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  2. Updates on Monday 20 February 2017

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Goodnight from Sussex Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, we'll be back from 06:00 GMT tomorrow, all the way through to 22:00 GMT, with all the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

And if there's something you'd like to tell us about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Thanks for joining us!

Thousands stolen from church fundraisers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have stolen £7,500 raised by a Sussex church for charity work in Africa.

The money, which was in US dollars, was snatched from the bag of Reverend Lynda Hulcoop, of the Southwick Christian Community Church, shortly after she'd collected it, ahead of flying to Zimbabwe.

CCTV of minister being robbed
Sussex Police

Two women followed her from the Sainsbury's store in Old Shoreham Road, West Hove, and took the bundles of notes from her bag as she was looking the other way.

Church members had raised the cash through church sales and other events, for educational projects.

Many people had donated and worked very hard to raise these funds for educational support of children, for a special needs school, for the support of a disabled young man who had recently tragically lost his mother. Having just spent the last two weeks living among these lovely but poverty-stricken people trapped in such dire circumstances and surviving on so little, I am left feeling even more deeply the horrible injustice of this incident."

Reverend Lynda HulcoopMinister, Southwick Christian Community Church

How do you do a wee when it's -40C?

A team of British soldiers are preparing to become the first all-female group to walk across Antarctica.

They will have to endure temperatures of -40C and walk for up to nine hours a day carrying more than their own body weight in supplies.

Exercise Ice Maiden is currently training in Norway for the 80-day south pole challenge in September. Among the many challenges is coping with extreme cold when you need a loo break.

Among them is Sophie Montagne from East Sussex.

Sussex sheep worrying 'worst in the country'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More sheep are dying in Sussex due to incidents with dogs than in any other part of the country, according to police figures. 

In the latest, in Boreham Bridge near Ninfield in East Sussex, 18 sheep were killed and many more may have lost the lambs they were carrying. 

It's thought the sheep were spooked by two dogs, causing them to stampede and break out of their field and onto the road, where some of them were hit by a car. 

Dead sheep
Sussex Police
Damaged car
Sussex Police

'Working in a male dominated industry is very amusing'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

20-year-old Kelly Culver is following her dream - starting up a business to restore and sell classic American cars. #thisisme 

No coats till Thursday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The early taste of spring is staying for a couple more days.

Here's my forecast.

This afternoon's Sussex newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers

The Argus: Thousands stolen from church minister in theft at Hove supermarket

Eastbourne Herald: Delight as historic Pevensey church secures Heritage Lottery funding

Chichester Observer: Olympian opens Chichester’s first trampoline park

Brighton and Hove News: Anger at ‘secret’ plans for third homeless hostel in small Hove street

Sussex Express: Immediate pay rise for Lewes Prison officers up to £5,000

SS Mendi

The South African troops onboard SS Mendi were going to France to help the allies in World War One.

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NHS spending 'too much' on agencies

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

NHS managers in Sussex say they're spending too much money on agency fees, and they urgently need to recruit and retain more staff. 

The Sussex Partnership NHS Trust runs mental services across the county. It says more than £6m has been spent on agency staff this year.

Appeal to find crash and dash driver

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This CCTV footage shows a van smashing into the back of a parked car outside a house in Saltdean. 

It happened at 02:45 GMT on 25 January.

The man who owns the now written-off car is appealing for help in finding the culprit, as Sussex Police isn't currently treating this as a crime.

Three lorikeets

The zoo admitted 11 rainbow lorikeets were killed after toxic bait was put underground in their enclosure.

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Mild Monday and spring is on the way

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

Patches of sunshine across the South East today, feeling very mild this afternoon. Here's my forecast.

SS Mendi tragedy commemorated 100 years on

The lives of more than 600 men who died in the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel have been commemorated 100 years on.

SS Mendi
South African Navy

The ship was hit in thick fog off the Isle of Wight by a cargo steamship.

The men on board were South Africans travelling to France to assist the allies in World War One.

Bodies were washed up along the Sussex coast and buried locally, including at Newtimber, near Brighton, where a memorial service was held on Saturday.

Hero's welcome for Briton Ryan Lock killed fighting IS in Syria

The body of a Briton who died after travelling to Syria to fight so called Islamic State has arrived back in the UK to a hero's welcome.

Ryan Lock

Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester in West Sussex, died fighting alongside Kurdish forces near Raqqa on 21 December.

It is believed he turned a gun on himself to avoid being taken hostage.

Dozens of people, including members of the Kurdish community, held roses and framed pictures of the former chef who went to school in Havant, Hampshire, as his coffin arrived at Heathrow Airport.

Paul McCarthy

Former Brighton, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United defender Paul McCarthy dies at the age of 45.

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'Working in a male dominated industry is very amusing'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

20-year-old Kelly Culver is following her dream - starting up a business to restore and sell classic American cars. #thisisme 

Hero's welcome for Chichester man killed in Syria

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The body of a Chichester man, who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria, is back in the UK.

You can read the full story here.

This morning's newspaper headlines


The Argus: Drusillas Park near Alfriston accidentally kills “several” rainbow lorikeets with rat poison

Sussex Express: Firefighters rescue horse from ditch near Polegate

Chichester Observer: Tories defeat Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP budget amendments

Today we're celebrating young carers

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm back on your radio at 09:00 GMT. 

Here's what's coming up on the programme.

Food thefts cost shops more than £15m

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


More than 24,000 reports of food theft from shops have been made in Kent and Sussex in the past five years, according to new figures. 

The study shows offenders ranged from 10 to 92 years old. 

The Association of Convenience Stores said thefts cost shops in the South East more than £15m last year.

Who are your #localmusiclegends?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We're looking for suggestions of your Sussex #LocalMusicLegends to receive an official blue plaque as part of this year's BBC Music Day on 9 June.

It could be a singer, songwriter or musician who's no longer with us - or a place which is part of our musical heritage.

Your ideas will help us decide who, what or where to celebrate, so let us know your suggestions on Twitter or Facebook by using the hashtag #LocalMusicLegends.

And here are a few ideas to get you started!

What's happening with today's weather?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a bit of a mixed bag of weather this morning - here's your forecast.

'Six appeals and bailiffs, it got beyond ridiculous'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Have you ever tried to put a parking ticket on your dashboard only for it to flip over as you shut the door?

Well so has Paula Woolvens and it led to a 14-month battle with East Sussex County Council.

Good morning and welcome to Monday

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Hope you had a great weekend. We'll be here until 22:00 GMT with all Sussex's news, sport, travel and weather.  

This lovely picture of the beach at Eastbourne was taken by Sue Lockhart and is our Sussex #photooftheday

Sue Lockhart

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