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  2. At least it's a mild forecast

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    The cold has gone. But it's very wet and windy. Here's my latest forecast.

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  3. Smuggled dogs: 'They've been bred in terrible conditions'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Calls for tougher laws, after a dramatic increase in the number of pedigree dogs seized at the UK's ports.

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    Video caption: Rise in the number of smuggled puppies
  4. Eleven arrested after drugs crackdown

    Police made 11 arrests during a three-day operation to tackle drug dealing and possession of drugs at The Level in Brighton.

    Officers in plain clothes and uniform worked together to identify suspects and make arrests last month.

  5. Off-duty officer dies after getting into trouble in the sea off Brighton

    An off-duty police officer has died after getting into trouble in the sea off Brighton beach.

    British Transport Police Constable Steven Williams, 29, who was based at Finsbury Park in north London, died in the early hours of Monday.

    Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: "Steven had his whole career ahead of him and he will be terribly missed by his colleagues and friends here.

    "As we can all imagine this is going to be a very difficult time for those who knew him, so I ask that we all pull together to support each other."

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    Emergency services were alerted after a man went into the sea at Kings Road Arches on Sunday at 23:40 GMT.

    The alarm was raised by a woman who had gone into the water to help him.

    A major air and sea search was launched around Brighton Palace Pier by the Coastguard, involving police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, the ambulance service, Brighton and Shoreham RNLI lifeboats, the Coastguard helicopter and the mobile Coastguard rescue units.

    Mr Williams was pulled from the water and taken to hospital where he later died.

  6. It’s a row over more than results

    Bryony MacKenzie

    Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

    Parents at Castledown Primary say the school’s entire ethos is under threat.

    The Hastings primary has a strong focus on arts and music, winning awards for its approach. This perhaps makes it an unusual choice to partner with the Ark Academies Trust – which prides itself on turning failing schools around through a substantial focus on English, maths and phonics.

    Ark already runs four schools in Hastings, two of which were judged to be requiring improvement by Ofsted but another was recently rated as "outstanding" from "failing" just four years previously.

    The head teacher and governors of Castledown are pointing to recent poor SATS results as the reason for becoming an Ark school, a claim disputed by parents.

  7. This afternoon's newspaper headlines

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    The Argus: The Cyclist pub at Brighton Railway Station closes

    Mid Sussex Times: Fears of ‘50 per cent increase’ in Gatwick aircraft

    Eastbourne Herald: Burglars steal £17,000-worth of fireworks from Eastbourne warehouse

  8. BreakingRegeneration scheme rejected

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Arun councillors reject £80m Bognor regeneration scheme 12-1

  9. Fireworks theft in Eastbourne

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    More than £17,000 worth of fireworks have been stolen from a company in Eastbourne.

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    Video caption: Theft of fireworks in Eastbourne
  10. Bognor regeneration on the rocks

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Discussion of £80m Bognor regeneration scheme is underway.

    Of the 15 councillors who get to vote on it, nine of them have spoken against it already, just one in support.

    The vote comes shortly.

  11. Legal action over government handling of Southern moves closer

    Plans for a legal case against the government's handling of the Southern rail franchise have moved a step further.

    A group of commuters has applied for a judicial review after lodging detailed grounds addressing the Department for Transport's "ongoing failure" to hold Southern's owners, Govia Thameslink Railway, to account for the "breakdown" of services.

    The Association of British Commuters (ABC) said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had acted unlawfully by failing to determine whether GTR was in breach of its franchise obligations. 

    Members of ABC

    Southern's services have been disrupted for months by industrial action, staff shortages and other problems.

    Talks between the company and Aslef in a dispute over driver-only trains resumed on Wednesday.

  12. Bognor regeneration: meeting underway

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Arun councillors will shortly decide whether to approve £80m plans to redevelop Bognor town centre.

    The scheme would create hotels, 192 new homes and even a 1,100 seat theatre to form the Southern base of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Development control committee meets at Arun District Council in Littlehampton

    Officers have recommended that councillors approve the plans.

  13. Police investigate Chichester crash

    A silver car and a red Honda motorbike crashed at the roundabout between Via Ravenna and Cathedral Way but the car failed to stop at the scene.

    It happened at 09:18 GMT on Monday and police say it's likely the vehicle would have suffered damage to its right offside door.

    The 27-year-old motorcyclist from Bognor suffered bruising to his hands and was left in pain.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them by emailing collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 231 of 16/01.

  14. Fireworks stolen from firm

    CCTV of fireworks being stolen

    Fireworks worth £17,000 have been stolen from a company in Eastbourne.

    The theft was captured on CCTV and two men can be seen breaking into the ESK yard last Tuesday and using wheel barrows to move large boxes of the fireworks from a sealed container.

    The owners have offered a £500 reward for any information. 

  15. Today's newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    The Argus: Police officers snare 11 people in drug-related crimes at The Level

    Mid Sussex Times: 85,000 people in the South-East at risk of sudden death from silent heart conditions

    Eastbourne Herald: Unlikely friendship between 93-year-old and local teenagers

  16. Illegal puppy imports 'more than treble' in three years

    The number of illegally-imported puppies stopped at Britain's borders has more than trebled in three years, the BBC has learned.

    Officials found 208 "illegally landed" dogs in 2014, rising to 688 in 2016, according to government figures.

    Animal charities said thousands of dogs, which are often bred in "appalling conditions" on puppy farms, are brought into the UK each year. A number of groups have called for rules on imports to be tightened.

    BBC South East Today's Simon Jones will be reporting on this today.

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