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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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A pay and art display

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A car park on Worthing seafront is being turned into the town's latest work of public art.

Over the next week the Grafton car park is being transformed from a concrete block to what's being promised will be "a dazzling riot of bright colour and bold pattern".

Grafton car park, Worthing
Worthing Borough Council
Grafton car park

The work's being carried out by street artist Ricky Also, along with ECE Architecture and the agency Creative Forage.

It's the team's latest art project for Worthing - in 2015 they produced a display of mirrored beach huts and doorways on the beach.

mirrored beach hut and doorways on Worthing beach
Worthing Borough Council
Mirrored beach hut and doorways

The installation, which will be unveiled on 4 July and remain until September, will cost £14,000, with Worthing Council and ECE Architecture footing the bill.

Worthing mirrored doorways and beach huts
Worthing Borough Council

We wanted to challenge ourselves to deliver something bigger and better than ever, showcasing our creativity and taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.'

Stuart EatockManaging director, ECE Architecture

Worthing is becoming a brilliant mix of the traditional and the innovative and I'm sure this will bring a wow factor to the seafront.'

Cllr Kevin JenkinsWorthing Borough Council

#ICYMI: Rocking all over the South East

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

Albion sack commercial manager for gross misconduct

Brighton and Hove Albion says it has terminated the contract of commercial and premium partnerships manager Paul Rogers for gross misconduct.

The club says it comes after an internal investigation and disciplinary process and is effective immediately.

Albion says that Mr Rogers has the right to appeal the decision.

Don't put your brolly away just yet

Sarah Keith-Lucas

BBC Weather

There's more rain on the way - here's my latest forecast.

Ambulance thefts putting lives at risk

There have been a number of thefts from ambulances and public places recently.

Here's where thieves have struck in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.


Sussex's hopes of putting visitors Gloucestershire under pressure are put on hold, with the second day at Hove washed out.

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Severe accident: A285 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

A285 West Sussex southbound severe accident, between Beechwood Lane and Selhurstpark Road.

A285 West Sussex - A285 Beechwood Lane in Duncton closed and slow traffic southbound between the Beechwood Lane junction and the Selhurstpark Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Rain stops play at Eastbourne tennis

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

These would-be spectators at the Aegon International in Eastbourne seemed to be still enjoying themselves, despite the rain.

Police concerned about missing teenager

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Missing Emily Besant
Sussex Police

Police are concerned for a missing 16-year-old.

Emily Besant has been staying in the south London area but has previously lived in Crawley and has connections in the town.

She was last seen on Sunday (25 June) at 16:30 BST in the Sutton area.

It's believed she is travelling around Sussex and she may have travelled to the Bognor area.

Anyone who sees her or knows where she is should contact police online quoting serial 80 of 26/06.

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.

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#ICYMI: Car restoration woman suffers sexism and ageism

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Twenty-year-old Kelly Culver, who runs a business restoring classic American cars, says she has encountered sexism and ageism from people who think she does not know what she is talking about.

#ICYMI: Is this the world's first online delivery being ordered?

Think online shopping is a 21st Century invention?

A South East inventor came up with the idea over 30 years ago.

Woman standing in front of departure board

Alexandra Ma

BBC News

Gatwick Airport passengers experienced the most delays with about one in three flights affected.

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It's grim down south

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's tennis week at Eastbourne and Wimbledon next week, so of course it's raining this afternoon.

Here's my forecast.

Joe Root

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Average crowds? Strange intervals? A ball that gets bigger? How the first of the day-night County Championship games unfolded.

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Game, set and splash!

Tennis legend Novak Djokovic posted these pics on his Instagram as prepared for his first appearance at the Aegon International Eastbourne.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Camber inquest: Witness describes "unnerving" currents

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Helicopter at Camber Sands

A man who was on Camber Sands the day five young men were drowned has told an inquest how the sea conditions left him "unnerved".

Stephen Deacon says the strong currents under the calm surface water made him return to the beach, along with the three children in a dinghy that he was supervising.

Mr Deacon says he later saw the five men chest-deep in the water, apparently playing volleyball.

The five victims were Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, known as Ken, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, 22, known as Kobi, both of Erith, and their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, of Plumstead, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Grays in Essex, and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, from Welling.

