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  1. Live updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from us

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We're off to get ready for another busy day tomorrow reporting on BBC Music Day and the unveiling of our blue plaques.

    We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Remember if there's anything you'd like to tell us about you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Factfile: ABBA's Brighton connection

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A blue plaque will be unveiled at the Brighton Dome tomorrow in honour of ABBA as part of BBC Music Day. #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Blue Plaque for ABBA at Brighton Dome
  3. ICYMI: Quentin Blake's latest exhibition for his home town

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

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

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    Video caption: Sir Quentin Blake's new exhibition opens
  4. Grenfell Tower: Brighton & Hove to review fire safety

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Brighton and Hove City Council will review fire safety in council-owned housing stock, after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.

    Two further sprinkler systems would also be installed to council blocks, subject to consultation.

    Labour councillor Anne Meadows confirmed the review before leading a minute's silence at the start of the council's Housing and New Homes Committee, which she chairs.

    A council spokesperson said their thoughts were with those affected by the fire in London, and they "cannot speculate on the potential cause or causes of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

    Councillors in Hove observe a minute's silence at the start of their meeting.
    Image caption: A minute's silence was held at the start of a council meeting in Hove this evening.
  5. Sussex man prepared for jail over election comments

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A Sussex entrepreneur says he's prepared to go to jail for offering to buy young people who voted a particular way in the General Election a drink.

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    Video caption: Sussex man prepared for jail over election comments
  6. Grenfell Tower fire: 'It's awful, we need to learn lessons'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Hastings Borough will be working with its housing provider Optivo, to learn from whatever emergences from investigations.

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    Video caption: Hastings Borough Council says they and their housing association will review safety.
  7. Blue plaque announced for ABBA Brighton venue

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Brighton Dome, the venue where ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, is to be honoured with a blue plaque, as part of BBC Music Day.

    Right Said Fred were on the judging panel.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Blue plaque announced for ABBA Brighton venue
  8. ABBA Brighton blue plaque to be unveiled

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A plaque commemorating ABBA winning the Eurovision song contest at the Brighton Dome is set to be unveiled tomorrow. #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: What's planned for unveiling of ABBA plaque
  9. When are the blue plaques being unveiled tomorrow?

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    Video caption: When are the blue plaques being unveiled?
  10. 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.

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    Video caption: TV star Katie Price's old school launches JustGiving page to raise money

    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."

  11. Grenfell Tower fire: Harley Facades statement

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Harley Facades Limited, based in Crowborough in East Sussex, says it completed the refurbishment work to Grenfell Tower.

    It says this included the installation of exterior cladding.

    Harley Facades says it doesn't manufacture the Aluminium Composite Material panels itself, which it says are commonly used in the refurbishment industry.

    Quote Message: This is an incredibly tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the residents and their families who have suffered such a personal loss. We will fully support and cooperate with the investigations into this fire. At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower."
    Quote Message: There will be many questions about this whole incident and so you will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any aspect of (the) fire or its causes in advance of these inquiries. At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.” from Ray Bailey Managing Director, Harley Facades Limited
    Ray BaileyManaging Director, Harley Facades Limited
  12. Grenfell Tower fire: Brighton and Hove to review safety in city's housing stock

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Brighton and Hove City Council will review fire safety in council-owned housing stock, after last night's devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London.

    Two further sprinkler systems would also be installed to council stock, subject to consultation.

    Grenfell Tower fire

    Labour councillor Anne Meadows confirmed the review, but refused to speculate on the cause of the London fire.

    She led a minute's silence at the start of the council's Housing and New Homes Committee, which she chairs.

    Quote Message: A pilot sprinkler system, funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was completed in 2016 at Somerset Point, a high rise seniors housing scheme in the city. We have been able to increase the housing capital budget for works to reduce fire risk. We're proposing sprinkler systems in two further high rise blocks in the city, subject to resident consultation in the blocks concerned.' from Spokesman Brighton and Hove City Council
    SpokesmanBrighton and Hove City Council
  13. Charity in seagulls catapult warning

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Seagulls

    A charity is urging parents to think twice about buying catapults for their children after seeing and treating several seagulls which had been shot with pellets or ball bearings.

    The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service issued the warning on its Facebook page after treating a gull that had been badly injured in Hailsham.

    Simon Jenkins is reporting live from Hailsham this morning.

    There will be more on this on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle. You can listen here.

  14. Grenfell Tower fire: Rydon company statement

    Grenfell Tower fire

    Rydon, which is based in Forest Row in East Sussex, has released this statement after six people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

    Quote Message: We are shocked to hear of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our immediate thoughts are with those that have been affected by the incident, their families, relatives and friends.
    Quote Message: Rydon completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for KCTMO (Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation) on behalf of the Council, which met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.
    Quote Message: We will cooperate with the relevant authorities and emergency services and fully support their enquiries into the causes of this fire at the appropriate time.
    Quote Message: Given the ongoing nature of the incident and the tragic events overnight, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment further at this stage. from Rydon company statement
    Rydon company statement
  15. Here's your weather forecast

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay warm and dry, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

    Here's my lunchtime forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  16. Concerns raised about Grenfell Tower in London 'for years'

    Grenfell Tower fire in London

    The residents of Grenfell Tower had reportedly raised fire safety concerns for several years before the blaze that engulfed the block of flats in west London on Wednesday, according to a community action group.

    It comes as London Fire Brigade said there had been a "number of fatalities" at the tower block.

    Grenfell Tower in north Kensington was completed in 1974 in the brutalist style of the era, comprising of 120 flats over 24 storeys.

    It received a £10m ($12.7m) refurbishment in 2015/16 with the work being carried out by Sussex-based Rydon Construction as part of a £67m borough wide regeneration project.

    The firm said it was "shocked to hear of the devastating fire", adding the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

    The tower is managed by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

    Full story here.

  17. This morning's Sussex local newspaper headlines

    Pile of newspapers

    The Argus: Cannabis has extended my life

    Hastings Observer: Taxi treat for needy children

    Crawley Observer: No gender pay gap at council

    Chichester Observer: Chi-Fest offers nine hours of free live music