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  2. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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The working week is at an end

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for this week, thanks for taking the time to join us.

We'll be back on Monday at 06:00 BST, bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather right through until 22:00 BST.

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

Have a great weekend.

ICYMI: Humble beach hut gets modern makeover

Eastbourne's got a new beach hut... but how it looks might surprise you.

People smuggling by air and water

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

Book shines a light at the end of the tunnel

Briohny Williams

Reporter, BBC South East Today

"The Recovery Letters" is a collection of messages from people who've suffered with depression.

The book, compiled by James Withey from Hove, aims to help those still going through dark times.

ICYMI: 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.

Tall teen off to shoot hoops in USA

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

Raincoats required this weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Sunday will be nice, but Saturday afternoon's looking like a washout.

Here's my forecast.

Two men sought over attack on shop doorman

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These two men are being sought by police after a doorman was assaulted at a kebab shop in Brighton.

Police image of two men
Sussex Police

Police were called to Istanbul Kebab in Pool Valley at about 01:15 BST on Sunday 2 July.

The 39-year-old doorman had asked two customers to leave because of their behaviour.

He was then attacked, suffering injuries to his face.

Police image of two men
Sussex Police

Officers believe the two men in these photos are from Portsmouth in Hampshire.

Smashed food counter
Sussex Police
A glass counter was smashed during the incident

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.

Ricky Bridger and Simon Taylor

Prison officers Ricky Bridger and Simon Taylor have been jailed for 10 and eight years respectively.

Read more

Detectives given more time to question man over stabbing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police have been given another 36 hours to question a 21-year-old man in connection with a fatal stabbing in St Leonards.

A 37-year-old local man was found with serious injuries in Wishing Tree Road around 12:41 BST yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and detectives believe he'd driven himself from Clyde Road, where he'd been attacked.

police investigate St Leonards stabbing
Eddie Mitchell

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.

Drug smuggling prison officers jailed

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Two prison officers have been jailed after conspiring to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Lewes prison.

Ricky Bridger, of Heathfield, and Simon Taylor, from Littlehampton, hid the goods inside Pringles tubes and were sentenced at Lewes Crown Court earlier to 10 and eight years respectively.

Prisoners Simon Khalil and Dorian Henry, the principal organisers amongst the inmates, pleaded guilty previously.

They were both jailed for three years.

Ricky Bridger and Simon Taylor
Sussex Police
Ricky Bridger and Simon Taylor

Cocker spaniel search dog Dougie sniffed out the contraband in April 2015.

After the initial find of steroids and a SIM card, Bridger had his car searched.

Inside was another Pringles tube containing over £4,000 of contraband including 7g of high purity cocaine, skunk cannabis, and a mobile phone and accessories.

John Terry and his wife Toni

The raiders took designer handbags, jewellery and rare signed Harry Potter first edition books.

Read more

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.

Brighton Pride set to be "biggest and best yet"

Brighton Pride parade

Sussex Police has released a statement ahead of next weekend's Brighton Pride.

The force says it wants to reassure people attending, as well as local people and businesses, it's working with the organisers to make sure the event "remains safe".

A number of armed officers will be in place across the city over the weekend.

As always, we ask that the public demonstrates a certain level of personal responsibility including things like taking care of belongings, following personal safety advice and flagging any issues or suspicious behaviour to event staff or police.

With Pride organisers, we want to promote an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere for all. We look forward to seeing you there and wish you a fun Pride 2017."

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor

Windy and wet for the rest of the day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's turning quite blustery and most of us will see some showers this afternoon and overnight.

Here's the latest forecast.

Men wanted after vicious attack involving saucepan

After a late night attack that left two men seriously injured, Sussex Police is appealing for information.

At 04:30 BST on Saturday 24 June, two St. Leonard’s men were attacked by a group of about six men while walking along Dorset Place in Hastings.

The group of attackers used a baseball bat, a saucepan, and a piece of banister rail. One of the suspects has been described as a white male in his late 20s, with a large build and a beard.

One of the victims was left with a broken arm, and the other with serious head injuries, as a result he had to spend several days in hospital.

'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.

'Opportunities missed' to stop radicalisation of two Sussex teenagers

Police and child protection workers missed opportunities to prevent the radicalisation of two Sussex teenagers killed in Syria, according to a serious case review

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, and his 17-year-old brother Jaffar died in 2014, after leaving home in Brighton to fight for a group affiliated to Al Qaeda.

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

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

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

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.

What's your family's WW1 story?

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

I'm back on BBC Sussex this morning from 09:00 BST, marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Here's a taster of what's coming up.

You can join in on Twitter or by calling 03459 570057.

There's something in the air in Eastbourne

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The skies above Eastbourne will be full of hot air this weekend as the town hosts its first ever international balloon festival.

Hot air balloons above the English channel
In April 85 hot air balloons took off from Dover in a world record attempt

It's thought at least ten balloons will be flying above Hampden Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Organisers hope the festival could become an annual event attracting balloonists from across the world.

ICYMI: 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.

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?

It's looking cloudy and breezy today...

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

And there are some showers on the way this evening.

Here's my latest forecast.

It's Friday!

And what a great way to head towards the weekend with this shot taken near Hastings by Fran Brown - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Fran Brown

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