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  2. Updates on Monday 22 May

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Goodnight and thanks for spending time with us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for this sunny Monday, thanks for joining us at the start of this week of lovely weather.

We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the local news, weather, sport and travel, right through till 22:00 BST.

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

'Waking up, not being able to move, it was shocking'

Briohny Williams

South East Today reporter

He travelled thousands of miles to play cricket in Sussex, but now he's in a hospital bed.

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.

It's getting hot, hot, hot

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

With a glorious week of weather ahead, I was allowed outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Here's my forecast.

Luke Wells

Luke Wells hits a career-best 258 and Stiaan van Zyl strikes an unbeaten century as Sussex take command against Durham.

Read more

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.

#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 our #MyFirstVote series.

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

Far-right candidate: 'shocking' that protests stopped meeting

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Anti-fascist protesters in Brighton
Protesters said Tony Thommes was not welcome in Brighton

A candidate for the far-right Front National says he's shocked by what he calls "threatening" behaviour from protesters, which meant he cancelled a planned meeting in Brighton yesterday.

Tony Thommes is standing to represent Northern Europe - a constituency of French citizens living in the UK, Ireland and parts of Scandinavia.

His party, led by Marine Le Pen, is eurosceptic, wants to tighten borders and combat what it sees as a wave of Islamic extremism.

Yesterday, as he arrived at a Brighton pub, he was met by anti-fascist protesters.

Some protesters weren't too keen on me being in Brighton. So when I got there, they were outside the pub, and when they recognised me they were being a bit threatening.

I tried to go and meet the protesters to ask them why they were protesting democracy, and they started to run towards me, and to push me back. This is shocking. I am just a French parliamentary candidate. I wanted to have real debate with people of all political opinions.

Tony ThommesCandidate, Front National

Have you seen missing Alice Lastra-Wescombe?

Have you seen missing Alice Lastra-Wescombe?
Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of 14-year-old Alice Lastra-Wescombe who has gone missing from Portslade.

Alice was last seen at around 08.05 BST on Monday when she left home to attend school but never arrived.

Reaction: French election meeting cancelled

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

As we've been reporting, a meeting in Brighton organised by the far-right Front National was cancelled yesterday, after protests.

Tony Thommes, the Front National's candidate for Northern Europe in the upcoming French parliamentary elections, was hoping to meet potential constituents in a pub.

He says protesters behaved in a threatening manner, and he had to cancel the meeting.

If you can read French, you'll see that he has called their behaviour anti-democratic.

Grave atteinte à la démocratie à Brighton. Une manif violente empêche la tenue de mon meeting. Nous avons dû partir……

But anti-fascist groups are claiming victory - they say the Front National is not welcome in Brighton.

The Front National tried to organise a meeting in #Brighton. It didn't go very well.…

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.

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.

Jury sworn in ahead of manslaughter trial

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

A jury has been sworn in in the trial of a property developer from Brighton accused of manslaughter after the fatal fall of a carpenter working at a stable block in Stanmer Park.

David Clark, 55, from Hove fell 20ft in the incident in September 2014 and died the following month in hospital. Another man, Grant Oakes from Hove, is also accused of manslaughter. Both deny the charges.

Monday, sun day!

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to stay rather sunny through today. The cloud may increase this afternoon (boo) but it should stay dry (yay). Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Sussex wicketkeeper named in World Cup squad

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sarah Taylor
Getty Images

Sussex wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has been named in the England squad for the Women's World Cup this summer.

The 28-year-old took a break from the game last year because of debilitating panic attacks.

Sussex players Georgia Elwiss and Danni Wyatt will also take part.

Read more here.

'Nobody is representing young people'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A University of Sussex student says she feels young people aren't being represented in Parliament.


Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus

Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus
Eddie Mitchell

A fire broke out this morning on an Imberhorne school bus with 20-25 children on board, according to the headteacher.

They were all safety evacuated from the coach and were kept at a safe distance whilst waiting for alternative transport.

Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus
Eddie Mitchell

The incident is currently being investigated, we do not yet know what the cause of the fire was.

Fire breaks out on West Hoathly school bus
Eddie Mitchell

Legal highs 'still an issue' in the South East

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's a year this week since the government banned so-called legal highs, but there's concern they're still being widely used in the South East's prisons.

Legal highs

The Prison Officers Association in Kent believes they're still the drug of choice for those behind bars and in August a former prison officer told the BBC their use was rife.

The Ministry of Defence says it's trained more than 300 dogs to detect the substances.

‘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

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"

You can read more on this story here.

'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.

Election 2017: Have you registered to vote? The deadline looms

BBC Politics

Ballot box

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for registering to vote in the 2017 general election.

Eligible voters have until 23:59 BST to register online through the official website.

More than two million people have joined the register in the month since Theresa May revealed there would be a snap election on 8 June.

The highest number of applications so far was on 18 April - the day the prime minister made her announcement.

The latest official figures published in March show that 45.7m people were registered to vote in a general election as of 1 December 2016.

Blind veterans visit Sussex charity

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Artwork at St Dunstan's

Blind veterans from around the world are visiting Sussex this week to share what they've learnt about rehabilitation and new technology with their British counterparts.

The Ovingdean-based charity Blind Veterans UK has been running an exchange programme with the USA for seven years.

Now for the first time they'll be joined by two veterans from South Africa.

Join the debate on BBC Sussex

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Here's a taster of what's coming up in this morning's programme.

I'm on air from 09:00 BST.

Call 03459 570057 or find us on Twitter.

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.

Southern cuts night services

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern train

Southern has cut its late night train service between London Victoria and Brighton during the working week.

The last train between the two stations now leaves at 00:07 BST, eliminating the 01:00 and 04:00 BST services.

Southern says it's to allow Network Rail to carry out essential maintenance.

Meanwhile Southeastern has now put up some of its off-peak fares. A 3.4% increase was introduced at the weekend.

A lovely start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got a mild morning followed by a sunny, warm afternoon.

Here's my latest forecast.

South East piers and their celebrity links

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

This week marks the first anniversary of Hastings Pier's reopening.

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

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

Welcome to a new week

This beautiful Eastbourne sunrise was sent to us by Paul Gibson, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne sunrise
Paul Gibson

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