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  2. Updates on Tuesday 13 June 2017

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By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

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That's all folks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We're off home for the night so we can be back bright and early at 06:00 BST to bring you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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David Stockdale: Birmingham City to sign Brighton and Hove Albion keeper on 1 July

David Stockdale
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Birmingham City will sign goalkeeper David Stockdale from Brighton and Hove Albion on a three-year deal once his contract expires on 1 July.

Stockdale, 31, helped Albion win promotion to the Premier League for the first time last season, conceding only 40 goals in 45 appearances.

He was named in both the EFL and the Professional Footballers' Association Championship teams of the year.

Brighton had offered Stockdale a new deal at the Amex Stadium. Read the full story here.

Funding boost for children’s health in Sussex

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Schools in East Sussex will receive extra funding to develop a scheme aimed at improving children’s physical and mental health.

Last year, 183 schools and colleges across the county received a share of £1.8m from East Sussex County Council to develop and implement school health improvement plans.


Schools were able to access a £10,000 grant to introduce activities such as increasing physical activity and improving healthy eating.

Now, all schools and colleges in the county will be entitled to an additional £7,000 to further develop activities to boost health thanks to an extra £1.2m of county council funding.

Firefighters called to bus blaze

East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to the single-decker bus blaze at 16:40 BST today.

Two crews were sent to the scene in Pevensey Road, St Leonards.

No one was injured.

Video from Megan Croucher.

Born on the A21

Did you miss this amazing story?

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Forget the brolly, but don't forget your sunglasses

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The sunshine's arrived and it's staying for a while.

Here's my forecast.

Single punch leaves man in hospital

A businessman visiting Brighton has been seriously injured after an apparently motiveless attack.

The 50-year-old from Edinburgh was walking along the seafront on Kings Road, when he was hit in the face by another man.

He fell to the ground, suffering a serious head injury as he landed.

Kings Road, Brighton

The attack happened at 01:15 BST on 10 June.

The victim's still being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The reason for this vicious attack is not currently clear and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious along that stretch of pavement or nearby in the moments before the attack, or who saw the attack itself.'

Detective Constable Shirley WhiteSussex Police

Firefighters called to bus blaze

East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to the single-decker bus blaze at 16:40 BST today.

Two crews were sent to the scene in Pevensey Road, St Leonards.

No one was injured.

Social media helps bring Sam safely home

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man who went missing in Crawley has been found thanks to an appeal on social media.

Sam Langridge, who's 31, was spotted walking close to the Pease Pottage services just after 16:00 BST today, by someone who'd seen the appeal.

Police found Sam inside the service station.

Quentin Blake's latest exhibition for his home town

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of the world's most famous illustrators of children's books explores darker themes in his new exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery.

Creating art in the face of death

An exhibition features work by artists with one thing in common - they're all facing execution.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

Read more

Nottingham Open: Johanna Konta beats Tara Moore to reach 300 wins

Johanna Konta
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British number one Johanna Konta reached the second round of the Nottingham Open after compatriot Tara Moore was forced to retire.

Konta was 6-2 3-0 up when British number four Moore pulled up injured.

The 26-year-old from Eastbourne, who is ranked eighth in the world, has now amassed 300 career singles victories and will play Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the second round.

You can read the full story here.

We're loving this sunny weather

School goes online to fund sports centre

A school in Brighton has launched an appeal to help fund a state-of-the-art sports centre.

Patcham High School, which was attended by TV star Katie Price, wants to build a sports hall, 4G football pitch and netball centre at a cost of £4m.

Katie Price said in a statement: "I loved my sport when I was at Patcham. Running was my big thing and I was really proud to represent the school. As a mum I know how important physical exercise is for kids and I reckon the kids at Patcham High deserve the best facilities they can get.

"I still have friends who live in and around Patcham and I think the new sports hall and the all-weather pitches will be brilliant for them and their families and anyone else in the area who's into sport."

Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Fed up with politics? This should make you smile

As the South East baked in soaring temperatures last week, we asked how your pets kept cool in the sun.

You sent us 10 photos of delicious doggies leaping through waves, chilling in the long grass and even sporting a sunhat.

