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  2. Live updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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  1. Have a great weekend

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from us for another busy week.

    We're back bright and early at 06:00 BST on Monday with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    And remember, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

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    Video caption: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution explains how to keep safe in the sea
  3. Camber inquest: 'Death by misadventure'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands beach last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded.

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    Video caption: Camber inquest: 'Death by misadventure'
  4. How far could you go in one of these?

    #GetInspired

    Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales

    Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

    Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

  5. Can You Feel it in Glynde?

    Jane Witherspoon

    BBC South East Today reporter

    Legendary group The Jacksons are on their way to Sussex to play in the Love Supreme Festival in Glynde this weekend. I went to meet them.

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    Video caption: The Jacksons bring their brand of pop soul to Glynde
  6. Eastbourne tennis star withdraws from home tournament

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    British number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Aegon International tournament in her home town of Eastbourne after injuring her spine.

    Konta was through to the semi-finals after beating world number one Angelique Kerber yesterday, despite slipping and falling in the second set.

    But today she announced she has a spinal injury and will not be able to continue.

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    Video caption: Eastbourne tennis star withdraws from home tournament
  7. A mixed bag for the weekend

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    There'll be a bit of rain, some sun and reasonable temperatures. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Nina weather 1830
  8. Camber deaths: 'Beaches are unsafe places'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Rother District Council says it has made improvements after the deaths of seven men at Camber beach last year.

    In a statement, Dr Anthony Leonard, the council's executive director of business operations, said lifeguards were now in place working alongside the existing beach patrol team.

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    Video caption: Camber deaths: 'Beaches are unsafe places'

    Families of some of the victims blamed the absence of lifeguards for their deaths.

    Today a coroner recorded verdicts of misadventure and said it wasn't clear whether deploying lifeguards at Camber Sands would have prevented the deaths.

  9. Amber Rudd: 'We have some of the safest waters in the world'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye Amber Rudd issued this statement following today's inquest verdict.

    Amber Rudd MP
    Quote Message: Today’s verdict that the deaths of seven men who drowned in two separate incidents were caused by misadventure is a reminder of how seriously water safety must be taken. We have some of the safest waters in the world, but we need to continue to educate local residents and tourists of the dangers of rip tides and rough waters.
    Quote Message: Over the past year I have been in regular contact with the local council about their actions to make Camber Sands a safer place to enjoy during the busy summer months. I welcome that the RNLI will provide lifeguards during this period and that a Beach and Water Safety Group has been established to review and propose changes to the local council. Camber Sands is a picturesque destination for tourists and it is a great place to visit. We must all continue to work together to ensure the safety of our local residents and tourists. from Amber Rudd MP (Con) Hastings & Rye
    Amber Rudd MP(Con) Hastings & Rye
  10. Camber: 'I can't believe this is happening in the UK'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The sister of one of the men who died at Camber last summer has told a press conference the beach wasn't safe.

    Earlier a coroner concluded the deaths of seven men there were due to misadventure.

    The coroner said it was "not known" whether having lifeguards at the time would have prevented the deaths.

    Rother District Council said it has made improvements "year on year" at Camber in response to risks identified. But even with lifeguards, the council said the sea can be unpredictable.

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    Video caption: Camber: 'I can't believe this is happening in the UK'
  11. Camber: 'Will they now apologise?'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A lawyer for relatives of a group of five men who died at Camber has told a press conference Rother District Council still has questions to answer.

    The young men died in August last year, just a month after two other men drowned in the same area.

    A coroner has concluded all seven deaths were due to misadventure.

    The coroner said it wasn't clear whether deploying lifeguards at Camber Sands would have prevented the deaths.

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    Video caption: Camber: 'Will they now apologise?'

    Rother District Council said it has made improvements "year on year" at Camber in response to risks identified.

    Dr Anthony Leonard, the council's executive director of business operations, said lifeguards were now in place working alongside the existing beach patrol team.

    He said in a statement: "Like their families, we would not want anyone else to have to suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one in these circumstances."

  12. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: A27 West Sussex eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A27 West Sussex eastbound severe congestion, at A2025 Grinstead Lane.

    A27 West Sussex - A27 Upper Brighton Road in Lacing blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at Lancing Roundabout. On the roundabout.

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

  13. Camber Sands inquest: The evidence

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded. Here's some of the evidence the inquest was given.

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    Video caption: Evidence heard at inquest into Camber Sands deaths
  14. Camber deaths: 'There's always danger'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The deaths of seven men at Camber Sands beach last summer were through misadventure, a coroner has concluded.

    Tragedy struck as Mohit Dupar, 36, tried to reach Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, as he got into difficulty on 24 July, but both died.

    A month later five young friends aged between 18 and 27 drowned at the same beach after being seen playing volleyball in the sea.

    Simon Boxall from the National Oceanography Centre gave evidence at the inquest.

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    Video caption: Camber deaths: 'There's always danger'
  15. Camber Sands: Facts and figures

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    • Camber Sands gets 1.5M visitors a year, with as many as 25,000 on a busy summer day.
    • It's three miles long and stretches half a mile out to sea.
    • Swimmers' safety is controlled with yellow, orange or red flags, although risk assessment's in 2013 and 2016 recommended that Rother District Council should consider lifeguards.
    • On August 24 2016, the day of the tragedy which cost the five men their lives, there was no rip tide, but the current would have been strong, moving at a metre a second, about 2mph, towards the beach.
    • At that speed, a sandbar could be covered in three feet of water inside 15 minutes. The power of the current would have been the equivalent of 2 tonnes of water pushing against someone in the water.
    • There were no fatalities at Camber between 1974 and 2012, but since then nine people have died, including the seven men who were killed last summer.
    • Since then a daily lifeguard patrol of six has been introduced.
    Camber Sands
  16. BreakingCamber Inquest: ' Death by misadventure'

    Bryony MacKenzie

    BBC South East Today correspondent

    'Death by misadventure' verdict at the inquest on all seven people who died at Camber Sands last summer.