#ICYMI: Emaciated dog on road to recovery

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Snoopy the lurcher, who was found abandoned and starving on a busy roadside, is making a full recovery, thanks to the people who rescued her.

Fire safety checks: Sussex update

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

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None of Sussex's councils are sending samples of cladding from their own housing stock to be tested by the government.

Advice from the Department for Communities and Local Government is to test any cladding made from Aluminium Composite Material found in buildings taller than 18m. Few of our councils own buildings that tall and those that do tell me it doesn't contain that kind of cladding.

The checks were ordered in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington, London, which happened nearly two weeks ago.

To be clear - there are some high rise buildings owned by housing associations, rather than councils, and I'll let you know whether those will be tested as soon as I hear.

Meanwhile, Western Sussex Hospitals tell me they had already started a fire safety review, and had recently spent £100,000 on new fire doors. They tell me none of their hospitals has cladding around inpatient areas.

And West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service tells me it has a list of every building in the county - residential or commercial - which is over 18m and it intends to visit every single one to check fire safety.

#ICYMI: Do you need your grass cut?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

One of the world's more unusual sports was invented in Sussex - here's a look at lawnmower racing.

Missing: Have you seen Gary?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are searching for a man who vanished from his St Leonards home at the weekend.

Gary Spiers, who's 37, hasn't been seen since the morning of 25 June.

Gary Spiers
Sussex Police

Police say his disappearance is out of character.

He's six feet tall and stocky.

West Sussex is the place for quick broadband

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Fibre optic

An area of West Sussex has one of the highest broadband speeds in the UK.

Adur is the second fastest behind Tamworth, in the West Midlands. Enfield and Dundee City were third and fourth.

Consumer organisation Which? conducted a survey which found the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities all averaged the lowest speeds.

Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks."

Alex NeillWhich? managing director of Home Services

The minimum download speed proposed under the Government's Universal Service Obligation is 10Mbps.

Another cliff collapse at Seaford

Sections of the cliffs at Seaford have been roped off following several collapses. But what's the cause?

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Student tax exemption costing Sussex councils £11m

Chichester Observer: Two-vehicle accident causing Chichester delays

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne Freemasons open the doors to celebrate 300 years in UK

Hastings Observer: Police appeal for missing St Leonards man

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton boy, 12, fights off man who grabbed him by throat

Crawley Observer: Crews investigate major fire at business park

'I'm excited to be in a new place'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's a big day at Devonshire Park, as world number four, three-times Wimbledon champion and winner of 12 grand slams Novak Djokovic gets ready to make his Eastbourne debut.

On BBC Sussex and Surrey this morning...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

As nurses campaign against the 1% cap on their pay, I'm asking what impact it's had on health workers and their families.

Call me between 09:00 and 12:00 BST on 03459 57 00 57.

Ambulance thefts 'putting lives at risk'

Matt Davison

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

A Secamb ambulance

BBC Sussex has been told that lives are being put at risk by thieves who are stealing life saving equipment from ambulances and public places.

South East Coast Ambulance Service says there have been a spate of defibrilator thefts in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The devices are designed to help restart your heart if you suffer a cardiac arrest.

Laurence Sopp is an Operations Manager at Secamb and he says lives are being put at risk.

You can hear more on this story on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle. You can listen here.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

BBC South East Today logo

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

  • Lives are being put at risk by thieves stealing life saving equipment from ambulances and public places across Kent, Surrey & Sussex according to the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
  • The Kent and Medway NHS trust sends more mental health patients outside the area for treatment than any other in the country
  • A timetable for closing Rodmell School in Lewes is to be agreed by East Sussex County Council

Washing away the heatwave

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Don't leave for work without your umbrella today - it's going to be a wet journey home this afternoon.

Here's my forecast.

'We're hoping the beach is more protected'

Piers Hopkirk

Reporter, BBC South East Today

As the inquest into last summer's deaths on Camber Sands begins, the brother of one of the victims says they hope lessons can be learned from the tragedy.

Sunshine on a rainy day?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Yes, although summer is upon us we may get some of the wet stuff today. We'll bring you the full details in our forecast shortly.

This picture should brighten up your morning a bit - it's sunset in Worthing by Dom Duff - and it's our Sussex #photooftheday

Worthing sunset
Dom Duff

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