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  2. Live updates on Thursday 3 August 2017

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we're done for the night but we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Reward in connection Brighton restaurant stabbing

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A £500 reward's being offered in the search for a Brighton teenager being sought by police over a restaurant stabbing.

Officers want to interview Jordan Ash after an 18-year-old man was knifed in the stomach at KFC in London Road.

The victim is currently in a stable condition in hospital in London.

Jordan Ash, 18, also has links to the Horsham area.

Police are asking anyone who knows where he is to call 999.

Don't put the brolly away just yet

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

It's looking nicer over the next few days, but the drizzle hasn't gone away entirely.

Here's my latest forecast.

Mystery over Seaford beach death

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man who died on the beach at Seaford on Tuesday afternoon still hasn't been identified.

The victim, who's thought to be in his 70s, was found unconscious at the water's edge a few hundred yards from Seaford Sailing Club.

The man was given CPR but paramedics couldn't save him.

The air ambulance landed on the beach at Seaford

The man is described as 6ft, slim, balding with grey hair, and wearing red swimming shorts.

His clothing found nearby consisted of a red, white and blue striped short-sleeved shirt, a pink/purple v-neck jumper, beige trousers and black leather shoes.

There was no wallet and the only personal items found were a Yale door key and a Volvo car key.

A post mortem examination is due to be held tomorrow.

Despite widespread local enquiries we have so far not been been able to trace the address or the car which are related to the two keys. From the circumstances it seems possible that he is local to East Sussex or nearby, had gone for a swim that afternoon, and somehow got into difficulties.

"Perhaps he lives on his own, but we are optimistic that someone will recognise his description and get in touch with us."

David TyeCoroner's Officer

Missing teen safe and well

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Missing teenager Hollie Gunn has been found.

The 14-year-old from Shoreham hadn't been seen since Monday but police say she's been located safe and well.

Brighton chosen to get HIV drug from next month

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Blue pill
Getty Images

Brighton has been chosen as one of five cities to run a £10m trial to provide a daily pill which helps protect against HIV infection.

It's expected the course of medicine, known as Prep (pre-exposure prophylaxis), will be given to an estimated 10,000 people over three years.

People in Brighton will be given the tablet from September with full implementation expected across England by April next year.

The NHS had previously fought against paying for Prep and even took the issue to court but they lost their case.

Cyclist hurt in East Sussex collision

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A cyclist was seriously hurt during an accident involving a car in Pevensey, East Sussex.

It happened on the A259 near Pevensey Roundabout at about 19:40 BST on Monday.

The 55-year-old from Bexhill was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings and later released.

A 50-year-old man from Eastbourne, who was driving a grey VW Passat, wasn't injured.

Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Mental ill health linked with shorter life expectancy

New research finds life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years shorter than average.

'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.

NOTE: You may find some of the images in this report distressing.

Police concern for missing 14-year-old

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Hollie Gunn
Sussex Police

Police say they're worried about 14-year-old Hollie Gunn who's gone missing.

The teenager was last seen on Monday at about 16:00 BST in the Shoreham area.

She was wearing a stripy black and white jumper and blue jeans.

Have you seen missing Regan?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Detectives in Brighton are worried about Regan White who's gone missing from home.

Missing teenager Regan White
Sussex Police

The 14-year-old was last seen in Widdicombe Way in the Moulsecoomb area last Friday.

It's thought he's wearing black ripped jeans, a blue T-shirt, a grey hooded top and black trainers.

Summer makes a brief return

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's windy this afternoon, but tomorrow's looking promising.

Here's my forecast.

Pier is peerless

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Brighton's Palace Pier is the country's most visited free attraction outside London.

That's according to Visit Britain, which estimates more than 4.6m people went last year.

Palace Pier

The Palace Pier beat the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, with only the British Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Modern scoring higher footfall.

Palace Pier, Brighton

Severe accident: A259 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Ash Grove and A29 Shripney Road affecting B2259.

A259 West Sussex - A259 Rowan Way in Bognor Regis closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Ash Grove junction and the A29 Shripney Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic. Congestion to the B2259 junction.

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

Mental health patients stranded in units for years

Depressed woman (generic)
Science Photo Library

Mental health patients across the UK are spending years stranded in acute units awaiting discharge, figures show.

Over the past two years, at least 91 patients have waited more than a year to be discharged, with at least seven patients waiting more than two years.

At least 320 patients had to wait at least 100 days to be discharged, BBC Freedom of Information requests show.

Experts say a lack of suitable accommodation and wrangling over budgets are to blame for the delays.

Read more here.

Five longest delays in England

  1. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: 62-year-old awaiting a residential home, delayed by 1,159 days.
  2. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: 60-year-old awaiting suitable housing, delayed by 868 days.
  3. Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust: 27-year-old originally admitted to A&E, awaiting suitable supported housing. Delayed by 668 days.
  4. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust: 59-year-old delayed by 602 days.
  5. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust: 65-year-old awaiting a placement, delayed by 583 days.

Five authorities with highest percentage of beds in delay

  1. NHS Tayside: 29.4%
  2. Hywel Dda Health Board: 20.0%
  3. Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust: 17.1%
  4. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust: 15%
  5. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust: 12.3%

Air collision near Eastbourne avoided thanks to pilot

Two aircraft only just missed colliding with each other over East Sussex because one of the pilots took evasive action, it has emerged.

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

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

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.

Missing: Have you seen Hollie?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There's concern over a 14-year-old girl who's missing from her home in Shoreham.

Hollie Gunn hasn't been seen since about 16:00 BST on 31 July.

She was wearing a stripy black and white jumper, with light blue jeans.

Hollie Gunn
Sussex Police

We are really concerned for Hollie as she is only 14 years old and has not been seen since Monday."

Sgt Christopher BryantSussex Police

What's in today's Sussex newspapers?

Pile of newspapers
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The Argus: Albion fans booted out of Spanish friendly

West Sussex County Times: Pond crash heroes speak out after rescuing driver

Chichester Observer: Sledge hammer used to steal expensive watches from Chichester jewellers

Mid Sussex Times: New fears over threat to village train services

Hastings Observer: Bike race remembers fisherman killed in the Great Storm

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?

On Mid Morning today

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex

As Brighton Pride approaches, I'm asking if homophobic violence is still a problem?

Join me from 09:00 BST on BBC Sussex and Surrey, on 03459 57 00 57.

RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month

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.

Seven men died in the sea at Camber last summer.

Project to help protect future of bees

Almost £1m of lottery funding is being spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin


Here are the headlines from the breakfast bulletin:

  • A final decision on the future of children's centres in Medway will be made next Tuesday - after the council looked again at its plans.
  • Health campaigners are calling for action to limit the number of takeaways, after new research indicated there are now more than 400 in Brighton alone.
  • A footpath in Sussex - that was blocked off to the public for more than 40 years - has finally reopened.

#ICYMI: Loud and proud

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

Hold on to your hats

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

The rain's gone, but today's all about the wind.

Here's my forecast.

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.

Is it really August?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

You wouldn't think so judging by the weather over the last couple of days.

Hopefully this picture will brighten up your day a little bit. It's Hastings by Kristie Heath and it's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay

Kristie Heath

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