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  2. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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Gold for Sussex tennis player Chris Baily

Now the sport may not have the mainstream profile of the Olympics or Wimbledon, but a Sussex man has won gold at the first international tennis tournament for visually impaired people.

It's a bank holiday weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will it be sunshine or rain?

Here's my forecast.

'I don't know what we're going to do'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thousands of passengers were affected by problems with Gatwick's baggage handling system this morning.

This family from Crowborough missed their flight to Spain, to see a sick relative.

UKIP launches election manifesto

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

UKIP has launched its manifesto at an event in London.

Here's leader Paul Nuttall on Manston Airport, coastal communities and Brexit.

England's wicketkeeper-batter explains her recovery from 'mental injury'

England's Sarah Taylor says she is "still not the finished article" after returning from a break to deal with anxiety problems, but is "back and ready" for the summer's home World Cup.

Taylor, 28, stepped away from cricket in May of last year to deal with what she described as a "mental injury".

England's wicketkeeper-batter explains her recovery from 'mental injury'
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Wicketkeeper-batter Taylor is widely regarded as one of the most talented female cricketers in the world, and was the first woman to play first-grade men's cricket in Australia.

But I'm in a much better position than I was, including in my cricket."

Sarah TaylorWicketkeeper-batter

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

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.

General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

Yvette Austin

Environment Correspondent, BBC South East

I've been investigating the main issues facing the South East's food producers, as we approach the general election and Brexit.

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.

Severe accident: A267 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A267 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Lake Street and B2101.

A267 East Sussex - A267 Tunbridge Wells Road in Rotherfield closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Lake Street junction and the B2101 junction, because of an accident.

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

Bank holiday events go on despite attack

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

As the country reels in the aftermath of the arena attack in Manchester, how have local events been affected?


A spokesman said: "Yes, our Festival of Food and Racing is going ahead as scheduled. We take security very seriously at all of our events and work continually with Sussex police and other relevant authorities to reduce risk, taking action to put additional measures in place if needed. Although the national threat level has been raised to critical, there is no known specific threat to our events to cause public concern."

Goodwood racing track


A spokeswoman said: “Following Monday night’s terrible events in Manchester, we will continue to maintain the high level of vigilance and alertness that we always apply to ensure that we provide as safe an environment as possible. In addition, we have introduced some further security measures at Brighton Dome which includes the introduction of bag checks at all events and ticket checking on the front doors. We would ask all patrons attending events to allow extra time to enter the venue.“


Jonathan Acott, executive director, said: “The security and safety of our guests is something we take very seriously. During events we have bag searched, stop and search, and a strong security presence, and we work with local police.

“We have amended and enhanced our security measures in light of the Manchester attack. The public won’t see these measures, but we have put them in place to ensure we all feel safe.”

'My teacher said just look for the kind people'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

How do you talk to children about the Manchester Arena bombing?

I've been to two of the South East's schools to find out how pupils are being helped to understand what happened.

Honours even at Tunbridge Wells

Kent 157-4 v Sussex (49.0 overs)

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

This is a good contest at Tunbridge Wells, on what is normally a very good batting track

Having won the toss, Sussex bowled beautifully to reduce Kent to 58-3, but the Kent fightback has been led by Joe Denley who has reached a half century containing eight fours.

The in-form Darren Stevens is now at the crease, already looking in ominous form, and he has played some sumptuous shots.

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General election: What matters to you in your area

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today

I've been to speak to a group of knitters - women who live and work in the South East - about what matters to them ahead of the general election.

Sun, sun, sun!

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Dry, sunny and hot again. A warm breeze will develop, and it'll be windy along the coast. Here's a look at your weekend weather.

It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!

Barely a cloud in the sky across the whole UK.

It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!

Kent v Sussex in the County Championship begins

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

It’s day one of Kent against Sussex in the County Championship Division Two at the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells.

Kent won the toss and chose to bat first, but they’ve lost both openers in the morning session, with Sean Dickson out for a duck, with Daniel Bell Drummond making 14.

Sussex v Kent cricket

You can listen to my commentary online here.

Man arrested on suspicion of firearms offences

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Police were called to North Road, Brighton at 10:45 BST after a man went into the Royal Mail delivery office with what was believed could be a gun.

