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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for tonight, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us.

The six-year-old boy who's one in a million

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eddison Miller has a rare condition that stops him going outside without a special mask.

He's been telling us how it makes him feel.

'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. 


Man charged over fatal collision

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's been charged in connection with a car crash in Crawley in which a man died. 

Travis Madden is accused of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured. 

The 22-year-old from West Way in Three Bridges is due at magistrates court next month. 

Shahid Moghal, 22, died when the car in which he was a passenger left the road and hit a tree.

Men due in court over Worthing fight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police jacket

Police investigating a fight in Worthing have charged two men. 

They were called to Brighton Road in the town late last Thursday. 

Officers say a fight had broken out between a man and three other man. 

Lee Roddis, 31, of Brighton Road, and 33-year-old Alexis Poupard, of Brooks Close, are due at Lewes Crown Court on 12 June. 

There's a storm brewing

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Prepare for some turbulent weather ahead. It will be warm though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Virtual reality helps facial palsy patients

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A virtual reality headset is being used at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead to help people with facial palsy.

Severe accident: A280 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A280 West Sussex both ways severe accident, at Longfurlong Lane.

A280 West Sussex - Slow traffic on A280 Long Furlong in both directions in Clapham at the Longfurlong Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

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

Running their toughest race

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

These Brighton women won't let cancer beat them.

Their running club is celebrating a major milestone, despite some having up to six sessions of chemotherapy.

Breaking#Southernstrike: GTR responds to latest strike announcement

The RMT union has announced a new 24 hour strike will take place across the Southern network on Tuesday 30 May.

Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has just issued this response:

We are hugely disappointed that once again the RMT has called a strike, particularly since we put a further reasonable offer to the union today.

The RMT’s proposals would mean cancelling trains and reducing service levels to our passengers. Our service levels are stabilising at the highest we’ve seen in years and we cannot agree to anything which will jeopardise running trains and the service to our passengers."

Andy BindonHR Director, GTR

'We're going to have to be at our very best'

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Sussex's Joe Marler will be part of the British Lions squad heading for New Zealand.

How does the England forward think he'll fare against the mighty All Blacks?

Breaking#Southernstrike: New strike date announced

The RMT union has announced that its members working on the Southern network will go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday 30 May.

The fresh action is part of an ongoing dispute between the union and Southern over the driver-only operation of its trains.

RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access to rail services for over a year now. We have met with the company but there is a massive gap of over 8000 trains a year that GTR have confirmed will run without an OBS on board. That represents a serious safety and accessibility risk and short of the guarantee of a second safety qualified member of staff on Southern services we have no option but to confirm a further day of strike action.

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Student Dom will cast his first vote next month. 

He’s one of a number of first-time voters we’ve been speaking to ahead of the general election. 

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

Have you seen missing Christine Juniper from Horsham?

Police are growing concerned for a missing woman from Horsham.

Sussex Police
Sussex Police

Christine Juniper was last seen at her home in Plovers Road at around 22:00 BST on Sunday.

It is unclear if she left the house on Sunday night or early on Monday morning. 

She hasn't taken any personal items with her like a mobile phone and police say it is unlike her not to be in touch with her family and not return home.    

Many places staying dry and bright - possibly becoming very warm

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Many places will remain dry and bright, although outbreaks of rain could reach western areas later.

Camber sands lifeguards begin training
If lifeguards are on patrol you will need to know what their flags mean.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

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

Former Mildenhall cricketer extends Sussex stay

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Tymal Mills' first-class career is progressing at Sussex County Cricket Club...

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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.


#GetsMyVote: 'Higher hospital car park charges'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

We're asking people across the country to tell us what #GetsMyVote as the general election on 8 June draws closer.  

Royston Lucas

Royston Lucas, 64, used to work in the former Pembury Hospital, in Tunbridge Wells, as a domestic supervisor and the funding of the NHS is a key issue for him. 

"I'd like to see the government help the NHS a bit more," he said. 

He thinks spending more on nurses is very important. 

"We should claw back money from people from Europe who use the NHS. They should pay the first £1,000 back. We don't get that back." 

Mr Lucas, who also lives in Tunbridge Wells, is now semi-retired but still works part time "to keep the wolf from the door". 

He said he was happy for hospital car park charges to be raised "by a couple of quid", but that should go directly to the hospital to fund new equipment.

Make your voice heard before 8 June

Fed up of shouting at the radio?

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are hosting an election debate that might be right up your street.

Put your questions to the politicians in East Grinstead on 30th May.

You can apply for tickets here.

Swim safe this summer

Planning a trip to the beach soon?

Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water. 

If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

'My vote counts and it's important'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

Tymal Mills

England and Indian Premier League fast bowler Tymal Mills signs a new two-year contract with Sussex.

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Sussex local newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Plans to duel part of A27 will be looked at in £3m survey

Eastbourne Herald: Chris Grayling announces A27 replacement survey  

Chichester Observer: Wildlife hospital trials new extended hours

Crawley News: Final days loom for town’s nuclear bunker

Sussex Express: Newhaven man, 26, dies in collision

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. 

Swim safe this summer

Planning a trip to the beach soon?

Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water. 

If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:  

Humid but mostly dry and warm

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Many places will remain dry and bright, after any early patchy rain soon clears, but we could see some outbreaks of rain in the afternoon.

Have you seen wanted Joseph Nelson?

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Police are appealing for help to find an 18-year-old after another man was stabbed in Hastings.

Have you seen wanted Joseph Nelson?
Sussex Police

Joseph Nelson who is white, 6ft 4in and skinny with dark brown hair and green eyes, is thought to have been involved in an incident on Priory Road when an 18-year-old man was attacked and stabbed five times. 

General Election: Facebook Live on NHS

Our health correspondent Mark Norman and political editor Helen Catt answered your questions on the NHS during a Facebook Live. You can watch it here:    

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A stunning view to wake up to

Doesn't Wakehurst Place look wonderful in this shot? Thanks to James Brown for sending it to us, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Wakehurst Place
James Brown

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