.

Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War and more than a million of those were murdered at the Nazi concentration camp -- Auschwitz. 

Each year, The Holocaust Education Trust brings around 3,000 children across the UK to visit Auschwitz.

Will there be more Southern strikes?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A meeting is due to be held this weekend to discuss future strikes, after 12 RMT train drivers walked out today.

Threats of more action have already come from the RMT's Assistant General Secretary should they fail to reach an agreement with Southern.

Talks over the next couple of days could decide if more strikes are in the pipeline, or if the union, like Aslef, will suspend the strike action.

A Southern worker stands alongside a moving train.
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Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'


FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

Rescued bear recovers from brain injury

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A sloth bear, rescued by an Uckfield-based charity in India, has undergone brain scans to confirm his extraordinary recovery from a life-threatening illness.  

Bear scan
International Animal Rescue

Five-year-old Kuber, was rescued from poachers by International Animal Rescue when he was still a small cub. Since then he's been living in a rescue centre.     

International Animal Rescue

A scan last year confirmed that the young bear had suffered a rare health condition leading to a haemorrhage in the brain. He's had regular treatment and physio and is now expected to make a full recovery.     

Southern Rail employee on an empty platform at Victoria Station on a strike day in December 2016

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent, BBC News

Would putting Southern rail back into public ownership solve the long-running dispute?

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This morning's newspaper headlines

Pile of newspapers

The Argus: Pet owners look on in horror as farmer shoots dog dead to protect sheep

Eastbourne Herald: MP calls for help for families in debt

Brighton and Hove News: Hove school head to join academy trust as executive principal

Crawley Observer: New lights aim to make three areas of Crawley safer  

Brighton and Hove Independent: Councillors vote to open empty buildings for homeless shelters

Chichester Observer: Runaway horses hold up traffic on A27

Mid Sussex Times: Police rush to aid of collapsed passenger at Gatwick Airport

Hastings Observer: Two people in hospital after Link Road crash

Baby milk charity's fundraising appeal

Steve Dale

BBC Sussex reporter

A charity that delivers emergency milk to premature babies desperately needs to raise money for a new motorbike. 

Service by Emergency Regular Volunteers (SERV) currently relies on an old machine to collect the milk from donor mums, take it London where it's checked and pasteurised, and bring it back to Sussex where it's used to help save lives.

Severe accident: A267 East Sussex both ways

BBC Travel

A267 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at Swansbrook Lane.

A267 East Sussex - Slow traffic on A267 in both directions in Hellingly at Groggers Cross, because of an accident.

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Train driver walkout goes ahed

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Twelve train drivers, who are members of the RMT Union, are on strike today.

No further action has been scheduled, but the RMT's Assistant General Secretary Paul Cox said its likely more will be called if an agreement isn't reached with Southern.

An RMT Union member protests holding a placard.
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The ongoing dispute with Southern Rail is over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains where the driver, rather than the conductor, opens and closes the doors.

Another train drivers' union, Aslef, called off its planned strikes last week.  

#ICYMI: Multi-million development plans in Sussex 'on flood plain'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Hundreds of jobs will be created in West Sussex if plans for a multi-million pound IKEA development gets the go-ahead, it has been claimed.

A subsidiary company of Brighton and Hove Albion has announced plans for the company's first store at Lancing as well as 600 new homes, a new school, community centre, and a Country Park.

But not everyone is happy with proposals, with concerns over flooding in the Lancing and Shoreham area.   

This area is a flood risk area. I know people don't like me pouring water all over the good news this morning, but that's a fact.

Tidal walls will reduce the flood risk for the river and tidal flooding, but what it won’t change is the ground water situation. That whole area is still a floodplain, it's at 75% risk of flooding from ground water levels."

Bill FreemanAdur Flood Watch

Thoroughly modern Sussex

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An exhibition gets underway this weekend in London telling the story of Sussex Modernism.  

Man in serious condition after crash

A 35-year-old has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a two car crash in Combe Valley Way, Bexhill. It happened at 07:45 on Thursday 26 January.

The driver of a red Volkswagen Transporter, a 34-year-old man from Bexhill, was taken hospital with minor injuries.  

Pushing for the Premiership

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

On the march to the Premier League - meet the born and bred Sussex player who could be key to Brighton's promotion push.  

Dog shot dead near Chichester after worrying sheep

A shepherd was forced to shoot a dog dead after worrying a flock of sheep on his land near Chichester.

The young Doberman bitch had been let off in a field at North Mundham shortly before dusk on Sunday 22 January, the owners were unaware that sheep were present.

As the owners tried to retrieve their dog, the shepherd insisted that he must shoot the animal as it had apparently started to maul the sheep.

Police were called and persuaded the shepherd to hold off while a concerted effort was made to retrieve the dog, but it was in vain and the shepherd was permitted to take a clear shot, which he did.

Sheep (generic)

Today's front page of The Argus

The Argus

Here's what the Brighton paper is reporting this morning?

Front page
The Argus

Brighton fire: 50 peole evacuated from building

Fifty people have been evacuated from a building in Brighton after a flat caught fire just over an hour ago.

Fire crews were called to Princess House in North Street. The fire service say everyone's been accounted for. 

£80m regeneration scheme to be discussed

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Artist impression of the Bognor plans
Sir Richard Hotham Projects

Proposals for an £80m regeneration scheme in Bognor is due to go before planners next week.

The project includes a new theatre and more than 6,000 sq m of commercial space which will include almost 200 apartments, plus a 50-bed hotel with conference facilities.

There are also plans for a new boardwalk on the seafront.

Is there a change on the horizon?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's still bitterly cold first thing.  But there are changes afoot. Here's my latest forecast. 

It's nearly the weekend

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

What time does your weekend start? I finish work at 14:00 GMT, but the rest of the team will be here until 22:00 GMT with all of Sussex's news, sport, travel and weather.  

This lovely picture of night-time in Steyning was sent to us by James Brown - it's our Sussex #photooftheday

James Brown

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