Police in New Road

Officers found his car, also parked in North Road, and closed the road as precaution while they searched it.

The man has subsequently been arrested.

The road has now reopened and members of the public are thanked for their patience.

This morning's local newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Abused in Brighton's West Street on a Tuesday evening for being Muslim

West Sussex County Times: Roadworks lifted for the bank holiday

Eastbourne Herald: Inquest into the death of popular soloist from Eastbourne

Hastings Observer: A259 in Rother named most dangerous in area

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton Festival mural makes its mark

Chichester Observer: Roadworks lifted for the bank holiday

Local Radio Day: Listeners tour BBC Sussex

BBC Sussex listeners have joined presenter Danny Pike in the studio as part of a studio tour for Local Radio Day.

This is Steve from Brighton talking about his beloved Seagulls going up to the Premier League.

Lewes fire: 'It is now under control'

Fire crews say a major fire in Lewes is now under control but they're likely to be at the scene "for the foreseeable future".

Ten fire engines were called to a waste management depot at Southerham just after 19:20 BST yesterday.

The fire had broken out in 200 tonnes of scrap metal.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue say the incident has now been scaled down but four fire engines remain at the site.

Our crews and our control room staff have worked very hard to deal with this fire overnight and it is now under control. This incident presents a number of challenges - the huge amount of waste metal involved means that we will be at the scene for some time."

Mark AndrewsDeputy Chief Fire Officer

It's Local Radio Day!

Gatwick Aiport say problem has been fixed

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said the problem with the automated baggage system had now been fixed.

They are now working to remedy the disruption caused by a backlog of luggage.

Airlines will be forwarding passengers' luggage to their destinations as soon as possible.

‘We might get our voices heard’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Student Courtney Private wants young people to make sure they cast their ballot on 8 June.

She’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

Baggage issues at Gatwick Airport

If you're travelling from Gatwick this morning you may end up travelling without your luggage, due to an issue with the airport's baggage system.

The airport is warning check-in delays are likely.

Baggage issues at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

Lewes fire: Timelapse footage of the smoke plume

Fire crews are still at the scene of a large fire at a waste management depot in Lewes, having worked through the night.

It's been going since 19:30 yesterday evening, and one local captured this timelapse of the smoke plume, which was visible up to 20 miles away.

Thanks to YouStorm for the footage.

The bank holiday weekend's almost here

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'd like to know if you've got any plans, and I've also got some safety advice if you're planning a trip to the beach.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

The cleanup begins

Firefighters have worked through the night to put out a large fire at a waste centre in Lewes.

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Fire service scales back response to Lewes fire

After working through the night, East Sussex Fire and Rescue service has scaled back the number of fire engines on the scene from six to five.

The fire service has also issued a reminder to those of you living in the area to keep doors and windows closed if you can smell smoke.

BreakingLewes Fire: A27 reopens

That A27 is now reopened, East Sussex Fire and Rescue says.

It's been closed as a result of the fire at a waste management centre in Lewes.

Lewes fire: Your pictures

Many of you got in touch with us last night with pictures of the smoke plume caused by the Lewes waste centre fire.

Fire crews are still at the scene, and police say the A27 between Southerham and Beddingham roundabouts is likely to remain closed all morning.

Large smoke plume at waste centre fire
Holly Berndsen
Smoke over Brighton's skies
Alan Robinson
The thick smoke enveloped the skies over Brighton last night.
Lewes fire from a distance
Stuart John Walden‎
The smoke from the fire was visible from East Worthing.

Lovely weather (for now)

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got another warm and sunny day, but there's a storm on the horizon.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: A21 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A21 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between A28 and Moat Lane.

A21 East Sussex - A21 Sedlescombe Road North in Hastings blocked in both directions between the A28 junction and the Moat Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Take a trip on a model railway...

There is a reason behind it - honest.

We've used a GoPro to film a model railway as we take a look at more than a year of issues on Southern Rail - and hear from commuters.

It's the end of the week...

And what a lovely way to start things this Friday than this picture of Eastbourne by Chris Parrin. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Eastbourne Pier
Chris Parrin

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