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  1. Updates on Tuesday 25 July 2017

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That's it for Tuesday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 BST, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

ICYMI: New single-use syringe described as 'revolutionary'

A Sussex businessman has come up with a new way of delivering vaccines that could revolutionise healthcare across the world.

Seagulls making a winning start

Brighton and Hove Albion are 3-0 up in their pre-season friendly at Southend United.

Chelsea's 20-year-old striker Izzy Brown is in the Seagull's line-up, after joining for a season-long loan.

Brighton's next warm-up match is at Norwich on Saturday.

Umbrellas needed tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Don't be fooled by any early sunshine.

Here's my forecast.

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

Piers Hopkirk

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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.

ICYMI: 'By the time we were there, she was gone'

Brothers Lee and Luke Payne speak out for the first time about their sister's murder.

Missing French woman may be with street community

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police in Brighton say they're worried about a young French woman who's gone missing in the city.

Anissa Moktharia, who's 22, hasn't been seen since midnight on 23 July, near Over Street.

She may have been spotted sitting on a bench in New Road around 15:30 BST the following day.

Anissa Moktharia
Sussex Police

It's thought she may be living with Brighton's street community.

When she disappeared she was wearing blue denim shorts, a grey t-shirt, beige jacket and blue hat.

'He'd been shot seven times... four pellets remain in his skull'

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

Loud and proud

John Young

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Here's Brighton Gay Men's Chorus celebrating half a century since a very significant change to the law.

Brighton's pride in revamped shelter

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

Stolen cylinders 'could be dangerous'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A gang used a stolen car to steal gas cylinders from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A red Ford Fiesta with stolen number plates was used to drive into the car park, before the thieves took the cylinders from a store room.

gas cylinder thefts cctv
Sussex Police

It happened at 02:43 BST on 18 July.

Police say the bottles may be dangerous if they aren't used correctly.

gas cylinder thefts
Sussex Police

People smuggling by air and water

Colin Campbell

Special Correspondent, BBC South East

Migrants trying to cross the Channel are using increasingly sophisticated and desperate methods, with attempts foiled in the air and on the water this week.

Izzy Brown

Chelsea forward Izzy Brown signs a four-year contract with Chelsea, before agreeing a season-long loan with Brighton.

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Full steam ahead for outstanding collection

Take a look at this extraordinary collection of railway memorabilia at the end of a Hastings garden.

Southern satisfaction: Travelling in the right direction?

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

After 15 difficult months of industrial action and the resulting bad PR, Southern's owners will no doubt be looking for a win.

Today's National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) results probably aren't the victory Southern's looking for - and whilst the company is keen to seize on the fact that it has seen an overall improvement in satisfaction, it's still being outperformed by all of its competitors on almost every measure of customer approval.

Although most news reports today focus on the overall satisfaction score of passengers, the survey does break results down into key areas of performance, allowing us a useful insight into what passengers are thinking about their rail services and where the problems are.

Southern train


At 57% Southern has the lowest levels of satisfaction by quite a long way, second from bottom is Thameslink at 65%. This won't make for happy reading as both franchises are run by the same parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

By comparison, the majority of train operators on this list received a satisfaction score somewhere in the 80s or above.

This does, however, represent an improvement for Southern - scoring 5% higher than it did this time last year.

The survey also measured separately how rail users felt about the way operators dealt with delays, Southern is bottom of that table too.

Satisfaction is low across all train companies on this particular issue. The results do still compare very unfavourably for Southern in spite of this: 28% of passengers were happy with how Southern deals with delays, and a further 40% said they're dissatisfied, one of the few examples on any of these tables where dissatisfaction was higher than satisfaction.

Compare that to the top performer Grand Central, which saw 81% of its customers satisfied and 6% dissatisfied.

Broken piggy bank
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Value for money

Southern is at the bottom of this table too, but this time it has some company with two other operators sharing a satisfaction score of 38%.

Unlike the punctuality figures, when it comes to value for money passengers across the board don't seem to be too happy about what they're paying to travel.

The top performer again was Grand Central at 78%, but that's unrepresentative of most other operators' results, with most scoring somewhere in the 50s.

Overspilling bin


In almost every area of this survey Southern's performance has either improved or stayed the same, with the exception of cleanliness.

The NRPS asked passengers for their thoughts on upkeep and repair of the train, cleanliness of the inside and cleanliness of the outside.

