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  2. Updates on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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  1. Good night from Sussex Live

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from us for another day. We'll be back again at 06:00 GMT with more news, sport, travel and weather for Sussex.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. A breezy day

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's going to be mild but blustery tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.  

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    Video caption: weather
  3. Have you seen this man?

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    Following a rape in Eastbourne police have released this image of a man they'd like to talk to.

    Police image of man they want to talk to about rape

    A man in his early twenties reported being raped by another man in a street near Eastbourne train station just after 21:00 GMT on 15 February.  

    The man in the photo is described as 5ft 10in and of slim build.

  4. This afternoon's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    The Argus: UKIP MEP under fire over statement made over illegal immigrants in Sussex

    Hastings Observer: Police hunting drivers of ‘suspicious’ van spotted throughout East Sussex

    Sussex Express: Disabled Hailsham child ‘kicked off’ Southern train

    Brighton and Hove News: Brighton artist brings big name illustrators from around the world together for political comic project

    Chichester Observer: Manhood Peninsula granted £71k boost for tourism economy

  5. Jewellery stolen in Southwick break-in

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Thieves have taken thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in a burglary at a house in Southwick. 

    They broke in to the house in Glebe Close on Friday 10 February some time between 11:30 GMT and 18:15 GMT. 

    Rings, earrings and bangles were among the jewellery that was taken.

  6. BreakingBody found in search for missing man

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police investigating the disappearance of Andy Apperley in Thailand have found a body.

    Andy, from Eastbourne, was holidaying alone, and hadn't returned to his hotel after a beach party.

    Formal identification hasn't yet taken place, and the circumstances of the death are currently unknown.

    Mr Apperley's family has been informed.

  7. 'It's unlikely he wouldn't be in touch for so long'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The wife of Andy Apperley from Eastbourne, who's gone missing while on holiday in Thailand, speaks of her fears.

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    Video caption: Magda Apperley on the disappearance of her husband in Thailand
  8. Gatwick workers in ballot over strike action

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Aeroplane

    Staff at Gatwick employed in assisting disabled passengers are to be balloted over strike action in a dispute over pay. 

    The Unite union says the majority of workers employed by OCS Group UK at the airport are paid £7.65 an hour. 

    The union says one of the offers made by the firm would see employees receive an increase of 5p per hour from April. 

    Three separate pay offers from management have been rejected by workers.

  9. Lewes: Investigation begins after house fire

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Fire engine in front of house

    An investigation is underway after a serious house fire in Lewes. 

    About 30 firefighters were called to Upper Stoneham at 10:25 GMT. 

    Crews from Lewes, Barcombe, Brighton, Newhaven, Uckfield and Heathfield had to be brought in. 

    Nobody was injured. 

  10. It's looking like a mild and breezy afternoon

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look East weather

    Will we be hit by 'Storm Doris' which is on its way? Find out in my forecast.

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  11. 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.   

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    Video caption: Hit and run CCTV footage

    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. 

  12. Missing man: Foreign Office 'providing support'

    Andrew Apperley

    The Foreign Office said it's "providing support" to the family of Andrew Apperley, feared missing in Thailand.

    "We are in contact with local authorities,” an FCO spokeswoman said. 

    Mr Apperley's family, who are from Gloucester, last spoke to him as he was preparing to leave his hotel in Ko Samui for a Full Moon Party in Ko Pha Ngan on 12 February.

    The Ibis Hotel reported him missing after he failed to return to his room for four days. 

  13. Minister robbed of thousands at Sussex supermarket

    Steve Dale

    BBC Sussex reporter

    A church minister says she's been left traumatised after thousands of pounds worth of US dollars were stolen from her bag at a supermarket in Hove.

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    Video caption: Church minister robbed at Hove supermarket
  14. Eastbourne man 'missing' in Thailand

    Andrew Apperley

    The family of a man from Eastbourne who has gone missing in Thailand have told the BBC they fear for his safety.

    The whereabouts of Andrew Apperley, 38, have not been known since 12 February when he told his mother over the telephone he was heading to the Full Moon Party on the island of Ko Pha Ngan.

    His family, who are from Gloucester, said he hasn't used his bank accounts, passport or driving licence since.

  15. Exotic birds killed at Sussex zoo

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Eleven rainbow lorikeets accidentally ate rat poison at Drusillas near Berwick.

    You can read the full story here.

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    Video caption: Exotic birds killed at East Sussex zoo
  16. 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

    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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Reverend Lynda Hulcoop Minister, Southwick Christian Community Church
    Reverend Lynda HulcoopMinister, Southwick Christian Community Church
  17. Southern: New talks with drivers' union

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Aslef union banner

    The train drivers' union is due to hold fresh talks with Southern rail today, in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over driver-only operated trains. 

    Last week Aslef members rejected a deal agreed by executives. 

    Guards with the RMT union are striking from midnight tonight.