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  2. Updates on Thursday 2 February 2017

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Bob Dale

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Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

Huddersfield show their promotion credentials by beating 10-man Brighton, who fail to extend their Championship lead.

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Eurovision: 'Who would turn down the opportunity to represent their country?'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

In May she's heading off to the Ukraine to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.  

But this week singer Lucie Jones is on stage in Eastbourne in a production of the musical "Rent".

Gone with the wind

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be blustery out there. Here's my latest forecast. 

Southern passengers: 'It's good news'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There was relief at Brighton station this evening at the news the Aslef strike on Southern was coming to an end.

'We don't send any deal that we don't recommend'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Although no details of the deal worked out between Aslef and Southern have been revealed, the union says it will be recommending its members vote to accept it.  

ASLEF union head says the deal with Southern rail has been done in good faith
Aslef boss Mick Whelan says the deal with Southern is one that he can recommend it to his members.

Transport Secretary: 'What people want is a service that works normally'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Chris Grayling says the priority now is getting the service on Southern Rail back to normal for passengers.

Campaigners stage protest

The long-running dispute between Southern and Aslef is "over", according to the general secretary of the TUC.

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ICYMI: Brighton budget update

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

When we reported on Brighton and Hove City Council's draft budget proposals in December, the more astute among you will have noticed they had a gap. 

Though the council said £24m of savings were needed to balance the books - they had thus far only found £21m of them.

Well, a new draft from the Labour administration proposes a way of closing that gap. 

They'll take advantage of new powers to raise your council tax 5%, not 4%. That adds about £81 to your bill instead of £55 if you're a Band D taxpayer - but raises about £1.2m for the council. A further £1.2m comes from a new adult social care grant from the Government. 

£800,000 more comes thanks to a larger base of taxpayers than previously thought.

View of Brighton skyline
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Council tax could rise nearly 5% next year in Brighton and Hove

There aren't any extra cuts we didn't know about back in December- though the full implications of those proposals are still being worked out. 

It'll take some persuading to win over the opposition -  nothing is set in stone until the whole package is voted on at a special council meeting on 23 February.  

Wet wet wet

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It's very soggy but mild out there. Here's my latest forecast.

'The dispute between Aslef and Southern is over'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

After 10 days of talks, is this the announcement passengers were hoping for?

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Durand Academy, Midhurst, West Sussex

School inspectors judge the Durand Academy "inadequate" in a draft report released in error.

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BreakingRMT union: 'Our dispute remains on'

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says:

Our dispute remains on. The union is aware of the offer of further talks from the company. Once we have the full details of the deal that has been struck today, and an assurance that the terms of reference of those talks will focus on the retention of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services, we can agree an immediate date for negotiations to commence.”


Aslef reaction to strike deal

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Commenting on the agreement ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said: 

I welcome this agreement which is a significant step forward in addressing the safety concerns of Aslef members on Southern Rail.

‘Aslef has never been against changes to working methods. Rather we believe any changes should be negotiated through agreed procedures. I am confident this this deal can provide a safer and appropriately staffed railway for passengers on Southern Rail and I will be recommending it to our members.

Mick WhelanAslef General Secretary

Southern deal thrashed out with Aslef

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

People have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on the newly announced resolution between train drivers' union Aslef, and Southern Rail.

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Aslef and Southern reach agreement

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, announces a deal between the drivers' union Aslef and Govia Thameslink.

BreakingAslef union calls off Southern strike

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Aslef have called off their strike action over driver-only operated trains on Southern Rail.

The two sides have been holding lengthy talks in a bid to resolve the long-running row which has sparked a series of strikes.

However, the RMT union is still in dispute with Southern over changes to the role of conductors.

Southern train

This afternoon's newspaper headlines

Newspapers (generic)

The Argus: Pupils to be given an hour longer in bed under headteacher's proposal

Mid Sussex Times: Radical health service shake-up to stave off £500m cash shortfall

Hastings Observer: St Leonards mum’s fundraising drive for cuddle cot for Conquest Hospital

Brighton and Hove News: 150 more parking machines replaced with card only meters

Chichester Observer: Glow-in-the-dark mini golf on the cards for Chichester  

BreakingSouthern strike deal expected

A deal to end the Aslef dispute over driver-only trains on Southern Railway is set to be announced later today, sources say.

More updates to follow as we get them. 

Major movie being filmed at Brighton Pavilion

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Big budget movie "The Current War" is being filmed in Brighton this week. 

The iconic Royal Pavilion is being used  to recreate the 1893 Chicago World Fair, where Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled for who would provide electricity across the US. 

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton and Nicholas Hoult. 

Benedict Comberbatch

M23 closed for emergency repairs

The M23 in West Sussex is closed southbound between J8 for the M25 and J9 for Gatwick Airport. It's closed northbound between J10 for Crawley and J8. 

It's for emergency work to an overhead power cable to be carried out.

The motorway will remain closed until the works are complete.    

Highways England

Hastings GP surgery remains in special measures

England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice has again rated a Hastings GP surgery as Inadequate and recommends the surgery stay in special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).       

Dr Ankur Chopra’s practice at Roebuck House was inspected in July 2016 by a team which included a CQC lead inspector, a GP specialist adviser, a CQC pharmacy inspector and a practice manager specialist adviser.

After a second inspection, the overall rating stays as Inadequate and remains in special measures.

This morning's newspaper headlines


The Argus: Mid flight drama as man terrifies passengers and crew by threatening to open aircraft doors

Sussex Express: Sussex Food and Drink Awards, 2017 - The results

Eastbourne Herald: Two Eastbourne schools to merge

Dame Vera Lynn breaks own record with new album at 100

Dame Vera Lynn
Decca Records/PA

Many people would celebrate turning 100 with a slice of cake and a glass of fizz - but Dame Vera Lynn is doing it by releasing a new album.

She's breaking her own record in the process, having last put out an album at the age of 97, back in 2014.

The singer, who lives in Ditchling, is known as the forces' sweetheart for entertaining troops during World War Two to boost morale.

You can read the full story here.

'They've been bred in terrible conditons, with no thought about their welfare'

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.

Have you seen this man?

Police are looking for 25-year-old Jamie Reynolds from Brighton who is wanted on recall to prison.

Jamie Reynolds
Sussex Police

Reynolds was released on licence in December having been jailed for breaching a restraining order, battery and being convicted while a community order was in force. 

He has failed to comply with licence conditions and is now wanted.    

From page to stage

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A new work by the Royal Ballet is based on the work of one of Sussex's best known authors. 

Fireworks theft in Eastbourne

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

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.  

Severe congestion: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe congestion, around J9 for M23 affecting J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - Queuing traffic for three miles on M23 northbound around J9, M23 (Gatwick Airport). Congestion to J10, A2011 (Crawley).

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Eastbourne Pier
Sue Lockhart

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