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  2. Live updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Our live updates have finished for tonight, thanks for joining us!

We'll be back again tomorrow morning at 06:00 GMT, with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

Painted ponies

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A herd of not very wild horses will be brightening up the South East and raising money for charity. 

Let it snow, let it snow

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There's a wintry shock in store for the rest of the week.

Here's my forecast.


Meet Roy Collins.

He's being treated for breast cancer.

Hear his story by watching this video - it's the latest in our #MyCancerStoryseries.


All this week we're hearing from people in #Sussex who've been affected by breast and prostate cancer in our #MyCancerStory series.

This is Amanda Nash.

She was diagnosed with the disease ten years ago and has had chemotherapy, but sadly doctors say her cancer can't be cured.

Crime spree at Chichester beauty spots

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are increasing patrols around beauty spots in Chichester, after more than 70 cars and vans were broken into since the start of the year.

It's believed thieves are targeting vehicles parked in areas such as Chidham Lane, Kingley Vale, Cocking Hill and South Harting, smashing windows and breaking locks to get in.

Items stolen include handbags, laptops, hair straighteners and even a birthday cake.

Disabled man injured in street attck

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A disabled man has had his crutches kicked away by a gang of youths, in an unprovoked attack in Eastbourne.

The 44-year-old man was resting against a wall near the post office in Terminus Road, when the group ran up to him and kicked the crutches out of his hands.

The man, who'd only moved to Eastbourne from Milton Keynes three weeks ago, fell to the ground, injuring his hip and back.

The gang, who were all wearing hoodies, ran off towards the Arndale shopping centre.

This was a mean, heartless attack on someone unable to defend himself and it has clearly caused him both physical and mental anguish. It may even be that one or all of the group now feels thoroughly ashamed of themselves and is prepared to come forward of their own accord before we knock at their door.'

Simon FrenchPolice investigator

Today's local paper headlines

Stack of newspapers

The Argus: Wi-Fi gives me a pain in my mouth

Eastbourne Herald: Group calling on Eastbourne Council to address pedestrian safety

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton council leader calls for more government cash for care after details of Surrey ‘special deal’ revealed

Chichester Observer: Human skull found by artist at East Head beach

Keith Allen stars in Brighton

Actor Keith Allen, father of pop star Lily, takes on one of theatre's most famous slices of Victorian Gothic suspense in Brighton this week.

He spoke to our reporter Robin Gibson.

It's grey and getting colder

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We might get some rain this afternoon.

And we may even see some snow on Friday.

Here's my lunchtime forecast.

#ICYMI: Spending cuts and an extra 4.99% in council tax agreed for East Sussex

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

£17m of further spending cuts and a council tax rise were agreed by East Sussex county councillors at a meeting yesterday.  

Labour and Lib Dems didn't dispute those aims, but did table amendments about where the axe should fall. 

They said Conservative plans relied too heavily on savings from a partnership with the NHS, and did too little for vulnerable residents or council employees.

But ultimately, with support from UKIP and the odd independent councillor, the Tory budget was carried 25 votes to 15.

What do you think? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Chichester police: Don't help out the car thieves

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

If you're a user of car parks in Chichester you'll want to bear this in mind. 

There have been 70 break-ins to vehicles parked up at car parks across the district since the beginning of the year. 

So far thieves have got away with handbags, laptops, hair straighteners and even a birthday cake.

Chidham Lane, Kingley Vale, Cocking Hill and South Harting car parks are among the car parks to have been targeted.

Strictly winner performs in Brighton

Kara Tointon is starring in the thriller "Gaslight" at Brighton's Theatre Royal this week.

Here are some facts you may not know about her.

Connor Goldson

Brighton's Connor Goldson targets a return to action despite being diagnosed with a heart issue which requires surgery.

Read more

Plans to set up an Eastbourne lottery to be discussed

Plans to set up a local lottery in Eastbourne is being recommended for approval.

At today's council cabinet meeting members are being advised to rubber stamp proposals which would see up to £80,000 raised annually for good causes.

The authority has consulted a council in Buckinghamshire which already runs a similar scheme.

Police concern for missing pensioner

Allen Elliott
Sussex Police

Allen Elliott, 81, has been missing from his home in Hoads Wood Road, Hastings, since yesterday morning.

He usually walks with the aid of two walking sticks.

He was last seen at 09:30 GMT on Tuesday and is known to travel to Brighton.

Anyone with information is asked to email quoting serial 1422 of 07/02.

Alternatively they can contact police online at or phone 101.

Whatever floats your goat...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

I have to say, I would've loved this - a school in Brighton has adopted quite an unusual approach to improving behaviour.

Since September more than 100 children at Varndean School have been caring for five pygmy goats.

The project is designed to help children interact across age groups and improve confidence. 

All we had was a goldfish...

Missing 19-year-old found

A man who had been reported missing from Ashford has been found safe and well. 

He was found in Sussex in the early hours of Wednesday 8 February.

