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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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  1. And it's goodnight from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today and for the month of August.

    We'll be back tomorrow, welcoming in September from 06:00 BST, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 BST.

    Join us through the day for the latest in news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Police scale back involvement over gas cloud

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Police have scaled back their involvement in the gas cloud investigation.

    Following the 'toxic mist' on the East Sussex coastline on Sunday 28 August, the Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency launched an investigation with Sussex Police.

    With the focus now predominantly on the possibility of a ship as a source, police involvement is now limited to support the other agencies.

    Investigations are continuing and may take several days to conclude.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A21 East Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A21 East Sussex northbound severe accident, between A2100 London Road and John's Cross Road.

    A21 East Sussex - A21 John's Cross Road in John's Cross closed and slow traffic northbound between the A2100 London Road junction and the John's Cross Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  4. 'My first proper memory was being raped'

    Danni Smith was raped, beaten, starved and imprisoned by his stepfather, who shared him with other paedophiles.

    He's won a five-figure payout from Brighton and Hove City Council, because social workers knew about the abuse for two years but left him to suffer in the house.

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    Video caption: Abuse victim speaks out after compensation award
  5. Can you see the wood for the trees?

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    It took National Trust volunteers 15 years to restore an area of woodland at Sheffield Park. To celebrate, they've installed a sculpture trail.

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    Video caption: Artwork has been installed to celebrate the restoration of a patch of woodland in Sussex.
  6. Remembering Diana

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    It's been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, but her legacy lives on through people like Diana Award winner Jonjo.

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    Video caption: Remembering Diana, Princess of Wales
  7. How do you learn to treat sick patients without harming them?

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    This mannequin can breathe and sweat.

    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but it's actually state-of-the-art equipment being used to train medical staff at Eastbourne DGH.

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    Video caption: Eastbourne DGH has installed a new laboratory to replicate a range of emergencies.
  8. Dicing with death

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Visitors to the Sussex coast are still risking their lives at the County's famous chalk cliffs, according to the National Trust.

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    Video caption: visitors to Sussex risking their lives
  9. Lookout for more rain this afternoon

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Expect heavy downpours this afternoon with some sunny spells.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast
  10. Motorbiker filmed his own fatal accident

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Footage of a fatal accident, shot by a motorcyclist who died, has been released by Sussex Police in a hard-hitting road safety message.

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    Video caption: Bikecam footage of fatal accident released to promote safety
  11. Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

    We've been out to meet some of the people who regularly contribute to our #PhotoOfTheDay.

    Catch our films starting next week.

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    Video caption: Meet the regulars behind #photooftheday
  12. This morning's Sussex newspaper headlines

    Newspapers

    The Argus: Tot with E.coli is sent home with Calpol

    Eastbourne Herald: Thousands pound the streets for big community health initiative

    West Sussex County Times: Royal super-fan’s poignant tribute to Diana Princess of Wales

    Worthing Herald: Gruffalo author launches new book in Steyning

    Mid Sussex Times: Option to close rubbish tip for part of week ‘not acceptable’

    Brighton and Hove Independent: Firefighters to carry out high-rise exercise in Brighton

    Chichester Observer: Fines for litter droppers and dog foulers proposed for Chichester district

  13. Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

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    Video caption: Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

    Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

  14. 'Animals for sale are an easy thing to do'

    A cruel trade in exotic pets is threatening the very existence of the orangutan, but an Uckfield charity is doing all it can to save these creatures from extinction.

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    Video caption: Two orphaned orangutans are rescued by a Sussex charity
  15. Investigation into poison cloud underway

    What did cause the toxic cloud which affected hundreds of people at Birling Gap?

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    Video caption: Investigation into Birling Gap toxic mist
  16. Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove his disability

    Piers Hopkirk

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    The Department for Work and Pensions has apologised to a terminally-ill man, after writing to him twice in a month, asking him to prove he qualifies for benefits.

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    Video caption: MND sufferer told twice in a month he has to prove his disability
  17. ICYMI: Do you think they prefer Picasso or Van Gogh?

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    They may not be able to tell us, but researchers have found that babies already know what they like in a piece of art.

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    Video caption: University of Sussex psychologists say babies aged 4-7 months have artistic preferences
  18. Weather looking much happier today

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Weather

    Expect some cloudy weather this morning, showers this afternoon but some nice spells of sunshine throughout the day.

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    Video caption: Weather with Elizabeth Rizzini