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  2. Live updates on Friday 7 July

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another week, we'll be back on Monday morning, bright and early at 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get hold of us in the meantime, you can do via Twitter, Facebook or by sending us an email.

Thanks for joining us, and have a lovely weekend.

'Beautiful, loving daughter' will be 'sorely missed'

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A woman who was found dead at her home in Cannock had a "bubbly personality" and will be "sorely missed".

When Kerry Cast's body was found on Saturday, Staffordshire Police said they were treating her death as unexplained.

Kerry Cast
Staffordshire Police

The force says initial post-mortem examination results proved inconclusive and more tests will be carried out.

In a statement, her mother Kathleen Weaver said she was a "bright, beautiful, loving daughter".

Officers say Kerry had only moved back to Cannock around three months ago from Crawley, West Sussex and they want to hear from people there who knew her or who may have visited her in Staffordshire.

Wanted: Have you seen this Brighton burglary suspect?

Nicholas Cooney
Sussex Police

Police are still searching for Nicholas Cooney, who is wanted on suspicion of committing two burglaries in Brighton and a third in Peacehaven.

The 41-year-old, of no fixed address, is wanted in connection with the incidents at Mooch hairdressers in New Road on Tuesday 13 June, and at Giggling Squid restaurant in Market Street on Tuesday 20 June.

Since an appeal for his whereabouts was issued in June, he has also been linked to a burglary at JLT Hairdressing in South Coast Road, Peacehaven, between Tuesday 27 June and Wednesday 28 June.

Meet Glynis the Shar Pei who needs a new home

A dog that suffered the worst case of neglect RSPCA inspectors had ever seen is now looking for a new home in Sussex.

It's time to cool off

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The stifling heat's abating over the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Stiaan van Zyl

Sussex's Stiaan van Zyl scores an unbeaten 166 as Leicestershire end day three 36-0 chasing 425 to win at Arundel.

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'There was no care, no care at all'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The mother of Sabrina Walsh, a vulnerable young woman who killed herself while in NHS care at the Woodlands Centre in St Leonards, says her daughter would be alive today if she'd been given one-on-one observation.

The Sussex Partnership NHS Trust have admitted a lot more could have, and should have been done - and have launched an "urgent review".

Missing: Have you seen Bonnie?

Bonnie Clarke
Sussex Police

A 17-year-old has been missing since last week, prompting concern from police.

Bonnie Rose May Clarke had been visiting family in Southwick on Friday June 30, but didn't return to where she had been staying .

Bonnie lives in Wales but knows Sussex very well and is a frequent visitor to Brighton, Worthing and Eastbourne.

She is white, 5’ 9", with shoulder length curly brown hair and a Welsh accent. She was last seen wearing a black and blue floral maxi dress and baby blue hooded top.

It's a lovely day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

But if you don't like the heat, the weekend's going to be a lot more comfortable.

Here's my forecast.

'They've basically saved our daughter's life'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How a community in Crawley rallied round to send a little girl to America for life-saving surgery.

These aren't just any football fans...

They're Brighton and Hove Albion fans.

From the anger of the Goldstone Ground to promotion to the Premier League, local photographer JJ Waller has captured it all.

His new book came out this week.

Steve Magoffin

Sussex seamer Steve Magoffin expects to be out until September with an Achilles tendon injury suffered in June.

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8,000 Lego bricks used to re-create Portman Road

A nine-year-old football fan has recreated the home of his favourite club in Lego.

Joe, who lives in Crawley, decided to build a tribute to Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town FC, using about 8,000 bricks.

Dad Phil Bryant's own love affair with the club started in the late '70s during the Bobby Robson era.

"Both my kids follow Ipswich now - I have ruined their lives," he said.

It took Joe about five hours, across a couple of days, to complete the model.

Pop-up velodrome rolls into Worthing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Tour de France may have got under way this weekend but closer to home people of all ages have been trying out a different form of cycling.

The StreetVelodrome event returned to Beach House Grounds on Worthing seafront.

I went down to take a look.

The parents of one of two women murdered by Robert Trigg speak out
The parents of Susan Nicholson, one of the two girlfriends murdered by Robert Trigg, say they questioned her death at the time.

Did you know Johanna Konta is a Taylor Swift fan? No, seriously

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is due to be back in action at Wimbledon today.

Here are seven things you may not have known about the tennis star.

Eastbourne star now bookies' Wimbledon favourite

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Johanna Konta
Getty Images

Eastbourne's Johanna Konta's faces Maria Sakkari of Greece in round three of Wimbledon later.

She's now rated as favourite to win by some bookmakers after former favourite Karolina Pliskova was knocked out in a shock defeat to Magdalena Rybarikova yesterday.

Konta is due on Court One at about 15:00 BST.

Catch up with all the latest Wimbledon news here.

'I've got to keep making it longer, putting more fish on it'

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I've been chatting to local sculptor Christian Funnell about a unique piece he's creating in Seaford.

And you can hear more of my conversation with him on BBC Sussex at 10:25 BST.

Southern strike: Dispute raised in Parliament again

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As the dispute involving driver-only-operated trains on Southern Rail continues, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd asked the Prime Minister why more isn't being done to resolve it.

Mental health trust's apology after woman's death

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

Sabrina Walsh
Family handout

A mental health trust has apologised after a patient died at a unit in Sussex.

Sabrina Walsh, 32, died in October 2016 after being admitted to the Woodlands Centre in St Leonards.

An inquest heard that a nurse had recommended that Miss Walsh be moved to a secure intensive unit in Crawley, instead of the Woodlands Centre, because of her behaviour.

The Woodlands Centre is run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

An inquest into her death in Hastings concluded today.

I want to offer my sincere condolences on behalf of the Trust to the family of Ms Walsh. I do not underestimate how difficult and painful this inquest has been for her family and friends. Ms Walsh was a vulnerable young woman under our care and she died in tragic circumstances and for that I am sorry.

We will reflect on the points the coroner has made today and respond to the concerns he has raised. We have already made changes following our own internal investigation, which include additional training for staff, improving communication among our different teams, better management of risk assessments and admissions procedures for patients and, crucially, replacing bathroom doors to ones where there are no ligature points.

That said, Ms Walsh should not have died in these circumstances. We are committed to ensuring that we learn from this sad incident and have taken steps to ensure that nothing like this can happen again.”

Diane HullChief Nurse, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Another warm day today

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The temperatures will drop a little over the weekend though.

Here's my latest forecast.

The mane attraction?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A herd of decorated life-size horses are appearing across Kent and West Sussex to raise money for Hospice in the Weald.

They've been designed and painted by artists, schoolchildren and community groups and will be on display over the summer and auctioned off in October.

Here's where you can see them...

'This is important stuff that affects everyone's lives'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

A campaign for more cash for schools, which started in Sussex and went nationwide, took its protests to Downing Street this week.

The weekend's almost here...

We loved this seaside shot taken by Adam Lancelot in Seaford, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Seaford shore
Adam Lancelot

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