Today's Sussex local newspaper headlines

Pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Entrepreneur accused of bribing young voters with drink offer

Eastbourne Herald: Upset after birds are shot at in Hailsham

Hastings Observer: Crowds celebrate Brazilian culture at inaugural festival in Hastings

Worthing Herald: Moby Dig set to be finally freed

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton’s gay Oscars puts on a show of glitz and glamour for the 21st Golden Handbags

'We've got a secretary of state who knows what he's dealing with'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A senior South East Conservative MP is defending the decision to keep Chris Grayling as Secretary of State for Transport.

Many commuters are angry at Mr Grayling for not intervening directly to try to end the Southern Rail dispute, which began in April 2016.

But Reigate's Crispin Blunt is backing him.

All change for Crawley

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Crawley Town Hall is to be demolished, as part of the continuing redevelopment of the town centre.

The building will be knocked down, along with a two-storey car park, to be replaced with 250 properties, including 100 affordable homes, and a new town hall.

This will include five floors of commercial offices, a new public square and improvements to the town hall multi-storey car park.

Queens Square, Crawley
Crawley Borough Council

Over £3m has already been spent redesigning Queens Square in the centre of the town.

Police hunt for Tesco robber

A man threatened a cashier and demanded that he hand over the contents of the till at a Tesco store on Sunday.

Police seek thief after robbery at Tesco store, Bexhill-on-Sea
Sussex Police

Police are seeking witnesses to the robbery, which took place in Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea shortly before 22:30 BST, just as the shop was about to close.

The robber is described as white, 6', late thirties, wearing a black leather hooded jacket and speaking with a southern accent.

'It hasn't got us very far so far'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Southern Rail passengers say they're disappointed that Chris Grayling's kept his job as Secretary of State for Transport.

Passengers have faced widespread disruption and more than a year of strike action over Driver Only Operated trains.

Mr Grayling's faced criticism for refusing to intervene directly to help bring an end to the dispute.

White peacock causes havoc in Handcross

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Here's a sentence I didn't think I'd be writing this morning: An albino peacock has been spotted in Handcross, West Sussex.

Eyewitness Tess Fenter, 54, saw the bird outside her mother-in-law's home after hearing him around the village.

White peacock causes havoc in Handcross
Tess Fenter

It was absolutely beautiful, but we've no idea where it came from. It just appeared and it was around the village for three days.

Tess FenterPeacock spotter

Missing: Have you seen Sam?

A police dog unit has joined the search for a missing 31-year-old man from Crawley.

Dog unit joins search for missing Crawley man Sam Langridge
Sussex Police

Sam Langridge left his home in Weirbrook at 18.30 BST on Monday.

He was last seen walking away from shops in Furnace Green a few minutes later.

He was due at work at 22:00 BST, but did not show up and there are now serious concerns for his safety and welfare.

'We need a fresh pair of eyes, we need more energy'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The Association of British Commuters says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is being "rewarded for failure" by being allowed to keep his job in the cabinet reshuffle.

It follows widespread disruption and a year-long strike on Southern Rail, over the introduction of Driver Only Operated trains.

Children suffering from eating disorders

Children as young as ten are being treated for eating disorders in Sussex.

And more boys are now coming forward for treatment.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists says it's partly down to social pressures made worse by online images.

Emily Fox, 21, from Worthing has suffered from an eating disorder. She'll be talking about the issue on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle. You can listen to the show here.

Council's smoking 'ban' plan

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A woman smoking (anonymous)

Smoking could be banned in seating areas outside some bars and restaurants in Brighton and Hove.

The council's Health and Well Being Board will discuss a report today following a survey it carried out revealing the majority of the city's residents favour the ban.

They also found ten out of 12 businesses they approached in the trade supported the idea in principle.

The BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle will be talking about the idea from 06:00 BST to 09:00 BST - you can listen here.

What do you think about it? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Slap on the suncream

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Dry, warm, with plenty of sunshine! Even if the cloud creeps in, it'll still be bright.

Here's my forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This stunning shot of Eastbourne has been sent to us by Paul Holman. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a very worthy #photooftheday.

If you've got a picture of Sussex which you think could make our #photooftheday feature, please get in touch.

Paul Holman

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Sussex until 22:00 BST.

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