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  2. Updates on Wednesday 26 July 2017

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That's it for Wednesday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Half the week is over and that's it for us for today.

Thanks for joining us today, and we hope you'll be back tomorrow, when we're live between 06:00 BST and 22:00 BST.

We'll bring you all the local news, sport, travel and weather, and you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

On the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality, is it safe to be gay now?

Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

'Is it safe to be gay in the UK?' is on BBC2 on Tuesday, 1 August at 21:00 BST.

ICYMI: 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.

Bexhill teenager loses half her body weight

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.

A mixed bag for Thursday

The day will start dry, but then showers start to approach.

ICYMI: Full steam ahead for outstanding collection

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

'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

Brighton's pride in revamped shelter

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

Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

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

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.

Did you see KFC stabbing?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

People who were in a fast food restaurant in Brighton at the time of a stabbing are being asked to get in touch with police.

An 18-year-old man was knifed in the stomach in KFC on London Road on Saturday evening.

The victim is seriously ill but stable in hospital.

Police say CCTV shows at least seven customers in the restaurant at the time, with three men and a woman clearing seeing what happened.

Officers are still looking for 18-year-old Jordan Ash in connection with the attack.

Jordan Ash
Sussex Police
Jordan Ash from Brighton is being sought by police.

A 23-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have both been charged with grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.

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

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.

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.

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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Have you seen Paul Baker?

Paul Baker, who's gone missing
Sussex Police

Police in East Sussex are looking for missing 30-year-old Paul Baker.

Paul, of no fixed address, was last seen in Five Ashes, near Mayfield, on Monday evening (24 July) and had been on the way to stay with a friend in Crowborough.

Officers are concerned as Paul has recently been suffering from depression.

Police have had a report that he was seen in Maidstone yesterday (25 July) and that is being followed up. He may also be in the Crowborough area.

Is it really summer?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It looks more like autumn out there today.

Here's my forecast.

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.

What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

Stack of newspapers
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The Argus: £1.7 million Brighton Zip opens to the public

West Sussex County Times: Witness appeal after police pursue stolen car

Sussex Express: Police search for missing woman

Hastings Observer: Queen of Goggle box comes to the Ore Community Cafe

Brighton and Hove Independent: Eye witnesses to Brighton stabbing urged to come forward

Did you witness police pursuit from Sussex to Surrey?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Witnesses are being sought to a police chase yesterday afternoon from Ringmer, East Sussex, all the way into Surrey.

Police were called to reports of a burglary in Lewes Road at 14:50 BST, in which someone stole car keys and drove off in a new light blue BMW worth about £50,000.

The vehicle was located travelling north on the M23 and onto the M25.

At about 15:30 BST the pursuit came to an end when the car stopped on Hurst Drive in Walton-on-the-Hill and the driver ran off.

Police say they're looking for a man in his late 20s, wearing a white shirt and white baseball cap.

They particularly want to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage.

Cash appeal over iconic arches

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Fans of Brighton's iconic Madeira Terraces are being asked to help kick-start a major restoration project.

Madeira Drive, Brighton

The total cost of repairing the unique turquoise ironwork arches is estimated at £24m.

The council says it's hoping local businesses and residents will help raise an initial £400,000 through a crowdfunding scheme.

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.

Has your little one lost this cuddly toy?

A teddy bear
Victor Finch

This cuddly fellow was discovered in the ladies toilets in the South Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

PCSO Victor Finch says that police dog Ollie found the toy.

PCSO Finch posted this picture on Twitter this morning and has asked people to retweet his appeal.

Police dog Ollie with the cuddle toy
Victor Finch
Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life
Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life.

Coming up on BBC Sussex

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm back on BBC Sussex at 09:00 BST.

Here's a taster of what's coming up in the programme.

You can join the debate by calling 03459 570057.

Images released after hospital theft

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

CCTV image
Sussex Police

Police are looking for a group of people who stole gas cylinders from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The six canisters contain nitrous oxide, or "gas and air". The drug is used for pain relief, but was also used as a popular legal high, until its sale was banned last year.

The canisters were taken in the early hours of the morning last week.

Officers say the offenders used stolen number plates on a car to drive into the hospital car park before taking the cylinders from a store room.

They've warned the bottles could be dangerous if used incorrectly.

CCTV image
Sussex Police

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.

Have you seen missing Sarah?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sarah Yassin has disappeared after telling family she was going to take photos at the Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex.

Sarah Yassin
Sussex Police

The 43-year-old hasn't been seen since she left home in Barnfield, Plumpton Green, yesterday morning.

Sarah, who's 5ft 2in, also said she might visit Eastbourne.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances at the moment, but they're asking anyone who's seen her, or her silver Volvo car, to get in touch.

Time to get your brolly out again

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

There's rain on the way later and it'll feel a bit cooler than recently.

Here's my latest forecast.

Red sky at night...

What an atmospheric shot in Pevensey by Ben Hurst - it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

Ben Hurst

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