The survey shows how the most recent figures compare to the last two surveys, and from that we can see that these three measures of cleanliness were improving across Southern only to backslide in the latest results.

If you want to read more, you can find the full results of the survey here.

Sunshine before the rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Enjoy any sunshine you can this afternoon as there's plenty of rain on the way tomorrow.

Thinking of buying a dog? Be careful who you get it from

Calls to the RSPCA complaining about unscrupulous puppy sales have risen in the South East.

Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A teenager from Bexhill who was warned she could face weight loss surgery if she didn't slim down has managed to lose nine and a half stone naturally.

Reading bedtime stories while on duty

A new app helps connect armed forces families by giving parents a chance to read stories while away from home.

Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

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

Bexhill claims world record for largest Charleston dance

Bexhill is hoping to take the Guinness Book of Records world record for the most number of people dancing the Charleston for five minutes.

1,086 people took part at the town's annual Roaring 20s event on the lawns at the De La Warr Pavilion.

The previous record was set in October 2015 in London with 975 dancers.

New beach hut making a splash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A beach hut with a difference has appeared on Eastbourne beach.

Called "What Unearthed?", it was the winning entry in an international architectural design competition.

What Unearthed
Eastbourne Borough Council

It's the work of Irish architect Stephen Foley, and was inspired by Eastbourne's archaeological discoveries.

You'll find it east of the pier opposite Seahouses Square, and it's available for hire.

What Unearthed
Eastbourne Borough Council

It does a lot with very little, responding to the site and brief in a monumental way but also to the budget in terms of being innovative with materials and structure.'

Stephen FoleyArchitect

Ten thousand scams reported in Sussex in two years

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


More than 10,000 scams have been reported in Sussex during the last two years.

The figures are from the National Fraud Intelligence Service which says older members of society are particularly at risk.

Nearly a third of reported cases in the county involved online shopping, while phone calls from people claiming to need to fix your computer also feature heavily.

Breaking'Significant improvement' in rail passenger satisfaction

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Passengers on a train

Satisfaction among rail passengers in the South East and London has "signifcantly improved", according to research.

A Transport Focus survey found the proportion of passengers happy with their journeys on Southern and Gatwick Express increased from 79% last year to 82% this year.

But the group said Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern were among those companies with the lowest scores across the UK rail network.

The companies with the highest overall satisfaction scores were Hull Trains (97%) and Heathrow Express (97%).

The figures for Southern in particular show a significant recovery in passengers' experience with a number of factors including the helpfulness and availability of on board staff and also of staff at the station. Southeastern also saw their overall satisfaction scores increase by 10 per cent.

Having said that, there is some way to go to reach a more acceptable position. Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Southeastern have the lowest scores. These green shoots are fragile and need nurturing. This recovery will be under pressure from upgrade works, industrial relationship problems and rising passenger numbers. So the industry needs to keep a relentless, ongoing focus on performance and reliability."

Anthony SmithChief Executive, Transport Focus

Missing teenager found

Rail satisfaction survey published later

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A passenger satisfaction survey which placed Southern rail at the bottom for the past three years will be published this morning.

Southern train at a station

The National Rail Passenger Survey measures customer satisfaction, value for money and punctuality.

More than 50,000 passengers were interviewed.

Have you seen missing Emerson?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

There's concern for 16-year-old Emerson Brito who's gone missing from Eastbourne.

Emerson Brito
Sussex Police

The teenager was last seen at his home before going to bed last Wednesday evening.

He left the house before anyone else the following morning.

Police say he may have travelled to the Tunbridge Wells area.

Coming up on BBC Sussex this morning

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'll be talking about the case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard, after his parents decided to end their legal fight to take him to America for treatment.

If you'd like to get in touch give me a ring on 03459 570057.

Hear me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

New single-use syringe described as 'revolutionary'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

A Sussex businessman has come up with a new way of delivering vaccines that could revolutionise healthcare across the world,

More children given emergency food last summer

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Canned food

There was a 15% rise in the number of emergency food supplies handed to children during the summer holidays last year, according to The Trussel Trust.

The food bank charity says more than 6,500 emergency supplies were given to children in the South East in July and August, compared with just over 5,500 for the two previous months.

One or two spots of rain this morning

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to be warm with sunny spells later though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Brighton Gay Men's Chorus celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised.
The Brighton Gay Men's Chorus marks 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised.

A devilishly good picture

This is a great shot at Devil's Dyke by James Brown. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Devil's Dyke
James Brown

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