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Police appeal after burglary

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a burglary in Seaford.

CCTV image
Sussex Police

The break-in happened at a house in East Albany Road on 3 or 4 July.

Someone took a mobile phone and a bag containing bank cards, keys and other personal items.

The cards were later used to try and withdraw money from cash machines in Seaford and Newhaven.

Police say the man in this photo may have important information about the incident.

They're asking anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

What is Japanese knotweed?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Scientists are using a field in Robertsbridge to carry out an experiment to try and get rid of one of Britain's most invasive plants.

But what is Japanese knotweed and why is it such a problem?

#ICYMI: 'I live with the guilt of a man's death'

Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life.

Super League: Charlotte Edwards believes competition will grow in quality
Charlotte Edwards believes the Women's Super League will capitalise on England's recent World Cup win.

Lifeboats in harbour rescue

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A person's been rescued from the sea at Newhaven Harbour.

Coastguard rescue teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap, along with the Newhaven lifeboat, were called to the scene at 14:00 BST.

They say the person is now in the care of the emergency services.

Military mission in Michigan

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be taking part in a live firing practice battle in the US state of Michigan.

The reservists from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment will be supported by the full range of American military hardware - including helicopters, heavy artillery, and fighter jets.

Brighton boss: 'Whatever happens, give everything on the pitch'

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has given his first press conference ahead of the team's maiden Premier League season.

The Seagulls host Manchester City at 17:30 BST on Saturday.

I asked him what his final message to his players would be.

A motorcyclist has been jailed for six months for dangerous driving in Crawley.
Saif Khan broke the speed limit and tailgated cars on the M23 in West Sussex.

There's some drier weather on the way

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

There'll be a few more showers first though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Heart surgery at 24 – the remarkable story of a Premier League footballer's return

Brighton defender Connor Goldson is preparing to play Premier League football after a remarkable recovery from heart surgery.

Cycling sensation Kiera Byland competes in Special Olympics

She's already a Special Olympics superstar, but 18-year-old Kiera Byland is on the hunt for more gold medals.

Last night she co-hosted the opening ceremony in Sheffield for over 2,600 athletes from across the country.

Today she's competing in the 10k time trial.

It wasn't easy for Kiera growing up with learning difficulties, but when she discovered cycling, her life changed dramatically.

Scooter rider jailed

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

A man has been jailed for six months for dangerous driving on his scooter in Crawley.

Saif Khan from Ealing, in west London, tailgated cars on the M23 and reached speeds of 100 mph.

After leaving the motorway at junction 10, the 22-year-old jumped two red lights and drove on the wrong side of a dual carriageway before eventually crashing and breaking his hand.

Police hunt masked man after Horsham attack

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 23-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted in a car park after a night out in Horsham.

She was attacked by a masked man in the stairwell of a multi-storey car park in Piries Place.

It happened at about 02:00 BST on Sunday 6 August.

Police say the attacker is in his 20s or 30s, 5ft 8in, wearing a balaclava, a long-sleeved top, dark jeans and white trainers.

He also wore black fabric gloves and smelt strongly of aftershave.

Soldiers from the South East are training in the US
Reservists, including a joiner and a pub worker, got a taste of USA warfare during a joint military exercise.
Beram Kayal

Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal is expected to be out for at least eight weeks after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly.

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Rain, rain, rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Heavy rain will persist into the evening, but it will become gradually drier overnight, with some showers in the morning.

Kate Kinsella has the weather forecast.

Severe accident: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, between J10a for B2036 Balcombe Road and J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M23 northbound between J10a B2036 Balcombe Road and J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of an accident involving car that has left the carriageway and recovery work.

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

Jonty Jenner

Sussex batsman Jonty Jenner is cleared to play for Jersey in World Cricket League by the International Cricket Council.

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12-year-old fronts charity campaign

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Sophie, from Seaford, has a rare genetic condition. Now she's the face of a national charity campaign.

An Eastbourne hotelier gives a homeless man a fresh start
Eastbourne hotelier Catherine Clifford has befriended Kevin Trott who was sleeping outside her hotel.

A year of ups and downs

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton i360 has just celebrated its first birthday.

And it's been an eventful 12 months

Today's Sussex newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Police examine treatment of care home residents

Chichester Observer: Champs Hill gardens to open gates

Mid Sussex Times: Labour Party’s ‘dismay’ after college merger announcement

Hastings Observer: Treasure Hunt results in pot of gold for Macmillan

Brighton and Hove News: Funding deal agreed for hundreds of homes in Brighton

Crawley Observer: Search for homes for eight unwanted ‘outdoor’ cats

Worthing Herald: ‘Courageous’ teen war spy passes away

'Respect the water' this August

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

From pulling pints to pulling triggers

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Reserve soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey training in Michigan all have day jobs, but they are learning key skills from their US counterparts during a major training exercise.

#ICYMI: Brighton and Hove's Summer of Love

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

About 300,000 people are estimated to have gathered in Brighton last weekend to celebrate Brighton Pride.

This year's event was themed Summer of Love to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

What a load of rubbish

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Which parts of Sussex have a litter problem? I'd like you to call and let me know on this morning's BBC Sussex phone-in.

Join me from 09:00 BST.

Michigan mission for South East soldiers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

One hundred and forty part-time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

Supermarket thieves steal thousands from customers

There's been a spate of thefts from supermarket customers across Sussex, according to the police.

Shoppers have been watched whilst entering their PIN numbers and have then had their purses and wallets stolen as they leave the store. Large amounts of cash are then withdrawn from nearby cash machines before the victims are aware.

The two men pictured below, working with others, are believed to have been successful in obtaining nearly £20,000 by targeting victims in this way.

Pair of suspected thieves
Sussex Police

Since November last year there have been 22 such reports in Sussex.

The men in the photo, taken at Sainsburys in Worthing on 20 June, are described as of Eastern European appearance, one bald and the other with dark hair.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously in this way, alert store security staff or dial 999.

Be alert and aware of strangers when shopping in large supermarkets and NEVER leave your bag or trolley unattended at any point. Try not to be distracted by strangers, and also be alert for any suspicious activity around your vehicle which you should keep secured. It appears that these men, and others, may strike up to twice a day in different towns, and then lay low for a while, so we need to maintain awareness even when there are no reports."

Kayleigh BartupInvestigator, Sussex Police

'Catherine's so kind, it breaks my heart'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An Eastbourne hotelier got to know a homeless man sleeping outside her hotel, and now she's helping him make a fresh start.

Rain, rain go away

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got yet another damp day ahead of us.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Is it really August?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

You wouldn't think so judging by the weather at the moment.

So to brighten up your morning a bit here's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay - it was taken in Worthing by James Brown.

James Brown

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