Is this the light at the end of the tunnel for Southern rail passengers?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

What does the deal between Aslef and Southern include?

It contains details of circumstances when a train can be operated as driver-only, without an on-board supervisor (OBS).

Are seagulls a menace or part of seaside life?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Parliament debated new measures to control seagull populations yesterday. Read the story here.  

Tell us what you think - you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Gaslighting - have you been affected?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Danny Pike's phone-in is underway on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.

Here is what he's talking about today.  

Starlings over Brighton's West Pier

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

This video, sent to us by Jan Honza Zicha or @Honzazi, is only five seconds long.

But we've got a feeling you'll want to watch it again and again.

If you've got a video you want to send us, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email

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.

We want to continue exposing people breaking the law - with your help. 

#ICYMI: Baby orangutan beginning her rehabilitation

This is Boyna, a baby orangutan who was rescued by a Sussex-based charity in Borneo.

She was saved from captivity in November by International Animal Rescue based in Uckfield.

She is about a year old and had been kept as a pet for most of her life.

For the past few months she has been in quarantine, but has now joined other orphaned orangutans in the charity's baby school.

It's hoped eventually they will be allowed to return to the jungle. 

Search to continue after kayak found in Dominic Jackson search

The search for missing Dominic Jackson is expected to resume today, after his kayak was recovered from the sea off the Caithness coast in Scotland.

The 35-year-old was reported overdue on Sunday night after going on a weekend trip from Portsoy in Aberdeenshire.

A kayak matching the description of his vessel was found on Monday evening near Lybster, about 50 miles away.

Dom lives in Fettercairn in Aberdeenshire and is originally from Uckfield. 

His sister Ellie told the BBC she remained hopeful he had made it ashore to cliffs and would be found.

Find Dom page has been set up on Facebook by friends.  

#MyCancerStory: Would you like to share yours?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

As part of our #MyCancerStory series we have two drop-in sessions taking place this week. 

If you'd like to share your story please come along and meet BBC Sussex presenters Danny Pike and Allison Ferns.

There's free and confidential support for anyone struggling to cope with their own cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one, or you can just have a cuppa and a chat with a friendly face if that's what you fancy.

The first session is today at the BBC Sussex reception in Queens Road, Brighton, from 09:00 GMT until midday. 

On Thursday, they'll be at the Turnfit Health and Fitness Studio on Bridge Street, Guildford, between 13:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT.


Meet Roy Collins.

He's being treated for breast cancer.

Hear his story by watching this video - it's the latest in our #MyCancerStory series.

Is this the oldest Bichon Frise in the UK?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Nellie the Bichon Frise
Sharon Ewen

Her owner Sharon, from Hastings, certainly thinks so!

She says Nellie is 17.5 years old, and thinks the oldest in the UK is recorded at just over 16 years old. 

The question is this - can you beat it?

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

Nellie the Bichon Frise
Sharon Ewen

Southern rail passengers face compensation delay

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Southern rail train

Many Southern rail season ticket holders say they're still waiting for compensation promised before Christmas.

On 2 December the government said one-off payments worth up to a month of free travel could be claimed to make up for the disruption throughout 2016.

But despite being told they'd hear from Southern in early January, many passengers say they're still waiting.

They're just grossly incompetent, I'm afraid the whole thing with the trains has been going downhill for the last three to four years, before there was any industrial action. The whole brand, in my opinion, is toxic."

Paul CooperCommuter from East Grinstead

Southern says it's nearly finished contacting the 40,000 people it has email addresses for, but admits there could be nearly double that number who will have to claim through a dedicated web page, which will go up next week.   

We'd like to thank our customers for their patience while we complete the first phase of the process which involves contacting everyone we have details for. We started the process of contacting almost 40,000 people in mid-January and we are almost there.

The second phase covers those who have not been contacted during phase 1. They will be qualifying customers who we don't have email addresses and postal addresses for, and they will be able to contact us through our website to make their claim. We will be opening up our dedicated claim page on for this next week.

And you can hear more on this story on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here.

What do you think? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email

Chris Eubank Jr: 'Now I'm coming for everybody'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

He's the son of a Sussex boxing legend, and now Chris Eubank Jr is a world champion too, winning the IBO super-middleweight crown at the weekend.

Increase in season tickets for Brighton fans

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton and Hove Albion have announced an increase of between 2% and 5% on season tickets for next season.   

The Amex Stadium

The renewal prices are fixed regardless of which division they play in.

Current holders are now able to renew their seats with packs expected to arrive with supporters within the next fortnight.

The current Direct Debit scheme remains in place and the subsidised-travel zone continues to be included in the price.  

You'll need some layers on today

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Because it's going to be a chilly day.

Here's my forecast.  

It's the middle of the week...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

And we'll be here until 22:00 GMT with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

Kristie Heath‎ took this picture at Bodiam Castle. It's our Sussex #photooftheday

Bodiam Castle
Kristie Heath‎

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