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  2. Updates on Thursday 11 May 2017

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Just Friday left to go

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for Thursday, with just one day left until the weekend.

Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with all of Friday's local news, weather, sport and travel, right through till 22:00 BST.

If you think there's something we need to know, or that you want to tell us, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.    

Cinema vandal sought

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Brighton cinema has been left with a £1,500 bill, after a man smashed the screen of an automated ticket machine.

It happened at the Odeon in West Street around 18:00 BST on 8 May.

Police have issued a CCTV image of the man, who also broke the hinges of a fire door by pushing it too hard as he left the building.

Cinema vandal
Sussex Police

'It's given me hope'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

A sailor from Brighton is launching a challenge to take 65 adults with Multiple Sclerosis on a week-long sailing mission. 

Robert Munns believes that sailing can help people with MS to overcome their fears and help them deal with their condition.

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.


Are you making plans for the weekend?

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

At least the weather's looking good for it.

Here's my forecast.

General election Facebook Live is now over

Our correspondents have finished their Facebook live on the NHS, but you can watch the whole thing here:

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Live on Facebook now!

BBC South East Today is currently live on Facebook with health correspondent Mark Norman and political editor Helen Catt.

They're answering your questions on the NHS. Get involved now.

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How much cable do you need for an outside broadcast?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rob Smith is live from Chatham for a South East Today election special from 18:30 BST.

And that means a lot of plugging and cabling.

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UKIP change the electoral balance - but how much?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

UKIP rosette

UKIP's decision in Lewes and in Eastbourne may prove handy for the Tory incumbents. Both Maria Caulfield and Caroline Ansell voted to leave the EU last June - and are both facing a strong challenge from the Lib Dems, who are actively campaigning to remain in the single market. 

Both seats are marginal, meaning every vote counts in a very close race. And with the Greens having made way for the Lib Dems so as not to split the "progressive" vote in Lewes, UKIP's decision not to split the "Brexit vote" changes the electoral balance yet again. 

Of course, all the usual caveats - we can't be sure all the UKIP voters were even going to vote UKIP this time anyway, and we certainly can't be sure all of them will vote at all, let alone all switch to the Tories. 

For what it's worth - both local parties tell me they intend to contest future elections.

And if you're fed up of all this talk about who's giving way to whom - don't worry. There won't be much more of it. The deadline for nominations was 16:00 BST - we'll have full, final lists of candidates by the end of the day. 

Have you got a question for our experts?

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

I'm live on Facebook from Chatham at 19:00 BST tonight, along with Helen Catt our political editor.

Have you got any questions about the NHS or the election you think we can answer?

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Cyclist hit with bottle in Brighton

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are trying to find witnesses to a vicious assault in Hove. 

A cyclist was shouted at by two men in a silver Vauxhall Insignia. An argument broke out when the cyclist went over to the vehicle, and as he walked away one of the men got out of the car and hit him over the head with a bottle.

It happened around 16:35 BST on 20 April.

Floating voters?

We've set sail to find out what you think are the biggest issues in the general election.

Rob Smith will be live in Chatham from 18:30 BST.

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UKIP decide not to stand against two pro-Brexit Tories

BBC Sussex's political reporter Ben Weisz has revealed UKIP are intending not to stand against two Conservative Brexiteers.

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Did your hospital hit the target?

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

How is your local A&E unit performing? The latest figures are released today, and they show how much strain the system appears to be under. 

Michael Burgess

Luke Wright backs Michael Burgess to step into the role of wicketkeeper in the absence of injured Ben Brown.

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Warm, but we could see some showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It's going to stay partly cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a few showers.

Have you got a question about the election?

Our Political Editor Helen Catt and Health Correspondent Mark Norman will be taking your questions in a Facebook Live at 19:00 BST.

If you want to post a question before, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

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Man punched in the face in Worthing

The 18-year-old was attacked in Worthing town centre at about 21:30 BST on Wednesday 3 May. 

He was in Chapel Road with friends when they were approached by two men and a woman.

One of the men used racist language towards the victim and then punched him in the face causing him to fall to the ground.

As the victim tried to stand up he thinks he may have seen the offender holding a knife although no threats were made.

The victim suffered swelling and bruising to his head and was checked over at Worthing Hospital. 

Anyone with information should report it here

Boost for Hove Plinth project

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Hove Plinth has moved a step closer after Arts Council England pledged £16,000 towards the cost of the first sculpture. 

Hove Civic Society
Constellation by Jonathan Wright will be the first sculpture on the Hove Plinth

Hove Civic Society has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise a total of £40,000 for the project. 

The Arts Council money will only be released if the remaining £24,000 can be found.   

#ICYMI: ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says wheelchair rugby league has changed his life.

We interviewed Ben as part of our #thisisme series. 

A year of #SouthernStrikes

Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

This 26-year-old theatre technician says he's "living his dream".  

'It's really daunting not knowing who to vote for'

We've been speaking to first-time voters across the South East to find out what the key issues are for them in the forthcoming general election. 


'You could be talking to your colleague, next minute, wrapping his body in a blanket'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The memories of a 101-year-old war veteran from Shoreham are immortalised in print.

Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

Warm today, but a risk of a few thundery showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Will we really see rain?

Take a look at my morning forecast.

Appeal for witnesses following stabbing in Crawley newsagents

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 27-year-old man from Crawley was stabbed in a newsagents in West Green Drive at 08:55 BST on Tuesday 9 May. 

The victim was treated for two stab wounds to his chest which required hospital treatment, but his injuries were not life threatening.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 20 and 30, of average build with a neatly trimmed beard and moustache. He was wearing dark clothing and grey coloured beanie-style hat which had a white logo on the front.  

Health boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

A young woman who spoke about her problems with mental health services as part of a specially-commissioned BBC South East animation has received an apology from the NHS trust.

Sophie, who is in her early twenties, said that despite a series of suicide attempts, she wasn't given the help she needed.

Months later she's still on a waiting list for specialist support. 

Helen Greatorex, the Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, said: "I saw the film about your experience of our services and felt so sorry about what happened to you Sophie that I had to write to you."

She added: "It is not right or fair that people in distress (as you were) feel unsupported by mental health services.

"My letter to you Sophie, therefore has two purposes. The first is to offer you my personal and unreserved apology that your experience of services was not what we would want for anyone.

"The second is to say that we completely agree that things need to change, and as you can see, we are working on those changes now."

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We gave three teenagers 20 seconds to outline what they'd do if they were in charge of the country.


Obese patients force ambulance changes

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Ambulance services across England have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure vehicles can cope with a growing number of obese patients, BBC South East has discovered.  

Sublime Small Dole

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

What a wonderful shot by Shirley Barwick of Small Dole. It looks like it's straight out of a tourist brochure and it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Small Dole
Shirley Barwick

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

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