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  1. Another night over

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks very much for joining us today, we'll be back first thing tomorrow morning, from 06:00 BST, with more of the county's news, sport and weather.

  2. 'An absolute insult', says severely disabled man forced to prove his illness

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A terminally ill man has been forced to fill out a lengthy form to prove his disability - even though the authorities have been aware of his illness for the last 12 years.

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    Video caption: Terminally ill man told to prove his disability even though authorities were aware of it.
  3. 'I had to try and do something'

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    A man from Haywards Heath is campaigning to force a social media site to remove material which promotes self harm and suicide.

    Richard Harrington attempted to take his own life five years ago.

    He says other people on Tumblr made him feel he didn't deserve to be alive.

    The social media site has not responded to a request from BBC South East for a comment.

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    Video caption: 'I had to try and do something'

    If you have been affected by this and would like advice or support - visit the BBC Action Line where you can find information on issues surrounding self harm.

  4. Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A 15-year-old from Hove has been given a scholarship to play basketball in America.

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    Video caption: Sussex teen gets basketball scholarship in USA
  5. Brighton's pride in revamped shelter

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    One of Brighton's art deco bus shelters has been transformed for the city's Pride.

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    Video caption: One of Brighton's art deco bus shelters has been transformed for the city's Pride.
  6. Sun and showers

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    You'll need both your brolly and your sunglasses, as we've got a mixed few days of weather ahead.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the latest weather forecast for the South East.
  7. Southern analysis from our Political Reporter: Credit where credit's due?

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Well that didn't take long.

    A day after the rail unions agreed to suspend their industrial action, the drivers' union Aslef has met the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The guards' RMT union (which represents some drivers too) will meet him tomorrow.

    The Secretary of State described the first meeting as "constructive". He's been clear he doesn't think it's his place to negotiate terms with the unions - that's for Govia Thameslink - but said earlier he hoped these meetings could reopen those talks.

    This wouldn't be a Southern Rail story without a bit of a political tussle. Tories are both privately and publicly furious at Eastbourne's Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd, who they claim has taken credit for this development.

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    They point out that Chris Grayling has frequently offered to meet with the unions on the condition they called off their strike action - see here, here and here - so today's meeting, they say, doesn't represent a climbdown or a change of position on his part.

    But since the unions announced their offer to suspend action after a meeting with Mr Lloyd, Lib Dems say he deserves credit.

    In reality, all this talk of who to praise may be a little premature. We know too well that talks don't always end in deals, and deals don't always end disputes if rejected by rank and file members.

    This renewed diplomacy gives grounds for optimism, but it's a little early for celebration.

  8. BreakingTalks with Southern strike union and Government begin

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    The government had said it has held "constructive talks" with the union representing drivers on Southern rail.

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he hoped the meeting would "pave the way for the reopening of negotiations" between Aslef and Southern.

    In a statement, Aslef described the talks as "proactive", and added: "Further talks are planned with both the company and then the minister."

    The union called off three strikes on Southern in August ahead of the talks. It also lifted a ban on overtime and rest day working.

  9. 'He'd been shot 7 times...4 pellets remain in his skull'

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks.

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    Video caption: The south east is one of the worst parts of the country for reports of airgun shootings
  10. Crawley gardens enjoy the sweet smell of success

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Three of Crawley's parks have been awarded prestigious green flags.

    Tilgate Park
    Image caption: Tilgate Park

    Tilgate Park, Goffs Park and Memorial Gardens have been given the accolade by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

    Goffs Park
    Image caption: Goffs Park

    It's Tilgate's sixteenth consecutive flag, while Goffs Park and the Memorial Gardens have 10 each.

    Memorial Gardens
    Image caption: Memorial Gardens
    Quote Message: We have several beautiful parks and green spaces in Crawley and these latest awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our staff who keep them looking their best.' from Cllr Chris Mullins Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Crawley Borough Council
    Cllr Chris MullinsCabinet member for Wellbeing, Crawley Borough Council
  11. 'It was a real experience and one I'll never forget'

    A 20-year-old pilot from Horsham has become the youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbird display team.

    Beth Moran started flying a year ago after deciding she wanted to do something positive following the Shoreham air disaster.

    She took to the skies over RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

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    Video caption: Beth Moran from Sussex is the youngest woman to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds
  12. ICYMI: Your amazing storm pictures

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Storms over Margate

    Hundreds of you got in touch with your pictures of this week's epic storm across the South East.

    We've compiled the best of them in a gallery on our Facebook page, here's a taster of a few of our favourites.

    Lightning over Eastbourne
    Lightning in Horsham
    Lightning over East Kent
  13. It's turning unsettled...

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    ...although tomorrow will be brighter.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Georgina Burnett
  14. Seagulls sign young Norwegian international

    Johnny Cantor

    BBC Sussex commentator

    Brighton and Hove Albion have signed young Norwegian midfielder Mathias Normann.

    The 21-year-old has represented his country and under-17 and under-18 level, and joins from Norwegian second division side FK Bodo/Glimt, where he's scored three goals in 42 appearances over four years.

    Mathias Normann
    Quote Message: He is a talented and versatile young player, who already has good experience playing regular senior football in Norway. We are looking forward to welcoming him into the club, and his longer-term plan will be to break into the first-team group.' from Chris Hughton Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC
    Chris HughtonManager, Brighton and Hove Albion FC
  15. Man charged over house gun shots

    A man has been charged with possessing a shotgun after gun shots were reported outside a house in Ardingly in West Sussex on Monday evening.

    Shots were fired at a house in Oaklands at about 20:30 BST damaging a door, and at the windscreen of a parked car. No-one was hurt.

    The 41-year-old unemployed man has been charged with possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a loaded shotgun in a public place and criminal damage.

    He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 16 August.

    Oaklands, Ardlingly
  16. 'The kids would be publicly flogged'

    Sent to Australia as a child, David Hill was beaten and forced to work.

    He recalls the abuses he and others suffered in a new book.

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    Video caption: David Hill, sent from Eastbourne to Australia in 1959, recalls his abusive childhood
  17. South East buildings up for award

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Two of the South East's newest buildings have been shortlisted for a major prize.

    Hastings Pier and the redeveloped Chatham Dockyard, named Command of the Oceans, are among six projects nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize.

    Hastings Pier
    Image caption: Hastings Pier

    They're up against buildings in Glasgow and London.

    Command of the Oceans, Chatham Dockyard
    Image caption: The Command of the Oceans, Chatham Dockyard

    The winner will be announced on 31 October.