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Good night from the BBC Live team

That's all from us for this week, we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 with the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

Do you know which way you're voting?

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

Well here's your chance to hear from all the parties - we're hosting a special general election TV debate which you can watch on Tuesday 30 May at 22:45 on BBC One.

Here are more details:

'It's been an extremely difficult day'

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

This Crawley school was put into lockdown, after its playing field was taken over by travellers.

South East piers and their celebrity links

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

Tomorrow marks one year since Hastings Pier reopened.

A sell-out show by Madness marked the official opening.

So what celebrity links are there to piers across the South East?

The brolly can go away for the weekend

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After this week's rain, the weekend's looking much better.

Here's my forecast.

The Japanese House

Jimmy Blake

Newsbeat reporter

Young artists at the Great Escape festival give their take on drug culture within the music industry.

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Award is out of this world

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An exhibition dedicated to Chichester astronaut Tim Peake, staged in his home city, has won a major award.

The Novium Museum told his life story, from growing up in West Sussex, to his stint on the International Space Station as the first British European Space Agency astronaut.

This week the event scooped best Temporary or Touring Exhibition 2017 at the Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence, beating off competition from, amongst others, Royal Museums Greenwich and Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton and Hove.

Novium Museum team receive top award
Chichester District Council

Tim Peake took to Twitter to congratulate the team.

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Water restored to thousands of homes

John Young

Reporter, BBC South East Today

All 3,500 households that lost water after a major mains pipe burst north of Lewes in the early hours of this morning have had their water reconnected.

South East Water has apologised for the incident, the second in the area on the same pipe in nine months.

The company said it was under privately owned land that was difficult to access.

Six schools had to close as a result in an area that included Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton and Chailey.

The company delivered bottled water to communities that were affected.

A spokeswoman this afternoon told the BBC that the company would consider compensation 'on a case by case basis' if customers contact them.

Albion make first summer signing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton and Hove Albion are set to announce their first signing since winning promotion to the top flight.

Attacking midfielder Pascal Gross will join from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04.

The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year-contract with the Albion, after making nearly 200 appearances in the top two tiers of the German league.

Pascal Gross
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He offers something different to our existing midfielders, as an attacking midfielder in a more advanced position, operating behind the forward line; he will give us a different and new option going into the new season.'

Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Travellers told to leave school field immediately

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

A group of travellers who have occupied the field of a Crawley school have been given notice to leave with immediate effect.

According to West Sussex County Council 22 caravans are currently on site having forced entry on to the school field by cutting a padlock.

The group have been served with notices under the Education Act 2002 and are required to leave the premises immediately.

Travellers move onto school playing field

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

A group of travellers has moved onto a school playing field in Crawley, and police are in attendance.

About 30 vehicles and caravans belonging to a group of travellers arrived at Hazelewick School this morning.

The first vehicles pulled up on a verge close to the school entrance just before 11:00 BST and as further travellers arrived, they moved on the school playing field.

They are believed to be the same group that was at Manor Royal who left after being given notice to quit by the landowner.

Police officers are at the scene liaising with West Sussex County Council as the landowners and assessing the site.

Dannie Bulman

Crawley Town bring back midfielder Dannie Bulman for his third spell at the club following his release by Wimbledon.

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The sun is set to shine this afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It was a gloomy start to the day, but it's going to brighter with some sunny intervals developing this afternoon.

Rain, rain, go away!

ICYMI: A birds-eye view of art

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

You have to get airborne to get the best view of Brighton's latest piece of public art.

Sussex welcome South African tourists

Sussex Sharks welcome the South Africa to The County Ground today as the tourists begin their preparations for the three-match ODI series with England, and the ICC Champions Trophy.

This 50-over match, one of two warm-up games, is due to begin at 14:00 BST at Hove.

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'Once I got into sport, anything I wanted to do I could achieve'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

He suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan, but now this Sussex veteran is planning a gruelling coast-to-coast ride across the USA to raise money for disabled comrades.


The duo say it feels weird to have headlined Brighton's Great Escape festival after years of trying to get on the bill.

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Make your voice heard before 8 June

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

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.

Pedestrian hit by car in Chichester

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 52-year-old man was hit by a car northbound on the Bognor Road, Chichester, at 03.35 BST earlier.

The pedestrian was flown by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, with serious head injuries. The road was closed in both directions but re-opened at 08:00.

The driver, a 42-year-old man from Gosport, was uninjured.

ICYMI: When is it safe to swim in the sea?

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.

ICYMI: Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

(Generic) children playing football
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There has been allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour against more than 40 coaches from 13 different sports in Sussex over the last four years.

These are the combined number of reports made to East and West Sussex County Council's designated officer because of child welfare concerns.

Meanwhile, Sussex Police has now received nine allegations of historic abuse in football, since a group of former players spoke out in November.

Parts of Sussex could be without water for 'at least six hours'

Residents in the Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton and Chailey areas may be experiencing water supply problems after a serious burst in a large water main in the area.

South East Water customers in the postcode areas of BN6, BN7, BN8, RH15 and RH17 are currently known to be experiencing problems.

The company say they are repairing the damage, but it could take at least six hours to complete.

#MyFirstVote: 'It'll be a birthday to remember'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.

He’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #MyFirstVote.

Phone-in: Danny Pike

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

This morning I want to hear how you've made the best out of a bad situation. Have you got a story to share? If so call now 03459 570057 - phone-in starts at 09:00 GMT.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo

Here's the headlines from this morning's BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin:

  • Patients failed to turn up for 174,000 hospital appointments in Kent last year - costing the health service millions of pounds.
  • Southeastern railway is putting up some of its off-peak fares this weekend.
  • This weekend will mark exactly a year on since Hastings Pier was fully re-opened to the public following a £14.2m refurbishment.

ICYMI: 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.

Ex-TV producer guilty of trying to hire hitman

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A former producer on TV show The Bill has been found guilty of trying to hire a hitman to kill his partner.

David Harris, 68, who had become "besotted" with another woman, offered to pay an undercover policeman £150,000 to murder Hazel Allinson.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard Harris wanted to inherit her fortune and £800,000 home so he could elope with sex worker Ugne Cekaviciute, 28.

He said he was researching a spy novel and denied solicitation to murder.

CCTV footage and audio recordings released by the City of London police show the moment Harris spoke to one of the "hitmen"

CCTV images show David Harris meeting with a "hitman".

You can read more on this story here.

Brighter afternoon, some showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a rather cloudy morning with showery outbreaks of rain quickly clearing, but it'll become brighter with some sunny spells in the afternoon.

'My biggest concern is Brexit'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

With just three weeks until the General Election, we've taken to the water once again to find out what's important for you.

The end of another week

This wonderful display of colour was shot by Alan Jeffrey in East Dean, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Colourful trees
Alan Jeffrey

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