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  2. Updates on Friday 3 February 2017.

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining the live team - hope you have a great weekend. 

    We'll be back on Monday at 06:00 GMT with all of the latest news, travel, sport and weather.

    In the meantime, if there's something you want to let us know about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email

  2. Pavilion Gardens closed for filming of new Benedict Cumberbatch movie

    Brighton & Hove News

    A new film starring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is being filmed in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion this week – but instead of the Oscar nominated actor, star-spotters have instead been treated to a llama and a zebra. 

    Read more from Brighton and Hove News here.

  3. Things can only get better

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    After a windy evening, there's a better than expected forecast for the weekend. 

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    Video caption: Weather Rachel
  4. Political week in 60 seconds

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    Video caption: A look back at the week's political headlines
  5. Envelope update

    Medium accident: B2272 West Sussex both ways

    BBC Travel

    B2272 West Sussex both ways medium accident, between B2112 Hazelgrove Road and B2028 The Broadway.

    B2272 West Sussex - B2272 South Road in Haywards Heath closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B2112 Hazelgrove Road junction and the B2028 The Broadway junction, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex both ways

    BBC Travel

    A27 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between A26 and Burgh Lane.

    A27 East Sussex - A27 in Lewes blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Beddingham Roundabout and the Burgh Lane junction, because of a vehicle fire.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  7. Tube strike called off

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A tube strike, due to start on Sunday, has been suspended.

    The RMT had called the action in a row over job cuts and plans to close ticket offices.

    The Transport Salaried Staff's Association (TSSA) had already said it wouldn't take part in the action.

    The walkout was due to start at 18:00 GMT.

    Tube station
  8. Analysis: Councillor reprimanded for non-payment of council tax

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Lewes Council standards committee

    Robbie Robertson, a Conservative member of Lewes District Council, has been told to apologise, after telling a newspaper he hadn't paid his council tax.

    Robbie Robertson wasn't the only councillor in Sussex to miss council tax payments last year- but he is the only one facing punishment for the way he spoke about it to the press.

    In fact, the panel in Lewes weren't overly cross at his missed payment -  anyone can find themselves short at the end of the month.

    But in a time of ever-stretched budgets and tough times for taxpayers, they couldn't accept an elected councillor casting doubt on the importance of paying council tax.

    The fact that Argus reporter Neil Vowles phoned at a busy time and caught Councillor Robertson slightly off guard did little to mitigate that.

    The panel was also baffled by the idea that Robbie Robertson wanted to see how the system worked - like them, he has access to quarterly reports about tax collection rates.

    Now the Lib Dems are calling for his head and Tory leader Andy Smith hasn't ruled out expelling him.

    I understand that decision will be made by the entire Tory group later in the month.

  9. 'Rugby is a great sport for women'


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    Video caption: Women's Six Nations: Danielle Waterman says rugby is 'an amazing sport for women'

    It's not only the men's Six Nations that kicks off this weekend. The women's equivalent gets under way, too, with Scotland hosting Ireland this evening,followed tomorrow by Wales v Italy and - arguably the pick of the ties - England v France at Twickenham

    The women's game is really taking off across the UK, so watch England full-back Danielle Waterman explain her love of rugby and the different versions you can play - and if you're inspired to pick up the oval ball yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

    England Women v France Women kicks off at 19:35 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus highlights of all three matches on BBC Two at 22:45 GMT.

  10. Going many extra miles for charity

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A group of women from Uckfield are planning an attempt on Africa's tallest mountain.

    The eight-strong team will set off for Tanzania this month, where they'll hike to the peak of Kilimanjaro.

    Several of them are veterans of the Three Peaks Challenge, and they'll be raising money for Chestnut Tree House, a local charity which provides hospice and community support for children with life-shortening conditions.

    Kilimanjaro climb 1
    Quote Message: We've gone on lots of training walks, we walk from Glynde to Lewes, Burling Gap to Cuckmere Haven, then back to Beachy Head. We're all mums and have lots of children, fortunately they're all well, but one of our group knows someone who used Chestnut Tree House, so this is a way of saying thank you. I'm also a retired GP, so I knew of Chestnut Tree professionally". from Cathy Dooris Ladies of Uckfield Climb Kili
    Cathy DoorisLadies of Uckfield Climb Kili
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  11. BreakingFresh talks between union and train operator

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The RMT union has agreed to meet Southern Rail next week, in the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains.

    Aslef members are due to vote on an agreement reached with the operator yesterday.

    Southern train
  12. Southern passengers: 'It's good news'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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

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    Video caption: Southern vox 2
  13. Batten down the hatches, it's getting windy

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    Take care this afternoon, especially near the coast.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: lunchtime weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  14. Councillor in breach of code for comments about council tax

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    A Lewes District Councillor has been told to apologise after telling the Argus he didn't pay his council tax because it was his "last priority" and he wanted to see how the system worked. 

    Councillor Robbie Robertson was also ordered to complete training on the council's code of conduct by the Standards Panel.  

    Councillor Robertson did pay the £973 he owed - but only being issued a court summons. He didn't dispute making the remarks, but said he'd made others which the Argus chose not to report. He said he was pleased to see that he received no special treatment from the tax collection system.

    But the panel found that his remarks brought the council into disrepute, by potentially encouraging people to skip paying their council tax.  

    Lewes District Council's Standards Panel meet at Southover House in Lewes.
    Image caption: Lewes District Council's Standards Panel took about an hour to find Cllr Robertson in breach of the code.

    Councillor Robertson told BBC Sussex he'd be prepared to accept the panel's findings:

    Quote Message: The panel does what the panel does. They've found me guilty, now I've just got to wait for the outcome of what they want me to do. I'll speak to my residents later on." from Cllr Robbie Robertson Conservative, Lewes District Council
    Cllr Robbie RobertsonConservative, Lewes District Council
  15. Police descend on Scout group

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Don't fear - there's not a scout group of prolific young criminals at large.

    The 1st Anderida Beaver Scouts were thrilled to welcome police officers to their base in Hammonds Drive, in Eastbourne.

    Scout group with police officers

    They learned about what it takes to be a police officer, sat in police vehicles and were given a tour of the patrol centre with Special Constable Graeme Corbishley and PCSO David Kerr.

    Each scout had their fingerprint taken and printed onto a bookmark to show them how data is collected.

    Quote Message: I never cease to be amazed by the youth of today; these young people eagerly participated in all the activities and demonstrations, asking relevant questions within creative discussions. It just goes to prove fun and learning really do go together.” from David Kerr PCSO, Sussex Police
    David KerrPCSO, Sussex Police
  16. Sussex team designs revolutionary quantum computer

    Chrissie Reidy

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Designs for a supercomputer drastically more powerful than current machines have been released by a team from the University of Sussex.

    But you won't be using one any time soon.

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  17. 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".

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    Video caption: Eurovision singer in Eastbourne musical