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  1. Updates on Monday 24 April
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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back again on Tuesday from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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Rangers share first-ever film footage of rare water voles

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The National Trust ranger team at Winchelsea has shared their first-ever film footage of rare water voles. The water dwellers have disappeared from almost 90% of Britain’s rivers and streams. So what do we know about water voles? 

Albion: 'It's been a party almost every day'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion captain Bruno Saltor says he's enjoying every single moment of the club's promotion celebrations to the Premier League.  

Katy Bourne calls for review of police handling of stalking cases

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The police and crime commissioner for Sussex has asked for an inquiry into how the force handles stalking. 

More than 200 cases were reported to Sussex Police last year. 

Sussex Police say they're taking action to improve how they deal with reports of stalking.

Time to get out the warm duvet again

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to turn very chilly. Here's my latest forecast.  

Home Secretary to tackle 'sex-for-rent'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

A woman lying on a bed (anonymous)
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The Home Secretary and Hastings MP Amber Rudd has told BBC South East that tackling sexual exploitation is a key government priority.

It follows our investigation into adverts offering free accommodation to people - in exchange for sex.

Charities have condemned "sex-for-rent" as exploitative and preying on the vulnerable.

It comes as another South East MP, Peter Kyle, has revealed he plans to raise the issue in the Commons this week.

Nobody should feel obligated to have sex with anybody else other than by choice – and the law on rape and sexual abuse is clear.

Protecting women and girls and tackling exploitation are issues I care deeply about and both are key priorities for this Government.

Amber Rudd MPHome Secretary

Boy attacked in Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's suffered head injuries after being attacked from behind in Worthing. 

The 17-year-old was walking in Montague Street last Thursday afternoon when two men assaulted him.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to hospital. 

Home Secretary comments on "sex-for-rent" investigation

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

The Home Secretary and Hastings MP Amber Rudd has told BBC South East that our investigation into so called "sex-for-rent" is something she "cares a lot about".

I discovered online adverts offering free accommodation to people in exchange for sexual services.

The Home Secretary's comments come as a South East MP has revealed he's planning to raise the matter in the Commons. 

Jerome Taylor

Sussex sign West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor for the One-Day Cup group stages as a replacement for Vernon Philander.

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'I'm looking forward to spending some more time in the city'

The guest director of the Brighton Festival, Kate Tempest, speaks about the city, the Mercury Prize and the festival.  

Watch yourself finish


Runners completing the London Marathon

If you took part in the London Marathon yesterday, massive congratulations - we hope you're not aching too much today.

You can watch highlights of the day here.

And, if your time was between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs, you can see yourself finish with this special feed on iPlayer.

It's turning wet and cold

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

Showers this afternoon, then temperatures plunge overnight.

Here's my forecast.

A look at Albion promotion parades through the years

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

After it was announced the Seagulls will take part in an open-top bus tour through Brighton on Sunday 14 May, we take a look at the club's previous parades.

Can you spot yourself or someone you know?

Woman injured in Lewes hit and run

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been knocked over the bonnet of her car by a lorry in Lewes. 

The victim, who's from Worthing, had just got out of her vehicle in Nevill Road on Wednesday 19 April at about 09:15 BST.

The large silver van hit her but didn't stop, continuing south towards the prison crossroads. 

The woman suffered a broken wrist.

This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

Printing press
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The Argus: Premier League dream come true for Seagulls fans who were there at club's darkest hour

Eastbourne Herald: Birds killed in “horrendous act” in Eastbourne  

Hastings Observer: Date set for Deepcut pre-inquest review

Mid Sussex Times: Teenager Georgia picks up prestigious European baton title

Chichester Observer: Girl has ‘glass bottle smashed in face’ in Chichester

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton’s Palace Pier makes list of Britain’s top free attractions

Concern for man who hasn't been seen for three weeks

David Reid
Sussex Police

Police say they are increasingly concerned for the welfare of 47-year-old David Reid from Eastbourne.

David, who suffers from mental health problems, was reported missing on Sunday April 2 from his home in Hampden Terrace.

He had spoken to police in London on Saturday 1 April when he was found sleeping rough on Westminster Bridge. He was also seen on the same day on Praed Street near Paddington Station.

Detective Inspector Neil Ralph said: "David now hasn't been seen for almost three weeks and we are getting even more concerned about him.

"We know he suffers with mental health problems and believe his health may have deteriorated in that time. We believe he is still in the London area as he has not returned home to Eastbourne."

Anyone who sees David or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police here quoting serial 404 of 02/04. If he is in danger or in need of urgent medical attention, dial 999.

Concerns over muscular dystrophy support in South East

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

People supporting patients with the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy say they're getting a raw deal from the NHS in the South East.      

'I just wanted to die. That's how I felt'

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A victim of a heartless thief, this pensioner says the shock of losing hundreds of pounds nearly killed her.  

Teenager vanishes from Worthing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're worried about the welfare of a 15-year-old boy who's been missing for over a week. 

Nam Van Nguyen had been living in Ferring, near Worthing, since 10 April, but left his home address between 11:00 AM and 15:00 PM BST on 13 April.

He's Chinese and officers say they're particularly concerned because of his limited English.

Nam Van Nguyen
Sussex Police

Morris offered a minor lift

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

West Hill Lift

The West Hill Lift in Hastings will open early next Monday, to help morris dancers gathering to greet the dawn on May Day.

The annual 'Jack in the Green' event takes place on Ladies Parlour, and is expected to be even more popular than usual, because 1 May is also a bank holiday.

The funicular railway, which is 126 years old and still uses the original carriages, will be open from 04:40 BST, saving participants a walk up more than a hundred steps.

Morris dancers in full kit will be allowed to use it for free, but spectators will still have to pay.

This morning's BBC Sussex phone-in

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm discussing stalking, after Sussex Police has requested an independent review into the way it has investigated stalking and harassment cases.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

Commissioner calls for stalking review

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has asked for an independent review to be carried out into the way Sussex Police have investigated stalking and harassment, after the Shana Grice case.

Last month the force was criticised for the way it dealt with Shana when she reported concerns over the behaviour of her former boyfriend Michael Lane.

Shana Grice
Sussex Police
Shana Grice

He was later found guilty of her murder.

The teenager contacted the police several times about Lane's unwanted attention but was penalised for wasting their time.

The police watchdog is currently investigating. 

Michael Lane
Sussex Police
Michael Lane

Serious fire in Littlehampton

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

About 40 firefighters were sent to tackle a fire in Littlehampton last night.

It was at a two storey building on Pier Road.

The alarm was raised at just after 18:30 BST, and at first it was feared people may have been trapped.

The cause is still being investigated, and there are no reports of any injuries.  

Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

A bright start

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Make the most of it though, it won't last.

Here's my latest forecast.

ICYMI: 'One hour a day at home - it's not acceptable'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

Her son's violent behavioural problems have left him without a school place, and now this mother says her family's in crisis.  

Welcome to another week

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South Downs landscape
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