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  1. Updates on Friday 17 February 2017

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Sam Baldock celebrates goal

Sam Baldock's two goals send Brighton back to the top of the Championship as they beat Barnsley at Oakwell.

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That's all from us for this week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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

Is there something you'd like to tell us about? We'd love to hear from you.

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

A mild weekend awaits

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The weather will remain mild throughout the weekend. Watch my forecast to find out more.

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

'Six appeals and bailiffs, it got beyond ridiculous'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A dispute over a £1 parking ticket has led to a 14-month battle with East Sussex County Council that saw bailiffs attempt to repossess a woman's car. 

World War 2 forbidden romance letters revealed

An extraordinary collection of love letters written during World War 2 and discovered in a trunk in Brighton have gone on display for the first time. 

The young couple's forbidden romance could have had dire consequences at the time - but their secrets have now been revealed, after more than 70 years.  

Don't let Gary down!

#PeoplesCup

Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Police cars near scene of Botley rape

The attack happened near the Oxford Brookes university campus, police say.

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Reward for information about bike thefts

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A £1,000 reward is being offered by the owner of a garage in Eastbourne after 11 motocross bikes were stolen. 

Two people, wearing masks and gloves, broke into the garage in Friday Street on the evening of 17 December. 

They also took a van, motocross accessories and GoPro cameras. 

The van was found burnt out near Hailsham later that evening. 

Stolen bikes
Sussex Police
Stolen bike
Sussex Police

Southern crisis: 'We need a politics aside approach'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Aslef members have rejected a deal with Southern rail that would have ended a long-running industrial dispute.

It had been arguing with parent firm, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), over driver-only operated (DOO) trains.

Members of the drivers' union rejected the deal by 54.1% to 45.9%. The turnout was 72.7%.

Why not match these mums?

#PeoplesCup

Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Gilbert Bradley and a letter addressed to him

Bethan Bell

BBC News

Love letters written during World War Two and discovered in a trunk in Brighton reveal a forbidden relationship between two men.

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Police officer sacked for sharing porn

Crawley PC Mark Scruby, who's 38, has been sacked after sharing pornographic images with his colleagues - including a female supervisor he compared to the women in the pictures. 

All five of the allegations happened when he was on duty in February last year. He had appealed against a previous dismissal hearing, last May, but was dismissed without notice after a second hearing yesterday.

Caroline Lucas: 'It's time for the government to step in'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas says she's not surprised Aslef members have voted to reject a deal with Southern.  

Expect the clouds to clear this afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

We started off this morning under a blanket of cloud, is it set to stay this weekend? Here's my weather forecast. 

Today's newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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The Argus: Council crushed my car

Eastbourne Herald: Caroline Ansell MP - UK Syrian aid bill presently stands at £2.3billion

Sussex Express: Clay figures explained as Patina announces Moving On theme

Brighton and Hove News: Brit Award winner Rag ’n’ Bone Man becomes patron of Brighton music charity

Council budgets: A Sussex look

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

We're right in the middle of budget season - and with all our district councils putting together their budget plans at the moment, I thought I'd put together a handy guide to what they're all up to. 

Here's what's happening to your council tax next year. 

Counci map
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Click the link to find out what's happening to council tax in your area

Southern strike: Your views

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There've been some mixed reactions to the latest news from these passengers at Brighton station.  

'It's the mismanagement of Southern rail'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The train drivers union Aslef is not ruling out further strike action after its members rejected a deal to end their long running dispute with Southern rail - but say it will only be a last resort. 

The union says it hopes to enter fresh talks in its dispute over driver only operated trains. Southern says it's hugely disappointed. 

The other union involved, the RMT, has called another strike next week. 

My very special guest

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

If you're a Status Quo fan, you might want to listen to my show this morning.

You can hear me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 GMT.

Severe accident: A272 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A272 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between A23 and A281.

A272 West Sussex - A272 Cowfold Road blocked between Bolney Cross in Bolney and Village Hall roundabout in Cowfold, because of an accident involving three cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

RMT union: 'We need further talks'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, says future talks with both unions are the only way forward.    

Brighter skies in afternoon

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A mild day ahead across the South East. Watch my forecast to find out more.  

It's the end of the week...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

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

To start the days here's a pic of Sheffield Park by James Brown - it's our #photooftheday.

Sheffield Park
James Brown

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